Monday, July 2, 2012

Made it Monday, new blog and a giveaway

I am so excited about my beautiful new blog design and my main craft this week for

Here is a little background story about my craft. About 8 years ago I had a student give me (and my teacher partner) a cool personalized clipboard made from the back of a pair of jeans and a fleece scarf that was all the rage at that time. I loved my clipboard! I thought the jean pocket was super handy for holding things and it had my name and our school. I have changed schools twice since that time and I ironed some books over my old school name and used initials for my school (which had to be picked off and replaced when joining my current school). I also added a couple of embellishments.

 I kept thinking it would be fun to make a replacement and I even saved some jeans for years. During a somewhat recent closet cleaning I ditched all but one of the old jeans.With all this crafting lately (and seeing everyone's fun clipboard designs) I thought it might finally be time to make a new clipboard. Of course I decided it needed to be even snazzier than my old one - taking into account some recent clipboard posts.

Here is what I did:

First, I gathered all my materials -
clipboard (I got mine for under $2 at Walmart)
spray adhesive
old pair of jeans (only half a butt needed)
scrapbook paper
wide single fold bias tape
some type of glue to attach the trim
Mod Podge
embellishments - I got mine from Michael's (flowers and ribbon) and Hobby Lobby (fabric glitter kit & glitter)

Then I cut the back off my old jeans and used spray adhesive to glue it on to the back of the clipboard. I trimmed off the excess. At this point I realized that it was a little slanted and way closer to the top pf the clipboard than my previous one. I got a bit frustrated (because I can be a perfectionist) and decided to look for a pair of jeans with a lower pocket at Goodwill the next day. Well, apparently lower pockets aren't the style now. I ended up buying a pair a bit lower and started over. I ended up deciding that I thought it would be fun to give away my first one so I actually finished two clipboards.

Next I cut two different pieces of scrapbook paper to the correct size for the boards. I used spray adhesive to attach them to the fronts. (On the second clipboard I did the paper before the jeans which is why the pictures are reversed below). Of course I gave it a little time to dry. I also attached the bias tape trim with fabric glue on one side and some heavy duty glue on the other side that I had from jewelry making. I would probably use hot glue for the scrapbook paper side next time.

After the trim dried I put some Mod Podge on the paper side and I ironed some flower embellishments to the jeans side.

The final step was to put some ribbon on like Puttin on My Big Girl Pants last week. This is one of the finished clipboards! Isn't it super cute. This is the decorated clipboard I will give away to one lucky follower. If you are selected you can either have it as is and you can write on it with sharpie like that parent did or get your own iron on letters. I would also be willing to personalize it for you - keep reading to find out more.

Well, for my clipboard I wanted it to be personalized with some pizazz. I had purchased a small fabric glitter kit and some glitter so I wanted to try it out. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut my name out of some vinyl to create a stencil. I used the sponge and glue to fill in the stencil and then covered it with purple glitter. Unfortunately, I had to wait two hours - gosh two hours is a long time when you want to see if something worked or not.

When I peeled it off it looked fabulous! I love the purple glitter. I also added a few ribbons and a butterfly that I found at Michael's. So what do you think?

For the giveaway clipboard, I have a couple of personalization options. I can either create your name in purple fabric paint (no bling) that matches the big flower very well. Another option is that I could your name in silver or purple glitter (because that's what I have). The third option is that I have navy heat transfer vinyl (flocked) that I could cut and iron on directly.

Here is the picture again so you can see what you will be getting.
 As a side note I had started another blog (Planting the Seeds 4 Learning) a couple of weeks ago but decided I wanted a fancy new blog design. While working with Honey Bunch Blog Designs I gave up on my other blog because I just wasn't feeling the gardening thing. I found a design kit I loved and I figured since I only had 14 followers it was better to do it sooner rather than later. I did give up some followers but I am happy that two new people have found me in the last couple of days. Of course I would love some more of you to become followers now that you have found me.

If you are interested it entering the giveaway, please follow my brand spanking new blog and leave a comment below. The contest will end Friday night. I don't know how to put numbers on the comments (I saw directions ages ago but I can't put my hands on them this second) so I will just have to count this time if I don't figure it out :-) Thanks

I also did several other projects (one I shared for the Pintervention Party linky) but I think I will save them for another post.

 Thanks so much for stopping by.


  1. Hi Heather! I have not seen clip boards like this!!! What a cute idea and LOVE the pocket!!! So super cute!!! I also love your blog design:)) Thanks for linking up:) Can't wait to see your other projects:) Come back:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Welcome to the blogging world! Last week was my first link up and I had a 3 followers. I now have 85 followers. I am convinced that linking up is the best way to get your blog out there. You have a super cute design. Oh, and the clip boards are adorable. The jean idea is pretty cool!

    Learning's a Hoot

  3. New follower here! Love, love, love your clipboards! Thanks for sharing!

    Success in Second Grade

  4. I'm soo glad I haven't made my clipboards yet. now if I can only find an old pair of jeans. I loce your clipboard and I am your newest follower.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  5. Your clipboards are adorable! I'm your newest follower. =)

    I Love My Classroom

  6. I love how you used an old pair of jeans! Super cute!

    Little Treasures

  7. So as I read, I was can I do that. I was thinking about which pair of jeans I could destroy! LOL! I love the clip board and it is so unique. Don't be surprised if you see it in my classroom. LOL!

  8. What a great idea for a clipboard! I love it; so creative and the pocket is a fantastic touch!


  9. Cute blog! Cute clipboard! I'm a new follower!
    The Caffeinated Classroom

  10. I absolutely love your new blog design and your clipboard is fabulous!

    Fourth Grade Garden

  11. Very cute idea! I love crafty things so I would be happy to follow your blog.


  12. Heather,

    Those clip boards are so stinkin' cute!!! I would love to win that other one. Can't wait to see your other make-its and to see what else you have here on your new blog. I am a new follower!! Check mine out if you'd like.

    A Passion For Primary

  13. I am your newest follower! Cute Clipboards- great teacher gift.

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  14. Oh I love making clipboards! I never thought to use jeans though-you have truly inspired me-can't wait to make one that will go with my western theme this year. thanks for sharing your ideas with us

  15. Very cute!! I have given your blog some awards. Please stop by my blog to pick them up.


    Sweet n Sassy in 2nd

  16. I am your newest follower. This clipboard is so fun and unique, I like the idea of the jean pocket.thanks for sharing.


  17. Yep that looks really really awesome. I like that this is a different twist on the decorated clipboard. Awesome awesome! :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  18. Brand new follower! I found you through Made it Mondays! The clipboards are A-DOR-A-BLE!!! I would love to be part of your giveaway!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Shar W.

  19. Now I kick myself for giving jeans away. This is really a nice clipboard. Thanks for the ideas.