My He(ART)-Full Life

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

clipboard photo frame DIY project-easy, beautiful + practical!!!

I have been doing lots of little projects that I have had on my to-do list for the longest time. This clipboard photo frame DIY is soooo cute...and super easy to do! I had read about it ages ago and finally got around to doing it. All you need are these things right here:

*a clipboard...I buy mine from Michaels (2$!!) but any one will do
*patterned paper (you can also use paint or your art journal pages or...)
* decoupage glue (I use Modge Podge)
* scissors, paper cutter
* embellishments (flowers, ribbon, buttons, etc)
* letters (chipboard, stickers, rub-ons...)
* a photo (s)
This project is really so super easy and fun...I want to make like..20 of them and put them all over the house:)
1. The first thing I do is remove the clip off the board. Then I go about picking different papers and embellishments that appeal to me. I decide on a blue/green color scheme with bits of pink thrown in.
2. I then measure and cut the papers and lay them on the board. I move things around quite a bit to get a pleasing layout.

3. When I am satisfied with the way things look, I use my decoupage glue and apply the papers to the board. Let dry completely.
4. In the meanwhile, I apply paint to the clip and also let dry. If you use acrylic paint, apply sealer over top when paint dries. Or you can go for a scratched up, weathered  look like I did!!

5. Now I really go a little over the top ...why not!! I add this gorgeous flower and lots of ribbons!

 6. I add letters...and use the decoupage glue to adhere them to the paper. You can then use the glue to seal the entire thing...I chose not to because I like it looking a little unfinished.

7. Complete decorating the clip. You can use ribbons or rub-ons or leave it completely plain. It's totally up to you. When everything is dry, I screw it back onto the clipboard.
8. Add photo!!!

All done!!! Here it is hanging up on the wall. The best part is that you can change out the pics whenever you want.
Tara just loves looking at this ...loves loves loves!!! I really hope you will try out this project...
*you can also use this idea to make an inspiration board, a to-do list, a mini art journal page to hang up on your wall...the possibilities are endless! (Thanks SooZe for the tip and reminder!!)...and they make great gifts too!
Okay...Tim has Tara for a few hours so I am off to work on my's still not all put together!!


Carola Bartz said...

Soraya, this is super cute! I did two clipboards a few years ago and I really liked to work with that.

By the way, your showing of your journal pages really inspired me, especially your page with the hand. I had to try that out and am currently making a page, and I found that "my" hand looks so similar. I hope you don't mind, but that page really jumped at me!

Diane said...

Thank you for this!! This is so fun!

kelly said...

What a great idea! I'm so glad you had time to work in your studio too. :)

SooZeQue said...

Who knew clipboards could be so cute and actually encourage me to keep my list where I could find it. Too Cute!

scrapwordsmom said...

SUPER CUTE!!! I LOVE what you did with this. I have wanted to do this for YEARS now...why I haven't is beyond me!!

Sharing on FB today!!

decor8 said...

Wow that is really beautiful, I love it Soraya. xo

ArtPropelled said...

This is such a good idea Soraya and yours has turned out beautifully.

Arianna said...

Hi Soraya, I just discovered your blog through BYW. I am so happy that I did! This is a gorgeous post I love it so much :) see you in class ;) x