FINALLY, here is the tutorial I have been promising for the Advent Calendar Clipboard! As stated before, I looked for a tutorial and never found one, so here you go! I know I saw these on someone's blog awhile back, but never found the samples again! This calendar is part of a class I am doing, see the next post for details :)
Clipboard, stamps of choice, inkpads, Mod Podge, punches, foam brush, magnetic strips, paper clips, pattern paper.
I used regular sized paper clips and precut magnetic strips, you can also purchase this by the roll.
Cut your pattern paper to size. I used "Dashing" DSP from Stampin' Up! For the top piece I used the muti-colored polka dots. The piece is 6 1/2" x 9". (But you could probably cut it down to 6" and get 2 out of one sheet) The bottom piece is the muti-colored stripes, the size is 3" x 9".
I cut a pattern for the top piece that will get cut out. I used printer paper, found the center, cut down into it, then bent it around the clip, forming the edge, then cut that out. (It took a couple of pieces before it was just right) I then traced that pattern on the back of my polka dot piece and cut out the clip piece. (Note: The hole will slip up under the actual clip to the top of the inside piece that is actually attached to the board. I left some extra at the top of the pattern, then cut it off after it was attached to the board.)
Apply Mod Podge to the back of the pattern paper pieces, being careful not to get it too thick, but be sure to cover every inch so you won't get bubbles. Turn it over and apply to the board. Be sure to spread out the paper evenly so that there are no bubbles. You will have a little bit of paper hanging over the sides, thats ok, we'll fix it later!
I also applied a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top of my clipboard to give it a shiny finish. It will also hold up better to being handled a lot. (Personally I think I like the matte finish better now that its done). You can also apply a thin coat over your ribbon to "stiffen" it up.
Set this part aside and do your stamping. I used Season of Joy, All in a Row, Best Friends Alphabets and Pure & Simple Alphabet numbers(retired). I stamped all of my numbers first and then punched them out so they were nice and centered. I used the small tag punch then layered them on Real Red punched with the large tag punch.
After the tags were layered I inserted a paperclip in between the layers at the top of each. I left just a bit sticking out. This allowed me a spot to tie on the ribbons. The back of the clip which you can see is what will stick to the magnetic strips that you will glue onto the board. This way the tags can be easily changed out. (BTW, you want 0-9, plus an extra 1 and an extra 2)
Flip the board over and laying it on a cutting mat, trim the excess paper and ribbon with a sharp exacto knife.
Flip it back over and you are done! The colors I used are Real Red, River Rock, and Always Artichoke. The paper actually has Old Olive in it instead of Artichoke, but the stripes are so small, that it looks fine. This way I had ribbon to match since we didn't have any skinny OLive ribbon! Here's the final product: