Sunday, March 9, 2014

Altered Clipboard Swap 2014

Hello All!

I welcomed the sunshine and Spring-like warmth today and I'm relishing it while we have it. It is a happy pause in between the days of snowfall, which will be heading our way, again, in a day or two...sigh...

I attended the monthly get-together at the scrapbook club that I'm a member of (the Douglas County Scrapbook Group led by our wonderful and talented organizer Jodie) two evenings ago. She hosted another fun swap that challenged me creatively, which is always good, for I need to expand on new techniques and sometimes be pushed outside my comfort zone.

So this swap was an 'Altered Clipboard Swap' and we were paired with a partner, according to the order in which we signed up to participate. The rules were pretty much carte blanche...use a clipboard of any size and ask your partner what theme/style she would like to have on her clipboard. Oh what fun this was! My partner, which happened to be Jodie, wanted a wedding theme so she could display a wedding photo of her son and daughter-in-law 'to be' from their upcoming wedding this June. Let me tell you, the ideas and thoughts that started swirling around in my brain had me sketching out some 'recipes' for the clipboard. I finally came up with a plan and gathered my supplies. Intimidated at first, I began to trim, paint, glue and bead...yes, I said bead.

So let me show you some photos of my finished project!

This photo doesn't do it justice, but it is done in whites, creams, a touch of pale lt. blues & pale lt. pinks. The frame will be able to hold a 4 x 6 photo. I asked my mother to please crochet two 3" doilies for this project and she graciously did. : )  My grandmother worked most of her adult life making wedding gowns and I acquired some of the bridal trims she had used in her works. So I had to add some of the trims, of course, to this wedding themed clipboard. I came across a wonderful and super fun technique on Pinterest for what I call 'faux' porcelain roses. I will put the link for the tutorial from this very creative lady's blog at the end of this blog entry. I will also include some of the supplies I used to make this project.

This is a close-up of the flower cluster that includes some of the 'faux' porcelain flowers & leaves. A handmade stick pin, Prima clock face, some rhinestone sprays, small glittered dove and handmade seam binding finish off this cluster.

A close-up of the beaded chain I made and then I added a white chain, clip and some charms from my stash along with some Art-I-Cake charms I took apart and revamped.

A look at the back of the clipboard. I punched some borders out of paper and added a lace panel, another addition from my mother, and made a pocket from some paper doilies I actually received in a goodie box from Jodie. I thought it would be sweet to type up a short wedding poem which I found on the internet. I cut it into a tag and tied some tulle through the punched hole at the top. On the back of the tag I wrote what items my mother and grandmother contributed to this project for Jodie.

The group has already swapped the clipboards and let me say that not only did I LOVE the clipboard I received, but was amazed at all of the talent and ideas the other ladies came up with. I will post the clipboard I received on my next post.

Happy crafting to you all and thanks for stopping by!


Flower tutorial: One More Time Events by Tammy @

Supplies:  clipboard from Wal-mart
                    papers: Basic Grey's Little Black Dress 'Best Dressed'
                                Teresa Collins Family Stores 'Noted'
                    paints (white, bubble gum pink, pool blue & banana yellow): Apple Barrel
                    metal photo corners: Momenta
                    charms: misc. and parts of Art-I-Cake (Charm Me 'I Do' charm added later)
                    silk flowers
                    plaster of paris: DAP
                    handmade seam binding made from white batiste fabric
                    white chain
                    silver findings
                    6mm glass pearls
                    balsa wood frame from Michael's
                    crackle medium: Weathered Wood by Americana
                    large white flower with pearl center: Recollections
                    handmade stick pin
                    rhinestone sprays from Hobby Lobby
                    white crochet doilies: my Mother
                    assorted laces & trims: my Grandmother, Hobby Lobby & misc.
                    charm frame from Michael's
                    clock face: Prima
                    flat-back pearls: K&COmpany

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