Here's how to turn your boring-looking, utilitarian clipboard into something that's great to look at and totally useful. While I was specifically thinking about hemp projects when I altered my clipboard, there's no reason this wouldn't work just as well for paper crafts or anything else you want to take along with you.
Step 1: Make it PrettyModPodge works great if you want to cover the clipboard with decorative papers. Just brush one layer of ModPodge onto the clipboard, trim the papers to size, then adhere the papers and brush another layer of ModPodge on top.
Of course, decoupage isn't the only option for making it pretty. Paint it, stamp it, add photos -- whatever you like!
Step 2: Add a Thing-HolderPill boxes with screw-on lids work great for keeping beads, jewelry findings, or eyelets handy while you work. Don't want to permanently glue it on? Try using super-strong magnets. I have a magnet on the inside of my plastic pill box, and it still holds firmly to the clip.
Step 3: Add a BagNeed a place for slightly larger things like scissors, ink pads, or markers? Use velcro strips to add a makeup bag to the back of the clipboard. It gives you some nice extra storage -- but you can still have a flat surface if you want one. Just be sure to use the fuzzy side of the velcro on the clipboard so you don't scratch things (like your own legs!) when you're using the board without the bag.
Step 4: Make it UsefulBrainstorm what else you might need while you're crafting. Need to measure stuff? My friend Linda had the great idea to scan in a measuring tape for the edge. Or maybe you're always having to look up instructions or measurements for a particular project? Just print them and decoupage them to the board.
Here are some other ideas for making it useful:
- Use multiple bags for multiple crafts. If you craft in multiple mediums, consider having one bag for each medium -- i.e., a bag with all your hemp stuff, a bag with all your paper crafting tools, etc. Add velcro to each one, so you're ready to swap 'em out and go. (It probably goes without saying that those of you who are handy with sewing machines can make all sorts of cool bags for this.)
- Hook it. Think about hardware that would make your project easier. Since I'm using this for hemp, I'm thinking about adding a hook under the clip for holding the cords a little more securely.
- Keep things clean. Clip a sheet of wax paper under anything potentially messy you're working on. Makes clean-up easy for stamping, gluing, or even polymer clay.
- Look for other cool add-ons. Maybe blackboard paint, corkboard, or sticky notes? Figure out what would be useful to you...
Making your own, portable crafting station is as easy as that... and of course, you could come up with endless variations. I'd love to hear from you if you have some ideas!