I love being organized. Love Love LOVE it.
But as a crafter, the chaos is inevitable. Heck, sometimes it helps! But when I started noticing more than a few unfinished projects, and I couldn’t find what I was looking for in my blogging notebook, I knew I needed to try a different organization system for my tasks.
I want to share one of my DIY projects helping to keep me on track,
You know those pretty clipboards in the office section of everyones favorite big box store? Yes! I want to put them all in my basket, but I wanted to make a few that reflected MY style and MY needs. These can easily be customized with papers and embellishments that match YOUR craft area for a great command center.
To create the magnetic Succulent Clipboard with pockets:
- Old Clipboard. Any style works. If you don’t have one stashed away in your basement, dollar stores sell them cheap, too.
- Modge Podge. I make my own using a 50/50 mix of school glue and water. Mix these up in a plastic bowl using a foam brush.
- 12″ X 12″ Designer Series Paper
- Coordinating Cardstock for the pockets. I was using scraps, but you will need less than 2 pieces of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.
- Magnet sheet. Or if you want to be super frugal, use a few of the unused flat magnets from neighborhood businesses.
- Stampin Up Oh So Succulent Stamps and Framelits.
- Glue magnets using modge podge to one side.
- Cut DSP to fit. For the difficult corners at the top, I recommend using a large piece of scrap paper (newspaper even!) to first cut that to size using a craft knife.
- Modge podge your beautiful paper down to your clipboard. Use a credit card to keep it smooth.
- Any excess around the edges can be glued around the corners.
- For each Pocket:
- Cut your cardstock to 3″ x 6 1/2″, score at 3 and 3 1/2″.
- Cut more cardstock to 2″ x 3 1/2″, score alongside every 1/2″
- Score on wide side at 1/2″, Cut out so only the center 1/2″ remains.
- Fold like an accordion and adhere to the larger piece.
- Adhere your pockets to the side of your clipboard. Ensure you have enough space between each pocket to access what you put in it.
- Did you want to make that giant 3D succulent for your pocket?
- Cut out 5 descending sizes using the framelits from Old Olive cardstock.
- Sponge Pear Pizazz Ink (or a brighter green than your cardstock) in the center and the inside of the petals.
- Sponge Berry Burst Ink to shade the tips.
- Slightly curl the petals with your fingers to give them dimension.
- Stack the petals with dimensionals between the largest, 2nd, and 3rd layers. Attach the other two layers using paper adhesive.
- Add a Berry Burst embellishment to the center.
- Experiment for your other succulents! Try combos with Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, and Rich Razzleberry. Succulents are each very unique, so it’s easy to make one that looks realistic.
I made one clipboard for each category of my most common notes (which normally just get written down on a scrap piece of paper, never to be seen again ugh!!).
- I adhered a piece of cork board to the bottom so I can easily pin small pieces of inspiration and quotes.
- Using my favorite crafty paper (I’d Rather Be Crafting from Echo Park) and a small notebook I decorated next to a matching post-it note pad, I can write out my next idea while I’m finishing my current project.
- To-Do List
- The succulent clipboard has a post-it note pad which I customized with a checklist stamp (Thanks to my stamping friend Michelle for sending these to me!) to help me write out my daily priority list! And I stamped that little pink succulent magnet to match!! Isn’t it cute?
Inspiration to make these came from these challenges:
Can you see these clipboards being super-functional for your command center? Let me know what you might use your clipboards for! I’d love to see what you decide works for your style! 🙂
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