Sunday, April 10, 2011

Altered Clipboard

Well, it's been a while since I posted anything....I kinda went through a period of no motivation for a while. =P Anyway, my project today was inspired by the wonderful Tammy Tutterow, who is always covering ordinary things with paper and a few embellishments and making beautiful creations. Also, it was inspired by the fact that I really wanted to play with some Tim Holtz Fragments, and a clipboard provides the perfect flat surface for them. =)

Here are the supplies I used: K&Company Life's Journey paper stack, DCWV Mariposa mat stack, Tim Holtz Fragments and Charms, Grungeboard Minis, Wild Honey Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Adirondack Paint Dabber (white), Idea-ology Swivel Clasp, Matte Multi-Medium, clipboard, ribbons.

This is the front...pretty plain, so as to remain functional. The background paper here and on the back was attached with the matte Multi-Medium. (Love that stuff!) Then I painted all the remaining exposed wood with the paint dabber. I love the way it ended up looking kind of whitewashed.

Here's a close-up of the clip. My initials were colored with the Distress Ink and then covered with Glossy Accents. (This is my new favorite way to make custom letters.) I purposely attached the charm with my middle initial so that it would hang down between the 2 M's. (Ha ha, I know, very clever. =P )
This is where the real fun happens: the back. =) I used almost an entire package of Fragments on this (all but 2). Oh, I forgot to mention in the supplies, I also used some of Tim's Vintage Shabby paper pack. I actually intended to use that paper for most of the tiles, but then I found this fantastic sheet of paper while looking through the K&Company stack for backgrounds:

It has all these great little images on it, that are already coordinated, so I decided to use that instead, with a few tiles from Tim's stack thrown in. Here's what it looked like when I was done:
That is some serious mileage out of one sheet. =)

The large central image and a few small tiles are from the DCWV stack. If you want to see how to make these amazing mosaic/collage tiles, check out Tim's book, Compendium of Curiosities, or if you click on Fragments in the supplies list, there is one of his awesome videos towards the bottom of the page. And here's some close-ups:

Thanks for looking! =)



  1. Great piece, and that K&Co paper was a great find too! :) The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

  2. Wow! That's gorgeous! Great project.
    Hugs and smiles

  3. Such a fun project....Thanks so much for playing!!

  4. AWESOME!!!! Love all of those little pieces of artwork. :)

  5. SO PRETTY!!! It's like a bowl of fruity pebbles but more delicious ;)
    Big hugs,


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