Thursday, October 11, 2012

Clipboard Collage: Picture Frame Alternative

I promised to share if I did something with the photos that actually left my computer screen and hit the press.  At his request, I also promised my husband that he would have pumpkin patch pics for his office by Friday.  Just before bedtime, I finished this easy project.

What I love about this project is how easy it is and inexpensive this is.  You can't easily buy a collage frame for the price of this clipboard! Seriously, a set of 2 was about $3 at the local superstore.

How to create your own:

  1. Paint the Clipboard.  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Slate.  It's water based, so it was easy to rub off the metal when I whoopsied.  You can use any paint you are comfortable with.  I have seen people adhere scrapbook paper to clipboard, but I don't like the idea of cutting my skin on the metal clip in the process.
  2. Arrange your pictures.  I had two vertical and two horizontal pictures.  This made them easy to fit together.  Notice the picture on the bottom right is under the picture next to it.  The off center subject made this easy to arrange.  
  3. Mod Podge.  I have a little tip for Mod Podge projects.  Use a wedge-shaped makeup sponge to apply the Mod Podge to the picture.  It's a nice, cheap, disposable alternative to using a sponge paint brush that cost a dollar that you might try to wash.  Mod Podge is thick and stinky.  It doesn't like to leave a sponge brush.  Moving on!
  4. Adhere.  Place the photos one at a time in the designated spot.

If you want to add ribbon to the clip, go for it.  I created a fabric flower out of some leftover houndstooth fabric, but thought it was too foo-foo for my taste for this project (not to mention my husband's).  I didn't want it to detract from the pictures.  You could make a great display if you printed 5x7's and hang them as a grouping. 

I recently grouped some clipboards together to create a homework station for our office.

I love how these clipboard projects have turned out.  Earlier this week, I teased an upcoming post on a turquoise project.  I really hate that I have committed to selling it.  I'll post about this beauty before the weekend is done! SQUEAK!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by! I would love if you would pin this project.  You know you have some friends who are saying, "I'm just not creative.  I don't know how to make anything!" They can totally paint a clipboard and adhere some photos to it.  You know what I mean, Vern?


  1. Super cute girly!!! LOVE it!!! I agree.. perfect for the hubby's office!!! Now, if it were in my office, it would need LOTS of ribbons and bows!! Foo foo to the max!!! Thanks for linking up!!! Love ya!!

    1. Thanks! I knew you would understand!!! Thanks for hosting. Love you!!


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