December 3, 2009

Clipboard Notepad Organizer

During the holidays, I need all the help with organization I can get. Who am I kidding, I need help with organization all year long! We can talk about those New Year's goals later but let's have a little fun for the holidays, shall we? I have created something so fun for you today that you'll want to drop everything and head straight to your stamps! Go ahead and call work...tell them you're calling in *crafty* today and won't be able to make it.

I have created something that I think will help me with my holiday organization....you know, all the lists for gifts, and crafting, and baked goods, etc. It seems I start a list, and then another and then another. Before I know it, I have lists and notepads everywhere but I can never seem to find what I'm looking for. Follow along with me as I show you my Clipboard Notepad Organizer! I'm saving the final photos for the end so don't peek. Okay, I know you just peeked!
I started out with a simple clipboard, another one of those nifty inventions that I love so much. You can leave yours plain, but I painted mine with a tan (think kraft) colored acrylic craft paint. My paint was from Michael's but you can find this at Walmart, Hobby Lobby or any craft store. I think red would have been fabulous too! Paint two coats with a sponge brush, allowing each coat to dry in between.
Here's the painted clipboard. Not much difference in the color but I was going for that Kraft color. We must pause while I go take my scones out of the oven. (pause) Okay, I'm back. Next, take a piece of Kraft cardstock and cut it to 6" x 11". Adhere two 1/2" wide strips of Scor-Tape down the 6" sides.
Place the cardstock horizontally over the clipboard and turn the clipboard over as shown below. Fold the edges of the cardstock around the clipboard sides with your fingers. Remove the backing from the adhesive and adhere the little flaps to the back of the clipboard.
Turn the clipboard over and it looks like this. Set aside. This piece of cardstock wrapped around the clipboard is going to act as a sleeve for notebooks to slide in and out of. Think refills....you can use it over and over again.
Next up is the covered notepads. I love these notepads. You get a set of ten in Vintage Cream or White for $6 bucks. So perfect, I will never be without a stash of them. These notepads are covered a little differently than my regular notepads. These flip open from the top, making them super easy to cover. Simply cut patterned paper...I'm using Pine's Rustic Snowflakes......to fit the notepad fronts. I'm using three coordinating papers from the pad to make three separate notepads.

I then made toppers for the notepads using Kraft cardstock. Just use scraps that are cut the width of the notepads and wrap around the front to back....like 4" maybe....and use Scor-Tape to adhere. I stamped mine with Fresh Snow ink using Polka Dot Basics II. I finished the edges off with a Martha Stewart punch.
Next, you just slip the cardboard backing of the three finished notepads into clipboard sleeve.
Of course I had to embellish my notepads and clipboard:
For the clipboard itself, I tied some Pure Poppy Swiss Dot ribbon around the entire clipboard, adding a glittery holly leaf I snipped off a sprig. The chipboard NOEL accent is from K & Company and is attached to the clipboard with pop dots.
For my three notepads, I used sentiments and circle borders from Take Note. I stamped *menu* and *gifts* with a separate alphabet set. I then punched the images out with a circle punch and backed them with Pure Poppy scalloped punched circles.
I add final embellishments of Pure Poppy Twill Ribbon and Vintage Buttons tied with Martha Stewart striped twine.
I love how my clipboard organizer turned out! All of my holiday stuff in one spot. Love. I'm displaying it front and center on my recipe easel.
But I dunno, I kinda like the idea of hanging it with my other vintage clipboards too. Um no, you can't have them, sorry.

But I know you've got it in you to try out my clipboard organizer. And stay tuned, I want to make one for every day use after the holidays are over. Hope you enjoy!!

70 comments:

Melissa said...

Great idea! I have a ton of those clipboards in my scraproom left over from making picture frames with them. Thanks for the new twist.

Eveline said...

What a great idea. And it looks so good.
Next time I order from PTI I'll get the notepads too. And I'm going to search for clipboards, I'm not sure they sell them over here.
Eveline.

Lynn said...

This is a great idea...love how you covered the notebooks too..just amazing!

Jana Eubank said...

This is BRILLIANT!!! And cute to boot! ;)

Sarah said...

These are adorable! You are so incredibly creative...I stand in awe! Quick question...how do you keep the notepads from sliding once they are inserted into the sleeve?

Cammie said...

You are just way too clever and creative!

Pamela Knopf said...

Well, if that is not the cutest thing I've seen in a long time!!! What a wonderful idea. You amaze me all the time! Thank you for sharing!!!!!

Hope said...

I love this! I mean you are right you can just change it a little for everyday use!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Mariah said...

Love it! I have got to get some of those note pads. So great!! Thanks!!

Serendipity said...

lOvE iT!!!! Only you could improve on your already famous design of the mini note pads! Thanks for sharing all that you do!!!

wanda50 said...

Girlfriend you are too much. These make wonderful Christmas gifts and I'm already thinking of our Ladies Ministry Group project for next year. Maybe a Mother's Day Gift & Grandma too. Lookout Martha Stewart New Butterfly punch here we come! Thanks for sharing and for being such a wonderful blessing to our papercrafting addiction. Smile..........Luv ya

Scrappin' Kat Woman said...

Thanks for the great idea. I already have one for everyday stuff running through my head.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Awesome idea!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

This is the coolest idea! Thank you so much for sharing.

Mary Beth said...

This is so cool. Thank you for getting the rest of us organized for the season and beyond.

Bonnie said...

Cute! Funky and I LOVE it! So dang Christmas-y!

Anonymous said...

That is the neatest idea I have seen lately. Thank goodness this is my day off so I don't have to call in "crafty." Thanks for sharing. If...you ever do decide to get rid of those vintage clip boards, keep me in mind. Grin!
Edie

Tammy Murphy said...

Yes! I am going to have to try this... I am a list person and always writing on little pieces of paper that get lost~ I need to get myself organized. What a wonderful idea~ Thank you for sharing.

Debbie Nelson said...

What a great idea....have already made a ton of the notebooks for gifts...love the clipboard idea...thank you!

Antje said...

Great - i just did the same thing, but yours looks much prettier! Love the idea to hook the notes in!
I am lost without my lists, will definetly make more of those boards after Christmas is over for everyday organization. So please send more inspiration this way!

Shannon Fralish said...

This is a great idea! I love to try and be organized and if you can look good trying, I say, "why not?!" I love your vintage clipboard collection, too. Thanks for sharing this very crafty idea!

TinaC said...

Wow...how cute and so so clever..!!! Love it...!!!
Tina

Isabel Z said...

You rock! I love, love, love this idea and can't wait to run to the store and pick up some clipboards. I'm always losing my lists and receipts around this time of year (who I am kidding, always) and this will really help keep me organized. A million thanks!

StampinginKansas said...

THUD!!! Yep that's me falling off my chair. This clipboard ROCKS! I sure hope your "Take Note" set ends up under the tree for me this year.

Ted said...

Michelle, these are awesome. You're quite creative when it comes to organization... great job! :)

Tracey McNeely said...

You did it again. Just awesome,now I know how I am going to spend my Friday. :) You are so talented Michelle.

amber said...

oh my goodness...that is FABULOUS!!!! i can't wait to try this out for me...and for a gift for a friend!

Banu said...

WOW amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.

Sue McGettigan said...

Such a fun project - I do love a good list :)

Tracey A. in NH said...

Oh, I just LOVE this idea!! Thanks for sharing...and Happy Holidays!

Yipee! Thanks for coming for a looksi. said...

The colors are gorgeous...I'm in love with the scalloped circles and how and what you stamped inside them. Your instructions are so PICTURE PERFECT for the visual learner. Bless that and "you"! Merry Holidays!!!

Christine said...

Fantastic idea. Thanks for the tutorial too. Love it!!
xoxo, Christine

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Absolutely adorable and so useful! What a great last minute gift idea too.

Tammie said...

I want to leave work RIGHT NOW and head for my craft room! I have to make a few of these for Christmas presents....to be used all year long! Wonderful idea!

Migdalia Roman said...

I have this idea the past year visit my blog... www.detailspr.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

another wonderful idea that i will be definatly be making thanks agian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

karen adams

Susan G said...

Fabulous! Another way to step up the note pads for a little larger giftie for a friend.

Danielle Marie Oakes said...

Great Idea! I have a question looking for an idea using a kraft pocket folder. Like the kids take to elementary school. I have a whole stack of them. I was hoping to make teacher's gifts but I am at a creative stump. If you have an idea danielleoakes05@embarqmail.com you could get me there. Weird question from a strangers. wanted to incoporate the pads somehow. Thanks for the inspiration. Danielle

Traci M said...

I just finished up some of the notepads and love this idea as well, need to find a clipboard. Thanks for sharing such a fun idea!!

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful and so clever! Thanks for sharing. I love your little touches with the striped twine and buttons.

Peg

Linda said...

Awesome idea! Thank you so much for sharing! Aloha, Linda

Anonymous said...

as my tween neices say, uh o.m.g! this is way cool and I want to make some (I have to stop jumping up and down though!)
you are a genious!

ashjoy said...

That is a great idea, I'm just not organized enough to take on another project before the holidays.

Melissa Rodgers said...

How awesome of an idea! I love your clipboards too! I'm jealous.

StampnInkLady said...

Hi Michelle,

I love your Christmas notes clipboard! What a great idea for everyday use! I am constantly making notes and putting them aside, then loosing them. I am not good at altering items, but one of the things I did do was a clipboard gift for hubby. Here is the link to my blog post if you want to check it out.

http://stampninklady.blogspot.com/search/label/Clipboard%20Altering

I look forward to seeing what you do for everyday use! Hugs Lori

P.S. You should set up a following box on your blog. I would love to follow you on my google reader.

connie said...

Great idea! I have clipboards already. Just need to get some notepads.

Angela W said...

These are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Rita said...

Fab! I love the notepads and can't wait to try this idea. Thanks!

patriciad said...

So stinkin cute I could just scream! You crack me up, girl. If this papercrafting thing doesn't work out for you (HA!) maybe you could get yourself a little creative writing gig. ;-)

Debbi said...

Mishie, I LOVE this project!! This makes a GREAT gift!

resmith said...

Mish,you just have the greatest idea! These are perfect. I am always losing my lists. Thank you!!

carmen said...

WONSERFULL, WONDERFULL IS THERE ANT WAY YOU CAN GIVE US THE MEMSUREMENTS FOR THE COVER I JUST LOVE THIS

Lori said...

this idea is a keeper. I have the wheels turning on making one for everyday and to use for handy gifts and to organize all of my note pads that have things written all over them but in no order of organization. Now, can you please come and organize the rest of my life? Thanks, Lori

Ingrid said...

What a great idea! You did a wonderful job. I received this set and the notepads in the mail yesterday. Can't wait to use them.

Janine said...

Thank you for sharing a wonderful holiday (or all year) project that is simple yet gorgeous. I will do one of these for my daughter for school as she loves to keep all her stuff organized. Happy holidays and keep the ideas coming.

Heidi said...

Cute,cute,cute and sooo much fun! Great job!

Helen F. said...

Ohhh, fabulous gift idea for our not-so-organized friends (me :)!

Sheila said...

OK MIchelle,

I want to be you in my nextlife. These are just so darn cute. I just rec'd the Take Note and the pads earlier this week. I will be whipping them out this weekend, that's for sure! Thanks for the great idea.

p.s. I'm trying to figure out why all the posts are dated 4/12/09????

cynthia said...

Wonderful job, Michelle.

We've showcased your Clipboard List Planner at Christmas Planner.

Cynthia Ewer, Editor
Organized Christmas

Patty said...

I love this... what a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration... just way too cute!

Deebi27 said...

What an absolutely solid gift idea, esp. for the unorganized friends/co-workers around me...oops that does include me! I will be looking for some inexpensive clip boards!

cowbelleru said...

OMG!!! I love it. I making one for my Cricut teacher. She has so many things going on and now she can keep everything in one place. I might even add a envelope for coupons. Thank you for a great gift idea.
cowbelleru@sbcglobal.net

Shirley said...

I just ordered your notepad stamps and notepads. What a great idea for a gift for someone. You come up with such adorable ideas. Have a great week-end.
Shirley Lee
Roseville, CA

Gina said...

I love this idea, I love that it is so pretty and functional. Organization is one of our goals that we are working on right now and I can see these for so many things. thanks!

Rose said...

Such a great idea! I can't wait to try this. You've got such a way to make everything you touch look absolutely adorable!!

Annie said...

U r so crafty, I love it when I get an email from PTI cuz I'm hopin' it's u they are featuring1 U have givin' me such great ideas over the last year! Thanks!

Bobbi in Topeka said...

Absolutely adorable!!!! Too late for it to help me with Christmas, but what a fun organizer for The Shabbi Shack. Do you do classes anywhere Michelle?? What a talent you have.

Jenna Millsap said...

Oh my goodness, this is just awesome!!!!!!

I took this idea an used it for Christmas gifts. Thank you so much! You can see the ones I made at http://purplesagecreations.typepad.com/purple-sage-creations/2009/12/great-christmas-gift-idea-thanks-michelle.html.

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