This time at Crafting Genealogy we’re going to make a different kind of display for our vintage family photos. We’re using old wooden clipboards in a cool, artful way. We’ll use scrapbook paper, whatever crafts supplies you have around the house and add in your creativity. So let’s get started!
Old wooden clip boards. I like the beat up kind from flea markets but I’ve seen new wooden ones at the Dollar $tore or WalMart.
Decorative paper – Scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, old book pages, sheet music, maps, etc.
Copies of family pics, old postcards, etc.
Adhesive like glue stick or double-sided tape
Foam adhesive squares (for dimension)
Acrylic paint, ink pad
Various odds and ends like ribbon, buttons, flowers, and so on.
I had three old wooden clipboards tucked away in my basement so I grabbed those for this project. Two were full size and one was half size. They’ll make a nice wall arrangement.
First I decided which background paper I wanted for each clipboard, then traced the clipboard shapes and cut the paper out. As you can see from the photos my papers weren’t long enough to cover the entire clipboard so I added a different paper as a border along the bottom of the larger ones. You can also use two or three different decorative papers on a board, add ribbon or lace to the bottom whatever catches your eye.
I’d say the most difficult part of this project is cutting your paper to fit around the clip at the top of the board. On one board I didn’t come close to cutting it out to fit neatly around the clip. (That’s the board with the kids and dog photo.) I didn’t think it took away from the appearance so I just left it. You can always patch with coordinating paper or add some ribbon or lace.
Next I glued the background papers to the clipboards. I had a hard time trying to get my paper lined up on the first clipboard after I covered it with Modge Podge. So I decided to get my decorative paper lined up first on the clipboard, using the clip to help hold it in place. Then I lifted the edges and put the Modge Podge underneath the paper onto the board. I worked in small areas making sure I kept the paper lined up on my board and then smoothed it out. This worked much better. I wasn’t frustrated trying to pry up glued down paper to readjust it so it fit evenly on the clipboard.
Once the decorative papers are adhered the fun begins! This next part gives you a chance to put your creativity to work. I wanted more than just the plain decorative pages for backgrounds. So I embellished those papers. First I used an ink pad. I ran the pad around the edges of the paper giving it a nice worn look. Then I took acrylic paint (I use the 87 cent a bottle kind) and painted around the bottom of a bottle of water. Pressing the bottle bottom to the paper gave me the broken circles I used on one of the boards. I also painted bubble wrap and pressed it to another board and got an interesting effect. I spattered paint on one board for a different result. I like a vintage, aged feel to my projects and these techniques help to achieve that look.
The next step is layering backgrounds as a type of mat for the photos you’re using. I made sure they coordinated with my backgrounds and the pics. Tearing some decorative papers for different shapes and rougher edges adds to the vintage feel. I spent a little bit of time on this portion adding and subtracting to get the look I wanted. I smudged some ink on these papers too adding an aged look. Once I settled on my layout I adhered the base paper to the clipboard but used foam squares on the pics and additional embellishing pieces to give a little dimension to the layout.
I didn’t add names or dates to the clipboards but they could be included with old labels or tags. You could do this project using current school photos, Christmas or vacation photos if vintage isn’t your style.
I hope you’ll try crafting your own Clipboard Memories. If you do and make your own variation of it, please send me a pic or two. I’ll share them in a future post giving all of us even more ideas and inspiration.
Now if you’ll excuse me I have some clipboards to hang in my office. In the mean time have fun Crafting Genealogy!