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Create a Custom Scrapbook Clipboard in 5 Easy Steps!


Follow these easy instructions for a DIY clipboard!

Have you seen these adorable, hand-crafted clipboards in boutiques lately? They seem to be popping up everywhere--starting out around $20 a piece! This piqued my interest and I knew I could create one of my own for much cheaper. I don't know about you, but I'm all about saving money AND having an excuse to visit my local thrift and craft stores! Follow these 5 easy steps to create your own custom clipboard for under $5!

What You'll Need

Of course, you'll need to start out with a solid clipboard. You can either browse your local thrift shops, or find one right away on Amazon

You'll also need a sponge brush, although I highly suggest investing in a small package for a few dollars. These are GREAT to have on hand for all sorts of projects, you won't regret it.

Don't forget some quality scissors!

The beloved Mod Podge should be a staple item in every household. This is not glue in a jar, well, not completely. Anyway, grab some if you don't have any yet--you will be happy you did!

Now for the fun part! You will need to choose a couple sheets of coordinating scrapbooking paper and possibly a few embellishments. You can do yourself a décor favor by choosing papers that match the room the clipboard will be kept in--a nursery, office, kitchen, bedroom, etc. These clipboards are great for holding photos, lists, bills, recipes, etc. This is why I like to make a couple at a time. Heck, make a couple extra to give as gifts! I like to find my scrapbook paper at discount stores or use coupons at the chain craft stores. You can also find great deals on crafting items at Amazon.

Let's Get Started!

Follow these 5 easy steps for a customized clipboard!

Pick Your Paper

I chose a fun polka dot and flower theme for my clipboard, taken from a pack of coordinating scrapbooking paper. Call it "cheating" if you must--I call it an easy shortcut ;)


Trace Clipboard

First, take a pencil & trace the shape of the clipboard on the back of your scrapbook paper. In my case, this will be the main background paper (the polka dots). If your board & paper are like mine, the paper won't be quite long enough.. Good thing you have a couple sheets!


Covering the Gap

If you are using the standard 12x12 scrapbook-sized paper, you too will discover the paper is not quite long enough. Grab your second sheet of paper and decide how you will use it. You can cut a fun design, tear it to give a layered effect, or even cut along the pattern like I did. Note that the following picture is simply to show how I used my second patterend paper, it is not glued down just yet.


Mod Podge That Paper!

If you are lucky, you bought a clipboard that has a clipping system that is removable. If you are like me, you have the option to first make a paper towel "template" of the clipping system area you'll need to cut out.. Or you can wing it... Notice the top left of my clipping system has a bit of a goof? Oh well! That can easily be covered up later with a little paint or paper. Once you're happy with the cut paper, use your sponge brush to apply Mod Podge to the entire clipboard surface as you squeeze the clipping system open. (Get ready for a hand cramp!) Slide your main background paper into place and gently rub out any bubbles.


See my goof? Oh well!


Attach Bottom Piece

After waiting at least 15 minutes, use your sponge brush to apply a light layer of Mod Podge to your second/bottom piece of paper and carefully apply it to the bottom of the clipboard. Once this drys at least another 15 minutes, I also suggest applying a coat of Mod Podge across the entire clipboard surface. This well help add a little durability to your clipboard and even make it easy to wipe clean!



After allowing your clipboard to fully dry, adding extra embellishments can give it a more scrapbook-like feel. You can store this in a drawer, hang it on a nail or even hot glue a magnetic strip to the back and store it on your fridge! No matter what you do with it, it is likely you'll enjoy it and bragging about how you made it yourself. I would love to see your version of my DIY clipboard, so please feel free to post a link! Anybody want to cover it in B&W photos? That's next on my list!


mattea on June 18, 2015:

That good I might for sister

AFMomXs2 on May 05, 2015:

Love this idea! I want to make these for end of year Teachers gifts. Can you put paper on the back too? I also thought of gluing a piece of elastic across the back so you can hold papers down?? I wanted it to be pretty on both sides is that possible? Thanks so much for the great idea!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 18, 2014:

clever tips. I didn't know i could make my clipboard a fancy one

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 09, 2013:

Very cool! I have been wondering how these are made. Thanks!

Taylor on November 28, 2012:

Does anyone know if a clear, plastic clipboard will work with this? I'm not a fan of the brown clipboards..

Abigail on February 23, 2012:

this looks very easy cheap and fun i cant wait till this weekend so i can go get the stuff to make one with!! :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 21, 2012:

I included this post in a tutorial link list on my blog today. Enjoy. :)

Ania L from United Kingdom on October 14, 2011:

Simple yet beauty - great project. I really like this idea of using existing flowers pattern from the paper, it made it look special yet is easy to achieve. Thank you.

SheliaKay from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie on September 22, 2011:

What a great idea. I'm not too crafty, but I am going to make several of these. Thanks for sharing.

mondkill on September 21, 2011:

thanks for the idea, I love to make my own scrap book from scratch... This is really nice hub, thanks for sharing this.

whaturmissing from Canada on September 21, 2011:

This is an interesting and simple idea! I'm going to make them with my crafty nieces. Thanks for the idea.

Sophia Masika from Everywhrere figuratively on September 21, 2011:


Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 21, 2011:

Congrats on getting Hub of the Day! I have seen these clipboards, and they're adorable. They would make wonderful gifts. Thanks for the detailed explanation with pictures. I'm bookmarking this so I can share it with my crafty friends.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on September 21, 2011:

Awesome! Going to 'like' this for sisters and nieces. Maybe an uncle or nephew you never know. Or, maybe I won't like it and make some Christmas gifts, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Congrats for the award and welcome to HubPages too!

SEXYLADYDEE from Upstate NY on September 21, 2011:

What a great idea! After reading your comments I realized this would be a nice idea to show my younger daughter. She could make them for her teacher's. She has so many I can never get expensive tokens of my appreciation, this one or even two would be great. One for home and one for the classroom. Thanks and congrats on Hub of the Day!


Leah Lefler from Western New York on September 21, 2011:

That is extremely cute - what a great craft idea! I am definitely using this idea for creating cute end-of-year gifts for my kids' teachers.

Emma from UK on September 21, 2011:

Congratulations on hub of the day. These clip boards are extremely handy. They can even be stuck to a kitchen wall, with a refillable pad of note paper and a pen, for memos. Just an idea.

Tammy on September 21, 2011:

Congrats on your hub of the day! What a great way to start off your career here at HP. These look like fun things to make as a gift for someone that is always using clipboards. I can't wait to try and make one. Thanks for sharing this neat idea and using helpful pictures. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on September 21, 2011:

Thanks for sharing simple instructions for this project. Can't wait to try it! Looking forward to seeing your next DIY project.

RTalloni on September 21, 2011:

Having those fabrics smiling at me on the front page today is really nice--they are a great choice for your photo!

RTalloni on September 21, 2011:

Congrats on your Hub of the Day award! Still love this project! :)

KaeliElyse (author) from Olympia, Washington on September 21, 2011:

What a wonderful way to start my day =)

KaeliElyse (author) from Olympia, Washington on September 21, 2011:

I am blown away!! Thank you everybody!

bloggering from Southern California on September 21, 2011:

Great gift idea and easy to do!

SJmorningsun25 on September 21, 2011:

How pretty! Love the idea. Congrats on the Hub of the Day! Voted up and interesting.

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on September 21, 2011:

Whoo hoo! So glad this is the Hub of the Day. I loved this post when I first read it a week ago, and it's still great. Very creative and really useful too. Congratulations!

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on September 21, 2011:

any excuse to collage and decopage and I am all there!!! cool article and congratulations on your 'hub of the day!" well deserved!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on September 21, 2011:

Congratulations on having the hub of the day! This is a cute idea. I especially like your suggestion to glue a magnetic strip on the back. I can't use magnets on my refrigerator, but can on the door from the kitchen to the garage. What a great place to have a clipboard for coupons, mail, etc.! Thanks.

Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on September 21, 2011:

I'm always looking for a way to keep more organized. What a wonderful way to do it. Very well-layed out article. Pictures make it very easy to see how its done! Bravo!

cardelean from Michigan on September 21, 2011:

This is a fantastic guide and so simple! I'm a teacher and hate the way clipboards look. I'm definitely doing this for myself and some other teachers. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Congratulations on your hub of the day and welcome to Hubpages!

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on September 21, 2011:

Wow! Gorgeous but yet so simple! I love decoupage projects and this is just lovely. Congrats on getting hub of the day.

My Footprints from MY on September 21, 2011:

Wow! great craft that I can add to my collection. Its fun and simple. Thanks for the great idea. Voted up.

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on September 14, 2011:

This is so cool! I've never thought about doing this, but I enjoy scrapbooking and crafting so this is something I need to try. Thanks for posting this fabulous idea. Voted up and sharing.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on September 14, 2011:

This is so cute! Your craft guides rock.

KaeliElyse (author) from Olympia, Washington on September 08, 2011:

Thanks! Let me know how it goes!

Renee S from Virginia on September 08, 2011:

Ok, you've given me another project to do! Love it!

KaeliElyse (author) from Olympia, Washington on September 08, 2011:

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it! This site is interesting, although I'm a bit clueless lol

RTalloni on September 08, 2011:

I have not seen these before. Neat first hub!

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