Friday, August 31, 2012

Back 2 School Clipboards

  When we moved into the house I decided instead of using the "dining room" as it was intended I would use it as a homework room instead.  Which is in a perfect location right off the kitchen so I can cook and they can do homework not at the table we are eating on...which is a huge life saver because the children no longer have to clean up their school work so we can eat.  They can do their homework right until we eat and then go back to it when we are done.  I have loved it and it is in this room where my newest project resides.

Okay I am here to admit I am probably the least organized person ever and maybe that is an exaggeration so I will clarify I HATE PAPERS!!!! If it has to do with organizing papers I have a panic...honestly I feel like it will be the death of me sometimes and so I resort to piles, baskets with piles, cupboards with piles, I really have to get a grip on papers. I know I would save a ton of time if I could organize them better.

With the new school year fast approaching(we start after Labor Day here) I decided I would come up with a way to organize the school papers. More specifically the spelling and math tests they need to study for the week and the papers I need to fill out and read over.  I came up with these darling clipboards to hang on the wall for the above mentioned papers.
clipboard project complete
In our home all the children have a number. 
 I have had other posts with things numbered to 4 and that is because I have 4 children at home.
 I now only have 3 so I have taken his number as mine now.

(I have a missing picture it disappeared from my camera and it was a photo of all my supplies)
Items Needed:

Scrapbook paper(school themed)
2 types of ribbon
(I used what I had around the house)
Scotch Double Sided Tape
A Corner Cut Punch
A Number Tag
(I found mine at Michaels)
3M Command Stripes
Once you have all your supplies it is time to get to work.  I made four and it took me about 20 minutes and cost me about a $1.20 a clipboard but I had the ribbon and the clipboards so they really can be done for about $2.
First use the corner punch to clip all 4 corners off the paper to give it a rounder edge.
Then using Scotch Double Sided Tape tear off 1 long stripe of tape{ about 7 inches} and adhere it to the back side of  the paper and then do the opposite end. 
Once that is done open the clip on the clipboard and align the paper up against the clip and then eyeball it on the sides so it is even. 
Then gently lye the paper down and press it down where the tape is.
It will look like this when you are done with this step. I chose to use lined paper for my clipboard. 
 As a side note it is scrapbook paper so it doesn't yellow over time. 
You are now going to cut your ribbon one piece 10 inches and one piece half that at five inches.
Take the largest piece of ribbon { I hope I can explain this well } and thread through the top of you number tag and through the hole at the top of the clipboard and tie a not about 1 inch down from the top of each side of ribbon.  Then take your coordinating ribbon and thread it through the hole of the clipboard and tie it through the other ribbon and over its knot. 
This will hold your first ribbon in place.
Now they are ready to hang.  I love using 3M Command Strip products they have never disappointed and I used them here as well.  I place one Command Strip on the 2 top corners of the clipboard and then adhered them to the wall like this:

clipboard project complete
When they are hanging on the wall the number hangs out away from the clipboard. 
 This way you can still see whose is whose.
*if you were going to use these in a similar way but not hang them on the wall I would totally suggest modge podging the paper to the clipboard
Products used:
clipboard project tools
These opinions are 100% my own and was in no way
compensated for my work from the 3M company.

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