How To’sday | Altered Clipboard by Lori Burton

How To’sday | Altered Clipboard by Lori Burton

There is something so satisfying about taking a basic object and turning it into art. Lori Burton did just that with today’s How To’sday tutorial, an altered clipboard.


Altered Clipboard

Supplies/Tools needed:

  • Clipboard
  • Paint
  • Sponge brushes
  • Patterned Paper
  • Punch
  • Mod Podge
  • Ribbon
  • Note Pad (optional)
  • Adhesive (liquid or tape)


Step 1: Paint the top part of the clipboard. You only need to cover the area around the hardware down to just past where you want the paper to begin. Allow time to dry.

Step 2: Cut printed paper to the width of the clipboard and the length you want covered. You can use on paper, mix and match, or (as in the example) use two papers with a strip of paper covering where they meet. I used a corner rounder to cut the bottom piece to fit nicely with the rounded clipboard corners. I also used the same corner rounder (with guide removed) to create the scalloped border on the top and on the strip of paper.

Step 3: Use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of mod podge to the back of the papers and smooth them onto the clipboard. Be sure to gently push any air bubbles out so the paper doesn’t have any ripples. Allow time to dry. Use the same technique to apply any punched shapes or additional paper embellishment.

Step 4: After all of your papers are on the clipboard, apply a thin coat of mod podge to the entire front of the clipboard and let dry.  If you want, you can add more coats, just make sure to allow sufficient dry time between coats.

Step 5: For the butterfly on my example, I added some Distress Stickles to make the body of the butterfly. I also put a little of the same on the corners of the clipboard.

Step 6: To add the ribbon, cut 4–5″ pieces and tie them to the hole at the top of the clipboard. It might be a good idea to seal the ends of the ribbons to prevent fraying. You can use a fray stop liquid, a lighter, or your iRock tool.

Step 7: If you want to include a note pad, you can coordinate it to the clipboard just by taking a piece of patterned paper (as wide as the note pad and thick enough to cover the front and fold over to the back side) and glue it down.  Make sure you use a strong adhesive so it doesn’t pop off.


Lori, thank you so much for your tutorial on altering clipboards. I know I have a few clipboards hanging around here that could use some dressing up! Maybe I’ll even make a clipboard to hang my kids’ summer jobs on. It may make doing jobs just a little more fun.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo. Have a great day!

Lost and Found | Monday Card Madness #37

Lost and Found | Monday Card Madness #37

I have to admit that my heart skips a beat when I even catch a glimpse of today’s steal, the Lost and Found Collections by My Mind’s Eye. I was beyond delighted when I knew that I would be able to make cards for today’s Monday Card Madness using the Union Square and Madison Avenue collections. Because of the elegance of the papers, I decided to keep with a very simple design for the cards.

One of the first things that I think of when I see these papers are a cute little bistro or pastry shop, so I wanted to duplicate the look of a little store awning for my cards by layering three rows of scalloped edge paper.

The embellishments that come with the collections finished of my cards with that little touch of vintage flair that I was seeking.

The cards that you have all been posting on our Facebook fan page are simply gorgeous. Be sure to take the time to send someone a little joy in the mail by mailing out one of your beautiful, heartfelt creations.

In case you’ve missed it, here’s another reminder regarding our current card swap.

Card Swap Details

  • Create 10 cards of any variety, signed on the back (we all want to know who made what).
  • Cards must include envelopes.
  • Mail the cards to our warehouse, to be received no later than June 3oth. (ScrapbookSteals, ATTN: Card Swap, 2181 S. California Ave., #400, Salt Lake City, UT  84104).
  • Email me at once your cards have shipped so that I know whose cards to be on the lookout for.
  • I will then swap the cards and return cards from ten different artists to you.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Have a wonderful Monday and we will see you tomorrow for How To’sday!

Altered Frame Inspired by Simply Handmade

Altered Frame Inspired by Simply Handmade

Hands down, today’s steal the Northridge Media Idea Books are my favorite go-to for inspiration. In fact I have been an avid fan of them since their very first issue of Cards in December of 2005. If ever I’m feeling a creative drought, one of the always inspiring idea books is where I turn.

I love that Northridge has expanded their idea book collection over the years. Simply Handmade has quickly become one of my favorites, as I’m always looking for new ideas of fun things to alter.

I used the April/May issue of Simply Handmade as my source of inspiration for today’s Fantastic Friday project.

Every time I get a new issue I add sticky notes to the projects that inspire me. When I came across the “Dream It. Then Do It” frame by Kate Ryskamp, my inspiration was born. I wanted to create a fun home decor with hand stitching.

I love how the hand stitching compliments the paper art on her frame.

After stitching my flowers I used some markers and chalks to add color then cut out some stems from cardstock. I inked the edges, added a coating of Old Lace glimmer mist, some Thickers along the bottom and my frame was complete.

Now to announce the winner of our baby shower giveaway! I made this fun, boy-themed baby shower kit last week with My Mind’s Eye Portobello Road Collection Kit.

The lucky winner is…

Tiffany Herbst

I hope you have an amazing weekend! Happy scrappin’!

Mega Choices | Mid Week Mojo #46

Mega Choices | Mid Week Mojo #46

What is there not to love about today’s steal the We R Memory Keepers Mega Paper Pack?  This paper pack is filled with so many sheets of papers from so many different collections that it was hard to decided which papers to use. I turned to my photo to inspire this week’s Mid Week Mojo sketch.

I’m a firm believer in scrapbooking life’s not so perfect moments. Last Thursday I experienced perhaps the crowning moment of “oh no” in my life when I realized that I had missed my son’s Kindergarten graduation.

I cried and cried and then cried a little more. I felt like such a horrible mother, especially when I saw the look on his face. I decided that I’d at least take the opportunity from the heartbreaking moment and create a layout, so that not only can my son know how hurt and sorry I was for missing his event, but that he will also know that being a parent isn’t always perfect. There are certainly plenty of times where mistakes happen and all you can do is just love a little more and keep on going.

I really loved how the Geo Hectic papers worked so perfectly with the photo, and while they aren’t traditional school papers they certainly delivered the feeling I was looking for.

I added a few random embellishments and my layout was complete!

And now its time to announce our lucky random winner for the week — April Fraley is our lucky girl!

April, if you’d please send your address to our, we will be happy to send a little scrappy goodness your way.

Don’t forget, we will be having our next online crop on June 24th. You can find all of the details here.

Good luck on being our next random winner for Mid Week Mojo #46. Remember you have unti 11:59PM, MST on June 11th to have your layout uploaded to our Facebook fan page, or your personal blog, with a link left in the comments on this posting in order to be eligible.

Have a very happy Wednesday.

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How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

Inspiration is such an amazing thing. I love when someone posts a project on our Facebook fan page, which creates a buzz and has multiple requests for a “How To’sday” tutorial. Today’s wreath project by Kara Anderson is one of those requests!


Paper Flower Wreath

I can’t take credit for the creative genius of this gorgeous paper flower wreath—it’s originally from the Fancy Pants Designs blog and was created by Ronda Palazzari. It is gorgeous. For Christmas last year I decided to make one for mom and one for myself using the Fancy Pants Christmas Magic paper. I absolutely love it — so much so that it’s still hanging in my house. I thought it would be nice to reserve that one for fall/winter and make another one for spring/summer, so I found some bright, springy paper and made another one. Here are the instructions so you can brighten up your home with one too!

Materials Needed:

  • Patterned paper (I used WRMK Hippity Hoppity for this one and Fancy Pants Christmas Magic for my fall/winter one)
  • Tape runner
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Foam floral ring
  • T-pins
  • Buttons and beads


It is best to do this like an assembly line. I started by cutting all of my strips of paper, then folded them all, then cut, etc. Some of the steps can be done while watching TV!

1.      Cut your paper into strips. You need three strips per flower and you’ll need 2 different sizes of flowers.

  • For the larger flower cut your paper into 1.5 inch x 4 inch strips.
  • For the smaller flower cut your paper into 1 inch x 3 inch strips.

2.      Fold your strip in half from top to bottom. Then fold it in half length wise.

3.      Using your scissors, cut in an arc from the outside to the fold part. This makes the point of the flower.

4.      Unfold the pattern paper and you’ll have a squished oval shape.

5.      Now fold this oval in half top down, you will see the backside of the patterned paper.

6.      Fold part of one side back up.  Then flip it over and do the same thing on the other side other side.

7.      Fold in half again.

8.      Holding the center, run your finger underneath each petal to pop it out.

9.      You will need 3 petals for every flower.

10. Once you have the petals all popped out, take your tape runner and put a little dab of tape/adhesive in the fold and pinch the petals together.

11. Now you are ready to assemble your flowers. Cut small circles out of the scrap paper for the base.

12. Take your glue gun and add a good sized drop of hot glue on the center of the base.  Put all three petals of the flower side by side on the hot glue.  While the glue is still soft, pick up your flower while holding it in the center and fluff the petals so it looks nice and full.  Then let the glue harden and voila!  A beautiful paper flower! Repeat until you have enough flowers to fill up your wreath.  I used approximately 15 large flowers and 25 small flowers.

13. To build your wreath, take your flowers and place them randomly around the floral ring using T-pins to secure them in. Keep building around until your wreath looks full. I started with the larger flowers and then filled in the spaces with the smaller ones.

14. Then add buttons or beads to the center of each flower using your glue gun.


Kara, can I say how much I love your project! Your step by step instructions have made it look so easy. I’m thinking a cute 4th of July wreath will be in my near future.

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Have a fantastic day and we will see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!