Friday, June 25, 2010

super cute mini clipboard

Do you ever just see something cute and fun and you're like, "Oh I like that, I'm gonna go ahead and get that and I'm sure I'll find a use for it?" So, you plop it in your basket and take it home and then figure out what to do with it later? Then of course you wind up with something super cute as if you had planned it all along, and people are like, how'd you think to do that? I love when that happens. Oprah refers to it in her magazine as an Aha! moment. I guess I had one of those Aha moments the other night. 

My aunt gave me a gift card to Michael's as a get well little 'happy' when I was recovering from having my tonsils out. I had never received a gift card from Michael's, but how perfect of an idea was that?! So naturally Michael's had this little section in the middle. I think they put cool stuff there on purpose, like oh she'll see me sitting here and have to buy me. And then the kicker, it said "specialty designer paper" on top of it. Well, I still don't know what made it designer. I mean, I loved the patterns on it. They were definitely more artistic than crafty/cutesy. But I didn't know the name of the designer. It was the same brand, K&Company, as half the other stuff I have bought there and at other stores. It was just a little pad of paper, you know the mat size pad. Then I saw where it said, 'self-adhesive.'  Hmmmmm. The prints were neat. It was sticky which meant I didn't really need glue. I didn't really need to cut too much cause it wasn't big. What could I do with this? What could I put it on?? I had NO idea. But it would make something cool. In my basket it went. UGH, I went in for one thing to get with that gift card - a Crop-a-Dile that had been recommended to me, and I left with so much more. I need blinders in those stores. Needless to say, by the end of the night, my fun paper find made this:



I remebered I had some picture frames that you can decorate and thought the sticky paper might be perfect for that, but if you can't tell, I have A LOT of picture frames (and you've hardly seen half of them). And I would have just put another picture of my niece in it, not that that is a problem either - she's stinking adorable. But then I was searching through my drawer and stumbled upon this blank clipboard that I have had forever. How perfect! I just started sticking and layering until I liked the way it looked, combining and mixing the different patterns. I tore the pieces to get a little bit of texture and distressed them with some distressing ink. To get a few smaller pieces on top for some color contrast, I used my paper punches and layered those. Then I used some clear quote stickers I had. I'm debating whether or not I want to Mod Podge it. But, I'm pretty happy with my spur of the moment find and 5 minute creating came out. 

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1 comment:

Diane@InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Sydney-

I love shopping the aisles of craft and or stationey stores. Your aunt's gift looks like it went far. I replied to your commmet on my blog asking me how I organize my Rolodex, but figured I would write to you also. I use it for everything related to what I do on the computer. If I take my laptop into the family room to work while I watch TV, I take the Rolodex with me as it has everything I need right at my fingertips. I have lettered tabs for genral stuff and then specific ones like PAsswords, Link Parties, E-mails, Wordpress Plugin info. I change it every now and then. I hope you have a great weekend.
Diane

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