I saw these cute decorated clipboards on Etsy as I was searching for a year end teacher gift. I thought, "Eh, how hard could it be?", right? I started with a pink plastic clip board I picked up at Staples. Although I've read you can find cheap $1 that are brown at the Dollar Store. Since the clip board was pink, however, I decided not to cover the back (it coordinated with my paper, and saved me time and supplies).
My first attempt to cover the board ended in disaster! I used ScorTape to fasten the paper to the board, and started to apply Mod Podge in Matte finish. UGH! Immediately the paper began to bubble and wrinkle! NOOOOOO!!! I was yelling from the corner of my crafting space. I think my husband thought I'd lost my mind. I attempted to smooth the paper and thought that if I waited for it to dry, it'd lie flat again. I think I waited about 15 min. When that didn't happen I painfully pealed the paper from the clipboard and discarded it. This was killer because this paper has been discontinued and I only had a couple sheets of it. Ahhh!!!
After weighing my options and deciding I'd try again, I cleaned my space and crossed my fingers.
Here's the secret:
Apply a THIN coat of Mod Podge to the clip board - THEN apply the paper. I worked one section of paper at a time. I used an old plastic card that's for applying vinyl to walls to smooth out the paper. Although, honestly, there were no bubbles (probably because the MP was a thin coat). After all my paper was on the board I continued to smooth everything down with the card and made sure all the edges were affixed.
Then, you have to wait. I wanted to be sure the glue was dry, so I waited almost 24 hours before I put the first coat of MP on TOP of the paper. Make sure this is a thin layer as well. I waited another 24 hours and put another layer of MP on top. I figured two layers was enough and waited another 24 hours then sprayed with a Clear Acrylic Sealer. After all that was done - I tied all my ribbons on. The clipboard still works, and the lack of embellishments means the teacher can use this for anything she would like.
Ribbon: Misc Joann, Micheals, Hobby Lobby, Papertrey Ink
Paper: KI Memories
Cricut Cartridge: Storybook font
Adhesive: Mod Podge, Matte Finish
Clear Acrylic Sealant