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50 in 40 Clipboards

My sister, Hillary, and I have cooked up a road trip, and we will be departing THIS Saturday! We’ve named this trip 50 in 40 because our goal is to go to all 50 states by the time we turn 40. Between the two of us, we have nine states left to visit—but two of those are the same. So really, we only need to go to seven: Iowa, Nebraska, North & South Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Wisconsin! Do you think we can do that in one road trip???

So . . . we are almost on our way! My dad is going with us, as well as two of Hillary’s kids: Zane (12) and Zoey (10). We’ve been brainstorming a bunch of ideas and games to keep the kids entertained, so I wanted to make clipboards: they’ll help us keep everything in one place and give us something to write on.

I started with four boring clipboards (notice the masking):

I made a plan for how to decorate them . . . 

Let the spray painting begin!!! A few tips:
  • Don’t spray paint on a windy day (oops)
  • Wear rubber gloves (or figure out a way to explain multicolored hands)
  • Use new cans of spray paint—or have a backup plan

I masked off the metal . . . 

And I painted both clip boards front and back. (In an earlier picture, you may have noticed a Tangerine Tango-colored paint can. Well, that one was old and clumpy—so I revised my ideas and used gold instead.)

Here they are—all painted! I stuck them to a bulletin board and put a fan on them overnight so they wouldn’t be sticky in the morning.

Then, to my great surprise, three of my coworkers showed up within seconds to join the photo shoot—amazing how a fan can create the feel of walking the runway no matter where you are! Thanks for the laughs, Jen, Chrissy, and Greg! 

Now, on to the decorating! I used glossy Mod Podge, Designer Series Paper, and a few other products.

Zoey’s clipboard was first—I wanted to do a chevron look, so I created a pattern using Grid Paper. I used 1" intervals and then just connected the dots diagonally. Then I cut it out with my Paper Snips and used it as a pattern. 

For Zoey, I chose Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper.

Then I added the Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the top using Crystal Effects.

For Zane, I printed out some huge letters with My Digital Studio—I think they were 400% or so.

Then I placed them on top of some Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper and cut them out. Originally I planned to use the Bandstand Simply Scrappin’ Kit, but once the clipboard was painted, the yellow was too bright . . . so I improvised.

For Hillary, I liked Comfort Café Designer Series Paper and circle punches—I used all of them: from 1" to 2-1/2". 

For mine, I went with International Bazaar. It’s one of my favorite Designer Series Papers EVER! PLUS, the day I started this project, I had been dreaming about visiting Morocco . . . so it seemed perfect! I started with squares, and then Jen (see above—the wind in the hair pic) said “Um, that’s boring—you need hexagons.” So I created a hexagon pattern: 

This was the most difficult and time-consuming part of the whole project—but it was worth it to me because this was my clipboard!! What do you think—worth it??

I love it so much that I didn’t even mind when I realized that I put the same pattern in the top-right corner. It’s my favorite pattern, so it makes sense that I always wanted it face-up!!

A few tips when using Mod Podge: Paint everything—the clipboard, the back of the paper . . . 

AND the top of the paper . . .

You can also use your Bone Folder to make sure all the edges stick to the clipboard.

Now we’re all ready for 50 in 40 . . . well, except for the packing!

I loved this fun and colorful project—hopefully you will, too! Happy crafting!!!

Shannon W.
Demonstrator Training


  • Meg M

    Feb 10

    so stinking cute! Wish you would be in Wisconsin on April 19/20 you could crash our lil mini stampin' up slumber party!

  • Vanessa

    Feb 10

    You are the most creative person I know.

  • April Stevenson

    Feb 10

    Love it Shannon! Good luck on with your 50 by 40 Road trip! I have the same goal, but a few more states then you to visit. I love South Dakota if you stop in Brookings, SD and have time for dinner/lunch I recommend the Ram's Stroganoff Burger. :)