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Create a Custom Scrapbook Clipboard in 5 Easy Steps!

Updated on September 9, 2011

Follow these easy instructions for a DIY clipboard!

Have you seen these adorable, hand-crafted clipboards in boutiques lately? They seem to be popping up everywhere--starting out around $20 a piece! This piqued my interest and I knew I could create one of my own for much cheaper. I don't know about you, but I'm all about saving money AND having an excuse to visit my local thrift and craft stores! Follow these 5 easy steps to create your own custom clipboard for under $5!

What You'll Need

Of course, you'll need to start out with a solid clipboard. You can either browse your local thrift shops, or find one right away on Amazon

You'll also need a sponge brush, although I highly suggest investing in a small package for a few dollars. These are GREAT to have on hand for all sorts of projects, you won't regret it.

Don't forget some quality scissors!

The beloved Mod Podge should be a staple item in every household. This is not glue in a jar, well, not completely. Anyway, grab some if you don't have any yet--you will be happy you did!

Now for the fun part! You will need to choose a couple sheets of coordinating scrapbooking paper and possibly a few embellishments. You can do yourself a d├ęcor favor by choosing papers that match the room the clipboard will be kept in--a nursery, office, kitchen, bedroom, etc. These clipboards are great for holding photos, lists, bills, recipes, etc. This is why I like to make a couple at a time. Heck, make a couple extra to give as gifts! I like to find my scrapbook paper at discount stores or use coupons at the chain craft stores. You can also find great deals on crafting items at Amazon.

Let's Get Started!

Follow these 5 easy steps for a customized clipboard!

Pick Your Paper

I chose a fun polka dot and flower theme for my clipboard, taken from a pack of coordinating scrapbooking paper. Call it "cheating" if you must--I call it an easy shortcut ;)

Trace Clipboard

First, take a pencil & trace the shape of the clipboard on the back of your scrapbook paper. In my case, this will be the main background paper (the polka dots). If your board & paper are like mine, the paper won't be quite long enough.. Good thing you have a couple sheets!

Covering the Gap

If you are using the standard 12x12 scrapbook-sized paper, you too will discover the paper is not quite long enough. Grab your second sheet of paper and decide how you will use it. You can cut a fun design, tear it to give a layered effect, or even cut along the pattern like I did. Note that the following picture is simply to show how I used my second patterend paper, it is not glued down just yet.

Mod Podge That Paper!

If you are lucky, you bought a clipboard that has a clipping system that is removable. If you are like me, you have the option to first make a paper towel "template" of the clipping system area you'll need to cut out.. Or you can wing it... Notice the top left of my clipping system has a bit of a goof? Oh well! That can easily be covered up later with a little paint or paper. Once you're happy with the cut paper, use your sponge brush to apply Mod Podge to the entire clipboard surface as you squeeze the clipping system open. (Get ready for a hand cramp!) Slide your main background paper into place and gently rub out any bubbles.

See my goof? Oh well!

Attach Bottom Piece

After waiting at least 15 minutes, use your sponge brush to apply a light layer of Mod Podge to your second/bottom piece of paper and carefully apply it to the bottom of the clipboard. Once this drys at least another 15 minutes, I also suggest applying a coat of Mod Podge across the entire clipboard surface. This well help add a little durability to your clipboard and even make it easy to wipe clean!


After allowing your clipboard to fully dry, adding extra embellishments can give it a more scrapbook-like feel. You can store this in a drawer, hang it on a nail or even hot glue a magnetic strip to the back and store it on your fridge! No matter what you do with it, it is likely you'll enjoy it and bragging about how you made it yourself. I would love to see your version of my DIY clipboard, so please feel free to post a link! Anybody want to cover it in B&W photos? That's next on my list!


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      4 years ago

      That good I might for sister

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      4 years ago

      Love this idea! I want to make these for end of year Teachers gifts. Can you put paper on the back too? I also thought of gluing a piece of elastic across the back so you can hold papers down?? I wanted it to be pretty on both sides is that possible? Thanks so much for the great idea!

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      clever tips. I didn't know i could make my clipboard a fancy one

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very cool! I have been wondering how these are made. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Does anyone know if a clear, plastic clipboard will work with this? I'm not a fan of the brown clipboards..

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      8 years ago

      this looks very easy cheap and fun i cant wait till this weekend so i can go get the stuff to make one with!! :)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I included this post in a tutorial link list on my blog today. Enjoy. :)

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      Ania L 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Simple yet beauty - great project. I really like this idea of using existing flowers pattern from the paper, it made it look special yet is easy to achieve. Thank you.

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      8 years ago from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie

      What a great idea. I'm not too crafty, but I am going to make several of these. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      thanks for the idea, I love to make my own scrap book from scratch... This is really nice hub, thanks for sharing this.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      This is an interesting and simple idea! I'm going to make them with my crafty nieces. Thanks for the idea.

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      Sophia Masika 

      8 years ago from Everywhrere figuratively


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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Congrats on getting Hub of the Day! I have seen these clipboards, and they're adorable. They would make wonderful gifts. Thanks for the detailed explanation with pictures. I'm bookmarking this so I can share it with my crafty friends.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      8 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome! Going to 'like' this for sisters and nieces. Maybe an uncle or nephew you never know. Or, maybe I won't like it and make some Christmas gifts, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Congrats for the award and welcome to HubPages too!

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      8 years ago from Upstate NY

      What a great idea! After reading your comments I realized this would be a nice idea to show my younger daughter. She could make them for her teacher's. She has so many I can never get expensive tokens of my appreciation, this one or even two would be great. One for home and one for the classroom. Thanks and congrats on Hub of the Day!


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      Leah Lefler 

      8 years ago from Western New York

      That is extremely cute - what a great craft idea! I am definitely using this idea for creating cute end-of-year gifts for my kids' teachers.

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      8 years ago from UK

      Congratulations on hub of the day. These clip boards are extremely handy. They can even be stuck to a kitchen wall, with a refillable pad of note paper and a pen, for memos. Just an idea.

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      8 years ago from USA

      Congrats on your hub of the day! What a great way to start off your career here at HP. These look like fun things to make as a gift for someone that is always using clipboards. I can't wait to try and make one. Thanks for sharing this neat idea and using helpful pictures. I'm looking forward to reading more.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      8 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for sharing simple instructions for this project. Can't wait to try it! Looking forward to seeing your next DIY project.

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      8 years ago

      Having those fabrics smiling at me on the front page today is really nice--they are a great choice for your photo!

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      8 years ago

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award! Still love this project! :)

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      8 years ago from Olympia, Washington

      What a wonderful way to start my day =)

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      8 years ago from Olympia, Washington

      I am blown away!! Thank you everybody!

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      8 years ago from Southern California

      Great gift idea and easy to do!

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      8 years ago

      How pretty! Love the idea. Congrats on the Hub of the Day! Voted up and interesting.

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      Carrie Smith 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Whoo hoo! So glad this is the Hub of the Day. I loved this post when I first read it a week ago, and it's still great. Very creative and really useful too. Congratulations!

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      any excuse to collage and decopage and I am all there!!! cool article and congratulations on your 'hub of the day!" well deserved!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      8 years ago from Iowa

      Congratulations on having the hub of the day! This is a cute idea. I especially like your suggestion to glue a magnetic strip on the back. I can't use magnets on my refrigerator, but can on the door from the kitchen to the garage. What a great place to have a clipboard for coupons, mail, etc.! Thanks.

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      Teresa Coppens 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm always looking for a way to keep more organized. What a wonderful way to do it. Very well-layed out article. Pictures make it very easy to see how its done! Bravo!

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      8 years ago from Michigan

      This is a fantastic guide and so simple! I'm a teacher and hate the way clipboards look. I'm definitely doing this for myself and some other teachers. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Congratulations on your hub of the day and welcome to Hubpages!

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Wow! Gorgeous but yet so simple! I love decoupage projects and this is just lovely. Congrats on getting hub of the day.

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      My Footprints 

      8 years ago from MY

      Wow! great craft that I can add to my collection. Its fun and simple. Thanks for the great idea. Voted up.

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      Carrie Smith 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is so cool! I've never thought about doing this, but I enjoy scrapbooking and crafting so this is something I need to try. Thanks for posting this fabulous idea. Voted up and sharing.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      This is so cute! Your craft guides rock.

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      8 years ago from Olympia, Washington

      Thanks! Let me know how it goes!

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      Renee S 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Ok, you've given me another project to do! Love it!

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      8 years ago from Olympia, Washington

      Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it! This site is interesting, although I'm a bit clueless lol

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      8 years ago

      I have not seen these before. Neat first hub!


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