Thursday, October 8, 2009

think about it Thursday...

Welcome to what I am calling Think about it Thursday!! My name is Heather.

A little bit about me…

Born and raised in Utah. I married the love of my life over 9 years ago. I am a stay at home mom of 4 kids. 2 boys ages 8 and 6, a sassy sweet 4 year old girl, and another bouncing 1 year old boy on the end. They are my joy!

I love to “stitch” as I call it (the word embroidery sounds to old ladyish…) I have tried my hand at bag making. I enjoy scrapbooking and have recently picked up digital scrappin which is totally addictive…I don’t know if I will ever be able to go back to the “old” way again! I love to take pictures, eat Café Rio pork burritos, drink Dr. Pepper, stay up late (my dad says the technical term for me is a Post Adolescent Owl…but that is a post for another time), sleep in (which rarely happens), blog (, organize (nothing thrills me more than to remove stickers and tags from brand new binders and Sterilite tubs!) copy cat craft, and read!

Why Think about it Thursday you might be asking yourself? Well…I think A LOT! Sometimes I think …I over think!! Before most things get done in my life I have to think about it first! I am always thinking about how I can make my life run smoother, less stressful, and create a homey cozy home. I make lists on post it notes, come up with a game plan and try to get it done.

So join me each Thursday as I show you what I have been thinking about!

This week…I have been thinking about papers! I have loads and loads of papers that come home with my 3 children from school. They unload all of it onto my kitchen counter and I can’t stand it anymore. If I am not standing there watching WHAT comes out of WHOSE bag I end up walking around with random papers yelling, “Who brought this home? Does this belong to you? Do I need to sign this? When does this paper go back?” Some things go back the next day…some things not until Friday…with each kids teacher there is a different system…there are bag books, and sorting words, home work, and permission slips…yikes… I have tried creating a pile for each kid on the counter, but then the Mr. comes home from work with the mail and plops it down on top of my piles and…well…it is driving me crazy! Luckily I am surrounded by great crafty and talented friends. One such friend had a fabulous idea and I am totally going to copy her! She made a clipboard for each of her kids (and herself) for all of their stuff to be put on. She got a great shelf from IKEA and they just lean against the wall in her craft room. LOVE IT!! Not only are they super cute, but it keeps everything for each child organized & up and out of the way!


plain brown clipboards (I got mine for $ .99 from Wal-Mart. )

scrapbook cardstock to cover each one

modge podge

sponge brush

spray adhesive (optional…I used this, but you could use modgepodge)


sissors, papper cutter

(click on pictures to enlarge)

Step #1: Find a place for your project to live. I recently purchased a lovely peg board from Andy’s wonderful craft market and I hung it in my laundry room. I plan on putting my finished clip boards on a shelf over the pegs.

Step #2: Gather your supplies. Make sure you have 2 -12x12 sheets of paper per clipboard. You don't need a ton of modge podge so if you have some you probably won't need to get more, but if you don't have any you won't need more than a little craft paint sized bottle.

Step #3: Take your paper for your first clip board. Cut it down so that it is a little larger than the clip board. Maybe like 1/8th of an inch hanging over. Don't worry about cutting it too straight because we will sand it off later. Next cut 2 notches in the top of your paper so that you can slide it past the bolt thingys. Slide the paper under the silver clip making sure you line up the notches in your paper with the 2 bolt things. Now this was a little harder than I pictured. I had to use a butter knife to slip under the silver clip to lift it up a little. It took a little elbow grease, but I was able to slip the paper under. I wasn't able to get my paper all the way to the top...thats okay...just get it as close as you can. Be careful not to rip your paper in all your elbow greaseiness!

Step #4: A 12x12 paper isn't quite long enough to cover the board so use some extra paper at the bottom. Cut any additional decorative paper for your clip boards. I used some coordinating paper at the bottom of each of mine. Get can decorate them however you want.

Step #5: Next step is to glue your paper onto your boards. I used a spray adhesive out on my back porch. It goes on really even, but is a little can also use modge podge too. I had already slipped my paper under the clips...and I wasn't about to pull them out, so I just lifted the paper up and sprayed underneath. Make sure you leave plenty of time for the glue to dry.

Step #6: Use your sandpaper to sand off the edges of the paper. This was so cool! It totally makes a crisp, straight line. It was a little tough sanding through the layered paper at the bottoms of my boards...just took some of that elbow grease I talked about earlier. Who knew we would also be working out!

Step #7&8: I used some ink pads to antique the edges of each board. This step is optional, but I think it looks cute and adds a finished touch!

Step #9: It's time to modge podge! I placed grocery bags under each board so that I wouldn't get the podge onto my counter. Completely cover the front and sides of each board. If you used paper instead of cardstock the chances of it bubbling go up. If it does bubble...don't worry it looks worse when wet than it does when it's dry! Let each board completely dry.

Thats it folks! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!!

I bought a long black Ribba shelf in IKEA's frame department and voilà instant organization!


  1. I love "Think about it Thursday"! And I way love your solution to paper mania. gets so insane. Your clip boards turned out so cute!! Thanks so much for posting!

  2. Oh, and where do you buy your distress ink? That looks like a "must have".

  3. ha ha I have the same white pencil holder from Target! My clip boards are sitting on my counter ready to be used! Collette is doing them too. I can't STAND paper clutter and spent an hour yesterday getting rid of stuff like that. I'm excited to get a move on and finally get this under control!

  4. Fantastic idea! I'll be doing them for the Mom's in my family for Christmas this year. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Yay, Heather!

    This is such a great idea...I'm going to have to do it for Adam & me. You wouldn't think two adults would have so much paper clutter, but we do!

    And I'm going to have to pick up some of that distress ink too!

  6. Too cute Heather!!! Love the idea,now I am just trying to figure out where to put it if I make it. :)

  7. They turned out so cute! Great job!

  8. OH MY GOODNESS HEATHER! That is SO super cute and looks doable for a dummy like me :) Although I am not needing this at this time in my life, I know it will be here quickly so I will keep this bookmarked to remember :) You are so talented my friend!

  9. I love the clipboards and shelf, but I don't really know where to put them in my house, where did you hang yours up? To help with my paper clutter (and since receipts are one of my biggies- I input them into Quicken, broken down into categories- and I always put them off), I ordered the NeatReceipts scanner when it was on the other day for half price of what Costco sells it for. I'm hoping it helps out a lot! (And most assuredly will for the first couple weeks when it's a new toy that I'm playing with- I just hope it sticks).

  10. Love those! Yay for Mod Podge!

  11. Great idea!! You should call them "Klutter Keepers". Have a blessed day!!

  12. You did these great, what a neat idea. By the way I think being a good organizer is an art. Good job! I have yet to conquer the whole concept of organization and really admire people who do it so well!!


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