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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Assignments

Hello, this is Doreen from Polkadotpaperprincess.blogspot.com.  I made a clipboard folder cover for my daughter to carry her completed assignments back to school.



 I started with the plain folder we purchased for my daughter.  It starts out pretty plain!  You can use any type of book, folder or clipboard you wish. 


I placed a piece of designer paper good side down on the table and opened up the clipboard, putting the front down on the paper.  I then traced the opening.   

I marked the left edge of the paper and cut it.   This just made the paper easier to work with.  I then traced out the top edge where the clip shows through and then cut it a little wider and deeper than the trace.  You don't need to do this, but I wanted a little green showing up since it is my daughter's favorite color and it made a nice border.

Then came the the tricky part for me... glue!  I mod podged the clipboard and the paper.  I put the wrong side of the paper on the top of clipboard.  By gluing both sides it usually sticks pretty nicely.   I then took the brayer to make sure there were no bubbles.  Let dry.  If you don't let it dry before putting more on the top you can end up with air bubbles.  These can cause chaos!  I ruined my first one by being impatient and ruined the first (and only sheet I had) of paper my daughter really liked.  If you use spray glue you will only need to spray on the paper.  Do that where there is good ventilation or you will feel like you had a glass or two of wine!  *smirk*



While that was drying I began designing my items on my Gypsy and then cutting my items out on my Expression.  The girl is cut out from the Teen Scene cart at 7".  I gave her a mouth that was hand drawn.  My daughter didn't like her without one!

The word "Assignments" was cut out from the Divine Wedding cart at 1" and then I used my Gypsy to  "hide" parts of the letters to give a bit of a shadow since there wasn't one that came on the cart.  They are cut out at 1.1".

The owl was cut out from Hoot n Holler at 3".  I cut out extra circles in black and then cut them in half  to give him eyebrows.

The book was cut (2) from Every Day Paper Dolls at 7.16" on the Gypsy.  (Doesn't look 7" does it?  haha!)  You will need to cut one in the color for the book and one in white for the paper.  This is an older cart and it doesn't divide the layers up.  My daughter picked the words for her book from rub-ons we had.  We then took the white paper and ran a popsicle stick down it to make it look like pages in a book.

Where are the pictures for the cuts you say?  Hmmm, well I think my computer ate them!  Or my iPad.  I'm not sure which one is the guilty party!


Once the clipboard was dry, it was time to start adding the embellishments.   The mesh paper needed color behind it or it just got lost on the paper.  I had to put this down first to see where to place the girl.  Once that was place everything else went quickly.  I then added some bling.  I  made a bead chain and added a lock charm and some twine.  Spray sealed it.   Done!

It would be quite easy to add my daughter's name on the mesh.  I'll wait and see what she thinks! I wanted to add a lot of other stuff, but I didn't think she'd let me.   (After all, she is in grade 8 you know and they are very fussy!)

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Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed by: Doreen
Cricut Machines:  Gypsy and Expression
Cricut Cartridges: Paper Dolls - Teen Scene, Divine Wedding, Hoot n Holler, Every Day Paper Dolls
Other Supplies Used: Clipboard Folder, Designer Paper &Card Stock, Spray Glue & Spray Sealer,
Beads, Charm, Wire, Trendy Twine, Mesh, Bling, rub-ons, Brayer, Foam Brush (If you use ModPodge or other glue). Pen/Pencil, Paper cutter & scissors, popsicle stick






38 comments:

  1. Soo cute! Love all the personalizing you did to make the cuts work for you.

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  2. Great project Doreen! Thanks for all the tips and ideas.

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  3. Very cute clipboard. Love the details.

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  4. Super cute and practical - love when these two perspectives come into play. Great colors and techniques!

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  5. So pretty and practical. A perfect gift for an 8th Grader! TFS Christine

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  6. What a great idea - love the book. How fun would this be to give for a group of girls. Nice job. - love all the tips and tricks too.

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  7. Love this! Wish I had someone to do this for. Keep up the great ideas.

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  8. This is such a cool idea, Doreen! I bet your daughter loves it and she'll be asking you to create more of these fun folders for her girlfriends! Looks like a perfect school trend!

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  9. What a fun project to complete together! You did an awesome job at the hand drawn mouth and I just love the lock charm you chose to use.

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  10. What a great project! The paper doll is an excellent accent too! Love it!

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  11. Fabulous idea dear creative:)
    Hugs from Italy,
    Sonia

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  12. This is just screamin' cute! Bet all her friends are going to want one, too!!

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  13. How cute is this!!! I love your altered item!!

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  14. Great idea and it turned out really cute! She'll definitely always know which binder hers! :)

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  15. Oh how I wish I knew a student who would use this. What a great item and design.

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  16. What a great idea to dress up a plain jane clipboard folder :-) Very cute!

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  17. What a great idea...so need to try this and love your teen paper doll!

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  18. I love your project!! I'm sure she will love it, and what a great way to make school supplies more fun and personal.

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  19. Such a cute idea! I know your daughter LOVED it...hopefully her friends are a little envious and want you to bling up their notebooks!! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. This is really a great idea and it looks awesome as well.

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  21. Great project & I bet your daughter loves it! Thanks for sharing!!

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  22. Thanks for the great project!

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  23. Your project is so adorable!!!

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  24. Very cute! Everything is so awesome! The yellow mesh really gives it a finished look!!

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  25. Such a cute project, I bet your daughter loves taking it to school!

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  26. Very cute. She will love it.

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  27. oh my goodness ! this project is so awesome and clever. I bet she is really proud to have something so fun her mom made her to use for school.

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  28. Love your clipboard! It is so awesome!

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  29. LOVE. I would have never thought of a brayer!!! That is a fabulous tip. Cannot wait to try something like this!

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  30. This is awesome - I hope it passes grade 8 inspection! LOL

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  31. That is just 2 cute! my DGD would love it! I'll have to show her next time she's here! She and I can make one similar together!

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  32. This is such a great idea. Your daughter must be showing it off to everyone!

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  33. Love your project -- the owl is so cute and you did a great job drawing the mouth!!

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