Altered Autumn/Back To School Mini Clipboard With Bountiful & Back to School Mini Message Center

If you've been following along this week, you've seen our fabulous Design Team create some great back to school projects. Today we have TWO projects, one from our fabulous Kay Fatula and one from our wonderful Kathy Clement!
For today's post I have an altered mini paper clipboard made with Authentique's 'Bountiful' collection.  This clipboard can be used to document either a first day of school or a favorite Autumn photo/memory.  

Since my little guy hasn't started Kindergarten yet--I plan to use this clipboard to store a couple of photos I took of my son playing in the leaves last Autumn.
The clipboard was by Art-C which I purchased at my local craft store.  It's made out of heavy duty thick chipboard so it can be altered in a variety of different ways--however, I embellished mine all with papers from the Bountiful collection.

This clipboard is tiny--it measures 4" x 6" inches & holds a 2" x 3 1/4" inch photo.  I've embellished the clipboard with papers from the 'Bountiful' collection & decorated it with mini pine cones an acorn & a pumpkin.  On the clip itself I tied ribbon & tulle to further decorate it.
The photo mat is removable & can be taken out.  You can also store two photos if needed--one on the front & one on the back of the photo mat.
On the back of the clipboard, I've adhered a pre-made envelope where I plan to store journaling along with possibly more photos.

Supplies Used: Bountiful 6x6 Bundle, Bountiful Detail Stickers, Other - Tulle, Mini Pinecones, Mini Acorn, Mini Pumpkin, Mini Wooden Fence, Kraft Mini Paper Envelope


Hello, Friends!  I'm so happy to be taking part in Authentique's Back to School Week!

Keeping track of homework assignments is a huge key to success in school.  Wouldn't it be fun and helpful to have an inspirational way to accomplish that goal?  I thought so, too.  So, I broke out my Bountiful Paper Collection Kit and 6x6 Paper Bundle and used it to alter this Tim Holtz mini clipboard.

Because getting ready to go back to school is a busy time for everyone.  I kept this project design quick and easy.  Here's how to do it:

  • First, remove the screws and screw covers from the clipboard base so you can remove the hinge.  The screws are on the back of this 4.5" x 7" Mini Clipboard.  And be sure to put the small pieces in a safe place so you don't end up frantically searching through piles of paper on your work surface.  Not that that happened to me, mind you.
  • Next, Paint the hinge with a coordinating Distress Paint.  I used a combination of Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs, then spritzed with a little walnut ink to give it a distressed, aged look.
  • While the paint is drying, trace the clipboard base onto two coordinating patterns of Bountiful Cardstock.  I used the A and B sides of Bountiful One for this.  
  • Trim out the cardstock, sand the edges lightly and then glue onto the clipboard base with your favorite adhesive.  I used Ranger Matte Multi Medium because it dries quickly and dries clear. 
  • Ink the edges.
  • Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Repeat these steps on the back side of the clipboard using the B side of Bountiful One.
  • Now, cut two 3.75" x 4" of cork material to create your cork board.  Glue them together with 1/2" Scor-tape and attach to the clipboard.
  • Cut a 3.5" square of acorn paper from the 6x6 Bundle.  Ink the edges.  Attach with Scor-Tape.  
  • Add some brass thumb tacks to hold photos or notes in place.
  • Trim a border strip from the Details Sticker sheet and add it to the base of the clipboard.
  • Dress up the design with a matted sticker from the Details Sticker Sheet.  Attach foam dots on the bottom edge and leave the top edge free so you can slip notes, photos, or homework reminders behind it.
  • Mat a strip of striped paper and add to the top edge of the clipboard.
  • Add ribbon, burlap string, flowers and buttons, if desired.  For boys, leave these off...they'll like it much better that way!

Bountiful Mini Message Center: The Flip Side

Flip the clipboard over and add a sticky note pocket to your mini message center.  Here's how:
  • Create a pocket for your sticky note holder by scoring and bending a 3.75" x 4.75" piece of corrugate cardboard.  You want a 1" base, and a 1.25" front lip.  I just used an old Priority Mail Box for this.
  • Now, cover the pocket with Bountiful papers.
  • Next, round the bottom corners with a 1/4" corner rounder.  Shape the top corners with a ticket stub punch.  I used Crop-A-Dile corner chompers for this.
  • Fold two 3" x 1" strips of paper to form sides for the pocket and attach with Scor-Tape.
  • Wrap the pocket with ribbon and attach to the clipboard with Scor-tape.
  • Add a ribbon pencil holder.  I cut a 2" strip of matching ribbon.  Then I placed 1/2" Scor-Tape on either end, leaving the middle 1" unglued.  This creates a place to tuck your pen or pencil.
  • Now, reattach the clipboard hinge, screws and screw covers.
  • I stained and glued a mini ruler over the screw heads on the back side of the clipboard.
You don't have to create a decorative cover for your sticky notes, but I thought, why not?  Here's how:
  • This is a 3" x 3" sticky note
  • Cut two squares of chipboard or packing box to measure 3.25" square. 
  • Cut a 1/2" wide x 3.25" tall strip of chipboard to serve as the spine.
  • Cut an 8" x 4.25" rectangle of designer paper.  I used Bountiful One to tie in with the clipboard design.
  • Lay the chipboard squares out on the reverse side of this paper.  You want to have the spine in the middle with a 1/8" gap on either side.  You should have a 1/2" overhang on all sides.
  • Glue the chipboard in place, being sure that everything is perfectly straight and lined up.
  • Fold and burnish the overhanging edges, then bevel the corners.
  • Glue the overhang over the chipboard covers and spine.
  • Now cut a 7" x 3" strip of coordinating paper to serve as the liner.  Glue in place.
  • Glue your sticky note pad on the bottom half of the notebook cover.

Now decorate the cover, and you are good to go!

This is such a fun, easy and affordable project to create!  It would make a wonderful teacher appreciation gift, too.  The clipboard can rest on a little easel for display, and you'll always be able to find a sticky note and pencil.  

I hope I've inspired you to get out your Authentique papers, scissors, and glue and get your craft on!

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and successful school year!


Supply List: Authentique Products: Bountiful 12x12 Paper Collection (includes Details Sticker Sheet) and Bountiful 6x6 Paper Bundle   Other supplies: Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard, cork, Crop a Dile Tool, Ribbon, buttons, burlap string, flowers, chipboard, sticky note pad, tiny pencil, Scor-tape, mini wooden ruler, Distress Inks and Paints


  1. this clipboard is awesome, want to make the same. Will be a great present for a student together with some help, you could try this out. I know they are very busy, especially when they work simultaneously.


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