Making the Grade

Hey, gang! One of my favorite story openers (the title pages that start each feature story) in the October issue (which is just hitting newsstands now) is the clipboard Lisa Storms made for the “Making the Grade” story. Here’s what it looked like when we shot it (before we added the text for the story):

Making the grade

SOURCES Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (green attendance), Die Cuts with a View (scantron), Jenni Bowlin Designs (red ledger), My Mind's Eye (argyle). Paint: Design Master (spray paint), Making Memories (acrylic). Chipboard accents: American Crafts (letters), Fancy Pants (notebook piece). Punches: Fiskars. Design: Lisa Storms.

It’s pretty simple to make. To distress the clipboard (Lisa’s was vintage, but you could get similar results with a new one) spray-paint the metal clip turquoise and once it’s dry, add a layer of watered-down brown acrylic paint.  Adhere patterned paper to the board, sand and ink the edges.

For the fun apple, fold a piece of patterned paper or a page torn from an old book in half and draw half an apple shape on the paper, then cut it out. Place the folded apple shape onto another piece of vintage book paper, trace it and trim slightly outside the edge of the paper.  Repeat the process, cutting a slightly larger apple each time and switching to red paper halfway through. Sew or glue all pages together down the center and add thin foam adhesive dots along the edge of each layer for added dimention.  Punch two seeds from brown cardstock, free-hand cut a stem and leaf; assemble all onto the clipboard. Add sticker letters if you want it to look like ours!

I think this would make a great teacher’s gift. In fact, I know a couple of teachers who are gearing up for a new school year. Looks like I’d better find some clipboards!

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3 Responses to “Making the Grade”

  1. I can’t tell you how much I love this!!! I so wish you had a template for the apples!

  2. I see that you have Die Cuts with a View Scantron as a paper source. When I go to the DCWV website I do not find that paper, where did you get this at?

  3. we would not have Fendi B.Bag so many thoughts.