I originally made this clipboard for my husband for Father’s Day, but just haven’t had a chance to post it yet. This was an awesome gift tailored just to him, and here’s why. He’s a car guy. He works on cars, watches TV shows about cars, and loves to tinker with cars. He’s had quite a few different cars, trucks and motorcycles over the years, and he has a photo of each one. Yep, that’s how much he likes things that go. Of course, this is a great gift for any man, and it can be tailored to whatever his interests are. Adventurer? How about photos of places he’s traveled to. Sports nut? Mod Podge pictures of his favorite sports team and him dressed in his game day best! Or maybe just proud daddy and a clipboard covered in his adorable children. Christmas, birthday, or Father’s Day, this makes a great personalized gift!
One day when I was going through photos for a completely different reason, I came across the envelope with all of hubby’s vehicle photos. That’s when it hit me that this would be the perfect gift for him! However, I didn’t want to use the original photos. We don’t have the negatives anymore, and these photos are from “back in ‘Nam” as my teenagers like to tease.
So instead, I photocopied the pictures and tucked the originals safe and sound back into their envelope. Then I got to work.
First I would need a clipboard. I found this ratty one in the garage, black plastic with a metal clip. Perfect.
Please note, the “instructions” under each photo are just a summarization. If you plan to make this project, please use the full printable instructions at the end of this post. :)
The first step was to paint the clip. I covered the clipboard in cardboard and used painter’s tape to make sure everything was covered except for the metal clip.
Then I spray painted the metal clip black.
When the paint had dried, I used some heavy floral wire to hold the clip open. It would need to be open to do the decoupaging. This was also the ideal time to spray the underside of the metal clip.
I photocopied the pictures and cut them out.
The trick to decoupaging photocopies is to spray them with a clear sealer first and let them dry completely. This keeps the ink from bleeding when you paint the decoupage over the top.
The next step was to decide the placement of the photos. I just moved them here and there until I was happy with it.
Paint the back of the photocopy with some decoupage. This will help keep bubbles at bay too as it wets the surface. Bubbles form because of the reaction to paper and the wet decoupage.
Place the photocopy onto the clipboard surface and use a squeegee to flatten it carefully and work out any bubbles.
Place the next photo on using the same method. Slow and steady wins the race here folks. Don’t rush it.
The finished collage. Notice that a few small areas of the clipboard aren’t covered. No biggie. Some trimming, sanding edges and a generous layer of decoupage medium to the entire surface will finish it off. Be sure to let it dry for several hours.
NOTE: Pictures may looks like they have a red tint to them. Don’t panic! It all works out after it dries.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering? Yes, he absolutely loved it! In fact, he refuses to use it because he doesn’t want to ruin it. :) My 16-year old son is also a car nut, so the two of them had a great time talking about the different photos in the collage. Definitely a great gift!