How to Create a Graphic 45 School Memo Pad Clipboard

Create a unique Back to School Teacher Gift with Graphic 45 Papers, a clipboard, memo pad and pencils. This is a quick and easy project that you can easily complete in 60 minutes or less.

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How to Create a Graphic 45 School Memo Pad Clipboard
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Gather your supplies--see the supply list.  Your clipboard, memo pad and pencils can be purchased at an office supply store or at Walmart in the USA.  The ATC tags are from Graphic 45.

Gather your supplies--see the supply list. Your clipboard, memo pad and pencils can be purchased at an office supply store or at Walmart in the USA. The ATC tags are from Graphic 45.

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Use copy paper to trace and create a template for your clipboard. Make sure to measure and mark off the area to cut away for the clip.

Use copy paper to trace and create a template for your clipboard. Make sure to measure and mark off the area to cut away for the clip.

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Paint all the edges front, back and around the clip of your clipboard with black acrylic paint.  Allow to dry.

Paint all the edges front, back and around the clip of your clipboard with black acrylic paint. Allow to dry.

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Use your copy paper template to cut out two pieces of decorative paper for the front and back of your clipboard.  For the 6" x 9" clipboard the paper will be 5 7/8" wide x 8 7/8" tall.

Use your copy paper template to cut out two pieces of decorative paper for the front and back of your clipboard. For the 6" x 9" clipboard the paper will be 5 7/8" wide x 8 7/8" tall.

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If you have a 1/2" Chomper Corner Puncher, you can use it to punch perfect corners from your papers to fit onto your clipboard.

If you have a 1/2" Chomper Corner Puncher, you can use it to punch perfect corners from your papers to fit onto your clipboard.

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Use your scissors and the template to cut away the part of the paper that goes around the clip of the clipboard.

Use your scissors and the template to cut away the part of the paper that goes around the clip of the clipboard.

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Ink the edges of the paper for the front and back with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Ink the edges of the paper for the front and back with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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Use glue to attach the papers to your clipboard.  Burnish with your hands or a Brayer to eliminate any possible bubbles.

Use glue to attach the papers to your clipboard. Burnish with your hands or a Brayer to eliminate any possible bubbles.

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The back of your clipboard will look like this.

The back of your clipboard will look like this.

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Cut a piece of decorative paper to cover the spine area of the memo pad.  Approximately 5" wide x 1 3/4" tall.  Measure your memo pad before cutting your paper.  Ink the edges of the paper.

Cut a piece of decorative paper to cover the spine area of the memo pad. Approximately 5" wide x 1 3/4" tall. Measure your memo pad before cutting your paper. Ink the edges of the paper.

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Apply glue to the back side of the decorative paper that you've cut to cover the spine of the memo pad.

Apply glue to the back side of the decorative paper that you've cut to cover the spine of the memo pad.

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Attach to the front of the memo pad spine and wrap around to the back. Make sure you attach it straight and smoothly.

Attach to the front of the memo pad spine and wrap around to the back. Make sure you attach it straight and smoothly.

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When attached, your memo pad will look like this with a decorative top.

When attached, your memo pad will look like this with a decorative top.

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Ink the edges of a Graphic 45 ATC Kraft Tag.

Ink the edges of a Graphic 45 ATC Kraft Tag.

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Trace the tag shape onto decorative paper for the front and back of the tag.  Cut out with scissors.

Trace the tag shape onto decorative paper for the front and back of the tag. Cut out with scissors.

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Ink the edges of the patterned paper for the tag.

Ink the edges of the patterned paper for the tag.

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Place the tag over the patterned paper and mark a circle for the grommet hole.

Place the tag over the patterned paper and mark a circle for the grommet hole.

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Use a 1/2" circle punch to punch out the hole for the tag. Make sure you center the punch over the circle you marked.

Use a 1/2" circle punch to punch out the hole for the tag. Make sure you center the punch over the circle you marked.

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Glue the patterned paper onto the tag fitting the punched hole over the metal grommet of the tag.

Glue the patterned paper onto the tag fitting the punched hole over the metal grommet of the tag.

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Repeat for the back side of the tag.

Repeat for the back side of the tag.

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Cut out a decorative strip of paper and glue to the bottom of the front page of the memo pad.  Ink the decorative paper strip before gluing it down.

Cut out a decorative strip of paper and glue to the bottom of the front page of the memo pad. Ink the decorative paper strip before gluing it down.

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Use button string to tie the tag to the clip of the clipboard.

Use button string to tie the tag to the clip of the clipboard.

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Sharpen three pencils with a pencil sharpener.

Sharpen three pencils with a pencil sharpener.

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Use a piece of sand paper or a sanding tool to sand off some of the pencil "paint" on the sharpened end.

Use a piece of sand paper or a sanding tool to sand off some of the pencil "paint" on the sharpened end.

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Measure your pencils from the metal eraser end to the sanded wood of the sharpened end.  Mine measured 5 3/4" long.

Measure your pencils from the metal eraser end to the sanded wood of the sharpened end. Mine measured 5 3/4" long.

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Select smaller patterns from the 8x8 paper pad and choose colors that compliment your patterned paper.  Cut a piece for each pencil about 1" wide x the length measured for your pencil. Ink the edges.

Select smaller patterns from the 8x8 paper pad and choose colors that compliment your patterned paper. Cut a piece for each pencil about 1" wide x the length measured for your pencil. Ink the edges.

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Apply 1/4" Scor-tape to each long edge on the back side of the paper you cut for the pencil wrap.

Apply 1/4" Scor-tape to each long edge on the back side of the paper you cut for the pencil wrap.

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Peel the tape backing off of one side.  Attach to the pencil along one ridge line of the pencil.

Peel the tape backing off of one side. Attach to the pencil along one ridge line of the pencil.

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Remove the tape backing from the other side and tightly wrap the paper around the pencil attaching it over the other side creating a straight seam line.

Remove the tape backing from the other side and tightly wrap the paper around the pencil attaching it over the other side creating a straight seam line.

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Use Graphic 45 Alphabet stickers to create a message on the lower left side of the first page of the memo pad.

Use Graphic 45 Alphabet stickers to create a message on the lower left side of the first page of the memo pad.

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Gather ribbon together to form a large bow. Secure in the middle with button string.

Gather ribbon together to form a large bow. Secure in the middle with button string.

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Optional:  To secure the 3 pencils together, Cut a strip of clear plastic from a packaging bag.  Wrap tightly around the pencils and secure with a piece of clear tape. Only attach tape to the plastic.

Optional: To secure the 3 pencils together, Cut a strip of clear plastic from a packaging bag. Wrap tightly around the pencils and secure with a piece of clear tape. Only attach tape to the plastic.

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Place the pencils on the right side of the memo pad.  Wrap ribbon around from the back of the clipboard & secure with Scor-tape over the pencils. Do not put Scor-tape on the pencils.

Place the pencils on the right side of the memo pad. Wrap ribbon around from the back of the clipboard & secure with Scor-tape over the pencils. Do not put Scor-tape on the pencils.

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Use hot glue to attach the bow to the ribbon only. (Do not attach to the pencils) Thread button string through a chipboard button and hot glue to the center of the bow. Don't glue it to the pencils.

Use hot glue to attach the bow to the ribbon only. (Do not attach to the pencils) Thread button string through a chipboard button and hot glue to the center of the bow. Don't glue it to the pencils.

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The recipient of your clipboard will be able to slide the pencils out from behind the bow.

The recipient of your clipboard will be able to slide the pencils out from behind the bow.

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Your Back to School Memo Pad Clipboard is now finished and ready to give to your favorite teacher. These would be cute for other occasions as well.  Happy Crafting! ~Sandy

Your Back to School Memo Pad Clipboard is now finished and ready to give to your favorite teacher. These would be cute for other occasions as well. Happy Crafting! ~Sandy

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Bonus project! Use Graphic 45 DIY Craft Paper Rolls to easily make book covers for school books or for display. Just cut paper to fit, fold edges and fold flaps into the inside of the book cover.

Bonus project! Use Graphic 45 DIY Craft Paper Rolls to easily make book covers for school books or for display. Just cut paper to fit, fold edges and fold flaps into the inside of the book cover.

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