The good news is that I'm putting the tutorial here because I still think it's a fun and easy craft to make...and it looks cute on the fridge! I actually made one yesterday because I wanted to do an update. When I did this tutorial in 2009, I did not have a corner rounder that specifically cut through chipboard. The ones I had were meant for paper and were not strong enough to cut chipboard.
After that tutorial (not sure how long after), I got a "Corner Chomper" which cuts through chipboard like a breeze! It cuts two sizes of rounded corners...1/4" or 1/2". I used the 1/4" size...which makes the clipboard look more realistic now (rounded corners as opposed to square). I also made the clipboard smaller (2 1/4"wide by 3"long) because the only clamp I could find was much smaller, so I needed to scale it down to make it look right.
Here are the updated pictures:
corner chomper tool
with rounded corners
***AND NOW FOR THE TUTORIAL***
what you'll need:
chipboard- cut to size 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"
hinge clip- I bought from an office supply store...it's 2" wide.
acrylic paint- optional, pick a color that will match the paper
embellishments- just find something simple to coordinate with your paper. I used chipboard stars because they matched perfectly with the paper.
ribbon-I used 3/8" sheer
round magnet -with foam adhesive
adhesive of your choice-I used Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue because I like how it dries smooth.
Tools- exacto/craft knife, cutting mat, scissors, corner rounder
Instructions:1. Cut chipboard to size, then paint along the sides and even the back. Let dry. This step is optional...you don't have to paint at all.
2. Apply adhesive to the unpainted (front) side and cover with paper. Smooth the paper out and cut around the sides with an exacto knife. Updated to add: Then use the corner rounder tool to round the corners.
3. Attach the office clip to the top of the covered chipboard and add an embellishment to a bottom corner, with part of it off the clipboard. I glued two chipboard stars together and then glued them to the clipboard with a zig glue pen. Mini glue dots would also work great.
4. Thread ribbon through the clip as shown in the picture and tie in a knot on the front. I used sheer ribbon because it's easier to get through the clip. Also, the ribbon helps hide the engraving on the front of the clip.
5. Turn clipboard over and attach magnet.
6. Add a photo, put on fridge, and you're done!
Notes: If you're using a mini school photo, you will have enough room to mat the photo if you want and add a name (can use small stickers, rub-ons or even hand write). You can also use a stronger magnet too, if you're concerned about the clipboard staying in place. If using the foam adhesive ones, one thing I've found is that the clipboard magnet needs to be perfectly straight on the fridge. If it tilts a little, the weight of the clip will turn it upside down. If it's straight, it will stay. It does have good holding power, though....mine have not fallen off the fridge at all.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!