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Monday, August 15, 2011

Back To School Blog Hop -- School Notes Mini Clipboard

Welcome to the Back To School Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this super-fun hop showcasing cards, layouts and projects for Back To School!!  You'll find an array of ideas throughout the hop -- From teacher gifts to lunchbox notes, we hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way!!

Class is just about to start, so let's get hopping!!  If you've hopped over from Barbara, then you are in the right place!!  If you've just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email and you'd like to join our School-Time FUN, then please CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Lynda's blog because...  The beginning is always the BEST place to start!! :)  Several stops along the way will be offering some nifty prizes, so please be sure to keep an eye out for that!!

For the hop today, I've created a cute and FUN mini clipboard sized just right for school-time notes and messages!!
The final project measures about 4.75" wide and 7" tall.  I started with a sturdy piece of chipboard measuring 4.5"x6.75" and covered it with BLACK cardstock (4.75"x7") on both sides.  I then adhered a 4.5"x6.75" piece of RED cardstock and a 4.25"x6.5" piece of YELLOW decorative paper to the front.  The notebook paper is trimmed down to measure 4"x6.25".
To make the topper, I started with a 1.75"x2.5" piece of sturdy chipboard and covered it with a 2"x2.75" piece of BLACK cardstock on both sides.  I added a rosette (1"x12" strip of YELLOW decorative paper scored at 1/4" increments, mountain-valley folded down entire length, ends adhered together to create loop, then pressed flat and squeezed in the center -- adhered to circle using strong liquid glue OR glue gun), an apple (cut at 2.25" with the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons Cricut Cartridge), two handmade stick pins, a touch of frayed fabric ribbon, 3 buttons, and a handwritten "School Notes" tab.
I tied a bow around the clipboard and added a tag (with a hand-written sentiment - "A Gift for You!") after stamping each notebook page with a sentiment from the "Positive Thoughts", "Splashtastic Summer", and "Fashionable Friends" Stamp Art Sets from K Andrew Designs.
To create the 'clip' at the top, I repurposed a medium-sized binder clip -- I simply added my topper to the front of the clip with two strong glue dots.
I used both my white Signo pen and my black Creative Memories fine-tip pen to add some faux stitching to my project as a finishing touch...  Below you'll see a selection of the different K Andrew Designs stamps I used on each page.

I'd like to thank Lynda for including me in the Back To School Blog Hop -- This was SO much FUN!!  I'd also like to thank  all of my wonderful friends and followers who take the time to hop through and help make this such a FABULOUS hop!!  Now....   Before I send you off to your next stop on the hop...  What's a hop without a little GOODIE???  I will be sending this fun little clipboard to one fabulous winner!! :) 

To be eligible for my blog candy:
  • Please become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment answering this FUN question: "What is your favorite Back To School memory (school shopping, seeing a favorite teacher, time spent with friends)?"!!
If you leave your email address (please leave it in SAFE scrapbookingwithamy at gmail dot com form), I will be happy to contact you if you are the winner; otherwise, you will need to check back after Friday, August 5th to see if you are a winner.  No captcha here, so commenting is quick and easy!! :)

Thank you again for checking out my project...  Now hop on over to Lori's blog and remember to visit all the stops for more chances to WIN!!

Here's a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone (please note that the following links will take you directly to each participants post in case you're joining the hop later in the week!!):

Back To School Hop

Amy :) at Love To Crop!  You are HERE now!! :)

Until next time,


Rhonda Emery said...

oh amy this is so cute. I love your clipboard. it is a perfect gift for a teacher. hugs

Kathy's-Krafts said...

This is a great project, and it turned out wonerful. It was always fun going back to school to see all my friends.

Erika Valdez said...

WOW! Amy this is amazing but then again all your work is amazing!! This is going to be a hit with any teacher! TFS

Lots of Love,

LyndaJinCO said...

I love this - especially how you reused the clip!! GREAT idea!! Favorite school memory - going on the band trips my sophomore year in high school... Thanks for sharing, and I thank you tons for your help with this my girl are simply amazing! Lynda at Memories in Tyme

Jessica said...

I love, love, love this project!

Thank you for sharing! I am your newest follower on GFC! I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog at

Have a great week!

Brenda said...

This is so cute. I love how you created it all from scratch. The pages are fabulous. I love how you stamped on each page. Great job as always.
My favorite school memory was the first day of school, reconnecting with friends that were gone during summer vacation and meeting new people who moved into the district.
Thanks for the memory reminder.
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Vicki said...

Such a cute clipboard! I like that you stamped each page with a positive note... I always liked taking the first day pic of my kids in their new clothes, shoes and bookbags...

Shawn Mosch said...

LOVE this project, and how you made each page special with the stamps! This would be a great back to school gift for a teacher.

(you know my email) :)

Brittney said...


Judy said...

Amy! One of my favorite people!! I gave each step of the project my 'rapt' attention to learn exactly how to make it because it is just perfect for my BFF. Then I see you are giving it as candy! PLEASE tell "random" to pick me!!! tee hee!
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

Suzanne said...

Love this. Such a cute gift. Definitely making some of these for my teacher friends.

Amanda said...

I love this clipboard! I can't wait 2 make 1! thanks so much! been following via gfc! prhmangel at gmail dot comhanks so much! been following via gfc! prhmangel at gmail dot com

Eva said...
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Eva said...

Oh my Amy, this is so cute. What a great gift idea. I am already a Happy Amy follower.
Eva :0)

Craftyhomemade said...

Wonderful idea. I really will use it. My favorite memory was when I was 12 years and I just met the most wonderful teacher. She's super.


Tami B. said...

You stamped every page?! It's a super cute gift already but the fact that you did that took it to another level of thoughtfulness. Hmmm, what's that I hear? Oh it's those happy little animated birds swirling around & singing again.

callyannc said...

Amy this is adorable! And I want it so pick me me!!!!!!!! I love it! Thanks CallyAnn(follower)
PS I still have not been able to post my Super Mom card. I will try again! Thanks love your blog!

callyannc said...

Favorite scool memorie was Sr year. Had a blast! Thanks CallyAnn

Jovan said...

This is just ADORABLE!

Lisa said...

WOW, Amy, this is AMAZING!! You are so creative! This stamps on each page is genius! This is a perfect back to school project my super-talented friend! My favorite back to school memories, besides seeing all of my friends was shopping for new clothes and all the goodies :)


Gloria Westerman said...

This is so adorable.....and what a awesome gift.....thank you for sharing....gotta make me one....or better yet...just send me this one...please....thank you

littlebitoftoto said...

Back to school meant seeing friends again and my birthday just around the corner!!
Love the clip board..

shersl84bed said...

Darling gift.

My favorite memory of school was my 4th and 6th grade teacher. He had a fun way of teaching. For our multiplication tables we would sit on top of our desks and throw a rubber ball around the room saying them outloud. He did that with learning to count in Spanish also. He would even come out and play games with us at recess. It was a great way of getting kids that normally wouldn't do anything to get in on the fun. He was a great teacher. I was lucky to have him.

Smiles Sher

Anita Braddock said...

what a cute idea for the mini clipboard thank for sharing and for the chance to win.

bluecrayons said...

just simply stunning. looking at it i had no idea you made the clipboard itself. love everything about this project. who wouldn't want to write there notes on this.

my favorite school memory is when we all use to incorporate singing into everything we did. we sang during spelling, social studies, gym and so forth.

thanks hun

rhelm at tampabay dot rr dot com

Christine America Real said...

That mini clipboard is so cute! I love it! My favorite back to school memory is walking in to 3rd grade and discovering that my favorite reading teacher from 2nd grade was my 3rd grade teacher! What a wonderful year that was!

Pendra said...

This is soooo cute, but your work is always amazing! My favorite school memory was my 1st male teacher... I was throwing up the night before just sick about a man teacher... he was my absolute FAVORITE teacher ever. Thanks Mr. Beldje! Your follower,

Marlene said...

Super cute notebook! My favorite basck to school memory was going to the school about a week before and seeing who my teacher was going to be and if any of my friends were in my class. TFS.

Jen said...

Too cute, Amy! What a great teacher gift this would be. My favorite thing about back to school time -- school supplies! Yep, I was a paper, pencil and marker junkie way back when, too!

~ Jen @ Musings of a Crafty Mom

Peggy Sue said...

My favorite back to school memory is helping my favorite teacher set up her classroom for the new year. I had ms. spector for 5th grade and helped her for 3 yrs after that!
love,love, love, the clipboard!

Michelle said...

Hello! I am your newest follower from the blog hop and am loving (and wanting) the clip board. I never knew that back to school could be so fun. I remember not being able to sleep the night before. Nerves I guess, but when I got into high school I think I was just excited. I really liked school.

Thanks for sharing! Stop by sometime and check out our crafty blog if you like. We love to have people visit and hopefully follow.

puffinliz said...

Thanks for sharing! My favorite back to school memory would be shopping for new school clothes and supplies (I love the smell of new pencils and paper!).

WAM Family said...

Holy Cow!!! This is so wonderful!!!
This is a great gift for the teacher. TFS


SueNJ said...

Oh this is so amazing! You have the best ideas!!! Already a follower :) I would be so blessed to recieve this if I win

Happy Scrappin'
Sue B

Tina said...

My favorite back to school memeory is definitely school shopping! I remember bugging my mom for weeks to go. I loved trying on all the clothes and shoes. It was always so fun to hang with my family and go to lunch while we were out! Fun times.

Now I am a teacher and I love the time right before school starts, going in and unpacking and setting up my classroom, getting the room ready for a new class.

I am a follower!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wow, this is a great project. I happen to have a few of those clips hanging around and will give this a try with them. TFS

I am a follower of your great blog and my favorite thing is the SHOPPING. I always got great new clothes before school started and the time spent shopping with mom was priceless.

joydee1963 said...

I am a follower,great project,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

Sandy S. said...

Wonderful project. Absolutely love this idea. My favorite school memory is when my oldest son alex started kindergarten. I was teary eyed and he told me.... don't worry mom, it's like I'm at work like dad! =)


abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super fun clipboard! My favorite school memory was getting new clothes and shoes to start the year off !
Already a Follower!


felkatz said...

omgosh.. love love.! favorite memory!! Has to be 1st day of Kinder.. We had to ride the bus all kids.. Mom didn't like the idea... so she followed the bus.. and when i was in line. I did not like regular Milk. So i didn't get any.. the cafeteria lady was getting after me because i didn't get a milk then all of a sudden i see my mom getting upset at the lady! LOL


Lori Apgar said...

Love your clipboard!!! The details are just beautiful! My favorite school memory is wearing my brand new clothes the first day and meeting my teacher (I was always a teacher's pet)!

smyiow said...

OMG, you must have been reading my mind! My first thought when I read this was forget the blog candy, I want the clipborad!!8)

My favorite back to school memory was always paper and freshly sharpened pencils! It never gets old.

Janet said...

Very cute clip board. my fav part of going back to schoolwas going shopping for new clothes.

Laura (tweetyb) said...

What an absolutely adorable clipboard!! I love how how you used the stamps on each page!! Nice touch!! My fav memory is def being with all my friends in HS!! Wasn't a great student but had tons of fun in school!! LOL! :)
♥ Laura ♥

Cynthia Vanderhoek said...

This clipboard idea is great. Done without a traditional clipboard it is truly original. I have never seen one before and this one is adorable. The stamps on each page is a nice bonus. Thanks for the idea and inspiration.
Ü Cynthia V.

Pam said...

This is an adorable clipboard!! A great teacher's gift. My daughter is a teacher, I should lift this from you and make one for her:) Had to come by and say Hi. I am still painting but I wanted to check in on you. Hugs, Pam at

Kelly S said...

Your clipboard is amazing, Amy! Your attention to detail is phenomenal. My favorite back-to-school memory is reconnecting with friends who I couldn't see over the summer.


Anonymous said...

I really Love this project and I would like more information on how you made it!!!!

Esther said...

So adorable! I love that you stamped a sentiment on each page!!!

Anniebee said...

This little clipboard is adorable! I need something like this to keep handy at my crafting table to make notes on. Very cute!


Maria said...

super cute

Kathy said...

I love this Amy, it's so cool. I just love all the cool idea's that you have.

callyannc said...

Hi Amy! who won your adorable clipboard? Thanks CallyAnn

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