Ms. Ruin's Playthings

"The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates." -Oscar Wilde

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Chalkboard Clipboards

Last year we hosted a clipboard swap on Artsy Fartsy.  It was a huge hit.  You could either make your clipboard functional or something decorative to hang on the wall.  I chose to do something decorative and made this for my swap partner:

I loved using a stencil and embossing paste to make the owl's body.  It added texture and dimension.  But then my swap partner sent me a functional clipboard that was painted with chalkboard paint.  So I decided to combine both ideas and made "Clipboard Chalkboards" for several of my friends.

Trust me, these projects are no brainers.  You basically paint the clipboard with two layers of chalkboard paint and then stencil designs with embossing paste.  Then you glue down all of your embellishments.  Again, I used my point at shoot to photograph these projects so not so great.  You can click on each image to enlarge it. 

This one was one of my favs.  I have had this heart for a long time and I'm glad I was able to finally use it.  I also love the wind up hardware because you never know when you'll have to give the ol' heart a crank!  If I had more time, I would have done something with the actual clip but I finished these on the day before Christmas Eve!

I just love all of the little elements that make this cluster.  The dolls head is a Frozen Charlotte Doll by Lisa Pace.  You can purchase them in her Etsy Shop.

This is another favorite.  You can see the detail much clearer in the next photo.

I love the stencil that I chose for this clipboard and that birds nest makes me happy.  Plus another Frozen Charlotte Doll by Lisa Pace.

Here are a couple more that I made for friends...


And close-ups of the clusters...aren't they yummy?


This last one is pretty special to me.  It's the very first one that I completed --it was my prototype.  And look at how lovely she turned out!  She is exquisite and regal...a true Queen.  She is still in my craft room.  I haven't decided if I'm going to keep her, gift her, or put her up for sale on Etsy.  To be determined...

I had been itching to use this crown!  I added a classic button as an earring and then glued one bead at a time to emulate a pearl necklace.  Just what she needed!

I hope you enjoyed viewing my projects as much as I enjoyed creating them and giving them to my friends for Christmas.  Until next time...

Peace, Love, and Chalkboard Paint!

Ms. Ruin


  1. Ooooh, how pretty! I was just looking at those frozen Charlotte's in Lisa's shop... I may have to go buy some now!