Kate Spade Inspired DIY Clipboard ~ Easily turn a basic black vinyl clipboard into something gorgeous and stylish that you will love to display and use!
I love anything that has a classic look with basic lines, fonts and bold colours. It is funny how I’ll be in a store and my eye will immediately be drawn to anything in the Kate Spade product line. If I am looking at stationary, accessories or items for the home I will inevitably pick up something that Kate Spade label.
The problem is that Kate Spade purchases are pretty pricey. If you have been following me for a while you will know that I like making do-it-yourself projects that are actually very doable and do not cost a lot of money to do! This Kate Spade Inspired DIY Clipboard is one of those projects.
But before I share with you the instructions I want to let you know that I was actually inspired by a project my friend Andrea made and shared on her blog Personally Andrea. She made a kate spade-inspired planner using a very similar technique. I have to say when I saw this simple to make project and how fabulous it looked I was totally impressed and totally inspired! It also really helped that she is an amazingly talented photographer. I invite you to check out this gorgeous blog to see why I became so excited.
They say there is nothing truly original on the Internet today. Pinterest is full of ideas but many of the ideas are similar or there are variations of the idea. I think it is fabulous that there are so many talented individuals sharing their talents, knowledge and ideas through their blogs. I just wish I had more time to make, cook and do all of the amazing things that I learn everyday. But there is only so much time in a day.
When I was an elementary school teacher I often encouraged my students to be inspired by each other’s ideas and work. When a student was stuck for an idea I would suggest that he/she go on an ‘Inspiration Walk’ and quietly walk around the classroom to see what the other students were doing. The rule was that they could not just copy another student’s work but could look for inspiration to start their own idea. It was also a great way to have an energy break during the day. Sometimes I would put on ‘gallery music’ and we would have a ‘Gallery Walk’. All of the students walked quietly around the class looking at each other’s work to look for inspiration and to provide positive feedback to each other.
When you think about it, reading blogs and collecting pins on sites like Pinterest and Hometalk is like going on an ‘Inspiration Walk’ or a ‘Gallery Walk’. Many blogs even have curated galleries of their work organized for their readers. I do here on ‘Time With Thea’. All you have to do is go to the navy blue bar underneath my title bar. Just hover over any of the words and you will get a drop down menu showing the different categories. When you click on one of the categories you will see a gallery of feature images for each of the blog posts I have written in that category. This is a great way to check out what catches your eye and look for new information, ideas and inspiration on this blog and many of your other favourite blogs.
Now let’s get started on how to turn a basic black vinyl clipboard into one that is very gorgeous, very stylish and one that you will love to use!
This is the before…
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Kate Spade Inspired DIY Clipboard
- vinyl clipboard (one that has a cover so you can open and close it like a book)
- white Duck Tape
- black Duck Tape
- sharp scissors
- decorative or Washi tape (I recommend a tape you cannot see through)
- gold coloured alphabet stickers
Start by applying one smaller strip of black tape to the top section on the right side at the top of the clipboard. Allow about ¼ inch to come over the top. This gives the front of the clipboard a nice finished look. Wrap the Duck Tape to the back of the front cover of the clipboard and trim leaving about ¼ inch. Press this ¼ inch overhang flat on the inside of the front cover of the clipboard.
Now apply the black duck tape to the other top section on the top left side. Start at the front and take the tape around the back and wrap it around to the inside on the other side of the clipboard. Again allow for ¼ inch of the Duck tape to fold over the top and along the side. Press this flat on the inside.
This is what the front looks like….
….and this is what it will look like on the inside.
Apply a strip of white Duck Tape. I overlapped the white tape about ¼ inch over top of the first strip of black tape. Be sure to wrap about ¼ inch of the white tape to the inside of the clipboard on both sides.
Continue to alternate applying black and white strips of black tape till you get to the bottom. Each strip ended up being about 4.3 cm or just under 1 ¾ inches wide. I have to admit I didn’t accurately measure this out before I started. I tried to base the width on the first black strip that was applied and then crossed my fingers that it would work out. It did!
Now it does look a bit unsightly on the inside cover because of all of the uneven pieces that were trimmed. Duck Tape is very tricky to cut perfectly. But do not worry. This step will cover this up.
Apply a decorative or Washi tape around the entire edge of the inside of the clipboard. I suggest using an opaque tape so that you can’t see the trimmed pieces of black and white Duck Tape underneath.
You will notice I did not add any decorative tape to the top inside edge that runs behind the metal clip part of the clipboard. This is because the decorative tape was too wide and did not fit. The Duck Tape in this area looks quite finished without being covered.
Label your clipboard. I decided to call it ‘clipboard’ but you can name it anything you want. I used gold stickers all in lowercase (very Kate Spadeish) letters. The reason I applied the letters c-l-i-p-b along the lower left side and the letters b-o-a-r-d along the bottom on the left side is because it was too difficult to make sure all of the letters were evenly placed if they were all in one horizontal line. By the time I finally had all of the letters even I was afraid I would lose all of their stickiness on the back. I also think it looks aesthetically more interesting. But you can place your sticker letters wherever you want.
That is it! That is how to make a Kate Spade Inspired DIY Clipboard! I love the bold horizontal lines created by the black and white strips. I also love how the gold letters look! Here are a few more beauty shots…
This is what the back looks like…
…and the front…
…and this is what it looks like resting on the table. The chevron style black and white decorative tape really improves the look of the basic black!
Now the question is “How am I going to use my Kate Spade Inspired DIY Clipboard”? I like to print recipes that I found on websites and blogs that I have found through Pinterest and from my own blog. I insert the printed recipe in my clipboard and rest it on my cookbook stand. The clipboard keeps the paper secure and easy to follow the recipe! In a future blog I will share how I organize and store the recipes that I have printed so they are easy to find when I want to make that recipe again.
I quite like the look of black and white with gold coloured accents. But you can use any combination of colours of Duck Tape, decorative tape and stickers to make your own version of this Kate Spade Inspired DIY Clipboard. I want to thank Kate Spade for producing such gorgeous pieces. I want to thank Andrea for inspiring me with her gorgeous original planner. In turn I hope I have inspired you to create your own version!
What are your thoughts on Kate Spade? This project was made using Duck Tape and decorative tape. What DIY projects have you made with these materials?