Clipboard Notepad And Folder Organizer

Artful Maven

If you like to be organized in style to carry coupons, photos, notes, lists, etc., then here is a simple project for making an organizer to store in your handbag, tote, or briefcase.


  • 2 Sheets 6x8 Inch Chipboard
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Ranger Paint Dabber: Black Tie
  • Fine Grit Sand Paper
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool
  • Ranger Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  • Idea-ology Paper Stash: Collage Mini Stack (3 Designs)
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile, Corner Chomper 1/4 Inch
  • Idea-ology: Clipboard Clip, Elastic B
  • Letter Size Manila File Folder
  • Dymo Caption Maker with Black Tape
  • Kraft Paper
  • Black Cardstock Strip
  • Stapler
  • Various Stamps
  • Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black

Using a paper trimmer, cut two pieces of chipboard to 6x8 inch, and round the corners of each with a corner punch. Adhere these two piece together with a liquid adhesive.

Paint the sides, top, and bottom of the chipboard with black paint. Let that dry.

Lightly sand the edges of both sides of the chipboard. Using an Ink Blending Tool and Walnut Stain Distress Ink, ink over the sanded portions to achieve a worn look.

Trim a sheet of vintage looking paper to 5 1/2x 7 1/2 inches. Round the edges of the paper as well, and ink the edges with the Walnut Stain. Adhere the paper to either side of the chipboard. Lay a Clipboard Clip at the top center portion of the side with the paper, and use a pen to mark where the holes need to be to affix the clip. Punch the holes using the larger hole punch on a Crop-A-Dile. Lay the clip in place, and screw in a Hitch Fastener from behind the clip, so that the Hitch is in front, and the screws are on the back. Also, punch a hole using the smaller punch from the Crop-A-Dile on the left side, 4 inches down, and about 1/4 inch. Using an Elastic Band, insert both of the metal ends of the band through the hole, and allow the metal feet to catch, forming an elastic loop on the front side. This will serve as the closure.

Take a letter sized Manila File Folder, open it up,  and trim 2 1/4 inches off of each side length wise. Keeping it open, fold the bottom of the folder up 5 inches. Secure the two outside edges of the part you folded up with glue or tape runner. This creates a pocket. Cut pieces of another style of vintage paper to fit over the pocket portion on the inside. Ink all the edges as well, and adhere over the pockets with glue or tape runner. Feel free to ink the edges of the whole inside. Close the folder, and round all the corners. Adhere the back side of the folder to the back side of the chipboard with the clip with a liquid adhesive. This will cover up the screws and metal feet.

Select another style of vintage paper and trim it to fit the front of the folder. Round the corners, ink it, and adhere in place. Close the folder by stretching the elastic over it and the front so that it lays flat over the center portion of the whole organizer. Add captions of your choice with a Dymo Label Maker to the folder and the clipboard.

Add a note pad to the front to go under the clip. You can make your own by securing several sheets of kraft paper with a strip of cardstock and then stapling it. Stamping on the pages of the note pad will also make it more personal.

Categories: Card Making
Tags: altered-art, painting, cardstock, patterned-paper