Tuesday, August 27, 2013
This clipboard was one of those extras. I bought some small (6"x9") clipboards at Walmart and covered them with black chalkboard vinyl cut with my Silhouette. To create the shape I measured the clipboard with a ruler, then drew a rounded rectangle that same size in Silhouette Studio (just guessing on the corner size). I made an internal offset of 0.155" so it wouldn't go edge-to-edge (this leaves some room for error in case you don't apply the vinyl exactly straight or if your measurements are off slightly). The original rounded rectangle is no longer needed.
Then I measured the cutout area for the hardware and created a tall rectangle, slightly wider than the hardware to leave room for variance again (the set of four clipboards each had their hardware mounted a little off center and different from clipboard to clipboard). I placed this rectangle in Studio over the rounded rectangle I had already created and used Align: Align Center for even placement after making sure the bottom edge was where it needed to be.
A click of Modify: Subtract finished off the shape to leave my rounded rectangle with its cutout.
I cut four of these from black chalkboard vinyl and placed them on my clipboards. I made sure to include a piece of chalk for each child's art pouch for the trip.
Covering a flat object with a custom-made piece of vinyl is about as easy as it gets, folks! Even my four-year old spent a good 20-30 minutes drawing and erasing and drawing on his travel chalkboard. My older kids used the clipboard function, too.