I love to paint. I could repaint rooms every few months just to change things up, but my hubby doesn’t think that is such a great idea. Anyway every time I paint I have a dilemma of what to do with all the paint chips. They are just so pretty:)Well I am going to repaint the kitchen and decided I could use a clipboard to keep track of random things I want to do with the boys. I find that unless I am intentional with our schedule, our days just pass by and my pile of things I want to do just grows and is never enjoyed. So my idea with this clipboard is to be able to keep track of what I want to accomplish that week with the boys…and I can clip any coupons, instructions, etc. to it. Once the activity is done, I just wipe it off and start over the next week.

Littlest Brother standing instead of sitting to eat…and my paint chips prior to picking the color

My supplies:


Scrapbook paper

Paint Chips

Mod Podge

Clear Contact Paper – creates a surface you and use dry erase markers on

Fun masking tape

The Directions

Step 1: Cut my paint chips to the size I wanted. Covered clipboard area with Mod Podge, added the paint chips

Step 2: Cut the scrapbook paper for the top section. Attached the same way as the paint chips.

Step 3: Covered entire board in Mod Podge

Step 4: Added decorative masking tape

Step 5: Cut clear contact paper to size. Smoothed contact paper over entire clipboard

Finished Clipboard

I got the idea to use the Contact Paper from Design*Sponge. There are endless possiblities for customizing clipboards – a lot are a bit too frilly for me, but I imagine they would make some little girls really happy. Below are some links to other versions of custom clipboards. These would make great gifts…

Wallpaper Wipe-Off board on Design*Sponge

Chalk Clipboard via Ohdeedoh – I love this one, it would be a fun project for so many different things.

Clipboard Collage – by Rachel at Bling on My Sewing Machine – LOVE THESE, great for inspiring creativity

Scrapbook Clipboard

Grocery Store organizing clipboard by Creative Organizing

So there are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing….

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  • christina larsen - Love It.

  • ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage & Junkologie - Fabulous job! Love the colors!! The turquoise is beautiful!


  • Emily Beaty - I LOVE your creativity and all the DIY projects.. So fun!

  • Shannon Phillips - Genius!

  • Lisa - yet again, amazed! Be sure and let us see how the new kitchen paint turns out. I’ve been trying to talk myself into a similar shade of blue for my living room.
    This project would be perfect for new schoolwork clipboards for my girls!

  • Lily - Super cute project. I’m so glad I found your blog. I read design sponge all the time and that’s how I came across your blog. Then I realized that you’re a fellow Okie and living in Broken Arrow to boot, me too! Your blog and photography are awesome and your little ones are absolutely adorable! Keep up the good work.

  • Erin J. - That is so fun!! I love the decorative masking tape. I have never seen fun tape like that.

  • Mandy Wichert - Ashley,

    Where do you get the inspiration & desire to do your crafts? I love being creative, and I desperately want to find something I need to make, but over the course of a day, I don’t find much I “need” to make. What gets you going? What’s a typical day like?

  • Karen Brown - I just made a couple of these minus the contact paper for my pantry doors- one for the shopping lists and the other to hang by the family calendar with all the party invites, etc. They are so cute and practical!

    But…my real question is…what does your daily/weekly schedule look like? I have 3 little ones (5,3,11 mom.) and feel like my days constantly slip away and I never get it all done. (We did just make your paper mache bowls and they LOVED them!) I want to be more intentional with my time with them, but haven’t quite figured it out as far as routine and structure. And when do you find the time for all the other mommy stuff like the laundry and cleaning? And your house looks gorgeous and so fun in all the photos you post. Naptime is never long enough to get the housework done and tackle all my awaiting FUN house projects. Any suggestions would be awesome! I admire you immensely for all you seem to accomplish with your children and family, with your friends, in your home and at your church. AMAZING and INSPIRING!

  • rachel denbow - Oooh, I have a similar soft spot for paint chips. I love this idea and how monochromatic it is. And so useful!!!!

    Thanks, Ashley, for continuing to inspire even when regular life is so much more busy with a little one!

  • Ashley - What an ingenious idea! I always feel so guilty throwing away the tons of samples that I gather in the paint section, but now you have given me inspiration to use them for something.

  • Momofthe4 - How do you do it? Love the idea! I think I will try and incorporate this into my son’s room makeover . He is 11 and looking for a tween sort of room. This would be great for his desk area to help him keep up with things! You are very inspiring! Please share your tips on how you do it all.

  • Laurel - My creative juices are definitely flowing – these are perfect for back to school time.

  • patti - what a great idea! i love reusing materials. i’ll have to give this one a go! thanks so much for sharing.

  • ayesha - i have been reading your blog for a while now and love it i would really love the password to your more personal posts just dont know how to get it!!!!

  • Melanie Readnour - I love reading your website Ashley! Would love your password too, but everytime I try to send you an email it doesn’t work. I am a 2nd grade teacher and I am making some clipboards for my classroom! I painted my house all summer and never thought to use my paint chips.

  • Emily Lusk - What a great idea and it looks very pretty! I totally know what you mean about how the days just slip by and you don’t do anything that you wanted to do! I think it is a great idea to write them down and have a plan for each week! I think I am going to start doing that as well! Thanks for such a great idea!

  • Jolene - what a fab idea! Thanks for sharing…I’m adding it to my must-do pile…a list that should be no problem to knock off so long as I get another 12 hours in the day and live till I’m 173!

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DJ Williams was the 39th commentor and won the Lisa Leonard Designs Giveaway.

Congrats DJ…send me an email – and enjoy your prize! It was so fun for me to read your comments. The answers were great, but I really enjoyed seeing a glimpse a who reads this crazy blog. Some of you really should leave comments more often!

No post is complete without pictures…she is seriously so cute…and snuggly…and fun…and easy. If she weren’t my fourth I might be fooled to think all babies are this easy…and I would have lots of babies….and probably have a TLC reality show.

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  • Kari - Precious little baby!

  • lesley - Congrats DJ! I love my niece.

  • meg duerksen - oh i missed the contest completely!
    oh well.
    your baby just looks like a little sweet heart.
    those hats are too cute.

    i have a question for you….where do you develop your pictures?
    i am asking my fav photographers in blogland who they use.

    hope you have a great day.
    i still want to make a wheatgrass jungle! i am going to show sean right now.

  • Jeannette Swan - Praise God for a sweet, easy baby!! She is beautiful!!

  • meredith - Beautiful! Just beautiful….enjoy every single second of these days!

  • Lisa - I collect vintage tablecloths, and I collect baby girls =) (I have five) These pictures make me wish I could go back in time with my girls. Breese is so beautiful. Soak up all that newbornness. The years go by so fast. I love your blog!

  • lesley - hey! i just noticed, is the the baby bowl i see!?

  • Stephanie - Congrats DJ! Beautiful baby girl!

  • Kenna S - I love the idea of using antique tablecloths. She’s adorable! I think that she looks like Hudson and Rett. Precious!

  • Heather - Love the antique table cloth – reminds me of my grandma! What a beautiful baby girl – she fits right in with your beautiful boys!

  • rachel - Adorable…truly precious!!!

  • Jessica Payne - She’s gorgeous. You are so talented. I’ve really enjoyed looking at your blog.

  • ashlee - these pictures are so beautiful…as is your subject!!

  • amy stamm - SHUCKS!!! Love your blog–and LOVE those pics…I could snuggle her too!!! ENJOY every minute

  • amanda torres - She is a cutie. God must have known that she needed 3 older brothers to help fight off all the potential boyfriends! Good thing C is so skilled in karate.

***The Lisa Leonard Designs giveaway ends at 10pm tonight. So if you didn’t leave a comment yesterday, scroll down to the next post and add your comment today.

Remember this post on planting a wheatgrass lego jungle…well a week later the jungle is in full force.

Here it is on the day of planting:

And here it is 5 days later….after lots of adventures and plane crashes

After the picture above I let the boys cut down part of the jungle…it keeps growing.

This would be fun to plant in little pots that look like heads – you could give them lots of haircuts.

And one more just because.

Wasn’t it just last week I said facial wounds were common around here? Actually it was in the same post as the original lego jungle post – just a different brother.

Big Brother and another little boy had a bit of an accidental run in on concrete while coloring with sidewalk chalk.

Just fyi – he was playing great with Biggest brother until I got close with the camera and then he did the sad, pouty face.

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  • Jeannette Swan - I love the jungle – your kids have all the fun!! You have to get used to scratches and bumps with the boys…last week Jordan gashed the side of his head open trying to do some trick in the craft room. Thank God for His protection over them!

  • Carissa - Defniitely going to have to copy the wheatgrass jungle idea. Easton is obsessed with Legos and he would love this!

  • Lori Danelle - I love how little kids hurt themselves and are fine until you ask them if they’re OK, and then they fall apart and the tears won’t stop. Well, that’s how it is at my house anyway. :)

  • Trinity - Isn’t it funny how a wound doesn’t hurt until someone is giving out extra attention?

  • Brooke - This is too neat, I may have to try to wheatgrass jungle too! My little guy may like it!

  • lesley - Poor Hud, that pic made me think of the one of Corbett when he was little with the bear. So sad, but love the wheatgrass jungle.

  • amanda torres - He sure knows how to work the camera…male model???

  • Ben Mann - The pout is killer.

  • sheridan - I had no idea that wheatgrass grew that fast! I’ve got to get my boys some of that…they will LOVE it! I was so good to see you and that sweet baby yesterday! I’m loving the pictures and I’ve already placed an order to get others off the DVD. Thank you again!

  • Jenny Collier - These photos are too cute! You seem to be such a fun mother, Ashley.

  • Momofthe4 - I just love all your snapshots they always look perfect! Your children are so lucky to have Mom recording their memories so beautifully!

  • christina larsen - My son came in while I was looking at the pics and he said, “cool”. I think I might need to do some grass.

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