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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

French Inspired Altered Clipboard



Bonjour les amis de chalets (Hello cottage friends),

Can you tell I'm feeling a little French today?  The reason lies with the lovely French mademoiselle on my altered clipboard.  She's patiently waited three months for me to embellish her. 

Right after I finished the French Script Bottle I found an old clipboard for 25 cents at a thrift store.  It was in the spring, and the song April in Paris was playing in my head.  I knew this was a sign for me to do another French Script Mod Podge project. 


I downloaded French Sheet Music and Antique Paris Fashion printables from The Graphics Fairy and did my Mod Podge thing.  I painted the clip a soft green, but I didn't like it, so I repainted it in ivory and I didn't like that either.  So, in my typical I'll-wait-until-I-feel-inspired-again fashion, I set Mademoiselle Clipboard aside. 


In the meantime I had collected some odds and ends for crafting -- a little doily, a baby food jar filled with old buttons -- all found at thrift stores (I'm frugal like that) -- and I dried some pink carnations (I'm frugal like that, too). 

Inspiration hit Sunday afternoon.







I like the way Mademoiselle Clipboard turned out.  A little shabby chique using crafty things I had on hand.



This project took about an hour to complete, start to finish.  I like that.    How much time do you like to spend on a project?





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24 comments:

  1. I love this, Nancy! I would buy this if I saw this in a shop! I bet she will look splendid in your new cottage! ;)

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    1. Wow, thanks, Kim. Coming from you that's a big compliment. xxx

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  2. I love it too. I have never thought about decorating a clip board, but now I want to. When I was in high school I wanted to take french, but had to take latin for my college prep. One day would like to see Paris. My grandson is taking it so maybe he will teach me. HA! HA!

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    1. French is such a beautiful language. My hubby understands and speaks a little. I hope you get to visit Paris one day, Betty. xxx

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  3. So pretty!! I love how you incorporated the French sheet music!
    Sally @cottagefix

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    1. Thank you, Sally. The French sheet music seemed appropriate with Mademoiselle Clipboard's gown; I imagined she was attending a ball. Thanks for stopping by. xxx

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  4. So lovely Nancy! I love the Lacy touch.
    You have inspired me to one day try to create an art-vintage clipboard.

    ≈♥♡≈ Helena
    ─ƤєтαƖ & Lαcє Ƈσттαgє ─

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    1. Helena, this was really so much fun to make that I'm ready to alter another clipboard. However, I've got other projects waiting to happen, so I'll have to get to them first. :) If you do decide to create an art-vintage clipboard, I'd love to see it. xxx

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  5. What a beautiful piece! I love how feminine and elegant it is. A beautiful piece.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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    1. You're so nice, Patti. Thank you. xxx

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  6. Nancy, this is simply gorgeous! The pretty fancy's on the clip are just wonderful too! I have some old clipboards. May need one of these! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I'm so happy you like it, Jann. Thanks! xxx

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  7. Love this! I think I need one for my blogging desk! Thanks for sharing and blessings to you,
    Patti

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    1. You should make one for your desk, Patti. With a coat of shellac, it could easily be used as a mouse pad, which I personally think would be super cute and functional. xxx

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  8. The French mademoiselle is very chic indeed!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. I enjoyed bringing her to life.

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  9. She is very elegant in her shabby chique way. Tres jolie!

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  10. This is so beautiful! I'm always saving images but don't always find projects for them! I love this! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Diane. Finding the right project for an image can be a challenge. I found the clipboard to be a good, workable size for an image like this one. xxx ~ Nancy

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  11. Hi Nancy,
    I just found your blog and it is lovely. I love the French inspired clip board. Just so pretty!
    Would you follow my blog as I am following yours now.
    Warmest regards,
    Diane
    babiesbridesandlavender.blogspot.com
    babiesbridesandlavender.com

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    1. Hi Diane, it's great to "meet" you. Thank you for leaving your kind comment and introducing yourself. I"m on my way to visit you now and I will be following you, too.I love making new friends. xxx ~ Nancy

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