Summer Fun in the Tea Room

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


This very exciting post for me finds my family home only 4 days from our vacation on the beach and at Disney in Florida. What a wonderful time!! Talk about Summer fun!! And speaking of Summer just happens to be this week's theme for the challenge in The Shabby Tea Room...for whom I am Guest Designing this week! What an honor! I do so appreciate this opportunity given to me by Debbie and the DT! Thanks so much, girls, for your vote of confidence and your weekly inspiration. I can't say how much I have enjoyed the inspiration from this blog!! If you have not already visited there, just click on the badge to the right (sidebar). OK, lots to say...I'd better move on!

Our summers aren't complete without a trip to the beach, so this was my inspiration for my project. I have even used some of our beach treasures on my project, a 6" x 9" clipboard to help us remember all of our fun summer plans. I thought this would be just as good a way as any to preserve and enjoy these little pretties! I also used a sweet little image from Crafty Secrets' Creative Scraps for the focal point...a sweet little couple on the beach.

These clipboards are easy...and so much fun to make. If you haven't tried one, you have to! They make the nicest gifts, too! Just use Mod Podge over your favorite papers, paints, rub-ons, etc. and embellish until your little heart is content! I used Paper Studio and Papertrey Ink papers, rub-ons from Basic Grey and K and Co., Hobby Lobby's basic pearls (found in wedding section) and Cabbage Rose ribbon from Memriemare (Etsy). As an extra added touch, I used my orange sticky tape and covered the clip in silver micro beads. It's subtle, but pretty in person. I also used opal and teal Glimmerz paints on my shells, along with a touch of prisma glitter. The paint and glitter gave them their "just washed up" look again...I really liked that. The Martha Stewart pine punch reminded me of that tiny, delicate seaweed that tangles around everything on the beach.

For those of you visiting from The Shabby Tea Room...Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love to hear who you are and where you're from, if you would care to leave a comment! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this week, and hope to visit lots of blogs to see what everyone is up to now that I'm home. I so enjoyed our vacation, but am chomping at the bit to get busy creating and posting again. If you care to scroll on down, I have included a few more clipboards I have done for other occasions, and my post closes with some exciting news!

The clipboards on the left (I know...bad photo) are the 'legal' size and were made for Teacher Appreciation Week door prizes at my kids' school. I used my Olivia Cuttlebug font to personalize them after the winning names were drawn(not shown in this photo--name was placed in the lower section). The legal size is nice, because when the lower portion is personalized, the name shows even when papers are clipped on.

These 6 x 9 clipboards were also door prizes. They were given away with their little easles so they were "desk ready". Each one has "Notes" added to the lower portion.

Finally, this 6 x 9 board was a Paper Crafts submission for a 'Christmas project using sheet music'. It wasn't a winner but I was very pleased with it. The snowflakes were punched with Spellbinder dies out of creme wool felt. The ribbon is velvet and the buttons were especially pretty, although you really can't appreciate those details in this photo. I really loved the soft look and color combination of it all...the photo just doesn't do the project justice.

Lastly...not only has Deb, from the wonderful Shabby Tea Room, given me a big "thumbs up", but I have also received a vote of confidence from Paper Crafts Magazine. I had a winning card in their Stamping Royalty contest in the Spring in the 'birthday' category. My card will be published in the Nov/Dec issue...a HUGE honor and 'dream come true' for me. Just had to share the good news!! Thanks for hangin' in with me on this long post...I had a lot to share after a long break!!
I'd love to hear from you all!!
Have a day full of blessings, and a whole lot of crafty goodness, too!!


  1. What a fabulous project your altered clipboards are, Geri! They are so pretty and so useful at the same time. Love the one you created for us at the Tea Room with the fun summer beach theme. Your shabby seam flower bows are so pretty, and I really like how you incorporated the seashells with them. Those Vita Bella papers are just perfect, too, for the beach. Thanks for sharing your talents with us in the Tea Room.

  2. Geri: So glad you had a "great" vacation but glad you're home and creating again. Love all of your stuff!!!! (but you already know that). I have an "unfinished" clipboard (inspired by you) that needs to be embellished. Loved your sunny, relaxed, family picture. I'll be watching for more great stuff.

  3. Thank you so much for guest designing for us this week at The Shabby Tea Room. Your creation is beautiful!! Love the shell accents!

  4. Beautiful clipboard for this release! Thanks for all the ideas and how-to stuff. And I'm still working on making the roses from the seam binding. Just have to get my fingers working at this better. One day though, you'll see them on my cards!

  5. I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your tutorials on the roses & the small flowers. Nicely done. I didn't know that people were using seam binding...I LOVE the look!!! I will be back to see what else you are up to. Come over and take a look at my blog...I just started.

  6. Your Guest Designer project is fab Geri! I was looking at some of the little clipboards at the dollar store the other day, but I couldn't figure out how I would put my paper on without having to take off the clip and it's riveted on. All your examples are great! TFS!

  7. Geri!! CONGRATS, CONGRATS, CONGRATS on the Stamping Royalty win!!! I haven't been blogging or surfing much this summer, but stopped by this evening and immediately noticed your badge of honor! I scrolled all the way down here and found the post. That is so awesome! I can't wait to receive the issue! If they passed up any of your creations, I knew they were missing out for sure! Great vacation picture, too! Take care and enjoy the rest of the summer. ~Sara

  8. Adorable chipboards, but I could not take my eyes off those beach bunches!!!! I am a total beachy girl, live in FL (for now) but I'm originally from WA state, so I'm soaking up as much of the beach as I can, while I can. I hope you don't mind, I may have to lift this idea! Ohhhh how fun!