How-to: Remake Scrapbooking Chipboard

scrapbooking chipboard remade into display signage

If people find out that you like to craft with recycled materials, they’ll start to give you stuff. I’m the happy recipient of a lot of people’s old clothes and cardboard and art supplies, and recently, I was given some really horrible chipboard embellishments from someone’s scrapbooking de-stash.

Really, they were awful. They were fakey little chipboard signs that said things like “Grandpa’s Fishing Hole” and “Easter Parade,” and you glue them in your scrapbook next to your photos of ducks in bonnets and little kids wearing overalls without a shirt on underneath, I suppose.

I have no use for tacky chipboard signs to glue into my non-existent scrapbooks, but I did have a need for some subject labels for a memory work display board that I was making for our homeschool. Fortunately, scrapbooking chipboard is really easy to repaint and embellish. Here’s how I did it:

Gesso or prime the chipboard.
Gesso or prime the chipboard.

Gesso or prime the chipboard. I wanted to make sure that the paint would stick to the glossy surface of the chipboard signs, so I first put down a layer of gesso–you could also lightly sand the surface of the chipboard before doing this, if you wanted to be even more certain that the paint would stick. Primer would also work as a base coat, and, if you know that you’ll only need your embellished chipboard for a temporary project (such as Valentines made from puzzle pieces), then you can skip this first step altogether.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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