Jane Not So Plain

A DIY Destination for Sewing, Crafting and Fashion

Clipboard Before & After

One of my many philosophies is that you are at work the same amount of time you are at home, so your office/cubicle should be a warm and welcoming place. Staying true to this philosophy, I added a little personality to some clipboards I bought at Wal Mart.



I bought clipboards for $7.50, used 12″x12″ scrapbook paper that I already had, and put them together with some rubber cement. This is a quick and easy way to add brightness to your office or cubicle.

*And, in classic Tori fashion, I used the same color scheme for my Dry-Erase Calendar and clipboards. Of course, future projects for my cubicle will match as well 🙂

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Dry Erase Calendar

I made this dry erase calendar for my office at work. I initially found a tutorial on Pinterest for a paint chip calendar, and I fell in L.O.V.E. I took a look at The Aesthetic Writer’s DIY instructions as a first step, then I put my own spin on it. Here’s how I made mine:

What You’ll Need:

  • 12″x16″ Frame (I got mine from Hobby Lobby for 50% off.)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scrapbook letters
  • Tape
  • Scissors & a ruler or a paper cutter
  • Dry erase marker (I use a thin tip marker so the letters are more legible in the boxes.)


1. Cut 30 2″ squares from your scrapbook paper.

Since I am using the calendar for work, I only wanted 6 columns (Monday-Friday and a general weekend column), which leaves room for a “To-Do” space on the right. My calendar has 6 columns and 5 rows.

2. Lay out and tape down your squares

For the white background, I used the backside of the insert that came in the frame.

Starting in the lower left corner, lay out the bottom row of squares. Once you have them spaced how you want, tape down the bottom row. Again starting with the lower left corner square, lay out your first column. Tape the squares down when you have them where you want. Continue doing this until you have all 30 squares laid out and taped down.

*Don’t forget to leave a space at the top for your “Days of the Week” letters.*

3. Add “Days of the Week” Letters

I used letter stickers that were left over from a previous project, so I had to improvise a little bit. I luckily had an M, T, two Ws, F, and an E. Since I only had one T, I used an R for Thursday. To make the backslash for the weekend column, I took a Z and cut off the top and bottom arms.

Label your calendar however you want. After all, it is your calendar!

4. Section off your “To-Do” Space

Again, since I was using letters I already had, I didn’t have the letters to spell “To-Do”, but I did have lots of Os and zeros, so I make a little design.

I wanted to have a space in the top right corner to right the month, so I sectioned of my “To-Do” space inline with the top row.

5. Put your calendar in the frame and label your month and days with your dry erase marker!

Voila! You now have a custom-made dry-erase calendar.

As a side note, the only item I bought for this project was the frame. I tried to be as resourceful as possible and use paper, stickers, etc. that I already had. The total cost of the project was about $8. What a steal!


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Zippered Pouch

I was fortunate enough to be able to go through training on a few Baby Lock machines last week, and through out the process, I got to make an adorable zippered pouch.

We started with 2 pieces of printed cotton fabric and a piece of batting. After we made our quilt sandwich with a little quilt basting spray, we stitched a simple diamond pattern and embroidered our names with the Ellisimo Gold sewing and embroidery machine.

Now for the fun part…


Our pouches were ready to be put together and zipped up. To insert the zipper, we actually used the Evolution serger. Typically, zippers and I are not friends, but this method was WAY easy. We then serged the sides, and VOILA! We had ourselves a cute zippered pouch.

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A Journey Begins…

I recently began a new job that combines two of my favorite things: social media and sewing. Everyday, I am eager to work on a project. And, even thought I don’t have hours on end to work on my long list of projects, I do make time to at least brainstorm ideas, cut fabric, or plan for projects daily. (It seems that I spend more time planning than actually making, but that’s a whole other post.)

Jane Not So Plain will be filled with tutorials, inspiration, and hopefully conversation. My vision for this blog is that it will become a haven for strong, caring and crafty women. Jane is a family name and, to me,  is synonymous with love, strength, and inspiration.

Keep Calm and Craft On.

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