Thursday, March 06, 2014

Chalkboard inspired scrapbook pages

I love the chalkboard technique on these layouts. When I was sharing this with my stamp clubs in February I had a realization .... my children do not know what a real chalk board is. Schools are now generally equip with high tech smart boards.  I think they believe chalk is primarily used to write on the sidewalk on a warm sunny day! 

Chalkboarding is a huge trend right now, so it is not completely foreign. DIY'ers are using black chalkboard paint on everything! You can also buy chunks of chalkboard type vinyl. I love Upper Case Living for this! I have added chalkboard vinyl labels to jars in my pantry. Today on Pinterest I saw this post ... cute, right?!

Chalk pens have made chalkboarding neat and clean. Not to mention more durable. Chalk pens do not erase easily like traditional chalk. Often you need to purchase a chalkboard cleaner to clear your surface (Totally worth it though!). Stampin' Up! has a medium tip Chalk Marker available:
Stampin' Chalk Marker   132133 $4.50

Chalkboard fonts are also divine! Quick, easy projects can be created using My Digital Studio. I created this project in just a few moments. Once printed I am going to slip it in a frame and display it in my home.
chalk-hand-lettering-shaded font

You can't help but get nostalgic with chalkboarding. It is one of those things that are a vivid memory of your childhood. In my day we had green chalk boards on all four walls of the classroom. Teachers had cool metal chalk holders to keep their hands clean. If you were lucky you had white chalk, yellow chalk, pink chalk and on the rare occasion blue chalk (Although this was difficult to read off the board). Do you remember the chalk rake? It had multiple fingers that you placed chalk into. It was used to draw straight lines across the board for printing & handwriting lessons? Least we forget the chalkboard brush ... and detention time spent cleaning those brushes!? (I was no stranger to detention time ... I always talked too much in class!).

The chalkboard technique on my scrapbook layout is really very simple. I used a Stamping Sponge to gently smear white craft ink over basic black card stock. The trick is really to be gentle. Less is more. You can always add more if you desire.

Do you like the chalkboard trend? Have you tried it? What have you created?

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a creative day!


Chalkboard scrapbook layout supply list
paper Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Pool Party, Silver Glimmer Paper (124005), Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper* (133521),
ink Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink Pad (101731), Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
stamps Banner Blast* (133551 wood, 133554 clear)
accessories White Bakers Twine (124262),Coastal Cabana 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim (130024), Basic Metal Buttons (133319), Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399)
tools Stamping Sponges (101610), Banner Punch* (133519), Full Heart Punch (119883), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Hearts Collection Framelits (125599), Decorative Dots Embossing Folder* (133520)

* these products are available free during our Sale-a-bration promotion


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