The chalkboard theme immediately made me think about school and learning, maybe because I'm a teacher! So, one morning, as I was taking my kids to school, I snapped this photo of my boy in front of the big chalkboard in his classroom: he usually loves to draw on it as soon as he enters his classroom. I left a big empty space on the right of the board, printed the photo in a large format and filled the board with words and numbers. I cut the words with my Cameo; learn, grow, to be, ...and added these cute numbers from Flea Market's chipboard.
The rest of the design is pretty simple: strips of paper trimmed from Flea Market's 6" x 6" patterned paper pad and a little cluster of embellishments. The result is a happy school themed layout and my little guy loves it! I gifted it to his teacher and she displayed it in the class! Guess who's a proud boy now?!
The chalkboard trend seems to be everywhere right now. As a teacher, I certainly love it. The look is quite versatile. It can be the focus of a project or used as an accent. I decided to use chalkboard accents on my project and to tie it together with a shabby chic look. Maggie Holmes' Flea Market line was the perfect collection to use. I started off with three frames I'd picked up (for a quarter a piece) at a thrift shop. They were really quite ugly! I painted them with white acrylic paint, then dry brushed some metallic paint onto the edges for some added sheen. The chalkboard accents were cut from patterned paper and paired with chipboard, die cuts, resin flowers and stickers. I love how the black really pops against the white of the frames and the pastel embellishments. As you can see, the chalkboard look doesn't have to be overpowering. Used sparingly, it creates a beautiful contrasting element.
You can't escape chalkboard. It's everywhere. From home decor, to craft and DIY and even fashion. My girls both have some t-shirts with a chalkboard inspired design. One of them came with a piece of chalk so you can write what you want on the day that you're wearing it! How cool is that?!
For this layout, I swiped an almost dry mini chalk ink pad onto my black cardstock and then buffed the whole thing with two pieces of facial tissue paper. The word "art" was cut using my Cameo on a piece of Close Knit's "Needle and Thread" patterned paper. I really think it resembles the actual chalkboard art seen everywhere these days, even if they're designed specifically to be cut from vinyl. I finished the layout with some layered die cuts and brads. Their vibrancy adds a lot to the layout!