Thursday, September 20, 2012

An Altered Chalkboard AND a simple Project Life Spread...

I have been so excited to share this with you! I had NO idea what I was going to do with this chalkboard when it first arrived... well, I *thought* I had a plan, but the chalkboard was actually a lot bigger than I pictured when it arrived. It was so much cuter, too :)

I started out with a banner at the top... I knew I wanted that for sure. I used the Magpie Collect paper to create a hexagon stitched banner. I used some pop dots to add it to the chalkboard, but only added adhesive to a few of the hexagons so it would wiggle and hang pretty.

Next I decided I wanted to add a "mini" album to the chalkboard. The first thing I did was use the Magpie mini pattern sheet as a guide for my album size. I cut two strips of vanilla cardstock, then I folded them accordion style so that I would create squares that match up to the squares of the patterned paper. Then, I added one patterned square to each of the square sections I needed for my album (which were four... one for each of my girls). I added a photo of each of my girls. I found wallets were a perfect fit. Then, I added a a tab and a letter initial for each of them.

Now, for the question of how I would add the album to the chalk board. I knew I would have fun changing the albums out since it just fits perfectly on my mantle with my other decor, so glue was out of the question. I decided in the end to raid my husband's tools and see if we had any nails so I could add some metal tabs (by 7 gypsies) that were permanent. It worked perfectly to secure that album to the chalkboard! I then could keep changing the albums for each season/holiday!

Lastly, I used the chalk pencil to add a note to my girls.... I can change that up with anything... a verse, a word of love or encouragement. I LOVE that. This little chalkboard is so cute all on its own, but I had fun dressing it up and know I will continue to have fun with it!

With my scraps, I also created this Project Life Spread....

It was a simple week and I love that I could still document it for our family's weekly album! The little bits I had left over worked perfectly!

I hope you will all check out the chalkboard for yourself and if you do create something special with it, please let me know so I can go check it out!!

supplies used:
 Jenni Bowlin Chalkboard Easel
Jenni Bowlin Magpie Collect Patterned Paper
Jenni Bowlin Magpie Gather Floral Patterned Paper
Jenni Bowlin Magpie Accessory Patterned Paper
Jenni Bowlin Magpie Stash Patterned Paper
Jenni Bowlin Bank Statement
Jenni Bowlin Memo Hodge Podge Stickers
Jenni Bowlin Kraft Printed Tags
Jenni Bowlin Plain Chipboard Elements Tiny Tabs
Jenni Bowlin Alterable Alphabets
Pretty Little Studios Week Days Stencil Word Flashcards
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Tim Holtz Mini Attacher

Have a beautiful day!


Denise Price said...

I love the hexagon banner. That's a unique idea.

Sherri said...

Neat idea to attach a mini to it Lisa. The kids will have fun seeing the new one every time you swap it out.

Michelle said...

Super cute Lisa!