Saturday, December 22, 2012
Happy Weekend!! It’s Emily here with an inspiration post for you! Goodness, I am always so inspired by these posts and was feeling quite challenged to come up with my own. I tossed about a few ideas but one kept showing itself to me OVER and OVER and I just had to go with it. The latest and greatest crafty trend out in the world (Can you say PINTEREST?!) is chalk, chalkboards, and chalkboard paint!
Now I actually have quite an aversion to chalkboards and chalk. In my non-scrapbooking life I am a middle school English teacher who used to have to write on chalkboards ALL. THE. TIME! I despised the chalk dust and the screech-ey, scratch-ey noise fingernails and chalk can make on a chalkboard (I seriously just got goose bumps writing that sentence!). I was so relieved when they replaced my chalkboard with a white board. So obviously, when this trend of schlepping everything in sight with chalkboard paint emerged, I was less than thrilled. I realized however that I truly did enjoy certain elements of the chalkboard look: the dark frosty background, the contrast of the white chalk against the dark background, and the way colors pop against it as well. It dawned on me that digital scrapbooking was the perfect way to jump on the chalkboard bandwagon without getting any chalkdust on my pants! Whoo hoo! I looked through my past layouts and found a layout that used a dark, chalkboard-like background and white text and I knew I had been subconsciously percolating this whole chalkboard idea for awhile. Let’s do this!
SP has several papers that work perfectly for that chalkboard look and feel. Here are direct links to the kits right in the shoppe! Yours Truly, Wonderful, Occasions, Modish Girl, Clementine, and Brrrr.
Here are links to some of the best chalkboard fonts out on the web. I could have listed dozens more but I had to say, “WHOA” at some point! LOL! They are all free to download for personal use only.
The chalkboard fonts work AWESOME with the great Tips and Tricks post from lego a few weeks back! Be doubly inspired! Also, Lindsay shared a great blog link that shows how to get a cool chalk effect using Photoshop! Check it out HERE! So much chalkboard-inspiration-goodness!
Keep scrolling to see some stellar takes on this whole chalkboard trend from our a-mazing Shabby Artists! Be patient as they load ~ I inserted them as full-size images to really make the chalkboard look visible!
First up is the ADORABLE layout from Amber ~ She applied the trend to perfection with a school-themed layout! It goes perfectly with her element cluster and inspired title!
Next up is a breathtaking layout from Kylie ~ Her use of the chalk effect with the floral brush work is beyond inspirational! The button elements add so much to the overall effect too!
Take a look at this stunning example from Kim ~ She has expertly added this trend to her title work and it brings her layout focus and undeniable style!
I cannot tell you how much I enjoy this layout from Casharina! She was able to apply the effect to a holiday layout! I doubly love that her picture background pulls double duty as her chalkboard look! The font just pulls it all together!
Lego has also produced a stunner! She went with the traditional deep green chalkboard background color and it is set off perfectly by her choice of paper strips and spot-on chalk effect fonts! Look at those chalk snowflakes!
Finally ~ Here is my take on this whole “I can’t stand real chalk, but I sure do love the look” trend!
Look for all of these layouts from the Shabby Artists in the gallery if you would like to know credits and such. Please make this chalkboard trend your own and post it in the gallery! I can’t wait to take a peek! Thanks for taking some time to be inspired here on the Shabby blog!