December 27, 2011

Chalkboard Display Birth Announcement

Throughout blogland, creative projects abound for using chalkboards in fun ways. Here at Positively Splendid, y’all might remember the ugly painting I turned into a chalkboard in my kitchen, and the fun Father’s Day photo collage with chalkboard messages I made for all of our dads.

When I was planning George’s nursery, I knew I wanted to incorporate a chalkboard in the decor somehow. I was first inspired by this pin on Pinterest, and I loved the look of the bold script monogram against the black background. The moment I hung the finished chalkboard in the nursery, I knew it would be absolutely perfect to use in his announcement!

So simple: Using stencils from cardstock cut with my Silhouette, I stenciled his monogram at the center before adding his birth stats at the top and bottom of the board. Then, I propped the board behind a sleepy newborn George, and I started snapping photos! 

Once I achieved a photo I loved, I tweaked it and added text using my Photoshop Elements software. If you don’t have Photoshop, you could easily use Picnik to accomplish the same look. 

I had my announcements printed through Vistaprint on their highest quality glossy stock, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. And, using one of their coupon codes, I was able to order 40 of the announcements (with envelopes) for less than $25. Not too shabby!

Tomorrow, I am going to show you how I made this chalkboard for less than $10 using easy-to-find supplies, so stay tuned!

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2 Responses to Chalkboard Display Birth Announcement

  1. Ruby Jean December 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Oh so VERY Sweet and Precious… I wish I would have done this with our last baby.. :)

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