Friday, April 12, 2013

Chalkboard Memo

I don't know about you, but I like to take advantage of any opportunity to organize and clean that I can find. Tidying up, labeling and making sure the house is in order, is a neurotic trait that my dear husband claims is one of the many reasons why he fell in love with me. that a good thing?

In my quest to the get my craft room together, I noticed that I have a lot of loose bits of paper laying around my craft table, on surrounding shelves, and basically strewn about the place. Some of these loose papers actually had important information on them that could have been...ugh, useful if I had known where they were at the time. It's amazing the things you find when you're cleaning, things that you didn't even know were missing!

For today's Get it Together post, I created the perfect solution to my craft room dilemma; a chalkboard memo board using paper from SEI's Mia Bella collection.

All the materials used to create my memo board were supplies that I found while I was purging my craft room. Ha, who knew all this prettiness was so easily accessible to me? I painted some clothes pins with white acrylic paint, and covered them with strips of Kiss in the Rain, Sightseeing, and Hotel Suite paper, and adhered them to the painted wooden plaque.

Since, I needed an area where I could write notes, I pulled out my chalkboard paint and applied two even coats to the wooden plaque. To make the chalkboard lines super straight, I masked the edges with washi tape. Make sure to paint the first coat of chalkboard paint in one direction, and the second coat in another direction. And, if you're like me and simply can't wait the 24 hours required in-between coats, (Who are they kidding? No one is going to wait 24 hours in between coats), pull out your heat gun and dry the paint in a snap!

Ooooh, it looks like I need to submit some cards, better pull out my other lovely SEI paper collections for the next call.

materials: Kiss in the Rain | Sightseeing | Hotel Suite | Silver Tile | 9" x 12" Wooden Plaque | Deco Art Chalkboard Paint | Clothespin


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