So as I said last week, I was in a blog slump. Nothing was sounding good to me, I had no ambition to create anything new and then my one planned project that I was using this for:
(A great BIG $6.99 frame I scored at Goodwill)...fell apart.
I was planning on putting cork in here to make it a huge family picture frame with pics stuck in with cute little push pins that I was going to spray paint fun colors.
Yeah. Not happenin'.
When I took the cork board out of the package, it fell apart in my hands.
Thanks Hobby Lobby.
I had the hubs try and work with it to get it into the frame and it dissolved in our hands as we were working with it.Rip after rip after rip......
So I gave up, put the frame in the back of the garage and rolled up what was left of the (non- returnable) cork and put it in my craft area for another smaller project and called it a day.Just another blah moment last week to add to my blog blahs.
I soo don't mean to sound like Debbie Downer.
Then I had a light bulb moment.
An a-ha moment, if you will (take that Oprah! :)
I was cleaning the basement last week with the girls (see, good things do come of cleaning house!) and Anna brought this item to my attention:
It might be hard to tell from this picture but this is a chalkboard surface over basically a piece of very thin plywood. I asked her where we got it, as it had been in her "school" area of the basement and she said that I bought it at a garage sale.Ummm no.
I never would have paid for this.
Maybe taken it if they had said it was free but never shelled out hard earned bucks for it.
I think it was given to us for Anna's area years ago but I forgot the source.
And as soon as she said she didn't want it, I almost put it in the "goin' to Goodwill" bin.
Add some spray adhesive, goody bags from Hob Lob (way to make up for the cork board!) and scissors....
originally, I got this idea from some wrapping paper that is very similar to the above bags that I got on clearance after Christmas last year.
But I didn't have enough for the frame.
So I headed first to Dollar Tree to see what kind of wrapping paper they had (nothing that hit me) and on to Hob Lob to check out their supply and found the above bags that matched my original paper almost exact-a-mundo.
I then sprayed the adhesive to the cardboard part of the frame and to the back of the wrapping paper and paper bags ( the wrapping paper is in the middle section, paper bags on the sides) as well and this is how it looked:
I smoothed out most of the wrinkles ( if you look close you will see mistakes, so don't look close) and tucked in the paper where I couldn't cut anymore to fit into the frame (again, don't look close:).
Then I added this to the top after spraying the back with adhesive as well as the paper it is going to be sticking to:
And then it sat and dried overnight (not that it said to do that), I just wanted to make sure it was completely dry before I did anything else as I am going to be hanging this on a wall. But here is the kicker: I had no idea what I wanted to put on the chalkboard section. I knew that I would be using my chalk pens because a) I already have them so no extra moola spent and 2) I just love my chalk pen. Sooo much. :)
Then came my inspiration via Pinterest.
I saw this adorable piece of artwork and pinned it to my board just last week:
Check out the blogger behind this here
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The hubs and I never really had "a song" the first three years we were dating. There was never any music playing when big events happened so nothing to pinpoint a song for us that represented our relationship...which is pretty ironic considering how much we both love music. But after a tumultuous third year of dating (which included breaking up once (him), getting engaged, then breaking up again (me)) we found "our song" playing on the radio one summer day. To make a long story short (if you don't know the background), the hubs and I dated briefly when we were 23, broke up, made up and became friends (he was even at my first wedding) and then dated nine years later when I was again single and were a couple for almost four years when we got married five years ago. Whew...did ya get all that?? Anyway, this "song" was playing on the radio: (turn off the playlist player at the bottom of the blog page if you want to listen)
Bless The Broken Road.
And we knew this was our song.
It was like Rascal Flatts had a ringside seat to our lives and wrote the song for us.
So we decided that this would be our first dance song.
Until we tried to dance to it.
Very hard. There was a lot of toe stepping, falling out of sync with the music, it was ugly to say the least.
We practiced for months and months until finally it was the big day.
And when it was time to get up and dance, I chickened out, ran over to the deejay booth and told him to play this:
Beautiful song, don't get me wrong but not "our song".
Only much easier to dance to.
We felt like we sold out.
The deejay did play "Bless The Broken Road" that night a few songs later but we were outside taking pictures so we missed it.
But it is still "our song" and always will be.
You just won't catch us dancing to it. :)
So here is what I did:
Got out my chalk pens (LOVE) and chalk.....
Went online and printed the exact lyrics to the song......
And wrote the entire song by hand with regular old chalk. Now, if you know me by now, you must know that I have terrible hand writing. I really do. But I decided I wanted to write this myself because I know that it would mean a lot to the hubs if I did and I didn't want it to be perfect. So I just went for it, I mean if it was really bad, I could just paint over it, right? So I did this free hand. No ruler involved just writing the lyrics as I read them off the paper (some I knew by heart) and this is how it turned out. You can see some of the eraser marks but that's OK, I like the look of it..kind of like a board in a coffee house or something.
And here it is with the chalk pen! That pen makes even the worst handwriting look good. I swear it does.
Here is the final product:
I absolutely heart this. :)
OK so here is the cost rundown:
1- Frame- $6.99 at Goodwill. This is a really good price for a frame this size. If you see anything this big in the frame department for under 10 bucks, grab it and don't look back.
2- Spray adhesive- I got mine at Home Depot for 5 bucks but they can run anywhere up to 7 or 8 dollars too. I would check out Wal Mart or Target to see if they carry it cheaper.
3- Wrapping paper- I already had the one section (got it at Target after Christmas last year for 1.00 for the entire roll) but the other bags came from Hobby Lobby and were $1.99 for a package of 10. I also had a 40% off coupon.
4- Chalkboard- Free to me. But you can totally do this on the cheap several ways: at craft stores, they sometimes carry really inexpensive chalkboards with tiny balsa wood frames. Rip the frame off and use that or why not get a couple, keep the frames on, paint the frames and put several together for a collage look? Or just find some plywood in yor garage or basement (you know its there...:) and paint it with chalkboard paint? Chalkboard paint costs around 5-6 dollars a can but it will last you a looooong time.
5- Chalk Pens- I already had these and have used them since April so I won't count them in my cost to make but they will set you back around 12 bucks or so. Now, this is a great investment as I have created at least four or five projects with them and always use a coupon. I found mine at Michael's and had a 40% coupon as well.
Total Cost = $13.19