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When I was a child, chalkboards were found in every classroom. Many were black, although some were green or blue, and the teachers wrote on them with chalk. Over the years, the blackboards were replaced with whiteboards and teachers wrote with dry-erase markers. Recently, many schools have replaced the white boards with Smart Boards and children may become unfamiliar with chalk. However, as these chalkboards have disappeared from the classrooms, they have appeared elsewhere: in restaurants, as advertisements, and on our scrapbook pages. One could even say that chalkboards have become trendy everywhere except the classroom.

Many scrapbook manufacturers have embraced this trend and have introduced chalkboard-themed papers and other products. These products are great for school pages but can be used for a variety of themes. To emphasize the chalkboard look, write on your chalkboard-themed products with a white or light-colored pen. In this layout, I used chalkboard tape for the black stripe and then wrote my journaling across it. I use the Signo White Uni-ball pen which is my favorite white pen. 

For this layout, I wanted to print my title directly onto the chalkboard. Since most printers won't print white on colored paper, I downloaded a free chalkboard image and edited the white title onto it with my computer. I printed it onto untextured white cardstock. When I went to create the final layout, I decided that it needed more journaling which I added with my white pen.

Another option is to write on black cardstock with light colored pens or pencils. Susan Ahern doodled on black cardstock using chalk pens to create the chalkboard look on this layout. 

You can also create a fun chalkboard look using Core'dinations Black Magic cardstock. Lightly sand the cardstock to make it look like the chalk wasn't completely erased. Then write or stamp with a light ink to complete the chalkboard look. I used ColorBox inks and PowderPuff Chalking Inks on these thank you tags. 

Chalkboards are a great trendy look and can be used for more than just school projects. I hope I have inspired you to use some chalkboard-themed products or create your own for your upcoming scrapbook and craft projects. 


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