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Watch Me Wednesday | Chalkboard Easel Display

Hello! Today, I have a altered project to share. It’s sort of scrapbook in nature as well. There is a video below showing my design process. Chalkboards are such a great trend now. I really like browsing through retail catalogs and seeing framed chalkboards incorporated into kitchens and offices. When I saw Jenni Bowlin’s Chalkboard Easel, I just had to have it. I was not quite sure if I would just write on it or so something special. So, instead of using the chalkboard easel for its obvious intended use, I chose to make it a photo display – sort of like a three dimensional picture frame, but with that dusty black chalkboard paint as a backdrop.

The photo I used was taken by Naomi Chokr in September. It is one of my favorite pictures from the session.

Since rearranging my craft space, I moved a larger table that was already in my studio to create an “L” workspace. Now, I have two working surfaces and a lot more space that allows me to display a few fun things, like this chalkboard easel!

I added a patterned paper banner and embellished it with buttons from Papertrey Ink. Here, you can also see how I distressed (sanded) the painted frame. The original frame is a cherry wood color. See the video below on how I altered it.

Don’t ask me what I was thinking when I stamped “2012!” The photo was taken in 2011.;)I’ll have to change the date later. This lets you see a mistake in action! It’s an easy fix. I’ll just swap the mini tab out with a new stamped one.

I really like the size of ATCs, so I thought they would be fun to add as a layered embellishment. I tucked one inside of a mini bag and journaled some sweet words with a Sharpie marker. I just love how it can tuck away into the bag.

I chose not to add a design using chalk to my project, but think it would be cool if you added polka dots or a large arrow pointing to a photo or a journaling component.

Below, you can view the video or click here to hop over to YouTube.

 Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy your Wednesday and take care.


Annette AllenApril 25, 2012 - 9:02 am

wow this frame is the cutest…totally love it.

LennyApril 25, 2012 - 9:06 am

Wow!! What a great project…
I opened my Blog list, and saw your photo.
Really adorable! I love all the little details & stuff.
I’m gonna try this, it’s such a great idea!!

Linda in AusApril 25, 2012 - 10:12 am

Ashley, I love this, it’s gorgeous.

KishaApril 25, 2012 - 11:10 am

Ashley, I love your altered item!! The distressing and the paper crafting details are great. Such a great item to distress.

Vera W. YatesApril 25, 2012 - 1:30 pm

This is such a neat idea, Ashley. Love it A LOT! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

NicoleApril 25, 2012 - 1:48 pm

YOU are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! I love all the you do.. WOW!!! That what i say when I look at your site…
I can’t wait to see what you come up with next…



GabbyApril 26, 2012 - 5:30 am

Cute pic, very nicely displayed. Love what you did with the cool chalkboard easel. :)

Brenda HallApril 26, 2012 - 9:43 am

Love it Ashley!

Susan BeauchaineApril 26, 2012 - 10:15 am

Ashley, I LOVE this chalkboard. I had seen it on Jenni’s site but wasn’t sure what I would do with it. Now I know! Thanks to you, I am going to copy this for a display for my baby Colin’s graduation party, BooHoo :( It will be a DARLING display for a Senior picture! I better get one ordered, ASAP!!!
Thanks as always for your AMAZING creativity ~ Thank you for sharing it with your followers!

Val BApril 26, 2012 - 2:50 pm

I just watched your video on making this adorable easel. Love everything about it! Great job.


WinnieApril 26, 2012 - 9:45 pm

Ashley: Loved your video. What a great piece you made. Love all the touches you added and the care and love you put into it. What a treasure.

Leigh PennerApril 27, 2012 - 3:34 pm

Oh, this is wonderful! I love everything about this, Ashley!

MeganMay 1, 2012 - 11:07 am

I am not normally a big fan of the alter projects like this but I have to say I love this. It is super cute! Makes me want to make one myself. Thanks for the great inspiration.

Larissa Heskett =)May 2, 2012 - 2:50 pm

Such a CUTE Project!! THANKS for sharing the video and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

NathaliaMay 3, 2012 - 11:18 am

This is such a great project. Fantastic!

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