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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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda in AusApril 25, 2012 - 10:12 am

    Ashley, I love this, it’s gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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. :)ReplyCancel

  • Brenda HallApril 26, 2012 - 9:43 am

    Love it Ashley!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • Leigh PennerApril 27, 2012 - 3:34 pm

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

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

  • NathaliaMay 3, 2012 - 11:18 am

    This is such a great project. Fantastic!ReplyCancel

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