Have you seen it?
The cover of the September/October issue? After 8 years of working here at Paper Crafts magazine, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen such a trendy cover. I mean, just look at the chalkboard-inspired goodness of it!
I love all the different fonts that look hand-drawn, and that pop of green in the Paper Crafts logo? Divine!
Taken all together, it’s one great big HINT as to what lies inside. In fact, the Chalkboard Craze feature can be found between pages 50-57 of the print issue with a total of 16 inspiring projects and pages 74-87 in the digital issue with an additional 12 phenomenal projects you simply won’t want to miss!
You don’t need to spend a ton of time on Pinterest, or on many of the A-list design blogs to know that the chalkboard trend has been going strong for a while now. In fact, our very own Go-to Gal, Betsy Veldman, wrote a blog post featuring the trend for the Trend Talk feature in the Moxie Fab World clear back in April of 2011. Plus, as you know, Go-to Gal Kimberly Crawford focused on the trend in yesterday’s post! You know a trend is a strong one when it lasts for that kind of time, which is why we thought the September/October issue and its back-to-school timing would the perfect chance to explore it.
Here are a few of my favorites from the issue. Check it:
In this Amazing in Every Way Card by Jennifer McDermott, Jennifer used a stamp designed specifically to emulate chalkboard art. Because she kept the background materials minimal but very interesting, the sentiment is allowed to be the star of the show!
I love the way Alice Wertz placed her chalkboard-inspired sentiment on a green panel of cardstock, as it is so reminiscent of the chalkboards in the schools where I both attended and taught. It gives her Feathers Birthday Card found on page 85 of the digital issue a lightness and a brightness that can sometimes be missing in chalkboard art designed to emulate a true blackboard. And notice that the key to a good chalkboard card is the typography—the arrangement of the words and letters in a pleasing array on the surface plane.
Check your sentiment stamps. Do you have some that, when put all together, could make an interesting and appropriate sentiment? I’ll bet you do—it’s just a matter of arranging them, stamping and embossing, then offset-stamping to create the shadow effect that is key to achieving the depth needed in chalkboard-style design.
And last but certainly not least, this gorgeous Bottom of My Heart Card by Marisa Gunn on page 87 of the digital issue:
Again, it’s all about the typography! And don’t you just love the way Marisa has set off that stunning chalkboard element with the patterned papers and ribbon she has chosen? It just goes to show you that chalkboard style doesn’t have to come in black and white; it can incorporate color in equally striking ways as well!
What do you think, friends? Does the chalkboard trend appeal to you? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Let’s all have fun with chalkboard, shall we?
P.S. Did you know? You can enjoy the September/October digital issue for free. Simply click here to get started!
P.P.S. To see yet another moxie fab chalkboard-inspired project, click HERE.
P.P.P.S. Try out this chalkboard trend and enter your projects into the September Gallery Challenge!