Saturday, November 26, 2011

diy christmas card chalkboards

I was inspired by my previous chalkboard project, to make small individual chalkboards for this year's Christmas photo.

I purchased the frames at the Dollar Tree. Yay!

I had the spray paint and chalk board paint on hand. Double Yay!

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I simply removed the cardboard backing and spray painted the frames turquoise, granny smith apple green, and silver.

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I dressed the kids, got my oldest to the barber, and jammed to the preserve.

The sun was already setting, the boys were accidentally erasing their words on their boards, and I may have issued a few threats to my oldest son who thinks it is embarressing to smile in photos.

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I went home and realized that not one of the 200 plus pics turned out how I envisioned. There was not one with all 3 of them in it that would work for a card on Heather's site for raising adoption funds for a sweet family waiting to bring their child home. Boo.

But that's life so I rolled with it.

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The card will have a combo of these pics:

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It isn't perfect, but either are we, so all is good.

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Much love,
Katie

Linking up with April at Gingerbread.

25 comments:

Adrian said...

All of these pictures are adorable. Very cute idea for your Christmas cards!

Erin said...

I love your boys... Luke's serious look is killing me. And I have had very similar photo experiences...the best part is you have 190 of the lousy pics to remember it by!

Betsi* said...

Oh my gosh! We just took our Christmas card photos today. I havent even looked at them yet, but I know Isaac isn't smiling in any of them. And they refused to hold up the empty picture frame. I wish kids liked getting their pictures taken!

Jamie - Snow In December said...

What a great idea, Katie! I know what you're saying about the pics not being how you envisioned them, but they look great to me!

Grace said...

seriously so cute! love it!!

Cailan said...

I can COMPLETELY relate! But three cheers for trying and accepting what you get. ;) It IS a lovely idea!

The Arizona Russums said...

i LOVE them. perfect is boring, right?!

Janna said...

so cute - you probably saw my card by now and realized that great minds think alike :)

Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

i think the photos turned out great!
i love that it's real...makes it so much more lovely that way.

Nancy said...

Love those shots. And, I totally agree with Heather, real is the best. Darling.

Amy said...

So cute, great idea! Loving those chalkboards. They turned out adorable.

Brigitte said...

Such a cool idea! Cute wee guys you have :) And yes, real is definitely best!
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment X
Life with boys huh? Loving it!! ;))

Ashley @ Luce said...

adorable pictures! i love anything chalkboard paint :)

Genn said...

Hi Katie!
What a great idea!! Those are so cute!! Sorry the photo shoot did not go the way you planned. It never does! But keep those cute frames handy for other things too! How cute would it be to take their birthday pics with them holding up the number of years they are on the chalkboard!

theolivetree said...

adorable! I just got chalk board spray paint & still haven't used it.

hannah singer said...

cute idea, katie! and the photos are adorable:)
happy monday xo

ReMadeSimple Kristina said...

Very cute creative Christmas pic idea! I made similar ones for a wedding that said "bride" and "groom".

Kelly said...

katie such a great idea. can't wait to see you christmas card. you better show us!
xxO

Marie said...

wonderful!

you are so on top of things:)

Susan said...

I LOVE this idea!

likeschocolate said...

Love the idea!

Flor said...

I love that chalkboard paint! your boys are so handsome! my pictures (with all 3 kids) never turn out as I would want them to either.. oh well. I'm going to use one of heathers designs for our cards as well.. but first I need pictures :)

Heart n Soul said...

too cute!!

Stephanie said...

Love the pictures! Too cute:).... And I've been dying to paint something with chalkboard paint! I love it!

Brooke said...

These are FANTASTIC!!!!! And your boys are adorable.... might have to buy me a can of that paint chalk stuff!
HUGS