Friday, September 26, 2014

DIY Birthday Chalkboard Print

I find it pretty hilarious that my first DIY post is not about make up. I should really do some make up tips and tricks for you guys, but I need a better camera before I delve into that world. Anywho--recently I have started planning for P's FIRST birthday party.

What? Yes, P is only 8 1/2 months old. And yes, I am crazy. There is just so much going on around P's Birthday. Christmas, New Years, and My BIL's wedding. I just know that all of these things are going to creep up on me, and I am too obsessed with the picture perfect first birthday party to let that happen to sweet little me--err, I mean, P.

Ok, so maybe I am throwing a big party partially for me, but damn it, it's a huge day for me. It's the anniversary of the day that I birthed a human. So sue me if I want to throw a party that will symbolize how much that anniversary truly means to me.

Did I mention we are on a budget. As much as I would love to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a party that my daughter will not remember, there are just more important things financially for us right now. So, I am getting creative--and learning a lot about my computer skills at the same time.

The newest trend on pinterest for children's birthday parties is the chalkboard with all of your child's stats listed. Naturally, since I am fashionable, hip, and what not--I HAVE to have one for P's first birthday. So I hop on over to Etsy (which I love) and find that most vendors are charging anywhere from 15-30 dollars for their printable posters.

Then my curiosity got the best of me--How does one make one of these printable boards? I consider myself to be fairly good with the computer. I also think that I am a very quick learner. so I did some research and decided that I could make one of these on my own. Saving the budget $15 at a time!

So here is how I did it in case my mommy friends out there want to do the same.

download a chalkboard background like this one.

Download some pretty fonts that you think will look good in the chalkboard. I love this site for fonts.

Use some editing software. I don't have Photoshop so I used an online editor that I love called Picmonkey. You can check it out here. PicMonket also has a lot of cool fonts that I used! The cool thing about the site is that it lets you use both fonts from your computer and their own pre-loaded fonts.

Upload your chalkboard background to PicMonkey and use your fonts to fill in all your little one's stats.

Then add any embellishments that you find to work with your party plans. Pic Monkey has the cute owls, banners, and dotted line that I added.

Save to a flash drive

Take to Office Depot and have them print it large enough to display at the party!

Note: I filled in the poster with projected weight, height, and number of teeth. I will edit once we get closer to P's Birthday.


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