Thursday, October 9, 2014

Quick! Do a project!

I have never claimed to be an artist...I am a big fan of tracing. In fact, I've always wanted to own an overhead projector (yeah, those old things) for future projects. I used to love those coloring books that had tracing pages in them (Remember those?). Tracing makes me feel like I can draw.

I also love decor items that are versatile. I try to fill our home with items I can change or rearrange when I get the "redecorating urge." And that's probably why I have lots of chalkboards and painted thrift store items. When a room's decorations get boring, I can easily repaint or erase.

A while back, I picked up a faux canvas at Walmart. It had been marked down due to a scratch across the picture. Yesterday, 2 minutes and a little chalkboard paint transformed that marred canvas into a message board for our overnight guests. Since Nora's nursery also doubles as our guest room, I wanted to add an element that made our guests feel welcome and less like they were sleeping beside the changing table.

I recently received DIY Type from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This book is basically just a collection of modern looking stencils.

Each page of stencils can be easily removed from the book by tearing along the perforated lines. I love the handwritten typography trend, but I am too much of a perfectionist to be satisfied with my handwriting.

Using these stencils, I was able to quickly draw a cute message. If I had one of those chalk pens on hand, I could have further embellished my letters. But I was still pleased with the plain typography.

The book contains a few example pages as well as two styles of stencils.  One smaller set of the alphabet and one larger.

I only wish I had more fun stencils like this. I love the look of several fonts.

I used the bigger stencil for a quick fall message.

The stencils are made of a thick glossy cardstock that looks as if they will hold up well. They will work well for many craft projects such as banners, posters, notecards, etc. The book provided inspiring images in the front of possible projects.

Since I am a mom of two kids under two years, these stencils are the perfect addition to my craft tools. I can easily finish a chalkboard message in just a few minutes. I will be on the lookout for more stencils to use on my chalkboards!


  1. What a great book review! When you are done with the stencils, I am sure there will be two little ones that love to play with them. They remind me of the tupperware stencils of our childhood!

    1. I'd love to have those tupperware stencils. Wish I had hung on to them