For a while now, I have been posting my montly menus on Facebook. Well, I decided to create a blog so that more people will have the opportunity to check in and hopefully be inspired. As for the name of the blog, Sherri's Sanity, that is what montly menu planning is for me; my sanity. With 3 young kids, I do NOT have the patience for the clock to turn 5 and have no plan for dinner, it just adds to the craziness to the "witching hours" (those insane hours at the end of the day where we, moms, try to jam-pack 4 hours worth of stuff into 2) I HATE the hours of 5pm-8pm. BUT I have found that in my (almost) year of planning monthly menus, I have been so much less of a headcase during that time. When mom is happier, hubby and kids are happier. AND their tummies will be filled with yummy homemade food; even better!!Now, this blog will definitely take time to put together. Once again, I am a mother of 3 small kids and although I wish I could just sit down and crack it all out, that just isnt going to happen. So, check back often and I will try and keep things rolling. :) Another thing that fills my bucket, so to speak, is crafting! So I'm sure that will come along on the blog shortly too. Happy planning!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Chalkboard art tutorial

The easiest way to do chalkboard art would obviously be to use a projector. I don't have a projector and most people don't, so this is how I do my art.

The first thing you'll need to do is pick a design. You can either design something yourself or find something on Pinterest that you can download into a jpg file. I usually go the Pinterest route but this time I designed my own.

Once you have your design into a jpg file, open the website blockposters.com and upload your file. Go to step 2 and following the measurements to the right, to decide how many pages you want your poster to be, depending on how big your chalkboard is.

After you've printed your poster you'll need to trim off the margins

Next, tape all your pages together 

(For some reason my print out glitched and I was missing text but that has never happened to me before. I'll just wing it.)

Flip your poster over and rub chalk generously all over the back

After you've chalked your poster tape it up onto your chalkboard and trace over everything with a pencil. This will lightly transfer your design to your chalkboard! 

For bold fonts I usually just trace the outer edge and fill in later...

When your transfer is done it's time to chalk it in! Keep a small bowl of water handy so you can dip the top of your chalk to keep it moist as you go! Wet chalk will give you a nice dark finish. 

 And you're done! Ta da!!

If you prefer to use a chalk marker those work really nicely as well. I personally had problems with my chalkboard staining so I stick with plain old fashioned chalk. Although I have heard that windex will take the marker off so let me know if you have success with that!! 

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