Chalkboard Vinyl Word Bubble by #Wallternatives

Disclosure: I received this item as a part of a campaign for Wallternatives, and received this product in exchange for writing this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Those who read this blog regularly know how I feel about Vinyl. I think it’s an awesome material, and I love crafting my own signs and items with Vinyl. However, there are limitations with my personal vinyl cutter, most specifically the size. While I was at the Haven Conference in July, I got to see an awesome new line of Vinyl decals that is being produced by Royal Design Studio called Wallternatives. Wallternatives specifically has a line of decals that are perfect for you tween/teen and college-aged student. As it’s back to school time around here, and the Big One is now in Middle School, I was really excited about this new teen-inspired line, particularly their ChalkTalk™ Chalkboard Art.  You see, we have a bit of trouble talking around our house.  Boys don’t talk that much I’ve learned, and tween/teen boys talk even less.  I thought that installing a Chalkboard Vinyl Decal speech bubble would be a great way for the Big One to share things with us.

My Mom Made That: Chalkboard Vinyl Decal Title

The other wonderful thing about this project was the time that the Big One and I spent together. It’s hard finding things that we can do together. He had a great time installing the speech bubble all by himself, with a little help from me. The parts that I had to show him, he actually recorded on his iPod, so I have a movie that I can share with you. You can see how we got the image safely onto the transfer tape.

As you can see, it does require that you burnish the image thoroughly before you apply the decal to your selected surface. Wallternatives does explain that their vinyl decals have a low tack adhesive, meaning they will not stick well to rough, textured, chalky, dusty, etc. surfaces. Clean your surface before you try to position your decal, and don’t try to stick them on popcorn walls! Luckily, the Big One had selected his door, which was easy to quickly clean and very smooth.

My Mom Made That: Chalkboard Vinyl Decal Installation

After the Big One positioned the decal where he wanted it on his door, he burnished the decal extremely well with the provided squeegee tool.  I had him go over the image, particularly the smaller dots three or four times, pressing down hard.  These decals are low tack, so you need to make sure that they are securely attached to your chosen surface.  Then I told him to slowly peel back the transfer tape.

My Mom Made That: Chalkboard Vinyl Decal Removing Tape

Once the tape was removed, the Big One had his very own Chalkboard Speech Bubble to decorate, and he had a good time with the chalk although I’m not sure how much he really communicated with me.

My Mom Made That: Chalkboard Vinyl Decal Art in Progress

Here’s a bit more information about the ChalkTalk™ Chalkboard Decals that I thought I ought to share.  They feature a slight surface texture that makes them perfect surface for writing or drawing on it with chalk, and can be applied to any flat, smooth surface such as refrigerators, doors, and painted walls. What’s more they wipe clean with an eraser, damp towel or sponge.  If you have specific questions about Wallternatives, you can learn more by checking out their thorough collection of FAQs.

Has your family gotten into Chalkboard decorating.

Start Back with Lots of School Supplies Printable

Thank you to Great Clips for sponsoring today’s discussion and inspiring my family to support teachers!

This week I got an email from our civic association. They were asking families to donate backpacks that were filled with new school supplies like pencils, markers, crayons, folders and notebooks.  I was a little surprised by this drive that was coordinated by our neighborhood and the Big One’s elementary school.  Most of the kiddos at the school don’t seem to be lacking, and I know the PTA has a healthy budget to support a bevy of extracurricular programs at the school.  Why was the neighborhood trying to collect 100 backpacks filled with school supplies for children?  It turns out in our wonderful little school, that has a great PTA and lots of kids who seem to have plenty that a third don’t have enough to buy the necessary school supplies.  Who picks up the slack– it’s usually the teachers. I assume.  Those teachers, who don’t make nearly enough for all that they do, spend their own money to make sure the classroom has what it needs to run!

My Mom Made That: Back to School Supply Printable

Apparently the average teacher spends $1000 or more on school supplies for students during each school year.  School supplies for your children, my children!  Well, I thought I would share a little printable that I made for us to use to start the school year off right.  To let the teachers know that we’ve got their back!  It’s a small 3×5 card that I can tape to the top of a package of paper, or tied to a bundle of pencils or pens.   I’d rather my sons’ teachers be focused on teaching my sweet boys than worrying about getting more supplies.  I want them to feel appreciated!  (If you’d like to use this printable, just click on the picture above, as I’ve saved in a full size image).

My Mom Made That: Back to School Supply Printable

 

I’d like to share another group that is trying to help teachers with the burden of buying school supplies.  Great Clips is the world’s largest salon brand  with over 3300 salons throughout the United States and Canada.  If you click the picture above, you’ll be taken to a page to watch a video of a classroom makeover and see how Great Clips has already fulfilled two teachers’ classroom wish lists. In order to help other teachers throughout the U.S. and Canada, for every person who downloads  the Online Check-In app, Great Clips will contribute to AdoptAClassroom.org (up to $20,000) to help continue to support teachers and students.   What is the Online Check-In app?  Itlets you add your name to the waiting list at your local Great Clips salon. It’s not an appointment – what it does is let you add your name to the list before arriving at the salon to help save you time.  We take the Big One to Great Clips fairly frequently to get his shaggy mane trimmed.  It’s great to know that you can get “call-ahead” seating when go, particularly when you are rushing around to get ready for the start of the school year.

This year Great Clips is also  hosting a contest to send $100 worth of school supplies to your door.  Think about how much your teachers would appreciate all those pencils!  To enter the #GREATLIST contest, go here.  Every day, one lucky winner will get their school supplies bought and shipped to their front door for free!   Plus #GREATLIST contest entrants receive a $2-off Great Clips coupon with their confirmation email the first time they submit a school supply list.  The contest has already started, and is running until September 5th, 2014.  Be sure to enter!

Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath

It’s less than a month to the Fourth of July.  Can you believe it? Do you have patriotic decorations ready?  Honestly, I don’t.  I’ve just gotten started.  I’ve got a couple of projects in the works, and the one that I’m sharing today is my first completed patriotic craft of the season.  Of course, it’s a wreath because as Mellow Man tells everyone– we may not be completely decorated around here, but we have a wreath for every holiday!  For this Fourth of July, I made a wreath with chevron burlap ribbon and felt pinwheels.  It was a quick and easy way to add to my holiday wreath collection, and I’m delighted with how it turned out.  I think I need to make a few more pinwheels for decorations, but I’m really enjoying my Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath.

My Mom Made That: Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath
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Floral Note Cards for Mother’s Day

Yesterday was Mother’s Day.  I hope that every mother out there got to feel appreciated and loved, be you a mommy of an itty-bitty, kiddo, tween, teen or grown child.  I must say that I was really touched by a post I read over at One Artsy Mama about Mother’s Day, and I would very much encourage you to read it if you get a chance.  It really speaks to the emotions behind Mother’s Day. Around here we had a nice busy day.  The Big One and my lovely husband, the Mellow Man spent the day watching the Little Monkey and cleaning the house for me!  Isn’t that amazing?  I had already gotten my Mother’s Day gift, of my new domain and this blog!   This year, I made gifts for my mother and mother-in-law, and specifically made my mother-in-law a floral note card set with a matching Mother’s Day card with my trusty Silhouette Portrait.  One of the great things about the Silhouette, is the ability to create custom card sets, and this particular one include two cards for “Hello,” “Thank You,” and “Get Well.”

My Mom Made That: Floral Notecard Set
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Peter Cottontail Door Hanger

It’s almost Easter, and Peter Cottontail is on his way to our house!  Did you used to sing that song when you were a child?  It reminds me so much of wonderful Easters as a child– time with my family, in church wearing smocked dresses, gloves and sunhats.  Then we would gather together as a family, eating a wonderful meal.  There is much anticipation this Easter week, as we honor the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday (one of my very favorite Church services), mourn on Good Friday, wait in anticipate for the resurrection on Easter Saturday, and wonder in awe on Easter.  It is a meaningful week, and somehow the Easter Bunny, AKA Peter Cottontail gets worked into the festivities!  Regardless, the excitement of Easter Egg hunts and the arrival of that bunny are overlaid this week.  If you are waiting for Peter Cottontail, then I have a door hanger for you!  It’s a quick and easy project with vinyl and your favorite (AKA Silhouette!) vinyl cutting tool!

My Mom Made That: Peter Cottontail Door Hanger
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