Chalkboard Lettering

Create Perfect Chalkboard Lettering

February 16, 2017 • Contributor: Lydi from Lydi Out Loud

Hi there! I’m Lydi from Lydi Out Loud and I’m so excited to share one of my favorite tricks with you today. I’m a big fan of chalkboard signs, however I’m not a big fan of my handwriting (neither are the unfortunate folks who have to (try to) read it). My chalkboard sign goals came to fruition when I realized I could fake perfect chalkboard lettering with my Cricut and I’ve been a crazy chalkboard sign lady ever since.

Here is how you can create your own perfect chalkboard sign:

Supplies:

Instructions

Cut chalkboard vinyl to desired size.

Upload your image in Design Space (or create your own). Feel free to grab my “Brunch so hard” image here if you’d like (hey it’s free!)

 

Upload Image

Erase all negative space by clicking in white areas.

 

Areas to Erase

Save as a cut file and cut. Weed negative space from the design, pick up lettering with transfer tape and apply to chalkboard.

Scribble chalk on chalkboard vinyl on and around the lettering; rub most of it off with a paper towel (this gives it a more authentic chalkboard look).

Prefer to use actual chalk for your lettering? Cut your chalkboard lettering design out of stencil vinyl and fill in the stencil with chalk or chalk marker.

 

Vertical Brunch Image

Well my secret is out… it’s that easy to create perfect chalkboard lettering with your Cricut!

 

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Creative Spotlight: Lydia Nordhoff of Lydi Out Loud

January 19, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Know someone whose excitement for crafting always makes you want to sit down and try something new? For us, that’s Lydia Nordhoff of Lydi Out Loud. Her blog is just filled with fun, fresh ideas to try out, from Cricut creations to crowd-pleasing recipes. We sat down with her for a quick chat about the motivation behind her site.
Lydi Out Loud

What inspired you to start your blog?

Before I started my blog I felt like I had lost my creativity. I’ve always loved to create but was working so many hours for my job that I hadn’t made time to do so. I started the blog as a way to hold myself accountable to uncovering and nurturing my creative side. Honestly, I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to find that part of myself after ignoring it for so long, but it will still under there.

How has your Cricut machine changed your crafting?

My Cricut has not only changed my crafting, but my gift giving, my decorating and even my parties! It’s completely changed my approach to creating; any random found object has the potential to become a Cricut project. I also love how accessible crafting with Cricut is for any level crafter. It’s crafting meets lifestyle. See Lydia's craft workspace in the header! 

What is your favorite feature to use on your Cricut?

Hmm, that’s tough! It’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. Since I just did it, I’ll go with Print then Cut. I’ve been using that feature to make stickers and created some fun luggage tags with printable vinyl.

Are there any trends in the world of DIY that you are particularly excited about?

I’m loving the planner trend and all of the fun DIY planner accessories. I’ve always been a paper planner lover; I mean is there anything more satisfying than physically checking something off of a to-do list? I think not.

What are you working on right now?

I always seem to have two or three things I’m working on, but one of my favorites right now is planner clips I’m making with Cricut poster board. I also just made the football favor boxes on Design Space® for a party, and they are so cute!

These favor boxes are sure to score big at Super Bowl parties. Designed to look like their favorite pigskin, they’re easy to make with a quick run over to Design Space!

Lydia’s came out amazing! She’s a huge Buckeye fan, but her game day ideas work for any team out there. Check out her blog post, including the favor boxes, here

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Lydia! We can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2017.

Do you love following Lydia, too? Show us your Lydia-inspired creation at #CricutMade!

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