Hi everyone!!

It’s always such a pleasure to be over here at the CSI project! If this is your first time seeing me here then you can find me over at my blog,

Cherished Bliss. Oh, and I’m Ashley ; )

This is a big year for me, my first born starts his first year of school! Ok, fine, it’s only preschool but still… it’s so weird to me!

I am kinda sad to see him grow up, but also kinda glad that our school district has a preschool program because let’s face it, no matter how much we love our kids:

MAMA NEEDS A BREAK!

Aubrey has so much energy that some days I don’t know where to put that energy! I’m hoping his desperate need for social activities will be slightly faded when he comes home from school. : )

Naturally I want to document each step of his life and this is a big one, so I have plans to take pictures each year on his first day of school. I’ll probably change it up a bit for each new grade, but this was what I came up with for his preschool.

A little chalkboard to show off his first day of preschool.

I had a lot of fun ideas for pictures that I wanted to share with you today, but I’m pretty sure if my son hates anything, it’s getting his picture taken.

I wish I could say he sat there cute and sweet, but no….

he growled

screamed

jumped up and down

tickled himself

shut his eyes

wouldn’t hold the sign

spun in circles

The kid does NOT like his picture taken!

So what you see is pretty much a miracle.

This was the main picture I was going for though. I want to document his favorite stuff throughout his school years so I used photoshop elements to add some text to the picture.

If you don’t have a photo editing program, don’t worry, you can do it at places like picmonkey or ipiccy. It’s super easy!

Now let’s take a look at how I made my chalkboard.

{Supplies}

- I lucked out and ordered these cute little wooden shapes from Pick Your Plum a while back

(but you can get some cute shapes at hobby lobby…. or if you aren’t afraid of your saw you could cut some out yourself! Maybe even recruit the hubs to help!)

- Chalkboard Spray paint

- Chalk

That’s it!

{Tutorial}

first.

Spray paint your wood with your chalkboard paint. I made sure to get it good and covered. You don’t want to be able to see any wood through your layer of paint. Also you want to make sure you don’t spray too much in one spot or it will puddle up. Spray nice clean lines and go over it if you need to. (follow the instructions on the spray paint)

second.

Then Let it dry (super hard stuff right?) It might look a little funny while it’s drying, that’s ok.

third.

cover it completely with chalk then wipe it clean. Then you are good to go and write whatever info you want on it!

I think I’m going tostart a cute little book with mine! What will you do with your kids pictures?

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Here are a few of my recent projects (cause I know you’re dying to see them) < — Sarcasm! ; )

Summer Mantel

Ruffled Baby Doll Quilt

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