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Digital Scrapbooking Chalkboard Background Freebies by Photo Book Girl Plus Chalkboard Fonts

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I don’t know about you, but seems like everywhere I turn lately, chalkboards are very, very popular.  In addition to the standard chalkboard you can buy to hang on your wall, I’ve seen chalkboard paint, chalkboard vinyl in all shapes and forms, chalkboard labels, chalkboard speech bubbles and chalkboard inspired fonts.

So, I decided to try my hand at making my own chalkboard backgrounds for use in my photo books.  I made them in Adobe Photoshop by taking a black background layer and then overlaying that with random white brushstrokes which I blurred.  I then reduced the opacity of the “white chalk dust” layers to slightly cast a layer over the black to get an erased blackboard effect.  I created one version that has lighter chalk residue and one with more chalk.  If you cover the background with more stuff, the dust effect may be a little too muted, so I made a one with more chalk dust so you have some options.

I think they came out pretty good for my first try and I’d like to share them with you for your photobooking and scrapbooking.  School themed and kids themed photo books are obvious, but chalkboards are so hot now, you can use them for anything you’d like.  I could see them making a great background for a travel photo book, especially if you add some fun journaling to go with it.

Click here to download both of my chalkboard freebies!

PhotoBookGirl Chalkboard Background Freebie #1

PhotoBookGirl Chalkboard Background Freebie #1 by photobookgirl

PhotoBookGirl Chalkboard Freebie #2 More Chalk

PhotoBookGirl Chalkboard Freebie #2 More Chalk by photobookgirl

The chalkboard backgrounds are 300dpi and 11″ x 8.5″ size.  If your layout is a different size, you can resize it just like you do a photo to cover your page.  Feel free to use them however you want – I just ask that you don’t offer either for download on your own site or offer it for resale.  Scrap for hire is okay too.

CHALKBOARD FONTS

So, now that you have your backgrounds, how about some FREE cool chalkboard inspired fonts?

Below are some of my favorites.  I found them on various free font sites.  I found a bunch at fontspace and one at dafont.com.

my favorite chalkboard fonts

When I got to the sites, I searched for “chalkboard” and “handwritten“.  If a specific font doesn’t pop up under those searches, just type in the font name in the search box.  The font names are listed above in their own font.  You shouldn’t have any trouble finding them.

You will find most of the fonts on fontspace.  “Chalkline” was found on dafont.  “Chalkduster” and “Chalkboard” are specifically Mac fonts that came on my computer, but there’s plenty of others for PC users too and there’s many more that I didn’t list.

SAMPLE CHALKBOARD LAYOUT

So, I took my black chalkboard background (#1) and created a layout in Photoshop.  I used a white brush to freehand the doodled frame, arrows and heart.  I picked some of my favorite summer pics and used “Secret Love” for the caption font and “Appleberry” for the title.  You can take the plain background I’ve provided and upload it directly to the photo book company of your choice and layer your photos over it, or you can add the doodle details like I did in Photoshop or any other free photo editing program.  I also wrote about free trials for Photoshop and other products here.

hand-doodled frames chalkboard layout

So, now you have all the tools to make a very cool, chalkboard layout for your next project!

I would love to see what you do with the background – please let me know if you use it.

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9 Comments

  1. Lesley
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 7:23 am | #

    fun!

  2. Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:43 am | #

    Do you recall which brush you used for your doodling? It looks great!

    • photobookgirl
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm | #

      Thanks Bethany! Yes, it’s was in the “Wet Media Brushes” set. “Paint on Rough Texture” 55 px at 100% hardness, though I bet it’s not the only one that would give a similar effect. I’ve never done this before so it was a fun experiment!

  3. Sharon J.
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm | #

    Thank you! This is neat, I will try it soon.

  4. Brooke
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 8:15 am | #

    I was wanting to do this for my son monthly photo..BUT I don’t even know where to begin..I downloaded your chalkboard background and fonts..but how do I upload the photo to the board??please help :/ Thank you photobookgirl

    • photobookgirl
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm | #

      Hi Brooke,

      Are you using a specific photo book company? You can use it just as you would any other photo since it’s a jpeg file. You can layer your photos over it. Hope that helps…

      • rhoda
        Posted March 7, 2013 at 5:38 am | #

        hello photobook girl, this sounds like a lot of fun and i would like to do a creative digital photobook to capture my pre-wedding vacation that i took with my partner. but like Brooke i have no idea how to begin. i am using Blurb, but i dont understand what you mean by layering another photo on top of that? it just replaces the pictures…

        help! i am a technology novice – but really keen scrapbooker. :)

        • photobookgirl
          Posted March 8, 2013 at 12:31 am | #

          Hi Rhoda, you may find this post on Blurb software helpful. Also, check out my how to photo book series here. You probably need to make another photo box to add another photo. You also may need to be in “edit mode” – Blurb’s software has two modes. One where you’re editing the layout and then another where you’re adding photos to the layouts you created. Hope that helps and good luck with your book!

  5. AJ
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm | #

    Thank you ever so much!

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