Adding a Bit of Flair on Layouts With Chalk

Chalks, also known as pastels are so much fun to use on your scrapbook layouts. The vast variety of color choices means that you can match it to almost any color of cardstock or embellishment making your pages true ‘wow’ pages. There are definitely some fun and unique ways to use chalk on your layouts.

A favorite way is to use it to color in stamped images or clip art. It gives it a light shaded look and depending on the applicator you choose, can be soft or hard color. There are a variety of applicators available, including sets that have them available in the container.

Another great way to use chalks is for distressing your page. Using different colors around the edges of your papers can give it an aged distressed look.

You can also use chalk on die cuts or shapes to add a little dimension. Use chalk on vellum to add some color to a basic piece. Another really cool technique is to apply it to the raised part of an embossed image, which adds additional dimension to it.

One of the negative sides to using chalks on your scrapbooking layouts is that typically chalks tend to leave a residue or chalk dust behind that can get on your photographs, facing pages and leave chalk dust all over on your page protectors. Your best bet is to purchase an acid free fixative spray (usually available at craft stores) to minimize the smudging that can happen. In addition, please do not use hair spray as a fixative. The chemicals found in hairspray will damage and/or fade your photographs.

Do you enjoy using chalk on your layouts? Why or why not?

Nicole Humphrey writes articles for the Scrapbooking Blog and for the Frugal Blog. She also guest blogs on a variety of topics. You can read more of her articles by clicking here.

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