DIY Chalkboard Seating Chart


DIY Chalkboard Seating Chart, Chalkboard Signs, DIY Chalkboard Signs, DIY Seating Chart, Seating Chart, Wedding Signs, signs for weddingsChalkboard seating charts are very popular right now.  So I thought I’d share some I just completed and explain the process for those who’d like to DIY it.

It all starts with preparation.  For this project, there were actually 3 boards approximately 6′ x 3′.

They were made out of plywood and painted with chalkboard paint. (They were made by another company and delivered to my home studio.)

You can purchase plywood at Loew’s or Home Depot and have them cut them to the size you need.

The chalkboard paint for this project came from Loew’s. It’s made by Valspar.

The first step is measuring the space you have, allowing for room on the sides (these fit into custom made holders) and figuring out the height of the lettering and the spaces in between names as well as the space needed to accommodate two columns if needed.

For these boards, there were 216 names. The size for each name was 1″ and the spaces in between were .5″.

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Next I designed the headers. Here’s a pic of one laid out on my light table. If you are not a lettering artist, you can use a font.  Just size it on your computer, print it out and trace it on the board. You can do the same with flourishes.

My Belluccia and Dom Loves Mary fonts can be used if you want a script font.  Both also have flourishing packages you can purchase separately as well if you want to combine with a font you already have.

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The header is transferred onto the chalkboard with transfer paper in white. This can be purchased at any craft store. You can see in the pic that I created the lines and spaces using painters tape that I cut to be .5″.

This eliminates the need to erase lines as you will also spread the chalk marker paint as you erase.

Note: Try to find .5″ tape, masking or painter’s tape, to save time.  I found it after the fact at Uline.com. I did not find it at any local stores.

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You can then go over the flourish and letters with a chalkboard paint marker.

The one I used was called  “Bistro Chalk Marker”.  It’s made by Marvy and can be found in single colors at Hobby Lobby.

If you make a mistake, be sure to wipe it off right away.  It says that it comes off when you want but that wasn’t my experience.

But if you wait too long and need to paint over to re-do it, be sure to wipe off as much as you can with a wet rag or else it will bleed into the paint.

A note to remember…if you are going to do the list alphabetically you are limited on making any last minute additions or changes.

I would suggest, unless you are totally sure about your guest list, to list by tables.  Even if you have to paint over a name, you have more flexibility.

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Here’s a pic of a small Chalkboard Welcome sign I did for a previous client using my Belluccia font, flourishes and ornaments.

You can also check out more signs from these previous DIY Chalkboard posts here , here and here!

I’m busy at work designing a new font, but in the meantime, you can check out my current two calligraphy fonts here.

Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 and is available at myfonts.com.

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My second calligraphy font, Dom Loves Mary (a “December Rising Star” and  2012 Best Seller) is also available on myfonts.com.

Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend!

Debi

Free Printable Chalkboard Wedding Sign: Hay! We’re Hitched


One more printable chalkboard wedding sign for you.  This one was suggested by a bride and I just couldn’t resist making it.

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Corny but cute:)  Don’t you think?

If you want to enlarge this sign to fit on the back of a car or truck (or wherever) FedEx Kinko’s can enlarge it to the desired size.

They can also laminate it and/or back it with foam core to stabilize it.

Check out previous Free Printable Chalkboard signs here , here  and here.

Hope it’s a Wonderful Wednesday!

Debi

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The Dom Loves Mary font, #5 on the Hot New Fonts list, is available at: Correspondence Ink Type foundry .

Check out samples of it in action on my Calligraphy Fonts page.

Help me move it up the list!

Share this link on twitter or facebook : Dom Loves Mary calligraphy font

Or e-mail the link to friends who love fonts!

Go to my Pinterest page and re-pin items from my Dom Loves Mary font board: Dom Loves Mary font on Pinterest

Or you can always purchase it here: Dom Loves Mary font on Myfonts.com.

Thanks in advance !

My first cursive font, Belluccia is available at myfonts.com and fontbros.com..

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Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 16 months was named one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

Free Printable Chalkboard Sign: Just Married


Today’s Free Printable Chalkboard sign is….drum roll please:) “Just Married” created with my newest calligraphy font, Dom Loves Mary.

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If you want to enlarge this sign to fit on the back of a car or truck (or wherever) FedEx Kinko’s can enlarge it to the desired size.

They can also laminate it and/or back it with foam core to stabilize it.

Or if you’re feeling crafty, have an enlarged print made and cut out the letters to make a stencil.

Be sure to leave some pieces of paper connected to each other in totally enclosed areas so it doesn’t create a space where you don’t want it to be. For instance, in the big loop of the “M”.

Purchase an aerosol can of Marking Chalk (normally used for sports fields) from Ace Hardware or Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Or colored Spray Chalk at a place online like Toolup.com.

Use the sign as a stencil to temporarily place the saying on the concrete or grass at a location where guests can see it!

I haven’t tried this yet but have seen it done online. I’ll try to find and post tomorrow.

Send me a pic to post if you do!

If you have a saying you’d like to see on a Chalkboard sign, leave a comment !

I’m in the sign making mode so you might just get your wish:)

Check out previous Free Printable Chalkboard signs here and here.

Hope it’s a Marvelous Monday!

Debi

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The Dom Loves Mary font, #10 on the Hot New Fonts list, is available at: Correspondence Ink Type foundry .

Check out samples of it in action on my Calligraphy Fonts page.

Help me move it up the list!

Share this link on twitter or facebook : Dom Loves Mary calligraphy font

Or e-mail the link to friends who love fonts!

Go to my Pinterest page and re-pin items from my Dom Loves Mary font board: Dom Loves Mary font on Pinterest

Or you can always purchase it here: Dom Loves Mary font on Myfonts.com.

Thanks in advance !

My first cursive font, Belluccia is available at myfonts.com and fontbros.com..

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Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 16 months was named one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

Ciera Designs creates Chalkboard Sign


Today I want to introduce you to Ciera Holzenthal of  CieraDesign.com.

I came across her blog/design studio by chance and just loved everything I saw and read!

She is not only a great blogger but a very talented graphic designer.

Her services include: logo identity, invitations, editorial, business cards, brochures, WordPress, posters and more!

She recently created this lovely graphic using my Dom Loves Mary font family and has graciously allowed me to share it.

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She used a combination of the three Dom Loves Mary Script fonts for the wording.

(You get all three in the Pro package.)

The capital N is from the Stylistic version, while most of the lower case letters are from the Contextual version.

To encapsulate the saying, she chose two simple flourishes. The top one comes from my Flourishes One set, while the bottom is from the Flourishes Two set.

I’m guessing she was able to find the chalkboard background online like this free one.

You can refer to my previous post here and here on how to add flourishes to your design and create a great saying of your own!

Did you know the Dom Loves Mary Text looks really cool all on it’s own?  Here it’s used to tell a “Once upon a time” love story.

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Dom Loves Mary  is now #9 on the Hot New Fonts list  (thanks!!) and is available at: Correspondence Ink Type foundry .

We put together specially priced packages to help you save money so check it out and see which one will work for you.

My first cursive font, Belluccia is available at myfonts.com and fontbros.com..

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 Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 16 months was named one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

DFW Events plans Chic Country Wedding


Leave it to the gals at DFW Events to pull off this fabulous country chic wedding in Rosston, Texas.

Meredith and Robert, were married on May 19, 2012 at Era United Methodist Church in Era, TX followed by a reception at G bar C Ranch, owned and operated by Meredith’s family, in Rosston, TX.  Meredith grew up on G bar C Ranch and her family continues to run the ranch today.

The wedding was full of southern charm and hospitality.  Their wedding photos were beautifully captured by Suzanna Rubottom photography.

I had the pleasure of creating the chalkboard seating chart and table signs.

As well as bride and groom and dessert table signage.

But my favorite detail is definitely the on site tents that the bride, groom and wedding party got to sleep in!  How cool is that?  Literally:)

There are too many pics to post here so check out more details of this authentic Texas wedding  on DFW Events blog.

Happy Trails Meredith and Robert!

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And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia, one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011, is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.

DIY Wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia featuring Belluccia font


The professional pics and video for this lovely wedding in Charlottesville by Eric Kelley Photography almost made me feel like a mother of the bride.  My attachment came from the use of my Belluccia font, flourishes, ornaments and borders throughout the event.  The real lovely Mother of the Bride, Deni Richards cleverly used it to create DIY projects to make her daughter Caroline’s wedding filled with darling personal touches.

With the added talents of Meghan Streit of Shindig Weddings and Events  this talented team put on the wedding Caroline had always dreamed of.

When you check out the video keep in mind that there was a storm and resulting power outage during the reception.  Eric and his videographer Adam literally saved the day with this lovely footage.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Rob Smithson July 3, 2011

How sweet is this “Happy Tears” chalkboard sign resting by a container of vintage hankies?

Happy Tears Chalboard Sign

Happy Tears Chalkboard Sign in Belluccia font

The wedding program was simple and lovely. The flourished look of the Belluccia font added  just the right touch.

Wedding Program using Belluccia font

While guests were waiting for the reception to begin, they were invited to participate in fun lawn games, Bocce and Cornhole.

Bocce chalkboard sign using Belluccia font and flourishes

This assortment of different sized chalkboards used for table seating made a wonderful display.

Table Seating Signs

I love the way Deni used a simple folding technique and my Belluccia font and ornaments to make simple but unique printed table numbers.

Table sign using Belluccia font and flower and heart ornaments

Love this Something Borrowed, Something Blue sign!

Something Borrowed, Something Blue sign using Belluccia font, flourishes, ornaments & borders.

Lemonade and Iced tea were the perfect thirst quencher.

Lemonade Sign in Belluccia font

I love these darling tags attached to the straws!

Straw tags in Belluccia font

These Chalkboard “Mr. and Mrs.” signs are perfectly accented with gorgeous hydrangea.

Mr. an Mrs. Signs in Belluccia font

The menu peaks out of the napkin with just a touch of live greens, while the other side uses my whimsical Belluccia ornaments and font to showcase the delicious food that was served.

Menu in Belluccia font

To honor the parents and grandparents of the couple, Deni displayed items from their weddings in an assortment of Cloche Bell Jars.  Each jar had an attached tag with the couples name and wedding date.  What a lovely way to include special family members.

Past Family Wedding Momentos in Cloche Bell Jar with tag using Belluccia font and ornaments

And how sweet is this idea of using personal family stories to go with items on the candy buffet!

Hershey Kisses sign in Belluccia font

Parting words from the wedding guests.

Advice for a Strong Marriage sign in Belluccia font and border

Deni even pulled off making this enlarged Just Married sign for the traditional get away car.

Just Married sign in Belluccia font

Deni did an incredible job with all of these creative and fun items. I’m amazed at all of the unique ideas she, Caroline and Meghan came up with.  Their hard work and attention to detail really paid off.  (FYI: Deni did made all of the signage using Microsoft Word!)

I’m so happy to see my Belluccia font being put to use by some of the very people I had in mind when I designed it:  DIY Brides  and their creative mothers. ( as well as invitation designers and event planners). This is proof that it really does give you a custom look for a fraction of the cost.

Many thanks to Eric Kelley for the use of these photos and Meghan Streit of Shindig Weddings and Events who worked so closely with Deni and Caroline to put on this amazing event.  Be sure to check out both of their websites.

Ready to use Belluccia for your event?  It’s available for purchase at myfonts.com  (where I’m thrilled to say it is still on the best sellers list after 6 months) and fontbros.com.

More Wedding projects made with Belluccia font.


Okay I promised I would post the rest of the projects that were completed by the “Oh So Talented Mother of the Bride”, Deni.  So here they are.  Remember these are not professional photos:)

One of the things Deni did that was budget friendly, was to find items for re-use from stores like Goodwill.  This first pic is a wooden frame she used to create a fun little detail .

Real wood picture frame.

She printed one of my Country Chic heart ornaments ( these are still in the making!) and hand lettered the bride and groom’s initials and wedding date inside.  It’s printed on “paper bag” card stock.  The plaque on the frame, which says the wood came from the Ft. Worth Stockyards, was left on for effect.  A nod to her Texas roots ( the wedding was in Virginia) this made  a nice detail for her daughter’s Country Chic themed wedding!  And won’t this look cute sitting on their bedside table?

Menu printed on "Paper Bag" card stock

Next up is the Menu. Again printed on “paper bag” card stock she purchased at Paper Source ( my heaven on earth!). She used the Belluccia font and ornaments ( Pictured are bottles with flowers, another from the yet to be released Country Chic Ornament set.) I wish the picture had turned out better.  Hopefully the photographer got a nice shot.

You’ll notice the large ampersand going around the groom’s name. I love to use big ampersands! I like to think of them as my trademark of sorts.  The Belluccia Pro version has five extra ampersands that extend to greater lengths to accommodate short and long names.  I think they are a great design element.

Signs for "Blessings"

Now we come to the “Blessings” signage.  They asked guests to leave notes for the bride and groom in the form of  “Blessings”.  “Sweet Memories, Advice and Prayers” were the suggested topics.  Deni picked a Belluccia border with hearts to adorn the signs, along with the font.  For the sign that hung overhead, she used two of the heart ornaments spelling out “Blessings”.  I like her decision to alternate the way the hearts were facing as well as the choice of simple papers to back them.

Half of "Blessings" signage


Ohter half of "Blessings" signage

"Blessings"

Deni once again used the Chalkboard look to create these darling “Mr. and Mrs” signs to hang on the backs of their chairs. Again, the use of the Belluccia font, flourishes and ornaments all come together to make two beautiful keepsakes.  Can’t you just see these hanging in their first home?

"Mr. and Mrs." Chalkboard signs

Well the guest book is next, but you’ll have to wait for the next post to see it:)  They loved the idea of an unconventional guest book I created for another client and found the perfect book to use.

If you haven’t yet taken a peek at the the Belluccia font family, just check it out here:  http://new.myfonts.com/search/Bellucia/fonts/

I’m happy to say it is going strong at #2 on the Hot New Fonts list and #10 on the Best Sellers list.  And of course we were thrilled to see it appear in Myfonts  “Rising Stars” newsletter.  And tickled pink to see our names in the Popular Designers list on Myfonts front page.  http://new.myfonts.com/

When I say, “we” I am referring to myself and my collaborator, Brian Bonislawsky.  I call him the “Type Titan”, a designer himself of a large quantity of fabulous fonts.  Check out his work at: http://www.astigmatic.com/

I did the hand lettered design of  the Belluccia font, flourishes, ornaments and borders.  He did the technical part of making it into an actual typable font.  Together, our foundry is called “Correspondence Ink”.

I’m excited to say we are busy working on the next font.

I love to design with people who will use the fonts in mind.  If you have a particular hand lettered look you’ve always hoped to see in a font, let me know!

I’m off to Phoenix for IAMPETH’s Annual Calligraphy Convention.  A week filled with daily classes from fabulous calligraphers and Master Penmen!  I’m sure I’ll have some goodies to post when I get back.

More DIY Chalkboard Wedding Signs !


As some of you may know, I’ve had a Mom of the Bride, Deni, testing out my Belluccia font by creating DIY projects with it for her daughter’s wedding.  Well the wedding took place this past July 3 in Charlottesville.  So I’m excited that I can finally reveal pics of the projects she created with my font.

The professional photographers will be much better I’m sure:)  I’ll post those when I get them.  But I just couldn’t wait to share some of what she created. I hope they will  give you an idea of things that can be made using the Belluccia font, flourishes, ornaments and borders.  I really am impressed with Deni’s work.

It does take time but if you want to save some money and still have fabulous looking details, this is a great option.

Let’s start with the sign outside of the Church that let guests know what the bride was wearing related to these 4 traditional categories : “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”.

"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue"She used the Belluccia font for the lettering, and the Belluccia bridal dress and ring ornaments as added illustrations.  How cute is that!

Next, at the reception, these signs were posted to show the lawn game options. I can’t wait to see the photographer’s pics of these! Love how the use of simple flourishes can add so much charm:)

Lawn game signs

To help guests find their seats, she created different sized signs covering the alphabet from A-Z and hand lettered the list of guests.  She was going to add the actual table number once she got them set up at the location.  Love the fun details she added, again using the font family.

Table assignment sign

Table assignment sign

Table assignment sign- lots of people with last names starting with "S"

How darling is this!  She used ornaments ( Cake, invitation, bouquet, rings and I love you note) in a wonderful combination to create this Wedding Sign.  Then added Caroline and Rob’s names and the wedding date with the font.  Again, sorry for the bad pics. If you don’t know, you would pay hundreds of dollars for a professional to create these.  So cool to be able to help people create  this very trendy signage while saving cost.

Wedding Sign at the reception

There’s actually  more items where Deni applied her magic, but I will save it for the next post.

In the meantime, to make your very own DIY projects with the Belluccia font, flourishes, ornaments and borders just go here to purchase : http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/correspondence-ink/belluccia/  I recommend the Belluccia Pro package.  It gives you 4 fonts in one! Receive special pricing when you purchase all three  accoutrements

( flourishes, ornaments and borders).  What would you do with the font?

DIY Chalkboard Signs with Calligraphy Font


I’m so excited to show you a really get way to make the very popular chalkboard signs that are showing up on all the wedding blogs.  I am working with a Mother of the Bride, Deni, who is busily creating items for her daughter Caroline’s July 3 wedding in Virginia.  She is using my new calligraphy font, Bellucia, that will be available on myfonts.com soon.

One of the items she wanted to create were chalkboard signs to be used for a variety of things including a “happy tears” basket with handkerchiefs.  As more are completed I’ll post about them but for now, here’s a little “how to” for this one.

"Happy Tears" DIY Chalkboard Sign

First, I found this great chalkboard roll with an adhesive back at Michael’s .  Chalkboard paint could also be used but I think the paper allows for a smoother surface.  They also have chalkboard markers there.  They are easier to work with than chalk and look whiter.  They also wash off if you make a mistake.  I suggested she purchase hanging signs on sale at stores like Ross, Marshall’s and Tuesday Morning.  She even found some at Goodwill.  It doesn’t matter what’s on them because you’re going to be covering over it anyway.

Collection of wooden and magnetic signs

Next, she traced the sign onto the back of the chalkboard paper , cut out the shape and adhered it to the sign. She used the chalk marker to create a simple border all around the edge.

To create the calligraphy lettering style, she typed the wording in my Bellucia font, printed it off her computer and enlarged it to fit the sign.  Then she used white transfer paper, also available at craft stores, to trace the lettering onto the chalkboard surface.  Next she marked over the lettering with the chalk marker.  The simpler block lettering at the bottom was done freehand.  We are still experimenting and may need to spray these with a fixative so the chalk marker doesn’t rub off.  We’ll keep you posted on that.
I’m so proud of what a great job she did!  More signs and other wedding items created by Deni using my new font to be posted soon!

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