Easy Chalkboard Lettering

If you celebrate, then Merry Christmas!

If you don’t, well, then Happy Monday!

Fun fact: I am super smitten by chalkboard art.

I have a Pinterest board of it, my Instagram feed is full of it, my iPhone wallpaper is created to look like it, and I have recently decided that I want to be able to do it.

I’m doing it my way, though of course.  Baby Steps. I’m not ever expecting to become this guy.

To create this project, you need a chalkboard and chalk. And a stencil, which I cut with my beloved Silhouette Cameo.

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Digital Gingerbread Holiday Garland

“Bake” a holiday decoration with Photoshop Layer Effects and Silhouette Studio’s Print and Cut feature

As a Photoshop nerd, I believe nothing beats digital “baking” for last minute holiday treats.

And I’m not alone – when I decided I wanted some gingerbread cookie letters for a garland, Google did not disappoint.

Because I’m a do-it-yourself kind of gal, my interest turned mostly to the tutorials. I followed parts of this one which looks like it has a ton of steps, but that’s because they show you how to make the tablecloth and a plate to set them on as well. It’s also a little dated version wise, so if you follow it, be aware that not all the windows will match – the settings are all somewhere, you just have to hunt around a little.

If you aren’t a Photoshop wizard, fear not, because I’m sharing my completed files at the end of this post!

I decided to do a “Happy Holidays” garland made out of gingerbread letters, and the best way to do that is as a Print and Cut in Silhouette Studio.

Keep reading to see how I made this garland

Mini Holly Wreaths

Paper wreaths are perfect for holiday decorating

I love the look of multiple wreaths holiday decorating. There are many pinterest pins of beautiful kitchens with each cabinet door adorned with a tiny, perfect boxwood or rosemary wreath.

I’d love to do this in my kitchen, but I know making that many of the same item will tire me out, and not be as much fun as I hoped. Plus I’m not sure how fun it is to have a wreath swinging around as you open and close the doors to make meals. Especially breakfast, before you’ve had any coffee 😉 .

However, a set of 4 small holly wreaths made from paper are within my funzone, and are perfect for hanging on a stair railing.

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Holiday Light Paper Garland

Mini Gift Tags to match!

The first week of December is always holiday decorating time at SuzerSpace. We especially like outdoor lights, but because we both don’t enjoy being on the roof, we never hang them there. We go the easier route of wrapping the bushes and putting up some oversize lights in the flowerbeds.

A Holiday Light Paper Garland fills the back window nicely, and the way the files fit together, there’s room to create a bunch of matching mini gift tags.

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