Chalkboard Art With Canva
A week and a bit ago, Lil Miss P turned one : )
It was a VERY emotional week leading up to her birthday, as I both celebrated and lamented the fact that my little girl was going to mark her first year on this earth, and was becoming less of a baby and more of a little girl.
Apparently intense melancholy and what almost feels like grief is all very normal in the weeks leading up to a 1st birthday. I did a check in with the other mother’s in my business group to make sure because I felt like I was going a little crazy. There were more tears than seemed rational, and at the most random of moments.
So, cleared by my peers as being sane, but still likely to experience many more spontaneous outbursts of emotion I got on with accepting my little girl is growing up (too fast!) and planned her birthday parties. Yes, plural.
There were 3. It was hell. I’m glad it’s over.
And now we have a big 1 year old.
I wanted to put together something to mark this milestone, but not necessarily in a birthday themed way.
I know that probably doesn’t make sense but I want to keep capturing all the things she has achieved and discovered and come to love with each year of her life, in a simple, fun way. Our babes grow so quickly and I don’t want to forget all the small details in the rush of life but I won’t always have the time to fully document them either.
I’d seen all sorts of things on Pinterest but really liked the chalkboard art several people have done.
They include lots of little tidbits about baby at 1 year of age.
But I didn’t have a chalkboard (or want to buy one) and I’m hopeless with drawing and doing free hand typography, so I decided to turn to back to the tools of my old profession and make one digitally.
Have you checked out Canva? If you love creating cards, posters, web images or any kind of graphical art in fact, it’s definitely worth having a look at.
And it’s so much fun!
Imitating the chalkboard art I’d seen on Pinterest, I created this:
I’m really pleased with it as my first go.
I could tweak it some more and add a few things but sometimes you have to go with done and forget perfect.
Oh and the final version will have Lil Miss P’s full name on it, not her internet name ; )
I’m going to print it on matt A4 photo paper and it will go in Lil Miss P’s scrapbook along with one photo for each month of her first year.
I put together a similar page for my step son for all the words he could say when he was around 3. Even at nearly 10 years old he loves to read it and giggle at the little person he was back then and all the funny little words he could put together.
So this little bit of Canva art will hopefully give Lil Miss P the same kind of fun insight into her 1 year old self, for many years to come.
Check out Canva and have a play around with all the fun things you can create with it. It’s free unless you use any of the premium features and you can publish in different formats depending on what you want to use them for.
Disclosure: I have no affiliation or link with Canva, I’m just recommending a fun, free and useful product : )