Creating your own scrapbooking papers or digital papers are much more economical than buying them.
You will find this easy Chalkboard Paper tutorial helpful for your unlimited crafting ideas. You can print them and use in your bullet journals, or you can save them for your endless digital scrapbooking projects.
Tutorial: Easy Chalkboard Paper
In this tutorial, we are using Affinity Designer. It is a great graphic program. If you are using this editor already, then you are lucky. This is very easy to use, isn't it?
But don't worry if you don't have it yet because you can purchase it for a very affordable price without monthly subscription. You can download it now from serif.com.
Once you have done that, we can get started!
How to Create a Chalkboard Paper in Affinity Designer
This is very easy, I promise. You just follow along with me as I guide you step by step how to create a chalkboard paper for your scrapbooking or bullet journal.
Here is an overview of what you'll learn in the video. Just click on the links and you automatically go to that minute in the video.
Chalkboard Paper in "A Fresh Start"
The original Chalkboard Paper is in "A Fresh Start". Of course there is much more included for many more projects!
This digital scrapbooking kit contains various digital supplies:
- 51 Digital Scrapbooking Elements
- 21 12×12 Digital ScrapbookingPapers
- 12 Word Arts
- 3 Quick Pages
- 8 Clusters
Creating a New Document
First of all, open Afiinity Designer and create a new document.
Just click File > New and choose the 12 inches by 12 inches preset or you can just set it on the right corner and create the document that you need.
Now, click "Create" on the bottom right and there you have your new document.
Using and Setting the Free Stock Photos
There's something new in the newest version of Affinity Designer. Now, You can get free HD photos that you need from the Studio.
To do that, just Click View > Studio > Stock.
As you can see in the window, Affinity Designer is now connected to Pixabay, Pexels, and Unsplash. These are online platforms where we can use or download stock photos for FREE. And take note, the photos found here are HD.
We use Pixabay for now. Just don't forget to check "I understand", otherwise you can't get any material.
Next, type in "blackboard" on the search bar and it will show you the search results. So handy, isn't it?
You choose the image then drag and drop to the 12 inches x 12 inches document that you have created.
Resize the image so it fills in the whole area of your document. You can make it a little bit bigger, then crop the sides. Basically, you have now your blackboard paper.
Creating the Stripes of the Chalkboard
Creating the stripes of our chalkboard is also pretty easy in Affinity Designer.
Create a new layer and name it "Lines". Next, you should enable the snapping to make sure it can snap on the bottom left and on the top right of the paper. Now, we can create a well drawn line over the paper.
Select colour white, then pull it over to the left side of the paper. Set the line where you want to have it. Press Command + J and it's duplicated. Set the distance between the two lines. Press Command + J and then you go over the whole paper. And it's done!
Group the lines so that you can easily set the width of the stroke for the whole paper. If you don't group them, you will have to set it one by one. I'm sure you don't want that.
I set it to 0.5 pt., but you can set it to whatever width you prefer. You can also choose a dotted line for your chalkboard.
As you can see, it is so easy to create a chalkboard paper in Affinity designer. Don't forget to save it as an Affinity Designer file because that means it is still editable.
I export it as a PSD file so I can work on it in other vector programs that supports PSD. But you can export it in JPEG format and print it out for your scrapbooking projects. You can use it to decorate your bullet journal, of course.