Budget Scrapbooking Idea – Fixing Chalk

I was talking with my sister at the weekend and she shared this great budget scrapbooking tip with me.

Both of us make greeting cards and love messing around with stamps, embossing powder and paints and chalks.

Anyway my sister had made this card for a friend’s 50th birthday. She’d used some chalk to color in a background and it came up with a nice soft mottled effect. But if you’ve ever used chalk on your cards or scrapbook layouts you’ll know how messy things can get. Every time you touch your card you end up with chalk all over your hands.

When it’s only in a small area I find that pressing down with a clean sheet of paper helps to set. But for a large area, such as a background that’s just not going to be enough.

Now you can buy spray cans of fixative that will do the job. But they usually come in larger cans than you need and are fairly pricey unless you’re going to use them a lot.

But here’s a budget scrapbook idea that you can find on your bathroom shelf.

Hairspray is the answer!

Just give your chalked area a light spray with your can of hairspray and set it aside to dry for half an hour.

One thing you do need to watch out for though. The hairspray will have a strong smell. It’s a good idea not to use it on the same day that you’re intending to give the card to your recipient. Leaving the project out in the air overnight will dissipate the smell and then you’re good to go.

Other sort-of similar articles you might enjoy

Hybrid Scrapbooking a 50th Birthday Card

Digital Scrapbooking on a budget

Tips for making your own embellishments

4 Responses to Budget Scrapbooking Idea – Fixing Chalk

  1. June Schutrups April 28, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    So simple and easy, (why did it never occur to me…dah). What a terrific tip! Thanks for sharing it.

    • karooch April 28, 2011 at 9:43 am #

      Yay June. Great to hear from you. Yeah isn’t it always the way. The simple ideas are the best.

  2. Marylin May 1, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Thanks a lot for this tip Karooch. I hate buying large cans and packages of stuff that I only need a little of.

  3. Macy May 2, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Very resourceful idea. All you need is creativity and the tools you need… Way to go!