Use it at the Office: Use as a daily to-do list, to jot notes while listening to voicemail, or to leave yourself a quick message to phone back that number that beeped in while you were on a conference call.
Use it to keep your Family in sync: Keep one on your kitchen counter, in the "landing zone" by your most frequently-used entrance, or wherever your family's hub of activity is. It's a great way to make sure everybody gets the information, even if you're not all home at the same time.
Use it to keep your household organized: Put one in bathrooms and your laundry room to make quick notes about supplies that need to be replenished. Helps make sure there's plenty of toilet paper, and makes sure nobody runs out of toothpaste because they forgot to add it to the list.
Step 1: Supplies
1 Picture Frame
This project works best with a 9"x11" frame or larger (smaller frames don't leave enough space to write legibly with chalk).
Your frame should have a backer board with a fold-out "kick-stand" so it sits upright on your counter or desktop.
Glass is not needed for this project, so this is a great use for any frame you have that has had the glass broken!
1 Chalk Board or Wipe-off Board
I used chalk boards because I had one already. Chalk is also less likely to stain than a wipe-off marker if little hands get hold of it.
Your Chalk/White board needs to be at least as large as the picture frame you chose.
Hand-saw or circular saw. No need to pull out the "big guns" for this one - leave your table saw in the workshop.
Pencil or marker
You need something to mark with so you know where to cut, but don't use chalk or a wipe-off marker - they'll rub off while you're shuffling things around and you'll have to re-draw your lines. I found a liquid paper pen works great for chalkboards.
Optional - things you don't "need" but if you have them laying around, they'll make for a nicer finished product
This can be used to help "stabalize" the finish on your chalk/white board so the surface doesn't chip as badly if you use a power saw.
Black Marker / White Paint
In the event your surface does chip along the edge, and if the chips are substantial enough that they'll show at the edge of the frame, you can use a black marker to "color in" the exposed bits. White paint can be used for wipe-off boards for the same reason. Don't worry about the chips - you won't write that close to the edge anyway, but if your'e anything like me, they'll nag at you peeking out from the edge of the frame if you don't fix them.