My sister-in-law's birthday was last week, and she's really hard to shop for! She loves bacon so we threw together a bacon basket (don't ask!) and I also made this blackboard/memo board for her. I used:
chalkboard spray paint
Most of the supplies I already had on hand, and I just spray painted the wooden board with two coats, hot glued some ribbon along the top and bottom of the board (I just used hot glue on the back of the board, not the front), added a loop of ribbon in the middle to hang it with, and then hung some paper clips on the ribbons so notes/paper/pictures/whatever could be attached. I used some scraps I had left from a scrapbooking project, and folded it into an envelope for the chalk.
Yes, it is the periodic elements to spell out bacon (again, don't ask! :p)