Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Spendid Photo Display

Happy Wednesday everyone! For my project today, I decided to decorate a naked picture frame I picked up at my local big box store. I'm usually pretty shy about decorating things like this, but this is my year of trying new things, so there is no better time than the present to tackle it, right? This is what the frame looked like before I started:

I started by cutting a piece of Splendid's Renown paper down to size, then using rubber cement to cover the back side of the paper and the front side of the frame.

After adhering the paper to the frame and letting it sit for a while, I was left with some rough edges due to the paper not being cut exactly to size.

I sanded the edges down to get rid of the excess paper and then used an ink pad to ink the inside and outside edges of the frame, as well as the edges of the paper on the front of the frame.

I decided to make a rosette flower to embellish the frame, so I used my Scor-Pal and scored every 1/2 inch along the 1.5 x 12 inch piece of paper.

I attached the ends, flattened the rosette, then decorated it with a circle of Delight paper and a button with floss.

Here is a close-up of the embellishments I added to the finished frame:

And here is the final product:

I love how this frame turned out and I think it would make a great present for a newly expanded family or for a Mother's Day gift. I hope I've inspired you to get out of your comfort zone and try doing something crafty that you've never done before!

~ Cristine

Supplies:

Authentique:
Patterned Paper: Splendid - Magnificence, Delight, Renown, Foundations
Die Cuts: Splendid - Icons and Tabloids

Other:
Buttons - Basic Grey
Floss - DMC
Ink - Colorbox Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan

12 comments:

  1. Love it! You did a great job!

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  2. It's adorable, Cristine!
    Splendid is still very high on my list of favorite lines from Authentique - one of the first but still just as amazing as the day it came out. Perfect choice!

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  3. What a lovely result for your crafting experiment! I really appreciate the step-by-step instructions and photos. I've been decorating composition notebooks recently, and its amazing what a difference little patterned paper and a few embellishments make...

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  4. Beautiful Cristine. So perfect for a gift!!

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  5. This turned out so pretty Cristine! Great work!

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  6. You did! Inspire me that is!!! I have a gaggle of frames in the garage with old photos - wanted to do something new with the frames while keeping the cute photos of the kids. This is the perfect idea!! Thanks!!!!

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  7. beautiful project - I love t oalter things but don't do much of it anymore

    Barb Housner

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  8. Super cute! I haven't seen anyone in the scrapbook world using rubber cement, except to make note pads and such. Just wondering, what do you like about it (other than it's sticky!)?

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