Monday, April 22, 2013

Grandpa Accordion-Fold Frame

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 Hi everyone, Audrey here, with a fun frame project to share with you. If your dad is anything like mine, then it's sometimes tricky coming up with good Father's Day gift ideas. But with the holiday coming up quickly, I wanted to make something very special for my very special dad to show him how much he means to us. So I crafted up a quick and easy accordion-fold frame for his office desk. Since the frame is double-sided, there's room for lots of photos of him with my two kiddos over the years, and I love that he can flip the frame around from time to time to switch things up. Perfect for the man who has everything.

 The frame folds up into a compact little card when closed. But untie the bow, and you have a fun stand-up frame.

 The Strong collection, with it's masculine prints and sentiments, was just perfect for my Father's Day project. Since my dad also happens to be a grandpa, I threw in a little Cherish, too. Paired up with Therm O Web's amazing line of adhesives, this little project was a snap.

To get started, cut two 12" x 5" panels of patterned paper. Using a scoring tool or bone folder, score along the 12" side every 3 inches. Apply Therm O Web Mini Tape Runner adhesive to the back sides, and adhere the two panels together. This creates a nice and sturdy base to decorate.

Add photos and embellish with additional papers, die cuts, tabs and stickers. I added a few buttons for texture using Therm O Web Zots Clear Adhesive Dots and adhered a few of the embellishments with Therm O Web 3D Adhesive Squares for dimension. The frame is still flat enough to easily fold closed, but the bit of depth adds a ton of visual interest.
I also framed some of my photos and die cuts with Therm O Web Glitter Dust Photo Corners for another fun detail. Then added lots of layers using the Strong and Cherish goodies.

 Since my photos were taken at many different times and places, the colors did not go together in any cohesive way. By changing the photos to black and white, I was able to mix them together seamlessly.
 Best thing is, if you wanted to add even more photos, you can easily adhere additional accordion-folded strips of paper, end on end. Use Therm O Web's SuperTape for a really strong bond.


Enjoy!

Supplies:
Authentique Strong Collection: Handsome 12x12 Paper, 8x8 Bundle, Foundations Cut Apart Paper, Components Stickers, Stamp Blocks Die Cut Paper Accents, Titles & Phrases Die Cut Paper Accents, Hinges & Tabs Die Cut Paper Accents
Authentique Cherish Collection: Components Stickers
Therm O Web: Mini Tape Runner, Glitter Dust Black Photo Corners, 3D Adhesive Squares, Medium Zots Clear Adhesive Dots
Ink: SEI
Trim: American Crafts
Buttons: Foofala
Staples: Tim Holtz

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39 comments:

  1. wow, really nice. thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. I love this project,I even pinned it so I could try it later on! btw the Strong Collection it quite beautiful! thank you for the inspiration!

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  3. Great mini! Love the collection! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  4. This is a great mini!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

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  5. Love your project. You were so right when you said the pics would look better in black and white. Love the neutral background paper, too as your foundation.

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  6. Fantastic! This is a wonderful Father's Day project! Thank you for the photo tutorial. I love the papers and embellishments you chose. Changing the photos to black and white makes the project timeless.

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  7. What a great idea ! Using this for Fathers Day for my hubby ! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

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  8. This is a great Father's Day gift. Your father will love it.

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  9. Beautiful project, I love how soft the colors are but still masculine!

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  10. Great project ... and there's no way it could go wrong with this paper line. It's perfect ... Authentique is perfect. Thanks so much.

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  11. I LOVE this mini album! This collection is so awesome!

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  12. Wonderful piece! I love the look of these papers with the whole mood of the mini.

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  13. What a great little mini! perfect grandfather's gift!

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  14. Love this mini-album. I like how it folds up into a compact card. I love the wood background paper. It's so versatile and has a great look. You did a great job on this project. Thanks for the excellent tutorial.

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  15. Oh this is so special, The Strong Collection is perfect; Strong paper made the perfect background, love all the embellishments (great hint about the black and white photos)!

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  16. Great idea for the album. It would fit in a pant's pocket if Pa wants to take it along to show his friends. thanks for the idea.

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  17. How wonderful for your memories. I like the dimension, too.

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  18. This album is a very nice gift.

    Carla from Utah

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  19. I especially like how you added a button, and stitching. How pretty it is

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  20. Thanks for the great gift idea!

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  21. I love this mini book it's so perfect for a sweet personal gift :) thanks for sharing it
    hugs Nikki

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  22. What a gorgeous and fun project! Thanks for the inspiration!


    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Love what you did with this! Makes me miss my dad...

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  24. Thank you for the great tutorial on this amazing project.

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  25. What a really cool project! Good idea turning the photos black and white! I am going to pin this to look at later when I get some creative time!

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  26. I'm thinking the cover will make a perfect birthday card for my oldest son-thank you!

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  27. Great mini and awesome paper collection! TFS :)

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  28. Truly an inspirational project, love it...thanks for sharing. pammejo1@yahoo.com

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  29. What a great masculine mini! Love the style and color combinations.

    Pammlla -at- gmail -dot- com

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  30. This paper is perfect for black and white photos!

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  31. Love all the embellishments on your album! These papers are perfect for the vintage look!

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  32. Love the accordian frame idea ... and I do so agree that fathers and husbands and sons are the hardest to buy and craft for!

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  33. Brilliant idea for my "have everything" father-in-law! Love the black and white pics and the touches of colour

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  34. LOVE this wonderful vintage mini album! All of the embellishments are just perfect and love the twine tying it all together!

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  35. L-O-V-E this project... fantastic work from our girl Audrey!

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  36. great tutorial and I love the black and white photos. Can't wait to try this. Great job!

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  37. What a great gift idea. Thanks so much for the great tutorial. Audrey did a fabulous job of embellishing. Love these papers!

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