Saturday, August 21, 2010

Forgotten Frames find new life

We all have them... picture frames. I have a few more than most people and thought I dig through my collection, and make use of them. I also have loads of scrapbook paper, for scrap-booking that I can't seem to find the time to do. So now I'll share a project that I threw together to combine the two.

Select your frames, a large one and a smaller one. (Mine are 11x14 and 4x6)
You'll also need two 12x12 pieces of scrapbook paper.

Remove the glass and mats from your frames, and get them outside to prime and paint. It's EXTRA hot this weekend, so your frames will dry lickety split.

While your frames are drying, trim your paper to fit within your frame's measurements. You can do three pieces like I did, but I also think a "four-square" pattern would look great.

Lay out your paper and get ready to glue it to the frame's backing. I attached mine with Mod Podge, but a glue stick would work too.

Glue your paper down, making sure to press out any air bubbles.

Your frames are probably dry by now. I decided to distress mine a little. I lightly painted on some brown acrylic, and quickly rubbed it off with a damp paper towel. It's a messy process, but I like the end product.

Select some embellishments to "gussy up" your smaller frame. I chose various ribbons and yarn, alpha stickers, and a metal tag.

After you've embellished your smaller frame, you can replace the glass and add your photo.

Your paper covered frame back is now dry. Replace the glass in your large frame, and add your backing.
Time to finish... glue your smaller frame directly to your large frame's glass. Don't use HOT glue. It will pop off eventually. I use E6000 for gluing on glass, and it works like a charm. **REMEMBER** measure first before laying down your small frame. E6000 is a messy, smelly clean-up.

You'll end up with something like this.

Have a super weekend!!!



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