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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tropical Picture Frame with Graphic 45

Another great use for your scrapbooking supplies is to make custom picture frames.  Think of it as creating a 3D scrapbook layout.

I created this frame as a birthday present for my husband.  I started out with a picture frame that I picked up at a craft store.  The frame can hold an 8x10 photo. I placed a mat in it that would surround a 5x7 photo.

This photo of us was snapped while we were on vacation in Hawaii, and I just love it.  I printed it out at 5"x7".  The papers that I chose are Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue. I wanted a tropical feel, and the vintage look to these papers really gave the project a lasting, classic look.

I traced the mat onto two of the papers, then cut them. I adhere them to the mat.  I set the photo and mat in the frame under the glass.

I then created all the details for the frame design.  The roses and rosette were made using this tutorial.  I also made the small flowers (I'll need to do a tutorial for those soon!).  The leaves, parrot and small yellow flowers were fussy cut from some of the Graphic 45 papers.

The palm trees were created using coordinating cardstock. I cut the trees using my Silhouette Cameo and then paper pieced them together.

All of these details were adhered on top of the glass. This gave the frame some really great dimension.  Some items are adhered using double sided foam adhesive. Some I even doubled up the foam adhesive to give it extra depth.

You can get a feel for some of the layering looking down into the base of the palm trees in the image above.

Next time you're looking for a way to preserve a special photo, think 3D. Create a one-of-a-kind, personal photo frame.

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  1. just wanted to say your pic is just lovely :) love craft-mad-manning

  2. This is gorgeous! Amazing work on this lovely frame.. and the picture is stunning, too! :o) Visiting you from MIM! :o)

    Hugs and blessings!

  3. Love all the added detail to the frame .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

  4. Super project with a great photo. Thanks for joining our challenge at Fab'n'Funky this week. Good luck in the draw.

    Pat xx

  5. What a wonderful gift! I love how dimensional this is with the tree and those gorgeous flowers. Very cool! Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries. I hope we see you again soon.

  6. This is so awesome! You Silhouette owners are killing me! LOL Your embellishments couldn't be more perfect. Love this! Thanks for sharing with all of us through MIM!

  7. You did a fantastic job on your frame - I love it! The flowers and palm tree are beautiful... love the 3D effect you got from adding all the embellishments. Thanks for joining us at TTCRD this week.

  8. Beautiful frame!
    Thanks for joining us at this week’s The Paper Shelter Challenge. DT Member Shannon/Shannon83k

  9. This is gorgeous love the detail.

    Thank you for joining us at Lexis Creations.

    Hugs Julie x

  10. What a beautiful frame. This is such a lovely way to display a special photo I must try it! Love all the detail and those palm trees are the perfect touch! Thanks for sharing with us at Lexi's Creations hugs Susan x

  11. BEAUTIFUL card very well thoughtout love the flowers..Thank you for playing along at Card Mania Challenges!

  12. Oh my Cathy this is stunning, so fun to add to your beautiful photo, such a great keepsake... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

  13. Cathy, This is just wonderful, I expecily love the palm tree the whole piece has such great dimension. Thank you for joining us on Art With No Boundaries.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  14. Oh wow! I love everything about it! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter (TPS) Challenge! DT-Shirin Lim

  15. This is just beautiful! I love your gorgeous flowers! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

  16. Your flowers are beautiful! Thank you for joining us at THE PAPER SHELTER CHALLENGE!

  17. I fell in love with this project the minute I saw it and I'm a huge fan of G45. So it was only natural for me to choose it as my Pick of the Week at Make It Monday. Awesome project & those flowers are terrific Cathy. :-) TFS!

  18. Oh, your frame is great!Really,really beautiful!Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges!
    Hugs, Mila!


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