Show Me Sunday : Melissa

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hi Everyone! This week for our Show Me Sunday tutorial I would like to share a quick, easy, and cute home decor project that you can make using lots of things that you most likely already have laying around in your stash. It probably only cost me about $10 to make this. Here are the materials that you will need:

  • Picture frame (I used an 8 x 8)

  • 1 piece of solid cardstock cut to fit your frame

  • some patterned paper scraps

  • 1" punch (I actually used a 1-1/4" punch that has a ragged edge--one of my clearance sale finds at Hobby Lobby!)

  • some coordinating embellishments (brads, stickers, rub-ons, bling, chipboard elements, twine, buttons, etc.)

  • Vintage Photo Ranger Distress Ink

  • Small photos of family or friends that you can punch into a 1" square

  • In addition to the patterned papers you can add fabric and book paper. I used a scrap of burlap I had laying around and some book paper from an old French book.

First, take all of your photos and paper scraps that you are going to use and punch them into 1" squares. Then, distress the edges of the squares and ink them all around with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The next thing I did was to lay them all out in a grid (several times I might add, I even changed the background cardstock color a few times!) until you are pleased with the overall design. Secure with adhesive.

The last step is to use those embellishments!! Decorate some of the squares using those fun bits and pieces. I left a few squares unembellished so the design wouldn't look quite so busy. I finished the piece using Dear Lizzy's chipboard "Love" banner from the new Neopolitan collection. If I hadn't been interrupted a million times by the kiddos I probably could have knocked this out in about 20-30 minutes. The thing that took me the longest was finding pictures I wanted to use, changing them to black and white, and resizing them. The rest was a breeze, and a lot of fun!

I hope this easy project will inspire you to create your own special photo frame; I'd love to see what you create!


10 Responses to “Show Me Sunday : Melissa”

missybossy65 said...

What a gorgeous project Melissa - I shall be grabbing a photo frame and making one of these!!! Fabulous job :0)

Ashley Horton said...

This is beautiful Melissa!! What an awesome project...I may have to give this one a try! :)

Kim said...

Love this project:)

megha said...

love your project

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful idea by a fellow Texan from a Texan by same first name.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Sarah said...

This is gorgeous!! I think I might just have to make one!!

Ann said...

What a fantastic project! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Joanne said...

GREAT project Melissa, I love it! It looks so adorable and I really like it in the white frame. TFS! Aloha, Joanne.

Lori Apgar said...

Gorgeous project!!! This would make an awesome gift!!

Dannette Ruger said...

what a cool idea!! and you can adapt to any size frame! Thanks for sharing!