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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Altered Photo Frames

I am having so much fun playing with these photo frames! I bought the frames from various places like Michaels or Dollar Tree and then painted them white and altered them. How much fun is that? These are for a craft fair that I have coming up in just a few weeks and I'm frantically trying to finish projects to have for sale!

I also want to say that some of the frames that I bought at the Dollar Tree were absolutely HIDEOUS!! They were so ugly, but only $1 and once I sanded them down and painted them, and then covered them with paper, you would have never known what they looked like when I originally bought them! So, even if you can't find a plain wood frame to alter, look at Goodwill or the Dollar stores or even garage sales for a frame that you can make into a beauty!!

The latest frame that I altered is shown above. I used paper from the Catelynne collection--one of my favorite paper sets in the TAC catalog! I used flourishes from the "Curls & Swirls" stamp set inked in Burnt Umber Palette to create the swirls and then sponged ink on the sides of the paper. The bookplate is chipboard that TAC sells and is from the set called "Essential Elements". There are so many things that you can do with this chipboard set! I used Burnt Umber & Landscape Palette ink to color the bookplate and then embossed it twice with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. The flowers are another one of my favorites and they are the Assorted Bitty Blossoms that are also in the TAC catalog and I just tied a ribbon through the center of each flower.

The chipboard in the middle is to be replaced by a photo and when it comes time to sell this one, I will probably put the price on that piece.

I should also add that I saw a frame similar to this one on another blog and fell in love with it and this is my version of that frame. So, I cannot take credit for the original design of this frame--I just altered the design to fit with The Angel Company products! Thanks to Christina Fischer for her awesome design work! If you would like to see her frame, you can click here.

I will try to upload some other frames that I've made later on. I hope that this inspires you!!


  1. This frame is beautiful Jen! Good luck at your craft show- I'm sure this frame will be a top selling item!

  2. What a great job altering this! LOVE it.

  3. What a GREAT job you did altering this! LOVE it.

  4. Really pretty Jen! Isn't it amazing what you can find at the dollar store?

  5. I have had these frames sitting around for some time now. Thanks for the inspiration. I love it.

  6. Pretty Pretty Jen! I love that paper :D

  7. These are great Jen! I LOVE them and they are a great project to show to customers. Thanks for sharing.


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