DIY Picture Frame {Wedding}

Happy Sunday to you all! I have a DIY picture frame creation that I would like to share with you. I bought this black picture frame about 4 years ago at Target with the hopes of making it into a ‘thank you’ gift. But life got in the way, and it was stored in a plastic container until just a few weeks ago. I pulled it out, determined to make it pretty and ready to display somewhere in the house.

The size of the frame is unusual (11″x17″) and finding a matte to fit was tough. So I decided to forgo the matte. Instead, I bought a REALLY large sheet of light blue paper from Michael’s. I could have gotten two sheets of 12″x12″ scrapbook paper but I didn’t want the ‘overlap’ look (I wanted a continuous flow, know what I mean?). So I just cut out an 11″x17″ rectangle.

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I saw two “quotes” on Pinterest that I wanted to incorporate into my picture frame (see photo below). I traced and cut out each letter (on cream colored scrapbook paper) and glued them to my black and white paisley scrapbook paper. November 19, 2011 is when Johnathan and I got married 🙂

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Next, I trimmed down the edges of the paisley papers. To jazz them up some more, I took some gold glittery scrapbook paper and cut out slightly larger rectangles. I took a pair of special scalloped scissors and cut around the edges (sorry you can barely see the scalloped edges). Then I glued the paisley paper on top of the gold glitter paper.

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For the middle of the frame, I was going to place a picture from our wedding, but I wanted a matte to go on top of it. So I decided to make my own. I bought a cream and gold Moroccan print paper to use for my matte. I got out my handy-dandy scallop-y stencil (like the one I used for my spa party invitations) and went to work. Since I was using an 8″x10″ photo, I used the second-to-largest stencil for the matte. Once I had cut it out, I took my picture, placed it where I wanted it, taped it to the matte, and cut down the edges.

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Next, I laid down my three items on my blue paper. It looked alright, but I wasn’t completely satisfied. I felt like it still needed…something.

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I had some black and cream chevron paper that I cut down to a thick strip to go in the middle of the blue paper.

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In addition to the chevron paper in the middle, I wanted a little more pizzazz. I cut out a piece of cream lace ribbon and a strip of the gold glitter paper (I cut the gold glitter paper a little larger than the size of the lace). Then I glued them together (with just regular stick glue). And then I taped the lace strip to the center of the photo.

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Lastly, I attached the photo to the chevron paper. It’s not exactly perfect, but it’s close enough for me! I am really, really pleased with how it turned out! And I am absolutely in love with the colors!!!

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And here it is on display!

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Well, tomorrow is my last day of freedom, and guess where I’ll be spending it……at school! Lol ;-P I’m going to do some work in my classroom so I’m not running around like a chicken with its head cut off before students come back next Monday. Happy crafting!

~ Traci

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