Saturday, June 28, 2014

Altered Frame

Hello everyone!! I'm excited to be back with you today to share an altered item I created. I really hope to inspire you to take a second look at thrifting, and the things you can create with these treasures. 
What you will see here is the result of a simple frame purchased from the thrift store, turned into a mini album/shadow box.

After distressing the frame and adding the bracket to hold the pages, I began embellishing each page.  I used Unique Laser Designs DF Fran Frame on the cover.  This frame will eventually hold a picture of my son while he was on the beach.

Here's a close up of the distressing I created on the frame using Tim Holtz distress embossing powder.  This particular embossing powder gives the frame a rustic color and texture at the same time.  Almost like a sand type texture.

The second page is reserved for journaling, or a small picture and journaling.  To add a different flare to the floral embellishments, I decided to use feathers instead of leaves to highlight this page.

Here's an up close look of the feathers.  I love that the shape of these feathers compliment the leaves of the trees in this picture.

The following page boast a large feather, which I absolutely love.  Just the right touch for the small page and again beautiful against the leaves in the picture.

Here, I added a portion of the honeycomb stencil to the page.  The wooden honeycomb looks perfect against the honeycomb pattern in the background.  Distressing the honeycomb was truly easy being it has been used on a variety of projects, and already had many colors on it. All I had to do was add a few spritz of blue and yellow to help tie it in to the colors on the page.

Here's a peek of my final page; fairly simple with low layers.  Because this picture is so beautiful, I didn't want to take away from the scene. Guam is truly a beautiful island!

And finally, here is the shadow box portion of my frame:

I had a major ball embellishing the inner portion of this frame.  Instead of sliding the glass back into it's slot, I used E600 glue to adhere it above a section of the frame.  This created a shadow box effect, filled with sea shells, notecard, beads, etc.

Products Used:

Honeycomb Stencil (and one word filler)