Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Crafty Secrets Photo Frame . . .

Hello everyone ... I'm so glad you've come by for a visit!

Recently our neighbor was blessed with a new baby niece and when she showed me the photo of her holding little 'Harper' I knew I wanted to do something special for her and came up with this idea.

A 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" easel photo frame card.
(I have actually added a copy of the photo she shared with me and gave it to her over the weekend ... she was thrilled and immediately placed it on the mantle for everyone to see!)

View of the back.

The paper I've used for my creation is one of the new Double Sided Digital papers which you can find HERE.   I fussy cut out  the little baby ephemera  from a Crafty Secrets booklet that I don't believe is any longer in print but there is a huge assortment of items you can pick from to fill this need HERE.

By using x-Press It Foam Mounting Tape on the top part of the baby shirt (upper left corner), I was able to adhere my photo of Aunt Christy & Harper into place without any problem after photos were taken to share here on my blog.

The sentiment is from the Medium Poppy stamp set which is now also available in digital form HEREAnd my easel was created using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Small Easel Die and slightly heavier grade chipboard than used for my base card.

Here are the quick & easy steps I took to create this treasured project:

I found this wonderful 40pt. 8 1/2 x 11 chipboard pack at Michaels and it is PERFECT for this type of project.  (I think it was $3 or $4 for 25 sheets.)

The first thing I did was cut a sheet in half ... make it 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".

After deciding on this pretty PINK double sided digital paper, I did the following:
  • Opened a NEW BLANK document in Word 2010.
  • Modified my margin settings to 0" on all four sides.
  • Insert, picture (located it in my computer files)
  • Rotated and modified the size to fit HALF my full page size
  • Repeated the process ... Insert, picture (for my coordinating paper file)
  • Rotated and modified the size to fit the other HALF of my full page size.
  • Printed in high quality onto photo paper.
  • Cut in half for the FRONT and BACK of my Picture Frame Easel Card.

Once I had my 2 sheets of digital design paper printed and cut,
I simply adhered it to the chipboard using ModPodge.

You can decorate to your hearts content on a project like this but in my case I wanted to keep it simple and bring more of the focus to this precious newborn and her Aunt.

Other Challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Pink and White
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Anything But Square
Digi Darla's Challenge - Easel Card
Love To Scrap - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes
Stamp With Fun - Celebrate
Use Your Stuff - Baby on the Brain (ephemera images from booklet 4+ years old, easel die 2 yrs old)
Vintage Stamping Challenge - Pretty in Pink
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Paper Minutes - Anything Goes
Outlawz Color Challenge -

I hope you've enjoyed my project today and will give it a try.  It certainly made for a quick, easy & special gift for my neighbor & friend Christy!

Have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stopping by!
As always . . .


  1. Great details on how you created this cute creation! Fun papers, colors and details! TFS! Hugz!

  2. This is wonderful! Thank you for joining us over at MIM. Hugs Kerry xx

  3. How pretty and what a wonderful idea :)

  4. wow my very talented friend this is awesome love the idea of a photo too fabulous and very clever thanks for step by step instructions id be thrilled to recieve this .....beautiful love sassyxxxxx

  5. A wonderful idea Darlene and so prettily put together.

    It's lovely to see you at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  6. This is beautiful. I love your take on an "easel" card. Fabulous. Thanks for playing along with us at Digi Darla this week.

    Emily, DT

  7. What a BRIGHT idea! Don't you just love when that happens?!
    Thanks for joining us at Digi Darla’s

  8. A wonderful idea and such a lovely creation. Thanks for joining us at Flonz Craft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

  9. What a wonderful idea. I love your photo frame. In fact, I pinned it. Thank you for creating with us at UYS.

  10. Adorable and creative, the best kind of gift, handmade...it is lovely!!

  11. So clever! Thanks for sharing the digital details with those of us who are still learning how to swim in that pond! Love that you kept it simple. It's darling!

  12. It is lovely Darlene!!
    Love the colors and the lace!
    Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges.

  13. Lovely work and a great card shape. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

    Liza x

  14. Beautiful creation ! thanks for playing with "Digi Darla Challenge" this week. Good luck.

  15. A gorgeous creation, such a lovely idea...thanks for joining us at Cupcake!
    Helen x

  16. Somehow I missed seeing this Darlene and it's so adorable, plus I love how you explained what you did. I'm going to add it to our Pintrest Tutorial Board. Thanks for sharing


  17. Very nice creation - I like it so much! Thanks for joining Stamp with Fun.
    Big hug


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