Knock Off Creative Memories Frame, Part Deux…

For all those keeping track, many months ago (October 16th, to be exact) I talked about this amazing creative memories frame that I saw at a craft fair, but was not willing to pay $50 for it.  So I decided to make my own.

Here is what the Creative Memories Version looks like….

theirs...

Well ladies and gentleman, the day has finally came.  I finally put together the finishing touches on my frame tonight.

I had this “shadowbox” frame, which worked nicely because it added a lot of depth to the project.

Mine!

close up detail of the "clothesline"

I simply took scrap paper and punched our dozens of little daisy flowers and glued them onto the frame.  Then I made the “friendship” sign from paper and a vinyl transfer that I had gotten as a gift at an Uppercase Living party.  I hot glued the ribbon to the outside of the frame, and glued little bows onto some clips that I found at the craft store.  I took some daisy buttons and clipped off the loop so that they were flush on the back side.  I then glued those on over the ribbon on each side.  Then I added my finishing touches with some black and white photos and a cute puppy Valentines Day card.

Wasn’t too hard or time consuming, I just tend to put things like this off when life gets crazy.  Sorry it took so long!

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Scrapbooking without the scrapbook

So, I am not a big “Scrapbooker”.  I don’t know why, but every time I sit down to put together a scrapbook, I get bored and leave it unfinished.  So I have found that if I use Scrapbook paper and embellishments in other forms of art, I don’t get tired of them as easily and enjoy doing it.  Maybe I have a short attention span… Or maybe I just don’t like the idea of keeping my work in a “book” – I would rather have it out in the open, displayed for everyone to see.

So anyway, I made this paper sign for my niece who has a jungle themed room.  I love the way it turned out and it was super easy to do.

Wall / Door Sign

I cut small squares of cute jungle-themed paper and then glued them on to a large pink square.  Then I glued that on to a slightly larger green square to add a little more “stiffness”.  I adhered some cute chipboard letters spelling out her name and added some monkeys.  Then I simply hole punched a couple of holes and ran a ribbon through to hang the sign. 

a closer look...

Very simple, very quick and I think it turned out pretty cute!  I hope she likes it (she’s 6 weeks old – how picky could she be?).

I need to get a round “tu-it”…

So I was saying last week that I was going to work on the creative memories frame (see the post from 10/16).  And not to disappoint, I have worked on it… a little…

I picked out a really beautiful rustic frame.  I found some cute, but simple ribbon and two metal buttons for the “clothesline” thingy in the front.  I even glued the ribbon and buttons onto the frame.

However, that is as far as I have got.  I know I promised pictures, but a few other projects with time constraints have gotten in the way.  I’ll try and work on it some more this weekend and have pictures by next week (crossing my fingers and my toes).  Wish me luck!

 

I really need to quit my job so I can just “craft” all day!

Knock Off Creative Memories Frame…

So I was at a craft fair not too long ago, and I saw this frame that was being sold at a Creative Memories booth. I’m not much of a scrapbooker, so I don’t usually bother looking at their stuff, but this frame really got my attention. It was so cute and you could do so much with it (see the photo below).

 

Creative Memories Frame
Creative Memories Frame

 
 

So I inquired. They want $52 for the frame. $52?!? For that price, not only should you get the frame, but I think all the work should be done by a professional scrapbooker. And even then, it seems a little pricey!

So I thought about it and decided that I could make something similar for much, MUCH cheaper. My Mom had about 50 old frames that she had been saving for her artwork, so I asked her for a few to experiment with. I’m going to work on them this weekend and then I will post some pictures. I think they should make great Christmas gifts!! Wish me luck!