Do you love pretty paper? I love pretty paper projects and but sometimes I feel like they are major dust collectors. What do you do with all of this STUFF after the season or holiday is over? I created these pretty little altered frames with their future use in mind, as a project for today's hop with Pretty Little Studio and Tombow USA. If you happened to stumble across my blog go to the Tombow USA Blog (on Friday) Pretty Little Studio (On Saturday) to start! I was sent a selection of gorgeous papers, diecuts, and paper items from Pretty Little Studio to use in conjunction with Tombow USA adhesive and I was so inspired by the cuteness of Pretty Little Studios' designs. The thing about pretty papers is that we want to SEE them. Inside of a scrapbook, I may see those little pretties maybe once or twice a year because I just don't look through all of my scrapbooks all that often. Scandalous, right? But, hey, we're all about truth here. I had two things I wanted to happen: I needed a practical item for my house AND I wanted to see the pretty paper and embellishments from this kit day-to-day. I create these pretty little altered frames to address both of those wants that I had.
These two frames are super pretty, right? But if you know me, I need things to be more than just “pretty”. Where's the brains in this project? Well, here's what makes this project useful:
- I added magnets to the back so these can be used on any metal surface as a decorative fancy magnet
- The picture frame part is still functional – I can add a wallet photo or a small picture to either of these easily, inside or on the outside of the frame
- The Tombow adhesive I used (Tombow Xtreme Putty, Tombow Foam Tabs, Tombow Xtreme Tabs) is strong but I can pull any of these items off of the frames and use them on another project later
- These are small and don't take up a lot of space
Here's how to make these pretty altered frames with Pretty Little Studio and Tombow products:
I bet you have some pretty little frames like this somewhere in your stash. I'd love to see you make something cute and functional wit them! Here are a few more images of my frames to give you some more ideas… let's make it happen 🙂
I also made a second project with some of the goodies from Pretty Little Studio: a travel memories album to hold all of our family adventures. Since we're based in California and alot of our fun happens here, I decided to order some California Poppy themed die cuts and paper from Pretty Little Studio. I have never seen this from any company before so it was pretty cool to see authentic California Poppies for paper crafts! I cut a California state shape from the 8×8 California Poppy paper with my Sizzix eclips2 machine and added that to the cover to really amp up the whole California theme. I'll be sharing a video of how I made this album cover in a few days but here's a sneak peek:
Here are the supplies you'll need for the projects I shared today – some of these are affiliate links which means if you click the link and make a purchase, I get paid a few coins. It helps keep the lights on so I can keep on blogging. Thanks in advance for your support, friends!
So, now it's that time we all love… time to continue on the hop! You should have arrived here from Lisa Spiegel‘s blog but if not, start the hop at the top of the list below. To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until April 14 at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 15 2015.
Here is the line up in case you get lost.
Saturday, April 11:
Your next stop on the hop is: Monique Liedtke. Thanks for stopping by!
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