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. 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!