Saturday, February 12, 2011

Family Window Frame

So remember my the pic of my sneak peak family window project? Well, if you don't here's the sneak peak again. I was inspired by Jacklyn over at 3 Heart Designs.I was so inspired that I shared it with my friend Tricia who is branching out into the crafting world (she's a creative person at heart). So I invited her and my friend Donna over for a craft night (we kept it small this time) to work on our windows and Donna crocheted. As Tricia said, she is the crochet whisperer. She's the one who taught me.

Here's Tricia's window. Super cute!

Here's me working on a layout. Yes, we were in our pj's. The only way to craft.
Tricia became an pro at cutting the paper.

So for mine, here's how I started. I had bought an old frame at Canton that had been updated (she'd cleaned it up, painted it and added wood to act as shutters). I decided it needed to be black so I taped off the windows and spray painted it. I like spray painting better when I'm going to distress something. It sands off better. After is was dry I rubbed it with sandpaper (medium grit).

You can see the distressed part a little below. Then I measured the window panes and cut out posterboard pieces that were slightly bigger than the pane.

Then, I made my layouts (I'd already narrowed down my pics, papers and embellishments).

I just love the Tim Holtz keys and metal medallions!

I found this cool scrapbooking paper that looks like recipe cards and I added a recipe for a happy family. At this point I was still working on the wording so I left it blank.

Here's the back of the window so you can see how the vendor added the pseudo shutters and so you can see the taupe color it was. That would not have shown up at all on our walls at all.

After the layouts were dry and complete, I taped them in with packing tape.

Yep, we're fancy over here. I intend to take these out periodically and update them. When I remove a layout, I'll make a new scrapbook to keep all "discarded" layouts in.

Here's the completed frame. 

It will go above this console table and I'll move my other pics somewhere else.
Once again, thanks Jacklyn for your inspiration! Here's the pic I saw that inspired me.

Recipe for a Happy Family
Mix equal parts giggles, cuddles and smooches.
Add heaping amounts of understanding, forgiveness, love and patience.
Sprinkle with honesty and loyalty.
Fold in consideration, participation and cooperation.
Repeat layers as necessary for a happy family.

Linking up with Something to Do Saturdays.


Anonymous said...

Erin, it turned out beautiful! I love the dangling keys you added.

alysaka said...

I love your family frame! I have one just like it I made a while back, of course I have yet to put pictures in it.....hmmmm someday!

Kristy @ Next to Heaven said...

BEAUTIFUL! You picked the perfect photos! I love the shutters, too. what a great job. I wish I was there and had a window to work on- maybe soo!

Kristy @ Next to Heaven said...

Oh, forgot to say how much I liked the journaling idea! Super smart! What did you end up with?

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

This is gorgeous! I love the layouts and the pictures you chose. Thanks for linking up to Point of View!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Erin, this is fantastic! Thanks so much for linking up to Point of View. I featured you today...

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