I’ve been noticing a trend in my sitemeter tracking. I am completely addicted to it! My readership just keeps going up and I just marvel then want to know where on earth you’re all coming from, lol! Well in recent weeks I’ve found the #1 search that leads people to my blog is for Christmas frames. Eek! Of course, I had to pull down my Christmas frame picture because it’s in an online magazine! So, this morning I decided to remedy that and do up another one really quick. Yes! These REALLY are quick projects and the perfect beginner project as well. These $1 frames from Michael’s are my favorite way to get a quick altering “fix”. They’re great for last minute gifts as well! If you don’t add a coat of Mod Podge on the top, you can literally give someone one of these in an hour. Another half hour and you can add the top coat, just warn the recipient to keep it from touching anything overnight to be sure it cures completely! It’s all nice, straight lines (with a little curve around the corners for practice!). There simply is no easier altering project.
For this frame, I began by adding two thin coats of white Apple Barrel paint (if you keep them thin, they’ll dry really fast!) to the back and sides (don’t forget the inside edge!). Then I added Merry & Bright paper from Scrapworks’ Season of Joy line. When everything was dry, I simply added a few matching chipboard embellishments from Scrapworks. I really love their glittered chipboard – the glitter stays put -no brushing sparkles out of your hair days later! I had originally planned on adding more, but after looking at it at this point, decided I liked it just the way it was.
Altering is a wonderful way to use up extra embellishments (especially bulky ones!), but it’s also a great way to keep the focus on papers!