Editor’s Note: Today we are kicking off a new feature on the blog called Celebrate & Decorate! While we adore cards, we also want to inspire you, our readers, to look at your paper-crafting supplies in a brand-new light. With each Celebrate & Decorate post, one of our blog team designers will showcase a non-card project such as a gift package, a home decor item or a banner using paper supplies in a different manner. We hope this encourages you to use your paper-crafting stash in ways you might never would have thought of!
Good morning—Stacy here to show you a different way to Celebrate and Decorate! Today I will be sharing a fun way to keep a favorite picture frame and use it another way. A few months back we moved some things around and this one frame didn’t seem to go with all the new picture frames and decor we bought. I really liked the curves of this frame, the dark wood and I couldn’t toss it. Then an idea came to mind—use the frame as a cork board! Sticky notes seem to cling to my monitor and desk and this is a much prettier way to keep my notes handy.
Here is what you will need: frame, cork squares, ribbon, desired embellishments, stamps, inks, markers, decorative trim or ribbon, paper adhesive and glue.
Start by removing the insert from the frame and place the insert down on your cork piece to measure. Note: Depending on your frame you’ll need the cork to be even with the sides or slightly hanging over the edges. The frame I used has hidden ridges so I went with an 8 x 10-inch insert. Trace the two edges with a marker and cut out your shape.
Now that your cork is cut to fit your frame, test the insert and make sure you don’t need to trim down an edge or two so that it fits perfectly. Once you know it fits then you will run your glue along the inside seam all around the frame as shown. I used quick-drying glue found at the local craft store. Insert your cork piece and let dry.
Now that the glue is dry you are ready to decorate the frame. The only thing about this frame that I did not care for was the gold trim so I covered that up with some pretty lace. I attached 1/4-inch-wide double-sided tape around the gold trim and added my lace. Now you are ready to decorate your cork as desired.
To decorate my piece, I die-cut some decorative rectangles from blue cardstock for the base of my design. I then stamped an image onto white cardstock and colored it with markers before adding it to another base of blue cardstock. I layered this onto a paper doily, adhered it to the cork piece and then embellished it with die-cut flourished vines and flowers and a few scattered pearls.
This is a close-up of the image panel for detail. Now my notes have a beautiful place to hang. I hope you enjoyed and are inspired by my cork frame tutorial. Thanks for joining me! Have a wonderful day.
Supplies used: Classic white cardstock, Color Made Easy true blue paper, Feminine Charm stamp set from Flourishes; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Copic® markers (Y00,Y02,B00,B01,B02,B91,BG70,E31,E33,T1,T2,YG11,YG13) from Imagination International Inc.; white lace trim from May Arts Ribbon; flowers from Petaloo International; snow white pearls from Kaisercraft; flourishes dies from Cheery Lynn Designs; Resplendent Rectangles die templates (#S5-147) from Spellbinders™ Paper Arts; 1/4-inch-wide Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal® Products; adhesive foam squares from Stampin’ Up!