Summing it Up...

Now, that I'm way on the wrong side of sixty, I feel that being true to self is important. "I yam, what I yam." Kindness and smiles are to be given away. Women are strong. Men are more vulnerable than we believe. Husbands may come and go...but one thing I know for sure is that I will NEVAH live without a corgi or coffee in my life if I can prevent it. Come piles of dog fur or hot water!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Little Project...need help please!

My MIL in Colorado sent home boxes of crafting items, and a big jar of modge podge when we visited this fall.
Everybody's in a creative mode in blog land it seems. With the tease of Spring, and Easter six weeks away...folks are thinking about renewal...remodeling, and re-doing!
Me too.

My gal pal Melody gave this old window from her century old home to use as a frame. Last night, I started snipping family photos and created this family frame sticking them right on the glass. I'm thinking that it needs torn newspaper, or torn vintage scrapbook paper behind the photos to make them stand out or something. What say you girls? You all are so much more creative than your host here.

Jim had a fit when he found out I used his sander in the garage without his instruction, but, hopefully, it will still work after my unskilled use of it. Melody can create the neatest things out of nothing, and would be a natural window dresser for shops in the big city. Her home is incredible. She's bold with paint, and she has great junk!


Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

OK, first have you already glued the pictures down? If not, just my opinion, I would put some torn scrap book paper behind the pictures and I would put the pictures closer together over lapping them more and turning some in different angles not upside down or anything just turn some more left and some right..did that make sense. Maybe add some little tokens like a lace hankie near the wedding picture or something to match other picture..add some larger pictures at random, and not so many little pictures add the little pictures in spots in between the larger ones.
OK I hope I haven't totally confused you.
I love the aged look of the frame.

ClassyChassy said...

I agree with Molly! Embelishments like lace hanky or maybe a ribbon, etc, really add to a project like this. Some years back, my mom and I created a picture frame similar to your idea for my dad - it included his dog tags from the service, an old match book from his first date with my mom, photos of him receiving his distinguished flying cross, "Short Snorters", and a letter written by an officer commending him for deeds well done. Behind all of the photos and memories we put red and blue satin fabric, and a fabric print of elephants and other animals that we thought represented India, as he had flown missions over India. He had it hanging on the wall of their family room for years. When he passed, I inherited it. There is so much you can do with a frame and photos - use your imagination! Good luck and have fun!

Dozer and Coop said...

You know what would work wonderfully? Old sheet music - seriously. You can find it on the web, run it off on your printer and voila! You have a great background - you could overlap the sheets and perhaps dye them with tea bags to give them a vintage look?

Dozer's mother, Nancy

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Honey, I'm hopeless on this scrapping business. I thought it was looking pretty good as is! Do you want to put whatever it is yer going to use as a background on a stiff piece of cardboard or some thin wood so you can change it with the seasons or something? That's my only brainstorm.

Hmph, tell hubby no one ever broke a danged sander yet!!! Men.


Well..I am totally late to share any new ideas...the girls already have it far as what to do with the background, I love the idea of lace or texture in there! Overlapping the pictures to say will make it "flow better! Take inspiration for overlapping from the puzzle that Penniwig has posted today...the effect of layering will be beautiful! Besides the vintage sheet music...perhaps you could use an map...or pages from a bible! If I can get my scanner going I would love to scan in some "pages" for you...let me know...

LADY JANES' EMPORIUM said... big is it? It might be fun to add "legs" to it...maybe a few old posts...or a "trash to treasure" table from the thrift saw! Then you could go out and use more of Jims power tools! LOL....he is probably just mad because YOU used the sander better than a Man...arghhhhh....arghhhhh....argh....power tools give WOMAN great power!

Chatty Crone said...

These girls have covered it well. There are a couple more things you can do to make certain things pop out.

There are glue dots that you can put under it to make it pop out. You can get these at Wal-Mart.

Also there is soft wax that you can use.

For example - if you are using a picture - you could make two or three copies of the same picture.

The bottom picture being the largest (the base), then cut part of the next picture smaller, and the third one even smaller.

Put the glue dots in between each picture and let them be in 3-D.

For example a wedding picture. Use the full picture first.

Then cut out the bride and groom.

Then the bride.

Then her flowers.

Put a glue dot - one on top of the other and there you go - 3-D.

Good luck with the sander.

Robin said...

A lot of good ideas here! I love your frame and if you need any old sheet music let me know...I have extra. Another idea...use some sort of crackle paint on your background in places to complement your frame!!

Carla said...

I've seen sheet music used as a background-let us see what you decide to do.

squawmama said...

Well looks like everyone had really great ideas... I agree with the embellishment... I would place the old newspaper or crinkled paper behind the glass to give it a 3D look... Good luck with your project... It will look great when you’re done.


Jewelgirl said...

They have great vintage papers at
most craft stores that would look
great for a backing!

gin said...

Such a good idea. It's going to look fantastic when its complete and you will want to do another one.

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