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Valentine’s Picture Frame Tutorial

11 Jan

Here’s a first for me: a craft tutorial.  If you didn’t know already, I read a few – ok ok – a lot of craft blogs every week day.  I’m consistently impressed at the creativity of people out there.  And I have many ideas stored up in my bookmarks toolbar for future craft sessions.

I also happen to really love Valentine’s Day – not necessarily because of all the love and gushy stuff, but because my birthday is so close to it (February 16th, in case you forgot).  😉

And in honor of Valentine’s Day I am presenting you with a picture frame tutorial inspired by my recent shopping excursion to Michaels.  I just love that place – though my bank account doesn’t love it quite as much as I do…

Anyway, on to the tutorial…

Valentine’s Picture Frame Tutorial

What you will need:

  • An unfinished wooden picture frame – I got mine at Michael’s for $1.00
  • Scrapbook paper of your choice
  • Mod Podge – I used glossy, but it doesn’t really matter what kind you use
  • An Xacto Knife – or another utensil to cut your paper
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon for the border of your frame
  • A foam brush
  • Some sort of throw-away plate for the Mod Podge
  • Embellishments for your frame
  • Hot glue gun
  • Newspaper to cover your surface

(I added some of the materials after I took the picture.  Sorry about that.)


What you will do:

Place your frame onto your paper and trace the frame – or just do what I did and cut around the frame with your knife.


Take out the insert from your frame and place it in the middle of the paper you just cut out.  I’m lazy and didn’t measure it out so that it’d be perfectly centered, but, if you so desire, be my guest.  I eyeballed it to get it centered and traced it with a pencil.  Then cut along the lines on the inside of the lines.  I say the inside because you can always cut off more if you need to, but once it’s cut the damage is done – take it from me.


So now you should have 2 frames that look something like this.  After I had the center cut out, I realized that I cut a little too much – see above.  So I took a Sharpie and colored in some of the spots that looked like they might show through.  And since my paper is zebra print, I could get away with it.  Otherwise, use a marker that closest matches the color of your paper.  OR you could just be a little more careful than I was.


This is where it starts to get really fun.  Using your brush, put a coat of Mod Podge onto your wooden frame, and, as precisely as you can, put your paper frame on top.  Make sure to rub it all over with your fingers to get out any air and to make sure it’s all going to adhere to the wood.  Work quickly, but be careful (especially if you’re using thin-er paper).  The paper I used was closely akin to cardstock, so it was a little more forgiving than regular paper.  Once you’ve got the paper down, brush on another coat of Mod Podge, and let it dry.  And then brush on another coat just to be safe, and let it dry.


If you’re like me and need to stay occupied while you wait, treat yourself.  My choice of treat: warm peanut butter bars with chocolate chips and Reeses peanut butter chips that I made earlier today – thank you Paula Deen for your baking genius.  It went along perfectly with this…


My inspirational music during this project.  Yes, I watch Glee and listen to the soundtrack.  And, yes, I realize it’s late.  And, yes, I realize I don’t have service – don’t ask.


Ok.  Now that we’ve waited…put another coat of Mod Podge on your frame and then cover it with glitter.  Make sure to shake of the excess.  And now, you guessed it, wait for it to dry again.

*Insert Jeopardy theme song here as we wait…*


Once the Mod Podge is dry, use your hot glue gun to glue your ribbon around the border of your frame, as well as the inside border.


My ribbon was sheer black ribbon, and you could see the hot glue through it – yuck.  So I decided to glue another strip of silver ribbon that I had on hand in the center of the black ribbon.  Although impromptu, I like how it turned out.


Now for the really fun part – add your embellishments!  I picked up this “XOXO” when I bought the frame and just hot glued it on.  PS – Isn’t Michael’s just wonderful?!


All you have left to do is insert your picture, and you’re all set!  I just love how mine turned out!  And the added bonus is that I had all the materials on hand, with the exception of the frame and the “XOXO” that I got for $2 at Michael’s!


Hope yours turns out great too!  Feel free to leave comments below!  Happy Valentine’s crafting!



19 Nov

I realized that I’m way past due for giving you guys an update.  (*Note: I know I say this in a lot all of my blog posts – definitely needs to be will be remedied.)

Anyhow, I’m doing pretty grand right now.  I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away.  Where have the last couple of months gone?!  Before you know it, we’ll be heading into Christmas (my personal fave)!

Speaking of Christmas…BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.  Are you ready for it?  Are you sure?  Absolutely positively?  Absotively posolutely?  Okay, okay – don’t get pushy.

Matthew’s coming home to Texas with me for Christmas!

Did you have to read it twice because you were so excited?  I know, me too.  We’ll be in Texas Dec. 22nd through the 29th, and we’re both super excited.  🙂  He’ll get to meet the ENTIRE family on my mom’s side, which should be fun, and I hope to introduce him to a couple of my TX friends too.  And I can’t wait to include Matthew in all of our fun family traditions, including decorating Christmas cookies while listening to a little bit of Mitch Miller & the Gang.  Oh bliss.

My trip to TX back in Oct was fantastic – the perfect little vacation.  And my next day back to work upon my return I was promoted!  So lots of big things happening for me.  (Here’s a little eye candy of me and my Texi-boy for you – can’t wait to see him in Dec too.)

I should also tell you that after a year + working for Youth Missions International, my time there has come to an end.  It was a very natural end for both me and the organization.  The promotion at my other job just made it too difficult for me to try to do both.  I feel so blessed to have been a part of that wonderful ministry and look forward to helping out in any way I can, whether through volunteering and/or financial support.

On to other things now…Several months ago Jessica and I decided to decoupage Mattie’s ceiling fan to match her bedspread after I saw this tutorial on one of my favorite craft blogs.  And I finally got some decent pictures in some decent lighting.  So for your viewing pleasure (click the pic to zoom in):

Each blade is different (obviously) with an “applique” on each one to match some of the objects on her bedspread from Pottery Barn Kids.  I free-handed them and was pretty impressed, if I do say so myself.  😉  It was a really fun project, and I’ve become completely addicted to Mod Podge projects.

And now I feel like I’ve blog-vomited all over the place with all of these different things going on, but so much has happened – which means there’s lots to share!  These next couple of weeks are going to be B-U-S-Y for me, but I’ll try to get an update in here every once in a while.  Hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving!