I have quite a few empty picture frames sitting around — simply waiting for me to print photos in the right size & shape. My excuse — the printer was low on coloured ink. 😐
Every day, I was getting more & more interested in the gorgeous collages I saw in Scrap Girls daily newsletters & on their website. With each newsletter I had downloaded the free graphic, template, or paper texture — I was accumulating a nice collection of goodies.
Then, one day–quite awhile after getting ink cartridges–I decided I had to either do something or simply print out the photo as it was. Geez, just fill that dull, blank frame!
Using a favourite photo taken by my grand-daughter’s talented mom, I had a ton of fun in Photoshop adding a background, a few fairies, elves, & flowers, as well as some ‘Love’ to create Elf Garden [above].
I got all the embellishments from Scrap Girls — I already had lots of freebies by getting their daily & weekly newsletters & I spent a few dollars–like maybe $10 with taxes–for the fancy fairies, glittery butterflies, & a combo pack that included the flowers.
Then, I took a big gulp, printed it on matte photo paper, & cut it to fit:
While I was at it, I started a blue zone for my grandson:
With a school photo from a few years ago, his blue frame sat among some rarely used books [do I really need a French-English Dictionary when I can find it online?]. It only took a couple minutes to pick a couple of blue backgrounds & print them out with a layer of ivory fairies & elves on regular paper.
I cut the papers to be just a touch taller than the spine backs & as wide as possible. Than I simply folded a piece over each of 3 books — if there was enough to fold it over the front & back cover, great! Otherwise, I simply lay the paper flat & placed the next book on top.
I love the co-ordinated effect with the dark blue spine of the book left uncovered. I didn’t worry about the book titles because I know what books are hidden here.
The only problem is the shades of blue on the screen are not the same shades that the Canon printer produces. The other colours seem pretty close but the blues are definitely off — the turquoise flowers in Elf Garden are more blue & the darker blues of the book cover appear purple.
Now, I have a wonderful photo of my grandson from his visit last month so I want to create something special to update his frame. And I can’t wait to cover a few more books & even the DVD covers.
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