Customize Frames For Cheap

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Whether you are a fan of digital or traditional scrapbooking, frames play a big part in layout construction. Frames make pictures pop and add to the overall appeal of a page design. In addition, frames can add personality to an image and help tie it into a specific theme. For example, if you are crafting a Halloween-themed layout, consider selecting a pumpkin-shaped frame to display a photo of your costumed ghost, goblin, princess… or pumpkin.

Fortunately, there are a slew of different frames widely available at scrapbook supply stores and online. Choices range from traditional circle and squares to elaborate heart and flower-shaped frames. Just remember that frames are different from photo mats. The former has an area where you can insert your picture, while the latter is a solid piece of paper that a photo is glued on top of.

As scrapbooking has gotten more popular over the years, manufacturers have increased production of novelty frames. These days you can spice up a sports-themed layout by placing your star athlete’s photo in a basketball, football or baseball-shaped frame. Unfortunately, these specialized frames can be quite expensive.

In order to put your own personal touch on frames without breaking the bank, consider following these easy tips:

*Sand a cheap frame to give it a distressed look.

*Paint the frame with texture paste, and then add a coat of your favorite color.

*Cover the frame with graffiti (draw, paint, or doodle) to give it a funky look before adding it to a teen’s memory album.

*Embellish a plain frame with leftover stickers or stamps. You could also use extra letter stickers to spell out “Happy Birthday” or “First Day of School”.

*Purchase a cheap frame and write journaling text along the border.

*Decoupage an inexpensive frame with pictures that enhance the theme of the layout.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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