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.