504 Main by Holly Lefevre: A {Craft} Quickie
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

A {Craft} Quickie

Have I ever mentioned I have no attention span and,
until I figure out how to survive on no sleep at all, no time...
A few weeks ago I cam across this fantastic
and quick project at Craft Chic Mommy.
Then I saw it a few days ago at Katie's Nesting Spot.
They each have slightly different finishing methods,
so go check them out!
Really, I just thought this was so cute I wanted
to make some for my self, but since then,
they have turned into Christmas presents and hostess gifts,
and now I must trek back to the craft store
to buy more frames for me.
The lan is to do a set of 9 and hang them on the wall
with photos from our Europe trip 
(just to prove there was life before kids!).
Really, it took about one day to complete everything
because of dry times, but this could not be
simpler for such amazing results.
-Wooden picture frames ($1.00 at Michaels)
-Light sand paper
-Modge Podge
-Foam brush
-Scrapbook Paper
-Exacto Knife or other cutting tool
-Paint, stain, or stamp/ink pad
(depends on the finishing method yous prefer)
-Optional: adornments: rhinestones, flowers, tags, etc.

For more complete tutorials go visit the links above.
Here is my condensed version...this is how I made mine...
1. Coat the front of the frame with an even coat of Modge Podge. Let it dry a little and then add a second coat.* (see NOTES for an optional first step)
2. Place frame face down onto the scrapbook paper.
3. Flip it over, and remove any bubbles by sweeping a credit card(or like object) over the surface.
4. Let the frame/paper set (or dry completely). Then, turn over and trim paper. I left my paper face down and cut around the frame and frame opening with an Exacto knife. No worries if the edges are not perfect...
5. Sand the edges of the frame and frame opening to smooth out the edges.
6. At this point you may have some white areas on the paper. I used my ink pad to fill in these edges and color the edges of the frame. I just dipped a paper towel in the ink, and dabbed around the perimeter of the frame and frame opening, and the edges. I wanted a more vintage feel, so I was happy to let the ink "bleed" out onto the corners and on some I even smudged it on purpose.
7. When the ink is dry, coat front of frame with 2 more layers of Modge Podge, letting the coats dry slightly in between applications.
1. Depending on your desired effect, you can paint or stain the frame first (before applying the paper to the front) and let it dry. Then use the paint or stain for touch up in Step 6.
Happy Crafting!


  1. Very cute! I love the Old Guys Rule brand.

  2. Cute, cute, cute, I am going to go check out the tutorials right now :)

  3. This is great! I wish that I had the time to do this. I love pictures and this would be an awesome thing to do.

  4. Anonymous8:28 PM

    You go, crafty one. They look great. Way to go. Cheers!

  5. The frames came out so well! I love the black and white one especially. The 8X8 ones are a fun shape to do, aren't they? The beautiful patterns of the papers can be seen so much better on those. I just never seem to have picture that would look good cropped into a square for it, that's why I usually end up with the other kind of frame. Great job, and make sure you make one for YOU too!

  6. Love it ~ I could actually make one {or many} of those!

  7. I love this idea! I was just in Michael's the other day. Now I'm going to have to come up with an excuse for my husband to allow me to go back. ;)

  8. these frames are adorable! i love that you could totally make this ur own:) thank u for sharing the tutorial. i'll have to try this out! i agree, these would definitely make great hostess gifts:) thanks again for dropping by my blog:)


  9. Hi Holly!

    I can't remember exactly which aisle I found the shrinky dink film in at Michaels- I had to get one of their employees to help me find it but it was all together - they have the regular old-school stuff then they have an opaque white one and the ink jet transfer stuff (which is my favorite so far)

    Read the directions on the package for your printer settings and heads up, a couple of mine folded over on themselves in the oven and melted so I had to re-do them.

    Happy Crafting!

    pink and green mama

  10. Anonymous8:15 AM

    wow these are beautiful..thanks for post..!!Great idea for gifts too..!!

  11. Anonymous8:18 AM

    I love this and the that fact that you can make it is even better! Thank you so much for sharing with your viewers, I will certainly be doing this for my presents! Love your blog, Chatty Girl

  12. Very cute!! Great Christmas presents or for photos around the house...thanks for sharing!


  13. I love these! So cute. I also would like to find a way to survive on no sleep. Just not enough time!!

  14. Those are precious!
    When do you sleep? I never seem to get enough. And I'm not a crafty girl like you!

  15. This is a great idea! I have a ton of wooden frames from the dollar tree I've been needing a plan for! I think I just might give this a try!!
    Kelli @ SustainingCreativity

  16. Anonymous8:39 AM

    Those came out great! It seems easy enough to do too! I'll have to try it.

    Thanks for posting it!

  17. Another fantastic and professional looking entry from you. Do you ever stop? Hope your holiday is shaping up to be spectacular, just like you. Keri


  18. That last one is my favorite!

  19. Thanks! I have a couple more Christmas gifts (unexpected family coming over) and kids at home unexpectedly for longer Winter Break (12 inches of snow paralyzes our area). I've already declared "no friends" tomorrow because we'll be doing Christmas crafts.

    Your blog has given me some ideas.

  20. The sad part is, that wouldn't be a quickie for me! lol So adorable, though!

    Have a wondeferful holiday Holly!

  21. You are so crafty! You always offer such great tips, and we all love it that you share!

    Warm Holiday Wishes Holly!!!

  22. Too cute! I love a good craft project, this one I might even be able to include my daughter in when she is a bit older. Thanks!

  23. So cute, Holly! I have a few similar frames I haven't used. Guess they'll be transformed and made into gifts! Thanks for sharing. How are things with you?

  24. Gorgeous! I love it. I would make it my ICMT Monday Project... but I don't have time. :)

  25. Sooo cute, and just a Christmas gift either.

  26. Wow thank you! Those are so cute!!!


  27. Very cute! You have been a busy girl! Congrats on the new book!!

  28. Look the way those look!

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!

  29. those are very cute!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  30. hi, holly! thanks for ur comment on my blog:) i know what u mean, i love the lace cardi, too. i'm looking for the nude one, but can't seem to find it! lol i went to 2 targets and going to a 3rd one tomorrow haha! were u able to find one?:)


  31. Those are fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for visiting me on my SITS day the other week!

  32. I LOVE this idea..thanks for sharing. They turned out great.

  33. The results are really beautiful!

  34. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Very cute frames. I made something similar at a card party a few years ago but your look simpler.
    Thank you also for stopping by my blog!


  35. Love these Holly! I've missed you! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my posts. I know you haven't forgotten me, I assumed you were busy. I'm starting revision this week, so any tips you could give me when you have time would be much appreciated. Hope you are having a great Christmas week honey! Kori xoxo

  36. Another good one! I love using Mod Podge. It makes me feel so talented yet it is so easy.

  37. LOVE this project and cannot wait to try it myself!! Thanks for passing it on!

    Cheers for a happy new year, friend!

  38. Holly, these are awesome! Wow, you've been very productive this month. I'm in awe of all of the crafts you've completed. I had printed out a similar tutorial from Little Miss Heirlooms, and even bought a few frames. I never got to the project though. The frames are still sitting in my big old "crafts to do someday" pile. You've re-energized my interest in doing this craft though. I love what you created!


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