Hanging memory frame

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 24 Jul, 2017

Make them smile with a beautiful keepsake that can be treasured for years to come. Along with a few dies and papers from your stash, pretty much everything you need to create this make (and more!) is included in our super Mother’s Day Goody Bag.

1. Cut two card blanks in half. Hold onto two pieces and place the remaining two to one side. Take the first two and cut to 10.5 x 13.5cm. Cover one in the floral ditsy paper from the Folk Floral ‘You’re the Best’ decoupage pack, then cut a central aperture measuring 9.5 x 6.5cm.

2. Apply two stacked layers of foam tape on the back of the piece, to both short sides and the bottom edge, making sure to leave a 5mm border around the aperture. Take extra-special care to adhere the foam tape so that it’s straight – this will help when it comes to displaying your chosen image. Remove the backing paper and adhere to the uncovered piece of card. Die cut ‘Mother &’ from the Xcut upper and lower case script die sets and adhere to the frame using a Sailor 2 In 1 Glue Pen.

3. To create the second frame, take the two pieces of remaining card from Step 1 and cover one of the pieces with a complementary piece of Folk Floral paper (a plain or less busy design will work best). Cut a central aperture measuring 11.5 x 6.5cm, 1cm down from the top of the card. 

4. Create the ‘Friend’ greeting from your favourite alphas. We chose a wooden set from Bare Basics. Decorate with small torn squares of yellow floral deco sheets, carefully gluing them into place with PVA. Once dry, cover with a gloss varnish for a nice smooth finish. 

5. Pop out the pieces marked B1 and B2 from the Folk Floral decoupage sheet to construct the decoupaged sentiment section. Apply foam tape to the back of B2 and stick centrally on top of B1.

6. Continue to layer up the decoupage pieces using the numbers to guide you; simply work your way up to the highest one. If you wanted it flatter, you could skip a piece. 

7. Stick it! foam tape and pads are perfect for creating decoupage with a bit of height. Alternatively, you could use a glue stick or double-sided tape. Adhere to a 3 x 13.5cm strip of blue cardstock.

8. To attach each of the sections to one another, lay them face down on a cutting mat, using the grids to ensure that everything is level. Position twine 2cm in from the side edges and secure in place with tape. Leave a 15cm excess of twine at the top of the piece and tie the loose ends with a knot to secure. All that’s left to do is pop in two of your favourite snaps!

Project and how-to instructions by Aisha Green. Project originally published in the February issue (79) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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