Friday, May 18, 2012

Crate Paper Storyteller Altered Frame

Hi everyone! It's Kate here today. I would like to share with you an altered frame that I created with the Crate Paper Storyteller line. I love, love, love this line, and anything else from Crate Paper really. I got this frame from The Dollar Store. It is made of metal and you can change out the pictures by placing them on the frame with magnets. I liked the idea, I just found that the frame was a tad on the ugly side. Here's a before shot.

Altered Frame Before

First, I covered the whole thing in three different patterned papers. To get the outline, I traced the frame onto the paper and then cut it out. Here's a tip about tracing items, to get as close to the shape of the item as possible, use a mechanical pencil. You can get a much tighter outline with one of these than you can with a regular pencil or a pen.


I added the buttons and burlap twine to the right side of the frame by stringing the twine through one button, gluing it down with a glue gun and then stringing the other button through the far side of the twine and gluing that down with the glue gun. See the photos for a visual.


Please pardon my very yucky looking glue gun!


Almost there...


Here is a close up of the twine and button treatment. This treatment would also look great with a little Maraschino Baker's Twine from The Twinery.


And, here is the final project.

Crate Paper Storyteller Altered Frame

The left side of the frame. Note the Tim Holtz bottle, it's filled with beach sand stolen from St. Martin!

Crate Paper Storyteller Altered Frame

Here is the centre of the frame.

Crate Paper Storyteller Altered Frame

And, finally the far right hand side.

Crate Paper Storyteller Altered Frame


Crate Paper Clothespins 
Crate Paper Collection Pack
Elle's Studio Handmade Layers
Crate Paper Buttons
Crate Paper Standouts
Tim Holtz Ideology glass bottle
Dollar Store Frame
May Arts ribbon and twine
Studio Calico wood veneer camera

Thanks for looking!


Erin Morehouse said...

oh my this is fabulous! I can totally see using souvenir magnets on this as well. I'll be on the lookout for similar frames!

Choup72 said...

It' beautiful!! very good work!!!

Sherri said...

What a fun momento to have of the trip, great frame for this project Kate. I love this line too.

Fleursbydesign said...

Love how you made that frame look, beautiful

Maja Stokk / eyovine said...

So cool =) Well done!

Bente Fagerberg said...

>Oh tes, the frame definitely look much more beautiful now!! What a great idea. Love the little touches and the sand bottle is so cute!

So.Creative said...

That's great, love your frame!!

Michelle said...

Great idea! That collection works perfectly with it!

Sandy Ang said...

love the variety of circles and buttons you used. great mini !