Good Monday morning friends!! I have a fun project to share with you today!! I'm so excited to share the Kitchen Sink Stamps November Project of the Month! Last month KSS released 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet and 1/2 Pin Alphabet Buddy. I LOVE these sets! They are exactly like the original Playful Alphabet and Playful Alphabet Buddy only - ehhh - half the size (that was probably obvious huh?) :) The letters are so clean and clear, perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking! When I set out to create a project using these fun new sets I remembered these Crystal Clear Plastic 8x8 sheets I picked up from Ellen Hutson a while ago. These sheets are very thick and totally clear! Ellen has an excellent explanation of the pros and cons of these here on her blog.
The first frame I created was this one for my mother. When I finished, I took some measurements and created this template that you can download and use to make your own. The template is nothing fancy but it will help you with the placement of the circles!
I made another magnet for my mother-in-law and took some photos along the way. I made this version slightly different however. For the first frame I die cut the circles on the dp and adhered the photos behind it. By doing this, I could remove the back and change the pictures easily. The finished size of the frame is 6x6 which is the largest size of dp that will fix through my Cuttlebug.
For my mother-in-laws frame, I die cut the pictures and mats and used the template as a guide for where to place them directly on the dp. By doing it this way it's more difficult to change the photos but you could make it the full 8x8 size of the clear plastic since you cutting the photos.
Here is a collage of all the steps (you should be able to click on it for a larger view):
1. Gather your supplies
2. Die cut your photos using the 2 1/8" circle Nestabilities
3. Die cut your photo mats using the next size up scalloped circle Nestabilities
4. Using the template as your guide, adhere your matted photos to the dp.
5. Stamp each child's name above or below the photo. The great thing about these 1/2 Pint Alphabets is that there are more than 1 of several of the letters. I was able to put each child's entire name (except Emma) on the block and stamp it directly on the dp.
6. This picture shows how I used my grid block to line up one name with one already stamped. The 1/2 Pink Alphabet Buddy letters fits perfectly in a 1/2" line.
7.This is a picture of how the Crystal Clear Plastic looks - it has a blue static film on both sides to keep it clean and unscratched. I punched holes for the brads prior to removing the film.
8. Remove clear film and adhere using brads in each corner.
9. Cut a piece of cardstock 6x6 for the back and add your magnets to each corner.
Finally, you can embellish the front using whatever you wish. I kept mine pretty simple but you could go crazy with ribbon, flowers, stickles, tags, chipboard, etc., etc. I know my mother-in-law will like this one because she loves blue (although for some reason, it's not my favorite!) - this will go well on her fridge!
I hope you like this little project and that you give it a try! It doesn't take much time at all and makes a nice gift for grandmothers! Send me a link if you make one, I'd love to see!! Please let me know if you have any questions about this mini-tutorial, I wanted to keep it concise yet understandable but that can be tricky!
I'll be sharing a few other projects I've made with the Crystal Clear Plastic and my Alphabet Buddy soon so check back! Please remember to check out what the rest of the KSS Crew has for KSS Monday (Angela Knopf, Lori Tecler, Lynn McAuley, Maria Colosimo (Owner), Nicole Cook, Tammy Hershberger). Have a great week!
Frame 2: Patterned Paper: Daisy D's, Stamps: 1/2 Pink Alphabet Buddy (Kitchen Sink Stamps), Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Accessories: Nestabilities, Brads, Build a Brad (SU!), Primas