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Nov 17, 2008

KSS Day - My Project of the Month!

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 1: Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink), Patterned Paper: October Afternoon, Stamps: 1/2 Pint Alphabet Buddy, Vintage Words (Kitchen Sink Stamps), Ink: Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink), Accessories: Brads, Primas, Nestabilities

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


  1. This is gorgeous!!! I am sure your MIL will LOVE it!

  2. What a great project, Julie!! What grandmother wouldn't love getting one of these for Christmas!??! Perfectly delightful!

  3. Oh my Julie, this is beautiful!!! I'm sure your MIL will adore it! It's a perfect Grandparent gift...thanks for sharing...I should try something for my Mom!!!

  4. I love it! This is so cute, and much better than buying a frame and altering it. The possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing.

    ps - How did you cut the 6x6 paper in a shape? With a die?

  5. Look at those adorable little faces...kissable! Adorable little project for the fridge - love it!

  6. This is absolutely fabulous, Julie...and I love the pictures of the kids!!

  7. Hi all - just popping in to answer Susan's question. The plastic is only in a square - the dp is shaped, it came that way in an 8x8 paper pad! Thanks for the question! :)

  8. Julie, your kids are adorable! And the project isn't bad either! LOL

  9. Fabulous project Julie! I can just imagine how Happy your mom and MIL were get these magnets of your adorable family! Great gift idea too! ;) Love your collage of photos for the steps!

  10. Fabulous project, Julie! What wonderful gifts those will make! Your photo tutorial is awesome, too! Great work!

  11. These are so pretty, Julie! I love the patterned paper and colors in the first one, especially. What cuties, too!

  12. These are so pretty, Julie! I love the patterned paper and colors in the first one, especially. What cuties, too!

  13. This is a great project julie!! Your tutorial is really awesome, such a cool gift.
    Enjoy the day!

  14. Just gorgeous Julie - I am sure your MIL will be thrilled to receive this!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

  15. really great project, Julie!!!!
    loving those alphas!

  16. Fabulous project, Julie! These will make great holiday gifts.

  17. mom that is really good! i think everyone will too!

  18. this is such a gorgeous project, Julie. I'll see if I can make one :)

  19. What an amazing project Julie!! I love it!!


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