Thursday, April 15, 2010

Inspired Frames

I'm calling these Inspired because I was totally inspired by Lanie from She made these frames and I fell in love. I also know I could do it.

See, I have this problem. Well Husband thinks it's a problem, and now that I'm cycling through a lot more paper, I realize it's a problem too.

I LOVE paper. Scrapbook paper. I have a lot. I had scads. I will meander through the store and can't resist the siren call of paper. Not just paper because it is paper, but because certain patterns and color schemes call to me. So I'll buy and and then later try to figure out a use for it.

I do scrapbook, and I do like to use a little bit of pattern here and there, but I really do like simple lines, and crisper feeling pages. (It wasn't always that way though.) So I'd look at the paper and hesitate, "Is it too much?" "I hate to just use a little and be stuck with an odd paper later on."
I have gotten over the waste issue. I have organized papers in such ways that I do go through them often, and if I've 'outgrown' the pattern I slip it onto the kid's craft tote so they can use it for a project later on.

So my frames are very similar, those hers are way more classic than mine.

The first three I made for my sister, she wanted something in her bedroom.

These two make me so happy. They're so cheery and bright!

I can't stop making these, I'm going to have them in my shows this year. I'm so excited about this!

I too used burlap in the middle, along with a stamped image and flower. Cutting the burlap can be messy! I took it out to the deck and cut up two yards so I wouldn't have to keep getting the fibers all over me and the craft room.I'm hoping to get some 'found' items incorporated into them as well. I have more sitting in my craft room waiting to get finished up.


Lanie Ree said...

I have this problem too! I can't resist pretty paper, especially if it's on sale. I like to pretend it's an investment.

Your frames are so very pretty. I love the flowers you used in the middles! I'm excited to see what other ideas you come up with out of your stash of scrapbook stuff.

And you are so right about Burlap- it gets everywhere.

roberta_mac said...

I'm so glad you like them!

At some point I think I'm going to found a paper collect anon. group. Seriously. I used to buy the Stacks.
Stack I
Stack II
Stack III
180 pages each.
I'll bet I haven't used 1/4 of that silly paper.

I have some sheet remnants, I'm thinking I might try using some of that in the middle too.

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

Hi! I just found you on Blog Frog.

I love paper too! I often buy it and then I can't cut it because I love it too much. How sad is that? I often decorate with paper too. Like, for instance, I have used wrapping paper to wrap my tops of my tables in my craft and sewing room. It is SO pretty and can be changed out so easily. And it is cheap if you mess it up. Love it! Your frames are adorable and I love the little flowers too!

roberta_mac said...

I'm starting to overcome the mentality that I can't cut it up. (Especially when you buy four of the same sheet, this way if you don't like what you did, you still have full 12*12 prettiness!)
I really think there should be a support group out there, Paper Addicts.
Thank you for the compliments, make sure you go check out Lanie's frames too, they're fabulous! And she makes awesome checker boards too!