Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Large Frame! What to do?

So I have a problem...

I rec'd this frame for a gift (sorry gift giver to out your generosity). It is intended to be a collage of photos, but a collage doesn't interest me, due to my lack of coordinating photos. I really do want to incorporate it somehow into my home, I'm just lacking the wisdom of how to do so.

It measures 18 x 30 inches and the frame itself is very nice. But I cannot decide what to do with it. SO, I want our readers help. Please give me ideas, suggestions or even pictures of what you have done with such a frame. Your suggestions could leave the frame vertical or turn it horizontal. It can, but doesn't have to include paint,vinyl lettering etc. I have given this a great deal of thought but I need more inspiration! This is why I come to you all, because you all inspire me in tremendous ways.

You can submit your ideas as a comment or if you want to send a photo, email me at paisleycupcake@gmail.com.

In a future post, I will show the end result and some of your inspiring ideas (unless you request I don't feature you, but don't be too shy).

Get your wheels turning ladies. Thanks for your help.
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  1. Well one thing I've been toying around with lately is postcards. A man came into my work place the other day with 2 huge boxes filled to the brim with postcards he was trying to sell, and they were beautiful pictures of the nearby valley and river done by a professional photographer who was his friend. He couldnt get anyone to take them, so he threw them away. Before he did, I was able to salvage a few of the postcards that I liked most to do with what I would.

    I'm toying around with the different things I can do with the postcards, So I'll let you know how that turns out, but if you have a bunch of postcards you get biannually like Amber, you might make a nice picture. Or you can hook up with my dear old mother for some hawaiian ones or something.

  2. Another thing I did with a frame I had lying around was dig out my box of memories, and I found a ticket stub to a temple dedication with the handkerchief that came with it, as well as the temple dedication program, and a napkin they were handing out at the open house that had an imprint of the temple on it. I arranged them how I liked it in the frame and now I have a nice memoir on my wall. ^^

  3. I have the same one, sitting in my garage! Another one is actually filled, with black and white photos of our family, through the generations, at the beach. I'll be reading the comments to see what everyone else comes up with!

  4. Well...if you're not set on keeping the collage inset that's already in the frame, than this will work for you. Idea #1: Take 2 5 x 7s that you really like and then put them in the frame with a white backgroun or turn them black and white and lay them on black paper and paint the frame white.
    Idea #2: the website picnik.com let's you make really cool collages. You could probably fit 4 different collages of your favorite pictures in the frame.
    These are just what popped in my head. Can't wait to see what you do.

  5. I am partial to the site wordle.net, and I would make a freaking huge word collage and put it in there... maybe something kitchen themed, in your kitchen colors... word ideas: cook, kitchen, bake, baste, spatula!, pots & pans, delicious... you get the idea... :D

  6. 3 pictures in a row maybe 8x10's that are special to you (black and white)with some vinyl lettering underneath the vinyl words wold depend on the pictures :D that means it needs to be on its side instead of up and down

  7. I purchased two frames like this and I have been using a lot of scrapbooking rub-ons that I have collected to decorate the mat of the first one. This one is decorated with black scrolls and flourishes (or you could stamp them on the mat with Staz-On). My intent is to take a bunch of family photos and make them all black and white to fill the photo spaces. I want to decorate the other one I purchased with words or letters, perhaps by using leftover letter stickers in a variety of fonts so it just has a random graphic feel.
    I love the postcard idea, but I would probably use them to collage on the mat rather than framing them.

  8. You could take a quote or a poem that you love, and make an eye exam chart... it would be huge!

  9. Keep it simple, blow up a favorite photo in black and white. Any photo that big makes a beautiful statement!

  10. Following you. I agree with simplistic designs and think the frame would be the perfect fit for your favorite memory photograph; in black and white. I would turn it horizontal but that depends on the photograph you choose.

  11. I have this exact same frame that I bought on Black Friday at Walmart. A deal way too good to pass up BUT it is still sitting in my bedroom leaning against a wall with NO pictures. I can't wait to see what you do with it. Post pictures please.

  12. I just used a similar frame for a friends wedding. I printed b&w pics of their home, where they met, wedding date, last names and then their engagment picture and a spot for their wedding picture.

  13. You could try adding a cork board or sheet metal to make it into a magnet board or memo board...put some cute fabric over it and repaint the frame. Or like stated above, glue some frames on it to highlight special pictures...just some ideas!

  14. Maybe turn it horizontal, spell out your last name (not sure how long that is) and add your favorite papers to the blank boxes and viola!

  15. A great ig frame is always good to have...hmmm...I am loving framing frames right now. I found a great piece at a thrift store and hung it and then framed that...but knowing me, I would beat up and antique the frame a little!
    Thanks for linking to Tickled Pink a couple weeks ago...I took a little (unexpected break) but I am back!


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