Thursday, September 25, 2014

Crafty Thursdays: Wall Art with Family Photos & Giveaway

Today on Crafty Thursday, author Christina Freeburn is here to tell us how to make the Family Photo Wall Art project above ((just insert your own 5x7 photo into the photos tabs) and she is giving it away to one lucky reader to celebrate the release of Embellished to Death: A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery. To enter simply comment below (US residents only).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Picture frame made for scrapbook pages. 
  • Frames for scrapbook pages have enough room between the glass and the backing board to allow for bulkier/3D embellishments.
  • Photo 
  • Title
  • Embellishments (stickers, ribbon, craft jewels, etc.)
  • Photo tape/glue

1. After choosing a photo, or as for the giveaway frame a theme, I gather up any and all items I think will go well with the picture. I put the embellishments on the table beside the frame and photo and narrow down my options. 

2. The next step is building the foundation page of the art project. The first item I chose is the background paper. You can use a pattern paper or a solid color cardstock. I went with white as this is for a gift (giveaway) and most photos look good on a neutral background. Next I tried a few placements for the title. I placed a border near the bottom as I wanted a color accent on the base color that mimicked the linear title on top.

For this project, I chose a linear style as Disney photos usually have a lot of bold colors and items in the background. While I have color-coordinated my families outfits in the past, they’re not so willing to wear outfits based on the “scrapability” factor anymore. I made this page to fit a 5x7 photograph, using a template (Kiwi Lane Designs) to represent the picture. I added photo tabs so the receiver can insert their picture into the layout without having to find photo tape or glue to use. When making layouts as wall art for gifts, it’s always better to make the project as “complete” as possible as the recipient might not have the supplies needed on hand.

3. After my foundation is complete, I tested out some placements and embellishments. I had wanted to use the “bling” camera but it threw off the balance of the page. I wanted something at the top to help draw the eye to the title and that mimicked the bottom of the page. The square gems placed at an angle were just the perfect final embellishment touch.

4. Now you just insert your layout into carefully into the frame, making sure the embellishments stay where they need to be, and your own family photo, and your done.

Don't forget to enter to win this fabulous project from Christina. You can read all about her new book, Embellished to Death below... 

When Faith Hunter agrees to help PI Bob Roget find an identity thief at a local scrapbook retreat, her friendly croppers’ weekend quickly morphs into a dangerous one. As croppers share their own memories, a killer collects them for her new identity, and doesn’t appreciate Faith in the picture. Faith struggles to balance her professional, detecting and personal lives as threats and secrets keep her off-balance. Things turn deadly when a woman is killed and Faith is blackmailed. Truth and lies collide when Faith discovers croppers aren’t the only ones embellishing, and the results might end her life. 


  1. This really turned out nice, now if I can only be as crafty. Thank you for the instructions. The book sounds great, I'm a big cozy fan.

  2. I do so look forward to crafty Thursdays and you never disappoint. Cool project and a delightful book series. Scrapbookers will especially enjoy, but I am not one. I do make cards using the same materials, so I can easily relate. If I go to the scrapbook convention in Ontario California, I will be thinking of Faith et al.

  3. This is such a special and delightful craft project which is ideal for a families. How talented and creative. Thanks for this feature and giveaway.

  4. I would give this to my son for his family. Perfect for their photos and memories. Many thanks.

  5. I'm really looking forward to reading this one. What a great craft! I love scrapbooking and this frame is perfect and super cute. Thanks for the chance!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

  6. Such a cute frame. I have never done this before even though I have made quite a few scrapbooks over the years. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Sandy Smith
    sdaf.smith2012 at

  7. Christina - thank you for such a great post. The book sounds awesome and this craft looks great!

  8. This is adorable and the book sounds like a fab cozy!

  9. Some great ideas, thanks for sharing.

  10. And our winner if Cheryl. Look for an e-mail soon.

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