I’ve seen and made altered picture frames before. Since this is a year of economic strife for most of us, along with my need to create something memorable, I decided to take the time and make these altered frames for 2 of our grown children and their spouses. Our daughter in Colorado already has an altered frame I made their family a few years back. I still owe our son, Greg, who lives in Italy one of these frames which I plan to complete and send for his birthday in June.
I started with a base of scrapbook paper, coordinating papers and bare chipboard letters. I covered each letter with a different paper, added ink and sanded around the edges for a weathered look. I used a scalpel rather than an Xacto to make the “fussy” cuts and I must say it worked so much easier (using a cutting mat underneath of course) I thought using clock parts was apropos because spending time with family is something we treasure and don’t want to waste. Adding ribbon and fibers is something that I need to do on almost all of my projects as I love the texture and look of ribbons, fibers and cording. So without any further ado, here are the frames I designed for the Johnson and Hardesty families.