BasicGrey Altered : Photo Frame


Altered Photo Frame | Tammy Tutterow

Supplies: [OUT OF PRINT] OUT-3324 Publication, OUT-3319 Newsflash, OUT-3335 Element Stickers, XHA-CL536 Sweet One 4×6 Stamps, [BLING IT] BLI-1707 Bling (Indigo/Sky), [NOTIONS] FAB-8010 Flutter Blossom, [TOOLS] Precision File Set.

Patterned paper and embellishments aren’t simply for scrapbook layouts or cards.  Instead, today design team member Tammy Tutterow shows how to put your BasicGrey product to work in your home decor with this photo frame.  With step-by-step photos and a play-by-play walk through, Tammy makes this project simple to complete – simply create and then sit back and enjoy the compliments!


Have you ever had a favorite pattern paper that you loved and wanted to create with but couldn’t bear to hide away in a scrapbook album when your project was finished?  Or maybe had a favorite flower embellishment that was too lovely to not to enjoy seeing every day?  Or perhaps a favorite photo that makes you smile and melts your heart melt just a bit every time you see it?  Those feelings are some of the ones that feed my inspiration and love for making home décor pieces for my home using papercrafting products.

If you have never made a décor project, one of the easiest projects to start with is an embellished photo frame.  To make my project faster and easier, I like to use frames that are already painted.  If you check the clearance aisles at craft and hobby stores you can often find frames that are ready to use really inexpensively.  They may have a bit of damage to them, but since you will be re-facing them, the damage is unimportant.  If you are unable to locate pre-painted frames, most craft retailers carry wood frames that can be easily painted.

To begin, I try to match the frame color to the paper I plan to use.  Remove any decorations and hardware from the frame.  Apply a glue medium to the front of the frame and place your patterned paper over the frame.  Use a dry cloth to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.  After allowing the glue to set up for a few minutes, trim the excess paper away from the edges and openings with a craft knife on a craft mat.  Use a file (the black file in the BasicGrey File Set) to smooth the inner and outer edges.  Filing will create smooth edges that will give your frame a polished and finished look.  If you like a vintage look, brush Distress Ink on the inner and outer edges.

To create a unique embellishment for this frame, I stamped an image from the Sweet One stamp set on patterned paper.  After coloring and cutting out the image, I adhered it to a piece of scrap chipboard, which made it sturdy enough to use as a dimensional embellishment.

To create a base for the fabric flower, I added a chipboard backing to the large pink spoked flower from the 12×12 Element sticker sheet.  I added the red ring sticker (one of the nested stickers in the frame block) over the spoked flower and there adhered the fabric flower to the center.  I adhered the flower/sticker element to the lower right corner of the frame along with two other large round stickers.

Next, I layered two large blue paisley stickers with the flower and round stickers.

I added adhesive foam squares to the back of the back of the stamped embellishment and tucked it slightly into top edge of the flower.  As a final touch, I added blue Bling It stones to the blue paisley stickers.

Making décor pieces with favorite products adds a special and unique opne-of-a-kind touch to your home décor.  Additionally, embellished frames make great gifts that create a real lasting impact.


This project is the perfect way to put your favorite collection to work or to create a one of a kind item from discarded scraps.  This frame would also be a quick and easy holiday gift!

20 thoughts on “BasicGrey Altered : Photo Frame

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