Make The Most Of Your Happy Moments With This DIY Frame!

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Vacation photos... if you are the family photographer, you know that it sometimes gets tricky to get the best shot on a location or photo point. You know when your kids won't stand still while you get conscious that you might be taking too long while other people wait. You end up getting at best a blurry shot or one in which no one's smiling or even looking at the camera. Well, after a whole collection of less-than-okay shots from various vacations, I have given up on the notion of the picture-perfect picture. Now, I look at the backdrops from a wider perspective and don't always worry if it's not a 'photo spot'.

Hi, my name is Mou Saha and I took this photo of my son when we drove through California last Christmas. It was a railroad crossing with no trains in sight and no people either. He walked down the track and I shot several pictures and this turned out to be my favorite. And when I get a favorite photo, I like to showcase it. Framing it traditionally is one way to go but there's only so much wall space in our house. So, I turn to my craft supplies to make little displays that can sit on a shelf or desk. This Chalkboard Easel card from Lori Whitlock is a great way to showcase a special photo at your home or to give as a gift.

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Before I dive in to show you how I created the above display, let me tell you what supplies I used.

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Other Materials Used:

  • Adhesive
  • Cardstock
  • Ink
  • Patterned Papers
  • Scissors
  • Stamp
  • Twine

Let's get started.

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To create the chalkboard easel, you'll need to diecut two pieces of the chalkboard easel. To diecut the chalkboard easel pieces, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on a Sizzix Accessory Magnetic Platform For Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad. On it, lay out the chalkboard easel die of the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 16PK - Chalkboard Easel Card blade side up. Place patterned paper on it and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

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Apply adhesive to the foldable tab at the top of one of the chalkboard easel die-cuts and attach the two pieces together to construct the chalkboard easel.

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Repeat the exact same sandwich technique with Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 16PK - Chalkboard Easel Card, to diecut the photo, the banner from patterned paper, the stars from glitter paper and balloon pieces form cardstock.

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Ink up a scripty stamp (or one of your favorites) and stamp randomly on the assembled chalkboard easel. Use the same stamp on the banner pieces as well.

TIP: If you are using patterned paper, be sure to choose a stamp design that doesn't clash with the patterns on the paper.

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Mat the diecut photo with more patterned paper and mount it to the chalkboard easel with foam adhesive for some added dimension.

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String the banner pieces as shown with a twine.

TIP: It's better to cut a longer piece of twine than you think you would need.

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Wrap the twine around the base of the chalkboard easel and tie into a knot. To hold the banner in place, you can also apply some foam adhesive to the backs of the individual banner die-cuts.

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Arrange the balloons as shown and attach them together with little adhesive. Attach a string to them with the same twine that you used with the banner. Mount the balloons to the chalkboard easel with foam adhesive.

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Attach the stars overlapping the photo on the chalkboard easel. Trim off any excess twine to finish.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are going to try the super fun Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 16PK - Chalkboard Easel Card for yourself!

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