Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Keepsake

Hi there,

The month of July flew by so quickly. Now we are into August and looking forward to our next issue of Scraps of Color E:spire! You have so much to look forward to in the upcoming issue. One of my favorites is the summer theme. I am sure we all have more photos than enough to play with and use on summer layouts. I definitely do. I decided to create a piece of wall art using a photo that I took of my girls this summer. My goal was to create an item that could serve as a keepsake while at the same time- preserve a memory of my girls relaxing on a window sill waiting for me to take them out on a nice summer day.

Adorable Sweet Friends Keepsake by Karen Jiles. Supplies- Patterned Paper and Borders: K and Company; Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Flowers: Recollections; Metal Embellishments: Making Memories; Dew Drops: The Robin’s Nest; Ribbon: Stampin’ Up!; Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Tip 1: I created this by combining 2 frames; an 8 x 8 and 5 x 5. Adding multiple frames can provide a 3-dimensional look to your art.

Tip 2: If an accent frame is too small to use as a frame, cut it in half. It provides a different use, yet still accenting your work. I accented my keepsake by adding my cut pieces to 2 corners of the base frame.

What memories are you preserving this summer?

Hugs, Karen


  1. Wow great tips I really like the idea of layering the frames, the effect is wonderful. Beautiful job.

  2. This is a beautiful keepsake, love the colors and flowers.

  3. Love that sepia-toned photo! It really "pops" against the other colors. Beautiful!



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