Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Completing projects and using your stash

Hi everyone, I finally decided to try my hand at altering a photo tray. I bought this tray about three years ago while cropping with friends at Archiver's. It was still sitting in the bag I brought it home in.

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. It's a bittersweet day for me but I have a lot of memories of my mom that I want to share with my daughter. Since my mother passed before she was born documenting the memories I have of her is a great way for my daughter to know her too.

Sadly I don't have many photos of my mom so I really cherish the ones I do have. I used a couple of photos of my mom and a couple with me and my daughter when she was a little girl. The patterned paper is Authentique (Grace Collection), the embellishments are all odds and ends from my stash. I also used some molding paste, templates and distress ink in a couple of the tray squares. I really love the B&W photos with the papers and colors.

Mom Photo Tray by Tena Ellison. Supplies - Tray: 7Gypies; Patterned Paper: Authentique;
Flowers & Lace Trim: Prima; Brads: My Mind's Eye; Distress Ink: Ranger-Tim Holtz; Key: K & Company;
Template: Prima; Misc chipboard swirl, ribbon & hearts.
And in keeping with my pledge to use more of the scrap supplies I already have, this was a great project to do. So don't hoard those long un-used items...get busy and create!
What items have you been hoarding or projects you've been putting off?


  1. Tena, this turned out beautiful and a great way to showcase your photos and share some family history.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Tena, your tray is beautiful...the use of black and white photos and your paper choice just made for a perfect outcome. TFS!

  3. Thanks ladies, I love how the photos look.

  4. What a beautiful keepsake. You did an awesome job on it.

  5. Tena, this is absolutely stunning and such a beautiful keepsake!

  6. Beautiful! I really love how you balanced the embellishments & different different textures but still kept the focus on the photos.

  7. Beautiful Tena! Great job and TFS!! :)

  8. I love it, so perfect for cherishing those special photos of your mom.

  9. Beautiful! I love that you combined the pics of you and your mother, and you and your daughter into one project.



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