3.31.2009

Inspire-Me Tuesday ( Backwards)~

I found this image on the Ballard Designs website AFTER I had completed the following project...and they reminded me enough of one another that I decided to share my project with you for Inspire-Me Tuesday (Backwards). In other words, make the project, then find a photo that looks like it could have inspired the project. HA!




Photo from Ballard Designs
So here's my little project...


I have had these frames for a while, but decided that they needed a little pick me up. I found this gorgeous scrapbook paper by Anna Griffin, and thought it was just the thing I needed. So I wrapped the mattes with the scrapbook paper...a simple, easy, and inexpensive project.
Here are the details...

1. I started by laying the matte - bevelled edge down - on the wrong side of the paper (this paper happens to be 12x12 and the mattes happen to be 10x10. This was luck. You may have to use wrapping paper or other larger sheets of paper should you decide to try this project with a larger matte).

NOTE: I made sure to do this project so that I could use the mattes again once I got tired of the new look. So I put the bevelled edge down - the bevel is the angled cut around the opening of the matte that makes it look "fancier" on the front than the back.
2. Then I used my xacto knife to cut an "x" in the opening. The corners of the "x" should meet the corners of the opening.

3. Fold the paper through the opening and affix to the back of the matte with stick glue.


4. Cut out the corners of the paper as seen below.



5. Fold the edges of the paper over and glue to the back of the matte.




6. VIOLA! "New" custom-looking mattes.




I filled mine with three of my little drawings. So springy and pretty. Love it!

This little guy is my newest creation....you'll see him gracing some projects soon in my Etsy.

Now, go forth, inspire and be inspired~

52 comments:

Robin @ My Blessed Nest said...

Thank you so much for this quick, easy idea...thanks, too, for the tutorial! I love the toile-like paper that you used! I actually like yours much better than Ballard's! They cost too much anyway!! Blessings!

Law Wife said...

Those are so cute! I love Anna Griffin papers.

Heather said...

LOVE! Want them for my house. And the paper is gorgeous! I love anna griffin!

Sheryl said...

Well, I sure am inspired. Thank you!

Sheryl

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

You never cease to amaze me with your varied talents. I love the paper and your little prints are perfect for the new mats. Just lovely.

Marilyn said...

Love it! Great instructions too. Thanks.

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

Great job! I just bought that paper also and am waiting for the right way to use it!

Melanie said...

Very pretty!

Joanna said...

What a great idea! I love your new little drawing.

Kasey said...

lovely idea.
xo

Sandy Toes said...

I am feeling INSPIRED!!!!!

LOVE IT!!!
sandy toe

Stacey said...

Yours are actually much prettier than Ballards. Love the new little bird!

Astrid said...

I like yours so much better than the Ballards ones. Where did you get those frames?

Bridget said...

GREAT idea and tutorial! Thanks!

I love that little birdie! :)

Stacy said...

AAAAAAggghhhhh!!!! I ADORE that bird with the crown. SO cute!

Great job!

~Stacy

Teresa said...

Oh man, I going to be working on my photos frames- what a fabulous idea- Thanks for the step by step instructions
Happy Day

michelle said...

What a great idea! I don't know what if feels like to see a picture in a store, of something you created on your own first! I have to search and seek for inspiration and ideas!

Lou Cinda said...

You definitely inspire me! These are gorgeous and I love them! I am gonna go look for me some pretty paper at lunch! AND I will be watching your Etsy. Love the bird with the crown!

Lou Cinda :)

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Astrid:

I honestly don't remember where I got the frames. I'm a bit of a packrat when it comes to framing supplies, so they've been kicking around for a while, I'm sure. Sorry I'm not more help. ;-)

Susie from Bienvenue said...

SWAAAA..EEE..TT!! Love it as always~

Darlene said...

I LOVE your little framed projects but I think your new little bird with the crown is TDF!!!!!!!ADORABLE!!

blondiensc said...

Love them!! thanks for sharing and the tutorial~

Reese & Marie said...

Wendy, not only are your drawings fantastic, your idea is adorable! I absolutely love them. You could sell those things for some major loot. Very inspiring, indeed.

Glitter and Bliss said...

Amazing!!! I love the bird with the crown. So cute....

Glitter and Bliss said...

Hello. It's me again. I just read your comment about Twilight, and I related to what you said so much. What are we doing (along with the rest of the word ) getting so caught up in these teen novels?? That is such a good question. I just finished the third book last night, and I have to admit.... It was excellent. By far my fav. Let me know what you think about Twilight. From One silly 30 somthing friend to another. LOL

Chris said...

Love it! You just can't go wrong with Anna Griffin, can you?

Tammy said...

I love your "backwards" project. The pictures look great. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm definitely going to give it a try.

Barb said...

Nice change on those frames.

I know what you mean about finding something after you have created yours.
One of our other bird nest lovers and i must have been creating at the very same time, very similar looks of our nests.
Now, the challenge, I have to find something even more unique for some of mine!!_=))
That's what keeps us creating I guess.
Blessings,
Barbara Jean

Angie said...

Love these! I love Anna Griffin stuff, but I hate it that most of it doesn't match my home's decor. I actually rematted some things last night with some scrapbook paper. Such an easy and inexpensive way to get a custom look.

Shannon said...

Those are so cute!! I love the crowned bird!

Our Complete Family said...

The pics turned out great! Love them! And about the post below~ glad you had a good day off and happy belated bday to your little cutie patootie!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Three frames in a row always makes me smile. Love your mats!

Ms. Tee said...

That little crowned bird is sooo cute! I love it! :)

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

These art just fabulous! I always see pretty paper for this kind of project just never know what to put in them. But now I know to find some pretty sketches! Your artwork is amazing! You should sell prints of your work for others to frame. : )
~Misti

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Just love it!! Beautiful job.

Nora said...

Wow, those look so amazing! Love the idea. I'm gonna have to keep my eyes out for some lovely scrapbook paper.

LuLu said...

My favorite! paper and a mat and completely you! so pretty, I have to store this idea!
Inspired for sure,
LuLu

Debbie said...

Beautiful idea!
Thanks for sharing.

Heidi said...

Ooh! I love it. I just snagged an expired wallpaper book at our local wallpaper store today. Wallpaper would probably work well for this too.

Thanks for the idea.

melissa said...

Wendy~they turned out beautifully! I love the bird with the crown as well.

Attic Gal Alysa said...

I love these. Great job and thanks for including a tutorial. You're the best!

Amber said...

That paper pattern is fabulous! Where did you find it? It really pulls the art together in a way that highlights the character of your sketches.

Centsational Girl said...

Great project, I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Hi Amber...the paper came from Michael's craft store. If you don't have a Michael's near you, you might be able to find it online or on the Anna Griffin site.

Attic Gal Rachelle said...

Absolutely Fabulous!

Southern Fried Gal said...

That paper is gorgeous! And the bird with crown sealed the deal. Great job!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

How did I miss this Tuesday? I LOVE this. I especially love how you wrapped the mat so you can use it again. FANTASTIC!

Rachel said...

I am definitely filing this idea away. Thanks!

Jeanneoli said...

This turned out amazing! Love the covered matting and the drawing is so cute.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is fantastic, thanks for sharing this! What a foolproof way to get a custom result.

Linda said...

That's a great little project. I think I might have to try it!

CJ'SMOMMY*KIMBERLY said...

do you know what line the paper was? I love it!