Friday, January 2, 2015

Using Transparent Frames as Layers

Happy New Year, my friends!  Missy here today.  I hope you all are having wonderful holidays.  I can't believe they're pretty much coming to an end.  School starts back up for us on Monday!  That sure went fast...

Today I'm sharing a layout I created for this week's Tuesday Trigger Challenge.  It was the last one for December, and the monthly theme was Winter/Christmas/Giving.  The challenge was inspired by gifts I love to give at Christmas...framed photos.  The rules were to use frames on a layout and to create some sort of border around the edges.  I created a Christmas page featuring some Crate Paper Transparent Overlay Frames.  I didn't use them in the traditional way, though.  I created a background design and used them as layers.  This is last year's Christmas collection from Crate Paper (Bundled Up).  Although these particular frames are all sold out, you can still find some cute ones in the store from the Oh Darling collection HERE.

This was a pretty simple layout to create.  Once I had my frames where I wanted them, I covered my cardstock with some clear gesso and then used some green and pinkish/reddish sprays to create a watercolor effect background.  I adhered the frames and then my photos.  I added some thread, stitched around the border, added a mixed alpha title and added some chipboard trees, a pre-stitched border at the top with a sticker and brad, and a flair button near the photos.

These frames practically did all the work here... I didn't feel like I needed much patterned paper at all. I added a few embellishments here and there, and that was all it needed.  If you haven't tried adding pop dots under your photos, you definitely should.  You're able to add things under them, and it gives the illusion of dimension.

Here you can see the background texture.  I love adding tangled easy and fun way to add sparkle or color!

These Thickers are the greatest!  I love the look of them...and they're silver!  Get some HERE. I used these small alphas from Elle's Studio.  The "school" was a cream color, but I inked them aqua.  I love altering things to make a perfect match :)

I hope this inspires you to try transparent frames/overlays as a layering and design element.  It's a fun way to change it up, and you don't even need much paper.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Missy :)


  1. I LOVE this, everything about it!! Are the snowflakes a little stamp? So cute!!

  2. Your pages are so intriguing! I love how much texture this added to your page!

  3. Beautiful layout, love the brightness and lightness of it and wonderful layers!

  4. Fantastic LO, Missy. Your pages are always so cheerful and make me want to run to my scrap room to make something like it! =)

  5. Gorgeous work with the frames, Missy!

  6. I love all the layers and textures on your layout! So cute!