Friday, November 19, 2010

Layout: From Start to Finish Using Leftover Chipboard by Alia!


This tutorial will show you how to create unique frames using leftover scrapping supplies. For my frame, I chose to use the remains of a Tim Holtz grungeboard sheet.

You could use this tutorial for any “leftover” with an opening that could be used as a frame, such as the leftovers from shape punching you’ve done, or other kinds of chipboard sheets.

Since my grungeboard sheet had so many free openings, I gathered as many different textured materials as I could find in my stash that matched the color palette I had in mind. I also chose a photo that would be framed in the largest opening of the grungeboard sheet. I figured I may not use each of the materials I gathered, but I wanted to have many options. I started with the following items: rose ribbon, fur, crushed velvet, tulle, corduroy, patterned and sparkly fabric, small beads, pearls, lace, sequins, string, and buttons. Many of these materials did end up being used, but not all.

I placed each item I wanted to use in my frame under the frame itself and traced using a Zig marker so that I would know how big or small to cut each item.

I cut out enough pieces of fabric and gathered enough beads and buttons to fill almost all of the spaces in the frame.

I then chose to paint the grungeboard frame with white crackle paint. You could choose to leave the frame its natural color, or paint or distress it in a way that fits your vision and palette. I lined the perimeter and all frame openings with red brick distress ink. I used a Q-tip to spread the ink and to get to all the small angles and corners within the openings.

Once the frame was dry, it was time to adhere my photo, fabrics, and beads/buttons to the frame. I flipped the frame over and used either Beacon Zip Dry Paper Glue or Fabri-Tac to adhere each item to the back of the frame. I used patterned paper to fill the openings that I did not want to fill with a textured material.

This was how the frame turned out, before I incorporated it onto a layout.

Here are some photos of the completed layout I created using the leftover grungeboard sheet as a frame.

Let me know if you give this a try! I'd love to hear what kinds of interesting materials you would fill your frames with!



  1. what a clever idea. frame turned out really cute. :) tfs

  2. I really like Alia's projects. Great idea this one.

  3. Well aren't you clever! I knew I was saving that stuff for something!

  4. fantastic idea & thanks for a great tutorial xx

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [20 Nov 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. Such a neat idea!!! I have that exact piece of chipboard left!!! You've definitely sparked some ideas!