Sunday, November 21, 2010

What If Your Picture Is Not Standard Size?

I bought this original work from Michelle Palmer.  I just loved it when I saw it on her blog and went right to her etsy to buy it.  I have learned the hard way that if you don’t buy something you like from Michelle right away, it’s gone!
This is an odd size for a store bought frame ~ 4 1/2 x 11.  I went up and down the frame aisles at Michaels three times looking for something that would work!  I finally had to get a frame that they make for businesses that save their first dollar. 
It was still a bit big, so I had to get creative with the “matting”.   The “matting” is just a striped Christmas wrapping paper {also picked up at Michaels} and I put the artwork right on top of that.
I used removable double stick tape and used it to attach the wrapping paper to the back of the frame.  I then used it on the print to attach it to the wrapping paper.  I thought this would be easier if, down the road, I decide to do a different frame or “mat”.  Also, if I screwed up the positioning of the print, I could easily remove it and try again.
What do you think?  Just like any other dilemma, sometimes you have to think outside the box and get a little creative. 
I think I see the beginnings of a mantelscape coming together!

Linking up to:

The Boardwalk Bragfest at Bobbypins Boardwalk


Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, looks fantastic! I like that you used wrapping paper and I didn't know there was such a thing as removable double sided tape. I'll remember that! The print is SO cute. I have to check out the shop!


Red Door Home said...

Great solution! Love how the colors coordinate with the picture.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Looks great Kathy! Michelle's print is very pretty.


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Perfect!! I was given something by Michelle in my ornament exchange! I can't wait to share what I received!!!


Jane said...

I wonderful solution and a beautiful print! Yes....your mantel is beginning to look Christmasy!

Tammy@InStitches said...

I think it looks great. Removable tape.... How did I not know about that ?

One Cheap B*tch said...

Very cute print! And clever solution!


Scrap for Joy said...

I love the way you framed this using the striped wrapping paper. Michelle's work is so unique and wonderfully detailed. I have a number of her pieces myself. Hmmmm...I'm liking that NOEL piece also. Have to get through this week first and then plan my
Christmas decorations.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Kathy~

LuLu Kellogg said...

You clever girl! Now this is too cute!

Sandra said...

Hi Kathy! I love it! I love how you matched the paper with the colors in the picture.
Have a wonderful evening.

Anonymous said...

Excellent solution and it looks great on your mantel!

VictoriaS said...

My mom always said, "where there is a will, there is a way"! Great job on the framing of the art! Looks amazing.

Unknown said...

Love that! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing that.

Sonny G said...

Beautiful art Kathy and I love the ingenious way you framed it..
cant wait to see the whole mantle.

Anonymous said...

I love it. You and I are cut from the same "make do, make it pretty" cloth.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What an adorable print! Good job with the mat and frame. I've had to do that before, as well! It's a great alternative to custom mats or frames!

Angie said...

I think it looks adorable with the added patterned paper. It will look so good on your mantel!

Anonymous said...

Kathy, you have a definite winner there. Such a wonderful idea to place the card in a frame. It truly makes a wonderful picture and can be brought out each holiday season. Beautifully done and the tutorial is so helpful. I thank you for linking this "bragable" to the Boardwalk Bragfest!

Ann said...

Oh it looks so wonderful:)

KimMalk said...

Your were so smart, first to snap up that print, then to use the pretty stripe to customize your frame. What a pretty solution to your "problem!"

Cristie said...

I really like how you did the mat. It really looks great.

A Southern Rose said...

Great idea. I'll have to remember that one. I really like your blog too.

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