December 13, 2016

tips + tricks: diy holiday frame

Today I wanted to share with you one of the easiest DIY Christmas decoration ideas that I have ever come up with. Now, that's not to say that someone else in this very big world has also come up with this idea. Because I personally did not find this decoration on the internet but just from my own creative thinking, it makes me proud and happy to see my ideas come to life!

The Scrapbook Frame is simple, affordable and adorable! The whole idea of flipping my home upside-down for the holidays is overwhelming. Changing all the vases, putting up the tree, moving around my every-day-decor... just the thought of it gives me an anxious feeling! This decor craft is perfect for adding to your holiday or non-holiday decorating without the stress of money, time or even too much effort! 

I remember the moment this idea came to light. I was walking around Hobby Lobby in Edmond, Oklahoma when I was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was a Monday afternoon and I was walking through the scrapbooking aisles with my companion. Looking through the holiday papers, I kept thinking they looked like something you would find sold as decor in a store. They also remind me of designs you can find on different holiday crafts. I thought, these are pretty enough to put on my wall by themselves! 

Grabbing more than I needed, I took those 12x12 scrapbooking pages home to our apartment and thought about how I could display them for the holidays. Of course, it wouldn't be very pretty to just tape them onto the wall, so a 12x12 picture frame could liven it up and make it look much more expensive than it is! And that was that. I started to put scrapbooking papers in my 12x12 frames and put them on the walls or on a side table and I've loved the way it looks! It's amazing what you can find at the craft store for 35¢.

12x12 Frame With Matte Insert
(I get mine at Hobby Lobby or Michaels with the 40% off coupon)
Scrapbooking Paper of choice

 I will normally have paper in my frame, similar to what is shown above, during the rest of the year. There are scrapbooking papers for almost every type of design, color, theme and image. The thing I love most about this project is that there are only two items you need and it costs, on average, about $10-$12! If you are really getting into the simplicity of things, you could also dig around a few thrift stores and I'm sure you will be able to cut that price down in half. 

Crafting and DIYing is something I really enjoy. Challenging projects are ones that help me to improve my creative thinking and help gain more experience with crafting tools. However, when I think of or see an easy and simple craft, I jump right on it! What I love most about this scrapbooking frame is that there are so many different approaches you can take. You can decorate the sides of the frame, use a different matte behind the paper, etc. The more possibilities within a craft, the more fun! For example, these are the pages I used for Thanksgiving & Halloween!

So, experiment and play with different crafts - make them your own! That's what I try to do with these projects. Somehow it makes everything so much more enjoyable and rewarding.

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