One of my favorite scrappy things on the market right now are the sheets of punch-out journaling spots. While they're great for journaling, there's so much more you can do with them. Today, I'm going to show you how to use them to create a "mini-frame" for your photos.
You'll need a journaling spot, pencil, tracing paper and scissors or a craft knife -- plus a photo that has a small area you want to crop.
First, put the journaling spot underneath the tracing paper and trace around the inner space of the journaling spot. The one I'm using has a frame designed into it, so I'm simply tracing the inner circle of the design. If yours doesn't have a frame, just go in a small amount from each edge...doesn't have to be perfect.
Use scissors or a craft knife to cut the traced shape from the paper.
Now position the traced shape over the part of the photo you want to "frame" and hold it together firmly with your thumb while you cut around the edge.
And you end up with a photo in the same shape as your frame.
I like to adhere mine to the frame with foam squares to give it a little extra dimension.
And here you can see how I used this technique on a layout. I ended up punching holes in the frames and stringing them from baker's twine to form a little "banner" across the layout.
Keep in mind that any journaling spot works for this...it doesn't have to be a flower or circle shape. Be creative and try stars, hearts...anything that speaks to you!
Journaling spots/die-cuts: My Little Shoebox
Patterned paper: My Little Shoebox
Letter stickers: My Little Shoebox
Ribbon: American Crafts
Pin: Making Memories
Other: foam squares, baker's twine, buttons