Divided Frame Project | European Vacation

I’ve been wanting to do an altered project with some photos of my trip to Europe. I love the look of the frames by 7 Gypsies (like this one and this one) but they are kind of pricey. I’m sure I’ll break down eventually, but while I’m waiting for a sale, I look for alternatives. A few weeks ago while I was doing some Christmas shopping, I just happened to see this really cool divided frame at Kohl’s.

It’s not quite as cool as the 7 Gypsies trays, but for $10 (on sale), I’ll take it. It’s a little different than other divided frames I’ve seen. It’s not adivided photo mat, the frame itself is divided into different compartments. As soon as I saw it, I could see using this frame by adhering my photos right on top of the glass.

I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Europe in 2010 and I’m still working my way through 1,000+ photos. It’s not like I’ll be going back any time soon, so I’ve got to make the most of the photos I have. I’ve completed a few layouts, a mini album, have plans to work on a photo album scrapbook and more layouts. But I also wanted to do something special, have something for the shelves in my living room.

When I saw this frame, I knew exactly what to do with it.

It was really easy to put together. I just gathered some photos that represented the trip, pulled in some memorabilia and cut some letters out with my Silhouette. I used a map of Rome as the backing for the words “From London to Rome.” I had a large coin from the Eiffel Tower that would have been too bulky in a mini-album so I added it here.

Supplies: Jenni Bowlin embellished butterflies, Martha Stewart classic butterfly punch, Martha Stewart modern garland border punch, Prima Ameruse Duchess flower, Icicle Stickles, Maya Road Doilies in white.


Once all the photos were adhered, I thought the frame needed something. I added the flower — and because I can’t seem to create a layout without adding a visual triangle of some sort — I also added the butterflies. I put them on there with removable adhesive in case I decide later that I don’t want them to stay or I change up the frame in the future.

For now, it is the perfect commemorative of my first trip to Europe! It just goes to show that we have to be on the look-out when we’re shopping. You never know when you will find the perfect thing to help you create a cool project.

What kinds of odd things have you found on your shopping trips that you’ve turned into paper crafting goodness?

Please check out my guest post at Get It Scrapped! for more ideas for using and collecting travel memorabilia.


  1. I am going to have to do this with our last vacation. I had a frame but seeing it divided it looks better!

    • You just had a big vacation! That’s the perfect kind of trip for something like this. It was soooooo easy too.

  2. great project! I love doing these kinds of projects! Yours is awesome!

  3. this is great! I should definitly do this for one of my many trips 🙂

  4. Wow this is beautiful.
    It turned out perfectly

  5. This turned out great! Do you have a Hobby Lobby near you? They have those trays similar to the 7 Gypsies for $9.99 and with a 40% off coupon, that’s almost free! Ha!

  6. I love all your little details. The project turned out awesome… Thanks so much for sharing .


  7. What an awesome framed project!

  8. I love the pictures you chose for the frame!! I went to Europe clear back in 87 and those pics remind me of that trip! Great project and layouts!!

  9. What a neat project!

  10. Great project, I love those the 7gypsies frames too, but this is a lot more accessible for most people to do. Plus I like how the openings are different sizes.

    • Thanks Katie! That’s exactly why I wanted to share it – sometimes you need alternatives. I was really drawn to the frame because of the different sizes too and it’s just as cool as some of the other things you can buy. 🙂


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.