I have been hanging onto a package of frames and a package of envelopes from the Trend Setter collection from Fancy Pants for a couple of months now. What’s been holding me back from using them? Just a silly idea for using the frames to cluster a group of photos.
Do you ever get an idea stuck in your head and your stubborn side takes over?
That’s been me with these frames. Without the perfect photos, I couldn’t bring myself to use them. I knew what I wanted and by golly, I’d stage the photos if I had to. Only, I just don’t have the time to manufacture an event. And I don’t have any family gatherings coming up soon.
That’s a lot of angst over some scrapbooking products. Funny, the power they have over us sometimes. Yes, it was definitely time to take the power back and find something else that would work now.
Luckily, I found a photo among my collection of unscrapped European adventure photos. I had to give up the idea of a photo cluster idea and created this instead:
I only had one photo from my last night in Rome so I choose to use the frames strictly as embellishments. And frankly, isn’t it fun to use them in an unexpected way?
I’m such a rebel like that.
But I had to quiet the inner voice warning me to only use one frame and put the rest back in the package to save for another layout. That is something I did a lot back in the day. Rather than piling 10 Making Memories metal rimmed tags onto my layout like I wanted to, I would use one and save the rest. Man, I wish that I had been more of a rebel back then because they would be better off on a layout than stuck in a drawer.
Did my layout need 3 frames and two envelopes? Maybe not, but I love how they look layered behind the photo. Because I didn’t have other photos, I added some coordinating pattern paper behind two frames and used some white mist over an old Heidi Swapp mask for the third. I repeated the circle shapes from the envelope ties with some handmade posies.
If you ever have that inner voice telling you to be frugal and to save those embellishments for another time, silence it. Instead, repeat after me: it’s OK to just use it!
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