Use Your Stash | Chipboard Frames

Welcome to another installment of Use Your Stash. Do you know what I haven’t used on my layouts in a long time? Chipboard.

I remember when I had the biggest crush on naked chipboard! I bought tons of it. And hoarded it. But I didn’t actually use it that much. In true Use Your Stash fashion, it’s time to get some chipbaord out and get it on some pages!

Today I’m focusing on chipboard frames. Maya Road has had several different collections of frames (like these and these). In one of their last releases before they stopped creating products, Lil Davis had a fun collection of swirly frames. And of course Making Memories had a big collection of naked chipboard that included some frames

There are tons of ways you can use frames on your pages. Here are a few specific ideas:

1. Paint them and use as a journaling block.

Supplies: Pattern Paper – Echo Park Life is Good collection, Scenic Route grid. Embellishments – My Little Shoebox Kiss letters, American Crafts Poolside thickers, Doodlebug Bon Appetit buttons (green), Recollections flower and green bling, Heidi Swapp clock, unknown pink buttons, variety of chipboard frames. Tools – EK Success Dotted Lace punch, Pumice Stone distress ink, Sew Easy. Other – transparency, yellow acrylic paint, green embroidery thread.

Painting is one of the easiest ways to transform chipboard. On this layout, I painted a variety of frames and used them as journaling blocks. I was really inspired by a layout from Cindy Tobey in the May/June 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes. She created a timeline to showcase 7 hours of a birthday. I’ve had this journaling idea in my head since I made the decision to move back to Florida. The timeline gave me the perfect way to do it!

I used the pattern paper and embellishments from my Counterfeit kit. I’ve been playing around with transparencies lately (more to come on Thursday!) and loved the idea of putting my journaling on a clear background.

2. Add pattern paper behind the frame.

Supplies: Cardstock – Bazzill Kraft. Pattern Paper – Echo Park Life is Good collection. Embellishments – Ranger craft tag, American Crafts Moma stickers, poolside thickers and ribbon, Cosmo Cricket letters, Petaloo flowers, Jenni Bowlin bingo card, Crate Paper Emma’s Shoppe sticker, various chipboard frames. Tools – Sew Easy, Colorbox Chestnut Roan chalk ink, Ranger paint dabbers in Aqua, Pool and Stream.

Here’s another layout I created with some products and papers from my Counterfeit kit. This layout was inspired by a Shimelle’s February layout in her 4×6 photo love class at 2 Peas. I painted these chipboard frames too (which is especially easy with the Paint Dabbers from Ranger). I layered pattern paper behind the frames and used them as embellishments. I also painted over the green thickers with the same teal paint I used on the frame.

3. Use them to house smaller embellishments.

In Friends & Sisters, Linda Sobolewski uses painted, pattern paper backed frames to hold her page embellishments. The frames help to solidify the design, add repetition and ground the buttons and butterflies.

4. Use them as frames for photos.

In Family, Lisa Dickinson uses chipboard frames to hold several photos to create a collage on her page. These fames give her page an intimate, cozy feeling, like they are a collection of photos up on the wall.

5. Leave them naked.

In THIS IS THE STORY OF HOW YOU WERE BORN, Paige Evans left her chipboard unadorned. You don’t need to do anything to them if you don’t want to – just add them to your page!

I hope this gives you some ideas to use your own stash of chipboard frames.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. I, too, have a surplus of naked chipboard. I have covered a few with patterned paper, but that only works for the simplest of shapes. Love your idea of painting the chipboard. I’ll try it sometime!

    • Exactly! It’s harder to get the pattern paper around the scallops and swirls, so the paint solves that problem. But covering with pattern paper is great for cirles and squares! 🙂

  2. Wow! You have been busy! Love all the different ways that you have used your chipboard!!! I am truely inspired (and a little jealous that you have been to Venice-LOL!)

    • Thanks! Going to Europe last year was a total dream come true. Best thing I have ever done for myself. 😀

  3. Great ideas Tammy. Looks like you are enjoying your counterfeit kit!

    • It has been fun, but I must say, getting boring. I wondered if that would be the case – I’ve been adding other stuff in as needed – but I’m definitely tired of the same patterns. So glad the month is almost over. It’s a fun challenge but I need to get back to some variety!

  4. I went through a chipboard BUYING phase too! But didn’t use very much either 🙂 I love all these ideas and your first layout is amazing!

    • Funny how we do that! I’m glad I’m not the only one. 🙂

  5. Yes I am guilty of having naked chipboard 🙂
    Love all the ideas you posted 🙂

    • Thanks. Looks like we are all in good company! The Hoarders Club. 🙂

  6. Hey Tammy 🙂 those are some great layouts. I think I’ve hoarded some chipboard as well! I like your examples here.

    • Thanks Ginger! 🙂

  7. I have several chipboard letters. I think your idea could work with the letters and pattern paper behind the lettering with openings. I will have to try that.

    I like the idea of using what is in your stash 🙂 Helps clean out a bit of stuff for new items!!

  8. That is a great idea. I have a whole drawer of chipboard letters too. One day I will get to them, but probably not til after the move. If you have any other great ideas about using them, pass them on and I’ll do another article. 😀

  9. Oh chipboard, one of those items I have in excess. Maybe I can take a shot at using some of them up – thanks for the ideas.



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