Practicing Creativity

Altering a plain kraft photo frame with papercrafts

Altered kraft picture frame, by Paperesse.

We went to dinner with some friends a while back and one of the photos we took of them was so cute I wanted to give it to them in a frame as a gift. This plain kraft paper picture frame (see the before photo below) was the perfect base to build on. The paper colors I've used match the interior of their home – Tactile Studio's Provincial digital paper pack.

Their home is modern and I didn't want to go too cutesy, so embellishments were kept to a minimum. I left the twine hanger if they care to use it that way, but gave the card with a stand cut from a Joy! Crafts card stand die. If they don't want the twine hanger, they can cut it off and use the stand.

And here's the before photo:

Supply List
Paper – cardstock,  Tactile Design Provincial digital paper
Dies – Die-namics square stax, Toga bowtie, Sizzix Banners, Joy! stand die
Embellishments – button, thread

I'm linking up with: Cute Card Thursday #450 – Anything But a Card, Crafty Gals Corner #96 – Anything But a Card, and Try it on Tuesdays 25/10 – Handmade by You.


  1. That's really a cute idea Shani! Lucky friends!

  2. Lovely! Fab colours too!

  3. Wonderful upcycle, Shani, and such a thoughtful gift. :-)
    I was just mentioning you to my family last week, and how you can sometimes find American comfort foods in Belgium but at such a high cost.
    Hope you are well, my friend. :-)

  4. Wonderful idea and you made a beautiful frame.
    Thank you for sharing with us at TioT.

  5. Its a super idea and altering. Thank you for joining us at TioT's this time

  6. I'm sure your friends will love this! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  7. I'm sure your friends will love this! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  8. love how you decorated this frame! fantastic job! Thanks for joining in this weeks challenge at the Crafty Gals Corner! - Jenn DT

  9. Purple and green look great together! This is such a lovely and thoughtful gift.


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