Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Recycled Vinyl Record - Photo Frame


Don't you love the nostalgia of old vinyl records? There are still many of those old darlings in my possession, but sometimes they're scratched. So I give them a second life as a piece of decoration (still very experimental at times, hee hee). Here's my first attempt to create a round photo frame, and that's how it works:

You need...

  • Vinyl record

  • Jigsaw

  • white pen

  • Embellishments - here: little wooden butterflies, old sheet music

  • hot glue gun

  • picture frame hanger

  • a nice photo

vinyl1Let the record have its very last turn on your record player. Take a pen which is visible on black, and hold it onto your record approximately 2.5 inches from the border. You'll get a perfect circle.

vinyl2Now cut along the line with a jigsaw or scroll saw. It doesn't matter where you start cutting, even if it severs the frame. You can hide the cut later on.

vinyl3If the frame got a rough edge like mine did, sand it with a Dremel or simply a cutter knife.

vinyl7The center part of the record can be turned into a heart - or any other shape you like.

IMG_2426I took old music sheets and tore them into strips. I inked the edges for a vintage look. Now you can add a strip of double-sided tape on the back ...

IMG_2427... and fold the note strips around the frame and press them on the tape.

vinyl6For the piano, paint a section of the inner record part white. I used a white pen, but I guess white spray would have looked more even. Let it dry and cut it into slightly wedge-shaped pieces. I made the black keys by eye measure.

vinylNow arrange your decorative elements on your vinyl frame. When it looks good to you, attach them with hot glue. Print a photo you like, trim it to the size of your frame and tape it to the back. Attach a picture frame hanger - and you're done!

You can use any embellishment you like, so you're not limited to this music-themed version. How about old book pages and chipboard letters as embellishments? Or something glittery for little girls? I'd really like to see what you come up with :)

Have lots of fun, and if you like this post, please take a minute to leave a comment (either here or at my original post). Thanks!


Monday, 16 August 2010

Digital bookmark

I made this for my eldest as she is such an avid reader, printed off and laminated. I used the Digital Scrapbook Artist program, altering sizes and using a couple of different 'digipacks'. It shows how versatile this program is. I use it for scrapbooking, cardmaking, business cards and also decoupage amongst other things!