Free Vintage Frames

Vintage FrameI have blogged before about the benefits of free scrapbooking papers and wanted to share another little treasure I found that has endless possibilities. And, of course, it’s another freebie! Just what we all like to hear, right?

I also stumbled across this beautiful project where you can create a family tree wreath. Love this idea!! As I was reading this tutorial, I was happy to find that she has posted a link where you can download free printable vintage frames to use for your heritage scrapbooking. Go here to access the link. While I loved the way she used these frames for her wreath project, there are a few other ways that you can use these frames in your future scrapbook layouts. In fact, the possibilities are endless! Here are a few ideas for using frames.

First, distressing the frame a little more is a great way to add dimension and age to the frame. One of the easiest ways to give something a distressed look is by using ink pads. Simply take an ink color that is close to the same color of the frame, but slightly darker. Rub the edges of the frame over the ink pad. Do not worry if it looks uneven, or not perfectly uniform. That is the point. By giving just the edges a little bit of a worn look with the ink, it will make your frame feel even older and will display those old photos you have beautifully!

Once you have distressed the frames, think about how you can use them for your heritage projects. The most obvious is to use them for your layouts. Using one frame on a layout is simple and easy to do. However, think about ways you can arrange multiple frames and photographs on one page. Think about overlapping the frames slightly, or putting three across the middle or down one side of the page with the edges of the frames touching, but not overlapping. You may have to play around with different arrangements to discover what you like.

Another idea is to use these frames to create a wire piece of art you can hang on your wall, and change out periodically. I have seen this idea used to display a child’s artwork that they bring home. Go here to see an example. Why not use this same idea to display your ancestors in these beautiful, free frames? You can display one side of the family at a time, or let your children choose from the framed pictures and switch out the ancestors. This way, you can talk about the ancestors as you hang them up on the wall, and your children will get to know them!

I love a good freebie like the next person, and these frames are no exception. Use them over and over again, and get creative with your heritage scrapbooking projects today!

Meredith Ethington is the author of this blog. To learn more about Meredith, and her history with Scrapbooking and Genealogy, go here.

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