Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Best Friend

My best friend Buddy, The Die. . Puppy in House, by Cottage Cutz. I wanted to create a mini scrapbook look in a frame. The main issues with framing a scrapbook layout is the page will not fit flat on the glass because of all the layers of paper and embellishments. I know it is hard to see, but if you notice how the plaid background does not match on the edge, that is because I cut a MAT in the same plaid background and mounted it on Scotch foam tape. This way the raised mat would create an even height on the outside of the layout. This would make the layout lay flat against the glass on the entire edge. This created a shadow box area in the center to work within. Remember this foam tape / mat frame trick for a layout page that may be causing the album to not close flat when closed. The frame helps the pages stack up better when using a lot of thick embellishments on a special page..

Now I was able to do the puppy and the house in several layers and overlaps of paper without there being an issue. Everything lays flat and does not press against the glass.

The other advantage to the mat frame, is the lettering is almost floating. The top of MY BEST is glued to the mat only on the tops of the letters and FRIEND is glued along the bottom of the letters to the mat. This allowed the letters to appear as if they are floating. So how do I solve the dot to the "i", I would have had to stick the dot of the i to the glass or glue it down on the background, than it would not have been floating. . . . notice the cute lettering trick. . . .use the negative of letters, so I used this for the I on the friend. I did not not want the I to stick out alone, so I picked the e from best at the top. To add additional dimension I mounted the red frame for the photo behind the mat, than mounted the frame above the mat on the top.


Ruth Ellen said...

Cute project!! The Puppy die is just adorable!

DonnaMundinger said...

This is really fabulous work. Adorable idea and I really love the floating letters look and how you did the negative for the "i" and "e". xxD

Katherine said...

Great project. Love the raised frame. What font did you use for the Best friend?