Lisa Kisch is back with us again to share a great tip on using your scrap patterned papers and making fun frames!

Here’s Lisa with her fabulous project:

Today I’d like to share a technique for rolled photo frames. They only take a few minutes to do, and they are great for using up scraps– which is exactly what I did in this layout:

Pre-School * the Sequel


Begin by choosing a double sided piece of patterned paper and cutting a rectangle slightly larger than the photo you are working with. (How big depends on the thickness of the border you are looking for.) Thinner paper works better for this technique, because it is easier to roll, but with a bit of patience, heavier stock works, too.

Place the photo over the paper rectangle and mark all four corners with a pencil.

Use your cutter, or craft knife and ruler, to cut diagonally from pencil mark to pencil mark, creating an X.

Use a small paint brush, or something of that thickness, to roll back each section. The smaller the instrument you use, the better.

Run a small bead of glue or tape adhesive under the edge of the rolled portion, sticking it to the frame so it doesn’t unravel. You can also use ribbon or twine to tie it back, as I did here.

This is a beautiful way to show off all those gorgeous double-sided patterned papers, while adding texture and dimension to your page.

Here’s a close up of the rolled frames: