Friday, May 20, 2011

Pomp & Circumstance

Pomp & circumstance...and a cupful of [happy] tears!  Yes, it's graduation season.  Whether your child is graduating from kindergarten or college, it's an emotional time for us Moms.  Where did the years go?  Wasn't she just starting to crawl?  walk?  talk?  ride a bike?  sneak out of the house wearing make-up?  borrow the car keys?  go off to college?   Quick -- hand me the Valium!

Thanks.  I feel much better now.  Actually, the best Rx for times like this is
Here is the first in a series of graduation projects I would like to share, beginning with a photo frame.  
Here is the before-and-after picture.
I used a 10-1/2" x 4-1/2" MDF frame from Michael's. 
It holds a 4" x 6 photo. 

Assemble as many graduation-themed items from your stash,
or treat yourself to a quick trip to your local craft store. 
Choose paint to match your school colors. 
Remove the glass insert and set aside.  Paint the entire frame and let dry. 
Stamp graduation sentiment onto glossy paper.  Adhere to frame.
 [Hint:  I use Mod Podge to adhere most of the items to the frame.]
[Disregard streaky look in photo above.]

I am a sucker for my Label Buddy, so I typed out "Class of 2011." 
Stickers and rub-ons will work too.
Adhere to bottom of frame.
Add dimensional quote.  I chose the definition of  "wisdom."
Add decorative embellishments.
[I used stickers, silver sparkles and grad cap and diploma buttons.]

Lastly, I inserted a 4" x 6" graduation-themed scrapbook paper
[which will be replaced with a real graduation photo]. 
Replace glass insert.
Now pass the tissue box and save me a seat at the ceremony.

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  1. Oh this is SO perfect! I am going to look for these frames next time I'm @ Michaels ( knowing me that could be later today lol). I'm ready for the valium too! Thanks so much for linking this up!!

  2. Love it, and you can do it in the school colors!!

  3. Popped over from Tatertots and Jello. Love it!

  4. Great project! I don't think I've seen these frames at Michaels before..thanks for linking up - your frames are wonderful!

  5. Terry,
    Thanks for stopping by! I bought these frames last year, and I haven't found any lately either. :( However, you can adapt the design to any frame you can use.


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