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Gallery inspired frames for a scrapbook page

gallery inspired frames by sheena rowlands @ shimelle.com

Time for a project from one of our contributing designers! Sheena Rowlands is here with a new layout and an interesting source of inspiration for your next challenge.

When I hear the word portraits, I immediately think of art galleries and museums and remember numerous visits over the years to see painted portraits of the famous and not so famous. I was also reminded of some photos shared by a friend (scrapbooker and fellow Hey Little Magpie designer) Niki Rowland, showcasing a wall she had decorated in her new kitchen where she had created her own personal gallery wall of her family.

gallery inspired frames by sheena rowlands @ shimelle.com

gallery inspired frames by sheena rowlands @ shimelle.com

The mix of shapes and frames on her wall had me thinking this would be perfect as a starting point for my page. I sketched up a few ideas using frames as a background and once I was happy I got started.

gallery inspired frames by sheena rowlands @ shimelle.com

First I gathered supplies to use with my photo. It’s an informal family portrait we had taken a few years ago now, but I’ve not scrapped it before. I printed it at a standard 4×6 so it could take centre stage but also leave plenty of space for the framing work.

gallery inspired frames by sheena rowlands @ shimelle.com

I tend to find that I’m colour led when choosing stash to use and this time was no exception as I pulled out supplies of blue, teal, yellow, and navy from the Starshine collection plus some embellishments and threads to go with them.

gallery inspired frames by sheena rowlands @ shimelle.com

I am lucky enough to be able to die cut a selection of frames from white cardstock, but handcut frames or purchased frames would work equally as well when making this background.

gallery inspired frames by sheena rowlands @ shimelle.com

To add interest and texture to some of the frames, I backstitched around a few using some of the large supply I have of embroidery threads from my cross-stitch days and also embossed a couple using a woodgrain folder and my trusty Sizzix machine.

gallery inspired frames by sheena rowlands @ shimelle.com

The best part of layout making for me is the fiddling about. I like adding layers and embellishments, then moving them around till I find the perfect spot for them. Sometimes I take some quick snaps on my phone as I do this so I can see how the page looks and the ideas that I’ve tried. As you can guess, I’m not a quick scrapper but that doesn’t bother me, it’s the process that I love!

I used vellum, patterned papers, die cuts, and chipboard to back the frames, which were added using foam pads for dimension. When I was happy with the placement of the frames I adhered them down before adding my photo with more foam pads.

When I look back to Niki’s gallery wall I can see how it influenced the flow of my design, the colour scheme used, and I’ve even included our initial like she did, to create my own little family work of art.

Now it’s your turn! Create a scrapbook page inspired by a wall of frames (Niki’s or another wall you admire!) and share it with us. What you scrap and what colours and techniques you use are totally up to you, and we can’t wait to see your framing work in action.


06 March 2016



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12 Comments for Gallery inspired frames for a scrapbook page

  1. Jackie Says:

    Love the layout. You can tell you are a scrapper…you are all colour coordinated in the photo!! LOL

  2. Clair Says:

    I love all of the die-cut shapes and the variety it brings to the layout!

    Coincidentally, I’m sharing an older layout of mine (on my blog) today that came from the same inspiration idea – a wall of frames – but won’t link because it wasn’t made for this challenge :)

    I had been thinking of making another one though – so, I’m thinking …. x

  3. Jackie A xxx Says:

    Love it, thanks for the inspiration.

  4. K Says:

    Fantastic use of inspiration!

  5. Chris J Says:

    Wow, love the layout Niki, my mojo has been switched on, thanks.

  6. Liz C Says:

    I love this Sheena

  7. Hazel Says:

    Love the idea of using all those mixed and matched frames – both on the wall and on the page!

  8. Jo Says:

    Gorgeous Sheena, love all the layers on your page too, it really brings it to life.

  9. Annie Says:

    Love the different dimensions of this layout, perfect colour tones for the photo too. Fabulous xxx

  10. Anne-Liesse Says:

    I love this layout! I will be scrap lifting this idea. Great color scheme, too!

  11. Gab Says:

    Love, love, love this idea! Gorgeous page

  12. Anastasia M. Says:

    Lovely colour scheme and I can imagine the fun you had decorating the frames.

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