The Paper Company/TPC Studio The Great Outdoors Collection Wildlife Paper, 12”x12”, four
Family member photos, 8”x10”
Artificial pine greenery and mini pinecones
Elmer’s X-ACTO Tools: 12” Rotary Paper Trimmer, #11 Craft Knife, 12”x12” Self Healing Cutting Mat, 12” Metal Ruler
Adhesives: Elmer’s CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick; glue gun and sticks
pencil, copy paper, clear tape, two large paper clips (for hangers)
1. Before taking photos, decide how to make letters of family name or greeting: A) Hand drawn on cardboard, B) Cut from black cardstock, or with an electronic cutting system and glued onto cardboard, C) Cardboard left blank and letters added by computer software program after photo is taken but before printing, or D) Cardboard left blank and letters added after photo is printed by using sticker or rub-on letters directly on photo. Proceed with chosen method.
2. Ask someone to take photos of each family member holding cardboard alphabet letter. After family is horizontally lined up, move apart to have each family member individually photographed with photographer staying on same plane. (Note: Notice that horizon line stays in same position on each photo.)
3. To make prints, use photo-editing program (or local photo developing kiosk) to crop each photo to 4"x9" rectangle, leaving enough room for frame to later overlap 1/4" around edges. Print images on 8"x10" sheets. (Note: Two photos will fit on each sheet.)
4. With rotary paper trimmer, cut photos to 4"x9". Set photos aside.
5. For frame, on copy paper, sketch horizontal rectangle with desired number of openings for each family member and label 1-3/4" top and bottom borders and 1-1/4" side borders. Sketch 3-1/2"-wide openings with 1" divider between. Add up all numbers to get final dimension. (Example: 1-1/4" + 3-1/2" + 1" + 3-1/2" + 1" + 3-1/2" + 1" + 3-1/2" + 1" + 3-1/2" + 1-1/4" for length and 1-3/4" + 8-1/2" + 1-3/4" for height.) Use pencil and ruler to draw measurements on foam board as planned. Use craft knife and metal ruler on cutting mat to cut out frame.
6. Generously apply glue stick to front of frame. Adhere one sheet of paper, aligning with top and left side edges. Adjoin (by having papers just meet, without overlapping) second sheet to cover front of frame. (Note: If frame is longer, use additional paper to cover.) Let dry. Place frame, paper side down, on cutting mat and trim openings with craft knife. (Note: To cut corners, rotate frame to start with point of knife in corner.)
7. Position photos on back of frame and attach with clear tape.
8. For hangers, measure and mark 1" down from top and 1/2" in from each side on back of frame. At each mark, use craft knife to make 1/4"-long horizontal slit. Separate curved ends of paper clips. Insert shorter rounded ends into slits, creating hanger loops with longer ends of paper clips.
9. Arrange individual sprigs of greenery and pinecones in opposite corners as desired. Use glue gun to adhere.