Friday, July 22, 2011

A Framing Idea

I have a friend who is a framer and, lucky for me, she is willing to try new things.


I have 11 bead journals completed and they are all 5"x5". I did not want to frame each one individually...too expensive plus I don't have the wall space...

So, I asked my friend Terri to make me a shadow box that opens from the front. Rather than a hinge and closure, we tried using magnets so the entire box front lifts off...


It worked. Only trouble was she couldn't find a glue strong enough to keep the magnets from pulling out. Nothing a little bit of tape didn't fix...


She also put little blue tick marks so I know which side is the top.

The inside of the box is made with black suede mat board and I sewed a strip of velcro to the back. All that was left was to put the loop velcro dots on the backs of my bead journals. And voila!


I can change them out by the seasons. Since it was such a success, she's promised to make me a slightly larger one for my 8" crazy quilt blocks.

I'll be heading to the beach this afternoon and spending the next two weeks with four of my nieces while their Mom is in Italy and their Dad works. I'll try to post but if you don't hear from me, you'll know why.


Thanks to everyone who bought a fabric pack yesterday. I have one left in the shop here...At this point, I think we've raised at least $300 to contribute to the fundraiser. Thanks for that and stay cool everyone!

19 comments:

Mary Ann said...

What a brilliant idea. Thank you for sharing:)

Marty52 said...

Way cool, Susan... something to file away and hopefully remember. ;0)

Have a great time at the beach with the girls.

verobirdie said...

Aren't you both clever?
Enjoy your time with your niece.

Vicki W said...

What a lovely display! That particular bead journal is the first piece of your work that I fell in love with!

Kathy said...

Excellent idea! I need something like that for my Gingher scissor collection.

flyingbeader said...

Great idea!

Lorraine@creativedaily said...

What a great idea! Love that you can change your art display as the season and your heart desires! Have fun in the sun...

Nancy said...

That's a great idea!! Enjoy your time with your neices at the beach, lucky you!

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

Fantastic Idea! Lovely work as well!
Analisa

underatopazsky said...

That's a seriously good idea and the bead piece looks wonderful against the matt suede board.

Rachel said...

A lovely idea, and looks great, too!

Laura said...

I love your work but I would like to receive emails with updates and I don't see where to here. It is the only way I know to not forget you exist. I don't know how to keep up any other way.
lferran2003@yahoo.com

73mw said...

What a fantastic idea - so clever and your block looks beautiful framed up. I love your dressform and plaque as well.

MosaicMagpie said...

A great idea and it looks beautiful. I have been on vacation and just now getting around to visiting everyone. I had a shell in my pocket, the sand betwwen my toes and a book in my hand most of the time!

Karla Hartzog said...

Gracious, how G-orgeous! A great idea, too!

Laurie said...

Well, your fabric was a hit as it sold out already! What a great idea for a fund raiser!

vicki said...

Susan - this is a wonderful idea - and truly beautiful as it is finished. I hope you have a fabulous time at the beach~~

Vicki

ps - when you get the time - come and see me - I would love for you to see my latest project~~

Elizabeth said...

YOur Bead Journal Heart looks so fabulous in it's new Shadow box!!!! What a wonderful idea.. SO glad that you will have some girly Beach time- I got some too, on Cape cod- thinking of you!!!

FredaB said...

How beautiful this is. Great idea to be able to change them out.

You insired me and I bought a shadow box and framed the antique fan I found in Florida.

I enjoyed the pictures of your nieces and even though it was hard I bet you enjoyed it too.

Hugs

FredaB

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