Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Believe in Santa Claus

We are so excited about sharing one of our latest projects we call

"Believe in Santa Claus"

 Shopping List:
Large Black 22x28 Frame (Gemline)
9-5x7 black frames (LFT-28)
Large MDF plaque (NST/203)
Cream Acrylic paint
Tom Boy Velcro Pack
Sticky Fingers tape runner
Vinyl Words "Believe in Santa Claus" & "Years"
7-12x12 scrap booking paper for background
5 12x12 scrap booking paper for inside 5x7 frames (My Minds Eye "Lost in Found Christmas" paper collection.

Assembling the plaque:
  1. Start with painting the plaque with the acrylic paint. Repeat this step 3-4 times.
  2. After your paint is dry rub on your vinyl. First start with the "Believe" then over lap "in Santa Claus"
  3. Attach Tom Boy Velcro strips

Creating back drop behind the 9 black frames:
  1. Open up the back of your large frame. Clean glass and set aside. Using the paper that comes in your frame, Cover using scrapbook paper and sticky thumb to hold in place. you can also rip your paper in to 6x6 squares to give it a decopodge look.

2.   Put frame back together with your paper facing out of the front of the frame.
Assembling the 9 photo frames:

1.    Print your photos to be 4x6 in size (If you would like the scrap booking paper to show in the back ground)
2.    Cut scrap booking paper to fit in the 5x7 frames. Then install photos and paper into frames.

3. add Vinyl Words "Years" to the 5x7 frames.

4.   Place Velcro strips on to the back of the 5x7 frames.
5.   Lay your 5x7 frames on to the top of the large frame. Start to position frames using a level and ruler to keep them straight.

Tip: I took 2 rulers that were the same width and place them in the corner of the large frame. then placed my first photo in the top corner. It you do this step to all 4 corners it will give you a good start. Then I measured the distance between the top middle frame to the top left & the top right frames. Then followed the same technique on the bottom 3 frames.

6.    peel of the back Velcro strip and place plaque at the top of your large frame.


  1. this is a cool idea- having Velcro'd the frames and plaque means that you can make a couple of different kinds and just interchange the smaller frames inside, and the plaque seasonally, or as often as you like.
    Also like the idea of layering vinyl like you did in different colors.

    I'm thinking doing this project as either family photos or grandchildren photos would be cool - because you can still use the vinyl that is years and then just alter the other items like paper choice, photos choice, and the title plaque. .... Ok I'm inspired now! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is cute! I think I am going to try to use 12 4x6 frames inside and make one for each child with the first day of school pics! LOVE IT!

  3. I think I am going to make one for each of my children using 12 4x6 frames instead and doing it for the first day of school pics! LOVE IT!

  4. I love this idea, but was wondering where you found the vinyl lettering?

    1. Craft Warehouse carries it www.craftwarehouse.com. If you are close to Hobby Lobby or Beverly's they carry similar products we do.

  5. I'm having the same problem - can't find the vinyl letters. Have looked at Target, JoAnn Fabrics, and Michael's. Will look at Hobby Lobby next.

    1. Hobby Lobby is like Craft Warehouse. If you are on the West Coast try Beverly's. They also carry similar product.

  6. The vinyl lettering is a bit over my head. LOL! You bought the "Believe" and "In Santa Claus" lettering? Or did you use a lettering machine to do that?

    1. lol, Foodie Mom... Craft Warehouse actually carries the different vinyl. No pressure or stress of a machine at all. You just purchase the vinyl and apply it! It is as easy as that. ;)

  7. Did you place the glass back into the large frame before velcroing the smaller frames on top?

    1. You can do it either way, but placing the glass back on the frame will make it last longer. Craft Warehouse loves to add velcro to the backs of the frames for easy removal of the photos. Here is another example http://shopcraftwarehouse.blogspot.com/2013/11/changable-photo-frame.html

  8. Has anyone had luck finding the vinyl "years" or "believe in Santa Claus"? I have gone to Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and craft warehouse.com. Please, any help (or a link) would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks, Jennifer!

    1. Hi there!!! Vinyl Words is a company that we purchase from! We do not have an online store but we have 8 stores in the Northwest! If you do not live in the NW, where any store associate can order or find the vinyl for you, you can visit there website at http://www.vinylwords.com/

      If that is not an option and you have a Silhouette Cameo digital die cutting machine, you can make your own with their vinyl! You can see more about it here! http://silhouetteamerica.com/

  9. Love this idea. I've saved my kids' Santa photos from 1988 to 1998 (when they stopped believing) hahaha...and have been looking for something to do with them. Did you scan yours and make them black and white? I quite like the vintage look since my photos are colour.


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