I have mentioned her before, my friend’s 90 year young grandmother, Lois and the publication of her first novel.
Lois Jeavons, also has a wonderful daughter, Judy who happened to give birth to one of my favorite people, Brady. Brady did a write up for our community paper about her grandma’s book, and another friend Hillary came up with the brilliant idea of framing them for all three generations.
This is a very easy project and subject to many variations depending on what you have laying about.
1. frame (s) plain shadow box
2. acid free glue stick and plain white glue (I used Elmers)
3. Xacto knife
4. scraps of foam board
5. full size pieces of contrasting colors of paper (look to bring out colors in the article picture)
6. several copies of the article in case of mistakes
I chose this small frame from Micheals craft store for several reasons. They came in a pack of three and I needed three, the price was reasonable, and it was small. I didn’t want to create something large that would take up a lot of room, but small enough to be hung discreetly and still look nice. Look around carefully because there are many options that are clearly marketed for other purposes then yours, but will work for you.
1. cut out all parts of the article carefully with Xacto knife (newspaper tears easily) Including name of publication on front page.
2. play around with the pieces to get a composition that reads well and is balanced.
3. when you are satisfied, glue each piece onto a colored strip of paper that is at least 1/4 inch larger. I used the glue stick for this because it doesn’t buckle the thin paper (balance out the color so that it is spread throughout the collage.)
Each piece is now outlined in color and you need to decide what parts you want to pop. In this case I chose the title of the article and the picture.
4. cut thin strips and or chunks of foam core and glue to the back side of your pop pieces (glue stick). You don’t want to see the foam, so you only need a slice. place something on top of them to make sure they dry flat and let dry. I just happened to have a paint by number horse on my table so I used it.
5. when you are dried and ready, carefully arrange your collage and glue down everything. I used the white glue for the foam core to base, and glue stick for everything else.
6. Once everything is glued on let completely dry and insert into frame.