Thursday, October 7, 2010


I've had shadowboxes on the brain! Last Christmas, I saw the cutest house-shaped countdown-to-Christmas shadow box and ever since I've had an itch to alter a shadow box. I even have an idea for an end-of-the-year small shadowbox for the kids' teachers - I was thinking: build the box, stain the wood and fill with fun things like beans, alphabet pasta, school buttons and other small items. 

However, right now altering or building an entire box is not in the works, so I decided to strive for it on a scrapbooking page. You've seen the framed, pop-out photos, right? I planned on rolling back the edges on every photo, but decided just to do my favorites instead since so many photos ended up on the page. 

Technique: super easy! 

  1. Mat the photo. 
  2. Cut a piece of paper about 1/8th to 1/4 inch larger than the photo. 
  3. Cut an 'X' from the center of the cut paper toward the corners, not cutting the 1/8th inch border.
  4. Roll, cut, tear, crinkle, bend or otherwise manipulate the triangles out toward the border of the photo.
  5. This should create a window or shadow box effect for your photo.
  6. Works on paper corners, too!
 Enjoy - can't wait to see what peeks through your shadows!

**extra! extra!**
in case you want it in sketch form!

*Shameless plug: You want to see the complete project?



Cindy Gay said...

Very nice dimension in the shadow box. Great "shameless" plug.

Melissa Elsner said...

Lindsay this is awesome!