Protect and enjoy your heirloom document with this quick and easy project that is perfectly customizable to your own unique style.
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If you happen to be fortunate enough to have an heirloom document, you may have it safely tucked away somewhere.
I happen to have one – a handwritten recipe from my mom.
When she gave it to me, it was far from what I’d consider an “heirloom”. Just a favorite dessert recipe our family had grown to love and written on a page from a basic notepad.
For years I kept it in an envelope, folded in half, and pulled it out when one of the boys requested the dessert. Eventually, I didn’t even need the recipe.
And then the boys decided it wasn’t so hard to make, so they would sometimes get it and make it themselves.
Through the years it piked up splatters and stains, and even began ripping on the fold.
But when my mom passed away, that splattered, ripping sheet of lined notepad paper became something I cherished. It wasn’t so much about the recipe, but that it was handwritten by my mom and had become such a favorite of our family.
A couple of years ago I decided to frame it. I went through my collection of photo frames, gave one a coat of paint, then mounted the recipe on layers of scrapbook paper.
I’ve loved having my mom’s recipe on display, but decided a few weeks ago that it needed an update to better match my current decor.
If you’ve got a special document you want to protect, yet still enjoy seeing, I think you’ll love this simple project that’s quick, easy, and can be customized exactly for your own decorating style.
Grab yours, a few supplies, and let’s get started.
- Photo frame
- Spray paint (optional)
- 4-5 sheets of coordinating scrapbook paper
- scrapbook adhesive or glue (I used basic Elmer’s glue sticks for this project)
- your special document
I started by removing the glass and giving the frame a fresh coat of paint. Rust-Oleum’s Espresso is my favorite right now. The color is deep and rich, and complements most any other color quite well.
I wanted to use the same frame as before. You can really get creative though when choosing a frame, especially when you shop thrift stores. I’ve found beautiful frames that only needed a coat of paint to make them spectacular, and for a fraction of the cost of new ones.
Or if you have a frame that’s already awesome, just skip the paint.
Design – Your Style
While the paint dries, you can start designing your layout.
Begin by measuring your document and deciding how you want to border it with papers. Layers are my thing and I love to mix different patterns in coordinating colors.
My recipe measures 5 x 7 inches, and I used a standard 8 x 10-inch frame. I wanted 1/4″ borders, so cut each piece 1/2″ larger than the previous. For the final piece, I cut it to fit the frame.
I totally love my Fiskars 12-inch portable paper trimmer. It makes quick business of cutting papers with perfectly straight, smooth edges.
You can design your layout exactly the way you want, using your unique style and creativity. Once you’re happy with your design, just glue the pieces together and fit into the frame, along with the glass.
Now you can display and enjoy that special or heirloom document without the worry of getting it dusty or damaged.
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