Miniature Picture Frame

Gloria Bastos is joined by Mara Schillaci of Hillcrest Art Supplies and they’ll be showing how to incorporate scrapbooking to preserve our photos. First they make a blue contemporary scrapbook layout frame and then later Mara shows Gloria how to make a miniature box frame.

By Mara Schillaci
Hillcrest Art Supplies
Contact: 031 765 7839


  • A4 sheets of Chipboard
  • A4 sheet of thin, white TRIPLEX board
  • Patterned Paper of your choice
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Die – Fleur de Lis & Eiffel Tower #658556
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Die – Postage Stamp Frame #658572
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Distress Ink of your choice to match your cardstock and blending tool
  • Distress Paint of your choice to co-ordinate with your project
  • Craft sheet
  • Heat Tool
  • Craft knife and Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape and Glossy Accents
  • Bone Folder
  • Tiny Attacher/Stapler
  • Ruler and Pencil


  1. Making your box:
    1. Draw a rectangle onto the sheet of thin white triplex board, to measure 8cm x 11cm, and then draw a rectangle around that, 2cm bigger than your first rectangle (so the larger rectangle will measure 12cm x 15cm).
    2. Cut out along the lines of the larger, outside rectangle.
    3. Cover the side which does not have your lines on, in a paper or your choice. Or alternatively, you could just paint the cardstock at this point.
    4. Turn the cardstock over and score along all the lines drawn on the cardstock and fold along the scored lines.
    5. Cut a line into the centre of the rectangle to meet the scored line, in each corner of the rectangle and then bend this over and secure into place using double sided tape or a Tiny Attacher to form your box base.
    6. Cut 2 x strips measuring 30cm x 4cm wide, from a co-ordinating cardstock and using double sided tape, adhere to the sides of the box base and pull the excess paper around the base of the box.
  2. Postage Stamp Die Cuts:
    1. Cover your chipboard sheets in a patterned paper of your choice, or alternatively, leave plain and paint one you have cut the shape.
    2. Paint the backs of your postage stamp shapes.
    3. Cut out the centre of ONE of your postage stamp pieces, about 1cm in from the scored line of the postage stamp die.
    4. Using a blending tool and a Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad that matches with your paper, ink the edges of both your postage stamps.
    1. Now adhere the box base that you made, to the centre of the FULL postage stamp die cut piece and then using a strong, quick bonding glue, like glossy accents, or a double sided tape, adhere the postage stamp piece with the centre cut out, to the top of the box base and hold into place until it is securely glued into place. NB: Be sure to line up your two postage stamps and they need to be even, especially at the base, to ensure the box frame sits flat on a table.
  3. Embellishments:
    1. Paint a die cut Eiffel Tower in a colour of your choice – you may need to apply more than one coat for a complete and even coverage. Allow the paint to dry and then flood the surface of the die cut piece using your
    2. Glossy Accents adhesive and allow to AIR DRY. This will form a tough, resin – like finish. It will take a few hours to dry completely.
    3. Cover or paint a die cut Fleur de Lis as desired and ink the edges using a co-ordinating Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad and a blending tool.
    4. Adhere the Fleur de Lis and the Eiffel tower to the right hand side of the frame.
    5. Stick a Tim Holtz Metal File Tab to the top right hand side of the frame.
    6. Using a co-ordinating Distress Stain, colour your Crinkle Ribbon and then scrunch in your hand while wet. Dry using a heat tool and then thread through a Tim Holtz Metal Word Band and then tie around the bottom of the frame.