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How To: Photo Inside a Photo Frame

created at: 06/05/2010

Here's a fun photo craft project that you'll want to make several different versions of!  It's a cool way to show off your photography skills and also take a photo frame beyond just another plain jane frame. 

For the frame above, I used an image of my friend Silvia that I took outside an elementary school.  I liked the atmosphere, texture (those marks you see are actually on the door in the photo), and artsiness of it.  Having her face in the cutout area gave the photo more depth and interest. 

Before you begin this project, there are a couple of things to note. This project works best using a wide edged frame, atleast a couple inches of frame around the photo. Also, you will need to take special consideration in the photo you use.  I started this project using a closeup of my niece with her hair blowing in the wind.  While it was an interesting photo, the frame opening cut into her forehead and it looked like I was doing mad scientist stuff to her head.

OK, here's how you make it!

Photo in a Photo Frame Tutorial

Supplies
Photo frame (mine was for a 4x6 photo)
– Matte photo paper
– Black Spray Paint
– Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Spray
– Matte spray finish for Photos
– Xacto or paper cutter
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Photo editing program like Photoshop

Instructions
1. Measure and notate the overall dimensions of your photo frame and the distance of the photo opening from the top and bottom of your frame. The frame I used below was from Michaels.  On a side note, I actually designed the Michaels insert you see below on this frame. It's one of the many types of projects I do in my "day job".

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2. Make a document the overall size of your frame in your photo editing program. Open your photo and place into this document Using guides mark of the areas of the photo opening as seen below. You may need to move/enlarge/adjust your photo to fit the opening.

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3. Print out two copies onto matte photo paper. Then lay the frame on the top of the photo and mark the open areas with a pencil. Removd the frame and using an Xacto, cut out the picture for the inside of frame.

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3. Cut around the other photo. Lay the photo frame face down on the back of this photo. Align the frame to fit the image exactly and trace around the opening of the frame from the back. Carefully cut out this box on the photo.

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3. Using black spray paint and following can directions, spray paint the front, sides, insert, and back of the photo frame. Let dry.

4. Flip the photo with the cutout opening over and spray the back of the photo with the Tacky Spray. Immediately line up and press onto front of frame, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles as you go. Spray frame with an Matte spray sealer specially formulated for photo paper to preserve photo on the outside of frame.

5. Insert photo inside frame and you're finished!

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