Striped Frame using matte & Gloss paint {Free Scallop Outline Printable & SVG’s}

I have so many plans for these cute little frames.

I saw a similar tutorial for this striped frame at The Crafting Chicks.

Love their blog!

Striped Frame2

I used the same technique they did, but with different materials.

1. I found this frame at Hobby Lobby for only $2.99. With a 40% off coupon it’s only $1.79! (The size is approximately 8.25 x 11 inches) I hand painted it with a gray acrylic paint. But, you could also spray paint it, just make sure that you use a ‘matte’ spray paint. 

Striped Frame (4 of 15) 

2. Once it was painted I put Frog Tape on the frame to make stripes. {The Crafting Chicks were promoting their new Scotch Blue Edge Lock tape. It sounds like it works great, but because I had Frog Tape on hand, I used that instead.} I probably should have started a stripe in the middle as a guide, but it ended up looking great in the end. Spray a clear gloss paint all over the frame. 

Striped Frame (7 of 15)

3. Once it’s completely dry remove the tape to see the contrast. 

Striped Frame3

I love it!


I thought it would be fun to have the picture match the scallop look of the frame. (I realize this is not a true scallop shape, but let’s call it that for fun because I don’t know what to call it…m’kay.)

I have a program where I create all of my graphics which makes it easy for me to insert my photo into the scallop frame I designed. . But, I realize most of you are not able to do this, so I made it easy for you to cut out your pictures to match the scallop frame above.

Click on the image below to download and print out on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. I have sized these scallops to be slightly smaller than 4×6 & 5×7 inch pictures so that they will fit on top of your picture. Once you print the image below, cut out the scallop outline, lay it on your picture, trace it, then cut it out to create a scallop shape of your own picture.

For all of you SVG fans out there, I have also created free SVG files of these scallops. Scroll to the bottom to download.

Scallop Frames jpeg

Because there is no glass covering on this frame, I recommend that you first spray your picture with a UV-Resistant Coating to protect it. I then attached my picture with a Staples Glue Tape Runner.

So, I originally thought I would make this as a gift for someone’s birthday coming up, but I love it so much that I think I might do a wall full with different colors. I have it on a stand right now, but because I will eventually be adding brackets to the back, I thought I would share with you my little trick to putting on brackets. Does anyone else get frustrated putting those darn things on? Usually I am having to use small nails so that it doesn’t pierce through the other side of the wood which makes it more difficult. Hopefully this tip will help you in the future if you ever have to add a bracket.

Bracket Tutorial


Since Jess featured her family photographer yesterday, and I just happen to be using my pictures today, I have to give a little plug to our family photographer. Arlene and I have known each other since before we had our babies. A few years ago she started her own photography business. In a nutshell, she is amazing. I have so many beautiful pictures (like the one below) yet to hang on my wall. Visit her website at or click on the image below. Beware, you will get sucked in looking at all of her amazing photos…like I just did for the past 15 minutes. Seriously.



Striped Frame

Click on either image below to download the free SVG file.


Scallop Frames4x6jpeg SVG

Scallop Frames5x7 jpegSVG

Striped Frame (9 of 15)

If you make a frame, I’d love to see it!


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St. patrick’s Day Bleach Pen t-shirt {2 free Svg’s}

Patty's Bleach Pen

Since our ‘love’ bleach pen t-shirts were such a big hit, I thought it would be fun to make an ‘svg’ for St. Patty’s Day. Below are two ‘svg’s for you to choose from. ‘Lucky Me Lucky You.’ and ‘Pinch Proof’. Scroll to the very bottom to download each one.

St. Patty's SVG's

I basically made these shirts the same way that I did here. Only this time I added some paint and glitter to the shamrock. Update: I originally saw this last year on Skip To My Lou. I could not for the life of me remember where I had found the idea for ‘pinch proof’ t-shirts when I posted this, but I saw it on Pinterest today. I had created my own svg with different font and my own shamrocks, but it is very similar and credit needs to be given where credit is due! So, thank you Skip To My Lou!

1. Cut out your ‘svg’ on contact paper and stick it on your shirt where you’d like it to be. Place a piece of cardboard under your shirt where the words will be. Then take your bleach pen and ‘color in’ the negative part of the saying. Let sit for anywhere from 5-30 minutes. It will depend on the fabric. It should be long enough that you can see it has started to bleach through. Also check after a few minutes to make sure the bleach made it on all the open areas. When ready, run under cold water to get off all bleach. Carefully peel off the contact paper.

St. Patty's Bleach Pen Shirt (1 of 4)

2. At this point you can wash it and leave it as is or you can add some fabric paint and glitter onto the shamrock.

 St. Patty's Bleach Pen Shirt (2 of 4)

I mixed together Americana’s Foliage Green and Martha Stewart’s ‘Artichoke’ to make the color green I wanted. I added some ‘Textile Medium’ since I will be washing the shirts. Follow the directions on the bottle. Basically it’s two parts medium to one part paint.

St. Patty's Bleach Pen Shirt (4 of 4)

3. Place your shamrock on your shirt where you want it. Paint inside the shamrock. If you’d like to add glitter then sprinkle a little bit of ‘glamour dust’ right on top of the wet paint. Let it dry for a bit then shake off the excess glitter and peel off the contact paper. If you add the glitter I recommend letting it dry overnight before you wash the shirt.

We did this same technique with the paint and glitter when we made these cute burlap pillows during Christmas.


If you wanted to skip the bleach pen you could make the shirt using just paint and glitter. I actually made ‘Pinch Proof’ t-shirts this way last year. I can’t believe I don’t have a better pic than this, but this pic was pre-blog. The kids were in the middle of a scavenger hunt a leprechuan left them, so I was not focused on taking pics of the their shirts. I think you can sort of get the idea from below.


I also made an 8×10 printable with this same saying that I will be posting for you in the next couple of days.

Lucky You!

Click on either image below to download the svg files.

SVG Lucky Me Lucky You


SVG pinch proof


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