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Tools and Techniques for Darcy's Scrapboxes

Martha Stewart Living, February 2010

With a few household and crafts materials, you can frame a collection of family mementos, creating an interesting display. Here are some of the ways Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, puts them to use.

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1/4-inch-thick foam board: Back photos, illustrations, and paper ephemera for extra depth, or add a layer or two inside baby clothes for a filled-out look.

Adhesive dots: Give a child's dress fabric folds with these reusable dots, or hold open the lid of a mounted watercolor set.

Background paper: Add a pop of color to the box wall, or choose a similar-hued one to let the objects take center stage. Mount it on foam board if you plan to secure items with straight pins or wire.

Craft glue: Stick tiny dots of confetti outside the glass for a snowdrift, or dangle a silver streamer from the frame's top.

Double-sided foam tape: Adhere heavier items, such as a small dress, to paper or foam board.

Double-sided tape: Affix a photo to the inside of the frame's glass with a small sliver of tape, or attach circles of confetti to background paper.

Straight pins: Secure little ballet slippers or bikini ties to background paper mounted on foam board. For a clean look, snip the pinheads off with wire cutters after pushing them in.

Wire: Display "floating" sunglasses and swimming goggles with pieces of wire looped through holes in foam board, twisting the wire ends in the back.

See Darcy's Scrapbox Collection

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