Canvas Corp Brands asked the Design Team members to come up with a project for kids, “Kids Can Do It!”  Having no kids I thought this might be extra challenging and considered opting out of this particular challenge.  But, one of the great things about paper crafting is that sometimes it is kindergarten arts and crafts with the most awesome materials and tools!

The basics steps are:

  1. Take/find a picture.
  2. Create the holder.
  3. Decorate the holder.
  4. Decorate the picture.
  5. Enjoy!

For the pictures I am using one of leaves on a tree, the center of a Sago Palm, and a picture of Tuey (this was the first pic I took with the camera).

Step 1 and 2 (below):

Step 3 (below):

Step 4 and 5 (below):

Holder Construction:

  1. Gather your materials.  Cut the holder from at least card stock weight paper.  I have cut three:  2.5 x 12 (Blue and Ivory Ticking), 3 x 12 (Black and Kraft Barbed Wire), 4 x 12 (Green and Ivory Dot Reverse).  Of course, some coloring and embellishing can be done at this point!
  2. Score and fold at:  3 inches, 4.5 inches, 6 inches, 7.5 inches, and 9 inches.  Folds at 3, 6 and 9 should be valley folds, with folds at 4.5 and 7.5 being mountain folds.  I scored and used a bone folder to help the folds be crisp.
  3. Tape (double-sided)/glue into a “V” shape:  At the bottom, on the underside where the two mountains come together when pinched (individually).
  4. Tape (double-sided)/glue the center together:  At the bottom of the valley fold at 6 inches (the middle).
  5. Insert picture in slot created!
  6. The construction is now completed.  The rest is coloring, embellishing, and imagination!




Here are a few I completed to give you some ideas of what the kids might do!






  1. Big eyelets set with Big Bite, rope is Hemp Rope – Aqua tied in a square knot.
  2. Star is cut out from Navy and Ivory 5 Point Star paper.
  3. Clothespin
  4. “Create Your Own Stories” from Boy Baby Quotes.
  5. Anchor (punched out) and image of rope from Nautical Stripe.
  6. I masked the photo and sprayed the white area (top and bottom) with Glimmer Mist – Dragonfly.
  7. Jute bow.

Sago Palm:

  1. Trimmed the corners off the sides, and stamped with a harlequin stamp using a red ink pad.
  2. Red burlap cut like a banner and sprayed with Glimmer Mist – Barn Door.
  3. Jute wrapped around the picture.
  4. 2 red brads set with Big Bite.
  5. 3 butterflies, and a wood arrow.
  6. Kite cut from It’s a Boy on Ivory.


  1.  Leaves on the top right:  two green ones are leftover or cut from scraps.  The middle one was cut from Tattered Tangles and sprayed with Glimmer Mist – Mantis.  “Attached” with a clothespin.
  2. Wired ribbon around the base.
  3. Flower on the right was cut from scrap paper.  2 inch circle, cut 8 times to near the center, edges were curled in opposite directions around a pencil.  The center is a 1/2 inch punch from the Green and Ivory Dot Reverse paper.
  4. “Color” is from Tattered Tangles and colored with crayons.


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 If this inspires you let me know!

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