SMART ART -- Wall Groupings using Scrapbook Paper

Ahh-- scrapbook paper! It's so versatile, isn't it?

I think I am addicted to it.

And sometimes, it's just too beautiful to hide in a book, 
or keep in the stack with the other 1,957,497,549 other pieces 
of scrapbook paper that I have brought home with me through the years.

So, one afternoon, not too long ago, 
in a galaxy not too far away,
I found myself once again, perusing the aisles of Hobby Lobby 
during one of their frequent 50% off scrapbook paper weeks.
This means the 12" X 12" paper is .25 a sheet!

I spied several sets of colorful, funky-fun scrapbook paper.
As I wandered around the store, I ended up in the frame department 
and saw that they also carried 12"X12" black frames (record album frames).
They were $6.99 and 1/2 off- hmmm... sounded like the start of a bargain wall grouping.

What brought me to HobLob was that one of girl's bedroom walls needed something.
Something big, colorful and cheap.
Here's what happened.

Here's what happened again, in our basement theater room.

The print in the middle is a place we have never been 
(but would love to go) is the Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris.

I found four pictures of places we've traveled, and uploaded them to
because the prints were the least expensive.
I picked up the 8"X10" pictures during my shopping trip, 
and cropped and matted them on black and white paper.

Can anyone tell me where this picture (below) was taken?

I have used these groupings several times now, in other homes for staging or redesign.

Staging in a boy's room.

A teenage girl's room redesign.

At $3.75 per frame of customized art,
that ain't too shabby, is it?


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  1. What a great idea! I love Hobby Lobby's paper selection.

    You're almost at 100 followers!!

  2. I saw some pretty paper today at AC Moore but I didn't know what to do with it and I was really off track from my purpose of being there! I have never seen album frames that cheap!

  3. What a great idea!! I am addicted to scrapbook paper, too! Sometimes I buy it because I like it, but have no idea what I will use it for! This is wonderful...going to go see what I have to frame!
    Love the black and white photo's. They are great pictures! I have no idea where the one photo was taken...please tell!
    Have a great day :)

  4. Looks wonderful! I may have to copy!

  5. I was just telling my mom last weekend that I wanted to get some scrapbook paper for wall art. Thanks for the tip on the 12x12 frames...wasn't sure where to find them. You've inspired me to get moving on this project. Yours turned out great!

  6. Dear Leslie...AWESOME JOB! The framed scrapbook paper in the girls room is especially attractive. Wow. I would never have thought about doing that. You are very creative! Sincerely, Susan

  7. Leslie you did an incredible job of coordinating the papers and then placing them just perfectly on the wall. What's so great is that it's for any age so it can grow with a child as they grow!

  8. Love this idea. I have a serious addiction to scrap book paper and I don't even scrapbook! I love how the colors are coordinating and make the room pop. Fabulous job, thanks once again for the inspiration.

    Love that you had red and blue flowers in your bouquet! I will be assembling the bouquets this weekend and posting pictures. Of course I got most of the lovelies from Hobby Lobby...where else can a girl get everything or nearly everything she needs.

    btw... I think I saw another one of these fleur de lis when I was there yesterday. So maybe you wouldn't have to pull my hair or push me out of the way! I would have tried some serious moves as this was gorgeous and I NEEDED it. Yup. Real. Honest. To . Goodness. Need.

    Happy Friday!

  9. What a FABULOUS idea! I might just do that in my bedroom...hmmm.

  10. "And sometimes, it's just too beautiful to hide in a book," I've often thought that too! This is a great idea

  11. This is one of those moments when I just want to slap myself on the side of the head and say, "Well, duh!" I have spent so many visits to HL in that aisle admiring and fingering the papers (because for some oddball reason I feel the need to manhandle things) and wanting a project to use some of them. What a perfect and thrifty idea!

    I like all of the ones that you showed, but I think my favorite is the boy's room because I've always heard how difficult it is to decorate for a boy.

    This is definitely a KEEPER. Great thinking!

    Are you going to tell what that picture is, or do you really not know yourself? I was thinking Pearl Harbor, but that's probably a dippy answer.

  12. What a great idea!!! I love it!

  13. I LOVE these! I also love scrapbooking. I am going to go through my "stash" of paper and try this in my daughter's room.

    Thank you for sharing.

  14. So pretty. I have done this as well. Last year I used Martha Stewart Halloween Scrapbook paper and framed them up and hung them above my mantle. It looked so good. I am so bummed there are no hobby Lobby stores around here. The same frames at Michael's are 12.99. But I am on the lookout for frames at yard sales this year. Thanks for posting. oh, and I am a new follower .

  15. I love this Leslie. I adore your "places you've traveled" art. GORGEOUS!!! Great photography! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Great idea!! I might need to steal it for some of the rooms in our apartment!

  17. Great way to make affordable wall art. My dil did the same thing with fabric. I love your black and white prints.

  18. Hopping over from New Friend Friday. I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  19. This is such a great project! And I loved that you used black frames next to the pretty papers and white dresser. Looks very graphic and I love that contrast!

    Thanks for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday!

    Finding Fabulous

  20. I love that you took pictures from your travels and posted them! I did that in my living room and it feels great when people come over and ask where I got the pictures and I can say I took them!! It's a great feeling, don't you think?

    Stopping by via New Friend Friday! I am your newest follower ;)

  21. Stopping by from new friend friday. I just LOVE scrapbook paper it is so beautiful and versatile (I think I may be a little addicted to it). These groupings look marvelous. Come say hi when you get a chance...I am following you now.

  22. Stopping by to let you know we really like Yellow Tail and it is usually on sale. I also like the Merlot. You'll have to let me know what you think!!
    P.S. I got scrapbook paper for Sarah's room..just need to get the frames :)

  23. You go!!! Wowza! So simple and just simply gorgeous! I love the idea of doing this, but can't get the other 1,596,789,456 things done! Oy!

  24. those arrangements look awesome! so simple and pretty, great work.

  25. Leslie!! All I can say is "WOW"!! I have a huge media room with bare walls - haven't been able to decide what to do...great ideas!! Actually I have a living room and dining room with bare walls too...but the living room is a play room right now and the dining room is a spare bedroom for my mom when she comes to I ignore those rooms presently. But I'm loving these ideas!!

  26. Hi Leslie. Its so nice of you that you visited my blog and leave so kind comments Thanks a lot.. I love to see your red gladoilas, and I am sure my tutorial makes you comfertable with flower arrangements. Here we can dye Glads in any colour you want, and it gives a very delicate colour...

    I saw your this post and it gives me some courage about the grouping of pictures, I love it and always plan to do it on some of my wall but I am scared of it. I hope now I can do it ... thanks for sharing ... Love

  27. What great idea! I also think that some papers are worth showing... Thanks for the tip!


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