Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Another larger frame- Simple ten inch square with circles

This is a larger version of the baby bug frame for those who have the Expression and can cut larger items. I used Plantin Schoolbook for the frame outlines since that is the cartridge that comes with the Expression and many people who did not start with a little bug can't find a George cartridge for a reasonable price!

Here is the frame it the "Plain Jane" version - straight off the mat!

This frame could be for a special photo, a title page or multiple photos using the small circles. You can fill the "holes" with other colors to create an interesting effect - here is a close up showing how they fit in the frame.

A one and 1/4 inch circle fits it the opening nicely - you can use a hole punch (remember those!) to get a detail or face from a photo to put in each spot - as many or few as you like in any sort of pattern you think of. Here is an example of a photo punched to fit.

You can also try using markers on this frame - the circles are narrow so become nearly black with just a thin line of paper color showing - the places where they are welded are a bit thicker so you can see more color there.

This frame was designed using the silhouette circle from Mini Monograms (a very useful cartridge to have). If you don't have it you could redo the file and use a circle from Plantin Schoolbook welded in the same pattern and then add slightly smaller circles that are not welded which will cut out the center of each welded circle - give it a try and contact me if you need help.

I also created a background filler on this file - similar to the one for the baby bug frames. Here are a few photos showing how this can change the look of your page.

This background filler will also fit the "Friends" frame from my post on March 6th.

Ten inch circle frame with background filler

Endless variations are possible here - see what you can come up with!


  1. wow love these too love all your designs

  2. This is great! I can't wait to try it with some photos in the circles. THANK YOU!!!

  3. I downloaded this and tried to use it but got this error message. I actually get this a lot and was wondering if anyone knew how to make it work, or what I am doing wrong.

    String was not recognized as a valid DateTime


  4. Hi - are you in a country other than the US where you write the date as day-month-year instead of month- day-year? You need to go into the file to fix the date. There are excellent instructions on SusanBLUEROBOT's blog - linked in the side column here. Do what she says and it should solve your problem. I can't remember all the steps - I think I need to relearn how to do this so that I can post corrected files after the 12th of each month and solve this for visitors from other countries!

  5. This frame is so simple yet has so many possibilities. Thank you for sharing and explaining everything so well.


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