Saturday, April 5, 2008

Eagle Scout Frame

Both of our sons have become Eagle Scouts. The Eagle Scout ceremony is followed by a reception where it is customary to have displays of each boy's scouting "career." Our younger son was the only boy in his year to stay in scouting and reach Eagle rank in our Troop so, even though he is a freshman in college, his ceremony will be next month along with two boys a year younger who will graduate from high school in June.

I started to work on getting the display items together and thought of designing a frame for his photo the day he passed his Board of Review - I will see if the families of the other two boys would like to have one to display their portraits. I am sure there are some readers of my blog who have or know of a boy becoming an Eagle Scout so I am sharing the frame .cut file here.

I first used DCWV (Die Cuts with a View) paper which has a white core. While I do like the texture of this paper I do not care for the white core. It cracked when I folded my bags (see post on Easter bags, March 29th) and I found that with an intricate cut like this, some of the white inevitably shows.

Here is a close up photo of the cut on the DCWV paper still on the mat - please notice that the paper is not placed exactly in the corner but offset a bit lower and to the right to compensate for the "uncuttable" area on the mat (more about this in my next blog entry)

and on red background paper

a closer view is below - even when the cuts are cleaned you get some white showing...

Here is the DCWV frame on white paper - the white core is less distracting when it can blend with the background.

I prefer the frame cut from solid core paper - I didn't have quite the shade of blue I wanted on hand but here is a photo of the cut.

I also did a background filler for this size of frame, it is on page two of the file. Here is the frame cut in a medium blue solid core card stock with the filler behind the design

Here is the opposite effect, using the leftover center square to fill that area and white card stock for the page behind the frame.

If you have an Eagle Scout many congratulations to you and your son - as we all know "it takes a village" (and in particular some very supportive parents) for a boy to accomplish everything required to reach this milestone!

Eagle Scout Frame


  1. Hi Diane.
    Love your work. i have just aquired the cricut expressions and cant wait to try some intricate work. you have really inspired me. i also saw from your page you like family History. me too have just successfully traced my husbands family back to 1687. by the way im Scottish.

  2. Love your work thank you so much for sharing!!!

  3. I am a proud parent of a new Eagle Scout. I cna't wait to cut this out and put his picture in it.
    Thank you for all of your hard work and for doing this.

  4. Thank you for the scout frames, my son is working his way up the line now, and these are great.

  5. These are fantastic! Can you tell me what size frames you used and where you got them? I noticed that the one is 8 1/2 x 11 and the other is 12x12 and those are not normal frame sizes. Thanks so much.

  6. Hi scoutmomof3,

    The sizes were actually done thinking of scrapbook pages. I did the 12 x 12 and then had a request for the 8 1/2 x 11 adaptation.

    You can get 12 x 12 frames at the large craft stores like Michael's. Sometimes they say scrapbook page frame and sometimes they are "record album" frames but they work fine. They are not terribly expensive and often are 50% off (or you can use a coupon).

    I am not sure about 8 1/2 x 11 frames - I think they are normally 8 x 10 or 11 x 14...


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