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Hi all. Kelley here with a an altered frame.   The inspiration for this frame has been life lately.  I find myself saying if I just had more time, I could craft more….if I just had a larger craft room, I would be more organized….if I just …and so on. I realized I have been saying this quite a bit.  I needed to take a step back and remind myself to be happy for all the good in my life.  I can be happy that I don’t have tons of extra time because I have a job and a wonderful son.   I can be happy because even though it is small, I do have a room to dedicate to craft supplies.  I need to remind myself that I can just be happy for all of my blessings.

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As a reminder to just be happy with what I have in my life I decided to make a simple frame.  I wanted the main focus to be the message.  I plan on putting this in my craft room so I went totally grungy for the background.  I decoupaged some Tim Holtz papers onto the frame.  I smooshed on rusty hinge and vintage photo distress paints to blend the papers together and push them back in the background. I added black, brown, and white ink to the frame.  I made white and black marks as well.

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For my new mantra, I spelled it out using the chunky alphabet set and the word happy from the happy word set.  I used a light coat of a coarse texture gel to give it a rough feel.   I then used black ink to coat the letters.  I added a tiny bit of the white to tie into the frame.   I added a piece of the paper for the inside of the frame until I find the right picture of my son and I to put into it.