Lovely layers

This is something I’ve been doing for a couple of years. While in college, I was forever ordering wallpaper samples. Most of them I wanted to keep forever, so in a bid to look less like a crazy hoarder, I put my favorite wallpaper samples to good use, along with some of my favorite things. 

Above, is an album of wild flowers my grandmother posted me when I was little {I also framed her letter}. It’s full of cards that she collected from cigarette packets, each detailing a different wild flower in Ireland. This was my first layered frame, and still my fav.

This little number is of course, a hydrangea. It was salvaged off of a bouquet of hydrangeas from my parents garden last summer {below}. It kept me company for many weeks.

This is a ticket I kept from when we were on holidays in Tunisia two years ago. We were miles from anywhere, in the Sahara, at one of the original Star Wars sets. There {thank god} were toilets at this remote attraction. The men – could go use the facilities for free. Women, had to pay. I’m not a feminist, but I became one in Tunisia. I kept it as a cheeky reminder, and luckily had the perfect frame.

And this is some lace I brought back from Brugge {or Bruges} in Belgium. I scoured charity shops for weeks to find the right frame, and eventually my patience paid off. 
If you have any small pieces of wallpaper, or paper of any kind that catches your eye, why not layer it up? Most good wallpaper sites allow you to order samples for free {just have to pay the s&h / postage}. So if you have a particularly sentimental piece you’d like to frame, this is an alternative way to jazz it up. 

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  1. April 14, 2012 / 17:03

    Very nice! Love the toilet receipt — now you've made me go dig out all my shoeboxes full of ticket stubs, receipts and other ephemera to see what can be framed.

    • April 14, 2012 / 19:19

      I had a moment like that already this morning. In my pyjama's. On the living room floor, with all my silly tickets and whatnots I've treasured over the years.

  2. April 15, 2012 / 02:59

    lol I collect receipts etc but every now and again I have a biff and throw….I used to keep a lot as i scrapbooked. Yeah yeah I can hear you mocking me from here Alex. I do like the idea of framing special things like that and using wall paper samples as a background. I did have a wee giggle about the toilet. To be honest I was gobsmacked…..Love that lace.

    • April 17, 2012 / 10:13

      No mockery is made here, Janine. I keep the silliest of paper memories. I'm not a hoarder – not calling you one! I know my limits, and I too go through times of recycling those that weren't too sentimental after all.

  3. April 19, 2012 / 07:22

    These look so good! Especially the dried hydrangea. I don't know if you've ever heard of Japanese lantern flowers, but I'm definitely going to try drying one and framing it. The only framed things I have on my walls right now are celebrity mugshots haha.

    • April 19, 2012 / 19:09

      My parents used to grow those! They would look so cute framed. I still find them fascinating and have to stop myself from taring them open.

      Also, I very much enjoy your current choice of art.