Instant Photo Project Life Style Card

Hi All! Tami Mayberry here today with a quick and easy way to add custom designs to your Project Life albums, or any other scrapbook project.  Measuring 4×6, this project also fits inside photo frames for displaying your favorite photos.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial Instant Photo Card by Tami Mayberry

When I first saw this Instant Photo Frame die I knew it had to be added to my collection. Today, I am using it for a section of my Project Life album.


This die works great not only for giving photos that” instant photo” look, it’s perfect for changing the orientation of the photo. The page I wanted to put this photo in was a portrait shape but the photo was landscape. By using this die for a frame I was able to get a unique look and change the orientation at the same time. The bottom space is also great for adding  journaling or a date too!


To begin, I simply cropped my photo to fit within the frame. I’ve found the easiest way to do so, for me, is to lay it over the photo and line the edge up with the cutting  groove of my cutter. I then remove the frame and cut the edge. For the second cut I cut at the desired width measurement.


For this project, once the photo was cropped, I began assembly. I cut the green cardstock to 4″x6.” I then cut a piece of blue slightly smaller than that and layered them together.


Next, I added the photo. I placed it at a slight angle but kept actual the image upright.


I then attached the die-cut Instant Photo Frame over the photo with foam squares.


I attached a set of photo corners, also cut with the Instant Photo Frame die. I die-cut and added the year using my Chip Block Alphabet. You could also add any journaling or other info in the open area of the frame or bottom of the card as well.


Finally, I wrapped the panel with some twine and tie on a die-cut button from the Button Card die. For this design I used a plain cardstock button; but, this could easily be cut from chipboard, fabric, felt or even coated with some Glossy Effects for more dimension.


And there you have it. Quick, easy and one-of-a-kind.

Thanks for stopping by today!




sizzix die cutting supplies

Cardstock: Core’dinations Color Core |

Twine: Bead Landing |

Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™ EZ Runner, 3D Foam Squares

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My name is Tami Mayberry. I am a wife and homeschooling mom of five from the state of Missouri. My paper crafting interest began with scrapbooking in 2007; from there I moved on to card making in 2004 and rubber stamping in 2007. While I enjoy a variety of crafts, my favorite things to make are clean and simple cards that can be easily be recreated by others. In addition to being a 2013 Sizzix Brand Ambassador, I am also a designer, writer and technical editor for CardMaker magazine (Annie’s publishing) and a stamp illustrator for Gina K. Designs. Along with my regular design work, which you can find a list of on my blog, I have published three books with Annie’s and have a fourth due out later this year. While cleverly disguised as a responsible adult, I refuse to grow up and sometimes have a strange sense of humor that only a teenager can appreciate. In my “free time” I enjoy playing with paper, finding new ideas on Pinterest, bargain shopping and spending time with my friends and family. I love Jesus, color, coffee, desserts, Americana, snowmen, Sunday afternoon naps, texting and anything craft related. I look forward to what 2013 has to offer and I’m excited to work with such a great company, amazing group of artists and talented designers.


  1. says

    TFS Tami…I have to do a ‘Project Life’ challenge…very different from traditional scrapbooking – at least for me. Your project gives me some great inspiration…thanks so much!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

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