Sunday, November 6, 2011

Photo Tray Project

I have seen the photo tray's before and always thought how cool they looked. I never pictured me making one because I wasn't sure what I would put in it and always figured it needed a theme base to make sense. I finally figured out a great theme for one....THE CRICUT CRUISE!!

Supplies Used:
- 7 Gypsies Photo Tray
- Cricut Expression
- Creative Memories Cricut Traveler Cartridge
- Patterned paper - Hobby Lobby
- Various cardstock
- Mounting foam
- Cat Eye Chalk Ink
- Charms, buttons, etc
- KI Alphabet Soup
- Seashells from various locations
- Heat set pearls
- Red Line Tape

I printed my pictures in my photo software using the feature that allows me to a number of small prints at once. I wanted to get as many photos included so it would tell the story of the Cruise. The pictures are actually in order of our trip starting at the top and working down to the bottom of the tray. I was able to find all the great cuts for this project on the Creative Memories Traveler cartridge.

I added seashells from the actual beaches where we stopped while on the cruise. I thought they would give a little extra momento to the project. I had to use Red Line Tape or Mounting Foam to get them adhered but they worked out great and I dont think they are going to be falling off *at least okie hopes not*.

As soon as I saw this cut on the Traveler cartrdige I knew I would use it for the picture of my daughter holding a bunch of cameras. We had met up with some friends in Ft. Lauderdale the night before leaving and everyone gave her their camera's so she could snap a few group pictures. I love this picture of her because she definitely looks like a tourist!

Here is a good close up of some of the shells. I had them in baggies labeled with the beach we were at so I was able to get the appropriate ones with the right photos, although I am so no one would know the difference since they all seemed to be pretty much a like. For the palm tree to be dimensional I used 3 layers of mounting foam. I also did this on various other cuts and pictures in the project.

The word "ocean" is with the KI Alphabet soup, as are the flowers in the picture perfect slot. I have had these for sometime but haven't ever used them on anything until now and it seemed like the perfect embellishment. The little fish charm is something I found in my stash of chotskies. I also found the embellies in the taxi slot in the same container. I used tape from my ATG gun to attach the letters.

This project is definitely a labor of love as it is to be a gift for a very special person. I certainly hope they enjoy it as much as I loved making it!


  1. Hi!! I'm so glad I found your blog!! 'love the photo tray and expect that the person you created it for will be so touched!! - ok - I've got o explore some more! thanks!!!

  2. This is really cool. I love all the little extras.

  3. wow very cool . Lots of detail. Great job


  4. Love all the details you put into this. You found the perfect theme for your project!!

  5. Okie, you have outdone yourself. This is fabulous. Love all the texture and layers.

  6. I love it Okie!! It's something to look at over and over again!! I still haven't touched my photos from the cruise. Your tray has me thinking of doing something to display in my craftroom. I just need more time----yikes!!!

  7. This turned out really Awesome Okie! What brand of board did you use?
    Puppy Hugs,

  8. Wendy I can't believe I forgot to list that in the supplies! LOL It's a 7 Gypsies photo tray. They have several different styles.

  9. LOVE this project, Okie!! I am getting over my jealousy of your cruise but you make it hard with projects like this...

    J/K. Too, too cute! Love all the cuts and what a great way to preserve your memories of the trip!

  10. What an awesome gift!!! I not only love all the little things you've done, but I really, really love color.....and you have that in everything. This gives me all sorts of inspiration!!! Wonderful job, Okie .... keep up the good work!

  11. This came out beautifully. I'm definitely going to have to try one of these photo trays. Smooches... Felicia