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Fabric Frames Accordion Book

Welcome to Day 5 of May Arts / Little Yellow Bicycle blog week!

Fabric Frames Accordion Book


Spring is in the air and the Elizabeth Park collection by Little Yellow Bicycle is bursting with the colors and motifs of a blooming garden! I used a set of 6 Fabric Frames and sweet little flower button dots along with gorgeous May Arts ribbon to create a fun accordion album to celebrate the season.



The fabric frames are gorgeous as they are, but I wanted to add a bit of vintage charm to my project, so I used Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Antique Linen to add some aged patina.



The fabric soaked up the distress stain beautifully, adding an instant antique finish to the frames. To add even more depth, I edged each of the frames with Chai and Chamomile inks from Papertrey.



To create a pocket for images or photos, trim a piece of Kraft cardstock to size for each frame. Use Scor-Tape on three sides of the Kraft cardstock, leaving the top open so you can change up the images in your frames if you wish. {Mark the cardstock in the top right corner to make it easier to match each piece with the correct frame.}


To create the accordion binding, simply attach the frames together on the back with a piece of May Arts crochet lace. Add a 9” piece of crochet lace to the first and last frame to create a closure. Attach the lace with tape to make sure the book is laid out properly. Then to make the binding more secure, go back and use Fabri-Tac to glue the lace to the frames.



Decorate the front of the frames with your favorite flowers and embellishments like vintage clip-on earrings, buttons or whatever you have in your stash! I created rolled roses by twisting May Arts Ivory Sheer/Looped onto a 2” cardstock circle, using Fabri-Tac to adhere.  Elizabeth Park Flower Button Dots are perfect for the centers! Use Antique Linen Distress Stain and/or brown ink to add a bit of grunge to the Button Dots.



I used Fabri-Tac to add May Arts Ivory Sheer/Looped trim to the red frame, and then added a rolled rose. For the gray frame, I tied the looped trim around the frame, tied it in a double knot, and then glued on a distressed Button Flower Dot.



The round lavender frame has some lovely images from the Graphics Fairy and a rolled rose on the edge.



The finished accordion book showcases some beautiful images from the Graphics Fairy, but since the frames have pockets, the images can be replaced with photos or other images very easily.



Here’s a list of the materials I used to create the Fabric Frames Accordion Book:



  • Chai and Chamomile Ink Pads from Papertrey
  • Fabri-Tac & Scor-Tape {1/4”}


Thanks to May Arts and Little Yellow Bicycle for their amazing products! For more inspiration please visit my blog Serendipity Vintage Studio. Happy crafting!


Blog Post By: Kimberly Jones


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  1. Thespoena McLaughlin

    Love the pretty little frames and you picked the perfect images to go with them. So cute!

  2. Audrey Pettit

    Wow! How beautiful! Saw this on the Graphics Fairy blog and had to come take a peek!

  3. Aki

    Those frames are so beautiful! Love the lace~ xD

  4. Larissa Heskett

    So BEAUTIFUL!! =) Just goes to show how awesome May Arts Ribbons make a project!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  5. SuZeQ

    Oh wow … spectacular and a MUST DO for me. Thanks for all this great inspiration. I certaily do appreciate it!

  6. izzyb

    Those frames are gorgeous. I love how you altered them.

  7. Cynthia B.

    Amazing project!! The trim and lace is just lovely!

  8. Toni K

    The frames are amazing, and the ribbon, well what can i say? Just WOW I guess! Beautiful!!!

  9. DJ

    Wow, I am not a big book person, just don’t have a place to display or put them, but I do love this one, WONDERFUL. Love all the embellies and colors, just a great book.
    Donna Przy…..

  10. Carol B

    So pretty and feminine!

    Carol B

  11. Michelle Mathey

    WOW! WOW!! WOW!!!

  12. Sue D

    This is so gorgeous!!

  13. Wendy Crowe

    These frames are absolutely gorgeous!! The ribbon is such a wonderful touch!!

  14. Sav O'G

    OH MY! These frames are so beautiful! I LOOOOOOOVE this idea:) THANKS!! sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  15. Kristie Maynard

    How pretty is that project?!?! Love these frames, just beautiful!

  16. Victoria R

    How that is so cool. I have a million ideas running around in my head now!

  17. Denise Bryant

    Great project! Love the soft colors!

  18. Karen K

    Very nice projects. Good idea on the stain that really adds a lot.

  19. Lillian Child

    I simply ADORE these frames! Going to give this technique a try! And oh those lovely ribbons.

  20. Linh C

    What a wonderful way to use those frames!

  21. Kristina MacKeen

    I love the tip of using the inks to add patina.

  22. Lisa P

    These frames are beautiful. I am falling more and more in love with your ribbons each day!

  23. Samantha T

    This is beautiful! What a great way to think outside of the box.

  24. Kelly massman

    These are so beyond pretty!! Love them!

  25. Linda Beeson

    What a great idea to soften the colors of those frames! I so would not have thought of that and this made them fit your project so well.

  26. connie melancon

    Beautiful! have enjoyed visiting and seeing all the inspiration.

  27. Jamie

    Love the use of the trim!

  28. Aga

    WOW this is simply stunning! I adore the fabric frames… and am so in love with the looped trim flowers!

  29. Tona

    What a beautiful project!!!

  30. Julie in Edmonds

    What a clever way to use the frames! Beautiful addition of the ribbon too.

  31. Sandra L.

    Have loved visiting your blog and seeing all these wonderful projects!

  32. Annette A.

    WoW…i love these frames. Great way to decorate them. Thanks for sharing

  33. jengd

    Fabulous and so different! Very vintage.

  34. Lindy

    WOW… gorgeous!!!!! T4S

  35. Rebecca

    Oh, wow! This is GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for walking us through it!

  36. Charlene

    Kimberly, Love, love your vintage style…It’s so you! I can see these with vintage photos in them. Love the crochet ribbon binding.

  37. {vicki}

    Very unusual

  38. Beth W

    These are beautiful-have to get me some of those frames and give this a try.


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