1. Select size of memory glass to use and cut photo to size. It’s important to keep the perspective of the photo when you’re cropping down to smaller sizes. Since the largest size of memory glass is 2x2 your photos can end up pretty small. One tip I have for this is don’t worry what you’re cropping off as long as your main focal image is visible. So for that spare arm or half a head in the shot simply tear a piece of dictionary paper, or any other paper and cover up those unsightly cropping casualties - no problem!
2. Next adhere that paper to your photo using your favorite adhesive and trim to the photo size.
3. Now you need to select your memory capsule that fits your photo. One of the most important things when creating these memory pieces is that everything you’re working with on each project stays the size of your glass that you started with. Since it’s all made to fit together you need to keep this in mind during each step. The memory capsules are plastic bubbles designed to fit over the memory glass and inside the memory frame. These can be used to create “shakers” with elements shaking around, or just a way to incorporate a dimensional object into your project.
4. Place memory capsule (opening side up) and pour in “beach mix”. There are so many things you can use for “shakers” like beads, sand, watch parts, glitter, and anything tiny enough to move around.
5. Apply a small amount of glossy accents around the edge of the memory capsule.
6. Press your photo background face down over capsule and let dry.
7. Cut a piece of background paper the same size of your memory glass to cover the back of your photo.
8. Place background paper and memory glass on top of the back of your memory capsule to create a sandwich - you do not need to adhere any of these layers together, the frame will keep it all together.
9. Open memory frame by carefully bending up the tab on the side of the frame.
10. Grab both sides of the frame corner and pull apart. One of the most important things when working with the memory frames is to remember never straighten out any of the metal edges. Otherwise the metal can become stressed and break apart.
11. Insert capsule, collage, and glass sandwich into the track of the frame - be aware of the position of the frame jump ring and position it on the top of your project.
12. Begin wrapping the frame around everything being sure all layers remain in the memory frame track. Sometimes you will need to squeeze the sides together to make sure it fits inside the track. If parts of the capsule or background are too big, you should trim them off - do not force into the track of the memory frame or you could risk breaking the memory glass.
13. To secure closed, re-insert the tab on the frame back into the slot in the frame and bend back down - that’s it! How simple was that??? Now you have a custom photo charm! You can end here and add the charm to a chain or other item OR you can go on...
14. Ink tag with distress ink using ink blending tool.
15. Stamp various images on your tag for a background.
16. Place fish net around corner of tag and secure with tiny attacher in various areas.
17. Tie ribbon through hole in top of tag and pin your photo charm to the ribbon with a mini pin.
18. Clip a piece of stamped text or handwritten journaling to tag with mini clip. One of the key things to keep in mind when creating projects to capture your memories is to include some sort of journaling or words to truly embrace the moment. I know they say a picture is worth a thousand words, but hey what’s wrong with a thousand and one, or two, or three? This is the time to tell your story so remember the little things that are important to you.
This tutorial is from Ali Edwards Tuesday Tutorials