Paper Napkin Collage Frame Using PPA

Paper Napkin Collage Frame Using PPA2017-12-27T11:23:07-05:00

Project Description

Napkin Collage Frame

I’m so excited to be sharing my first project as a member of the USArtQuest Design Team (DT)!  I first met Susan Pickering Rothamel at a scrapbook convention in 2009. She was demonstrating technique after technique all while answering questions from the crowd. I watched in awe. She made everything look so easy, I was hooked! I bought one of her many books, The Art of Paper Collage, and  a bottle of Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) and I was ready to roll! Now, 2 years later, I’m on the DT! Please don’t pinch me because I don’t want to wake up from this dream come true!

This project started as a plain frame I picked up at a thrift store for $0.75. It had nice wide borders – lots of space to collage.  It finished as a sparkly flower garden filled with birds and butterflies!

And best of all, it’s quick and easy to do!! The project took me somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes. And it was fun! As you put down piece after piece of napkin, you start to see this amazing scene come in to focus. Topping it off with the dazzle you get from Crystal Effectz™ makes it magical. It’s so fun and fast I decided to capture the process on film! Check out this short YouTube video to see the process from start to finish.

USArtQuest 2012 Design Team

See how easy that was? Why not give it a shot? The Napkin Collection from USArtQuest has everything you need to get started. All you need to do is find something fun to cover!

Be sure to check out the other fantastic projects the DT is creating using USArtQuest products on the USArtQuest Blog. Enjoy and Happy Crafting!



  1. Kristi January 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Oh Joe, you are so amazing. The video is a very helpful tool. GREAT job.

  2. Shirley Wheeler January 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Oh Joe, this is the perfect gift! :0) I'm sending my blog readers your way. I hope they will enjoy the video as much as I did. I will never look at napkins the same. Plus I love the tip on using pieces of tape to help pull the layers of the napkin apart. Great idea!

    And most of Congrats on making the DT for US Art Quest! They are so lucky to have you!!!

    I love mine and can't wait to make some for gifts too. Hope to see you soon.

    Lee says Hello to you, Joe M and Betty!



  3. Jill Silvers January 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful piece! Amazing how that came together so easily and your video was so easy to follow. Thank you for sharing! Jill

  4. Carole Lassak January 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    This is outstanding!! I read Shirley's blog post–sounds like she (and Lee) are thrilled with this beautiful gift.

  5. Amy Day January 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    I'll have you know that the night you showed this to Philip and me I ended up dreaming about shopping for napkins for you. I was in a store that had all of their napkins on sale for 64% off (yep, 64%), and they had rows and rows. I was getting frustrated because the napkins were mainly white with maybe a little wreath or poinsettia on them. I did find a package of napkins with soccer players on them and got excited about making a frame for Philip. My plan was to make a soccer ball to attach to it using Carole's fancy putty. Yep, heaven forbid I dream about Ryan Gossling or Jensen Ackles. I have to dream about shopping for napkins for you. Guess that means I lurv ya!

  6. Babe O'Mara January 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Your frame is absolutely gorgeous. Just came from Stampin with Shirl. What a fantastic gift to give someone. She's a lovely lady. And I know she will treasure that frame. Thanks for the video. I may try this.


  7. Mary Gillispie January 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Hi , Joe I found your site through Shirley Wheelers blog. I am glad I listened to her and came to see your video. I am going to try this with horse and wolf pictures. I hope it turns out as nice as yours. Thank you for sharing Mary

    • Joe Rotella January 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Mary! Thanks for the note!! I'm so glad you're thinking of trying napkin collage!! I would love to know how it turns out!

  8. Debb January 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm - Reply


    I've heard so much about you from Shirley! It's nice to finally "meet" you! Congrats on the DT and thanks for making this video and showing us napkin collage. This will be a great project to try. Blessings,


  9. Merri January 15, 2012 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I had to check out your blog after seeing your frame on Simply Stampin with Shirl. What a fun idea! Thanks.

  10. Karen January 15, 2012 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Joe, I love your video describing the paper napkin collage frame. So neat an idea. I have tons of frames, that I have bought at yard sales. Think I will have to give this project a try. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Lynda Davis January 15, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Hi Joe, I was just at your class at RLJ and saw the picture frame you made. It was just beautiful. I am amazed that it start with a cheap picture frame and turned out so amazing. I'm looking forward to your class. Thanks, Lynda

  12. Jeanne Szabo January 15, 2012 at 11:25 am - Reply


    Hello Joe! I popped over here from Shirley's blog and, boy, was she excited about her frame! I do subscribe to you newsletter and can't wait to see a live demonstration of the new Zing.

  13. Denise January 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Joe, Shirley Wheeler sent me here from her blog and I am really glad she did! The frame is just beautiful and you make it seem pretty easy to make. I will be on the lookout for frames and napkins!

  14. April Vachio January 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Hi Joe! What an amazing project…I am so glad Shirley sent me over to take a peek. Your work is always just breath taking!!!!

  15. LindaN January 16, 2012 at 7:48 am - Reply


    Shirley sent me to your blog. You always make EVERYTHING you do look so easy 🙂 Beautiful picture frame. I don't think any of us will look at napkins the same way ever again 🙂

  16. Michelle January 25, 2012 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Amazing work as always! I am going to try to take your class on this at Red Letter! I will have to keep my eye open for some awesome frames at the thrift stores:) Hopefully you have not snagged them all up! Shirley sent me over to watch your video and I am so glad she did!

    Michelle C

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