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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Vintage Photo Files.Repurposed Metal File Tools

I'm a Copy-Cat ...

hope you will check out Mamie Jane's" Repurposed Metal File Tool" ... she is one talented lady and I love to copy her. 

Joy at a Vintage Green also use the metal file tools to make a photo gallery display. She made several that I am sure will sell quickly in her shop. Hope you will visit her blog.

(Click the pictures to enlarge)

I had some old metal file tools and always have blocks of wood in my collection.  

I attached one picture to the back of the file and that gave a dimensional feel and shows part of the file and a good place to hang a little key.


This wooden lamp base was just perfect for this project. I bought the magnetic buttons and plain cork circles from the craft store. 
I wrote numbers on them. 
(not easy to write on cork).

I covered the top of the base with vintage sheet music and painted the base black.  I drove the files into the wood after drilling small pilot holes; slanting the large one just a little.

Pictures are vintage with interesting information on the back too.

 One picture was framed with black and that looked good. I did not want to bother with cutting strips of paper, so I put some black construction paper through the paper shredder and it was just perfect with a little bit of ragged edge. Worked out just fine.

 I wanted to place something on the base, so gathered up some keys. It was fun to let some hang on the files too. 

The graphic came from The Graphic Fairy and I added the words.
 Love her blog. 

I really enjoyed making this unusual Photo File and it did not cost very much. 

Thanks for stopping by. Love your comments.
Audrey Z. 

Linking to: Knick of Time

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Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
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  1. I absolutely LOVE it! I love your addition of the sheet music at the bottom and the keys!

    Don't forget to share it tonight at the Knick of Time Vintage party!


  2. I copied-cat'd Mamie Jane's File Picture holders too. She is so creative. I love your interpretation.

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  4. It was an idea worth copying, Audrey! Very fun!

  5. I love it! I especially love the addition of the keys. I have some old, old photos of my grandfathers family and some of them have writing on the back of them. This would be a great way to display them. Thanks for inspiring us at Show & Tell.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  6. O, this is the CUTEST thing I've ever seen. Just sooo stinkin' cute, Audrey.
    You did a fantastic job. I am in awe of your talents.
    xo bj

  7. I believe they say imitation is the highest form of flattery. :)
    Your version is fabulous! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina


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