Beach Shadowbox By Amy McCabe

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I have had this 8x10 photo of my boys stuck in the glass of my china closet since last summer. I thought why not make a beach themed shadowbox using the photo and some shells? Add in some SVGs from SVG Cuts and here you have it!

SVG Collections Used

Photo Cards SVG Kit Edisto Island Cards SVG Kit Wave Freebie from 6/19/10


  • Patterned Paper
  • AC Cardstock
  • Twine
  • Gradient Gem Embellishments
  • Shells


Photo Cards SVG Kit - Tami's Card
frame_top.svg - unclick keep proportions - break apart and delete center frame 9.309" w x 10.686" h orange patterned paper
Edisto Island Cards SVG Kit - Spring St Beach Stand-Up Scene
surfboard_top.svg 1.202" w x 3.865" h bright blue
surfboard_bottom.svg 1.203" w x 4.162" h blue dot pattern
post.svg 4.300" w x 0.792" h tan pattern paper
fence_top.svg 4.300" w x 2.689" h cream
fence_bottom.svg 4.300" w x 3.765" h brown
gull_top.svg 1.300" w x 0.307" h brown
gull_bottom.svg 1.300" w x 0.991" h white
Wave Freebie from 6/19/10
waves_bottom.svg 5.185" w x 2.333" h medium blue
waves_top.svg 5.184" w x 2.016" h bright blue


  1. Purchase a 12x12 shadowbox from your local craft store. I get my white ones at Joanns. Other retailers carry them too. Cover the 12x12 backer with a piece of patterned paper. I used papers from Fancy Pants Designs.
  2. Cut the frame. Make sure "Keep Proportions" is not clicked and enter sizes. Select break apart and delete center frame. I added foam core under it to pop it off the background. (see image above)
  3. I trimmed my photo to 7.125 w x 8.875" h and added to the frame.
  4. Cut the other SVG elements - waves, seagull on fence and surf board, ink  and adhere. I used 2 layers of foam core under my post and made my fence wavy. Finished off my post with some twine.
  5. Apply seashells and other beach elements with a hot glue gun. I picked up my shells at Michaels.
  6. Finished off with embellishments. I used some gradient gems from Creative Charms.

Design Tips

  • Ink the edges of all the elements.
  • Emboss elements to add texture.
  • The key to a great shadowbox in dimension. Use foam core or dimensional tape.
So get those photos and create a keepsake with a shadowbox. We love summer and the beach in our house and I will enjoy looking at my boys have fun all year long. - Amy

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