My grandmother had a habit of writing on photographs of family members. While maybe not great for the appearance, I do appreciate the documentation.
This photo was the kind that is printed on a postcard. It was identified as "Minnie Nolan's first boarding house in Kansas City."
I used the actual photo (rather than a copy) with its wrinkles, writing and a missing corner and applied a thin wash of off-white acrylic paint to block out the background.
It was mounted behind an Idea-ology Collage Frame dressed up with various pieces of Tim Holtz paper stash (the vines were cut from Wallflower).
The polka dots (Tim Holtz Dots & Floral) were stamped on his new Plain Collage Paper and layered over the upper left corner. I made dots around the oval with Scribbles (3D fabric paint) and distressed some metallic numbers to blend in with the overall color scheme.
I cut a piece of book board to cover the back and painted the edges. I trimmed the frame's border with lines of black and gold metallic inks.
The butterflies are some digital clipart that I printed on vellum and cut-out. The word "legacy" is a Remnant Rub.
I don't think Grandma Nell would mind what I did with her photo, it's better preserved now and her notes have been transferred to the back of the frame.