I am a collector of alterable items. I have hat boxes, paper mache balls and cones and boxes galore. It was not until I came across this beautiful line of papers by IOD did I realize what I wanted to do with one of my many cigar boxes. I wanted to turn it into a treasure box to hold my special shells. I keep the big ones I've picked up on our beach walks in a glass bowel but have a few I have just had in a drawer that were very special to me. One shell is the first my then to be hubby gave me about 17 years ago. Another is one my mother and I found before she died. Each of these has a spcial meaning to me and deserved more than to be stowed away in a drawer. Thank you IOD!
I started by sanding the paper covering the cigar box lightly to insure a better adhesion of the paper to the box.
I used the lid, sides and bottom of the box as templates to cut the paper to fit. For the insides I cut the paper 1/8 less than I did for the outside pieces. I finished the inside and the outsides of the box before I did the lid. I adhered the paper to the box with Glue n Seal applied with a broad paint brush. I used a narrow roller and a bone folder to go over the papers to eliminate bubbles. When this was done, I sealed the papers with a top coat of Glue N Seal. I allowed the inside of the box to dry before I did the sides and the outside of the lid.
I used a gold Krylon ink pen to 'gilt' the edges of the box but any gold paint will work as well. When the gold dried, I applied the paper to the sides of the box following the same steps as above for adhereing the papers. I added the two ornate corners when the sealer had set.
I used the Helmar's Scrap Dots to attache the corners. While corners have grips that go into the material of the cigar box, Scrap Dots insured they would not come loose.
I dyed the tulle by using a solution of 1 part water to 2 parts Glimmer mist. I used a disposable tin to mix the 'dye' in and submerged the tulle into the mixture for about ten minutes, turning it from time to time. I air dried the tulle but it can be dried with a heat gun as well. I fussy cut the flowers, the shells and the mermaid out of the papers. I placed one end of the tulle under the background paper and adhered that side. I glued the paper across leaving the right hand edge unglued until I could tuck the other end of the tulle. Next, using a paint brush, I brushed the Stickles across the tulle and allowed it to set. I placed the remaining fussy cut pieces, one by one, onto the paper and tulle, sealing each with the sealer as I went. I added more Stickles to the mermaid's tail and to the flowers and added gems to the center of several of the flowers. I used the Scrap Dots to give the pieces different heights on the cover. The sealer protected them from being torn.
I love my new treasure box for my special shells and am so glad they are no longer hidden away. Thank you for looking.
Birthdays...we all have them, we all celebrate them...but I very rarely do layouts of them. I usually don't like many of the birthday lines. They are either too theme orientated or they are too busy or most importantly in my case...to age restricting. My whole outlook on birthday pages changed when I was at CHA and I saw the Simple Stories "Happy Day" line. I don't have many birthday pictures but I did know that I HAD to have this line. This line was AMAZING! They were perfect in every way. Perfect colors, perfect designs and the perfect amount of "birthday" without going overboard. Everything in this line just flowed together so effortlessly making them ideal for any of those birthday photos...even those hard to use and not so great shots.
My first layout I had a couple of photos that were kinda dark and not that great. I cropped out all of the unwanted space on them and used several patterned papers from the Happy Day 6x6 pad. I inked the edges to help make them pop off the Celebrate background paper, matted a few things and added a few extra touches from the Happy Day Fundamental Cardstock Stickers and I had the perfect page!
For my second layout I didn't really do much different. The Happy Day line has so many fun elements that can be fussy cut or just used as is. I myself like to give my scissors a work out and do the fussy cutting!
My last layout I wanted to show versatile this line was. Not only can it be used for birthday layouts, it can also be used for those everyday photos. I use the back side of the Make a Wish paper, some more matting and fussy cutting using the Fundamental Cardstock Stickers and a 4x6 Jouranling Card Element. I stepped outside my comfort zone with this layout a little bit. I embellished the rest of this layout with some canvas, pleated ribbon and some wire mesh.
So for those of you who have those "hard" to scrap birthday photos or just those everyday ones...head on over to the shoppe and pick up some Happy Day by Simple Stories.
This week the digi Creative Team decided to feature some of Sherri Tierney's fabulous kits & designs. She has some really fun and whimiscal kits that can meet any of your needs ...
I have been traveling a lot lately, so when I saw Boarding Pass by October Afternoon, I was excited to use it for my reveal. (If you look closely, however, you will see that only one of these layouts is about a recent trip ...
Are you ready to see something CUTE from me?! I normally stay away from theme-y papers but when I saw this collection from 3 Bugs in a Rug at the CHA show I couldn't help but want to go
There was some discussion on trends in scrapbooking in the forums recently and one of the trends mentioned was pretty prints on patterned paper. Many members of the forum were in agreement that this was a trend they would like to see continued ...
View this video to preview the "Et Cetera" Collection by Bo Bunny:
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This week the Digi CT spotlight falls on JennCK Designs. Jenn has a variety of kits, as well as fantastic templates, that will make clustering a breeze for you. In fact, gorgeous clusters are one of the special features in many of her kits ...
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