Candace found a discounted box in the wood aisle at Michaels craft store and rescued it. Candace shares how to turn a box with a hinged lid into a fabulous, colorful memory box!
Julie Western is an amazing woman who lives her life to the fullest, sharing her creative brilliance in everything she does! I am privileged to be her friend. She taught me tons of techniques as I began my adventures in crafting. Inking, embellishing, embossing, bead accents, fibers, charms, German gold paper trims. and mixed media were suddenly in my vocabulary and changed my clay-based creative world. Julie loves all things vintage, mermaid, Dia de los Muertos, Frida Kahlo, tea and fancy ladies. She throws wonderful themed parties with delicious foods and fabulous crafts and handmade party favors! Each invitation design is handmade with layered papers, fibers and charms. Julie’s thank-you cards are each a work of art. I’ve saved every one! She made my very first crown and gave a crown making book that rocked my world! With 2000 miles between us now, and I miss her so. This is my Julie Shrine.
Watch Candace’s Memory Box YouTube video tutorial!
Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner
Wood box with hinged lid
Ephemera – cards, tags, Artist Trading Cards, etc.
Embellishments – vintage buttons, fibers, beads, charms, etc.
Foam core board
Flat glass marbles
1. Sand the box. Make a stain of 1 part paint to 3 parts water and stain the whole box. Allow to dry.
2. Stand the box up so that it opens like a book. Use Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner to attach paper that will lay flat on the wood.
3. I used a purple velvet ribbon to cover the raised front edge of the box, but you can use beads or buttons or anything you like.
4. You can use small pieces of foam core board to angle any of the paper pieces on the inside.
5. Hot glue glass marble feet on the bottom.
6. To stand paper accents on the top of the box – trace the shapes on foam core board and leave an inch of board beyond the bottom of the piece. Cut the foam core board out, score, but don’t separate the bottom inch of board. Cut one additional 1/8″ of board the width of the backing.
7. Bend the board on the scored line to stand the main part upright. Glue the 1/8″ strip with the foam side showing in the front in the void left by bending the board. Now it will stand up on it’s own.
8. Glue the paper on the front – the extra piece in the fold adds 1/4″ of height, so you can cut more off the top or add embellishment to the bottom. I did one of each technique on my top pieces.
9. Add your buttons, fibers and such and any other finishing details. At the last minute I added a velvet flower on a bejeweled pin to the top. It was an embellishment on one of her tags. I put the pin through a crystal button, then tapped it into the wood.