Sunday, 16 June 2013

Box to Hold a Mini Album and Smash Book

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.
I'd like to show you the box I constructed to hold a travel mini and a smash book I'm putting together to hold photos and mementos from our New Zealand Cruise.
I got the idea for the box from Astrid MacLean at Astrid's Artistic Efforts.   You can find her blog HERE.  She has lots of wonderful creations to inspire you.
I constructed the box from 2ml thick card which I purchased from my Newsagent.  It's much like chipboard but it's covered with white paper and it's quite cheap.  You can get a huge sheet of it for just a couple of dollars.  After putting the box together I covered it with G45 paper from their Communique collection and edged it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I love this paper, the colours are so gorgeous and it has so much detail on it that I didn't have to do any stamping.

The vintage map and the Tikis are free images from the net.  The Tikis I printed to the size I needed, fussy cut them and mounted them on the same card that the box is made of to give them extra dimension.  The map is just mounted on a tag tied with a piece of the gorgeous ribbon I received from Sandie Edwards.  You can find her blog and more wonderful inspiration  HERE.  The  Title was cut from black cardstock using my Silhouette Portrait.

The larger flowers I used are from Kaisercraft, which were lightly edged with gesso, and the smaller roses are from Prima.  I placed them on a piece of gauze which was randomly coloured with Vintage Paper Distress Ink.  The leaves I've had in my stash for some time and the small gold spirals were made from some long stamen pieces that I found at one of our cheap outlets.

The 'Tattoo' was another free image from the net.  With the image I was able to make a cutting file for my Silhouette Portrait so it was really easy to cut out the shapes.  (I love this machine, it is so versatile.)  Once the Tattoo was glued to the box I went around it with a soft black pen to blur the edges a little.

More images from the net.  Printed to size, fussy cut, mounted on some card and edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
I really enjoyed putting this box together and it was so simple.  I've also made another smaller one to hold some tags and I've taken photos along the way so I'll do a post on that shortly.

Here is the box with the Mini Album and the Smash Book inside it.
Now I really need to get serious about sorting out the photos and mementos to finish off these books.   I have started, but it's a slooow process. 

Thank you so much for visiting and have a great day.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg


  1. Wow Margie, this is totally fabulous!!! Love how you made the box from scratch, and the way you have decorated it is out of this world, brilliant!! So many gorgeous elements! What a fantastic way to keep all your memories together! Thanks also for linking to me, and trust me I always love visiting your blog too!!

  2. Ohhh Marg, what a wonderful creation for your album/s.... this looks amazing and how you put it all together oh my goodness, a work of art. I adore so much the various elements you have used and how you tied in the Kiwi theme... a really special piece for sure.

  3. This looks wonderful.. you have created a really lovely box and all the embellies have such a new Zealand feel to them.. well done.. looks fabulous!!

  4. WOW! This is Such a WONDERFUL creation.... So much FAB little details!!!! x

  5. fabulous box, love the papers you used....great for keeping everything tidy :)

  6. Hello Marg, I came over on the recommendation of Astid, your holder is absolutely gorgeous, you are so clever to have made this from scratch! Anne x

  7. hey Margy this is fabulous . such rich colors and the design is stunning. hey how about you and Kerry joining in with You Show Me Yours . the photo would be perfect for a card Margy, come on you would do a beautiful job and so would Kerry . Just copy the photo and off you go to creating your beauty xoxxo

    1. OK Heather. I just spoke to Kerry and we accept the challenge ... I think?
      Hopefully we still have time. oxox


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