Friday, 28 January 2011

Expanding Memories

Hanni my daughter has two birthday gatherings next month and she didn’t know what to give as gifts, so ‘Muuummmmmm will you make me a memory box’, which actually turned into ‘but I need two’.  I’d made one of these a couple of years ago for her to give to a friend, so luckily I downloaded the instructions from – The Scrapbook Lounge, I have had a look to see if they are still available but I can’t find them anywhere.  If you do a search on Google you will find lots of other projects as videos, but the website isn't there any more.

Hanni said brown and pink for Vicki, but not girlie.  So I had to keep it as plain as possible.  I used some brown/gold and some pink pearlescent card for the main body of the box.  I had some matching brown/gold paper so used this on the top with a Martha Stewart punch.  For the name I used the Winter Woodland cartridge on my Cricut Expressions machine.  To hold the box closed I used Grosgrain ribbon and a little brad to hold the D-rings.  While I had all the bits and pieces out to make the box I thought I’d make a matching card.  Even though Hanni said not girlie I thought why not, so using My Craft Studio – Sassy Chic I found the perfect colour match straight away (if I’d have wanted to use a particular image I wouldn’t have been able to find one, but because I was only half looking it was just there J), so just printed it, used my Chomper to do a ¼” rounded corner, matt and layered it, then added brads.  I used Shapeabilities – Double Ended Tags for the sentiment with a gold ‘Happy Birthday’ peel off and brads to finish.  I attached the topper and sentiment to the brown/gold card with foam tape then used black glitter to highlight the dress.

For this next box Hanni said that Sarah is a very sporty person and could I also keep it plain.  So I did the box in plain black card and white with black spots card for the top.  I did everything the same as the one above, using black with white spots Grosgrain ribbon.  I used a white card for her name, I didn't think the spotty card would work very well.  For the card I again used My Craft Studio – Sassy Chic as next to the image above was the image of the dress on its own.  So I made it into a tag with a black border, I had some white card left over from the name so I embossed it with my Cuttlebug – Swiss Dots folder and tucked it behind the tag.  I again used the Martha Stewart punch on some left over black card to make the border.  I cut out the Double Ended Tag in white and matted it onto black.  Hanni wanted ‘Marshall’s 21st’ writing on the tag, so I had to handwrite it, omg, I hate writing on things like this but ‘hey ho’.  To finish off, again I added black glitter to the dress.

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