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Monday, 20 September 2010

Labour of love - Memory Box

I spent the weekend making something really different.

Last week at the car boot I bought two of these lovely boxes, I knew they'd be perfect for putting stuff in but wasn't sure I was brave enough to alter them. Anyway thanks to Bowlingbelle who suggested I turn them into Memory boxes that is what I spent my weekend doing and loved it.

I sanded the box down and gave it an undercoat of Gesso, then added layers of pink and purple acrylic paint with baby wipes inside and out, apprently this helps give a distressed look. Next I took some of my favourite Kay & Co papers and tore them sticking them down with Claudine Hellmuth's multi medium (I only had the gloss one and I say had because I've now used it all!), then gave it a coat over the top to seal it. The letters were cut with Cuttlebug alphabet and again sealed with the multi medium.

I didn't like the grooved edges once they were painted as they looked too rough and weren't very easy to sand down so I made some panels and again used the multi medium and Kay & Co papers to cover the side. Added some corners on the lid as a bit of a feature.

Finally, I added the dregs of my Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle Paint and inked with Old Paper distress ink and added some embellishments. I just love the TH lock and keys and this was the perfect project to put them on as it means I get to keep them!

I hope you like my box as much as I enjoyed making it. I'm going to keep some of my childrens little treasures in this one and make another to keep all my bits or altered art in.

Thanks for looking and thank you to Viv for the inspiration and advice on making it.


  1. Its very sweet, a lovely altered box

  2. It is absolutely lovely, I love all the details of it.

  3. I love the soft colors--such lovely details.

  4. you did an amazing job! you were right to be brave, your results are fantastic. xo michele

  5. Oh you'll be addicted after this...nothing will ever appear as its meant to be and when you go to throw something away it will be looked at in great detail first 'just incase' it could be something else with a bit of ink, paint and metal.lol.
    I love your memory box...sooooo pretty. Gorgeous layers of colour and texture.

  6. wow you've done a grrrrreat job of it you should be proud o yerself missus.great way to keep yer little memories in. hugs Denise x

  7. wow this is fantastic sarah.love all the texture and the key is fab :)

    xx coops xx

  8. This is beautiful. Not sure if you were trying to credit me - my Blog is "Adorn" and I altered a box with an Eiffel Tower Image Transfer image on the front. My link is
    if it is me :) If so I am delighted I inspired you. You will no doubt make many more and canot wait to see them. Lynne M

  9. stunning! I love the paper and charm!

  10. Wondeful! Am sure these will be put to good use for your memories. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Beautiful box and such a good idea. xx

  12. its fabulous sarah,love it,x

  13. Wow! What a beautiful memory box! Fabulous work!! :)

  14. Such a gorgeous creation Sarah!
    Fabulous details and love your colours!
    kim x


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