Monday, 4 February 2013

Olde Curiosity Shoppe

This weekend I've been "off the page" - making a keepsake box to safely store all my vintage family photos and other memorabilia.  Of course, I could just go out and buy an archive file or something, but where's the fun in that?
I had been hoarding a little stash of Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers for a special project and it occurred to me that I could use them to create the perfect storage for my own Vintage Curiosities and Unusual Oddities.
It all started with a boxfile ...


... and ended up (eventually) with this ...
A lot of cutting and sticking was involved so I was in my element. All the background patterns, contents and signs were cut from Graphic 45 papers - mostly Olde Curiosity Shoppe, but also a smattering of Steampunk Debutante, a dash of ABC Primer and a smidgeon of La Cirque.
The sides are all covered in matching papers and the edges all sanded and inked.
The window frames were cut from black cardstock, layered up with foam dots and backed with acetate.
The key above the door was made with a TH die, embossed, sanded and inked to look old and rusty.
The little flying pigs on the wall are mounted with foam dots for dimension.
All the raw edges of the cut out pieces were inked to soften and age them.
The door handle is a flat-backed gemstone stuck to a bead with Glossy Accents.
The peacock feathers have been repeatedly snipped into for a feathery effect.
Oddments of paper were cut up to create books and the fan.
The Nutcracker escaped from my Nutcracker Sweet leftover bag!
Some of the cut pieces in this window were coloured with DI using Cut'n'Dry nibs
The box is kept closed with a ribbon tie - the ends are glued in underneath the lining paper inside.
The inside is lined with a montage of pieces cut from several sheets and then coated with Mod Podge.
The expanding file and envelope were constructed from cardstock and decorated with pp.
Family photos and memorabilia can be filed away safely in this section.
All I have to do now is move them to their smart new home!
TFL
Axxx

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