Childhood Memory Box

This was a little project I put together back in the summer, playing with some of my FrogDog goodies.

The whole mixed media/altered art thing is very new to me so I have a lot to learn, but the learning process is so much fun and there's loads of inspiration out there - a little wander through Blogland or a flick through YouTube will always get my mojo going.

Here I was experimenting with different ways to give an aged look. I've started with a Maya Road bare chipboard box, covered it with scraps of paper (Stampin' Up!), then decorated it with vintage images cut from ephemera sheets. I've added plain chipboard numbers, then applied gesso, crackle medium, Distress Paints and Distress Inks to make them look worn and shabby.

Inside the box are hidden a tiny matchbox and a little book made from Maya Road plain chipboard coasters. These have been decorated in the same way as the box. I plan to use this box to store snippets of memories and ephemera from when my children were small.

I even have a snippet of hair, a couple of baby teeth and a tiny note from the Tooth Fairy - so they will all go in here. One more picture ...

Maybe I should do another one for when they were a bit older - it would have to be decorated with Sonic the Hedgehog, Mutant Ninja Hero Turtles, He Man ... maybe not quite so cute!

Thanks for looking, see you again soon :o)xxx


Maria Ontiveros said…
HI Annie,
I've been away from blogland for most of the month and am now enjoying a catch-up. I love this box and your secret treasures project from a few posts ago. You seem to have a knack for the altered, in my opinion!
Hope to be around more,
Julene Matthews said…
I love this little box Annie.You have put much effort into it and it looks lovely.