Sunday, August 19, 2012

My first altered box creation

               Good morning  to all my bloggy friends. I have been so super busy this month, with all the getting back to school shopping and the countless birthdays and barbecues on the weekends, it's been very hectic around here. But I did take a few hours here and there to  do some crafting, and I'm finally posting it this morning.

                  I have been doing some cute pages shaped like a baby's bounty blanket and embellishing them, I will fill them up with baby tags and later put into a baby mini album.   I also made a very simple mini album out of  K and company paper and I am still in the process of filling it with tags and embellishments.

                                      I also have a lot of clip art and images that I print out or fussy cut from some of my older paper pack called Hot off the Press. I wanted to preserve them for when I need to use them. So, what I did was fussy cut a lot of the images and with removable adhesive I paste them down on two 8X10 paper and putting two sides together with images facing outward, I then pass them through the sticker machine with two sided lamination. When they come out you just cut around the paper very close to the edge and pull apart the two sides. After that just cut all the images and you will have them all laminated and protected from wet hands .

                             Okay, now for the box, I  had notice that my desk was slowly piling up with pop dots and other adhesives, but not wanting to get up and go to my nearest crafting store for yet another small plastic bin and not wanting to store the new pop dots I purchased into my adhesive drawer.  I decided to alter a small cardboard box I had and store my pop dots there at an arms reach. I am not going into a long detail explanation, I will let the pictures speak for them selves. What I did was cover the box in and out with some K and Company paper called Madeline, and I fussy cut some butterflies from the flora and fauna borders  and paste them on the box top. The man and woman silhouettes are from the Victorian Romance cricut cartridge, I also used some music paper from the colorbok paper pad and I cut the image on the fold down tab from Graphic45 Le Romantique paper and I put small round velcro as the closure underneath the fold down tab. I used stickles on the woman's headband and on her waist ribbon and bow and on the mans shirt. It was pretty easy and simple and I enjoyed myself. Now I have to run off and make some more Birthday cards and I will post them later in the week. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and reading this post, have a blessed Sunday!

This is the cardboard box I altered.
Here I am matting one of the pages from the simple mini.. Please click the Pics to enlarge.
Here is the simple mini album and the box covered in paper.

Here is another of the pages matted. They also have pockets to put tags inside.
Now that's what I call filled to the brim. They fit nice inside when the box is closed.

Here you can see the image on the fold down tab a little better. I did the star shaped crochet underneath the box about 15 years ago and it still looks good.    

You can see the top of the box much better here.

These are the baby blanket pages I  did that will go in a baby mini album.

The two papers with the pasted images go into the xyron .

The two papers are laminated cut and pulled apart.

now they are ready for fussy cutting.

I made a bunch of them at one time.

Here are a few of them all cut and laminated, waiting to be put into projects.


  1. Wow.....what a great idea to alter the box! Me? I'd take the easy way out and go get another one at the store. That looks like a lot of work but it turned out beautifully!!! Very, very cool!

    You have been one busy lady!



  2. Wow Fab box, love it, your such a tallented crafter, and Im now a new follower xx

  3. Great idea to alter a box--I usually cut my boxes up to use on cards or to sandwich cards for protection in an envelope! At least we both are recycling, right? LOL!
    And, good for you, getting so much done for future projects! :^)

  4. I agree with all the girls that left a comment. The box idea to alter is clever. I alter things but never thought of altering a box like that. I would have thrown it away and then kicked myself in the butt later after seeing what you did. The tags for the album are super nice. Have fun creating. Love the images. Ana

  5. Those images are so cute and what a great ideal to laminated them cut them out. Also up altered box Kudos Tfs as aways
    lot of hugs

  6. Thanks for your visit to my blog, and for your lovely comment. Unfortunately Dad took a turn for the worse the next day and is now in hospital, looking very frail, but at least he's in the right place and is being stabilised, and getting fully assessed, and hopefully he'll be home soon.

    What a beautiful altered box! So gorgeous. I've got quite a few pizza boxes now we've got the van coming each week to the next village and I'm using them to store things in, but your post shows me what can be done to beautify the humblest of boxes! Just lovely.


  7. Thanks for another lovely comment. My dad's medical condition is now much improved and they want to discharge him, but mentally he's not well enough to be home, so my hubby has found a residential care home for him. I am very sad and unhappy it's come to this - he's gone downhill very quickly and it's very sad to see. So far he is agreeable to the idea but still thinks he's coming home and today asked my hubby to charge up his car battery! There is no way he'll ever drive again and he has little awareness of just how bad he's got.

    I'm so glad you liked the result of my mixed media efforts, using Ryn's lovely cardinal fish stamp with the angelina fibres. It was great fun to do, and I'm happy to report that she was thrilled with it!!


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  9. the altered box is cute. I need to make mine look prettier since it has to sit out. My craft space is a corner in what would have been the dining area. thanks for sharing.