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2014-12-27

Box Of Treasures

Is one of your New Year's resolutions to organize your craft room? :)
France is here today with a beautiful and very practical idea...


Those who have been following me for a long time, know that before getting into mixed media, I liked to make cardboard boxes. All kind of boxes: square, with moving lids, round, oval...
I even once made a box where the Distress Inks would pop out when you pulled a little rope.
It's been a long time since I made one and considering all the bits and bobs of metal I have laying around in my studio, it was time to make a new 'little' chest with drawers.



It's actually not that hard, the most complicated part is to figure out the measurements to make sure everything will fit. You have to keep the thickness of your cardboard in mind. In my case, that is 2 mm.

Once the plan worked out, I started by cutting out the pieces of cardboard I would need for the drawers and the chest. That was a LOT of cardboard to cut!


I glued the pieces of the drawers together with tiny dots of Soft Matte Gel. I have mine in a precision bottle, which makes it so easy to work with! Each drawer is 5,9 mm high. (Did I mention you have to be very precise to make it work? ;)))


To reinforce the structure, I added gommed kraft paper on all the edges and angles.


I cut the craft cardstock to dress up the inside of the drawers and inked up the edges with Distress Ink.


Then I glued all the pieces inside the drawers.


I used the exact same technique for the outside structure, except that I left the front open instead of the top. Then I glued all the outside elements one on top of the other and reinforced it with gommed kraft. I didn't place any cardstock in the outside structure, to make sure the drawers would slide in nicely.


To dress up the structure as well as the drawers, I cut a whole bunch of printed paper strips and glued them in place. I used 7 Dots Studio Domestic Goddess collection.
Et voila, a nice storage for all my Mechanicals and Elements!


I might add some more embellishments to the structure, but at this point I want it to be really functional. So I will get back to that when I know where it will go in my studio and how I want to use it!

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10 comments:

  1. It's fantastic... definitely inspired to play!
    Alison x

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  2. It looks amazing. I wish I could build beautiful boxes like that. Thanks for sharing, Johanne Lacombe

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  3. Wow, what an incredible box and an amazing organizational set up!! I sure would love to see the box that you made for the distress inks that popped up when you pulled the ropes!! Any chance of a link or photo for that?? big hugs :)

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    1. Hi Pamellia,
      I made it for a magazine. But as I'm now allowed to publish it on my blog, I might do a blogpost about it, with the tutorial that was in the magazine as well.
      xx
      france

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  4. It's beautiful France!

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  5. Beautiful and you make it sound so easy...but that little voice that says be careful you have to make sure the drawers will fit....lol.

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  6. this piece is fabulous!! is there any way you could post the exact dimensions so that we may try this?!?!

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    1. Hi Leslie,
      I might make a full tutorial in the futur. But first, CHA travel, then classes in Spain, then...
      Patience my friend, patience! :)))
      xx
      france

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  7. Beautiful is right! Wonderful custom storage set.

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  8. Beautiful colour combos on this, the handles, the papers and inking, the design in general... Amazing!! I'm petitioning with the others, a tutorial would be ace - when you have the time, of course ;) xxx

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