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Box Book Magic

In our art/craft world there is no such thing as "useless" - would you agree? :)
Gayle is making the point today - ever so beautifully...

Hi everyone ! My project today is about taking something “useless” and using it as a creative base for lots of creative fun.
I was given several small (16x13.5x4cm deep) boxes that were used to hold new hearing aids by a friend who works in this field. The boxes are the perfect size to hold 6x4 inch photos. Anyway, I thought I would make a box into a book, with pages (eventually).

So I cut away the front, left the back (the spine) and the two sides, top and bottom so the book can stand up.
Now I have a front cover, an inside front cover, a back, a back inside cover and 3 sides to play with. 

First of all, I did the inside back cover as it had cardboard compartments that I took out and then had ugly glue patches left. But I’m not showing you the back cover today, you will only see a bit of bright magenta lace showing. I’m going to show you how I made the front.

This is the top of the box, or the front cover of the book. I painted around the edges in acrylic Paynes Grey paint. This front cover will have a piece of 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk “Grey Day” paper as its base.

7 Dots patterned paper for my cover, a Prima stencil used with moulding paste and then coloured with, of course, beautiful Silks Acrylic Glaze.

Now some embellishments for the cover: Finnabair’s Vitage Trinkets, Prima Doily Die-Cut, glass beads, pearls and embossing enamel.

The doily is cut from Finnabair’s Sunrise-Sunset Collection - ”Corona” paper. The glass beads have been coloured with Silks Acrylic Glaze in Boysenberry.
Some Gold/Wine Embossing flakes add texture and richness, and I softened the “whiteness” of the pearls with Prima Color Bloom “Gold Foil” Mist.
I used Finnabair’s Epoxy Stickers over the top of paper circles that have the embossing enamel on it or the coloured moulding paste.

So, that’s how much fun you can have with something that was going to be tossed away. I have done the front inside cover and back inside cover, and maybe I will show them another day.

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  1. Wow! It looks so incredible and creative!

  2. Gayle I adore this! I can't wait to see the back & inside covers!! Please share with us when you are done! PLEASE!!!

  3. Wonderful upcycle project Gayle! So creative and gorgeous!

  4. Wow!! This is stunning!!! Love the colours!! Will definitely have to come back to see the inside!! x


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