So a few days ago, I stumbled onto a post on Amy Rysavy's blog of a keepsake box that she made for a friend. I had been eyeing the cool boxes that she used to make it with at Michaels, but didn't really have any idea of what to do with it. Amy's was so cool that I decided to make one for Jaden. You can check out Amy's on her blog. Just click HERE
These boxes are 12x12 with a 13x13 lid. To start with, I used a foam brush to paint the entire box with some Chocolate acrylic paint from Making Memories. After the paint dried I used modge podge to adhere this awesome paper from Cosmo Cricket onto the lid. I had to use my brayer to get all the bubbles out of the paper. After that was dry I added another layer of modge podge to seal the paper.
Next I used the All Mixed Up cartridge from my new Cricut machine to cut out the title "Jaden @ 5" from some Chocolate Chip cardstock. I ran the letters through my xyron and then adhered it to the lid. To finish up the lid, I coated the entire thing with 2 more layers of modge podge.
For the insides of the box I took another piece of the Cosmo Cricket paper and used some sticky strip to adhere it inside. The 12x12 paper fits just perfectly inside. Along the sides I added some 1 1/2" strips of another design of Cosmo Cricket paper and a couple of layers of modge podge.
I really love this box, a BIG shout out to Amy for the inspiration! Maybe I'll make another one now for all the little things I have saved from when Jaden was born.