Do you have a hard time throwing things away because you might find a use for them in your crafting? This happens to me more often than I care to admit. So today I decided to finally re-purpose one of the very sturdy boxes that originally contained a module for the new Storage by Stampin’ Up!® range. In fact to be more specific, the box contained a set of 5 trays for my Stampin’ Blends.
ONE BIG BOX TO RE-PURPOSE
This box is 6″ wide by 6″ high by 5″ deep. It’s also very sturdy which is why I didn’t throw it away.
To re-purpose the box I decided that I would decorate it with some of the gorgeous Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). In the end I chose the glossy rose mosaic design and attached the pieces to the box using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
For the piece at the front I used a 1″ Circle Punch to create a notch in the centre of one side. This nicely framed the notch already in the box.
With the sides and the top covered I then wrapped some 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon around the box and tied it at the front in a square knot.
BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES
For the top I decided to create a decorative label using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.
First I wiped a piece of Very Vanilla Card with an Embossing Buddy to remove any oils and static. Then I used VersaMark ink to stamp the sentiment from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set. I sprinkled the sticky ink with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess, then removed a few stray specks. Finally I melted the remaining powder using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
With the embossing complete I then cut out the piece using the #6 die from the Stitched Nested Labels (counting from the smallest up). After that I also cut out a piece of white fun foam using the same die.
To add some more shine to my project I then cut some Gold Foil Sheet with the #7 die.
Next, using liquid glue, the fun foam piece was fixed to the back of the foil. Then the sentiment was added to the front, and the assembled piece attached to the top of the box.
Finally I used my Paper Snips to fussy cut two butterflies and a tiny bee from the scraps of DSP. I folded the wings up and used liquid glue to attach them by their bodies to the label on the box. In no time at all my project was complete.
STORAGE BY STAMPIN’ UP!
Much of the Storage by Stampin’ Up! range is currently out of stock and more supplies are expected by July 1st. However if you’re keen to start your collection you can still order the Stampin’ Blends module. This contains 5 shelves, each one holding 6 Stampin’ Blends markers (3 combo sets). Three modules will hold the entire Stampin Blends collection currently available.
I still have more ink pad shelves, and open storage to add to my storage system, but here’s a look at what I have so far.
I’ve also found a novel way to assemble the pieces.
So what do you think? I’ll be sure to update you once I received more modules and as my system develops.
In the meantime, here’s the product list for my re-purposed box project.
BUNDLE BONUS – I purchased the Free As A Bird Stamp Set and Stitched Nested Labels Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This saved me 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included links to the bundle and the individual items so you can look at both options if you wish.