Friday, May 21, 2010
It’s Kathy…I’m back to bring you another SUPER cute hybrid project. I had SO MUCH FUN creating this recipe box for a wedding shower that my girls and I attended last weekend. Purple and yellow are the bride’s favorite colors, so I used them as accent colors along with the totally fun and cheery papers from the Giggle Box Collection. This kit is EXTRA close to my heart…it is the first kit that I worked with after joining the SP team last summer. That LO was done a few days after my son Lawson (who spent his first week sick in the hospital) was born. The bright, happy colors and whimsical style of this collection was so comforting to me and lifted my spirits during a difficult time…needless to say, I LOVE IT!
It was equally as fun to use Giggle Box to make a special family keepsake recipe box for a special couple just starting out. I have to tell you that I spent a considerable amount of time actually embellishing the box, from crocheting the flower accent, to cutting, painting and stitching the canvas leaves, and making the some homemade “glimmer mist” to spritz the crumpled flowers…you get the idea! However, I really believe that the details totally MAKE these Hybrid/Altered projects. There really isn’t anything complicated at all about altering the recipe box itself, or in making the embellishments either, for that matter. It simply requires some thought and an afternoon to let your creativity flow (or a couple of nap times, in my case)!
I started with an inexpensive recipe box that I got at a large chain craft store in the “bargain aisle”. I scuffed up all of the exterior surfaces and distressed all of the inside edges that wouldn’t get covered with medium grit sand paper. I was lucky enough that the areas inside that I didn’t cover with the Giggle Box papers, coordinated well enough that it didn’t matter. Next I printed out the Giggle Box papers on my printer at full scale, (it just cut off the area outside my 8.5×11 page) and cut them to size. I glued them down with a glue stick (as mentioned in this post) schmeering the glue on the BOX, not the paper. I lined the top of the box with paper and on the bottom, I used a piece of brown Core’dinations cardstock that I distressed (I *heart* Core’dinations SO MUCH).
After all the paper was glued down, I applied two thin coats of Mod Podge to every outside surface. After the Mod Podge had dried thoroughly, I gave every edge a good sanding to distress the edges, and prime them for a good coat of Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I let the distress ink dry well and then carried on embellishing the box, my absolute favorite part of all! This is where my creativity soars, and the whole project just comes together. The great part is, the sky is the limit, and everyone’s interpretations are different, be unique and be true to your own style. Tip: feel free to use other’s art as inspiration, but don’t forget to celebrate your own tastes and expression in each project you create.
Last fall, I began organizing my own family recipes and “scrapping them” into very simple recipe cards I created. I purposefully kept it simple using the classic Damask and Dots Collection paper. I printed them at Costco as 4×6 prints, and used a 4×6 flexible magnetic frame as a way to keep the cards clean and easily visible (on the fridge) while I am cooking. I was so proud of myself for thinking of it because it has been so useful…don’t you love it when you have a good idea…LOL!
So, I added a set of my own family recipes among the coordinating tabbed recipe dividers and a flexible magnetic frame to finish it all off.
And, because I’m nice and I like y’all so much, I’m sharing my APPLE MUFFINS RECIPE CARD with you as a free download! Hope you enjoy!