One of my daughter's friends saw the box I made for Bessie and asked her if it would be alright to ask me to make her a box. I was tickled that she asked....Bess and this girl have been friends since they were in second grade. She asked me if I could use the color purple and I said yes before I discovered that there is almost no purple paper out there! I searched thru my own stash and basically came up with nuttin'! Just random bits here and there that even with distressing didn't really look well together. Then when I went online I did find one pack by Authentique that seemed more eggplant or Aubergine than truly "purple" but I like the way this turned out anyway. It seems more sophisticated shabby chic than just shabby chic. I hope she likes it!
The first two pics are the box laying flat....so you can really see how it is constructed and then standing up so you can see how well these Tim Holtz products support the box! I also am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge of Patchwork. I think this look like a lovely homemade patchwork quilt!
This is a shot of the back of the box. The first box that I made I used a 12x12 sheet of paper but really struggled with it and the small bubbles that would form below the surface. I do think that cardstock would work but I used some Tim Holtz coordinations and think that it was too absorbent for the ModPodge. I now distress the pack of the cardboard after I seal it with some ModPodge and really like this warm, vintage-y look instead.
Finally, these last shots are of the sides....both sides are the same as far as being framed out with a piece of hardware. This helps to cover the seam that is created when i used two pieces of paper from the 6x6 paper pack. Now I know I could just use a 12x12 piece of paper to eliminate the seam but if I did I think that I would still use the hardware here as I think it adds even more interest to the piece.