Keepsake Box for Baby Jayne (Graphic 45 altered box)

Good Friday morning everyone!  Is it just me, or did this week move with lightning speed? Today I have an altered project to share with you.  A dear friend asked me to make a memory box for her granddaughter.  I knew just what to do, and actually had all the supplies on hand. Without further ado, I bring you A Keepsake Box for Baby Jayne.

Baby Keepsake Box 01 I started with a Graphic 45 5″x8″ kraft box and painted all the edges with white acrylic paint.  These boxes are fun and easy to work with.  I covered the box with K & Company papers from Brenda Walton.  The images are from Graphic 45’s Little Darlings collection.  I distressed a metal door plate and keyhole from Graphic 45 by dry brushing them with white acrylic paint.  My husband then bent them with his metal break to form legs and a latch. ( I might have been able to bend them with pliers, but they are quite sturdy, and since we have a break, we might as well use it.)  The legs were adhered with foam tape, and the latch with Glossy Accents.

Roses, roses, roses!

Baby Keepsake Box 03 I used the Spellbinder’s Bitty Blossoms die to make roses.  Lots and lots and lots of roses!  LOL  I lost count, but I spent quite a while die cutting, shaping, rolling and dry brushing roses with white acrylic paint.  And I have the burned thumbs to prove it .  (While I’m on the topic, does anyone have a glue that works as well as a hot glue gun?  I am sooooo tired of burning my thumbs.  It hurts!)  Baby Keepsake Box 04 The leaves are included in the Bitty Blossoms die set, so that is easy.  I hit them with some Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Ink and added them to the mix. I do love the way these roses turn out, and they are not hard to make.  They just take time.  

I added white lace and doily Dazzles around the openings to set them off.  I left the top window blank, thinking the family would want to insert a photo of baby Jayne here.  The darling little butterflies are from Prima.  

Inside the Keepsake Box

The inside of the box is also decorated.  This is what it looks like when you open the front panel:

Baby Keepsake Box 11 I used another image from Graphic 45 to cover the opening on the bottom.  Postage stamp images from the Little Darlings cut out page were added to the side panels.

Baby Keepsake Box 09  Here is the “box” section covered with adorable papers from K & Company.  You could put a hospital bracelet, a birth announcement, photos, first pair of booties…a lock of hair…any kind of memento into this compartment. 

Baby Keepsake Box 08  The flap on the right hand side of the box has room to mount a photo, or to add family tree information.  Don’t you love these sweet images from Graphic 45?

Baby Keepsake Box 10 And here’s what the box looks like fully opened. 

I did have one more view from the side, so you can see how the latch works: Baby Keepsake Box 06 You can barely see it peeking out from beneath the rose leaves.  I love that this design allows the  box stands on its own two feet so that it can be displayed on a dresser or shelf.  I hope the family will have fun filling this keepsake box for Baby Jayne with wonderful mementos of her early years.  Facebook photos are nice…but nothing beats an item you can hold in your own two hands.

That’s it for me today, folks.  I hope you enjoyed looking at this keepsake box for Baby Jayne.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask; I’m more than happy to help.  Here’s hoping your weekend will be filled with fun activities.  Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving your kind comments.  They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



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8 thoughts on “Keepsake Box for Baby Jayne (Graphic 45 altered box)

  1. margiehmalone

    Kathy, This is beautiful. (I know I say that about all your work, but it’s true!) Try either Ranger Multi Medium Matte or FlutterGlu from Indigoblu. If you get Flutterglu oon your hands every thing you touch will stick to you – and you will get it on your hands. It was designed for the metal flakes, but will hold almost anything.I love this box. Why haven’t I seen it before. Is it custom made or are you going to sell it? Take care sweet lady.

  2. Glenda

    Kathy, this is quite delightful! I love all the magic little details and the more I see of your work, the more impressed I become. You have such a talent for this type of art. And I do mean art!

  3. Nancy

    Sitting here stunned. Gotta gotta gotta share this with an artsy friend who will appreciate it even more than I do, if that’s possible!

  4. ncguygirl

    This keepsake box is gorgeous! I love your clever use of the door latch – never would have thought of that – bravo! You did a fabulous job – it is truly going to be something they will treasure, and that Jayne will love when she gets older. Brilliant!

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