Secret Garden Treasure Box and Mini Album (May Arts Spring Ribbon Challenge and Graphic 45)

Secret Garden Treasure Box and Mini Album

Hello, friends!  I am very excited to share today’s project with you.  A few weeks ago, Bethney, from May Arts Ribbon issued a Spring Release Craft Challenge.  The theme was Spring, and we had to choose 4 ribbons from the new releases and share a project idea with Bethney.  If we were chosen, she would send us 2 yards of each of the ribbons we had selected and use them in the project.  I had never done this before, but the ribbons were sooooooo pretty, I just had to give it a try.  And, wonder of wonders!  My idea was selected!  Happy Dance.  These were the ribbons in the new release.  I chose to work with the teal string, the salmon faux lightweight canvas, the natural burlap ribbon, and the green leaves. Aren’t these ribbons just pure eye candy?

From Cigar Box to Secret Garden Treasure Box

This challenge sent me searching in the Closet of Shame for a good box to use as my base.  I found another wonderful cigar box, and went to work on it, transforming it with a layer of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso, Distress Crackle Paint in Frayed Burlap, and acrylic paints from my stash.  I added gorgeous papers from Graphic 45’s  “A Secret Garden” collection, ribbon roses, burlap ribbon, teal twine and green leaves.  Here’s the finished box:

Secret Garden Treasure Box. I loved working with the lightweight faux canvas!  The burlap flower is made using the Tattered Florals die.  I backed the burlap with iron on interfacing to prevent it from raveling, then painted with Picket Fence Distress Ink and Spritzed with Perfect Pearls.

Click on photos for larger images. Secret Garden Treasure Box. I loved working with the lightweight faux canvas! The burlap flower is made using the Tattered Florals die. I backed the burlap with iron on interfacing to prevent it from raveling, then painted with Picket Fence Distress Ink and Spritzed with Perfect Pearls.

Here is a close-up of the cut apart paper from the collection.  It's mounted on a burlap panel that was stitched with the teal string.  The papers were accented with Glossy Accents.

Here is a close-up of the cut apart paper from the collection. It’s mounted on a burlap panel that was stitched with the teal string. The papers were accented with Glossy Accents.

A close-up of the crackled paint and those sweet spring leaves.

A close-up of the crackled paint and those sweet spring leaves.

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Burlap Flower with a custom colored button and twine.  So fun to work with!

Burlap Flower with a custom colored button and twine. So fun to work with!

The edges were cut from the natural burlap ribbon to make this photo mat.  I treated the burlap with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Medium to stiffen it.  Once it was dry, I stitched the teal string through the weave of the burlap ribbon and adhered it to the box.

The edges were cut from the natural burlap ribbon to make this photo mat. I treated the burlap with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Medium to stiffen it. Once it was dry, I stitched the teal string through the weave of the burlap ribbon and adhered it to the box.

I love the salmon faux canvas ribbon against those green leaves and the crackled background.

I love the salmon faux canvas ribbon against those green leaves and the crackled background.

Inside the Secret Garden Treasure Box

I used the inside of the box to build a little dimensional scene by fussy cutting images from the Graphic 45 papers. The cut images were dry brushed with white acrylic paint to add more dimension and texture.  I didn’t want to pop the images up on foam tape because I wanted the box to be used for storing sweet treasures…and a little something extra.  Wait for it!

The scene built inside the box.  Perfect for storing little treasures or mementos!

The scene built inside the box. Perfect for storing little treasures or mementos!

A Hand-Bound Mini Album

Here's the mini album tucked into the cigar box.  The album contains 8 hand bound pages and 3 pockets with journaling tags. It is made from old cereal boxes!

Here’s the mini album tucked into the cigar box. The album contains 8 hand bound pages and 3 pockets with journaling tags. It is made from old cereal boxes!

I used every smidge of that gorgeous salmon faux canvas, so had to dip into my stash to make these ribbon roses.  But, you can see that I used more of the natural burlap along the left hand side of the mini.  I also used Graphic 45 Staples, old jewelry, a muse token and a key from my stash to adorn the cover. It's very sturdy!

The Inner Pages of the Mini Album

The photo pages are all ready to receive a standard 3x5" photo.  I used a white pen to doodle around the edges of the black pages.  If you look at the tops and sides, you'll see the tags peeping out from their hidden pockets.

The photo pages are all ready to receive a standard 3×5″ photo. I used a white pen to doodle around the edges of the black pages. If you look at the tops and sides, you’ll see the tags peeping out from their hidden pockets.

The tags were made from Graphic 45 Staples packaging that I’d saved.  They are so lovely and sturdy, I couldn’t bear to toss them.  I just covered them with gesso and inks, then decorated them. Super sturdy!  I love the way some of the original packaging peeks through the gesso and ink.

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The first tag.  One side is designed for journaling, the other for another small photo.

The first tag. One side is designed for journaling, the other for another small photo.

Pages 3 and 4.  The fishtail banner lifts so that a standard sized photo can be adhered behind it.  More hand doodling around the border.

Pages 3 and 4. The fishtail banner lifts so that a standard sized photo can be adhered behind it. More hand doodling around the border.

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The front and back of the tag inserted into the side pocket of this page.

The front and back of the tag inserted into the side pocket of this page.

A double-page photo spread with

A double-page photo spread with

Page 5 and 6 has room for 2  standard sized photos.  See the sweet tag peeking out of the pocket?

Page 5 and 6 has room for 2 standard sized photos. See the sweet tag peeking out of the pocket?

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The front and back side of the final tag.

The front and back side of the final tag.

Pages 7 and 8.  The sweet image of this little girl touches my heart.

Pages 7 and 8. The sweet image of this little girl touches my heart.

 

The back cover, and the ribbon binding.

The back cover, and the ribbon binding.

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I’d like to thank Bethney of May Arts Ribbon for giving me the opportunity to work with this beautiful ribbon.  It was a joy to create with.  If you love ribbon, you really should check out the May Arts Ribbon Blog.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be one of the winners in this challenge so that I can get my crafty little fingers on more of their beautiful ribbons!  Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  I love hearing from you….it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Secret Garden Treasure Box and Mini Album (May Arts Spring Ribbon Challenge and Graphic 45)

  1. Gloria Stengel

    Wowza! You know I made a frame with G45 Bird Song paper where I did a similar technique as you with the leaf ribbon….but you went so far beyond that! Unreal. I am sitting here drooling. Wish I could see this in person!

  2. Anita Houston

    OH MY GARDEN GOSH!!! WOW!!! Where do you find the time! Just the embellishment would take a week! Amazing!!! The box is gorgeous, and an album too? WOW!!! I love the ribbons! That leaf one has been a favorite of mine for years! So so so stunning! You are an amazing crafter Kathy…you are!!!

  3. Tanya

    I got goosebumps from the first sighting….oh the splendor that you have captured in this series. That little child beside the fence….absolutely holy….and the leaf ribbon…better than a rich desert. Oh the secret garden! I have not read it through and there is no excuse now….it is in my home. These are gorgeous. How I enjoy the pairings of color and texture of these works of art….LOVELY LOVELY LOVELY! It shows the value and depth of your heart.

  4. ncguygirl

    I missed your posts while you were away last week, but this one was well worth the wait. What a beautiful treasure you turned this old cigar box into! I LOVE IT!! The mini journal inside is also beautiful and precious. You don’t need a blog, you need a shop to sell your work from! This one just knocked my socks off.

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