Friday, July 24, 2009

Polly want a cracker?

It has been about 5 years since the last time I saw my grandparents (my dad's parents), and they are now at my Uncle & Aunt's house just an hour away! I try to send them pictures of the kids regularly, but with the ease of e-mail and digital photos I sometimes just don't get around to getting pictures printed and put in the mail.

We went to visit them on Saturday and I wanted to bring them some pictures. I thought it would be fun to make them a box to keep them in, so that is what I did.

I started out with a cracker box from some of my favorite crackers - Wheat Crisps from Trader Joe's (basically their version of Wheat Thins). I also used some "chipboard" from a Joe's O's cereal box (again, thanks, Trader Joe's!). I cut the Joe's O's box to make a lining for the cracker box to give it a bit more stability and to add that little lip that holds the lid in place.

In order to cover the inside and outside with paper I wanted to use some thin paper since it is a bit easier to work with on all the corners, so I grabbed some Miss Elizabeth's paper that I bought at the Dollar Tree awhile back. I didn't have enough for the whole box, so I covered the lid with some plain tan paper from The Paper Company. I am a huge fan of ModPodge for adhering paper to chipboard (or cereal boxes) - I used it on the inside and outside of the box and it worked wonderfully!

After the box was assembled and the ModPodge was dry, I added a couple of finishing touches...a Prima flower and some ribbon (the ribbon was left over from my wedding...7 years ago!). I created the "We are family" tag with GIMP and a Hero Arts stamp and colored it with BIC Mark It markers. I added a few different Distress Inks to give the tag and the lid some personality.

1 comment:

scrapn_momof2 said...

Gorgeous box Tifany!! They will just adore the pics of all of your cuties in this.