Hi everyone – Dolly here.
I think I must have a bit of a reputation amongst my friends for the person who hoards boxes of every shape and size to ‘alter’ and transform. One of my friends brought a notelet box in and aid that as it opened in a really unusual way she thought I would like it.
And I did.
It as a really unusual box – approximately 4 ½” square – that opened by pulling the little ribbon at the corner to reveal three little trays, perfect for holding three little mini books.
We have three favourite hotels that we have been lucky enough to stay in many times and so that was the theme I went with – one mini book for each hotel.
I made the three mini books as 10 page (5 each side) accordion albums cut from cardstock.
I kept them simple but themed each one in keeping for the hotel so lots of pastel coloured tropical flowers for the Caribbean Beach resort and of course playing cards, dice and money for Las Vegas
You can see how the box opens in the picture with the three books nestled in their individual trays.
The problem was how to decorate the box as due to the way it opened, covering it with paper was not going to be an option. I knew that just painting it would be difficult as the box was very shiny and that paper covering would crack as it had to bend in several places.
In the end I coloured it with alcohol inks to try and give a sort of tortoise-shell effect using five different colours and building up the layers.
I decorated the top with a piece of leather effect thick paper I bought a sheet of in Michaels years ago. I added a couple of stamped images and a leather word strip and finished it off with some paper roses.
Finally I printed suitcases on glossy card, mounted them on really thick chipboard and then stuck them to the sides using foam pads.
I'm glad people know they can give me their 'rubbish'.