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Baby Keepsake Box

by Amy Bowerman

Greetings from Connecticut!  We are experiencing a bit of indian summer here today.  Although it is cloudy and muggy my cheerful, local weatherman assures us that there will be some “peek-a-boo sun”!  Today I have a Baby Keepsake box to share with you.  Yup…still on that baby shower kick….but it’s for my sister’s baby shower so I am going all out!!    I was in need of a nice box to store the baby shower  favor tags I made for her and thought this would fit in perfectly with the Lessology trinket box challenge.

Baby keepsake box

Baby Keepsake Box

Here is my finished piece.  This paper is my latest obsession.  It’s “The Green Stack” from DCWV.  Not only is it absolutely adorable it is also made from 70% recycled paper….what’s not to love about that?  I recently used it to make her a Pennant banner for the shower and later to decorate the baby’s room (I’m all about duality…the more uses the better!) which you can see here.  Not wanting to waste a bit of this fabby fab paper I  used the scraps to alter the box.  Again, this project is pulling double duty by holding baby shower favor tags for now and later my sis can store baby keepsakes in it.  To top it off it matches the banner that will be decorating the baby’s room!

This is how it all began….can you say blah??

baby keepsake box before

Plain Jane

I’ve had this cigar box for YEARS it has stored my colored pencils which I almost never use since I have always favored markers.  Due to my recent discovery of Copic markers  the colored pencils have not seen the light of day in some time.

baby keepsake box with  distress stain

Getting Ink

A Tim Holtz sanding grip was used to give the box a light sanding and prepare it for ink. Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Stain was used to give it a nice cherry finish….which of course matches the finish on the furniture in the nursery.  I know I keep saying it but I LOVE Distress Stain.  Never have I used a product that makes it so quick and easy to lay down color.  It colors wood…how cool is that?

baby keepsake box and mod podge

Mod-Podge Madness!

After staining I gathered my scraps, cut to size, stamped with Stampers Anonymous “Seamless Experience” (a God send for the sewing impaired), and distressed the edges to resemble a piece of fabric.  I then broke out my trusty Mod-Podge and my new Mod-Podge decoupage tools…which I have no idea how I ever lived without…and got to gluing and sealing.

baby keepsake box

“Children are a heritage from the Lord” Psalm 127:3

I added a velum quote and some of my brother-in-law’s grandmother’s buttons to embellish the top of the box.  These buttons have a lot of sentimental value for my sister and brother-in-law since his grandmother passed away last year.  Ida was a wonderful lady who loved making and giving gifts.  She is still giving gifts from heaven.  I inherited a lot of her sewing and crafting supplies which I draw inspiration from each and every day.

baby keepsake box

Rockin’ Robins!!

My sister loves birds so I had to add these colorful chirpers on the inside.  Aren’t they cute?  Don’t get distracted by the beavers now….I know their cute too but the birds steal the show on the inside :)

baby keepsake box with baby shower favor tags

Beavers, birds & elephants? Oh my!!

If there is anything I learned from 10 years in the restaurant business it’s that it is all about presentation!  My sister came by the other day and wanted to take the tags in a Ziploc bag!  I said Oh “heavens” no!  (not really but I’m PG online) and that is how the baby keepsake box was “born”!

baby shower favor tags

I spy a spotty dotty elephant

I used my trusty Fiskars scallop and circle punch to create the tags, some cotton cording, and a Tim Holtz tiny attacher.  Is there anything cuter than teeny tiny staples?  Well maybe that spotty dotty elephant from the Hero Arts “Elephants” set.  He’s been showing up a lot lately.  I must say I will be sad to see him go once the shower is over :(

As always thanks for stopping by I love your visits and comments…do come back again!

Have a lovely day!

Amy*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 jenbrez September 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Love this idea! I was searching everywhere for a unique keepsake box. This served as a great inspiration for a couple I made for my daughters. I made them with pine wine boxes. Thank you so much for the inspiration!
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2 Audrey Pettit October 5, 2011 at 11:57 am

This is SO fabulous, Amy!! Such a sweet keepsake box.
So glad you played along with us at LESSology. :)

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3 Anonymous October 5, 2011 at 8:59 am

I love this so so much. So lovely. Thanks for playing with us at Sketchy Thursdays x

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4 Julie Tucker-Wolek October 5, 2011 at 8:52 am

I loveeeeeeeeeeeee this! LOVING the distressing and the stitching! Thanks so much for playing along with LESSology! :):):):):):):):):):):)

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5 ~amy~ September 29, 2011 at 7:20 am

Way to use your scraps…your box is adorable…love the POP of color on the interior…your sister is going to love it!!! Perfect to add those buttons…a wonderful keepsake! Thanks for joining us at LESSology!

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6 Sandi T September 29, 2011 at 12:38 am

What a great idea for the box! Love what you’ve done and those tags are really nice too!

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7 Angi September 28, 2011 at 8:35 am

Absolutely adorable. I love the wood, the cute paper, the buttons, and the tags. Wonderful project for a baby shower. Thanks so much for joining us at LESSology for our altered trinket box challenge.

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8 Kirsty Vittetoe September 28, 2011 at 3:38 am

WOW WOW WOW……. thanks for playing along with us at LESSology!

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9 yyam September 28, 2011 at 12:28 am

How cute is this! You’ve certainly turned the box from blah to wow! Love the adorable little tags it houses too! :)

Thank you so much for joining us at LESSology.

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