Hi There and Happy Sunday!! It's me Shari with you today-recuperating from a blustery week of stormy weather and power outages! Being without electricity for just a couple of days, makes me feel like I'm two weeks behind....Good thing I have a few Artistic Outpost projects ready in advance to share during times when I can't quite make it to the crafting table!
I couldn't resist using our new Go Team stamp set to create my very first matchbox journal creation. This is a bigger matchbox and measures about 2 1/2" x 4 1/4".
When you pull the drawer open, there's a cute little journal you can use to jot down notes or those creative ideas that you just can't forget! Let me show you a little bit of what I did to alter this matchbox...
I used a piece of mixed-media paper and created a master board using Distress Spray Stains and white gesso. I spread the gesso through my Harlequin layering stencil to add some fun texture and design.
I started by altering the surface of the matchbox with Walnut Stain Distress Stain. Not pictured is all of the paint cap stamping and paint splatters that I added.
Before layering the top of the matchbox with a finished piece of master board, I wrapped the box with decorative tissue tapes--Oh, you can see some of the paint splatters and paint cap circles there on the side of the matchbox!
I stamped this little footballer and the words onto coffee stained mixed-media paper and fussy cut. I stamped the loving cup onto manila stock, heat embossed with silver embossing powder and carefully fussy cut.
I adhered all of the fussy cut pieces to a piece of the master board and secured to the top of the matchbox with matte Decou-Page. The inside of the matchbox drawer got a little piece of the master board, too.
This little playbook was so fun to make. I used a couple of sheets of coffee stained copy paper to create the journal and I used black duct tape and my sewing machine to stitch and adhere all of the pages together.
This journal measures about 2 1/8" x 4" and fits perfectly inside the matchbox drawer. I used alphabet letter stamps that I have to make the "Play Book" title page--I stamped the words onto tissue paper then adhered to the cover with matte Decou-Page.
I randomly stamped and splattered the inside of the pages to add a bit of interest and give the journal a bit of a 'used feel' to it.
Altering this matchbox was so fun and I can see making more of these to give away as gifts! They would make perfect little stocking stuffers, too, and can be altered to fit any occasion, celebration and holiday--This definitely won't be the last time you see one of these from me!
Thanks so much for joining me here at Artistic Outpost today!! Since I won't be back until next Sunday, I'd like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! I'm already looking forward to the Thanksgiving feast leftovers!!
Designer: Shari Trumbull
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