November 22, 2015

Matchbox Play Book

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
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy


Astrid Maclean said...

Great idea, a lovely project!

Dorthe said...

Shari, a gorgeous matchbox, with the wonderful little book inside. So many great techniques , you show, and I love how you sewed the book !!
Such a very sweet idea, dear !!
xoxo Dorthe

Coco said...

Wonderful project Shari, the mini book inside the box is adorable with its stitching!! :) xx

Anonymous said...

There is just something so perfect about your stamp choice and this project, they fit together so wonderfully. I do love a wee touch of coffee staining and it could not be more perfect for the pages of the mini journal.
Fabulous all round!

butterfly said...

Oh, how sweet is that?! Love the warm honey colours and brilliant to see the journal really does fit in the matchbox!
Alison x