Published on January 9th, 2014 | by Patti Senter3
A few years back I saw an idea in a magazine for something called a Smile Box. I incorporated that idea into what I call my Blessing Box. A place to jot down little moments from your life that make you smile and make your soul happy. It’s a very simple process, you remove one of the included papers and write down the moment and then place the note back in the box. When life throws you just a few too many curve balls and you think you might not be able to take one more step, laugh one more laugh, see one more ray of sunshine on a gloomy day you remove your messages and reflect back on the simple times that have given you joy. That’s what life is all about, not momentous life shattering events, how many of us actually have those? Most likely the happiness we derive in life is from little things that brightened our day and made us so glad we were here at just this precise moment in time.
For my Blessing Box I used Heartfelt Creations gorgeous new paper collection Floral Key. Oh my word these papers and images are just unbelievably beautiful! On the front of the box the paper says Prayer, a Key for the Day and a Lock for the Night. The key actually had a picture of a key printed on it but I chose to take a metal key and hot glue it over the top of the printed one to give that 3 dimensional look. I also fussy cut the flower corner and popped it up on a cardboard mat, glued it over the printed flowers and then added a layer of Glossy Accents over the top of the flowers. The top of the box is completed using a metal corner adornment. (All the metal pieces were gifts from two friends who did a little EBAY shopping and shared with me, isn’t it nice to have such generous friends?)
The box base is a wooden cigarillo box someone had sent me a long long time ago and I had it in a drawer that houses items I plan on altering. This was just the prefect size for my box. You could use anything you might have on hand, a box like this, a cardboard box you’ve saved and want to repurpose or a box you’ve purchased from a store. I used Vintage Photo Distress Stain around all the edges of my box to give them strong brown color.
The inside has a fussy cut heart from the paper with a mat behind glued to the inside top. I again used heavy cardboard cut just smaller than the heart to pop it up. I like using the card board in places like this because it gives an even dimension to your item and provides a sturdy base. I inked around the lace of the heart and used some Wink of Stella glitter. All the insides have been covered with strips of paper and inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I tied all my little memory note papers with a piece of hemp and attached a metal key. Hiding under the key on top of the notes I added my message about the Blessing Box. The note papers were stained with a combination of coffee, antique linen Distress reinker, Walnut Stain distress ink and Lindy’s Steampunk Sepia Starburst Stain.
Around the four outer corners of the box I added some bent metal filigrees (again from the generous hands of my friends). If you don’t have access to metal pieces like this you could leave the corners with just the decorative paper or cut corners from a die like Spellbinders Corner Flourish. The bottom is covered with paper and the four corners have metal findings from Prima for feet. Check out my video for a look at the box before I started, how I stained it, choosing the papers and the finished box. I hope you’ll consider making your own Blessing Box for yourself or a friend.
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!
Supplies from the store:
HCDP1 238: Heartfelt Creations Floral Key 12×12 Paper Collection
TIM 19534: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Supplies from my stash: Wooden Cigarello box, Metal embellishments, Glossy Accents, Prima Junkyard Findings, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Stain, Antique Linen Distress re-inker, Lindy’s Steampunk Sepia Starburst Spray, Pearl,