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Friday, September 21, 2012

Strut Your Style!!!

Hello all!  It is that time again!  The Pride us up to some fun and games in the Den this month!  You should have reached me from RJ's blog, here.  If you pounced upon this blog hop by happenstance, the beginning is with Elsa on her blog here.  At the bottom of the post I have a full line up of my Den Brother and Sisters just in case you get lost along the way.  I'm Michelle, and I am glad that you are here!!

Before I go any further, I want to show you my Cub.  A huge shout out to RJ, who was so kind and thoughtful to send all of us our own little lions to decorate as we chose!  This is what I did with her...
Isn't she cute??  I think she is PURRFECT!!  She will be on every one of my Just a Few Friends posts from now on!!  Thanks RJ!!!

So now for my project.  This month was a Strut your Style themed hop.  We all get to do whatever project we wanted, showing our style.
It started with a box I recycled from work.  This is a huge part of my style.  I love to reuse and repurpose things.  I save these boxes because they are super sturdy cardboard and make excellent book covers for my projects.  Then I got to thinking, how about making something with the entire box?  Here is what I did.
 I wanted to make it look like a book but have the box utilized as well.  I went a little crazy with the decorations on the front, but I liked it!   I used Graphic 45's The  Old Curiosity Shop papers  for this project, along with some Tim Holtz hardware, some Recollections bling and flowers, some leaves from 7 Gypsies, and some other fun things from my stash.  How is that my style?  Those are my favorite supplies to work with and my favorite type of themes!
 I started by painting the edges of the box.  Then I attacked the box with these delicious papers.  The box lid closes with magnets hidden under the papers.  Here is my project all opened up.  My thinking was that this project would be a place to keep letters and little keepsakes from that someone special.
 The left side has a pocket for tags, and I hot glued the clip in the upper corner to hold more tags.
 I created a lower drawer under a shelf, then made another shelf  with a drawer.  There is a mini album on the top shelf, held in by the bottle.  Then I added a ribbon that can hold those letters.  I love ribbons, too, that is also part of my style.
 The bottom drawer comes out completely, but the little bin-style drawer doesn't.  I raided my stash of goodies and put some keys (one says "Memory" and the other says "Secret").  It's a little hard to see, but on top of the tall shelf, I put a doily, a mirror charm that my BFF Jackie gave me, and a string of pearl beads.
I made a simple maze book for the mini album, but the pages are 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", plenty big enough for pictures.  That is another piece of my style, I love, love, LOVE mini albums!!!

I sure hope you liked your stay in my Den!  It has been full of activity in here, you should see the score-tape leavings on the floor!  I hope you continue your prowl on our hop, and go check out what my Den Sister, Sherence has in store for you!!!  Her blog is here.  Thanks for stopping by!  I would love to hear what you think, so please leave me a comment. If you have any questions, please ask!

As always, stay crafty, my friends, and DON'T FORGET TO ROAR WITH PRIDE!!!


Kimibee said...

OMG Michelle....I love this...I am just drooling al lover my keyboard here!!! WTG!! ROOOOOAAAARRRRR!!! I love it!!

Just a Few Designs said...

are you kidding me!!! OMG...way to go!!! love the way you covered your box...and then when you get to the inside...well! its plum stunning! I just love your STYLE!! sO PROUD you are part of the PRIDE!!!!! ROARRRRRRRRRRRRR

Proudmommy702 said...

Wow, wow, wow. Your box is beyond stunning. Like, Kimi, I think I am going to need a new keyboard because my jaw dropped and drool took over my desk surface and keyboard. That is one AMAZING box overhaul. As my mom use to say, "you put your foot in it", meaning you gave 110%. Love, love, love it.

48scrappin said...

OMGoodness!!! Everyone is doing such an awesome job and this is no exception! How beautiful are all these creations!!! WOW!!! I am totally blown away by all this talent! tfs, cubbie hugs, Violet

Molly said...

Increeeeediiiiible...incredible! This has gotto be one of my all time favorite projects ( and boy oh boy have I spent a lot of hours scouring the net for paper projects..lol) I am bowled over by this! Great idea and I hope you don't mind I am gonna post a link to this on my blog! wow!

Gloria Westerman said...

Oh Michelle this is fantastic....I love it....It was such a surprise to see the inside....such a lovely piece....tfs

Sue Hornsby said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Love the paper, love the style and love what you did with it!

Yiyi said...

Oh waw { Explosion effect} so amazingly beautiful. Talent makes a different on simple invaluable, everyday things.

Margaret said...

I am amazed that you could take a little old box and turn it into something this elegant!! Beautiful!!

Audrey Frelx said...

OMG, Michelle, I love your CUB and she's just too adorable all decked out in her bling!!! LOL!

Wow, you did a great job on your recycled box -- I love that!!!

DaileyScrapper said...

Wow! Now that's a big ROARRR. Awesome!!! Love all the details!!

Creative Grammie said...

I love reuse and repurpose! Your's is super awesome! TFS

Francine said...

Beautiful, gorgeous, what more can I say? Michelle you did an awesome job turning a plain box into something beautiful. Definitely something I'd like to try some day. TFS!