Lena Holmstrom is our very own mini-book maker; she can create those small beauties in many different designs – one prettier than other. Having amassed quite a sizeable collection, she needed a box to house at least some of them.
With the help of Architextures elements and some Canvas Corp garland, Lena made not only some more of her gorgeous mini-books but also turned an old cigar box into their vintage-looking fancy new abode.
I bought an empty cigar box from a tobacco store. I wanted to make a pretty container for my mini books. Black gesso, old photo frame and 7g paper – that’s it. One evening and my project was completed. All I did was paint the box cover and the frame! – shares some insights Lena.
7gypsies Gypsy Moments 8×8 paper pad
7gypsies American Vintage – 4×6 printed file folders
Architextures 12×12 Floral Guide paper
Architextures Findings – Found Glass Bottles Collection
Architextures Trinkets – China Tea Cups
Architextures Trinkets – Floral Pocketbook
Architextures Trinkets – Ink Pens
Architextures Trinkets – Old Tin Cans
Architextures Treasures – Typewriter
Canvas Corp – Canvas Garland
I only needed two things to start: an old cigar box…
and an old photo frame. By the way, I will later on screw the frame onto the lid when all is decorated and dry.
I covered the lid of the box with black gesso. You could also use Tattered Angels High Impact paint here – it will do a great job!
Once the gesso dried, I added some texture with stencils and more black gesso.
I used Silk’s Acrylic glaze Iridescent Bronze to add the vintage feel to both the box lid and the frame.
I lined the inside of the box with the canvas garland. This makes the box a lovely, soft home for my mini-books.
Here are some of my mini-books – I love making them. You can never have enough of them. You need one for each of the papers that you own.
You can use a personalised box like this for storing your old photos, postcards or letters. Whatever the treasures, this beauty will be a worthy home for them.