World Traveler Serengeti Shadowbox

As we continue our journey of Africa, we explore the art, the words, the images, the history and pieces that are so beautiful, we get a feel for this unique culture and the mystery and intrigue of it.  The rich colors of the collection come together to create travel journals, travel scrapbook, shadow boxes, cards, layouts and more.  If you have been on safari or have it on your bucket list, this collection takes you there.  Also the perfect collection for journeys closer to home like the zoo, gardens, African studies or your local museum. Explore Africa with Rhea’s Serengeti Shadow Box with beautiful papers as the backdrop for special treasures of mini animals, charms, shells and ephemera pieces.

World Traveler Serengeti Shadowbox

I was delighted when Canvas Corp asked me if I was interested in working with some classic 7 Gypsies paper lines.  One of my projects is with Serengeti and I had a blast seeking treasures for this fun little shadowbox.


I started with one of the 7gypsies Solo Trays (available in 3 colors – black, white and vintage stain), I have made so many shadowboxes (because I absolutely adore them!), I tried to change things up a bit and alter this one with 7 Gypsies, paper tape (they don’t carry the paper tape anymore, but you can use your favorite tapes.)  In order to keep things looking aged and distressed I added some brown ink as well and used many elements from the 12×12 Serengeti Papers to make my background and create individual embellishments.


Lots of fun trinkets and charms were added with a heavy duty glue.  The Serengeti Charms were a perfect starting point for my tresures.  I found additional items in my junk drawers, my craft stash and I also made a trip to my local bead shop.  She had a few key items like the mask and tooth that made this collection look really authentic.  If you find great little trinkets, but the color is not right, paint them – you can use Tattered Angels High Impact paints in metallic or pigment colors and transform them to match any color palette.


The background of the bottom boxes is textured with burlap from Canvas Corp.  I also used the antique pins and clothes pins from Canvas Corp as well.


I experimented with rub ons throughout this piece.  Since it is not as jam packed as some of my other assemblages, I was craving a way to add just a little bit more interest.  Again, I was sure to apply this techqnique evenly across the entire project so that there is a sense of balance.


Yet another classic element from 7 Gypsies is the amber apothecary bottle.  Inside of the bottle I put some whole black peppercorns as I thought they looked like seeds or something.  The bottle was decorated with twine from Canvas Corp.  That same twine also lines the upper inside frame for more texture.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of this classic series!

You can glance through the collection in this Serengeti Flier that features all of the papers, ephemera and coordinating pieces.

Serengeti Front Cover

Happy Creating!!!


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  1. May 28, 2015 @ 4:35 pm Kenya

    This is absolutely beautiful! I MUST get some of those papers! I have been waiting on a collection like this! Please make MORE!!


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