Today over at A Vintage Journey we are challenged by Nikki to "use every stamp in a set" I decided on Tim's Artful Tools set from Stamper Anonymous. I don't know about you but when I get going on a project I start setting my tools down where I finish with them. Before I know it - I can't find anything. I am forever looking all around my work table and lifting each piece of paper to find what I want. I decided to try to change my ways and work a little more efficiently by containing my small tools in a box that can sit on my work table while I'm creating.
When not in use the Artful Box doesn't take up much space but can easily be opened and remain open because I made it with a hinged lid. Sort a like an easel card.
I cut a small notch in each side of the box edge to hold the lid open. That makes it easy to take tools in and out and hopefully not lose them.
I used Tim's craft resist paper to cover the entire thing being careful to center the large butterfly in the center of the inside.
I used an old Reader Digest cover, cutting the front cover in half to make the hinge. I rather liked the nice forest green color so left that as the edge.
I stamped the front panel and then added it to the front leaving a space for the movement of the lid. It is held together by the papers on both sides.
I did a little more stamping and then finished the cover, front and back.
I next constructed the box, covered it with paper that I stamped, sanded the edges and distressed with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I then put the box and lid together and I was done. Now I just have to find my small tools to put in it so I can start my next project. Wish me luck.
Hope you have enjoyed - I'll let you know if it works.
Have a fabulous weekend,