September Hoarders Hop

Welcome to the September Craft Hoarders Anonymous Hop! You should be coming to my blog from Glenda Brooks blog. After visiting me, hop over to Tracey Sabella's blog next! To start at the beginning of the hop, and for the full list of Bloggers, go to Gloria's Blog!

I have had the Graphic 45 "Raining Cats and Dogs" collection stored in my craft room for quite some time now.  I had this plan of making a mini album of our 3 cats and new as soon as I saw this collection it would be perfect!  I bought almost the entire set including all of the elements and then it sat and sat...  Until this week!  I finally took it all out and made a mini box and album from it along with a hoarded black 5x5 mixed media box from the Graphic 45 Staples collection.
 



















I measured all of the sides on the box and cut out patterned paper to match.  I inked all of the edges with Black Soot Distress ink and adhered them down.  I fussy cut out the cat and flowers image for the front and adhered that popping up the large flower on foam dots.  I made the corner bouquet with several coordinating Wild Orchid Crafts Mulberry Flowers.  After they were adhered, I sprayed them with some Lindy's Stamp Gang in Clam Bake Beige to create some shimmer and darken the white flowers a bit.  I framed the edges of the front with black rhinestones. 

Below are the pictures of how I designed the sides of the box including the opening flap.  I used a Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull from my stash for the opening.





After I finished the box, I then got to work on the actual mini album to fit inside the box.  The box came with 6 black cardstock pieces that I used to create the pages of my album.  I covered each side with patterned paper and several elements from the collection.  All of it was inked again with the Black Soot ink.   After I was finished with the pages, I punched a hole in each upper left corner with my Cropadile puncher.  I had a silver binding ring in my stash which I covered in black patterned Washi tape to make it blend in with the book more.

























The backs of each page (not pictured) were left unembellished with only a 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch black mat for my pictures when I get them developed.  I am really pleased with how this album turned out.  I hope you have enjoyed it and are enjoying the hop.  Have a wonderful day!

22 comments:

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

What a great project! You embellished each page beautifully! You'll love storing all your kitty photos in here, too. It's the cat's meow!

Jan from Long Island said...

What an ambitious and gorgeous project! Love it!

vinita jain said...

What a master piece of your art work and i adore all your papers layout with so many variations of cat image with so sweeeeet sentiments, this cat totally Meow!!!!

Lisa Lynn said...

WOW- This is just stunning!!!! I have three cats and I find this so sweet. Those flowers are just beautiful.

Jean Bullock said...

The mini-album and box look wonderful! Well done!

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful box and lovely matching cards to go along with it!

SHartl said...

This is just the perfect way to use those Cats and Dogs papers and embellishments! I love that box

Sara Barker said...

ME-OW! Oh, I love this box and album you have so carefully made! Being a cat lover, this is right up my alley! Gorgeous work and beautiful details!

Heather Rogers said...

This is a gorgeous project simply lovely.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

clabaughchick said...

I too bought up this gorgeous paper and made an album for my granddaughter featuring all her critters etc. Came out beautiful. Love your projects.

Joanne G said...

I haven't tackled anything quite so complicated yet and I love to look at what beautifully talented gals like you have made. I just love it and one day will give it a go. Thank you so much for sharing.

Charo said...

Great proyect

wendipooh13 said...

oh wow such a fun project!!! this is amazing!!

Pammejo said...

Fabulous project, love the altered box and album...will be a precious keepsake box for you special pets.

Deborah Ehrhardt said...

Great idea to cover silver ring with black washi! The paper from Graphic 45 is perfect for your project. Very pretty!

Heather Thompson said...

the is just amazing, love the collection, fabulously showcased.

Ava Gavloski said...

wow great presentation well done

Gloria Stengel said...

This is so stinkin' cute! I love the box and the album! I too, had to have this paper, and I have used only a bit of it to make a few cards and one mini.... I have plans for more, but so much paper, so little time! LOL

Vicki robertson said...

This altered box is adorable, Amber!! Great details!

Barbara Rankin said...

My goodness, Amber, this is just adorable. I love how you decorated the outside of the box, and the door pull is genius. Each page of the mini album is perfectly embellished, ready for photos of your sweet "babies".

Tracey Sabella said...

What a fabulous mini album box for your sweet kitties!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Paradise Lost said...

This is goegeous! You have inspired me to dig into my G45 paper hoard and create a box album. Thank you!