This piece was one I featured in an article in the February issue of Scrapbook News + Review on altered items for your craft room/studio. I gave up on buying pre-made storage for my craft supplies ages ago. I’ve found that by thinking outside the box I can come up with something custom-fit for just about any supply PLUS I get to alter it – woohoo! I pretty much stalk the unfinished wood section of Michael’s. Hobby Lobby is my other option, but I’ve found I don’t like their selection quite as well (or their quality – always check each piece before purchasing!) and they don’t change out their stock as often as Michael’s does. When I came across this house shadow box (I think it was $5), my mind just raced with all the possibilities for what might fit into those cute little sections!
I’ve pictured here a variety of things that fit into the sections, but I actually use it solely for my Stickles and Glossy/Crackle Accents. I like having those out and handy plus being able to see the Stickles colors at a glance.
First I painted the whole thing with black acrylic paint (Jo Sonja’s by Chroma – it’s a nice, thick paint in a tube. Step above craft grade, step below artist grade). Then I started playing with the papers from the Bittersweet line from Basic Grey and just filling in all the spaces. Paper packs are awesome for projects like this where you want a variety of papers – they’re all pre-coordinated! I used an Xacto knife to cut out a few strips from one of the papers to decorate the “attic” area. Then I just started dotting away with Scribbles (Duncan) in a shiny pink to make the edges more interesting. Even with drying time on the Mod Podge and paint, I think the whole project only took me a couple of hours.
So next time you’re out at your local craft store, wander through the unfinished wood section and think outside the box! Take a piece over to the scrapbook section to see what might fit – you might be surprised!!!