Back to the topic at hand. My last job was as a Program Manager in a research lab. They had some interesting boxes that looked pretty nice, at first glance, and they looked perfect for small gifts. So the lab people kindly put these boxes into a sack along with some other plastic boxes I was positive I could find some purpose for those as well. I happily took home the sack of various boxes. Well, this job started after I had encountered this woman at the craft show selling her "re-purposed" items. Her items really were beautiful, so much so I bought one of her items thinking I could surely find a purpose for it in my home. Alas, that was not meant to be and I ended up selling it to a friend. The point is, I was so impressed with what this woman had done I was determined to take any unwanted item to "re-purpose".
Several months later I went through the bag of boxes and found they were not so much useful as I had thought, but quite frankly it takes a special type of imagination to come up with ideas on how to take a cast off and turn it in to a beautiful, desirable item someone else might have a need for. An imagination, I am thinking, escaped my list of talents!
Now here is the box I decided this past Christmas to turn in to a beautiful box to be the container for a gift.
Yes, I could have wrapped it with holiday wrap, but anybody can do that. I am a Stampin'UP Demonstrator, I surely could come up with something prettier than ordinary paper and ribbon. Now let me show you what I did come up with. Little did I know how much work it was going to take to turn the box into the beautiful box below. Wish the Dazzling Details I used would have shown up better in the photos below. I edged the top edges of the lid and the corners.
I went through my Designer Series Paper and selected the cute owls. The only way to accomplish this task involves a lot of accurate measuring, cutting and gluing. I learned a lot about how to cover a box with beautiful paper. I also learned a project such as this also requires the use of our sanders. Until I used the sanding block I was wondering how in the world she was not going to be permanently stuck to the box because no matter how hard I tried glue was coming out all over the box. I was very frustrated as I was so covered in glue and was getting it all over the box. I was actually able to lightly sand the paper and the original covering of the box bottom and the stickiness went away. I was highly impressed. It was a work of love and by the time I got done I was pleased. My daughter was so pleased with it she wanted to keep the box.
So I kind of went backwards by going back to the holidays, but I had been wanting to share this project since Christmas. Now I have. So I can move on. Valentine's is the next big event coming up. Sale-a-Bration starts tomorrow, check out my website for this exciting annual customer appreciation event, wonderful stuff you can get for free.