Monday, March 5, 2012

Memories Boxes

These are Laura Denison designed Memories Boxes and I've fallen for them - BIG TIME! So much so that I made three of them LOL.

I used Tim Holtz's Lost and Found paper pad in the 12x12 (yes, I had been treasuring these for ages but this was the perfect project for them). I also used lots of chipboard, scor-tape and Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive to put it all together. I also used a lot of Recollections Kraft cardstock for the photo matts inside the box.

One thing I didn't like about these boxes was the fact that there was a lot of paper and chipboard waste, due to the sizes of each of the sections. For example, using the Kraft cardstock for the photo matts I could only get 2 pieces from an 8 1/2 x 11" piece of cardstock due to the size of the matt (4 3/4 x 4 1/2"). I'm seriously thinking of resizing the pattern to ensure less waste.
Another problem I came up with was the lid. It seemed too tight to cover the box and was tearing away at the paper when removed. Not a huge problem when using a grunge style, but wouldn't work very well with any other style. So I made each new box slightly larger - the first one I made the top and bottom sections 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" - this was too large so added some foam pieces inside the lid of the box to compensate for this. The last lid I cut at 8 1/8" x 8 1/8" and found this to be the perfect size lid.

Anyway, I enjoyed making them and will probably make more!

You can find Laura's pattern here and you can watch Laura's Ustream on the making of this Memories Box here.

My Ustream on making the box is here.


  1. WOW Jen, 3 WONDERFUL boxes....yours are FAN~FAB! Adore the paper you used too. BTW, still LOL at ink are AWESOME and rock my world. LOVE YA! Much Peace and Love, Dar

    1. aaaaaw, thanks Dar - I was treasuring that paper for so long, now I know why - just the right project to use it on!
      OMG! That ink blot stream was hilarious! Told ya I was thick LMAO!