Monday, January 3, 2011

The “I Love You, Because . . .” Box

I left the note on the refrigerator so everyone would see it ~ “Save that Whitman Sampler box!”.   I could hear the mumbling, “What does she want with the Whitman box?”, “I don’t know, I guess she’s going to make something with it.”  Do you  hear that around your house? 

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When I saw this box {and after I ate the chocolates that I like}, I thought it would make a great box to alter and repurpose.  I decided that it would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day project, so last weekend I got to it.  Now, before you say it’s too early, please know that I have been working on a keepsake box for my granddaughter for the past 4 months!  It’s not done yet.

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So I got out some great scrapbook paper that some bloggy friends sent me; a Valentine graphic from The Graphics Fairy; a Tim Holz key; a little banner I made that says “I Love You, Because . . .”, glitter; craft glue and some Mod Podge.  {Any tips on applying just a line of glitter to an edge would be appreciated; this was a bit more than I wanted}.  After cutting each paper to fit the section I wanted it in, I applied each to the box with Mod Podge.

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Once that dried I did a top coat, but on the top of the box I added my Valentine graphic.  I didn’t add a topcoat of Mod Podge to the graphic.  Once that all dried, I adhered my banner and the key.

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This is a Valentine’s Day gift for my hubby.  Inside the box I have pieces of paper and on each piece of paper I finished the sentence, “I Love You, Because . . .”.  Now I just need to finish that keepsake box!

Linking up with

Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

 

34 comments:

cottageprims said...

So whimsical! It turned out beautifully romantic!~Amy

sissie said...

Hi Kathy,
What a wonderful idea! It turned out so pretty, I love it. Your husband is going to feel very special when he receives this.

hugs
Sissie

southerninspirationsblog said...

How creative! I love that you thought of doing this and ACTUALLY did it! I often have great thoughts and then life gets in the way of my actually carrying them out. This is adorable and so very "green"!

Jennifer

Liz said...

So cute, Kathy, I love this idea! Thanks for sharing! XOXO ~Liz

Judy said...

What a great idea. I think I may try it. Very romantic.

One Cheap B*tch said...

So pretty! I love that harlequin (sp?) paper. It really makes everything else pop. Hope he loves it!

J

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, it turned out perfect, Kathy!!! I love, love your project!!! Happy New Year...I hope it is a wonderful year ahead filled with lots of fun creativity!!!
XO

Sassy Marsha said...

What a lovely Valentine gift for your hubby, Kathy!!

My dad used to get a box of Whitman's EVERY Christmas when I was young. I can remember opening up the box and checking the lid to see which chocolates were the ones I liked. What a "sweet" memory seeing the box brought me this morning!

To apply a thin line of glue apply it with a toothpick or a straight pin. I have a fine silver tip cap that I use for my glue bottles (I pour glue into a small plastic bottle) or I use a monojet syringe.

xxoo
Marsha

Leanne said...

That's so sweet. I love how it turned out and all the elements you used. Happy New Year, Kathy!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Here's the part where you find out there is someone zannier than you. I saved the heart shaped candy boxes from last year. :)

Ronda said...

I use "Glitz" from Ranger - you can make a pretty fine line if you are careful.

This is so cute.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I love this! And the littler banner looks three dimensional! You are starting the year off right...getting stuff done..I better get busy!

Lou Cinda

AB HOME Interiors said...

Oh I just love this. Personal gifts made with love are hands down the best and most meaningful. Fabulous idea!

Miss Obara said...

Great idea! No, it's not too early....

Sherry said...

That is adorable. I hate to throw out nice boxes like that too. And, I always loved a covered box for the Valentines.
Sherry

Darlene said...

Just found your blog via The Graphics Fairy. Love the beautiful box!!!

I had to laugh about the note on the fridge. When my husband starts to pick up something - and I start to protest - even before I finish my sentence, he says, "I know - Collage...."

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Gorgeous...I'm thinking the Whitman boxes are the new cigar boxes as they are so strong and versatile.

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a cute and clever idea! I love the Valentine graphic. I love personal gifts like that.

~ Tracy

Donna said...

What a fun and cute keepsake box! Such a great idea to repurpose the candy box, too! I always thought boxes like that were too nice and sturdy to toss out. Love the glitter, too:)

Blondie's Journal said...

This is so sweet, Kathy! I know my hubby would love something like this because he is such a romantic! He'd probably like the chocolates included, though! You did a fabulous job!

XO,
Jane

Designs on 47th Street said...

This is just as cute as can be! I used to do fun projects like this. What happened to the fun me? You have inspired me, Kathy.

Love it!

Donna

peggy aplSEEDS said...

lovely project for your hubby! good for you, starting early!

Kim said...

STOP! This is such a cute idea!

PetraB said...

This is adorable, it looks so sweet!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Kathy honey this turned out really pretty! How in the world did you come up with such a neat idea.
I would love to hear more about the keepsake box your doing for your granddaughter. If I started now I probably would not be ready for Valentines but I would love to do one
Love
Maggie
PS
Sorry I seem to be contributing to a messy computer for you ....lol

Carol said...

Kathy,
What a wonderful gift! I know it is one that my hubby would treasure.
Thanks for your visit and sweet comment!

Jane said...

What a fabulous repurpose of the Whitman box. You did a great job with this and I love the idea of adding the slips of paper for your husband.
Jane

Donnie said...

I'm just now finding out about Graphics Fairy and I love what you did with that. Beautiful.

Pamela said...

This lil' box is adorable Kathy!

Absolutely Ladylike said...

Such a nice Valentine's day gift! I love the idea of an "I love you, Because..." box...:-)

Happy New Year dear Kathy.

Much love: Evi

Room to Inspire said...

This is such a great project - and what a memorable gift that I am sure he will treasure forever! And I love that you reused the chocolate box...I might have to buy one (and eat all of the chocolates) just so I have one on hand!

Chelsea

Mrs. White said...

I love Whitman's Sampler boxes! They seem so old fashioned and fun. I had one last week, but my teenagers ate the rest of my chocolates and then threw the box away. Oh, well. There's always next time!

Thanks for a great idea!

Blessings
Mrs. White

Brambleberry Cottage said...

This is sooo sweet, Kathy. I love the design you created on the box. My hubby really enjoyed the paper chain I made for him many years ago. It, too, had 100 reasons why I love him - written on the links.

This would be such a terrific project to link to my party: http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/2011/01/time-travel-thursday-26-ones-that-got.html

I would love to see you there. Anything goes.

Hugs,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Jamie said...

Hi Kathy!! It's been a while but I am finally back to blogging! I've missed seeing all your FAB creations! This box is to die for! I absolutely LOVE it! Great job!

Hugs,
Jamie
CraftyCoutureBoutique.blogspot.com

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