Today I’m joining in the blog hop with Xyron and Maya Road. I’ve wanted to make an idea jar for a long time (always picturing a big mason jar with strips of paper in it) but last week I was on Corrine Gilman’s blog and her gorgeous altered cigar box got me thinking. I have loads of them in the basement, so hunting I went, and here’s what I wound up with:
I started by running the Maya Road chipboard letters through my Xyron® 9” Creative Station:
I cut out the word ‘ideas’ out so I could emboss just those letters, using a Sizzix sheet music embossing folder:
I applied all the letters to the box randomly, being sure that the one word was spelled out. I coated the letters with gesso before painting the box:
and eventually sealed it all with a gloss varnish. I ran the Xyron 1/4″ high tack tape around the edges of the box and then added Maya Road trims to form a border strip.
Inside I added patterned paper, which I’d also run through the Xyron® 9” Creative Station. It is so easy to paper a box, board, display, etc. this way.
For the contents of the box, I looked around my studio and made a long list (over 100 items) of products and things I’d like to use. Some tools, some products, and some basic household items. So when I’m stuck or needing a push, I can just pull a few ideas and I’ll be fast at work. Hopefully I’ll also be using some things that have been left untouched for too long.
Have a great day!