My nephew, Nicholas, just graduated from high school. I had made a scrapbook for him years ago with all his baby pictures and wanted to make something with his more recent photos in it and a place to hide things, thus the book box.
I started off by using one of my husband's old college textbooks (with his permission, of course). I cut a template measuring 5x7 for the book box portion and began cutting a few pages out of the book at a time, but leaving some pages in front of this to attach photos. I wish I could have made the box part deeper but my hands were wreaking havoc on me already, and I had broken my good knife.
When the box part was done, I began working on the cover. I wanted to leave the binding as is so when he puts this book on a shelf with other books, it would blend in. To make the cover, I glued on a piece of wrinkled tissue paper and let that dry. Then I painted it with black gesso and did some stenciling with texture paste. When that was dry, I dry brushed some red Finnabair Art Alchemy wax and then rubbed on some metallic colors with my fingers,highlighting the raised areas.
I adhered some Tim Holtz Idea-ology findings and some similar things from Hobby Lobby's brand, Spare Parts. For the inside pages, I tried to use mixed media on as many as I could and designer scrapbook paper on others.
How many of us know what day of the week and what time we were born? I thought this would be something sentimental for Nick so I made a few pages with this information on them, along with his birth weight and height.
The rest of the album is a compilation of more recent photos and events Nick participated in.
This was a fun learning experience for me. If I ever make another book box, I won't put as many pages ahead of the box part as they bulked up the book and made it difficult to keep closed.
I hung a chain with some trinkets on it just for fun: a graduation tassel and year charm, a red bottle I filled with red seed beads (his favorite color) and a key since Nick just bought his first car.
Now I get to begin working on a totally different project for my soon-to-be 17 year old niece.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann