Monday, July 16, 2018

Mixed Media Book Box

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


  1. Absolutely amazing Ann! I am sure you nephew is in love with this book box!

  2. Great job, you did a wonderful job on this, I bet he was very touched

  3. Ann, you are such a thoughtful aunt. Nicholas will treasure your keepsakes, and his children will enjoy them, too. I'm impressed with all the carefully detailed elements, placed in just the perfect spots, showing the regality and timelessness of Love. It's amazing, Ann. Thank you for the inspiration, and for showing the many aspects of your gift. hugs, de