Thursday, August 15, 2013

Vacation Memory Box

This summer I took a trip with my mom and my husband to New York. It ties with London as the best trip I have ever taken. My husband had a conference during the day, so my mom and I spent all day being tourists in the city and then in the evening, after my mom had turned in, my husband and I would enjoy the night life. We saw Cinderella on Broadway, spent an entire day in The Met and had our portraits draw in Central Park.
 I don't love scrapbooking, but, I didn't want to lose any of memorabilia from the trip, a vacation box seemed like the perfect fit. This post is part of a paid campaign with American Crafts, but all opinions are my own.
 I love the look of scrapbooks, but I have never been a fan of making them. That is one of the reasons I like Project Life, it appeals to the crafter in me, because I still get to create, but it doesn't need scissors or glue, so it comes together quickly. Project Life features sheet protectors that are designed for your favorite photos, add writing to a few Project Life cards and add to the protectors for a finished layout, fast.

For this project, I decided to use Project Life elements to create something else, I used the Vintage Travel Core Kit because it features travel themed images such as maps, which I loved for a project featuring my vacation.
 For this project you will need:

  • A wooden box, I love this flat box that I found at Michaels
  • Project Life Cards, You can find The Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Core Kit or the Vintage Travel Core Kit at Michaels as well. 
  • Paint (I used a charcoal color)
  • Mod Podge
  • Photos from your trip
  • Memorabilia from your latest trip

 Pick out a couple of Project Life Cards for the top of your box and a couple of photos. I liked the look of doing one horizontal card and one vertical, to break up the design a little bit. I used the Project Life Card corners as a guide to round the edges of my photos as well.
 Paint your box, both inside and out. Allow to dry completely.
 Secure the cards and photos to the top of the box with a layer of Mod Podge. Smooth the photos out from the center with the side of your finger. I like to allow this to dry for a few minutes before I add a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the photos to finish the project.
 Add your memorabilia to the box and the project is completed. What I really love about this project is, it is so cute, you can display it as well as use it for storage.
Want to make one of your own? Michaels carries one of  the largest selection Project Life including the exclusive core kits Vintage Travel Core Kit (featured here) and Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic which features more pinks, blue and yellows. You can also find the albums and photo protector pages at Michaels. 
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