Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Project!

I had fun this morning! After seeing this a origami box on a number of websites, I decided to give it a whirl. After a little search, I found the directions here on a Splitcoast Stampers forum.

The box, which is approximately 4-1/4 inches square, was folded from a 12x12-inch piece of patterned paper. A Pdf file showing how the paper is folded is available on the post. I printed it. I don't know about you, but I'm one that needs to see how something is done. Printed directions most likely wouldn't have cut it. What was amazing to me is how sturdy the paper box is.

When I saw the directions for the wrap-around base and cover, I didn't think I'd have a piece of chipboard that was 12-inches long. Low and behold, I came across several 12x9-3/4 inch sheets of heavy white chipboard in my stash that were perfect. Evidently, they are something I purchased at one time or another. Is that called foresight? LOL. After scoring the chipboard as directed it, I covered the front and back with patterned paper, using Yes! paste. Those of you who have followed this blog have heard me sing the praises of Yes! paste before. It's specifically for bookmaking. The paper sticks flat. Using it, I've never had to smooth out as much as a single air bubble.

Once the paste was dry, I attached my ribbon using Terrifically Tacky tape. I chose organdy ribbon for its ease and flexibility when it comes to tying and untying a bow. The next step was to attach the box, again with Terrifically Tacky tape.

I added the stamped image last, keeping it simple and kind of generic due to the fact that I don't, at this time, have a specific plan for the box. I'm proud to say that I am 100 percent thrilled with the results! Unlike some paper crafting projects, it looks like something - if you know what I mean. It would also make for a wonderful club project, which is my plan for next month - providing I can get my hands on enough chipboard. Fun!

Materials & Tools: Chipboard; Emporium Level 2 paper packet; Colonial White and Cocoa cardstock; Sweet Leaf Textured cardstock; Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, and Bamboo ink pads; Papertrey Ink Out on a Limb stamp set; Ribbon from Wal-Mart; Antiqued Copper mini brads; Stampin' Up Photo Corner punch; Sponge dauber; Yes! paste; Terrifically Tacky Tape.

Marv just called me into the living room to watch a bald eagle circling above the trees, most likely looking for lunch. What a magnificent sight! The sky is perfectly clear and a beautiful shade of blue. It all looks better from the inside, however, as it is currently 11 below. Brrr! Now that I've done something fun, I'd better go do a little housework and perhaps venture out for a little shopping. I hope you're having a great day, too! Catch ya later!


Jeanne said...

I've seen this box posted many times like you have. I really like your version! Those papers are scrumptious!

Per your encouragement, I have Yes glue in my stash, although I've yet to use it. Maybe I should try this project and see how wonderful the glue works?

How awesome you got to see the eagle. Maybe it's a good luck sign?

fancyMelissa said...

This is gorgeous. I would try it but it wouldn't be half as good as yours.

scrappernic said...

Love this box! Gorgeous! I keep seeing this, but haven't had time to try it.

Tickle Me Pink said...

Your boxes are lovely!!!