I found this wooden box for sale in the craftstore and I thought I could make something cool with it. The tissuepaper was giving me some trouble but I managed to get it together after all. I love the little steampunk light bulbs from Prima Marketing, they look so awesome!
Check out the video, which products I used and some more pictures after the jump!
I was informed that Fatima will be going to fabulous London in May. She is crazy about everything UK-related, a true Anglophile. This is the first time she is going to the UK & I wanted to send her something nice. At first, I only wanted to send her a Crumpled City Map of London, but I went a little overboard.
Crumpled City Maps are awesome. These are made from Tyvek, which looks like paper but it really isn’t. It’s a waterproof, indestructable material, on which you can write, protect yourself from the rain, use as a picknick plaid and even throw in the washing machine.
But as it turned out, the postage box was still pretty empty with just the map in it. So I found some nice London-themed goodies to go along. Because, who would go to London without an UK kit? Exactly, noone in their right mind.
I bought a Moleskine and stamped it with a London stamp. Also some handmade Jane Austen soap from PenandCandle. Some UK postcards from Zazzle, half a paper pad, luggage tags & a set of bookmarks from the All Aboard collection from Papermania. A set of 4 sheets of UK themed postal stickers from Sellzang. Some die cuts from the Chronology collection , a facemask & a teabag. On the last minute I made a bracelet with a cute brass key, put it in an apothecary bottle, adorned it with a 7Gypsies bottle label and distressed it with Distress Ink (Ranger).
I had some kraftpaper laying around, so I decorated it with London themed stamps (a crown, a Victorian chair) from the Printery stamp set (Prima Marketing, Inc). To my surprise, everything fit into the box. And it is still small enough to fit through a mailslot!
I painted the box black, cut out an opening flap and stuck 4 photocorners by Tim Holtz on the inside. I slid a Pride & Prejudice postcard (Zazzle) in to cover the backside of the brads I used on the top of the box.
As I said, I used a lot of Graphic45 stickers on the front, as well as some Bo Bunny brads (Camp a Lot), a brass key and gears from the Chronology collection (Papermania), a wooden pocket watch (which I’ve painted black, also from Prima Marketing), some stickers from the Idea-ology Lost & Found collection (Salvage Stickers) & a sticker of Jetta Goudal I found in a magazine.
Next, the box needed to be secure for posting. So I wrapped it in brown kraft paper, stamped it up and used some rubb-ons from 7Gypsies.
I hope the box will arive safely. I wanted to wait a little longer before shipping this project, because May is still a month away. But Fatima started talking about buying a map of London & I tried to talk her out of it (because I had my Crumpled City Map for her). Must have been weird for her. All excited telling me about buying a map to highlight the must-see spots & here I am saying she should wait..
When I got home, there was a box on the doormat. It wouldn’t fit through the mailslot, I presumed.
It was from Greece. My mind was racing, because I didn’t order anything on Etsy or eBay…
I opened it… and there it was! A box full of cutely wrapped presents! And then I remembered; I joined in on a swap on Swap-Bot.com called “Tiny Presents for a Bad Day”. What a surprise!
These was a cute note from Athanasia, she made this beautiful surprise for me. And since I was too eager, I already unwrapped a present.
It had beautiful papers in it.. with my address on it! Perfect for snailmailing! And also these awesome Alice in Wonderland tags! Aren’t they stunning?
If this first present is a prelude on all the awesome things Athanasia has wrapped for me, I’m in for a treat!
Modern day gives us lots of opportunities to communicate. Think about it; when was the last time you received something in your mailbox, other than bills or adds? Right. So I decided to sent my best friend a package. Not a regular package, but a care package!
Inspired by my friend Irene, I picked a theme. As you probably can tell, I am in love with the ocean. Mermaids, anchors, shells, old ships, pirates.. My best friend likes it too, so it was fairly easy. Blue, greens, a bit of bronze..
I ended up having to seal the package shut, because it was so full. I added an insence stick, a brass chain with a lot of different marine charms, 3 small glass vials, a goldwrapped turquoise bead, a big brass key, some smoking papers (she forgot it at my place), lots of stickers, some cards & notes..