So I've been pretty busy working on a few fun home decor projects with My Digital Studio and my e-cutter, Silhouette Cameo. I'm excited to finally share one of those projects with you today! As you've seen in my scrapbooking lately, we have done a bit of traveling lately. I've talked about how I am scrapbooking those trips with photobooks in MDS. This means I won't be adding any travel mementos to those books. So what's a girl to do with all of those beautiful brochures, Broadway Show Playbills, tour and show tickets, etc... I did some searching on Pinterest, and found several ideas I sort of liked, just nothing that I really loved. I knew I wanted to use a box of some sort, so I checked the unfinished wood section at my local craft store. I found the perfect boxes that were just the right size.
Once I had the boxes, I removed the label holder thingy (who knows what the technical name for that thing is!), and painted the outside of the bottom and lid a neutral color (so they will stand the test of decor time).
While my boxes were drying, I decided to go through the Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio travel downloads. I came across the Greetings From Stamp Brush Set, and it really caught my eye! I decided to start with the image of the Empire State Building in New York City. I put the image in my e-cutters program, and cut it the outline of it in black vinyl. I also cut "NYC" with gold vinyl. Now, there wasn't an image from this set that suited our trip to Las Vegas, so I found an SVG file of the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, popped it into the software, and played around with the outline until I was happy. I cut out the pieces with black and gold vinyl since it was a layered piece. I put these cut outs on the top of each box, and from the same font, cut out "New York City" and "Las Vegas" a bit larger to put on the sides of the boxes.
I lightly painted Modge Podge over the box, generously over the vinyl, to polish it off. I added felt circles to each corner on the bottom so they won't stick together when they are stacked on top of each other.
I LOVE how these turned out! They are perfect for keeping all of my travel memorabilia, and they are perfect decor pieces as well. I'll be putting them in my new travel themed stamp studio once it's completed. (By the way, these fit great in IKEA's Kallax, formerly Expedit, line.) I'm already planning my next box with the palm tree image for our trip to Hawaii later this year!
I'd love to hear how you store all the goodies you collect on your travels! Do you scrapbook them? Keep them in boxes? Or keep them at all?