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Monday 5 May 2014

Destination Inspiration- Recycle and Re-purpose

Hi Everyone..........its Annie here and I would like to welcome you to my first Destination Inspiration post at AVJ. Here the Creative Guides hope to provide you with some projects to inspire and motivate you.

Today I am sharing a recycled and re-purposed box so lets go !! It is a bit photo heavy so grab a cuppa as we head on our journey. :-)

This is the box that I started off with...its fairly sturdy and great for storing various crafty items.

I used Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby papers to cover the box inside and out and once I had cut them to the required size I started to create ..........Ranger Glue n Seal was applied to both the box and the papers as I found this enables easier positioning.

First of all I added Distress Paint to colour some texture paste, which I applied to the paper using Tim's Harlequin stencil. (I find it easier to decorate the papers before applying them to the outside of my box..but its up to the individual.)

I then blended the edges of the paper in Peacock Feather DI, which really intensified the blue tones of the paper.

A piece of manila card was given Tim Holtz Marbling Effect, details of this technique are on page 43 of CC3. Stencil's, Distress Inks and some stamping, which you can see in the next photograph, were added to create more depth.

The manila card was then adhered to Tim's Ornate Frame Die using Ranger Collage Glue. Peacock Feather Distress Ink was applied around the edges of the ornate frame as well as a little gilding wax here and there. (The stamped image you can see is from Tim Holtz SA Classics 19.)

A favourite stamp set of mine is the Paris Memoirs and you can see below how they were stamped and cut out. The edges of the main stamped image were aged using Tim's distressing tool. The word Paris, the gent's tie/waistcoat were coloured using Distress Marker's in China Blue and Scattered Straw.

Vintage Photo DI was applied around the edges and then the piece was matted on to some navy card, which had also been aged around the edges.

Now my pages are coming together and I added some Idea-ology ornate frames, a trellis (TH Trellis Die), gilding wax and TH Bubble stencil.

Building up the other side you can once again view stenciling, Idea-Ology and gilding wax.

Once I was satisfied with the decor I then began to add other Idea-ology pieces i.e the feet and corners. The feet and corners were adhered with Glossy Accents.

This is the first of the finished views, where you can see I adhered a TH Adage Ticket and Chit Chat sticker on a mini clothes peg.

A side view with stencilling and TH rub ons

More stencilling on this side and an Idea-Ology Time piece with Spinner.

Back to the front again, where I also applied a rub on.

So there you have it my Recycled and Re-Purposed box, all ready to store some of my crafty bits and treasures.

Thank You for sticking with me and I hope you have enjoyed what I have shared with you today.......... x

Best Wishes

Annie xx


  1. Fantastic transformation, great textures and techniques and a wonderful colour palette. Stunning project:-) x

  2. What a fabulous creation Annie. I love everything about it. The colours are stunning and all the embellishments just enhance it even more. The addition of the feet certainly make it more interesting. I just love recycling things too. Hope you have a great day. Hugs Mum xxxx

  3. What a beautiful transformation, the legs are brilliant. Thanks for sharing your creativity and this is a lovely first "guide"on A Vintage Journey. Enjoy the bank holiday x

  4. Such a beautiful project Annie, love how you altered the box and the finished box is just stunning! Who would have guessed it started life as a humble cat food box...

    The step by step photos of how you altered the papers and created the central panels, give a really clear idea of your process, - thanks for that! The end result looks fantastic!

  5. I realy enjoyed this "journey !!!
    TFS all your steps with us, it´s a great Inspiration to Keep more Boxes in stuff *lol
    CU hellerlittle

  6. What a fabulous piece of altered art, cat food boxes never look this good here! The way you have brought all the elements together is wonderful. That's for such an inspiring tutorial. Nikki xxx

  7. What a complete transformation Annie! I love that you've really gone for it with those precious papers and added layers of ink and stencilling to bring them alive even more. The framed image is gorgeous, as is the Paris panel. Thank you for taking us through this fascinating process with you. Jenny x

  8. Oh Annie, this box is fabulous, what a fantastic make-over. I love the Paris piece at the front, the colours are wonderful, love the feet and the corners too. A totally brilliant make-over and a wonderful and inspiring tutorial! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. It's gorgeous, Annie - the papers with that blue inking absolutely glow, and there's such depth to the background. Love the panel with the Paris Memoirs, and the wonderful tinted harlequin texture. What a fantastic transformation, and a great step by step, thank you!
    Alison xx

  10. A brilliant idea creatively executed into a stunning project! What more can I say other than GORGEOUS! Chris xxx

  11. Wow this is fabulous Annie, now I know what to do with my cat food boxes. I love the whole design of this, the beautiful papers and added elements and thanks for taking us through the great process steps. Hugs Brenda xx

  12. What an amazing transformation, Annie! I love all the texture and the colors are fabulous! It makes you look at things you are inclined to throw away in a different light!

  13. Annie...your box is absolutely fabulous! So many fun techniques and Tim everywhere!! I love it! Unbelievable that this was a cat food box!!! A really beautiful transformation!! <3 Candy

  14. Love this project Annie! The step by step is always appreciated and the colors you used are so pretty together. Fabulous inspiration!!

  15. fabulous Annie and a big thank you for walking us through the tutorial...who would ever it was once a box destined for the bin ...hugs kath xxx

  16. Sensational!!! I didn't want the photos to stop!! I love watching you transform anything. You've taken a functional box and turned it into a sensationally stunning work of useful art. Well done.
    I bid you adieu with a standing ovation....
    Lisa x

  17. Wonderfully detailed tutorial, Annie! I totally love your altered box and the layers of paper, texture and stamps! The legs are a great touch and what a stunning way to hold those crafty bits! Love this!

  18. Annie, so much care and attention has gone into this fabulous alteration of some ordinary packaging. The feet of course make it special but it is your stamping which is the star attraction.

  19. Your project is totally amazing! LOve your choice of colors and the details are incredible! Wonderful use of stencils and stamps! Great great work! thanks for sharing with us your step by step tutorial! Pinned! barbarayaya

  20. Beautiful! One of my fave colour combos too x

  21. Absolutely scrummily fabulous Annie. Nicola x