27 July 2007

Basic Grey Infuse Round Box

I surely have the best job in the world. Our store owner regularly hands me stuff and asks me to make something with it. She totally lets me do my own thing based on what inspires me. Sometimes she gives me products that challenge me. Those are the projects I enjoy most.

Last week, she handed me a round paper mache box and asked me to decorate it. She originally suggested I use a fall or Halloween theme, but as I looked around for suitable product, my eye was caught by the new Basic Grey Infuse line which had just arrived in the store. I'd been looking at it online for awhile, and I was excited to see that it is even prettier in real life. The pinks, greens, and browns work well with the kraft color of the box. Once I saw the die-cut shapes, I knew the line would be perfect for what I envisioned.

To make this project, I covered the main part of the box in green Basic Grey paper, then I cut out a portion of the flowers from one of the printed papers and adhered it to the green base. (The best adhesive for this project is Tacky Tape and Xyron. I should own stock in each of those companies, given the amount of product I use.) I punched out and inked several of the Infuse Die Shapes and layered them, along with a few Prima flowers and My Mind's Eye buttons, around the box. I used wide ribbon around the edge of the lid and decorated the top of the lid in the same fashion as the box. I used hot glue to secure four wooden balls to the bottom of the box.

For our store display, I plan to fill the box with soap, lotions, and other goodies from a bath store. I hope this little project helps our customers see how a little bit of imagination and some great product can transform a plain, paper mache box into something special.

7 comments:

Rachael said...

It's beautiful!! I'm sure it'll be a hit at the store!

Lynn said...

Janet, that box is just wonderful. I love that new BG line. I can't wait to get my hands on some.
Thanks for the comments on my blog today, just called to see if I can still get in on that crop tomorrow and it looks like I can. Thanks for the encouragement! Have a great weekend.
Oh ... btw... just love Lily's photo for the week. She is so helpful.

Yellow Fence said...

That IS the coolest job in the world... and you are EXCELLENT at it!

Bridget Baxter said...

I love that box! Very beautiful and you are very talented.

jp said...

Thank you so much! This was such a fun project. Not my usual style, but this particular line really caught my eye. You can hardly go wrong with it! Thanks for looking...I really appreciate your comments! :-) Janet

Heather said...

How pretty!!!

Anonymous said...

i have to say that box caught my eye a few times while shopping at the store...and i stopped to ponder, as I often do, which creative MB employee made it.... And I have to say I didn't suspect you (Linda was #1 on my culprit list). I'm starting to wonder if the world is a little of kilter...you were my rock of straight lines and calculated cardstock! You've been pulled into the world of ...*doom music plays* EMBELLISHMENTS and free form design :) ...Thanks for the inspiration! -Mollie