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Written by Mary Schoknecht   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Heirloom Keepsake Box

and Recipe Box Ideas

DTM KCRM Finished

DTM KCRM Finished Open


 * Kaisercraft -  Recipe box, “Champagne” rhinestone flourishes, “These Days” die-cut shapes and papers
 * Tim Holtz -  Distress stain “Vintage Photo”, clear knob handle and button
 * Graphic 45 -  “Little Darlings” collection papers, stamped metal buttons
 * Bo Bunny papers
 * Little Yellow Bicycle “Swoon” rhinestone and pearl bling
 * 1” circle Epiphany Crafts cutter and epoxy bubbles
 * Memory Makers Eclectic Metal Signs
 * “Glorious Gold” Deco Art Dazzling Metallics paint
 * Ice Stickles “Coffee Ice”Glossy Accents
 * Miscellaneous – small metal rasp, small buttons, ephemera as desired

Distress stain recipe box parts with Tim Holtz Distress Stain “Vintage Photo” as follows - The inside walls, inside lid, bottom and top of the base, backsides and edges of index separators. Stain in approximately ¼ to ½ inch from outer edges of outside walls, outside lid and fronts of index separators. Paint with metallic gold paint all edges except for index separator.


DTM KCRM12 Stain 1

Trace paper to be used for outside of box including area within window holes. From window holes and outside edges of paper lines measure in approximately ¼” to 3/8” with ruler and mark with pencil. Those are the lines on which you use your ruler and Exacto knife to cut.
 Mod Podge the cut papers  onto appropriate box sides using a sponge brush making sure stained edges show. Smooth paper down with your hand and remove excess with sponge brush or paper towel.

DTM KCRM12 Mod Podge 2 

 While Mod Podge is still wet, apply  flat embellishments (images and words). Modge Podge over the flat embellishments. When dry, add a second coat of Mod Podge. While  still wet, add other embellishments  like buttons, epoxy circles, flowers, ribbon, etc.

 The metal embellishments were added later and glued on with Glossy Accents. Remove the shank from the Tim Holtz button with a wire cutter and smooth down with a metal rasp so it lays flat. The Kaiser Craft rhinestone flourish in champagne was a last minute addition.

DTM KCRM12 Ephemera 3

For the inside lid, cut a strip of paper for the middle and Mod Podge it on. When dry, glue on metal embellishment. I achieved an unexpected “old” look on the paper strip as I put it on when the distress ink wasn’t completely dry.

From the Graphic 45 “Little Darlings” image page, cut out appropriate sized pictures for the side windows. Position and scotch tape in place. For the larger front window I used the little boy sleeping from the “Little Darlings” page which had larger images. There are several on this page that would work well.  Over the taped-on images, cut other paper from the collection and use double-sided tape to secure them to give a more  finished look.

On the front of the index dividers, tape dotted paper from the “Little Darlings” group and cut additional images to accent them.

 DTM KCRM12 Dividers 4

Write  in gold marker pen on the tabs of the dividers to indicate  “memorable” events. 
  Glue the box together using Elmer’s “Glue All”. An extra pair of hand comes in handy, too.  
DTM KCRM12 Glue 4.5

Some final finishing touches (not necessary, but really nice additions):  a Tim Holtz clear glass knob for the lid. Take the  screw out of the knob bottom and use Glossy Accents to glue it on. Some Graphic 45 stamped metal buttons with flanges were used for the feet.

  I need to elaborate a bit on the metal buttons for the feet. When I started filing down the metal point on the bottom of the button, the entire flange fell off. (I had intended to cut the metal flange off even with the edge of the buttom. That left the entire metal button hollow inside. I decided to punch out 1” circles on cardstock, fill the centers of the metal buttons with Elmer’s “Glue All” and let that dry. Later I used Glossy Accents to attach the metal “feet” to the bottom .Those little feet raise the box up and say “Hey, look at me!”

Here are a couple more peeks at the embellishments and accents added onto two of the sides of the keepsake box.

DTM KCRM12 Side 5

DTM KCRM12 Second Side 6


But wait .....
there's more!
Here are a couple more ideas featuring the Kaisercraft Recipe Box

DTLK Recipe Box

How about this recipe box created by Lynn,
 another of the Simple Pleasures design team contributors.

 DTLK Recipe Box Dividers
Lynn used The Paper Company "Let's Eat" collection of papers and cardstock stickers on her recipe box creation.

Or, how about this masculine box,
 one of the many lovely Kaisercraft samples on display at the recent tradeshow.

Kaisercraft Recipe Box
Kaisercraft Recipe Box Angled

Stop in to view our projects in person - we have everything you need for these and many other Kaisercraft projects! 

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