Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Secret Garden Altered Memory Box Based On The Once Upon A Sketch March Challenge

Have you heard? Berry71Bleu is the sponsor of the March Sketch Challenge over at Once Upon A Sketch , so I invite you to come play along for a chance at one of the prizes that are being given away.

One of the  prizes that will be randomly chosen by entry is this GORGEOUS handmade tag from Berry71Bleu. Here is an example of the kind of tag you could receive.

You can choose to do a layout and journaling based on the sketch, or an altered item that includes a quote. I chose to do an Altered Memory Book Box, and my quote on it reads, "A mother's love is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.# ~ Errich Fromm

Here is the sketch:

 And Here Is My Take On The Sketch:

On this book box, my beautiful Berry Bleu Tag takes center stage, and then is surrounded by fussy cut timepieces, Kaisercraft Rub Ons that I rubbed onto card stock and then fussy cut and layered in.

 I used lots of inks and stains on the papers and Doilies to give them a vintage look. The Secret Garden Butterflies are from my Etsy Shop.

 I created the look of old worn pages, through layers of modeling paste that I textured and then inked and stained in multiple layers.

 I got the look of a worn book binding from Lisa Novogrodski's (Raining) Masking Tape Tutorial over at Scraps Of Darkness. I loved this technique when I saw a project that Lisa made using her fabulous tutorial, and I just had to recreate it. Instead of masking tape, I used Tim Holtz Tissue Tape and I love how it turned out. Thank you Lisa!!

 This is the back of the book box. I wanted to give it the look of an old, love worn book so I used multiple layers of ink, distress paints, stains and stamping. 

I just love how easy Marivic's Berry Bleu Tags make putting together a beautiful project. I love how this book box turned out, and I love that you let me share it with you!! ~Renea


  1. Wow, I`m so impressed! This is beautiful art!
    Just love it my friend!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE that box. I need to try one! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Oh MY!!! What a gorgeous project, & so much work, but so worthwhile...that masking tape/holtz tape does look fantastic.... I want one of these!!!!!

  4. Renea what an amazing project - WOW< WOW< WOW<!!!

  5. This is such a gorgeous project! Love all the pretty elements you used here!

  6. Wow! This is just absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. This is just DIVINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

  8. that box is absolutely stunning!! fantastic!! I gotta try the technique!!

  9. WOW Renea, your project is DIVINE!! So much beautifully layered detail.. absolultely adore this!! :))

  10. Wow... what an awesome altered art piece!! :) hugs... Tracy


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