Friday, May 31, 2019

A Remembrance of Things

Hi everyone!  I know it has been a LONG time since I have blogged! Lots of behind the scenes stuff going on as we prepare for the summer release (which are meant for use in Fall).  So I'm hoping there are still some friends out there that might be interested in a great project for summer!  Can you believe 4th of July is on its way?  
I started with a Vignette Divided Drawer.  It is 3 1/2 x 10" with two wood shelves that are removable.  So you can use one, two or none to create the space you want.  You can use the box standing like I did... or lay it on its side to use horizontal.  You could even lay it down flat to create a library drawer/card catalog.  So many way to use it.

For this project I removed one of the shelves and glued the other into place with Collage Medium.  The shelves are not evenly spaced in the box (three distinct compartments) so you can decide if you want a small box at the bottom or a larger one.
I covered the Divided Drawer with paper from the Correspondence Paper Stash using Collage Medium - perfect paper for this season!  I painted on a final coat of Collage Medium to seal the paper (inside and outside).
Once dry, I scribbled Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon on my Glass Mat.  Then using a damp brush I painted over the paper to age it.  I love the look the crayon gives over the paper.
You can see in this photo the slot where I removed the shelf.  I assure you once the paper is dry and the Design Tape is on, it is very hard to detect where the slot is.
Design Tape for the lip edge of the box.  I chose a narrow tape from Design Tape Collector pack.  The tape starts on the top and wraps to the outside.  I sanded a bit, added more crayon, pounced some crayon away with a wet wipe...all to give it the aged look.
Setting the Divided Drawer aside, I gathered two Vignette Panels, glued them together then painted them out with Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint.  This will form a base for the Divided Drawer.
*just a note about Vignette Panels - these little babies are being retired in the near future so if you like them like I do, best be snapping some up before they are no more.  Sad but true.
 Once dry, sand away...
 Rub with a brown Distress Ink pad, any color brown will do so pick your favorite.
I glued the Divided Drawer to the base I created then brushed on Collage Medium over the base.  The wet medium will activate the Distress Ink and make it look more naturally aged.  Let dry for at least 10-15 minutes or until secure.
While the base was drying I worked on this tag that came in the Keepsakes Ephemera pack.  I added words that were the catalyst of the project: "101: Remembrance of Things - to be preserved, according to value.  It's a subject worth considering."  This phrase created from the Clippings Stickers lead to the words on the bottles (see below)...things that in my mind are being lost or forgotten in todays world.  Of course not by everyone, but just read a newspaper (do people still do that?) or comments on social media and you might think so...compassion, integrity, etc.  If you create this project or one like it you can choose words and phrases that have meaning to you!
 I added an eyelet to make it look more authentic.
Distress Ink is always the best way to color string.  Simple and effective.
I decided to wrap the tag around the center of the project since it's the main thought/words for the piece.
 As for the bottles - I used a variety of sizes from the Corked Vials pack.
I rubbed Distress Crackle - Clear Rock Candy over each bottle and let them dry.  I colored them with a variety of ink colors (Gathered Twigs, Tea Dye, and Iced Spruce).  Ink, small brush, water, heat tool being the key players in the mix.
Here is what they look like once the words were added (just printed on my computer on vintage typing paper).  The black bits on two of the bottles is Seth Apter Baked Texture (rocky road) - very cool effect.

For the top half of the Divided Drawer I used a photo from the new Found Relatives.  We found these ladies a few years ago and they finally made it into the new pack.  Aren't they fun?  and perfect for the project summer theme.
I colored them with crayons and a Detailed Water Brush so I could create the flowers on the dress.  Remember, not too much water or it will wash the color away.
I stitched a piece of duck cloth to the back and pinked the edges.  I added the photo to the top compartment with a small block placed behind the photo to push it out from the back.
I also created a flower pot using a Thimble, some Bouquet flowers sprayed with Antique Linen and Iced Spruce Distress Spray Stain.  One way to get the flowers to stand up is to rub Collage Medium on the backside and stem and let them dry.  I stuffed a small amount of moss into the Thimble and then added the flowers.  The pink berries are vintage.
I painted one of the Mini Hardware Pulls in Barn Door Distress Paint.  Once dry, I painted over it with Distress Crayon just like I did the paper in the beginning.  The two silver screws are from the Hardware Heads pack.  The small size fits right into the holes in the Mini Pull.  Looks screwed on but it's really just Collage Medium.
I used Milk Caps to create faux bunting.  The large Milk Caps fit perfectly around the top of the Divided Drawer.  The tiny metal Adornment Star in the center was added with Collage Medium.
So there you have it, my summer Divided Drawer project.  I hope you can see that there are so many ways to use this product as well as the Divided Box (a larger version of the Divided Drawer).  

Thanks everyone for stopping by!
Now carry on!


  1. Can’t love this anymore!!!! BRILLIANT!! You’re so awesome! ♥️ Love at the tiny bits and brilliant use of the milk caps!

  2. OMG this is AWESOME Paula !! Love the thimble flower pot and the girls look divine !! Always a joy to see your projects ( even if they do keep me in trouble ) ... I need that tray !! :)

  3. So many glorious details but I think my favs would have to be the milk cap bunting and quote tag. Inspiring as always, Paula!!! xo

  4. So many amazing details. Nice to see you with some creative time!

  5. Another gorgeous project, Paula! You always inspire me!

  6. Absolutely amazing. I got to try the crayons on the dolls. You do an amazing job. TU for the tutorial!

  7. WOWZERS!!! Love every sad they are retiring the Vignette Panels...must. horde. some.

  8. I love every detail of this beautiful project!! How did I miss these ladies before? And love the tip for using Collage Medium to make the Bouquet flowers stand up.

  9. Spectacular! Everything from the words on the bottles, the tag and the bottle caps as bunting! So many beautiful details! And so much inspiration!!!

  10. I love this. You are an altered art wonder!

  11. Such a wonderful project Paula, beautifully put together. I just adore the little flowers in the thimble! x

  12. Paula, you really know how to inspire! I am in love with this vignette and all of the thoughtful details, but my favorite bit has to be the milk cap bunting and your clever use of the vignette panel and hardware. So much nostalgia in one beautifully made vignette!

  13. This is just awesome! I love all of the details! So very clever and inspiring! :)

  14. This is absolutely GORGEOUS Paula !! Love your vintage style, really wonderful every detail!!
    Wish you a very nice Wedenesday,
    Big hugs, Caty

  15. Thank you for another terrific project.I finished my version this afternoon.:)

  16. How did I miss seeing this?!?! It's perfect. The words... so very true!!! I love everything about this!!!!