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Altered box and mini album as a birthday present

As my daughter’s birthday is this month I wanted to make something to show her how much I love her and how proud I am of the amazing woman she has become. There is a saying “The best presents are the ones made from the heart” and this is the reason why I love so much paper crafting and doing things handmade that show our love.


I decided to altered a box that holds a mini album with lots of inspirational quotes, photos of her and little notes of love.


For this project I used the My Mind’s Eye collection Ashbury Heights, which is very colorful and playful.


This collection has the most amazing graphics. My favorite was a floral paper, that reminded me of paper from the Rifle paper company, another one of her favorites.


For my album I wanted an enclosure and decided to alter a muffin box. This box she can use on her bookshelf to store other items like notebooks, paper and more later on.


To decorate the box I used a printable quote I found on Pinterest. I traced the size of the quote and with a craft knife cut around it. The box you can open on the top and sides, to make it easy to attach the quote on the inside and then proceed to decorate with whatever papers you like. After your whole box is decorated just use adhesive to close it back together. The more papers you use the studier your box will get. As a precaution I also used clear acetate sheet on top of the printable for more durability.


After my box was completed I made a simple mini accordion style album with pictures of her.




I can happily report that she loved the gift and is now displayed on her bookshelf. A box that otherwise is garbage can be transformed into a pretty display, just use your imagination. Thank you for reading and I will see you soon with more crafty projects.


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