I found a great vintage challenge site - A Vintage Journey - and their latest challenge (which is almost over so I had to get this made and posted!) is Fond Memories - to let some personal 'fond memory' be your guide in creating your project being inspired by Tim Holtz.
While I could have used old photos of past generations of my family - at this point in my life my fond memories are of the babies being born in our family - they grow so fast and their infant times are already 'fond memories' (accept for Madelyn - our newest baby who was born in April!)
So - for my Fond Memory project - I used photos of my 2 grandnephews and 2 grandnieces as infants AND I made my first ATB (artist trading block)!!! I have L-O-V-E-D these wonderful boxes from the first day that I saw them in blogland and I FINALLY made one - I love them even more now! And you can bet you will be seeing many more here on the old 'blogo'!
I'll show you the steps I took to make my wonderful little Fond Memory Box. I started out using 2 of the largest panels on the Sizzix Blocks/Cubes Die that makes a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" box. I sponged over the panels with Mustard Seed and Salty Ocean Inks.
When I was done sponging - I flicked water on both panels - then blotted it with a paper towel. At this time I also folded the panels and held the two together as a box to see which way I should place my photos so they would be right side up . I drew little arrows in the center of the sides showing the direction that was up.
At this point I sponged all the creases and edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I had printed my photos using my computer and printer on Natural Sticky Back Canvas in Sepia (an option on my printer). I cut around the photos with a pair of pinking shears.
I had just purchased the Faucet Knobs and Compas Coins by Tim and I thought they'd be perfect on the top of my box. I inked them with Archival Orange Blossom ink - dried it with my heat gun - then inked it some more with Leaf Green and dried it again. Let them cool after you heat them as they get HOT!
I adhered the sides of my box together with ScorTape - as well as the bottom flap - but left the top piece open as I thought I might want to use this as a box that opens. (I have seen it recommended to decorate all sides before putting the box together - I think it depends on what you are putting on the sides.) On my cover, I stenciled Wendy Vecchi's Check Mate using Archival Cornflower blue ink. I put some Remnant Rubs/Botanicals on the edges and then punched a hole in the top and screwed on the compas and faucet (the screw that comes with the faucet fit PERFECTLY through the compas coin! that Tim thinks of everything!)
Here is James as an infant - he is now almost 3
Here is Madelyn - James' brandy new sister (born in April!)
Here is Landon as an infant - he will be 4 in September
and this is Landon's sister - Mila as an infant - she will be 2 in August
So there you have it - my Fond Memories!
The faucet top is SO fun - you can pick up the box by the faucet handle to look at all the pictures. I used Little Sizzles for my box - it's a very sturdy chipboard - the 6"x13" size fits the box die perfectly - you can make 1 box of each of the 3 sizes with two pieces of the chipboard and they come 6 pieces to a package.
I'm also linking this to the eclectic Paperie May ePlay challenge - to use stencils - this challenge goes until the end of May.
Paper: Little Sizzles 6" x 13" chipboard - Sizzix, Natural Sticky Back Canvas - Claudine Helmuth/Ranger
Ink: Archival Cornflower Blue, Orange Blossom, Leaf Green, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed and Salty Ocean.
Accessories: Remnant Rubs/Botanicals, Chit Chat Stickers, Faucet Knobs, Compas Coins - Tim Holtz/Ranger, Scor Tape, Check Mate Stencil - Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi, Pinking shears, photos printed from computer.