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Outside of the Box – Mixed Media Keepsake Box for the Holidays


The buttons are OUTSIDE of the box, friends!  {And… inside, too!}  For your creative consideration, I’ve mixed things up with a crafty menagerie of buttons, Start Ups, Ribbon and more!


Buttons Galore & More products used:



Just to help set the Christmas mood, I created a “beyond the box” scrapbook project, within…  {wait for it…!} a darling altered box!  The PERFECT assignment, to help stimulate crafty projects to give this season… {or KEEP for yourself!} Armed with assorted materials from Buttons Galore & More, and miscellaneous extras, just kicking around the craft room…  I made this fun, interactive memorabilia box to share with all of you!



Spray paint and embellish metal box with color and papers of choice.  Contemplate BUTTONS!



Reduce and print photos on a small scale to create accordion album to fit into mini canvas.  Choose several photos to highlight your subject and print at normal scale.



Wrap mini canvas so that the backside is covered completely by the paper. Glue flaps to the front of the canvas, as tightly as possible.  Using a sharp blade, score an “x” across the covered backside of the canvas, exposing the inside.  Fold triangular flaps down and secure with glue to create an open box type of frame.  Cut a piece of chipboard to cover the entire frame and screw two sets of hinges to the front of the chipboard, after it’s been decorated, to create a “lid”.



Embellish cover of canvas box with a stunning button of your choosing!



Acclimate small scale pictures to work in an accordion motion.  Secure with glue and tape.  For opening, pull attachment, add button, glued and sewn with clear thread, for strength.



Customize clear buttons with clear, dimensional glue and decorative paper.  Cover underside of button with glue, place on desired pattern from paper and gently push the excess glue out from under the button, then let dry.  Once dry, cut the excess paper away from the button, re-poke the holes and embellish with baker’s twine.



Create packing tape transfers with desired printed images to fit onto Start Up shapes.  Apply directly to Start Ups with clear glue and let dry.



Embellish box, as desired.



Yes, indeed!  I’ll say the Holidays are off to a mighty happy start!  Let the CRAFTING begin!



Thanks for letting me share this joyfully button festooned project with you!





Chenille Flower Ornaments – GiveAway – CLOSED

chenille stem flowers - ornaments


I spotted these super adorable chenille stem flower ornaments on Pinterest recently and KNEW I had to share them with you. They were created by the super talented  Diane Gilleland of Crafty Pod.

Not only are they ornaments but they could be turned into a brooch or ring to wear or even lovely package and card embellishments. Sooo many uses for such an adorable project!

Learn how to make your own Chenille Flower Ornaments with Diane’s complete tutorial and pick up a Button Bonanza Christmas Bag to make plenty of Chenille Flowers for everyone!

Want a chance to win a free Button Bonanza Christmas Bag? Just leave a comment on this post by Wednesday 11/2/2011 at 5pm for a chance to win one package. We will draw a random comment and announce the winner on our Facebook page Wednesday evening.

  • Please be sure your email is attached to your comment so that we can contact you.
  • If the Button Bonanza Christmas Bag prize is unclaimed by Friday at 9am an alternate winner will be selected.


To see some of the photos Buttons Galore and More pins please visit our Pinterest Profile.

Christmas Card

Here is a beautiful Christmas Greeting Card made buy Turid Sandén of Sweden. Turid embellished with snowmen ( 4702 Brrr “Buddies ) and snowflake ( 4698 White Out ) buttons.


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