Sunday, May 12, 2013

A little bit of altering...

I have been doing a lot of altering lately!  I will go through the house and see something and say to myself, "oh I could do something with that"!  That is exactly what I did with this project.

Do you have one these or have seen them?  This a bill organizer.  I found it at a flea market for $2 or $3 dollars.  It was just sitting in my kitchen not being used.  The other day I looked at it and a light bulb went off (if my husband reads this he will say that doesn't happen very often) and the scrapbooker in me had an idea. This would be perfect to hold those larger scraps of paper that you just have thrown into a basket, so yesterday I went to work on it!

So first I covered it with Gesso so that the paint would not chip off.  I will tell you the secret to getting between the little slots (because they don't come out) is using a foam brush.  Then I just took a small brush to get in the corners as best as I could.  I couldn't get the slots completely covered, but scraps of paper will be in there anyway to cover it up.

I then painted with black acrylic paint and you can see that I was able to get into the slots completely  I painted all four sides with two coats for good coverage. (Excuse the mess in the background it is on my worktable.


I figured out the colors I was going to use on it and I decided to go with the colors from the BoBunny Country Garden Collection.  I started digging through all of my stuff for texture, this needed to have texture to it.  I found this twisted paper in a Robin's Egg Blue and I thought perfect.  I also found some gauze and old pages from a book. 

Time to unroll the twisted paper and my mind is going ninety to nothing thinking of all of the things I can use this on!!!  Anyway...

Sorry for brightness of the pic...This stuff was a booger to unroll, but it lost and I won the battle!

Now to start tearing it and adhering it with Modge Podge (I love that stuff, it reminds me of being little and putting Elmer's glue all over your hands and then peeling it off, lol).  After I put the paper on there I then put some guaze, pieces of torn doilies, torn pages from books to give it texture.

I think cut out pieces from the Country Garden Almanac by Bo Bunny and adhered them to the sides with the Modge Podge.

Once that was all completed and dried I sanded the edges and the top to give it a distressed look.  Make sure this is completely dry before you do this or you will have a big mess!

After I added all of my textures and the Modge Podge was dry I used Sorbet Dimensional Gel Paint by Art Anthology.  I LOVE this stuff!!!  I used it this past weekend in a class taught by Jen Starr and fell in love with it!  Anyway the color that used was Viridian and let me say that the color is amazing!  Then I went through all of my little trinkets finding the perfect pieces to use on this.  Once I adhered the metal pieces with E6000 (this glue will hold ANYTHING) and let the glue dry competely.

I then started placing all of my flowers and other trinkets that I found.  Once I was happy with the way that it was coming, I glue all of them with Beacon 3-in-1 glue (yep, I love this stuff too!)  I then covered it all with Gesso (except for the metals).  Once I was happy with that, I used dYlusions Ink Spray inWhite linen and sprayed all over.  On the black parts I sprayed a couple of coats letting each coat dry completely.

Here is my altered Scrap Box

Here is one side view.  I didn't put any embellishments on the side as I will have other things on each side of the box on my desk. 

The other side view.

Some details.  I used Viva Decor Pearl Pens on the butterfly and on the wings of the birds.  And I used the Art Anthology Sorbet in the color of Viridian again on the wooden key.

I used a mixture of Prima flowers and flowers that were made for me by my best friend, she is wonderful and makes beautiful flowers!  I also used Prima bling and some of the other bling on here is from Micheal's.  The butterfly is from Recollections.  It was white and I painted it with Tattered Angel's Glam in the color of Tide Pool, it blended perfectly and gave the butterflies a little sparkle to them.

The title is also from Bo Bunny's Country Garden Collection and I matted it on Black Bazzill Bling (try to say that real fast three times) textured paper.

 I used some vintage jewelry pieces that I found in my stash and thought that they went perfect on the box.
You can also see where I went over some the flowers with Tattered Angels Glam in Tide Pool also.

And last but not least I wanted to show you this blingy butterfly.  It was actually a hair clip and I just took the clip off.

I hope that you enjoyed looking at my altered scrap box.  Go do one for you now ;o)

Happy Altering!



  1. oooh...this is gorgeous, Sandy! A scrap box is much more fun than a bill organizer...and prettier too! Love all the flowers and embellishments :)

  2. Absolutely fabulous!! Love this idea, wish I found one of these because I would love to have one on my desk :)

  3. What a terrific project! Beautiful, useful, economical... my favorite combo!

  4. This is so beautiful, wonderful job...

  5. I make cards and would totally use this to store my cards. Where did you find that?