Friday, November 1, 2013

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

I am so very pleased to get to participate in the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop through Graphic 45.

This is a three day event filled with amazing talent from the best crafters and designers in the industry.  We have all come together to share a series of handmade gifts for the holidays with the hope to inspire you to create something from the heart this winter season.  We also intend to show how to use products in innovative ways. I hope my offerings are up to par!

I could not help but showcase my favorite medium, assemblage.  I had a table full of scraps from another project, which is what triggered this small thoughtful collage quote box.


7 Gypsies Solo Shadowbox Tray
gilders paste; silver and black
Distress Stain: Black Soot
Petaloo Flowers
Industrial Chic Charms (pencil, wheel)
large domino/Scrabble tiles
Found objects: thimble, typewriter parts, metal jack, watch part vial
Strong adhesive

The project I am sharing with you today is a sentimental quote box made with Typography paper from Graphic 45.  To start off, I used my go to art item for altering paper, metal and wood: gilders paste.  I simply apply with my finger and buff all along the edges.  I do not mind getting messy, but if you do, a soft cloth or rag will do the trick.

Then, to add interest to the sides of the quote box, I applied tissue tape.  I wanted this to act as "noise" or pattern along the inside edge.  To push it back a bit, I added another layer of gilders paste over the tape. Notice my work is not perfect, sometimes you just have to embrace imperfection.  I will also strategically place my objects so that it covers any unsightly sloppy spot.

To make my quote stand out with dimension, I backed the paper on heavy chip board.  Please note, this project would work well with a photograph in place of the quote if that is more your style!  I tried to pull in some holiday hues, while still creating a project a friend could display year round.

The edges of the statement were coated with black stain and more gilders paste.

Now it is time to add the background layer of papers for your box.  I chose coordinating patterns with a holiday palate in mind.

To make my image stand out I hot glued an old domino in my box for dimension.  You can also use foam or any other object you have on hand.  Use what you have!

Here you can see my focal has now been affixed.  I was on a hot glue kick, which is great for speed, but it is not always the most steadfast adhesive.

I then started to plan out my little cubbies at the bottom.  I chose to use a few treasures I had on hand that went with the theme.

In the smaller bottom compartments,  I used old Scrabble tiles to pop out my statements.

Continue to add elements, being mindful to balance your composition.  Use odd numbers of objects and be sure to have different heights, depths and placement.

If your embellishments don't match your color palate, a little bit of gilders paste can solve that quandary.  I actually ended up only using half of this clothespin because it would not lay flat in my tray.  The spring was allocated to another cubby and I saved the other side for a future project.

Keep on adding elements until your feel your piece is finished.  I chose to add some flowers from Petaloo, customizing them by adding a few bits of the Typography Chipboard.

Another Ornate Metal Key gets dusted with gilders paste so that it matches the festive palate.

I love that I was able to locate one of my vintage typewriter keys to match the saying "A stitch in time, saves nine."

It is hard to tell, but inside the tiny bottle is the definition of the word "friend."

I hope you enjoyed seeing how easy it is to make a memorable collage as a holiday gift.  Please follow along to the other blogs below to see a ton more holiday gifting inspiration!  P.S.  There are prizes to be had so please comment below!

Eileen Hull Designa  Sizzix 
 Mistra Hoolahan Donna Salazar Designs 
 Elise Durneburger 100 Proof Press 
Lexi Grenzer Ice Resin
Graphic 45 Rhea Freitag *** You are Here
Debbie Cole Clearsnap
Vickie O'Dell  Smoothfoam
Teresa Abajo 100 Proof Press 
Amy Bowerman Sizzix
Jo Deserio Jones Ice Resin 
Lisa Fulmer Smoothfoam 



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  1. Rhea - So many great ideas for one project - I think it's time to purchase gliders paste. So happy that you share your creative spirit with all of us.

  2. Wow a medium I haven't heard about Gilders paste, I'll be looking for some. Love the G45 papers you used and your colors were great. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Wow what an awesome creation. I'm addicted to Graphic 45 papers they are so versatile and this tutorial really shows what you can make. I really love the Typography range. Really like the use of the pegs and gilders paste too.

  4. Love how you arranged all the small knick knacks on the box. The gliders paste gave it a perfect color, antique look. I'm on the look out for that paste. Thanks for a fast and easy gift idea.

  5. Finally, a creative use for my memorabilia, with a versatile paste product.

  6. wow! this is so gorgeous! Love your creativity. I've never heard of Glider's Paste, but I think I'm going to have to get me some.

  7. thanks for the detailed instructions. Great shadow box.

  8. Love the Typography line, I just got it yesterday. Your shadow box would be a great way to use it.

  9. THis is absolutely gorgeous! SO many incredible little details that all come together to equal perfection!! Thank you for the step by step tutorial. I am going to have to give this a try!

  10. Lovely project and your instructions really make it seem so simple to put a similar piece together. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  11. Seen this on the Graphic 45 site Just Love the box. Thanks for showing all of us,Dianna Naugle

  12. Wonderful eclectic mix & I Will be looking for gilders paste :))

  13. really lovely. love the g45paper line you used for this project.

  14. I love Mixed Media and your Assemblage piece is spot on! Wonderful work, and thank you so much for showing us how it was made.

  15. I love how not only have you made a gotha to have t you've shared your tutorial. I really wantrgeous project but also a go at this so have pinned our tutoria
    H xx

  16. Think typography collection is next on my list, love the way you have used your little "treasures", now I know why I never thow any thing away Lol

  17. I really love how you were able to add "holiday hues" yet keep it not so Christmasy that it would look out of place after the holidays. Such a lovely work of art NEEDS to be displayed year round! I love all the tidbits and pretties you added especially the metal stamped clothespins. Dear Santa, I need those clothespins! :)


  18. WOW! Love love love this idea!!! So many intricate details! Thank you for hopping with us!

  19. WOW!! What a great idea to use up all the scraps. Just love your project
    and LOVE G45 papers. Also a great hop.
    Bev Williamson

  20. Such a clever use of a domino. I love seeing the behind the scenes assembly that you do.

  21. I would love to do this project for a long distance friend!

  22. As usual, I absolutely love your work. Another great creation by such a talented artist!

  23. Your creativity is inspiring and you have used so many adorable additions on this project. I'm inspired to hunt through my boxes and drawers full of stuff to see what I can find to make a quote box. I do have that collection from Graphic 45.

  24. This is awesome. Great project.

  25. What a stunning project! You have inspired me to make my own! Love it!

  26. What a lovely project! Thank you for the tutorial.

  27. Lovely project!!! What a fun way to use scraps and odds and ends!

    Wishing Facebook weren't required to unlock the Rafflecopter and be eligible for the drawing.
    <3 J

  28. Totally STUNNING!!!I´m so inspired by your project! LOVE it!

  29. Beautiful - and very nice instructions.

  30. Rhea, This is truly darling and your friend is going to be so very happy when she opens this gift! Great tutorial, too. Thanks for sharing :) So glad I found your Blog, as well!!

  31. Thanks for sharing. You've given me something to think about.

  32. What a great gift... I love this idea, I just got my Typography Collection last week... hum !!

  33. Really fabulous project - so many thoughtful elements and you make the typography paper shine!!!!

  34. How absolutely beautiful this shadow box is. I love the elements you chose.
    Thank you so much for the tut. It helps me alot. Something else on my wish list.

  35. Sooo inspirational! The idea of putting a photo in gives me a great gift idea! Glad I came across your blog in this hop. :)

  36. So gorgeous! I did not know about Gilders Paste but love what you did so will look for it!

  37. I so very much love this project!!!!! If it needs a home you can send it to me...... seriously..... I love it!!!!!

  38. Love your project! I have so much fun creating these. Wish mine were this cool.

  39. Loved the mixed media! Great for just utilizing "scraps!" ;)


All the comments and feedback you leave affirms my creative spirit on a very deep level. I am grateful for your time and readership!