Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Memories Box ~ for Donna Salazar Designs

Before sharing my project with you today, I'd like to take a moment to reflect. Twelve years ago, so many innocent lives were taken. My prayers continue to go out to many families who lost loved ones that day.

Today I get to share my latest project featuring Donna Salazar Designs GCD Studios Mix'd Media Stax 2 and a variety of her Clearsnap products. Donna's products not only create lovely scrapbook pages, but can be used in so many different ways on mixed media projects. (Can you tell how much I enjoy sitting in my studio creating with Donna Salazar Designs products??)

I'm always looking for items with trash to treasure potential. I found this little box while going to yard sales with my sister this summer. It was white with not very pretty flowers carved into the lid. I enjoyed altering it into a wedding keepsake box for our daughter, Elizabeth, who was married last October. It will make a nice anniversary gift.

"Memories" Box

Tips and Techniques:
To get this depth of texture on the box. I crinkled and scrunched (a lot) - strips of Donna's GCD Studios Mix'd Media Stax 2 crepe paper and adhered with Matte Mod Podge. When dry, I misted with her Clearsnap Smooch Spritz in Mixed Berries and Pralines and Cream, drying between colors. I also added glass bead gel and finished by adhering Donna's Clearsnap Fairy Dust Glitter into some of the crevices. 

I contemplated adding a design on the box with Donna's stencils, but couldn't bring myself to cover this gorgeous texture. Instead, I embellished with pearl and crystal flourishes from Want2Scrap.

Here I used the mulberry paper from Donna's GCD Studios Mix'd Media Stax 2 to create flowers and leaves with Donna's Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms dies and flourishes with her Pockets and Swirls Dies. I brushed some Smooch Spritz on the leaves and Mix'd Media Inx on the flourishes, then added Fairy Dust Glitter to them all!

Every girlie grunge project needs at least a little grunge. I applied modeling paste to Donna's Want2Scrap Hand Drawn Swirls card size chipboard flourishes. I mixed several different colors of Mix'd Media Inx to achieve a color to coordinate and brushed it on. While the ink was still wet, I lightly sprinkled with Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx Jasmine embossing powder and heat set. 

In this view of the top, you can see I added Want2Scrap pearl flourishes and the memories word charm. The box had a cut out with glass - a perfect spot for this wedding photo of Elizabeth and Andrew.

One final view of the front of the box. 

Product List
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Stax 2 (crepe paper and mulberry paper)
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Smooch Spritz - Mixed Berries, Pralines & Cream
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Fairy Dust Glitter - Mixed Berries
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Pockets and Swirls
Want2Scrap ~ Say It with Bling - Rhinestones, mother of pearl
Want2Scrap ~ Say It with Pearls - Frilly Flourish Swirls, white pearls
Want2Scrap ~ Beautiful Bling Borders
Studio g - metal charms
Mixed Media
Matte Mod Podge
Liquitex - Flexible Modeling Paste
Liquitex - Gesso
Liquitex - Glass Bead Gel
Art Glitter - Designer Dries Clear
Tombow Multi Liquid Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Ranger Craft Mat
Tonic Scissors

If  you have a few moments, I'd be happy if you could stop by the Donna Salazar Designs blog to leave your comments there. Thanks!! 

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Just beautiful Tracey ... your daughter is very lucky to have received this precious gift :D

  2. Heading over to the design blog now. Gorgeous box!!!!

  3. This is so beautiful.. what a wonderful keepsake box.. and yes I will always remember that day too.. what a tragic day..

  4. Wow! Beautiful box! That crepe paper looks incredible, and I really like what you've done with it! :o)

  5. Wowwwwwwwwwwww! This is amazing!!! I AM IN LOVE with the colors, the textures and loveeeeee the pearls and bling!!!!

  6. Smashing! What a masterpiece and such lovely memory for a special couple. It looks amazing. It's amazing what you can do!
    Love n hugs

    1. Thank you for your sweet and kind words, Marie ~ Blessings

  7. My goodness is this beautiful! Just an amazing piece!

  8. oh wow that is such a pretty box!!!!!! amazing work!!!!!

  9. Oh my gosh, Tracey, it's stunning!! Wow!! The texture you created is fabulous!! This is spectacular!! What a gorgeous anniversary gift for Elizabeth and her husband!! Happy Wednesday :)

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, LIsa!! ~ Blessings

  10. Swoon! Look at all that texture, dimension, glitter, and yum! Absolutely stunning, Tracey!

  11. So very pretty! Love all the texture and shimmery goodness!

  12. Ohhh Tracey, your daughter is going to cherish this box forever. It's just simply stunning!

  13. Oh, divina , adorei a técnica que usou com o papel.
    Cores lindas, adoro também as perolas!
    Você é maravilhosa!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet encouragement, Keridinha!

  14. So gorgeous with lots of wonderful texture!!! Hugs!

  15. Oh wow, this is so beautiful Tracey and you've put so much work and so much love into it too. The colour and the textures are amazing and I love all the bling. What a precious gift for your daughter's keepsakes. Super, super gorgeous!! God Bless. oxox

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Margaret! ~ Blessings

  16. Soooo glad you didn't cover up this AMAZING texture...looks gorgeous & those shimmery colours...yum! Your DD will LOVE this gift, I'm son gets married next week. Haven't got a DD, so a son's wedding is as close as I'll ever get....really looking forward to DH is a retired minister, so he's taking it for them, which is super special:):):)

    1. Thanks LIzzy, I just couldn't bring myself to cover it up. :-) You'll get a sweet daughter when your son marries!! ~ Blessings

  17. The textures and colours here are amazing Tracey! What a fabulous anniversary gift!

  18. Oh wow, this is just so beautiful and a wonderful keepsake.
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  19. What a gorgeous keep-sake box, all that detail, and texture .. it is stunning!

  20. Soo Beautiful box Tracey!!! fabulous details...xoxo

  21. absolutely stunning Tracey! I'm sure your daughter will love it!


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