And on an even brighter note, my muse has returned from her walkabout. just in time for me to complete my project for A Vintage Journey's current challenge 'Through The Looking Glass'. Julia is the host for this month's challenge and here is her brief:
'Let's make a project involving glass (acetate?) or mirrors (metal sheet?), perhaps a window or a clock face, a hand held mirror or glass bottle. Tim has lots of Idea-ology products and dies that would be just the thing for this challenge.'
I thought long and hard on this one and it wasn't until I came upon a photo booth picture of a young boy and his dog in Tim's 'Thrift Shop' Ephemera pack that an idea began to crystallize. From that picture the idea of creating a window, peeking into the world of that young boy, began to emerge. So I set to work altering a box that I had in my stash, cutting out the 'window' in the front of it and adding a piece of acetate packaging to simulate the glass and filling it with that wonderful picture and lots of ephemera and bits and bobs.
(Edited to add: So honoured that my shadow box window was chosen as a Pinworthy Mention at A Vintage Journey!
Thank you so much to the Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey, I am thrilled :O)The acetate made it a bit hard to photograph, so I temporarily removed it to give you a better look at what I put inside by shadow box window.
The box was painted inside and out with 'Walnut Stain' distress paint and I then stenciled the outside with Tim's 'Gothic' layering stencil and 'Old Paper' distress paint. I edged the window cutout with some 'Elements' tissue tape, made the label on PicMonkey using a vintage label image from The Graphics Fairy and added the 'Genuine' muse token at the top.
There is something about that picture that just tugs at my heartstrings! I framed it with a little frame I got at Michael's that I aged with some 'Vintage Photo' distress paint.
I decided to fill the shadow box with things that you would find in this young boy's life, here you can see his bicycle and a pinwheel (I'll add all the image sources at the bottom of this post).
His favourite book, The ABC's of Animals, and his favourite alphabet flash card (D for dog of course!). And what young boy doesn't love to fly his kite and play with a ball?
On rainy days you still need something to do, so just behind his photo you can spy a gameboard and a game spinner. Of course, school is also something that fills his days, so the inside of the box was lined with a vintage report card.
And here's a look at the backside, I just love that gothic stencil!
Thanks to A Vintage Journey for this wonderful challenge, I do love how this little shadow box window turned out and am so glad I was able to showcase that great picture of the young boy and his pup.
Thanks as always for stopping by and hope that you are having a wonderfully creative start to your week too. Keep thinking Spring everyone!
Image sources used in this shadow box:
Label frame and bicycle flash card from The Graphics Fairy
Young boy photo booth picture, game board, '25' token and The ABC of Animals book cover from Tim Holtz Ideaology 'Thrift Shop' Ephemera pack.
Vintage report card and 'D' flash card from Crafty Secrets 'Vintage Typography' CD.
Pinwheel image from 'Playful' scrapbook mini by Sara Gleason, Plant Your Story.
Game spinner by Cathe Holden via Worldlabel.com.
Kite was hand cut using Tim Holtz's 'Destination' paper stash.
Vintage ball is a photograph of a ball I have in my collection :O)