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I'm Lesley and I've been a crafter all my life. I discovered paper crafting about 30 years ago and this is now my great passion.

Sunday 21 March 2021

Desk Tidy

I know we Crafters say that we get inspiration from everything, but over breakfast this morning I had a lightbulb moment; it wasn't the food or the company but the box! How can you get excited over a box that you've seen many times before? 

I was asked onto the design team of Crafters Companion last October and so have been really busy making samples for them ever since.  Just lately it has been quite manic and my desk has been covered with various parts of new collections that I have needed to keep in order. My lightbulb moment should really help.

Here is what I  made today while "playing".

 It started life as my cereal box and now stands proudly on my desk ready to hold die cuts, scrap design paper and precut card pieces.

It was very straightforward and I took a few pictures as I went along (excuse the mess - this is why I need the tidy!

The finished size is 4" deep, 7" tall at back and 7 1/2" wide (10cm x 17.5cm x19cm).

I started by drawing a line halfway along one side of the box and then across the width at 45 degrees. To do this i measured the width, marked down the length by the same amount and drew a diagonal line. I started cutting with a scalpel but finished with my favourite scissors.

After having glued the opening end shut, I adhered the 2 pieces of the box together as shown. I bound the edges withconstruction  tape ( but washi tape would also look pretty).

I covered the repurposed box in  Heartfelt Creations Butterfly Medley papers. It took just over 2 sheets. I finished the inside with co-ordinating scraps from another sheet and papered the bottom with all remaining scraps like a patchwork quilt.

If you like this project, please leave a comment below. 

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  1. Stunning creation, Lesley. What a transformation! xx

    1. Thank you so much. It’s really useful and pretty xx

  2. Fabulous project. Thank you for sharing such a great idea!!

  3. Thank you Crafty Lady. I hope you try upcycling a similar box too x

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