Thursday, September 10, 2009


I finally put together a shadowbox of our year in France, a project I've had in mind for several years. The stumbling block was finding a shadowbox of the size and style I like: about 12"x17", and one with a hinged door. Hob Lob came through for me a couple of weeks ago when they had all their shadowboxes 50% off. This one was regularly $30.

I added the little shelves or dividers inside. It was very simple: first I bought a strip of lath at Home Depot, then marked where to make the cuts, and then I asked (and asked!) the guys to cut it for me. That finally happened on Labor Day. I nailed it together, then spray painted it all black to match the frame. Underneath the dividers I added a piece of 12" square scrapbook paper with a script design. The divider piece went in next, then I added all the mementos. Some of them are held in place with blobs of yellow sticky tack.

Here is a list of what I included in my shadowbox, all items I bought in France (beginning in upper left corner): reproduction tin sign, tiny china doll, souvenir pin from Versailles, glass dip pen, miniature metal Eiffel towers, china dish by Limoges, round wood cheese box (we ate the cheese), a souvenir print of Notre Dame, and a third Eiffel tower.

This was very fun to plan and put together; now I'm inspired to make another one using mementos from my childhood.


NewKidontheBlogg said...

My mom made one with mementos of her twin brother who died at age six.

joyce said...

Sigh...I am so inspired! Thank you!!! Now...whether I actually DO anything is another story!!!