The amigurumi dolls were crocheted from patterns I found at Lions Brand (boy pattern here and girl pattern here), but I changed the colors to suite the recipients. I love to crochet because I can pretty much do it anywhere - on the bus, at work, in front of the TV. And these dolls were pretty easy to make.
The photo collage boxes were a lot more work because I went through hundreds of digital pictures as well as scanned dozens of older pictures from my in-laws. I can't remember what exactly inspired this box, but I did not use a how to, just winged it.
The basic design is fairly simple:
1) Get a photo archival box (as it would acid free and the recipients could store pictures in it if they choose). I got 3 boxes of $10 or so at a photo store that has since closed.
2) Measure the dimensions of the area to be covered for both the top and the body of the box. I have to admit that I did not cover the bottom of the box.
3) Choose the pictures you want and print on acid free paper.***
4) I used Mod Podge to glue it to the box.
5) Once dry, spray with clear gloss to protect - I used some Krylon product with a matte finish.
Sounds simple enough, right? Well, in my anal desire to make everything fit just right, I used Photoshop to make 1:1 digital templates of the surface that needed to be covered. Then I took the pictures I wanted put on the box (tailored to the recipient) and arranged them on the template to make sure important areas of the pictures were not cut off. I resized pictures as necessary. On the band of the cover, you'll notice that pictures fit the height of the band almost perfectly. In Photoshop, each picture was a separate layer. After I got everything arranged just the way I wanted, I copied each picture and pasted them onto 8 x 11.5 templates, so I could fit as many pictures on each page. I had my husband print them from a laser printer on acid free paper (he was smart and made 3 copies of each page). I cut the pictures out and using my original template as a guide, I mod podged the pictures to the box.
But, this is potentially a very easy project, if you don't sweat the small stuff like I did. And in the end, I was very, very pleased with the results. My only disappointment was that I chose not to cover the bottom of the boxes, and that is a minor disappointment.
Thanks for going down craft memory lane with me.
Happy Crafting everyone!
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