In a previous post I shared the start of a project – a memory box for a baby girl. This was so fun because my friend Jami is giving this as a gift to a good friend of hers who recently welcomed baby Emri into the world. Because Emri has such an adorable nursery, Jami thought it would be fun to match the memory box design to the nursery so Mom can display it. Of course I was all for this as well, what artist doesn’t want their creation to be center of attention!
On the left is a photo of the wall mural in baby Emri’s nursery, a whimsical tree with sage green leaves and highlights of pink flowers. On the right is all the components I planned to use in the box, pink buttons, ribbon with a pattern similar to that of the wall mural and various colors and textures of paper.
I’m really pleased with how the different textures, tones, colors and styles came together in this whimsical yet trendy memory box for baby Emri. The papers, ribbon and letters were found at some of my favorite art supply stores including Hollanders, Hobby Lobby and Dick Blick. Of course the buttons come from all of my various junk store or antique store adventures in either Omaha, Overton or Weston, MO.
I really like using these letters because they add a child like playfulness to the memory box. The photo corners are another new item I’ve been using recently as opposed to building an actual frame out of chipboard and slipping a photo in it. This is a much more user friendly solution and leaves more room for for fun details like layering different papers and more buttons!
I have a really great HP Desk Jet printer that came with my Mac that I purchased back in 2002! I can run so many different thickness and textures of paper through this printer, it is an awesome resource and I hope it never ever dies on me!
This is kind of an awkward angle but you can see how I incorporated all of the elements from the front of the memory box on the inside of the box.
As all artists experience, sometimes mistakes can be happy ones! This strip of green paper with the letters spelling out Emri was a last minute addition because the paper crinkled really awkward when the glue dried and I didn’t like how it looked. This was a creative solution to fixing that issue as it really enhanced the design of the interior of the memory box, making it more personal and interesting to look at.
I’m so happy that baby Emri will have something so fun and whimsical as a keepsake full of many memories to visit over and over again the rest of her life! I’m curious, how do you keep the many memories made by your babies?