My Father the Hero - Gift Ideas with a Personal Touch
Today on the Graphic 45 blog we're celebrating dads! We have two fantastic projects that are perfect for gifts and commemorating precious memories of our fathers. We begin with an amazing and heartfelt Typography memory box creation by Denise Hahn that profoundly commemorates the memory of her father. Then we will share Annette Green's beautiful Bird Song Matchbook Box Gift Set and tutorial. Together your imagination will be delighted with visual stimulation, great tips, and easy to follow step by step directions for a gift perfect for any loved one.
"This is by far the most personal project I have ever created. I was not intending to create a Memory Box of my Dad. I was intending to make a Typography Project. When I looked at Typography, it made me think of a Library, so I started looking for images of Vintage Librarians. I started noticing a common thread, almost every “vintage Librarian” wore glasses. For those of us who wear glasses, and I mean us “can’t see without them” types, they are very much a part of us, our personalities and who we are. When my Dad passed away from lung cancer 21 years ago he was only 49. He wore glasses, and so after he died, thats what I took. Those two pairs of glasses were sitting in a plain dusty shadow box on the shelf in my craft room. They deserved so much better. Not only did I have a hard time starting this project- I had a harder time finishing it, so It is actually not finished. It has become a place for me to stash more trinkets that bring back the memory of this man I loved so much. I am so grateful to Diane for creating the papers that inspired this project and hope it also inspires you to create a memory box of a loved one. A box that never is finished.
On the spine I used a piece of velvet fabric-then stamped his name in muslin and sewed it on before I attached it using Tacky Glue
My Dad love to play Bingo- he took my Grandma Ann twice a week sometimes. How convenient for me that vintage bingo cards are a popular theme! The box is a Faux Book box that was originally covered with a flora design. I used Typography “Journey” on the cover. I also used the Typography Tags- don’t be afraid to cut them in half if you need to as I did here.
Love these Petaloo Botanicals in creme- Dad wasn’t into flowers much- but I have to look at this right- he wouldn’t mind he was easy going like that.
I added the clasp on for practical reasons, but love how it looks.
Every item in here has special meaning to me. I chose objects that were an obvious reference and some that were more ambiguous-choose objects that speak to you.
The glasses were my focal point-they went in first- I covered a piece of chipboard with Typography “Inscribe” then wired the glasses to the board and glued inside the box.
My Dad loved pets and he inherited my sisters Parakeet “Gucci Bird” ironically Gucci Bird passed away a week after my Dad did- he just couldn’t live without him, we understood.
imp9-Another memento of my Dads pets- His Schnauzer named Giorgio ( I guess he was into designers or something lol) and two Race Horses! Heisamore and Tolly Bogel. Then I found this old pinball- my dad sold pinball machines at some point and we had our own in the house. Do you recognize the Horse picture? Yep that’s from Graphic 45’s A Proper Gentleman.
Oh my I can go on and on about the meaning of all of these trinkets, but I think I will let them speak for themselves.
This is another rescued memento- My dad bought me this necklace for Valentines day when I was like 10 years old. It is the one piece of jewelry I have had the longest and it was sitting in the bottom of my junk jewelry jar- now it has an amazing home.
Thanks for letting me share this work in progress with you today. What important mementos do you have tucked away? Time to get them out and share them with your love of crafting and art." - Denise Hahn
Petaloo Cream Botanicals
Xyron Glue Stick
Little Yellow Bicycle Naturals Burlap Stickers
The Paper Studio Brass Closure
Provo Craft letter stamp Circa 18pt.
Ink: Colorbox Roan Chestnut
The Board Dudes™ 4' x 18' Adhesive Backed Cork Roll
Next up we have Annette's Gift Box and Layout Display. This project not only is beautiful, thoughtful, but also comes fully loaded with delightful gifts ideal for that someone special in your life. Take it away Annette.
Bird Song Dad’s Large Matchbox Gift Set Tutorial
Core'dinations Signature Series cardstock (darks)
Graphic 45 Geometric Metal Doorplate & Knob
Bird Song 12 x 12 paper pack
Bird Song Cardstock Stickers
Bird Song Chipboard Tags 1 and 2
Imaginarium Designs chipboard clock
Tim Holtz “Tick Tock” Alterations die
Black acrylic paint, Ribbon, Twine
Foam Core, Sticky Back Canvas
Clear Transparency Film
1. Cut a piece of black foam core the same size at the matchbox.
2. Create a hinged panel by adhering the foam core to the left edge of the matchbox using wide tape or sticky-back canvas, leaving an eighth inch of space between the panel and the box to allow room for the panel to open and close freely.
3. When closed, the panel will create a “door.” Adhere 1/4-inch black grosgrain ribbon along the spine for a clean edge.
4. Paint black acrylic paint 1/2 inch in from all edges of the matchbox front including the taped area. This will allow for 12 x 12 paper to have a black background since the box is 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches.
5. Select a 12 x 12 paper and cut a window in the center measuring 7 3/4” x 7 3/4”. Adhere a piece of clear transparency to the back side of the paper to create a protective window then adhere this unit to the window portion of the matchbox.
6. Paint black acrylic paint 1/2 inch in, on all interior & exterior portions of the slider box (which fits inside the matchbox).
7. Adhere strips of pattern paper to the front and back ends of the slider box. No paper is necessary on the sides. Add a metal drawer pull to the front portion.
8. Adhere a 12 x 12 piece of pattern paper into the bottom of the slider box, and four strips of paper for the inner walls. (2 x 12 inches each.) Decide what will go into your slider box first, arranging the gifts how you like them. Then create partitions using sturdy mat board and tacky glue to secure them.
9. Decorate the window portion of the matchbox by cutting strips and mitering the corners to create a border. Add accents and more border strips as desired.
10. Decorate the front of the panel flap with cardstock and pattern papers leaving a quarter inch of black showing all the way around.
11. Embellish the panel flap with door knob, chipboard, stickers, and keys.
12. Create a 12 x 12 layout and adhere to the inside of the flap panel. Viola, you have just created your own personalized masterpiece perfect to be given as a gift for a friend or yourself.
Now a big round of applause to the talented G45 DT members, Denise and Annette for sharing these touching works of art. As always we hope to inspire your next creation, we'll be looking out for your memory boxes and your creations with our Altered Matchboxes. Please share your latest Graphic 45 project with us on our Facebook page to join in the fun. Take care and stay crafty!
Team Graphic 45