oh, shoot.

Do any of you guys remember when I participated in the Index Card Art Project?  It was one year ago yesterday that I posted about it, gosh time flies.

Instead of oil painting or drawing, my artistic medium of choice is scrapbooking.  In this case, I used photos from the Adriatic Explorer cruise that Mr. Q and I had taken back in November 2018.

At the time I mentioned that I was going to be on the lookout for the perfect vintage recipe box to keep my cards in.

Now normally, it seems like these sort of boxes are a dime a dozen and I see them everywhere.  But of course, once I specifically wanted one I couldn’t seem to find one.

Then last week my picker, Sue, brought me a few goodies from an estate sale she went to including this box …

Eureka!  The perfect box to contain my index card art!

But oh, shoot!

My cards are too big for the box.  Drat!

I even thought for a moment that maybe I could cut the cards down to fit, but I had gone all the way to edge on most of them …

I’m glad I checked that before I started work on the box.  Had I been keeping this box to store my cards I would have given it a travel theme.  Although I don’t have a specific plan for pulling that off yet, I know I’ll come up with something when the right box comes along.

But in the meantime, I went ahead and gave this box a makeover anyway.

I started by painting it in Dixie Belle’s Sea Glass.  Then I sanded the edges and added one of re.design with prima’s Classic Vintage Label transfers to the front.

Once I had that in place I felt like the top needed just a little something too.  That’s when I noticed that I had this portion of another Classic Vintage Label

I had cut out the center of this one to use on something else.  Coincidentally that made this leftover part perfect for this box.  Seriously, what are the chances?

It turned out so darn cute …

that now I’m doubly disappointed that my cards don’t fit 😉

Well, it’s back to the drawing board for something to store my index cards in.  Now I just have to decide if I’ll keep this box for something else, or send it in to Reclaiming Beautiful to sell.

In the meantime, as always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint for for supplying the Sea Glass paint and to re.design with prima for supplying the Classic Vintage Labels transfer for this project.

If you’re looking for Dixie Belle products you can find them here.

If you’re looking for re.design with prima products you can find local retailers here, or online sources here.

14 thoughts on “oh, shoot.

  1. This is so cute. I have made over a couple of recipe boxes but they were not as darn cute as yours. Thank you for the inspiration. Now I’m on the look out for another one.


  2. First, your travel cards are so great. But the box turned so dang cute. I’ll bet you can think of something adorable to keep in it. My first thought, based on the transfers, would be to keep seed packets in it. Don’t know if they’d fit, but it would be so fun. Thanks for sharing your transformation.


    1. That would be fun, except I don’t plant anything from seed. Our growing season is so short here in Minnesota, it just never seems to be worth planting from seed 🙂


  3. Love the scrapbooking index cards…what a great way to showcase a special trip! The box would have been perfect …just another example of how an i ch or two really does matter 😯


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