Cheap Storage Set ~ Recycled boxes

Hello everyone and Happy 2017!

Storage and organisation doesn’t have to be expensive, at least for me and at this moment šŸ™‚

I have been decluttering and purging since at least November, at some point my place looked like a war zone… anyway, it’s been a slow process but it is moving forward.

One of the problems that I haveĀ encountered since start making projects other than scrapbooking is how much space I need to keep up with all the different materials, especially when it comes to the recycling stuff. Because, I can throw the cardstock from the packagings out and then buy chipboard or I can save it and re-use it, and by now you all already know that I am recycling obsessed. It’s one of my ways to pay my rent on this amazing planet that provides us with everything for free and asks nothing in return, so what about a little respect?

However, I need to put a limit on how much stuff I keep otherwise when do you stop saving?

The thing is, at this moment I do not want to buy any fancy storage unit so, I got some boxes from the supermarket and because cheap storage doesn’t have to be ugly… I like mine pretty šŸ˜€ Ā …Ā anyway, I’ve decorated them to match my stencil binders and I love it!

Before & After.



Front and side.

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Sorry for crappy lighting in this picture, different settings on my camera (the pictures I took before discovering the settings above)…



In Love & Gratitude,

Black & Gold ~ Shoe box recycled

Hello, again.

Here is a shoe box recycled. They make great storage solutions, believe me.

For this one, I glued kitchen paper towelsĀ for texture. Then gesso it with, painted with black acrylic paint and golden touches ( sorry, pictures don’t show the beauty of the golden touches).

Here are the pictures.

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Oh, and I also made some tags to go with it šŸ™‚

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Until the next project, stay well šŸ™‚

In Love & Gratitude,

Stencil Storage


After some research on the internet, I ended up deciding for the plastic protector sleeves as aĀ method to store my stencils. Trouble was I could not find an affordable 3 ring binder to put my plasticĀ sleeves. 3 ring binders are not easy to find in Europe so they tend to be overpriced. I buy the sleeves from the USA, and I was not willing to overpay for a binder just because. Instead, I used the cardboard of the packaging where the page protectors came and added a flap so I can use theĀ binding screws and extension posts (I thinkĀ they are also called Chicago screws but don’t quote me on that).

The best part of this system is that it doesn’t have a spine, so you can expand itĀ as your collection does, no need for extra folders… Unless you are a maniac stencil obsess, in that case, maybe you would need more folders so you can carry them…

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Front and back. It took only two pieces of cardstockĀ and a flap secured with duck tape.

For the title, I used art tiles (made of recycled packaging from cat food)

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The spine(less)

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I inked the stencil image on the piece of cardstock that goes inside, put a label on the outsideĀ of the sleeve with the name and brand, so that way I always know what name goes with which image, no more guessing when storing them after the use of a bunch of stencils on one project…



Each pack of plastic sleeves comes with a piece of chipboard that will serve to make the covers for my 6×6 and 8×8 binders.

How cool would it be if companies could think in packaging their products in a way that would also serve as a storage method? It would be a win-win for everyone… Just sayin’.


In Love & Gratitude,

Pink Case ~ Recycled Shoe Box

This shoe box landed on my hands at the perfect time, I was working on another but it was too small for what I wanted, so I used the same crackle technique I had used in the previous one using the cheap PVA glue from the supermarket. It took some learning curve as the glue has to dry flat or it will drip and make hugeĀ craters instead of cracks, but I like the results.

From this:



To this:

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I also made some tags to go with this box. Some people buy pre-cut tags, I save the merchandiseĀ ones and re-use them. ThankĀ goodness for gesso and acrylic paint!

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In Love & Gratitude,

Distressed Brown Luggage ~ Shoe box recycled


This was a project on the To Do list for a very long time. It’s finallyĀ done.
Shoe boxes are a great storage solution, and storage doesn’t have to look boring, at least not if you can use it as an excuse to have fun. I had so much fun decorating this one that I am already decorating another one.

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In Love & Gratitude,

Abstract Leaves & Numbers ~ Pringles cans recycled


It’s still January and I’m here again? That must be good, right?

Anyway, let me introduce myself: “Hello, my name is Denise and I am aĀ hoarder.”

Yep, that’s it. I can’t throw away some things because when I look at then I always seeĀ potential, and it pains me to just contribute to add more unnecessary rubbish to this planet and then having to buy new stuff. Well, not me. I save a bunch of “rubbish” so then I can re-use it, and let’s be honest that is just the perfect excuse to do some crafting, right?

So here are some pringles cans recycled. Now they are storage tubes šŸ˜€


For this one I use some patterned paper, the ‘mini abstract leaves’ stencil (by The Crafters Workshop) with handmade texture paste mixed with ‘clear gloss texture paste’ (by Tim Holtz) applied on tissue paper and then glued with a medium mate to seal the all thing. I also used ‘vintage photo’ distress paint (by Tim Holtz) on the top and bottom rings.



For this one, again, I used some patterned paper, the ‘numbers2stamp’ stamp set (by TSOL), ‘black soot’ distress ink to smudge here and there, black archival ink, ‘ripe persimmon’ distress paint (by Tim Holtz) for the top and bottom rings.



I had to use the pattered paper her to hide the mess underneath, let’s leave it at that… So after the original attempt I ended up with a plain, easy and quick project, but easy does it for me.

I’m about to startĀ an art journal… Wish me luck!

In Love & Gratitude,


Green Leaves & Feathers ~ Box

Hello again this month,

I decorated another box but… Oh! The light, the light! Or better yet, the lack of a decent light for photography. Well, I’m still sharing the project with you despite the gray days around here. All pictures were taken on my craft table…

With or without flash? You choose.



I started by distressing the background with shabby shutters distress ink, then I used peeled paint with the border mask “Leaves” (by Creative Expressions)



I then used the “Mini Fancy Feathers” stencil (by The Crafters Workshop) with homemade texture paste that I added some clear gloss texture paste (by Tim Holtz). This is something that I discovered recently šŸ˜€ and I now add a bit of it to my all homemade texture paste to give them a store-bought look šŸ˜‰



I then distressed the edges with forest moss distress ink and attached to the box, that I appliedĀ gesso to the edges followed by two layers of white acrylic paint.



This is the final product.



I’m about to make a new experiment, so you might see me more often around here šŸ™‚

Until next time,

In Love & Gratitude,