Hey Procraftinators! Today, I am back with a design team project for Taylormadecards4u. This year, Taylormadecards4u is partnering with the Crafter's Castle Challenge Blog and will be the sponsor every month. The winner of the challenge this month will win the Soda Fountain Shoppe Kit. It has many of the same items that I designed this project with. However, this project, I had access to the bundle, which has a bit more images than what is available in the kit. If you want more info on their challenges, be sure to check out their challenge blog out for more info. Also, in my description box of my video on YouTube (or at the bottom of this post) will be links to the rest of the design team's projects. I hope that you will check out their projects as well. They have designed some lovely projects using the bundle this month!
For today's project, I decided to make a memory shadow box for my grandpa. 3 years ago, he accompanied me on a trip across country for a medical trial of an implant to manage my pain issues. My husband wasn't able to go, as he wanted to save his time off work for the real surgery, assuming that I would get the real surgery. Which I did. So, my grandpa volunteered to go with me. One of the things that we did while we were on this trip was go to an old Soda Fountain Shoppe. My grandpa LOVES ice cream. Well, and doughnuts, but that is a story for another time. So, the first night we were there, we ate dinner and then promptly looked for a place to get some ice cream for dessert, of course. I found this old soda fountain shoppe and thought it would be neat to go there. So, we did. We shared a sundae and had a good time.
I started by ink blending Vintage Photo Distress Ink on a few of the ephemera pieces that were included in the Soda Fountain Shoppe Bundle. I chose the Guest Ticket, because I had plans to write something on it. You will see this later. I also liked the pink piece that said "Soda Fountain" on it, because I wanted to use that blank space as well. Again, I will reveal my plans on that later too. Next, I took the larger "Soda Fountain" title and ink blended Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on it. I'm not sure if I still had a little Vintage Photo in my blending brush or what, but I felt that it kind of had a greenish hue to it. So, I grabbed Broken China and went over the ink blending to make it more blue. I was looking to tie in the blue-ish color from the Guest Ticket and tone down all the pink that was in the kit. After all, this is going to my grandpa and I didn't want quite so much pink. Next, I took the checkered background piece and used the Vintage Photo around the edges on it too.
Once I was done with my ink blending, I cut the words "Best Buds" out of black cardstock on my Cricut using the font Hopeless Romantic. I wanted a scripty font to kind of tie in to the scripty font used on the "Soda Fountain Shoppe" title. I know it's not a perfect match, but I wasn't looking for a perfect match. I cut this out 4 times and stacked them off screen. Then, I glued them to that pink tag that said "Soda Fountain" that I ink blended with Vintage Photo towards the beginning of the video. The reason I did best buds was because my grandpa jokes around a lot and often likes to pick on me relentlessly, especially in the morning when I JUST wake up when they are visiting. I am SOOOO NOT a morning person. He can tell when he is starting to push his luck and then he will say "We're buds, right, Amanda?"
Now it's time to start gluing everything down to my background piece. My shadow box has this insert inside the frame that made it a bit smaller than an 8x8in frame. In order to make sure that I didn't put anything too close to the edges, I took that insert out of the frame, laid it on my background piece and marked the inside corners of the insert with a pencil. Then, I just had to make sure that I put all my pieces within those pencil marks. I glued an 8x1in strip on black paper with small white stripes on it to the left side for a little bit of interest. This paper was from a 12x12in paper pad I got from Hobby Lobby a couple years ago from The Paper Studio called Happy Birthday to You Sir. This strip ended up getting mostly covered up in the end. So, not sure it was really necessary, but my initial thought was that it would add some interest and break up some of that pink background. I had printed 2 pictures of my grandpa and I at the ice cream shop and backed them with a light blue cardstock from Recollections. Again, I wanted to bring in some more of that blue that was on the Guest Ticket slip and that I ink blended on the Soda Fountain Shoppe title. When I cut the pictures & the cardstock to fit, I used a fancy corner rounder that I have had in my stash for years from Creative Memories. I absolutely love this corner rounder and use it quite often to add a little interest to simple projects. I glued those pictures flat to the page. Next, I glued the tag that I had added "Best Buds" to flat to the page on the upper right hand side. You see me adding a little glue to the "T" in best. That's because the first layer of the stacked letters had started to come up with I was rubbing the whole thing down. So, I had to do a little repair work. After that, I got out my XFasten foam tape and used it to adhere the Soda Fountain Shoppe title to the upper right hand side of the page, overlapping the Best Buds tag and the upper picture a little. Then, I moved on to the bottom and I glued down the guest ticket flat to the page. I took the ephemera Coca Cola bottle and ice cream sundae and popped both of them up using foam tape. To finish it off, I wrote on the Guest Ticket "1 Ice cream sundae that GPA didn't eat his share." I call my grandpa "GPA" more often than not. It's something I have done since I was a kid and him not eating his share has been an inside joke since the night we went to the soda fountain shoppe. He's a joker and he tells everyone that I didn't eat my share of the ice cream sundae, but in reality, it was him. I had to finish his share! We were both so stuffed that we really didn't need to go out for ice cream. We had ate all you can eat fish and chips for dinner, but we both just HAD to go for ice cream too! What can I say, it's a GPA and G-daughter thing!
So, I hope that you enjoyed my project today and I hope that you will check out the rest of the design team projects as well. Don't forget all the links and info you need are in the description box below. As always, have a great day!
Here are links to the rest of the Design Team projects. I hope that you will check them out.
Video Links:Taylormadecards4u - https://youtu.be/PZ_Ux898mI0
Deborah Jenkins - https://youtu.be/2CIKhSY7x4k
Mynn Kitchen - https://youtu.be/993a3HZS91I
Tracy Shultz https://youtu.be/40TmXUIfado
Craft With Te https://youtu.be/zv0p9ljk1L0
Jeanie Ellis https://youtu.be/sZ8bSWe0FnI
Wendy - https://youtu.be/6gkZCgYvNPk
Janie - The Craft Princess https://youtu.be/uhHghYKL85E
8x8 Shadow Box Frame
Photos & Photo Paper
Light Blue Recollections Cardstock
Creative Memories Fancy Corner Rounder
Hopeless Romantic Cricut Font
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