Hey guys! Happy new year 🙂 !
I have a lovely project to kick things off for 2016. It’s a pencil box! In case this sounds a little underwhelming I’ll give you a little context to get why I’m so psyched about it…
Some of you might know that adult coloring books are all the rage right now (and have been for the last couple of years). I’m a little late to the party but ever since I came across this phenomenon (seriously, it’s huge) I’ve been sharing it with people and promoting it as a great stress-relief activity. So when a close friend of mine’s birthday was coming up I decided to get her a copy of Secret Garden (there are literally hundreds of adult coloring books out there right now but my favourites are by far Johanna Basford‘s).
As part of the gift I also included some colored pencils so she could get started right away (but really any excuse to make a cute box right ?). But as I had them out on my desk I wasn’t feeling the inspiration…the illustrations in the book are so gorgeous I felt like I had my work cut out for me if I wanted my box to impress alongside.
For me it’s all about the colors; if I can’t figure out what colors I want to use for a project I can’t really visualise what I want it to look like. So as I was looking through some pages in my browser I came across the latest Global Design Project Challenge… and boom…problem solved! I loved the look of this card so I decided to go with blues (Night of Navy & Bermuda Bay), white and gold embossing.
Once I had my color combo everything fell into place. I decided on a matchbox style for the box and I picked out some DSP (I still had some Birthday Bash DSP in my stash and this design worked great with the arty theme). I stamped the birthday sentiment in Versamark ink and used Wow! Gold Rich embossing powder.
I tied some Gold Baker’s Twine around it to hold it closed and give it a nice finishing touch. I really love the way it turned out and my friend did too. She’s been happily coloring ever since :).