The untold story of perfect art projects.

For new art creators, newby crafters, the inspiring YouTube videos speak to your creative soul.  You watch several videos and get so stoked.  Totally excited to take on the world and show the people in your life just exactly how totally AWESOME you are.  Some of the videos come with Step-By-Step tutorials to break down the process.  Other videos show you the finished product then explain the tools and products they used.

I am not a “newby crafter” but I am not a “seasoned crafter” either.  Believe me…I get just as frustrated as you do when my creations FAIL.  I have had some epic failures.

I’ve been watching some YouTube videos on creating storage boxes from chipboard.  The person I like to watch is “ozegran“.  Her videos are very inspiring…to me anyway.  I have a mechanical bent to my personality.  I get so excited when I see someone make useful products out of plain old stuff.  This woman is from Australia, I think that is where the “OZE” part comes from.  Get it Aussi….OZE?

I don’t have ready access to large sheets of chipboard but I do have access to corrugated cardboard.  I purchase sheets of corrugated cardboard from my local Budget Box and Bag store.

Corrugated cardboard sheets.

Corrugated cardboard sheets.

Jim, The Gentleman Crafter, has a video on making “Structure Strips“.  Spending time watching these two crafters I knew I could make a box to store the greeting cards I have made.  Now they sit on my table and are in danger of getting damaged.

Piles of cards

Piles of cards.

Cards jammed into a container

Cards jammed into a container

The last two weeks I was out on the road doing my “Day Job” I had plenty of time to think about building a box to store my cards in.  I got so excited!!!  I could picture the finished box in my head.  Covered with bright fabric.  The edges would have piping on them to make the box look like no other box out there.

Monday I went to Michaels and purchased some chipboard.  Tuesday I got myself into my craft room and began creating the box I had in my head.

Beautiful, isn’t it?!

Fabric covered storage box

Fabric covered storage box

There are some problems with this box.  First problem is the fish.  They are UPSIDE DOWN on the box.  They are Right Side UP on the inside of the box :/

 

Inside of fabric covered box.

Inside of fabric covered box.

The next problem is….the box is TOO BIG for my greeting cards :/

Box too big for greeting cards

Box too big for greeting cards

The lid.  That is another story.  I wanted to make a “Hinged” lid.  I have some really wide taffeta ribbon. That would be perfect for the supporting hinge.  Trouble is….I couldn’t figure out how to attach it :/

Ribbon hinge.

Ribbon hinge.

Crapazoid.  Don't know how to attach it.

Crapazoid. Don’t know how to attach it.

All is not lost.  I can use this box to store my embossing folders in.  It is just the right width and  height for these specialty tools 😀

 

Trying out the embossing folders.

Trying out the embossing folders.

YES!  They fit!

YES! They fit!

I created a second box that would be just the right size for my cards.  This time I was going to get the fish fabric to be right side up.  I cut only the front and back panels to test my theory out.  Well….that went all pear shaped :/  And the lid….that was a catastrophe.

Box #2

Box #2

The lid was too big.

The lid was too big.

The cards FIT!  Yippee Skippy!

The cards FIT! Yippee Skippy!

Having the cards fit in the box was a major WOO HOO for me.  Success!  I was totally stoked.  I cut panels of the fish fabric to fit on the front and back end of the box.

Fabric panels cut to fit.

Fabric panels cut to fit.

I cut strips of upholstery piping to be attached on the edges and bottom of the box.

Upholstery piping for a pop of color.

Upholstery piping for a pop of color.

I glued the fabric on wonky and the piping only pointed to the wonky fabric.

Crapazoid the box shows through.

Crapazoid the box shows through.

So I tore it all off.

Tear it all off.

Tear it all off.

I did make a lid that would fit 😀  So now I have to fix the torn cardboard and do something else to this box.  I think those plastic packages the embossing folders came in would fit in this poor box.  YES!  They do fit.

Plastic packaging to be used later.

Plastic packaging to be used later.

And the lid fits snugly on the box.  Woo Hoo!

The new lid fits perfect.

The new lid fits perfect.

So now I have a serious mess in my craft room.

One serious mess is happening here.

One serious mess is happening here.

Box #1 took over 8  hours to build.  Because I didn’t know what I was doing.  Box #3 took 4  hours to create.  Lid included.

Box #3

Box #3

The lid looks so good and I am thrilled with the whole box.

Box and Lid #3

Box and Lid #3

Just look at this awesomeness 😀  I won’t be putting the fabric on this box.  THAT IS FOR SURE!

Perfection!

Perfection!

So, in conclusion, this message is for new crafters….and not so new crafters.  When you begin a project that you have never done before be prepared for the “Learning Curve”.

DON’T STOP BECAUSE THE FIRST ATTEMPT FAILED.

Learn from your mistakes.  Make the necessary adjustments.  Keep at it.  Your head will be full of condescending voices that will tell you how much you stink at this.  There will be soul crushing crap running full tilt in your head.

  • See.  I knew you couldn’t do it!
  • Now look at all the stuff you have wasted!
  • You don’t know what you are doing!
  • Just leave it alone.  You’ll never figure it out.
  • Just look at that junk you have made.
  • Other people can do this better.
  • Leave this “pro-ject” to someone that knows what they are doing!
  • Seriously.  You have wasted time that could have been better spent on washing dishes!

DON’T LISTEN TO THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD!!!!!

It took me three tries to make the box correctly.  The two “Failures” are going to work just fine for me in my craft room.

AND BEST OF ALL!!!!!  I MADE THEM.  ALL BY MYSELF!!!!!!

Take that you dirty birds!  Stick it up your nose with a rubber hose you rotten voices!

Now….I have to figure out how to decorate my PERFECT box :/

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 12:55:23

    Hokey Dinah!! Those voices are MEAN!!! lol

    I love this post, I love your boxes, and most of all…I love you! 🙂

    You had me sitting on the edge of my seat to see how this would turn out! Your boxes…all of them…look incredible! The fish fabric is so bright and fun. Hey…nothing wrong with swimming upside-down! I think it’s fabulous that you start out to make one box for your cards, and here you’ve got have your space organized with the extra boxes! lol THAT should be more then enough to quiet those mean voices FOREVER!!

    I just made a box too but it’s not nearly as industrious as what you have done. I will be posting it as soon as I finish the mini that goes inside. There’s an idea for you. Make another box to hold a mini album. You should be able to whip out the next box in about an hour!

    Thanks for the great lessons, Leslie!
    Love and Prayers,
    Nancy 🙂

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Nov 22, 2013 @ 13:05:46

      Nancy, thank you so much for your words. I appreciate you in so many ways.

      I’ve had the fish fabric for over 10 years and thought I could use it. You are right. Upside down fish are just as pretty 😀

      Those voices in our heads give us so much grief. You are such an awesome crafter so it makes me feel that I can hold my head up high knowing you struggle with the same thing.

      I’ll be blowing up your inbox this weekend. I get to catch up on your blog. Yippee Skippy!

      Love you my friend 😀

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      • Nancy
        Nov 22, 2013 @ 13:16:30

        Absolutely!! Hold your head up very HIGH!! You can’t hear any of those nasty voices up there! lol
        Your fish are very young compared to some fabric that I have around here! 😉
        I look forward to your visit on my blog! 🙂

      • Message In A Fold
        Nov 22, 2013 @ 13:41:39

        I’ll have to give that a try. Hold my head up high enough to keep the voices away LOL 😀

        You, my dear friend, are the BEST!

  2. gardenpinks
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 18:15:31

    Fantastic boxes Leslie, a very neat job. Does it matter how long it took??? Are you in some sort of timed competition? How about using some of that great stack of paper for covering your boxes? That would look good. Use some embossed paper for the box holding the embossing packages.
    At the moment I am creating from scratch a house shaped shadow box thing out of mount board and there is much swearing going on but I will crack it or else it will be flying 😀 This is supposed to be a Christmas present for my sister!
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Nov 22, 2013 @ 23:26:10

      You crack me up! Much swearing going on with your shadow box. I did that over the past few days as well.

      The time reference I mentioned is because I was pleased to note it took less time as I figured out what I was doing 😀

      I’d l like to see your shadow box when it is finished.

      Love you my friend 😀

      Reply

  3. Jack Flacco
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 22:07:08

    Both boxes look great! I love the colorful one the most. I think all those colors contrasting on the black background really makes the colors pop!

    BTW, love your quote at the end, “DON’T LISTEN TO THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD!!!!!” Ha, if I didn’t listen to the voices in my head I wouldn’t have anything to write about! LOL 😉

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Nov 22, 2013 @ 23:42:19

      No, no, no!!! You have to listen to the voices in your head. Your voices are good voices. They help you write a great story that get published and sold!!!

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      Leslie

      Reply

  4. Crafty Colonel
    Nov 23, 2013 @ 18:10:45

    I went through much of the same process making my daughter’s wedding bouquet but did not document the FAILS only the success. You could check it out on my blog here: http://craftycolonel.blogspot.com/2013/10/preparing-for-big-day.html
    Your advice is spot on about keep trying and don’t listen to the nay-sayers! And God Bless you tube for the how-to videos!

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Nov 24, 2013 @ 10:51:19

      Man! The fails can be so disheartening! The last thing anyone wants to do is document the fails :/ Thanks for leaving me the link to your AWESOME Bridal Bouquet you made for your daughter. Your daughter’s faith in your skills is heartwarming. That probably put a pinch more weight on your mind to get it done right :/ You DID IT! Just as she believed you would 😀

      AMEN on YouTube and their how-to videos!

      Leslie

      Reply

  5. Tracy :)
    Nov 24, 2013 @ 20:49:02

    You learn from your not so perfect projects 🙂
    I use the backing from paper pads for my chipboard. I have never purchased this stuff.
    Also if you have a book binding company around your area…mine gives me their off cuts for free…I do bring them in a coffee to show my appreciation 🙂

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Nov 24, 2013 @ 20:53:18

      Great tip on the off cuts from book binding businesses. I’ll have to see what we have around here.

      Frustrating, but so true. Mistakes are for us to learn from. Younger people today have this crazy notion that they can do stuff right off just by watching. Go figure. Guess they forget how many times they die on computer games before they move on to the next level :/

      Hugs to you my friend.

      Reply

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