Its All About Customization

Customized, personalized, bespoke, call it what you may, it is what everyone wants everything to be. Not that I mind but the price has to be right

In any case I do enjoy the challenge, customization poses.  It makes me try new things all the time. I like the interaction (well most of the time) with the client some of who have very interesting ideas. Converting these half-baked ideas into something physical can be an uphill task and you never know if the client will be happy with it. Like most things in life it is a problem solving exercise.

I recently had a request from a very special client. She wanted a birthday ‘gift basket’  for her fiance who is abroad. I advised her to drop the idea of a basket and instead go for a keepsake box with custom items inside. Why? Well for one the DHL would charge an arm and a leg for shipping a gift basket. The other reason is that a keepsake box is just that; you keep it and you can use it for stashing any number of items. She agreed and I embarked upon yet another custom project.


The wood box I used was covered with canvas that had a beautiful sunflower design on it.  However the design was not any use to me and I had to cover it with paper. I started by sanding the top, spine and the bottom followed by a couple of coats of black acrylic paint around the edges. This is important as you need the paper to be just short of the surface you are covering and so a teeny bit of edge is visible. The next problem was the hinge area where the box lid opens which means it is subject to stretching so you can’t cover it with paper or it would rip with time.  I used some washi tape to overcome this issue. I used mod pauge to stick the paper and also applied a coat to the top of the paper. The paper is from lost and found by MME and I thought the colors and patterns were perfect for this project.

Next I needed to spell ‘Love is all there is’ on top of the box (I love this quote). LOVE was diecut from coordinating paper and edged with ‘Iced spruce’ disstress ink and epoxied it with glossy accents. A search of my ‘alphabet sticker’ stash provided the rest of the alphas. The key is from Kaisercraft which I covered with black german glass glitter. The only other embellishment is a ‘glass whimsy’ by Webster’s Pages. It went perfectly with the oval frame on the right side.

There is a chipboard frame on the inside of the box lid for a picture of the love birds.

Using the same paper collection I did a plaque and a coaster. For the plaque I covered a MDF tile with paper. Used a Unity Stamp set I stamped the adorable letter box with love letters tumbling out. The tiny butterflies were punched with the ‘3 in 1’ Martha Stewart butterfly punch. Used some tiny mulberry roses and 2 dimensional heart stickers to further embellish the plaque. I couldn’t resist using the faint pink roses as the composition would look too dull without that. The tile was mounted on a larger square of chipboard covered with pattern paper. There is a ribbon for hanging the plaque but is not visible in this picture.

For the card I stamped the background using a Hero Arts Stamp in Walnut Stain. The butterflies (also Hero Arts) were stamped on cardstock that I had colored using distress inks. Wishing you happiness comes from a Papertrey Ink stamp set. Used some lost and found paper for the background  to bring everything together.


One thought on “Its All About Customization

  1. I can totally relate. Customizing is tough, especially when people are not willimg to trust the designer.
    Anyhoo. Perfect composition, MASHALLAH. I especially loved the stamps you used.. 10/10 from my side (Y)

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