This project really made my heart pound and temperature rise to the sky. I had been thinking about this design for 3 months already. This design actually made me want to start learning the art of box making. I just couldn't find or, yeah, afford the organizer that I had in mind so I just needed to make me one.
This is my first and so far latest original design. It took me 3 weeks to complete this project because, again, not sure what to do next and how to do it and just how to proceed. I just finished it last week and so far, my friends and family loved it so much that I wanted to share it as well. You see, I was inspired by a lot of people from the books and YouTube that maybe I can be an inspiration too. My sister told me that these could make lovely gifts for a bride. She couldn't be more right.
My YouTube heroes are Jennings644, Jim, thegentlemancrafter and xannero1. Jennings644 for her attitude in crafting. From her, I learned to just do it. Just do it. Just do it. Just do it. Use whatever you have and do whatever you can. Just do it. And I did. I did it.
Jim, thegentlemancrafter, for the polished look of his work. It's not just about the beauty of being simple, but also the usefulness of his projects. His projects are clean, useful, polished and durable. He's a professional and the projects that he makes are out of this world. Who can make paper work like a machine? I actually learned how to make the small caddy from him. Thanks to +Jim Ragon Hankins.
Xannero1 is another lady that I admire. She also loved working with chipboards. Making boxes is what I am interested in and chipboards are the only material that I can actually work with. I guess chipboards found me and because of that I came accross xannero1. Aaaargh, her projects are just beautiful. Just amazingly beautiful.
I exhausted all of their videos to help me complete this project.
As usual, I used the very beautiful Graphic 45's A Ladies' Diary Paper. I had some leftovers from my desktop caddy project. But, those weren't enough so I purchased additional 8 more of the 12 x 12 sheets. I was really stretching this paper out. I love it so much. The leftovers will probably make it to yet another project.
|Make-up Organizer (Storage) made from 1.5 mm ChipBoard using A Ladies' Diary paper|
I used 3 layers of chipboard for added strength. I tried to build it to hopefully last a lifetime. I used 2 layers of chipboard for the top lid and cabinet doors. The front panel of the drawer has 6 layers of chipboard. It grew to 6 layers because I wanted my drawer to do 3 things. First, it should open easily. Secondly, the gap on top should be covered. Lastly, the drawer should lock into place when closed. It shouldn't dance from side to side. Maybe next time I can do less than 6 layers. If you have any idea how, please do let me know by leaving a comment below.
|Project In process. The hinges were taped, the chipboards were not yet covered, Sections we not yet glued to each other. The stand was painted with white gesso.|
|Top Lid. The lid is heavy enough to stay shut. The top compartment is 1 inch deep. It can probably store everyday jewelries or electronics. If for jewelries, it is easy to just line with velvet.|
|Right Cabinet door. The design are cutouts from vairous paper. Mostly from A Ladies' Diary Collection.|
|Left cabinet Door with handmade tassel.|
|Drawer with Antique Pull painted with Renaissance Gold Leaf paint|
|Inside Look. Top Shelf is removable. It was measured to keep Lipsticks or small tubes.|
|Inside Right Cabinet Door. Mirror with paper cutouts.|
|Small Caddy - Front View|
|Small Caddy - Side View. Made to store brushes, bottles and small make-up palettes.|
|Display Unit with storage|
|Display unit with storage|
|Top Lid - Open. Just a simple paper cut-outs.|
|Left inside door is magnetic to hold light objects like Bobby pins or small tweezer. Example of how the unit can be used.|
Notice the top of the display unit. I made it in that size so the top can also double as a display unit.
|Desktop Storage/Organizer made from 1.5mm Cardboard using G45 A Ladies' Diary Paper|
Continuous Improvement Areas:
1. Tassels - I didn't realize how a tassel can make a project extra lovely. My tassel needs improvement. I will definitely experiment with other materials as my tassel doesn't dance around. It's so stiff and bunch into one piece only.
2. Use of magnets. I put magnets on the cabinet doors so it will stay shut. But, the magnets I put are totally useless. Good thing the cabinet stays shut because of the design and the heavyness of the chipboard. After I covered the magnets with one layer of cardstock. There's only a little bit of magnetic force that you can feel. I may get a stronger magnet or learn how to use them properly.
3. More creative use of paper and paint finishes. I would definitely try to make some paint finishes on my next project.
4. Hinges and doors. I really had the hardest time figuring out how to add the hinges and make the door look balanced.
I would love to hear from you and let me know what you think or how I can improve on my projects. Thank you for visiting and have a blessed new year ahead.