"Distant Memories" Shadow Box

February 11th, 2009 in blog, projects     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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1)  My completed shadow box project.
2)  As everyone else has shared, our piano rolls were presented in the mail quite specially embellished.  I loved Sues touches with the black/white ribbon, vintage key, tag and initial.  Details are the icing!
3) I used a paper cutter and cut pieces of the piano paper roll into sections to fit on the insides and bottom of my box frame.  I then used the deco podge to glue it down to the box.  After it dried, I then took this distress ink which I love the effect of and used an old sock to rub on the ink to distress all of the paper as well as the torn edges and cut outs of the paper.
4) I used a paper cutter and cut pieces of the piano paper roll into sections to fit on the insides and bottom of my box frame.  I then used the deco podge to glue it down to the box.  After it dried, I then took this distress ink which I love the effect of and used an old sock to rub on the ink to distress all of the paper as well as the torn edges and cut outs of the paper.
5)  I decided that the exterior and front edge also needed to be deco podged, so I did this as an after thought.  I ended up using the fabulous vintage black trim, but also used the paper trim that was the protector on this vintage trim roll.  I had only about 2 to spare.  I feel like this black trim really enhanced the project, so Im glad it worked out since it was an after thought.
6)  The alphabet tags are from are scrapbooking supplies, which I just punched out and added vintage brown string to each one and tied them.  I also deco podged this onto the memory box and centered it at the top of the box.  I only had so many of each letters, so needed to be creative with the name I chose for my project.
7)  This photo shows the incorporation of the piano roll end, which provides the name of the music.  In my case, it was Polka - Majurka and there wasnt any other writing on my music roll like some of the other contributors had on theres.  I decided to carry on with the polka theme, so when I bought the 45LP for this project, I chose another polka, this one was Little Bad Boy Polka.  Fun!
8)  Little Bad Boy Polka 45LP was purchased for a $1.00.
9)  This photo shows some of the little Distant Memories objects that Ive included in this memory box.  There is a vintage black cloth coin purse, the skeleton key Sue included in her wrapping, vintage various buttons (bone, wood and mother of pearl), vintage wooden spools, as well as a vintage glass medicinal bottle.
10)  Ive attached the remaineder of the music roll to the inside of the memory box, by drilling a hole on either end of the roll through the plastic and than two more through the box.  I got lucky with stringing my wire through the roll (my dh didnt think it would work), and fastened it on the backside.   This paper roll is unwound underneath the scrapbooking French Memory plastic sheet overlay and modge pogd down to the box.
11)  The music roll in place in the memory box.
12)  Another finished project photo. 
1)  My completed shadow box project.

1)  My completed shadow box project.

Size of this memory box is:              2 1/2 ' x 2'

Now here is the interesting thing about this project.  I had originally intended to make this into an end table, but after much searching and not finding an appropriate base to attach it to, I've made it into a wall shadow box.  At this point the items you see on the bottom edge of the finished project, which include the black music roll box and all of the misc. items, I have chosen not to fasten them down, which in this case if I do find a cool base in the future, it could easily be turned into a table.  Add a base, buy thick glass and move around the items down into the back of the shadow box and wahla, another use.   Had a glued down the above said items, than it would look odd if it were to be one day turned into a table as those items would then be glued to a side whereas now they are on the front ledge.  Thanks for viewing!

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Comments (13)

1retrogal writes: Very nice job! The color palette is great along with the vintage items you added.
Karen Posted: 12:11 am on February 28th
emw1203 writes: You really did a nice way you incorporated the music theme. Very creative. Last summer I saw a coffe table at a flea market for $7.00 and it had a built in shadow box. I hesitated and then went back to buy it and it was gone!! But I love what you did with the shadow box. Really sweet. Posted: 5:36 pm on February 13th
CottageElements writes: Great job, Gretchen. Everything came together wonderfully! I love all the little elements you put into it. It's so you! I know this was quite the challenge and I loved how all the projects turned out. It was fun to see how different they were, too. Each with their own signature. This was so much fun!! Thanks, Sue, for getting all our minds a spinning!

Lani Posted: 12:54 am on February 13th
CreepinJen writes: Gretchen - It's so beautiful! I love how you stuck with the music theme and added the 45, as well as the piano illustrations. You also included the actual roll and the box it was sent in!
The detail of the open change purse is a nice touch. It has inspired me to create a shadow box for one belonging to my great grandma. A lot of cool ideas contained in one box! Nice work. Posted: 5:23 pm on February 12th
JunkArchitect writes: Gretchen,
your theme is fantastic and what a great collection of vintage items. The way you antiqued the paper really makes it appear old…good job. If you ever turn it into a table please post a photo. Posted: 10:56 pm on February 11th
georgiamoon writes: Yay Gretchen...we finally get a peek at your project! and it is is a GOOD one! I really love all the different aspects of the shadow box and how all the old stuff is tied to the music rolls. I would LOVE to hear your 45, the "Bad Little Boy Polka" it must be a riot! We can only imagine...
Looks like we have heard from all of the contributors so, SUE, when do we get to see YOURS??? Don't EVEN tell me you didn't do one, and if you didn't...get to work girl! Great project Gretchen, you did a great job with a difficult material. Georgia Posted: 4:20 pm on February 11th
GOT_ART writes: This is just fabulous! At first when I was reading your post, I thought it said the box was 2 1/2" x 2", and I was thinking, "how in the world did she make that music roll so daggone small?" LOL

I was just gifted with 5 rolls in their boxes a week ago, and someone sent me to junk market style to see what people were doing with theirs. I am so happy to have found this group!

artfully, Sherry Posted: 4:03 pm on February 11th
shabbychick writes: Gretchen - fabulous job with your memory box. Every detail fits together so perfectly - and I love how you gave it the aged look with the ink...and of course...the polka record is too sweet!!

Beautiful work - you have a great eye for putting these together!!


Posted: 3:23 pm on February 11th
fellowjunker writes: Your project turned out beautifully Gretchen. So many creative elements!!!! I love how you incorporated so many great pieces to highlight the music roll, and how you maintained the beauty of the music roll itself.
xojanis Posted: 2:55 pm on February 11th
writes: Gretchen,
This is just fabulous. I especially like what you've done with the music roll inside the box - such a nice touch. It all has such a nice balance too. Really, really nice job!

JennyK Posted: 1:51 pm on February 11th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Gretchen, This is fabulous! I think it was so clever to attach your piano roll over the scrapbook paper. It looks so good! And the purchase of the polka record is such a nice touch.

Great job on your project! It looks like it was a lot of work but the end result is beautiful!
Candy Posted: 1:47 pm on February 11th
whiteflower writes: You did an outstanding job on your project. The neutral colors combined with the black is a nice contrast. It has a wonderful vintage look. Posted: 8:25 am on February 11th
suewhitney writes: Hi All,

It's Gretchen's turn! What a lovely display. It is beautiful as a shadowbox for the wall and I love the fact that Gretchen has left it ready to re-purpose as a coffee table. You all know how I feel about twofers! Way to go Gretchen. Very nice!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 8:09 am on February 11th
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