Sunday, August 28, 2011

Trunk O' Love

One of my dearest friends asked if I could put together a special gift for her parents' anniversary. Of course, I was eager to help! She knew that she wanted something that included photos, so I thought I'd collage. Since her parents love to travel (and have been all over the world!) I thought that a suitcase or trunk would make a cool piece for the collage. Luckily, I found this little trunk at a garage sale:

Travel Trunk - $5.00

Once I had the pictures, I started giving the vision some life...

The most difficult part about the project was getting the photos to fit around the pretty metal hardware on the trunk. I also had to be sure to put certain photos around the brackets (ones that didn't get someone's face split in half by the opening of the trunk). Good think I had my trusty X-acto knife...

Once I was done with the collage, I used Mod Podge for protection and sturdiness. If you've never used Mod Podge before, this part can be scary. Makes you wonder if it'll ever look nice again!

I was thinking about keeping the map background, but after looking at it, I didn't like the feel. Too busy, I suppose. I found some pretty neutral paper that I thought looked nice with the brown of the trunk. I also chose a beautiful bible verse that I thought fit perfectly with the gift's theme, as well as the personality of the couple.

Next, I wanted to add some "bling." I found some metal hearts and tinted them by rubbing on some pink acrylic paint. I also broke off the pokey part of a key pin I bought from a garage sale a while back. Then, I used wire to attach the bling to the trunk! I chose the best photo for the front so that it could be showcased. Just look at those young love birds...

I also lined the bottom of the trunk with paper that corresponded to the "love" theme I had goin' on...

I was so excited and pleased with the end result. I had fun making this special piece for my dear friends, and hope that they love it, too. Here's to many more years of love and happiness!

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  1. Amazing, you are so talented!!!!
    Karyn C

  2. This TRUNK is beyond awesome!!!! I want one soooo bad now!!!

  3. WOW! One of your greatest works of art! and that quote-- it's so weird, because i had that as my fb status the other day when i heard in the song " where were you" SO awesome kristin!! loveee it!

  4. Thanks again Kristin!! A true artist you are and they absolutely loved it

  5. Wonderful kristin!! Personal ,handmade, ONE OF A KIND gifts are so SPECIAL!! You got it goin' on guurrrrllll!! LOVE IT!!

  6. This is such a sweet idea. I am inspired to make memory boxes for my 3 kiddos.

    Found you on the DIY Showoff.

    Well Done!
    ~ Meredith from A Mother Seeking

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  7. I'm gonna kill you and steal your epic skills!

  8. That is very special. I am sure they loved this gift.
    New follower from the Homemade Monday hop. Hope you stop for a visit.
    Have a nice week.

  9. My husband and I are now the proud owners of this beautiful, amazing work of art. It is one of the most wonderfu presents I've ever received. You've captured our 41 years of marriage in a perfect keepsake and really made our day special. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  10. This is ADORABLE! Thank you so much for linking your trunk post up at Savvy HomeMade Monday!

  11. Amazing work! I am sure I will ask you one day to create this magic for me too.