Monday, March 19, 2018

Organizing with Eileen Hull Dies

For the month of March, Eileen Hull challenged us to create projects with her dies that could be used for organizing. The Inspiration Team has come up with quite a variety so far! I used the Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame Die to create a little steampunk container to hold some of my steampunk bits and bobs (ones just waiting for that perfect project!)

I stacked two Trinket Boxes to make this double-decker organizer!

...and the bottom section. You can fit quite a lot into these boxes!

The lid has an inset made with a little jar of magic. I recently got my order of the ever so popular Baked Texture Embossing Powders designed by Seth Apter. I was eager to try them out!

The inset has about six layers of Vintage Beeswax powder in it with die cut paper gears embedded within the layers. The top gear was embossed with Ancient Amber powder and then pressed into the top while it was still warm.

Well, let's get on with how the box goes together.

Step 1 – I cut out multiples of the box parts from Sizzix mat board.  (I forgot to cut out the scored spine parts at first so those aren't shown.)

I sprayed them all with Tea Dye Distress Stain and then added some Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink over that. All stamping was done with Archival Inks so they would be water proof.

Step 2 – Assemble the boxes. I used a hot glue gun but you have to be fast and accurate with that. There's not much play time! The super strong red tape works well too.

There are the spine pieces!

Step 3 – Stack the boxes. The bottom edge of the spine gets glued in between the base and the box, and the top edge is glued underneath the lid. To stack it, I just glued the second spine edge onto the bottom section lid and then the top box on top of that. Once all the sections were attached (minus the very top lid) I brushed on a layer of Crazing Distress Collage Medium.

Step 4 – To complete the top lid I adhered a piece of kraft Motif Cardstock onto a thin piece of chipboard and then cut a lid piece out of it to be the bottom layer of my lid. (I forgot to take photos of this step, oops!) I traced the oval onto the chipboard layer so I could tell where I needed to add the embossing powder.

I glued some of my diecut gears down as the first layer. (I cut them out of paper and not cardstock so they would be thin.) I used an Emboss It Dabber to apply ink to the oval area and then embossed two layers of Vintage Beeswax over the top. I glued some more gears on the surface and added more layers of powder. I had about six layers total.

Baked Texture Embossing Powders at work!

Once the embossing was all done I glued the top layer (with the oval cutout) on and then glued the whole lid to the top spine part. I used elastic and Hitch Fasteners to make little closures for the two sections.

Whew! Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to head on over to Eileen's blog and see what everyone else is sharing. I hope you have a great week! ;-)

I am also entering this project into the SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenge for March. Check them out too; there is always fun stuff to see there!

Eileen Hull Sizzix - Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame
Gearhead (Sizzix / SSS)
Movers & Shapers Gears

Tim Holtz Steampunk
Tim Holtz Remnants

Emerald Creek Baked Texture Embossing Powder - Ancient Amber, Vintage Beeswax
Tim Holtz Paper Stash Motif Cardstock
Distress Ink - Rusty Hinge, Barn Door
Distress Spray Stain - Tea Dye
Distress Oxide Ink - Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Coffee
Tim Holtz Hitch Fastener
Distress Collage Medium - Crazing
Ranger Emboss It Dabber

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)


  1. Lisa- this is such an amazing project. I love how you can access each layer by just lifting the lid- makes my brain go in crazy places :-) And all that texture is awesome and fits the theme so well <3

  2. Wonderful idea, amazing!! Many thanks for sharing with us SanDee's and Amelies Steampunk Challenge!

  3. beautiful work.
    thanks for sharing on SanDee's and Amelies Steampunk Challenge.
    greets Alexa dt


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