Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Scrapping - Lowri's "Hunt & Gather"

Hi Everyone - Lowri here. What a fantastic week with the new Design Team. We have had fantastic posts from Sandy, Lisa, Christine and Lindsey and today I am showing the first of a few projects I have using the Kaisercraft Hunt and Gather Collection.

We have also added heaps of $1 Reserve Auctions on TradeMe - but sure to check them out here.

Lowri - Hunt and Gather Tag Box

Well, it's Fathers Day here in a couple of weeks and I have been using Kaisercraft's new Hunt and Gather Collection to make some gifts.  This collection incorporates heaps of outdoorsy themes such as hunting, fishing, camping but also has a good collection of general nature related prints too.
I will be showing all the projects on this shelf (including the shelf itself!) in the upcoming couple of weeks. There are a couple of mini-albums, magnets and several types of journal and all the journals and tins have little surprises in them too .

My Dad has many hobbies and is an avid collector of all kinds of fishing and insect related books and memorabilia. He is also a dedicated list-maker so I decided to decorate this box and fill it with a variety of blank notes he could use as filing slips, bookmarks etc.

The index tabs I made using plain chipboard, ATC cards and the sticker sheet are blank for him to complete (I will include a set of small letter stickers when I give it to him) and hopefully it will be both a decorative and useful item.

For the pages I have simply cut cardstock from dollar store pads to size and stamped on them with images from the Hunt and Gather stamp set. I rolled some through a paper crimper to give a bit of added texture.

I also used the beetle stamp to decorate the front of the box. I used Stayzon ink to ensure it dried fast on top of the mod-podge.

In case you are wondering how the box started out - it was a Kaisercraft Beyond the Project. They are made from MDF and come flat packed. You just decorate and glue together.

I painted the box with two coats of dark brown paint and then attempted a crackle finish which failed miserably! I then just dry brushed over the failed cream finish with a bit more brown and some black acrylic paint before individually sealing each piece with glossy mod-podge. Normally I wouldn't do this but I wanted a shiny finish to make it look like old oak.

Lowri - Hunt and Gather Magnets

Isn't this tin gorgeous?

My Dad loves old bits and pieces and these tobacco tins are cheap and readily available pretty much wherever you are. I love the idea of re-using them and they really are beautiful not to mention a fabulously "green" way to present a little gift.

I made these little magnets to go inside using scraps of paper from the Kaisercraft Hunt and Gather Collection.

There are some gorgeous images in this collection - they look like old watercolour drawings and to create the compass magnet - I just used one of the stamps on a scrap piece of paper.

This little beetle is my favourite image. You can see my tutorial on how to create the magnets below. 

  1. Cut or punch circles of paper slightly smaller than the flat side of the glass dome
  2. Apply Mod Podge to the surface of the paper you want visible through the magnet and glue onto flat side of magnet
  3. When dry, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the other side o the paper (outside)
  4. Using a strong craft glue, stick a magnet to the underside and leave to dry

If you want to see how you can upcycle cheap magnets to get the glass domes - take a look at my post here - but the glass domes should be readily available from craft stores.

Please post a comment with any questions - and keep a look out for my next post to see what is in this tin!

There are heaps of blog posts to come this week as well as the winners of this months Challenge.

Lowri :-)


  1. How awesome is that filing box! you have made a great job Lowri, and the magnets are fabulous!

  2. Oh Oh! Love the Tag Box. Great idea!

  3. I would happily display these items, just so cute! I love the element of surprise with the tins.I'm sure your Dad is going to love them.

  4. WoW, this is awesome! Great work!

  5. oh my goodness I love your work. I also love the step by step instructions on what you did with the glass buttons. Amazing, love it, love, love it!!!

  6. got some great ideas looking at your work, it is awsume. Love it