Writer's Idea Box

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hello Friends! How's your week been? We had a good one here, and are looking forward to Spring Break next week. It looks like spring is finally here to stay, and aside from the usual seasonal allergies, I'm SO glad!

I recently subscribed to the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit and Taylor has a special challenge each month, just for subscribers to use their kits. This month the theme is "Spring into Organization." I racked my brain for a good project for this challenge and was just about to give up when my daughter came to me with a request to make her an idea book for her writing. She is in second grade and loves to write stories, but she likes to draw a picture first, then write her story. She also likes to be organized about it. When I found this tutorial, I knew I had the perfect solution: a Writer's Idea Box!
Here's the box, all closed up. Except for the kraft cs, which I like to use for boxes because it's very thick and sturdy, the cardstock and dp are from the March Key Ingredients kit. The Echo Park brad on the flower is also from the kit. The white stamp on the box, as well as the typewriter, are from the Vintage Dreamer stamp set. The "Idea Box" alphabet is Curlz, by Sizzix.

I used the Daisy Heads Spellbinders dies and the McGill Starburst punch to make the flower. The brad is by Echo Park and was part of the March Key Ingredient kit.

When the lid is removed, the front falls open and the contents are revealed. The mini gel pens are from Michael's dollar bin. You could easily store crayons, color pencils, mini markers, or chalk there instead.

I used the Sky's the Limit stamp set for the inside of the front flap. I haven't put anything on either side of the center yet, but will probably put writing reminders there, such as "Use all your senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch," and "Ask questions: who, what, when, where, why."

Here's a look at what's inside the box.

My DD specifically asked for something that she could use to draw on, so I made her this mini clipboard.

Back View

I glued together two thick, sturdy pieces of chipboard, then covered the back with the same cs that the box is made from and covered the front with a piece of dp from the This & That pad by Echo Park that was in my March Key Ingredients Kit.

Front View

I used scraps to decorate a small binder clip, and the solid borders at the top of the clipboard are pieces of cs from the Kit, also. I sponged Distress Ink along the edges of the clipboard and the "dream" stamp is from the Vintage Dreamer stamp set.

For writing her ideas and stories, I made 3" x 4" mini books out of regular notebook paper. The paper and kraft cs was cut 6" x 4", folded in half, and stapled along the center. For the covers, I typed up some labels in Word, printed them on white cs, then cut them with a Labels One die. By having a place for a Book #, my DD can number her drawings so she'll be able to match them up with the correct book later. The flower stamp in the corner is from the In the Park stamp set. 

The little pocket at the front of the box will hold 3 of these books, but I made eleven, because eight more can be stored comfortably behind the mini clipboard. I sponged Distress Ink along the edges of each label, using several different colors. All the flowers were colored with Copics and no two were colored alike.

This sentiment, from the In the Park stamp set was so perfect for a Writer's Idea Box set.

Besides the Taylored Expressions March Key Ingredients Challenge, I'll also be entering this into the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I appreciate each and every visitor and I love reading your comments! You all are the best!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: Vintage Dreamer, In the Park, Sky's the Limit (Taylored Expressions); Antique Typewriter Alphabet (Image Tree)
Paper: This & That (Echo Park); Pomegranate cs (Taylored Expressions); kraft cs
Ink: Colorbox; Memento; Distress Ink; Copic markers
Dies: Daisy Heads, Labels One (Spellbinders); Curlz Alphabet (Sizzix)
Accessories: Starburst punch (McGill); ribbon (Taylored Expressions); brad (Echo Park); copy paper; notebook paper; stapler; binder clip; chipboard; mini pens
Size: Box closed: 6" x 5" x 2"; mini book: 3" x 4"; mini clipboard: 4.25" x 5.5"

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Carla S. said...

What a wonderful project, Cheryl! Very creative design! Love all the different elemnts you used!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, you are so clever!! What a fabulous project and great gift for your daughter.

Ellen Taylor said...

Wowza! What a great gift that has everything for a writer! Fabulous details! Your daughter will love it! tfs

Theresa said...

Oh my goodness GF - is this AMAZING or what? I totally love it and now I want one for all of my students (so you better get busy hahaha)!!

I get the Kit of the month too but have yet to play with the two that I have. This is just too precious. What great work. What a great way to write.


Angela said...

Wow, Cheryl, this is awesome! Love your concept and how you have put it all together...great work!

Natalie said...

Great project!! I'm sure your daughter is going to love this! So cute!!

Leslie Miller said...

What a GREAT design and a very fun writer's idea kit! Way more than your daughter expected and she must have been thrilled with it. I do believe this will help her creative juices flow. I would have loved this at her age!

Jessica Diedrich said...

Oh, WOW! This is such a wonderful idea and what af fabulous kit it turned out to be! I love the mini-clipboards, the book, all the room to store the pens, etc. What a great organizational tooL!

Melissa Craig said...

You really amaze me Cheryl - this idea box is fantastic! All your details and colors are ject perfect.

Vicky said...

What a lovely project! Thank you for joining the fun at lily pad cards!

Bernadette Bliss said...

First, what a work of Love! This is such a beautiful project for your little one. I'm sure it will spark her creativity. And congratulations on winning over at Taylored Expressions. I have been getting her kits for over 2 years & love them.