If you follow me on Instagram or have browsed my Etsy shop recently you may have seen my image boxes I have for sale. I started off selling them because I loved the idea of a beautiful piece of art that also could be used on your coffee table to hide your remotes and other various eye sores. I’ve since ended up making them as gifts for so many people because I loved turning them into precious mementos. I start by using one of the images from my art collections on the top of the box and then it’s backed with either a vegan leather (many color options) or silk fabric (also many color options) in a coordinating color scheme for the photo. They come in various sizes ranging from 4×6 to 12×12 and are either 1.5 inches or 2 inches deep. Which makes them big enough to store anything from remote controls, jewelry, 200 photographs, to various trinkets around the house. This one pictured is 12×12 with merlot vegan leather backing.
In making them a little more special for gifts, I started overlaying text on the images. I’ve done song lyrics, bible verses, quotes, you name it! The one I made for my own bedroom says “Home is Wherever I’m with You,” from the song by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. I keep anything from pictures to movie ticket stubs that have any sentimental value from my family. This one is a 5×7 with turquoise vegan leather backing.
I just made this one for a dear friend of mine who recently moved away. I wanted her to have something special to remember the home they lived in for years, watched their daughters grow in and shared so many great memories in. I went to her old house nearby, photographed it, put it on a box with the quote, “Where we love is home. Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” I backed it with camel color leather to coordinate with her home’s upscale rustic decor and made it an 8×8 size. Then I printed two mini albums of all the photographs I’ve taken of her kids in her home and put them inside. Not only did it take me down memory lane putting it together, it really felt like a present she might treasure for years (hopefully).
And like all good mother’s, my very own has become addicted to giving them as gifts as well. She has had a rough past couple of years caring for her aging mother and has turned to a few of her closest friends for love & support. She wanted them to know how very much she adored their help and how significant they had been in her lives. She had a very specific idea in mind for the boxes she wanted me to make. One of her favorite songs is by a Christian artist named Francesca Battistelli called “Hands of God.” She had me photograph a set of hands, edit it with a rustic black and white finish and add the inscription from the song, “I Hope you know to me, You are the Hands of God.” She made them as 5×7 boxes and finished it with platinum silk backing and loved the way they turned out!
For more information on how I can make a personalized image box for you please give me a shout! Or visit this link that takes you directly to the listing in my Etsy shop. It’s super simple, pick the image you want from my portfolio, choose what kind and color backing you want, the size, and we’re off!