Monday, July 29, 2013

Cape Cod Memory Box - Part 1

Good Monday Morning everyone!

Cape Cod Memory Box

My family and I had such a wonderful week chock full of fun times spent with my brother Jeff and his wife and kids! They were only here for 6 days, but we filled every day with lots of fun activities. We spent time at the beach, played tourists at the Cape Cod Canal visitor center, took a tour of the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory, had a barbecue, ate ice cream, and played lots of games.

While sharing some of my family photos on Facebook, I noticed a post by my good Club Scrap friend Marsha Petty. It turns out, she was also making some family summertime memories this week too. A family reunion at the beach, what fun!  Her grandchildren had created mementos of their time at the beach by decorating cigar boxes with seashells that they had collected. I was totally inspired by their idea and recreated a version of their memory boxes for my blog post today.

Marsha's grandkids' seashell covered cigar boxes

I just happened to have a couple of antique cigar boxes from my dad waiting to be altered.

paint the perimeters of all sides of the box with Dick Blick matte black paint

close up of 1/4 paint line on inside of box

Allow paint to dry for 15 minutes. Choose papers from the Cape Cod kit.
Carefully measure all sides surfaces and then cut papers to fit. For example, the cover of the box was 5.5x8 inches and the paper was trimmed to 5.25x7.75 inches.

measure and trim papers selecting artwork from prints as focal images

adhere paper to inside lid of cigar box using Club Scrap Book Binding Glue

repeat for remaining sides including the bottom of the cigar box

inside of box covered in the Cape Cod dark gray print and plain cardstock

Cape Cod kit embellishments and "beach grass" made from the green cardstock

seashells and embellishments adhered to cover using hot glue

completed memory box

I hope you will join me next week when I share Part 2 of this project, a mini album full of photos from my brothers visit.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful week!



  1. Just beautiful Julie, just beautiful!!!

  2. Oh, my goodness. Julie Heyer. In the midst of all of your family festivities, the creativity never stops!

  3. Wonderful project, Julie, got me scheming to find cigar boxes!

  4. The idea Marsha had for her grandkids was so great (they must have loved it) and love your Cape Cod take on it! It's just so adorable and functional too! I really enjoy cool places to stash memorabilia.

  5. OMG, Marsha and Julie! So cute and clever. I know I have a cigar box around here somewhere ...

  6. breathtakingly beautiful! Stealing another one of your smashing creations! I just happen to have an old cigar box that holds my bills! I think I can do this!

  7. Wonderful, Julie, you have such great ideas!

  8. Thanks for the post - I have many old cigar boxes from my dad's collection just sitting here waiting for me to do something with.

  9. how wonderful!! I have go get another one of those kits just to do this project!! Can't wait for part 2

  10. Great job Julie! BTW, I wasn't the originator of the sea shell momento box... would love to adapt it as you did - more CS style! Yours is beautiful!

  11. Gorgeous! I just love it!

    --Sue E.


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