Mystery Box Makover

The box search revealed itself by happenstance.  I looked at shoe boxes, suitcases, even shipping boxes as possibilities and when I was grabbing a large sheet of watercolor paper, I noticed the box I had propping up my big paper pads.  A soda bottle carrying case.  I bought it initially to use as a craft display, but had not thought about how I would use it, so it got tucked under the studio table.  As I thought about how to organize all these notes and scraps I also realized that some days I felt like painting or collage, other days I wanted to stitch and still other choices popped up as possibilities.  I could still choice at random, but I needed a box that allowed me to categorize and the soda box seemed perfect.

The box is vintage so I really didn’t want to paint it or alter it.  I took it out to the shop and sanded all the edges and gave it a good cleaning.

I painted some 80# vellum paper and cut it into 3 1/2″ x 6″ strips.  I thought this size would be good enough to get an idea on paper but leave room for the process of creation to unfold.  I also lined the box with strips of paper for the cards to sit on.

My categories are pretty self explanatory and work for me. But I have room for more categories so I can add at least seven more if I decide to.  I also plan to keep a spare stack of cards on my bedside table for those late night eureka ideas and some in my sewing space too!

Now to pull all those scraps together and write on the backs.  The fronts will stay blank so I can randomly pick one and not know what’s on the other side.

I’ve got plenty of room for more cards, probably 200 in all would fit. Controlled randomness, organized serendipity?  What do you all think?  How would you do it in a way that would work for you?

Mystery solved.  Mine anyway.  I’m off to teach tomorrow morning and lunch with friends.  What could be better!  Happy weekend.

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12 Responses to “Mystery Box Makover”

  1. Lynne Moncrieff March 18, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    What I think?
    A brilliant piece of organisation which is practical, especially with the spare caddies for more cards and it is also vintage perfection and not only that, you can view clearly which cards are for what category, in essence this will be such a wonderful timesaver, not spending time looking for the appropriate substrates.

  2. Bleubeard and Elizabeth March 19, 2016 at 3:29 am #

    I can tell you are an easterner. We in the midwest call it POP, not SODA (grin). Regardless what we choose to call it, it’s a brilliant plan and a great organizational tool. Very impressive use of the box and great way to organize your thoughts.

  3. Bleubeard and Elizabeth March 19, 2016 at 3:32 am #

    Forgot to mention that I hope your class goes well today and your lunch with friends is as awesome as the lunch I had yesterday (Friday).

  4. lyle baxter March 19, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    oh’ so organized! let me know how it works in 6 months! And I thought I had it together!

  5. Kat March 19, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    It’s looking great, a super idea and it looks like you’re having fun!

  6. froebelsternchen March 19, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    Wonderful idea and project dear Corinne! I am too chaotic to organize such an inspiration tool I fear. Love the vintage feel of it! Gorgeous!
    Happy weekend!

  7. Erika N March 20, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    LOVE this. The box itself is fantastic, and then add your little books-it makes it even better. I had a great time yesterday- got me thinking about my inner voice (seemed to be that kind of weekend). You definitely know how to run a class and if you do another Saturday round- I will be there! Hugs! Erika

  8. sheila 77 March 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

    Goodness, how very organised. I would think this would be quite useful to use in a workshop too. Really love your box and the pretty painted cards.

  9. Jemima March 22, 2016 at 2:27 am #

    What a great idea – this would be perfect for my cards – thanks so much for sharing!!

  10. Patty's Magpie Nest March 22, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    Wonderful use for that great crate Corrine!
    Being organized always seems so attractive to me…
    maybe in my next life 😉

  11. johanna March 23, 2016 at 4:17 am #

    this is not only very useful, it is super duper awesome, too!! i like how the boxes are closed with Wood down to the bottom. i have an old beer crate with old bottles which i like to use for single flower stems. but this closed one really is a wonderful tool for Organisation!

  12. Kay Wallace March 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

    I am slow to the table again with my comment (especially since that lunch to which you looked forward is now a great memory for both of us) but have to weigh in on your great bottle case. Thank you, first, for not altering the case. It remains as it should be with the only alteration being its function. I think it will serve you well, my friend. Since my studio is again going to suffer another downsizing and move, my scraps remain under the pad on my work table. Awk!

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