October 31, 2011

Gathered Truths

I'm so excited to finally share this project today. This one took a lot of perseverance. I'm so glad I stuck with it because I love the final product!

I am a quote hoarder. I can't read a book or watch a movie without writing something down that relates to my life. The problem is I always keep them on sticky notes. I have many unorganized piles of notes full of thoughts and quotes I have gathered over the years. I have never found a way to have all of them in one spot that inspires me until I saw this in the Sundance Catalog. How lovely!

This box is full of 365 quotes printed on handmade paper. I felt this was the perfect way to organize my quotes, have them easily accessible, and have a great display item all in one! I knew this was something I could make. It would also be more personal considering I would use the quotes I had gathered! Added bonus... I'm saving myself $98! Yes, you heard me right, that's what this costs! Here is my version finally finished.

This project ended up being a lot more trouble than I thought it would be. I began by hunting for the perfect handmade paper. This was not an easy task for the price, but I ended up finding 140lb. watercolor paper on sale at Michaels. I love the texture and the thickness.

After purchasing my paper, it occurred to me that the thick paper wouldn't feed through a normal at-home printer. I began to visit every copy/office shop I could find. This paper would not feed through the machines! I began to give up on this fantastic idea of mine. After a few weeks of stewing about my failed project, my little sister mentioned trying the copy machine they have at the school where she teaches. Sure enough, the paper fed through and I couldn't have been more excited and grateful for her help!

I typed about 65 quotes using different fonts that resembled a typewriter. Each card was cut at 3 1/2in by 2 1/2in and I tore one edge with a Paper Tear Edger. My Mom helped with painting the cheese box with red craft paint leaving some of the wood exposed for an older, distressed look. I found the metal label at Jo-ann Fabrics and held it in place with two tacks.

I can keep adding to my box as I gather future quotes. The whole project was worth the hassle. I'm so happy with having my quotes all organized in one place. I also love having them on display to share inspiration with others!

I think this calls for a quote.
 "There is always a way, even if it seems impossible.
In the face of impossible become inspired."

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  1. Okay, can I just say that your box is oh so much cuter!!! I have tons of ideas jotted down on backs of envelopes, and scraps of paper,...
    now I know just how to organize them!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I L.O.V.E this! Thanks so much for sharing.


  3. This is gorgeous. What a perfect idea for your collection!

  4. This is awesome ... MUST feature this on my blog someday soon! :-)

  5. What a lovely idea. I too collect quotes. But I have them in random notebooks. I have plenty of nice boxes to choose from. Perhaps I'll make one.

  6. What a great job making your wooden box vintage. Love the label/holder. A lovely way to store and display your favorite quotes.
    - Joy

  7. That turned out amazing, would love to do something similar. Thanks for sharing!
    Wish you a good sunday!

  8. How cute is that! I, too collect quotes and sayings and this is such a fantastic idea! thanks for sharing :)

  9. This is such a wonderful idea and I like yours a whole lot better! Great way to save. I am pinning this idea. I am a new follower from Flamingo Toes. Vicky from Mess For Less

  10. Wow, this is actually, really amazing. Way to go! I'd really like it if you stopped by and linked up to my new party, Head to Head Showdown at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

  11. This is such a great idea, I love it! And the box is beautiful too! I've been collecting my favorite quotes and sayings too, and should really organize them in a pretty way like this too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. this is so inspiring. we're featuring it at our party tonight, thanks for linking up (:

    kelli + kristi