Memory Box

I made this Memory box for ticket stubs for my favorite teen in the world, my former babysitter-kid (please don´t start now trying to figure out, how old I could be!) Yes, I am not the first one with the idea of a Shadow Box, to use for collecting memories but that doesn´t make the idea bad. As a passionate hunter and gatherer, I first tried for months to get hold of a second-hand shadowbox but no chance! So I caved and bought a RIBBA picture frame at IKEA, which is actually a shadow box and just acts as if it were a picture frame.

Since the photo frame still needed an opening through which one can insert the tickets, I unpacked my saw (and took also some pictures for you):


Ribba consists of an outer frame and an inner frame, and in the upper side of both you have to saw an equally large opening. From this step, I’ll spare you the photos, because I didn`t manage this part really gracefully. Since I do not really have the right saw to saw out something, I had to improvise. First I sketched the opening out with a pencil and then sawed carefully down one long side with my Japanese saw, at a slight angle, until I completely sewed trough the wood at one point. Then I was able to saw out the rest the usual way. The inner frame was easier because there you can sew directly into two sides.

Step I

Outer frame

step II

Inner frame

All I had to do now was to once again paint the new wood openings white and print an image for the background. For my teenager I chose a scaled poster of her first music festival.

For the first photo above, I threw some of my old tickets in, so you can imagine better how the whole thing looks like when finished. I must say, I find the end result quite chic.

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