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One of the very first things I pinned when I first got a Pinterest account was a set of souvenir boxes from Martha Stewart. I loved the idea, especially because I’m a borderline hoarder when it comes to things like ticket stubs and brochures.
The thing that always tripped me up was the style; my favorite color changes so often, I couldn’t bring myself to commit to a paint color. I ended up buying some boxes from Michaels to put my souvenirs in… and then left them blank and unmarked for five years and three moves before finally finishing them!
My solution? Don’t pick a color. It seems so obvious now! Just because Martha Stewart painted hers yellow and blue doesn’t mean I need to paint mine at all!
First, I took all of the souvenirs out of the box. If you, unlike me, are actually doing this right out the gate, this step is obviously unnecessary.
Then, I pulled out all of the letters I’d need and put the first letter on the tool. I let it heat up, then practiced on the bottom of the box until I felt confident with it.
Then, going letter by letter, I burned the title onto the box, being careful to let the tool cool down between each letter!
It took a bit of time, but I’m so happy with how they turned out! And you don’t need to limit these to travel—I’ve included a box for my time as a season ticket holder to the Grand Rapids Griffins, as well as my experience at the Fourth Estate conference with Invisible Children!
Let me know if you take on this project by dropping me a line in the comments!