Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gilded Lily Configurations Book Box

Have you been checking out the sneak peeks of Graphic 45's new Fall collections on their blog? They started yesterday with "World's Fair" and will continue through next week, so be sure to check them out along with creations by the fabulous design team.

"Gilded Lily" was released early this Summer and is now available in stores. You have, no doubt, seen some of the beautiful projects made with this wonderful collection. If not, all you have to do is search "Gilded Lily" on Pinterest and prepare to be blown away.

I decided to create a configurations book box with Gilded Lily. Configurations boxes are great options when you want to use lots of papers in a collection because there are so many spaces to work in! Other options are display trays, and mixed media boxes, which can be easily transformed into something like a configurations box. I used Tim Holtz's Large Configurations Book Box (from his Idea-ology line) for my project.

Here's the cover. Lots going on here. Washi Tape, die cuts, metal embellishments, and flowers. The shadow box on the front comes from the inside of the book box, as you'll see. But first, let's take a closer look at the details for my box cover.

I cut apart this section to adhere into the shadow box for the cover, but first I die-cut the center area using this Spellbinders die. (supply links at the bottom of the post.)  

I adhered the large cut-apart piece into the box first. Then cut the center oval portion of the label piece with scissors and then die-cut another of the label shapes from the pink side of the 6 x 6 Gilded Lily Patterns & Solids pack. I attached sheer gold ribbon to a strip from the 6 x 6 paper then weaved these through the label and wrapped it around the box. 

I fussy cut a few flowers and adhered them in place, then added some miniature flowers, a gold bow, and a metal crown.

Cream lace trim on the outside edges of the shadow box.

More flowers in the corners, then I created some lifelike lilies using Susan Tierney-Cockburn's Lily die set.

Here's how the lily comes together. I've taken the time to shape and colorize the die-cut pieces already. Hard to believe these were plain cardstock cuts before.

This was my first of two lilies I made for this project, and I learned that I should've put the petals a lot closer together. Here they are too far apart, but I managed to squish it together a little on the cover of my box. So keep that in mind if you make this lily. Start with them overlapping a lot more than this.

After getting all six petals in place, I set it down into an egg carton to dry in this cupped shape.

Before adhering the lilies, I die cut these pieces of greenery from light pink textured cardstock. 

This cluster in the upper left corner lines up with the adhesive pearls and the washi tape edge.

The inside cover of the configurations book box. I cut apart the two sides of the Gilded Lily Signature sheet, adhered the middle piece in the center, then overlapped the two sides to give it a seamless look.

To fix the cut-off words "Gilded Lily" at the top, I simply fussy-cut a few pieces and adhered them over the words, then added a punched butterfly in the center.

Here's another look.

Did you know on the back of the packaging of the configurations boxes there are several diagrams of suggested configurations you can try? I selected one of them and changed the position of the two in the upper left corner. Otherwise, the same. See where the large box was removed from the lower left corner? That's the one on my cover. Most of these boxes were lined with the 6 x 6 papers. Before adhering any papers, I painted a coat of white gesso and then a coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint. Once the papers were adhered, I gave the whole thing several spritzes of Perfect Pearls spray.

The inside sections of the configurations box. This is the fun part! Filling all those spaces. I used the Gilded Lily Decorative Chipboard, more metal pieces, flowers, punches, ribbon, and cut-apart. I should also mention that I used metallic gold cardstock for some flourish die-cuts. 

Here are some close-ups...

Here's another look at the finished exterior and interior...

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'd love to know what you think. Have you ever made a configurations book box before? What paper and theme did you use? 

FYI, the metal crowns, fleur-de-lis, keyholes and miniature white frame were all from Michael's in the seasonal bin. I touched them up with gold gilder's paste. The ribbons, lace trims, buttons and adhesive pearls are from my local craft store. All punches are from Martha Steward Crafts. 


  1. О, Это чудесная, восхитительная работа!!!!
    Oh, that's wonderful, delightful work !!!!

  2. WOW Annette! This might be my favorite piece of yours. You thought of everything for this Configurations box. Just fabulous!

  3. Annette - that is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL - so well done!

  4. Annette, your book box is so beautiful and your embellishing is perfect. You have made a very inspiring piece and now I'm excited to get the Graphic 45 Gilded Lilly Collection, thank you. Darlene

  5. Oh My Goodness, Annette! The outside of this configurations book is stunning enough, then you open it up to show us the inside--WOW!! The inside is soooo Fun--There are so many wonderful, little treasures to look at and adore!! I would touch, too if I could ;) :) A lovely creation using the new G45 papers!! XOXO-Shari

  6. Wow i can honestly say i have never seen anything as lovely as this,
    Well done .
    Elaine H X

  7. Annette, this is absolutely beautiful!!......I have to get this collection (as always!!!) lol

  8. The collection is beautiful, and the book is lovely. Like the pieces of greenery in soft pink.

  9. Annette this is so adorable, the papers are so pretty and the box is so gorgeous


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