Walnut Hollow and Stencil Girl Blog Hop!

Photo Memory Box

by Sara Shirman

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If you are following along with the Walnut Hollow + Stencil Girl Blog Hop then you are in the right place! Be sure to leave comments on all of the blogs to enter to win this prize package!!
Stencil Girl Blog Hop Prize lowresThis prize consists of Walnut Hollow Mini Crate, Card Box, 12″x12″ Wood Panel, 6″x6″ Basswood Canvas and a Creative Versa-Tool®! (A $70 Value!)

Enter to win by commenting on the Blog projects that are a part of the Walnut Hollow + Stencil Girl Blog Hop. The more blogs you comment on the more chances you have to win! Giveaway will close on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:59PM Central Time.

For my Blog Hop Project I decided to come up with a solution to the hundreds of photos that I have printed but don’t do anything with each year. I love the idea of scrap booking but I never seem to get around to it! I have my photos printed with the intention of doing something with them but they always end up sitting in the box that they came in. It is always nice to look through those boxes. If I had a decorative way to organize these photos by year it would be a lot easier to be proud to store them on my bookshelf!

This is what I came up with:

Final Classic Box Walnut Hollow

It was difficult to choose which stencil to use. Stencil Girl has such an AMAZING selection of unique stencils. I finally decided to go with the Chevron stencil because it went with my living room decor.


I started with a Walnut Hollow Classic Box. It is made of basswood and is the perfect size for standard 4″x6″ photos. The first thing that I did to prepare my box was to sand it.

Base Coating

I used a 1″ foam brush to apply the wood sealer. I put on one coat of sealer on the entire box then let the box dry for about 20 minutes. When the box was dry I lightly sanded it again.

Painting inside of the box

Painting the inside

I used painters tape to tape off the outside edge of the box so that I could paint the inside of the box and not worry about going over the edge and getting paint on the outside. I used Americana Bahama Blue acrylic paint on the inside.

mixing mediums for outside of the box

After the Bahama Blue inside dried I took off the tape and put new tape on the inside edge of the box to protect it while I painted the outside. I mixed 1 part Americana Mississippi Mud acrylic paint with 1 part Americana Staining and Antiquing Medium and used a wide brush to apply the mixture to the outside of the box.

taping to paint the outside

When the paint was dry I lightly sanded the corners and edges of the box to “antique” it a little bit more.

stencil 1

I used Americana Khaki Tan Acrylic Paint to stencil the first Chevron. I firmly held down the stencil with my left hand and used a stencil brush to stipple in the stencil with my right hand.

stencil 2

stencil 3

I used the same technique on the other 2 chevrons but I used the Bahama Blue Acrylic Paint on the middle pattern.


I added another chevron the the side of my box with Americana Tangelo Orange Acrylic Paint.

2014 numbers

I used Walnut Hollow 1.5″ numbers to add the year to the box.

glue on lettersOpen Walnut Hollow Classic Box

Thank you for viewing my project! See the list below for the next blog to hop to!

StencilGirl Talk/Judi Kauffman <http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/>

Walnut Hollow <https://walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com/>

Mary Beth Shaw <http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/>

Kirsten Reed <http://bit.ly/1plkRug&gt;

Carolyn Dube <http://acolorfuljourney.com/>

Janet Joehlin <http://jjhappyreminders.blogspot.com/>

Linda Kittmer <http://lindakittmer.blogspot.com/>

Mary C. Nasser <http://www.marycnasser.com/blog.html>

Julie Snidle <http://juliesnidle.blogspot.com/>

Jessica Sporn <http://jessicasporn.blogspot.com/>

Judy Shea <http://thekeytomyart.wordpress.com/>

Maria McGuire <http://www.believedreamcreatewithmaria.com/>

56 thoughts on “Walnut Hollow and Stencil Girl Blog Hop!

  1. This is such a cool product and wow the results! I’ve never played with a wood burning tool and didn’t even know they had all these different tips! If I don’t win I will be putting this baby at the top of my “to buy” list for sure! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  2. Oh gosh – this brings me back to my youth with my Dad in his woodworking shop! How fun it would be to win this and incorporate it all back into my art and my life. Would surely be a tribute to him! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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