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All Boxed Up


With the millions of options for storage and the astronomical costs, here at DMO we are always in pursuit of more economical options for storage solutions. Today we have a fun and easy project to contain your unruly wrapping paper using a recycled box.

What you will need:

  • Slender box (we used a 32” TV Box)
  • Knife or blade
  • Scissors
  • Straight Edge
  • Packing tape (optional)
  • Contact Paper (enough to cover the portion of the box you be using, we needed two 17 in X 1.8 yard rolls)

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  1. Measure your box to the height you need on all four sides (you can also put your box on a level surface and use a level to make your line rather than measuring and marking on all sides)
  2. Use your straight edge and knife to cut the unneeded portion of the box off
  3. Ensure all remaining sides are taped securely if necessary
  4. Place the first layer of contact paper so that it overlaps the opening of the box by about 5 inches
  5. Cut straight down in each corner of the contact paper so that you can wrap the paper into the interior of the box
  6. If your box is large enough (or contact paper thin enough) to need a second wrap, then overlap the paper, keeping in mind matching pattern lines, so that the paper hangs off the bottom just over half the skinny width of your box (like you would when wrapping a present)
  7. Then, just like in step 5, cut the overlap in each corner to fold over the bottom of the box (starting with the slim edges)

Your final product will be able to hold many rolls of wrapping paper and will look good doing it.


Here are some more ideas from others to get your recycled boxes in shape:











**In no means is this a review or endorsement of above mentioned products, they are merely suggestions of potential solutions. It is always best to do research in regards to the quality and standards of products, reading through reviews of others who have purchased the items as well as fully understanding the products limitations and warrantee information.


The above mentioned items not designed by DMO can be found at the following websites respectively (as websites are outside sources, I apologize if any link becomes inactive in the future):


Wall Decor Shelves

Desk Caddy

Shelving Drawer System

Hanging Clothing Shelf

Shoe Cubbies

Fabric Cube Boxes

Underbed Storage

Handle Totes


Out of the Covers

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Do you have that perfect scrapbook page that is simply too good to hide away in a book? Well there are ways to pull that page out of between those covers and let it shine for the world to see. Here are some ideas.

Scrapbook Page Wall Art

Retailers sell frames that are specifically made to hold 12” x 12” scrapbooking pages for those better-than-a-book projects (there are also frames for your less common scrapbook page sizes, you just have to dig a little bit more). Some of the frames are meant to only hold paper, while others are set in a bit, more like a shadow box, to ensure that keepsakes don’t get damaged. Find a frame that does one of two things, either directly compliments the page you intend to insert, or compliments the furniture or current frames of the room in which you intend to hang it. Choosing a light colored frame with a dark page or dark color frame with a light page will help it pop.

Shadow Box Conversation Pieces

Shadow boxes used on coffee tables, as center pieces or hanging on a wall are great ways to show off your creation. Many shadow boxes are deep enough to add large items to compliment the page, such as seashells for the page of your family’s trip to the beach, a folded American flag for that page honoring a loved one’s service or metals, ribbons or awards won by your child graduating college. Choose a shadowbox that is right for the application. If your shadow box may be picked up and moved around then you will want some way to affix the items in it; many shadow boxes are backed with a cork like material of which you can pin down your items. However, if your shadow box will be permanently in its location, then you can get a box without the specialized backing.

Shadow Box Furniture

For those really special pieces, a simple frame or shadow box might not cut it. Instead what you might want is a piece of furniture with a built in shadow box. There are many coffee tables, side tables and similar items that have a shallow drawer or compartment covered by a glass insert allowing a shadow box effect for displaying your prized possessions. When buying a piece of furniture there is a bit more to take into consideration. First you will want to ensure that the page you are wanting to display will fit. Most manufacturers will list the interior dimensions, but if you are not sure, steer clear, as you would not want to have to trim down your page just to get it to fit. Second, as with the other options you will want to choose a styling that will coordinate with your other furnishings. Third, you will want to make sure that you have space for the piece of furniture. Do not buy a piece of furniture without knowing where it will fit in your floor plan. Doing this may cause the piece to be pushed into a corner or placed in the way of traffic flow. And fourth, but still very important, make sure that the piece of furniture would not be a gathering place for items on top of it. It would be a shame to get something to display your page, only to have the piece covered by books, bags, keys, etc.

Get Creative – Out of the Box Thinking

Don’t like the ideas listed above, maybe they are too predictable for you. Well here is your chance to think outside of the box. Be creative. Find an interesting item that would fit your pages, then make some simple medications to keep your page safe. Perhaps you found an apple crate on your trip to Washington State and you want your memories to stand out. Simply line the crate with acid free paper or other liner and affix a glass or Plexiglas cover to keep the page dust free (affix a hinge rather than glue the Plexiglas down to allow access to your page).


No matter how you store or display your page the most important thing is protection. Ensure that the items are stored in an acid free location protected from sunlight. If you intend to place the item on display in a sunny room, you should use a UV protectant covering (glass, Plexiglas, plastic, etc.). Be creative. Have fun. And be proud of your handmade art piece!

Why Acid Free?

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Have you ever looked through an old photo album and been saddened by the yellowing or fading of the ink on the images? Much of this has to do with how the photos are stored.

Many photo albums of the past have been laden with acid, found in the paper backing, the transparent film or the worst: the sticky sheets laid over the photos to hold them in place. If you have pictures in these kinds of albums, do yourself a favor and remove them as soon as possible. Even if your best storage for them is an acid free photo box and you don’t have time to transfer them to new photo albums, do it.

Acid in photo preservation products such as albums, paper, pens, etc., just like the acid of a soda deteriorating your tooth enamel, can deteriorate your precious memories. The acid found in non-archival quality items can actually migrate from the item they were on to any porous surface, like a photograph, ticket stub, or any paper item that you want to keep safe. This acid has the ability to eat away at the ink leaving you with faded or yellowed items.

Acidity is measured on the pH Scale. pH levels range from 0 to 14. Everything 0-6 are acidic, everything 8-14 are bases and 7 is neutral. When looking for acid-free items, the acidity level must be of 7 or higher. If you are unsure of the acidity level in some older photo albums or storage solutions, you can actually buy a pen that tests the pH level; just look for a pH Tester Pen.

It is much easier than one would think to find acid-free paper and supplies. Most items are labeled if they are acid free. Scrapbooking supplies actually get their increased cost from the extra care that manufacturers go to in order to ensure a proper pH level; however, many items not labeled for scrapbooking are also acid-free.

Take the time to ensure that your memories will last for generations by ensuring they are stored in all acid free supplies.