Saturday, August 29, 2015

Manifesting the Trip of a Lifetime with A Shadow Box Shrine

Hi Everyone Danie here and I am so thrilled to be back as part of the Altered Pages Team.  This month we are traveling the USA.  I have never been to the States but it is on my bucket list as I have family scattered throughout Wisconsin and even more cousins can be found in New York City and San Diego.  The closest US State to me here in Australia is Hawaii and it is my hubby's dream to get there next year, and of course if he is going so am I.

It will be a sacred journey for my husband as he will be heading there so he can complete the final level of his training as a  Lomi Lomi Practictioner.  Lomi Lomi means to knead, to squeeze and to make soft and is also the name given to a particular style of massage that stems from ancient tradition and is passed from generation to generation through a linage.  Rod's teacher and mentor I believe is the first female and first non american to be passed the linage.   It is a very spiritual and healing style of energy work and to be able to meet his teachers mentor and be in the sacred grounds of its origin is set to be a journey of a lifetime.  Like most people when we set goals and aim to bring our dreams into fruition I like to make vision boards or journal about things.....however today I wanted to make something a little more special to help Rod manifest his dream, so I have created a shadow box shrine for him.




To create this I started by making a box (lid and bottom) using some sunset colored card (old file dividers).  I then rummaged through a number of Altered Pages Collage Sheets and decided to use a sunset and palm tree background and cut the hula girl images from the Blue Hawaii Collage Sheet.  The Graphic 45 Papers decorating the front of the box and the Shells are from the Mailbox Muse Kit - Mermaid Fantasy.

The words Hawaii and Aloha were also cut from the Blue Hawaii Collage Sheet. All my papers and images were inked with Staz On Ink.   My main image was mounted onto a piece of black cardstock and stuck down to the bottom of my box.  I cut an opening in the lid of my box using a decorative label die.  I used another die to cut some flowers from the same papers and added some bling to these as well as scattering some of the same bling among the shells.  The shells I added to the front of the lid as well as the inside of my shrine.


I do hope you have enjoyed your trip around the USA with us here at Altered Pages as much as I hope that Hawaii is the first of many US States that I get to experience and explore in this lifetime. Until next month.

Danie xx

10 comments:

  1. Danie, this is so wonderfully nostalgic! All the elements work so beautifully together. THANKS for sharing AND for being back with us!

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  2. What a charming diorama! Beautifully composed and full of inviting images ... I've been to Hawaii many times (when I was young, my parents had a home in Honolulu that we spent time at in the summertime) - but your art makes me want to return! Well done - thanks for sharing!

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  3. Your shadow box shrine is fantastic! What a great gift to your husband to nurture his dream.

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  4. Your shadow box shrine is fantastic! What a great gift to your husband to nurture his dream.

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  5. This is awesome. It reminds me of an old travel ad!

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  6. Beautifully done!! Love the retro look!!

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  7. So retro! I've never been to Hawaii either but I hope to travel there one day. Wonderful project!

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  8. This shadow box is delightful! I love how the shells draw the picture out. Very nice.

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  9. Your Hawaiian shadowbox design is a masterpiece, Danie! I love every perfect detail. Stunning work!

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  10. Wow, Danie, this is so beautiful. I love Hawaii, and this would make a beautiful item to remember a fabulous vacation. TFS

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