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Shadow Boxes With Darcy Miller


I had the opportunity to attend a Martha Stewart taping and just had to share the fun scrapbooking tip I learned from Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings. Have you ever heard of shadow boxing??

There are items that just won’t fit cleanly on a scrapbook page. Your daughter’s first ballet slippers. Your son’s favorite doll. Shadow boxes make it easy to keep these memories and display them for all to see.

Here’s what you need according to Darcy:

  • 1/4-inch-thick foam board: Back photos, illustrations, and paper ephemera for extra depth, or add a layer or two inside baby clothes for a filled-out look.
  • Adhesive dots: Give a child’s dress fabric folds with these reusable dots, or hold open the lid of a mounted watercolor set.
  • Background paper: Add a pop of color to the box wall, or choose a similar-hued one to let the objects take center stage. Mount it on foam board if you plan to secure items with straight pins or wire.
  • Craft glue: Stick tiny dots of confetti outside the glass for a snowdrift, or dangle a silver streamer from the frame’s top.
  • Double-sided foam tape: Adhere heavier items, such as a small dress, to paper or foam board.
  • Double-sided tape: Affix a photo to the inside of the frame’s glass with a small sliver of tape, or attach circles of confetti to background paper.
  • Straight pins: Secure little ballet slippers or bikini ties to background paper mounted on foam board. For a clean look, snip the pinheads off with wire cutters after pushing them in.
  • Wire: Display “floating” sunglasses and swimming goggles with pieces of wire looped through holes in foam board, twisting the wire ends in the back.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.