Printer Tray Shadow Box

graves-002Today I want to focus on the details of my last post on this printer tray shadow box. This box was designed in memory of my great grandparents Thomas W Cox and Nellie Gamble.


DSC_0033_FotorThis box features a spoon handle from her silver service. One spoon got stuck in the garbage disposal. Oops! I was able to replace it, and now I have an interesting piece for my box.




This is a copy of their wedding invitation.






December 25, 1921. I made a Christmas box for their Christmas wedding.

Mr. Cox retired from the railroad so I created a train box next to a picture from his retirement.

This is a copy of the signature of a letter Thomas wrote to Nellie. I love how he signed it “I’m Your Friend”!


The bible represents the fact that Thomas and Nellie raised their children in a Christian home, and were very active in their church.

I love how shadow boxes can tell a story. If you have one you have made I would love to see pictures of it! I am considering writing these descriptions down and attaching them to the back of each box. What do you think?

If you want to try one for yourself you can find one here.

If you would like to read my review of this product you can check it out here.

Review-Configurations Print Tray Shadow Box by Tim Holtz Idea-ology

graves-002Today I would like to review for you the Configurations Print Tray Shadow Box by Tim Holtz Idea-ology. You can see here that I used this tray to feature pictures and mementos from my Cox great grandparents.

I really had a fun time creating this. Because it is made of paper, the boxes painted nicely, or they would look great left alone. They did soak up a lot of paint, so it took more paint than I thought.The thing I LOVE about this tray is the boxes can be reconfigured in several different arrangements. There are some sample configuration ideas that come with the instructions.

Tomorrow I am going to talk about the meanings of the individual boxes that I did.

The only cons some people might have is it is fairly shallow, but it was fine for what I wanted. Some Amazon reviewers complained there was not glass so they did not feel it was a “shadow box”. My only complaint is there is not a way to hang it. Here are some specific about this product.

  •  Configurations Print Tray Shadow Box measures 11.5 x 1 x 16.25-inch
  • An arrangement of compartments or elements of a framed box used to display treasured objects or findings
  • Completely customizable
  • Made of 100-Percent paper
  • By designer Tim Holtz Idea-ology

I hope you will have as much fun with this as I did. If any of you make one I would love to see it!