Kitty was helping me to judge the size of the fireplace when the top is turned on it's side to create the mantle. I think it would be easy to cut the sides of the box so that it isn't so wide and also to cut a square out of the front. But as I look at it more, I'm thinking perhaps it's going to need to be a bit taller. I have a picture of my Dad standing in front of the fireplace and the mantle came up to his shoulders. I found a wonderful post on Kathi's blog http://beautifulminiblessings.blogspot.com/2009/09/fireplace.html where she used sandpaper to create bricks for a fireplace. I'm hoping I'll be able to adapt her idea and use it for my project. I really do read everyone's blogs - it's just there are so many of them that sometimes I get behind! I have a notebook where I keep track of posts that I think I'll need for future reference. I write down the blog name, the post date, and the type of mini tutorial it was. Eventually I should be able to learn how to make just about anything!
So anyhow, back to my supplies. I used my trusty x-acto knife to peel the little stickers off of the metal backings. I kept them all though because I'm sure I'll find some other way to use them. Then David helped me to bend the little tabs at the top off so that they look less like earrings and more like frames.
And finally I went back to my trusty technique of using an index print, my Mom's photo printer, and her scrapbook cutter to make the tiny pictures. As you can see I now have all of the pictures that go across the top shelf. The fit into the frames perfectly except for the square edges. David has a tiny pair of curved scissors in his grooming kit that I believe I could borrow to fix the edges with though.
So now I just have to figure out how to make the wall behind the fireplace - and even then I'll have to figure out how to cut out a window - using either my handy dandy x-acto knife or my Easy Cutter. I'll also need some sort of mini screen to go in front of the fireplace and also some decorations for the mantle. If anyone has any suggestions please send them my way!