When I first saw the gorgeous Gilded Lily collection and read the "Let them eat cake" quotes, I immediately thought, ooh, I must make a cake with this collection! The cake is built on a Graphic 45 Staples 8 x 8 Matchbook Box and I made a mini to fit inside the drawer. The mini has only 4 pages but has lots of places to tuck in tags and photos as well as a small flip book inside.
When I make minis and off the page projects, I like to use a protective medium so that they are more durable. In the case of the cake, I coated the matchbox with matte medium and it's a good thing I did, because the base got a lot of movement on my craft desk while I was assembling the cake. I was able to use a damp cloth to wipe off little bits of ink and paper that stuck to the bottom of the box. I also painted the front and back covers with matte medium so that they would be less likely to tear and to help keep them clean.
Since I started with raw chipboard for the mini, I painted the edges of the chipboard with ivory paint so that if a sheet of paper didn't quite cover the chipboard edges, it wouldn't be so noticeable. I like to use a color of paint that works well with my overall color scheme.
Rear view of the cake.
I mixed fussy cut flowers in with small paper flowers from I am Roses. I also used some fabric flower lace from Hobby Lobby to wrap the bottom cake tier. It serves to hide the imperfections of joining the top to the sides of the cake. The pearls around the bottom and 2nd tier serve the same purpose.
Mini album cover
Here's a video tour of the mini that is inside the drawer base of the cake.
Interior pages. Take a look at my video tour above to see all the inside pages.
This was such a fun cake to bake. You could do something like this and it would be perfect for a dessert party or a wedding shower.
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