Paint the entire container with a base color, then decoupage scrapbook papers to the surfaces, inside and out. Adorn with stickers, rub-ons, and metal letters. Get creative! The handprint shown here, for example, is a dingbat font printed on a sheet of patterned paper, then cut out. (For a clean cut, print onto the back side of the paper.) Secure a favorite photo onto the inside lid to finish.
Sources: Patterned paper: Carolee's Creations. Font Webdings (hand). Stickers: EK Success. Rub-ons: KI Memories. Metal letters: American Crafts. Design: Melissa Inman.