Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Wild & Sassy - Scrapbox!


This, my dear friends, is a scrapbox. Fun to make and fun to give. It's a "mini-book" contained in itself. Eons ago, when I first started selling my hand made crafts, I sold these. I called them "exploding" scrapboxes, because that's what they are! You see before you a little gift and when you take off the lid, it "explodes" with color and personality, waiting to be adorned with precious memories.

This particular box is just one of my creations for The Robins Nest, booth #1656 at CHA! I will be there  Sunday, January 29th 11:00am- 4:00pm. If you are going to be at the show, please come by and say Hi!


The following materials were used to make this box.
Black card stock, black ribbon, eyelet setter, 2 medium eyelets, 8 brads, Paper Trimmer with score blade, scissors, adhesive, decorative border punch, glitter glue, background stamp, pink and black ink.
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Lets get started shall we?

Choose a  12 x 12 sheet to be your outside and set aside.
Choose a 12 X 12 sheet to be the middle section and cut to a 10 ½ " x 10 ½ " square.
Choose a 12 X 12 sheet to be the inner most section and cut to a 9" x 9" square.

*Tip- Double sided papers work best, but you can always cover up blank spots with background stamps like I did.

Score the 12 x 12 square at 4" from all edges, creating 9 squares.
Score the 10 ½ x 10 ½ square at 3 ½" from all edges, creating 9 squares.
Score the 9 x 9 square at 3" from all edges, creating 9 squares.

With your scissors cut off the corner squares, on each sheet leaving the middle square and one square on each side of the middle.

*Tip-  If you want to create pockets, only cut 1 side of square, and fold on score line into a pocket. Save cut squares for photo mounts on the saved squares. Alternate designs for a nice effect.

Fold the score lines on each sheet creating the inside of a box look
Place middle sized box on the out side of the smallest and the largest on the out side of the middle. (Like stacking the boxes)
Adhere the middle squares (only!) to each other (Stacking them).

*Tip- The animal print papers are just right for inking, so sassy! Add any punched borders and stamped backgrounds while you fit the smaller squares into the larger ones.

Cut your last sheet of cardstock down to 8 ½ x 8 ½
Score it 1" and 2 1/8 " from all edges, creating a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" square in the center.
With your scissors cut on the top and bottom (only)  2 1/8 " lines down to the 2 1/8 " lines from the side.
Fold all scored lines and pinch the corner score toward the inside of the lid.
*Tip- Secure the corners of the lid with brads, staples or adhesive.

Place the lid on the box. A perfect fit!
Keep the lid on the box and mark 1/2" down from the bottom lid with a pencil on both sides. Take off lid and carefully punch and set hole with a eyelet setter. Tie and knot your ribbon from the inside so it can loop around the box like a big bow on a a pretty present. Fill squares with photos, recipes, or favorite sayings. Add a ornament or extra gift inside the center and suprise a friend or family member.

To see some of my "past" scrapboxes, please visit here.
If you have any questions in making your own, feel free to contact me here.

~ Michelle Frae Cummings

2 comments:

Rachel said...

This absolutely adorable!!! Love it!!

Clare D. said...

What fabulous color and print combos!

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