I have had a lot of requests for the directions on how to make a scrapbook in a box so I am posting it here to share with all of you. There is a discussion going on my facebook page about this so be sure and check it our on my page Unique Memory Makers If you would like to purchase one already made and ready for you to add pictures let me know I will tell you where you can get them. Thanks, Lora
Scrapbook in a box…
Step 1….. Take a 12x12 sheet of cardstock (this will be the base of the box) and cover it with patterned paper or random stamp the paper. Then score the inside (the blank side) of the paper at 4" on all four sides. Cut four corner squares to make a "cross" with your sheet of paper.
**Tip** It is easier to glue the pattern paper to your cardstock first so that you can cut both pieces of paper at the same time.
Step 2….. Take your second sheet of paper and cut it to an 11x11 size. Now score the corners of this paper at 3 3/4". Again cut the four corners to make your "cross".
Step 3….. Cut the third sheet of paper to a 10 x 10 size and score the corners at 3 1/2" and cut your four corners.
Step 4…. Next embellish your individual pages and glue on the photo mats. Your squares will be scored to make them easy to fold. Decorate the pages before you assemble your album.
Step 5…. Layer the pages on top of each other starting with the largest (12 x 12) on bottom, then stack in order of size. Glue each layer in the middle only so that the pages can be flipped and pictures or embellishments can be adhered on both sides. Once the box is assembled it will be to decorate and add photographs. You can use your own photos or give a blank album as a gift and let the recipient add their photos to complete the scrapbook.
Step 7…. Fold the four sides of the paper up into a box and top it off with an embellished lid. You will be left with a 4 x 4 mini-scrapbook box.
Scrapbook-in-a-box lid instructions:
With your 4th piece of cardstock you can make a lid for the scrapbook-in-a-box mini-album. Cut the paper into an 8 x 8 square. Then, score it at 1 7/8" on all four sides. Next, cut one side of each corner so that it leaves a flap of paper to tuck in when you fold the lid together. You may want to decorate your lid before you form it and glue it together. Once you have completed your album then fold up the sides of your box and place the lid on top.
Tips…. Save the squares you cut out and use them to make layered photo mats, journal blocks or tags. Paper flowers, buttons, chipboard and other 3-D objects make wonderful lid embellishments. (in the picture a large paper flower lined with stitched ribbon was used)
The sides of the lid can be lined with paper strips (use up your paper scraps) or ribbon. Adhesive backed ribbon works well.
That is a great idea..So cute!! maybe I can do this..Thanks for the directions!
You're welcome :-)
WOW! I really like this. It is very cool.
Thanks, glad you like it :-)
Wow- loved this!!! thanks for sharing the instructions with us...i will have to making several of these...one for my sailor, one for his kids, and one for me....
You are very welcome :-)
I love this. I've made them, but called them explosion box. That would be such a fun gift to send him later. Hmmmm, LOL. I've been taking Heidi Swapps online class for her new file folder system. Here's what I've done so far for the anticipation week for Dane's boot camp graduation. I'm working on getting the photos printed and doing some hybrid work... it's fun.
So, it only took me a few month to see this post lol. but I love it and hope you will post more pics when you are finished :-)
Thanks Dawn :)
That is so COOL! I think I might have to put something like this together for my future SR after he graduates BC and gets to A school etc. Right now, I'm in the "collecting stage". LOL My son will be going into the DEP this summer for his Senior year of HS and then he'll head off to BC after HS graduation. Should be quite an interesting year. The file folder idea is a good one too as I could document the whole process of this journey for my son and keep things together. HMMMM...so many options!
I just have to share that I took a pic of my son at the recruiter's office last weekend practicing his "real" signature for his SS card and signing the papers for going to MEPS and going in to the DEP. We had never had him sign his SS card or carry it around for that matter because quite frankly a kid doesn't need his SS card until they have their first job. So...this photo is one BIG step in our son's life. Kinda cool!
Thanks for sharing such great ideas! I'm looking forward to digging through more of the group for inspiration and ideas.