Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Scrapbook in a box

I created this piece way back in September when the new Mini first came out and put it aside to post at a later date......I guess this is now!

No stamping here but I have used Stampin' Up Products to create this cute 3"x 3" cube that when opened can be a scrapbook for this Christmas. A tag with the year can be attached to the top of this to correspond to the year that the pictures were taken. I can see several of these as the years go on being displayed at Christmas time so that everyone can reminisce about the festivities from that particular year.

I've used  a 9"x9" piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock as the base, this was scored at 3 and 6 inches on two sides; creating 9 3"x 3" squares. I then cut up to the center square on the same line on each side to create the sides of the box. I used the Deck the Halls DSP and cut 2 3/4" squares to line each square of the inside of the box and the 4 squares that are showing on the outside of the box.

The box with the cover off. Starting to open. The top of the box was created by taking a 7 1/8" square of Crumb Cake cardstock and scoring it at 1" and 2" on all four sides. I then cut and folded as per this tutorial.....

I like the double fold on the sides as it makes the top and the box so much more sturdy.

The top of the box was embellished with a 2 3/4" square of DSP and the sides are 3/4" x 2 3/4".

I wanted Holly for the top of this box so it was created by punching out a wide oval in Always Artichoke and then I folded length wise in two. I sponged the center fold with Always Artichoke ink and then before opening the fold I used the 3/4" and 1/2" circle punches to create the holly leaves. Once opened I sponged the edges with Craft Whisper White ink and used my bone folder to soften the fibers of the card stock so that they would be a bit pliable and easier to shape. I glued these on with Mini Glue dots shaping them to look 3D. The Holly Berries are 1/4"paper punch Cherry Cobbler circles that I rounded with the end of my paper piercer, to give them a 3D look. I added a dot with the white gel pen.

The sparkle that you see is Champagne Shimmer Paint mixed with Alcohol in a mister and sprayed directly onto the Holly.

I love the shimmer/sparkle! I hope you enjoyed this project, I will be posting more Christmas things as the big day gets closer. I am a procrastinator if you haven't already guessed so I have not got many things created ahead but I have lots of ideas that I hope will come to reality.

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. Love it! Great job and good instructions.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is so awesome Sharri! And you made the steps so easy to understand, so even I can make one! lol Thanks for sharing with the Sirens!

  3. Love your scrapbook in a box! I think I'll use your idea in one of my classes for the new year. Thanks for the directions.

  4. Sharri, this is quite pretty, especially the holly decoration! I can easily see this as a great present with the added benefit of pictures inside, too! I love how you did the holly. TFS <><

  5. Hi again Sharri, I loved the holly so much I just had to make a card using this technique. Since I didn't have a bottle to mix the Champagne Shimmer Paint with the alcohol I improvised with an alcohol soaked paper towel and a little paint dabbed on. It worked nicely and the card looks like it could accompany your gorgeous gift box! I'm so glad you shared this one!

  6. thanks for sharing your latest project; it's a much better tutorial than others I've read.

  7. Thanks for the great directions I plan to use in my next Stamp 10 meeting tomorrow night! I wonder how you made the corners for the pictures to fit? That is so clever, but I can't figure it out! Thanks for the details, Laura

  8. Thank you for the lovely comments on my project. Laura, if you check back here ......the corners for the pictures are just that a corner punch but it is not a Stampin'Up punch. Thanks again! You could improvise by cutting slots with a craft knife in the corners to get the same or similar effect.

  9. Congratulations on winning the So Shelli Terrific Techniques challenge! This little scrapbook in a box is adorable!

  10. No wonder you won - this is lovely! Congratulations a few months late!