Here’s a neat way to showcase a grouping of your favorite photos in a tidy little package. This project will have you thinking outside…um, I mean, inside the box!
Credits Digital papers, letters and flowers: Shabby Citrus and Miami Beach kits from the Shabby Shoppe; LOVE paper: Sweet Sprinkles from ShabbyPrincess.com; cardstock: DCWV; Black ink (edges): Stampin’ Up! ; other: ribbon, eyelet, box.
Basic Supplies: Tools:
Small cardboard box Paper trimmer & scissors
Patterned paper Eyelet setter & hole punch
Cardstock Ink (optional)
Ribbon Corner rounder (optional)
Eyelets Flower decoration (optional)
Letters (optional) Computer, software & printer (for digital option)
First, I found a small, sturdy cardboard box to hold my mini-album. The lid to my box was already pretty and matched my papers, but you could always cover your lid with paper to make it match if need be. The box I used was 3.5 x 3.5 inches, so I decided to make each of the panels 3.25 inches square. I used 8 panels, one side had a mini photo layout and the other side had a letter (together the letters spell “memories”).
To make the panels, I first created 16 little layouts on the computer: 8 with a 2.5 inch square photo centered on a 3 inch square patterned paper background and 8 with a circle letter centered on a patterned paper background. You could get the same look using regular paper if you wanted to. I used coordinating papers and letters to give the project a unified look. Printing these layouts was so quick and easy and it only used 3 sheets of paper!
Next, I trimmed blue cardstock into 16 3.25 inch square pieces and used my trimmer to cut out my 16 mini-layouts. Then, I used a corner rounder to round the corners of all 32 squares! I adhered each of the layouts to the center of a piece of cardstock. I then inked the edges of each panel.
To assemble the panels on the ribbon, I carefully lined up the 8 panels with the letters face down with 1/4 inch spaces in between. Make sure they are all facing the right way and are in the correct order. Next, I laid the ribbon down the center of all the panels, leaving plenty of extra to work with at each end. Then I adhered the 8 photo panels facing up on top, sandwiching the ribbon neatly in between.
To anchor the ribbon inside the box, I cut a piece of cardstock to exactly fit the bottom of the box, punched a hole in the center and reinforced it with an eyelet. I threaded the ribbon through the eyelet and tied it off on underneath. Then, I adhered the cardstock to the bottom of the box.
To finish this project off, I decorated the top of the box with the LOVE paper and cute paper flower. I digitally cropped and printed the love paper, trimmed it, rounded the corners, inked it and adhered it to the top of the box. I also had printed two flowers, cut them out, inked the edges and layered them one on top of the other. I adhered only the centers of the flowers and curled up the petals to add dimension. Next, I punched a hole through the box top (through the center of the flower) and set an eyelet in the hole. Finally, I doubled the top of the ribbon over and tied a knot in it, creating a long loop. I threaded the loop up though the box top (from underneath) and tied another knot on top to secure it in place.
There you have it – I hope you enjoy making this fun, one-day project as much as I did :). Please contact me if you have any questions!