So my assignment for last week at Cricut Mini Albums was to create a Thanksgiving themed mini. Appropriate for the season, right? Well, I have been dying to make an explosion box and I thought this might be a fun way to make both a mini album and an explosion box.
I didn't have any real directions so I just kind of figured things out in my head as I went along. It didn't turn out "perfect" but I think it was a good first attempt. I think I might make some of these for Christmas presents for the grandparents. The box is a 12x12 paper scored at 4" and 8" across the top and the same along the sides (so you end up with nine 4" squares). Then I folded the corners in the middle so that they folded inside of the box making the box shape. The lid is a 6 3/4" x 6 3/4" square with the sides being 2" (folded in half and glued together so that the visible side is only 1" on the outside).
Here is how it looks when it is open. The tag pockets measure approximately 3 3/4" - I just hand cut and guessed until it looked right.
I didn't think any of the tag cuts on my cartridges looked quite right for this project so I used the rounded corner rectangle on the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge. I cut the tags at 3 1/4" and then I cut the same thing at 3" to make the solid color layer (I did this on both sides so the tags can have something on the front and the back). They are a little short when they are all the way inside the pocket - I should have adjusted them in Design Studio but I was being lazy. LOL The tags still need ribbon but I'll have to go out and buy some because nothing in my stash looked quite right.
I only glued the center of the tag piece into the box because I wanted the tag pocket to lift up so I could put pictures or journaling on the empty spaces. I like that I have that option, it's like having two more pages on each pocket and as you all know, I can be a little wordy so I need lots of space! The corners of the inside box were really simple too. I just cut out a 3" square and cut it in half and glued it on - I think it makes a big difference even though it's just a little embellishment.
The leaf is cut at 3" from Stretch Your Imagination and the swirl is cut at the same size from the same cartridge using the Silhouette feature. I love that swirl pattern! I should have used this on my autumn projects but I totally missed it!
The scallop is from Serenade (I think I mistakenly said it was from Storybook on Cricut Mini Albums - see it pays to visit our blogs for the details LOL) and is actually a flower cut on blackout. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and I stamped it in brown. I attached it with pop dots to add a little dimension.
All of the paper for this project is from K&Company (Designer Paper Stack).
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