Friday, June 01, 2012

My Love for the Exploding Box

I can't believe it is the beginning of June all ready! This year is flying by and as each week slips away I have to remind myself to enjoy each moment, the things I'm creating at the time and not live so much in the future.
So today I'm going to do a little look back at one of my favorite projects/classes of all time...the Exploding Box. Everyone has a different interpretation of this box and there are so many ways to embellish and change it, there really is no limit. I have one style that I continually make, whether its for a class, special orders or to sell at Christmas craft shows. I love all the pockets, opportunities of hidden journaling, photos, interactive elements, 3D embellishments and so on. This box is created completely from cardstock (my favorite is the White Daisy Close to my Heart cardstock) and then each layer is decorated with different patterned papers or colored cardstock. Here is a look at a few different designs I've created over the last couple of years.
This was my first ever attempt at an exploding box. It started out as a gift for my sister (that she never got) and turned into a very popular display at my booth for Farmer's Market and an even more popular class.

To see some detailed pictures of this special order of exploding boxes click here

This was the second part of the order there were 26 in all! MANY hours of work went into these boxes!

There are even more designs than this, but sadly I didn't photograph all of them. It never fails though that this box is always a big hit with people. It's a great way to package gift cards and other small treasures. You can also turn it into more of a mini album by covering the flaps with photos and placing journaling on the tags.
There are so many variations that you could do with this box and I have shown you only a few that I've created. I hope you are inspired to go and make one of your own now with your own flair and design!

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