One of the things that always makes me happy is getting mail…especially when it’s from A Million Little Things As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best scrapbook place ever, especially as they ship to New Zealand for actual postage costs – it’s not unheard of for scrapbook shops to charge as much as 20% on top of the regular price for their overseas customers. My best present of the year was to arrive at work on the first day back and find a lovely big box of papers for me. Yippee!
(The guilty part of my conscience hastens to add that I actually do try and shop locally for most of my supplies, but some of the product lines I absolutely love are not brought into New Zealand.)
I’m limited in what I can create at the moment as many of my supplies and tools are still packed away. But, I have been meaning to create one of these ‘explosion’ boxes for some while now and who needs a better excuse than pretty new papers. They still need embellishing with some ribbon and whatnot but on the whole I’m pretty pleased with these boxes. I’m hoping to have an open home sale before mother’s day so these will go into my stash. What to do with these boxes? A lot of people use them as tabletop scrapbooks, adding photos and journalling to the flaps. I’ve also seen them used for ‘vouchers’ for a birthday gift (both store bought and homemade vouchers for cooking meals etc). Another nice idea I saw was to use it for a baby shower or baby’s birth. So many options! I might include a few extra embellishments with each box, so that people can add a bit more when they add on their photos.
The first one I made, I used some MME papers, called Fresh Linen. I love the soft blues and teals of this paper with just a hint of chocolate. The ribbon is some that my friend brought me back from the US and it tones perfectly. When I can get at the rest of my ribbon stash, I’ll add some ribbons to the tags inside. Not bad for the first box!!
The second box uses chatterbox papers, and is a slightly different design – with three layers of paper. As you can see it needs a bit of something to give it some oomph – but I’m not sure quite what yet. I might add my own photos to this one to use as a sample box.
The third box uses Sassafrass Lass papers which remind me of batik fabrics. As you can see, Im not quite finished with this one, again waiting for inspiration. Still, it has been fun playing with paper. I’m looking forward to making some more cards soon too. Sorry for the odd spacing of the photos – I seem to be having issues today ; ) for a larger view click on the thumbnails.