Creating a Box for Finn’s Albums

I made a Halloween album for our great nephew, Finn and wanted to make a Christmas, Easter and Birthday album for him, as well as a box to hold the albums…Here is the link to the Halloween album in case you want all of the measurements for it.

The Christmas 3d stickers came from Joanns and I couldn’t find them in their online store, sorry. The papers I used in this album came from my stash and are all retired, bummer.

The Easter album’s papers and stickers came from the same set, from Echo Park. If I had to do this over again, I’d probably try to find paper packs for all of the holidays as it made it so much simpler.

The birthday papers came from my stash, as did the brads. The donut paper on the outside of the album is a retired Stampin’ Up paper. The stickers are from K & Co and I found them at Joanns, here’s the link to them.. I don’t recommend these stickers as they had a lot of issues with the layered pieces sticking to the paper above the sticker and the stickers would fold in on themselves…not the best quality, in my opinion.

The paper I used for the outside of the box was from Joanns, in their loose paper area. I couldn’t find a link for it on their website, sorry.

I used Amazon’s chipboard (couldn’t find the white/black pieces I have, but the thickness is the same) link: Also used their tear tape link:

I cut two pieces of chipboard to 6 1/8″ x 6 1/8″ and three pieces of 3 3/4″ x 6 1/8″ for the box. Then I cut a lot of strips of 11 x 1″ strips scored on the 1″ side at 1/2″ then covered the back with tear tape…don’t take off the backing paper until you’re ready to use it. I used the smaller chipboard pieces first, and laid the two pieces that are the bottom and top of the box, so their back end lays on top of the piece that makes the back of the box. Take your 11 x 1″ strips and cut them to 3 3/4″ long (cut the ends on an slight angle so they don’t overlap with each other)and the fold them in half on their score so the non-sticky side is folded onto itself, then lay the folded point into where the two chipboard pieces meet and adhere the strip there. If you have enough of these strips in the same color, use them on the outside and inside of the box. If you don’t have enough of the same color, on the inside of the box, use a color that matches the chipboard you’ve used. On the outside, use cardstock that matches the paper you’re covering your box with. After you’ve attached the bottom, back and top of the box together, take one of your 6 1/8″ x 6 1/8″ pieces of chipboard and cut strips of 11 x 1″ cardstock scored on the 1″ length at 1/2″ down to 6 1/8″ and make sure the back of the chipboard lays on the edge of the back piece of chipboard and also on the edges of the top and bottom of the chipboard, then lay your 1″ strips on the seams to hold them in place. Do the same to the inside and outside, adhering the 1″ strips along the seams.

Cover the open edges of your box with the 1″ strips so the entire box looks finished. After the box is made, take patterned paper cut two pieces of 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ for the sides, and three pieces of 5 7/8″x 3 1/2″ for the top, bottom and back of the box. I adhered the paper with tear tape to the box, then took Stampin’ Up satin pleated Pear Pizzazz ribbon and put tear tape on the back of it and wrapped it around the opening of the box to cover any errors I made… It looked good in the end.

Merry Christmas from the Parker dogs….


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