Thursday, August 18, 2022


Hey everyone! If you follow me, you know I love making mini scrapbook albums and saving photos and memorabilia. But, I also enjoy finding new and creative ways to do this. So today, I'm sharing a fun project called an explosion box. Inside there are layers of pages, pockets, and fun places to journal. Take a look ...

I designed this with the adorable Seaside Summer Collection and for the box, I used a wonderful Lori Whitlock cutting file called Pocket Explosion Box.

To start ... I enlarged the cutting file to fit a 12x12 piece of paper - making the box 3.5" wide x 4" tall. I cut it out of white cardstock, then chose a bunch of fun 12x12 and 6x6 prints to embellish it with.

For the lid, I trimmed down a 4x4 card from the Palm Beach print and added the cute sun and beach ball from the Seaside Summer enamel shape sprinkles. When you lift the top off ...

... the 4 sides unfold to display lots of layers of photo mats, journaling cards, and even small envelopes. Check out the adorable Beach in a Bottle Shaker-pops that I added to the center. How cute!!

Here's a close-up of one of the journaling spots. You can add dates, a location, people names, or share a sweet memory. I added a cute pair of enamel flip flops for fun.

There are 4 envelope pages that I made out of the pretty green 12x12 Island Tropics paper. I tucked 3x4 cards into each one. Then, I embellished the flap with a flower die cut from the Bits and Pieces and a teeny tiny mini jewel.

I love this colorful little page. I used the 12x12 paper called Plaid It's Summer and added a journaling card and a 2x2 card from the 6x6 paper pad. 

This page is more for decoration but I just adore it. The palm tree and the pelican are from the Odds and Ends and I added enamel dots in Bon Bon for the coconuts!

This explosion box has 3 double sided pages per side plus the space inside each of the envelopes. There's even room for a small gift in the center.

I love this Seaside Summer collection with it's cheerful colors, tropical theme, and adorable die cuts. I hope this project inspires you to create something wonderful!

Seaside Summer Collection
Lori Whitlock's Pocket Explosion Box Cutting File

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