Saturday, May 6, 2017

Explode with Joy! - Exploding Box with Becky

Hello again!  It's Becky, and I'm so excited to show you my latest happy mail obsession: "exploding" boxes.  If you follow me on Instagram (@becky_sher), this is no surprise to you -- I've shared several of them recently, and there's no end in sight.
But I think the one I'm sharing today might be my very favorite so far.  I used some of the embellishments from Megan's collections, and they were the perfect addition to this little birthday box.  Before I tell you about how I decorated it, though, let me start with the reasons that I love this little style of happy mail.
1. It looks fancy, but it's super-easy.  (Which is my favorite kind of craft project!)  The outer box is made from one piece of 12x12 paper, the inner piece is 9x9 and the lid is a 6.25-inch square.  But the inside can be decorated with all those little paper scraps and embellishments you have lying around, so it's a good stash-buster. 
2. It's got lots of little spaces to decorate.  I'm intimidated by flipbooks with huge pages to decorate.  I prefer lots of small areas, which is why I love pocket letters.  These boxes are the same way: Lots of little flaps to decorate, which also means lots of fun for the recipient!
3. It feels like a gift.  There's something about 3-dimensional projects that just feel more substantial, so these boxes make great gifts.  Plus, there's enough room in the center for a small trinket, like a piece of candy or a jar of lip gloss. 
If you'd like to see how these boxes are put together, check out this tutorial form my friend and pen pal Kira (@kira.gets.crafty) on her YouTube channel, Create Craft Repeat:  She's got all the details and measurements, so go check it out.
This little box is a gift for a little friend who is turning 9 next week.  She is one my daughter's best friends, and she often comes over to craft with me.  So I knew she would appreciate a box like this.  I intended to fill it with more stickers and crafty bits, but I was having so much fun decorating the flaps that I didn't leave a lot of space for treats!  I did include a small envelope with a birthday note, and I tied an enamel pin to the top of the box. 
I used two of Megan's collections for this project -- Winter Wishes and Sweet Life.  While both were released as holiday collections, there are so many elements in each that are great for everyday crafting.  And Sweet Life especially is perfect for birthdays with its balloons, cupcakes and other sweet treats.  I mixed the embellishments from the collections with a  paper pad that I already had ("Confetti" by DCWV form Michael's) -- they were a perfect match.
I will be giving this to my little friend in person, but if you're this to a pen pal, it fits perfectly in a 6x6x6 cardboard box.  You can often find them in the mailing supplies section at the post office or at a store like Staples or Target.  Once I realized how much I love making them, I bought a pack of 12 cardboard boxes on Amazon.  I fill the box with crinkle paper and nestle my project inside.  Unles you've added a lot of extra goodies it still light enough to be sent by first-class mail. 
I hope you'll give this little box a try -- I promise you won't regret it!


Pizza Special - Gina's Pizza Box for NSD

Hello Lovelies!!!  I am so thrilled to share this adorable mini pizza box Gina (@la_vetrina_delle_idee) on the LHTCS created.  It is perfect to set out on display, use as gift box, or my personal favorite a memory box.  You can easily create a fun mini book highlighting special memories and keep it safe inside the super cute pizza box.  :D  I haven't made one yet, but I'm so excited to try it out during NSD. 
Measurements in cm:
Cut Cardstock to 19cm x 29.7cm
Score vertical lines at: 2cm, 4cm, 15cm, 17cm
Score horizontal lines at: 2cm, 13cm, 15cm, 26cm, 28cm

Measurements for inches: 

Cut sections marked with an X.  The smaller squares without an X, taper the edges slightly (cut a small diagonal on both sides), it makes it easier to assemble the box.

Ok, now it's time to crease the folds and use double sided tape.  Gina used Sticky Thumb or a version of Terrifically Tacky Tape. The tape will be placed on the bottom half of the box.  Take note which side of the flap the tape is placed on.  Small tabs (tapered squares) the tape is on the side facing the table.  The larger sections the tape is face up. 

Now it's time to fold our nifty box.  First adhere the mini tabs to the larger vertical section without tape (it's in between the large square and the vertical section with tape).  Then you are going to fold the vertical section with tape down inside in the box to make the side sturdy and hide where you attached the mini tab. 

There you go, you very own pizza box ready to decorate.  :D


#LHTsketch 2, National Scrapbooking Day Special Challenge

Hello Lovelies!
Happy National Scrapping Day!!!
Today we are going to start off the festivities with a super fabulous sketch created by the wonderful Gina Vingiani on the LHTCS.  I LOVE this sketch because it so versatile. 

If you are not familiar with sketches let me share the details.  It*s not difficult, I promise.  :)  A sketch is an outline or draft to help inspire you to create a scrapbook layout.  Sketches are awesome because they help you use your supplies in fun and creative ways.  I especially enjoy sketches because they add interesting layouts to my scrapbook.

How to Play:
Create a layout inspired by LHT sketch and post your project on instagram or the "Little Hot Tamale and Friends" Facebook group.  Don*t forget to use the hashtag #littlehottamale, it is important to note that if your instagram profile is set to private I won*t be able to view it.  If you still want to play along just send me a private message (@littlehottamale) on instagram with your layout.  :) 

You have all weekend to enter the National Scrapbooking Day sketch challenge.  The winner will be chosen Monday for a LHT collection of their choice.  At the end of the month there will be another winner chosen for the monthly challenge.  Yay, two chances to win! 
Inspiration Layouts

Gina Vingiani

Virginia Villasenor

Jessica Huffman
I'm A Cool Mom

Little Hot Tamale
Megan A. Marshall