Sara Stars

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Cricut Explosion Box – Mini Scrapbook Album

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There are lots of explosion box tutorials and examples out and about on the net.  I saw the Bo Bunny Birthday Explosion Kit in my local scrapbook store and fell in love with it.  I had to make one, but on my terms (I just can’t buy someone else’s kit, and I was on mission to make something for my sis’s upcoming Pink, Black & White Birthday Party).

This was the first project I did when I got my Cricut Expression.  My sister was having a Pink, Black & White birthday party – her first birthday party in a very long time.   I wanted to make a mini scrapbook album that had a lot flair and matched the theme of her birthday.

Scrapbook Explosion Box - Mini Albumi

Scrapbook Explosion Box - Mini Album

There is a great Scrapbook Explosion Box Tutorial at Scrapbook Crazy that goes over the basics of creating this album, however my inspiration piece used the four corners for photo mats, embellishments and journal entries.

Scrapbook Explosion Box Diagram

Scrapbook Explosion Box Diagram

Instead of cutting out the corners of your outer layer, you will be cutting one side of each corner and scoring the other.  By  following the diagram on the right, you can take advantage of your corner space to use for extra photos, journal spots and embellishment.

In addition if you cut the inner to the 11″x11″ and 10″x10″, you get left with really small square mats, and actually adding photos is tricky enough with a square matte.  I made the second layer another 12″x12″, but with this on has the corners cut out.  The inner-most layer was cut to 11″x11″ and the square were scored and to be 3 3/4″ squares.

I used my Cricut Expression and Storybook cartridge to embellish and add the flair to this mini album.  For added personalization I added my sister’s monogram to the middle square.  Black ribbon, pearls and brads were used to embellish.

The black and white papers I used were from a paper pack I got at Target.

Upon writing this post I found another scrappers photo album that many beautiful examples of these explosion boxes.  Check it out at Explosion Box Albums by Syrena.

In addition there is a Cricut Design Studio cut file here, that will cut your inner layers, you could probably modify it to cut the way I have in the diagram above.


Written by sarastars

October 11, 2009 at 12:34 am

5 Responses

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  1. WOW awesome job!!! Lovin’ the color combo! I never seen one like this…I always have my corners cut out.
    Beautifully done!


    November 12, 2009 at 3:08 am

    • Thanks Brenda! I saw that you got a Cricut just a little while ago – have you had the chance to use it? Hope so! Much love, Sara Stars


      December 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm

  2. This is fabulous! Keeping the corners makes the box feel more full – I love it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas.


    February 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    • Thanks Jennifer, I have to get some more projects up soon!!


      February 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm

  3. Merely wanna input on few general things, The website style and design is perfect, the content material is real excellent :D.

    March 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

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