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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.


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October 11, 2009 at 12:34 am

Halloween Boo Treats – Free Boo Poem and Boo Signs

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In early October a few years ago, my kids and were relaxing in the evening when the doorbell rang….when we opened the door, there were two little treat bags and this cool Halloween poem that brings the “secrete santa” spirit to the Halloween season.  My kids loved it, and every year since we have been upping our game and creating treats to “Boo” our friend, neighbors and cousins.  I have included the instructions and the poem on how to “Boo” and the “Boo” sign you will need to print both of these out and include them with your treats.

Boo Poem – Free Download (no advertising!)
Boo Ghost Sign (no advertising!)

Halloween Boo Treats

Halloween Boo Treats

Admittedly this is almost the same project as my previous post, but since we were in the rhythm and we weren’t giving these to same group, so be it.

Inspiration for these came from –

For these handmade card stock popcorn boxes I used my Cricut Expression with the Tags, Bags and More and Stretch Your Imagination cartridges.  I cut them at 6″.  I printed the card stock my self using Atomic Cupcake’s Haunted Twilight Scrapbooking Digital Kit (I ran it through my printer twice to get the double side effect.  I used the scraps and the non-pattern side of my printed card stock to create the spider.  The hat and shoes for the spider were just had colored in by me and the kids using a black marker.  The corners are embellished by my daughter using crystals we got at Michael’s.

I bought all the stuff at Target, but since they don’t have most of it online, you could complete this project from your craft room with out going to the by getting everything at Oriental Trading Company, I have put links to what I would substitute with (in fact I kind of wish I had done my shopping there.

For the candy we used the following (but there shouldn’t be any shortage of ideas in that department!):

  • Trolli Frite crawlers
  • Wonka Spooky Nerds and Sweettarts
  • Sour Punch Twists
  • Hershey’s Halloween Wrapped Mini’s – I loved these because they were wrapped in green, orange, purple and black foil – really shiny!
  • Palmer Double Crisp Monster Munny

Happy Booing!!

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October 9, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Spooky Halloween Birthday Parties, Invites, Cakes and More!

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I love it that my daughter’s birthday is in the early part of October, we get to celebrate Halloween all month.  This post is dedicated to Halloween Birthday’s.  I would love to see your creations and ideas, as I expect that I will need new inspiration each year!

Last year, I built the Spooky Halloween Birthday theme around this great batty girl image that I found on  My daughter absolutely loved this bat girl vector art, and we used it as the catalyst for her party.  The invites were a square format and I used Paper Source’s – Petal Envelope in grape (upon checking the link I found out they are on sale – 50% off!), then I mounted the white square invite on Paper Sources poppy 5×5 notecard (also on sale!).  I used Martha Stewart’s black sticker that read “Beware” to close up the invite, and Paper Source’s poppy file folder labels for the name’s and addresses.  The font I used is Carnivalee Freekshow.  I scanned in the invite below, the colors aren’t quite true…but if you use the links that I have included in this post you will get stunning results and the “ah” factor when your guests open it.

Batty Girl Halloween Birthday Invite

That day we actually had two birthday parties, the kids one first and the adult later.  For the kid’s Halloween Birthday Party I had my bakery: Its All About the Cake in Dana Point CA,  make cupcakes with white icing and black and purple bats cutout of fondant.  The evening cake was one of Diane’s masterfully designed cakes, she is truly an artist.

Batty Girl Halloween Birthday Cake

I scrapped this invite together 4 years ago.  Once I scrapped the one invite, I scanned it.  Once the image was scanned, I bumped up the contrast and the saturation, to get the blacks, really black and the other colors to be intense.  Then I just printed them to 4×6 glossy photo cards, and used black envelops.

Halloween Birthday Invite

Halloween Birthday Invite

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September 29, 2009 at 6:31 pm