Hello everyone, this is my first of many Design Team projects for Country Craft Creations in Hooper, Utah - thank you Tammy for the opportunity to share ideas and interests with others using the beautiful products you sell at www.countrycraftcreations.com. I have converted a Graphics 45 small book box into an album holder (the mini album will be outlined in a Part 2 post), using the Prima St.Tropez paper collection and accompanying accessories. For simplicity sake, I recommend reading through the instructions first as some photos show more than one step of the process and I also add tips between some steps. Of course, this project can be changed with color, look and feel of any paper theme or occasion - have fun with it and lets celebrate a wonderful summer before the storms!
Here is the "opened" box with accompanying album - hope you enjoy the process!
Overview - the outside top of the book box:
I used a vintage ribbon to close, however, CCC's seam binding could also be used and is needed for the mini album closure and tag tops (Part 2). Both the 6x6 and 12x12 St.Tropez papers are needed for this project, the largest are sized and cut for the outside and inside of the box, the smallest are used for the pages of the mini album and for creating your own embellishments to use on covers, and pages.
2. Ink the box and ALL paper elements (pages, tags, journal panels and embellishments) with 2 colors of Ranger Distress Oxide Inks - Broken China and Vintage Photo. Use the lighter color first, then gently tap on a darker color to accent. The Distress Oxides are very forgiving and you can rub some off or go over an area of darker color if needed.
NOTE - it is not necessary to ink the inside of the box - your choice. Ideally, I would allow the box to "dry" and absorb the inks overnight, you may also use a heat gun to finish the process.
3. Finish the outside bottom edge of the box, use Distress Oxide Vintage Photo on a soft rag with a palette (or other) knife to slide the darker color into and between box layers - otherwise the craft color will show and look unfinished.
4. Glue two (2) ten inch (10") ribbon pieces to the center back top and bottom side of box for closure, my ribbon was 7/8" wide, however, seam binding or your favorite can be used. Note that tape has also been used to cover the end of ribbon on back top, before the paper is glued in.
TIP - after cutting ribbon ends, take a small bit of the CCC Glitter Glue and dab on cut fibers to keep from raveling - when dry, they can be trimmed again if necessary but will remain permanently secure.
respective positions using Glitter Glue w/metal tip, cover the paper piece back edges and center, apply to box and smooth into place.
This is the folded out box with papers glued in place.
The embellishments for this project include Prima St. Tropez Say It in Crystals (these look like beautiful ocean glass), Puffy Stickers, Cling Stamps and inked pieces cut from extra papers used.
6. Stamp the front and interior journal panels (measurements below) with both colors of Distress Oxide Inks.
TIP - when some stamps are first used, they need to be "rubbed down" with a silicone eraser to dull the back so the inks will not puddle and a smoother application is made. If you have had trouble with this in the past, give it a try. It is not always required with each inking/stamping, but I keep an eraser in my toolbox - just saying!
7. Paper embellishments for both this box and accompanying album are made using inked pieces of the papers. Cut out what you like, ink the edges, then use foam tape to cover the back - cut to shape, then re-ink the edges, peel the backing off the tape and place on project. This is a great way to use elements of scrap paper in any project!
3 1/4" x 4 3/4" with CCC Cream Artisan Cardstock corner rounded panels 3" x 4 1/2" (ink all edges) and St. Tropez Stamps.
The paper embellishments on inside box spine are FLAT to allow the box to close.
General crafting supplies used: paper trimmer, ink applicator & sponge, scissors, corner rounder, clear stamping platform, 1/2" wide foam tape, silicone eraser, plastic palette knife.