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Fancy This: Explosion Box

I really love Fancy Pants' Baby Mine collection. I thought it was perfect for an explosion box, but this isn't just another explosion box, it doubles as a mini album and a sweet surprise for the new mommy! I really had fun making this and it was so easy and really fast. If you are anything like me ... fast is really good these days. I am thinking about doing more of these for future gifts.

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So, step one is to gather all your supplies. 

You will need:
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Fancy Pants supplie:
Baby Mine: Adore patterned paper
Baby Mine: Precious patterned paper
Baby Mine: Little One patterned paper
Baby Mine: Peek-A-Boo patterned paper
Baby Mine: Rub-ons
Baby Mine: Design Embellishments
Baby Mine: Buttons
Baby Mine: Chipboard Banners
Beach Babe: Trim

Other supplies:
scoring tool
double sided tape
paper clips
corner rounder

Next, you want to take 3 of the sheets of patterned paper and cut them down to these measurements:
9x9 inches, 8 5/8 x 8 5/8 inches, 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches

Score each of these sheets of paper, on all four sides, as followers:
9x9 inch sheet you will score 3 inches from each side.
8 5/8 x 8 5/8 you will score 2 7/8 inches from each side
8 1/4 x 8 1/4 you will score 2 3/4 inches from each side.

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Following the lines you scored, cut the corners off of all three pieces of patterned paper and then ink the edges.

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Next you want to adhere all three pieces together, using the biggest piece on the bottom, then the smaller piece, then finishing with the smallest on the top. I used the double sided tape to adhered the pieces. Remember to only put the tape in the center square and you don't need tape on the back of your largest piece. The largest piece will be the outside of your box.

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It should look like this when you have them all adhered together.

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Now for the lid for your box.  Take your last sheet of patterned paper and cut it down to 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. Now score it 1 1/2 inch from all four edges.

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Then you will need to score all four corners of your lid as shown in the picture below.

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Fold all of your score lines inward to make the lid come together. You notice that it will naturally fold into a lid.

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Next you want to adhere the folds together and by using paper clips, you can keep your lid from coming apart while it dries.

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Oh looky ... now you have this cute explosion box!

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Next you will want to decorate your cute explosion box. I chose to use the collection Baby Mine to make and decorate mine. As you can see in the pictures below, I added a little treat in the center of the box.  Kind of fun ... don't ya think? Now, after the treat is gone, you have this cute box you can use for a mini album. I left spaces open for pictures and I also embellished some of the spaces for fun.

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This has been lots of fun! Have fun with yours and we would love to see them. You can upload them our Facebook Page!

-Guiseppa Gubler

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