I have something special to share with you today. I have been wanting to do one of those cool explosion boxes I have been seeing and I was needing a special anniversary card for my husband to celebrate our 15 year anniversary which is today. I thought the explosion box would work well as I could find a photo from the year we met which was 1996 and go all the way to this year this would give me 20 photos ~ prefect.
Well the concept worked great in my head and I was able to assemble the box pretty quickly. But when it came time to pull the photos, this is where things got interesting. I realized that just 15 years ago I was still using a film camera and not digital and most of my original photographs are on film and not on a CD. The good news was they were in albums so I could just scan the photo and then reprint. This worked well as the oldest photos would be my smallest. I had archived most of my photos to CD as there are so many and I don’t need every photograph from the past on my laptop. When I went to pull them on to computer I realized that with my new laptop I didn’t have a disc drive so I would have to order one to complete this project. The past 5 years was the easy part as those photos are readily accessible.
Well enough about my struggles with collecting my photos. I used Studio J to print my photos using the express collection photo wells. If you want to learn how to do this check out this blog post. Here is how the box turned out. I have not been able to give it to my husband yet as for the second year in a row he has been out of town, but he will be home late tonight and will see it then.
The flowers an leaves are cut using my Cricut. The flowers came from the Artiste cartridge and the leaves came from Artbooking. I used my triangle punch to make the band around the box and backed it in the teal shimmer trim.
I really love the Lagoon heart washi tape and it worked perfectly as a pattern paper to back my sentiment. The washi tape was put on White Daisy cardstock, I did have to line up a row as I needed it to be about 1 1/4 inch in width and the tape is only 1″ wide. The sentiment is from The Happy Couple D1539.
Here is what it looks like when it is open. I used Aqua Dots, Oceanside and Coral Reef sequins to add a little extra to each flap. The outer most layer the panels are 4″ squares. The middle layer is 3 3/4″ square and the inner panel is 3 1/2 ” square.