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Birthday Exposition Box

Hello Friends!

Dana here! I have another project idea to share today. We'll be creating a birthday explosion box! These are fun to create and surprise  a special friend or family member. Once you create one you'll want to make more! 

Today I'm using the April Scrapbook kit from Tres Jolie! The papers in this month's kit are from Paperheaven "First Kiss" collection. You get extra elements sheets with lovely images of florals, leaves, stems that you can use to decorate your box and inside flaps. Flowers from 49 and Market, Little Birdie. Chipboards from Tres Jolie and Mango Epoxy Stickers from 49 and Market! Here's a peek at the kit!

I'll also be using some items from my crafty stash including sentiment stamps, foam dots, Prima Marketing Apricot Honey chipboard stickers, Luna Paste- Moonlight Pearl, Beacon glue, Diamond glue, Stickles Stardust and Diamond glitter, Clear Sparkle pen, and diecut shapes, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, orange trim and pearl trim, Martha Stewart craft border punch.

The explosion box I'm using I purchased separately from my local craft store. Here's a photo of my box:

To start this project, I chose several coordinating papers to cover all my inside flaps and outside of my box, including the top cover. I will be Inking all my papers and fuzzy cut elements. 

My inside panels measure 3 &5/8 x 3 &5/8 inches. Inside bottom of box measures 3 5/8 x 3 & 1/2 inches. My 2nd layer of flaps measure 3 &1/2 inches. You will have to adjust your measurements according to what size box you are using. Adhere all base papers in place. Here's a look at the inside flaps after I adhered my base paper in place: 

Next layer of flaps:

Next I covered the outside panels of my box with coordinating papers measuring 3 & 3/4 x 3 & 3/4 inches. Sides of box measure 4 x 3/4 Inches. 

Top cover of my box measures 4x4 inches. I added some pearl trim along the sides. Here's a photo:

Don't forget to cover the inside cover with paper. Here's a photo:

Now taking some Orange lace, I glued along the edges of my top cover. Here's a photo!

 I did some fuzzy cutting and cut out a variety of images from the element sheets.

Then arranged different pieces onto my box cover. Once I'm happy with their placement, I adhered with glue. Some pieces I adhered using foam dots to add more dimension. I applied some Luna paste on my flower petals and a touch of Stickles Stardust glitter on my fussy cut flowers! Here's some closeup photos for you:

Now open up your explosion box and start decorating the inside bottom section. I stamped a sentiment and added a chipboard flower sticker. The other flaps I decorated using a variety of fussycut flowers, epoxy stickers from the kit, more sentiment stamps. Here's a closeup photo!

Next section of flaps: I continued the same process of decorating my flaps with diecut pieces, sentiment stamps, fussycut images. Some I created a pocket measuring 3 & 5/8 x 2 inches. Using a border punch from my stash, I adhered to the top edge of my pocket! You could tuck a gift card inside,  or surprise message inside your pocket. Here's a photo for you:

Heres another pocket idea:

 This pocket I tucked a larger floral fussy cut image inside.

More photos to share: 

Now you can close up your box and it's ready to send off to your recipient! I hope you have enjoyed this project today. Be sure to grab a kit or two and start creating your own explosion box! I'd love to see how you decorate yours! Please share on our Tres Jolie Club Cafe Facebook page!

Be sure to check back often and see what other project ideas Kim, Jeanne and Crystal have to share with you! 

Until next week, Have a Crafty Day!


We have a new mood board challenge for the month. Here are the rules. 
*You can create any type of project for the challenge. 
*You MUST say what you were inspired by. 
*You MUST include the twist in your design. 
*We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 of Tres Jolie’s products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
It MUST be a new project.
Here is the mood board:


The twist for this month is: FLOWERS AND FOILAGE
Place your entries in the April 2023 challenge folder on Tres Jolie Kit Club Cafe Facebook page. This challenge ends on April 30th 2023 at 11:59 pm CST. All entries must be in this folder to be eligible for the prize (to have everyone eligible to win, we are limited the same winner to once every 3 months).
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