Valentine’s Day Treat/Gift Box Tutorial with Rae

Hi, everyone! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you may be looking for a fun way to give candy or small gifts to your friends. I’ve made these boxes many times for Christmas, birthdays, and any Valentine’s Day. I thought it would be fun to share how I made this box using the beautiful February scrapbook kit:

These boxes are pretty easy and quick to make, and it only takes 5 sheets of 12X12 paper and a few random supplies. These boxes can completely close, so you can’t go nuts adding a bunch of embellishments on the inside, so they are super cheap to make!

In this tutorial, you will see that I am using different paper from the kit, but the steps are the same for the box shown above.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 5 sheets of 12×12 paper
  • liquid glue
  • paper trimmer
  • ruler
  • pen or pencil
  • scissors

Optional:

  • extra embellishments for the top of the box
  • chalk ink
  • border punch

So, lets get started!

First, cut a sheet of paper for the base of the box 11 ¾ in. x 6 in. Pick a piece of paper that has a good or basic image so that the inside of the box base coordinates well with the papers you choose for the little boxes inside.

I think it’s easiest to fold the paper in half, then fold both edges into the middle crease.

For the lid of the box, choose paper that gives a nice contrast to the base- if the base is busy, choose something more plain and vice versa.

Next, choose the four sheets of paper for the four inside boxes.

Below is one of the pieces of paper for the inside of the box.

Chalk ink is optional, but it helps mask any folds in the paper where the paper creases show the white of the inside fibers of the papers.

I think that liquid glue works best for this because you may need move the boxes around a bit to make them align perfectly within the creases and edges of the base.  If you use double-sided tape and don’t set it down perfectly on the base, the boxes will not match up and the box won’t close right.

And, this is what the inside looks like after all of the boxes are glued to the base (this is from the boxes made with the February kit:

For added detail, you can add cut outs and border punch strips, but embellishments that are bulky won’t work out because then the box will not close.  Safe the bulky stuff for the outside of the box!

For this box, I added Lemoncraft cut outs to the front, and some of the Prima Say it in Crystals.

For the lid, I added lace and more crystals to the side, the gold heart pick, and some flowers from the kit to the top which you can see here:

These boxes are great for small candies, as long as they completely fit in the boxes.

If you have about 30 minutes, you can make these!

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Journey: An Altered Gift Box with Rae

Happy Saturday, crafty people!

I’m sharing the last project I made with the November kit today: an altered gift box. I have a hoard of boxes that I save from all kinds of packaging to “upcycle” into prettier things! This box was packaging for a cell phone case:

It was so simple to make! Here’s how I did it:

I started out with this box:

Using the Prima Marketing Icing paste, I panted the edges of the box with a course brush. The paste is thick, but I only wanted the color of it, not the texture. Using a brush with stiff bristles gives me the finish I want.

I carefully paint the sides of the bottom of the box, and the sides of the top one as well. I cover some of the top as well, which I will cover with paper.

Next, I cut out some feathers and the clock from the AB Studio papers, as well as a piece to top the box with.

I cut out a doily using the black AB Studio paper.

I distress the edges of the paper, then apply some pink ink.

I add some script stenciling (The stencil and paste are from my stash.).

I allow it to dry.

Then I add some more pink using these two sprays, and allow the paper to dry.

I add some of the ribbon from the kit to the edges of the top of the box. 

Next, I add layers. This is the first layer of feathers that I add to figure out how many more I can add. 

I add the clock and doily die cut.

And then I add the rest of the feathers, flowers, and metal piece.

I also added a pretty moon charm from my stash. (Prima Marketing Moon Child collection)

Another closeup.

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Believe Altered Box with Rae

Hello, friends!

Today I’m sharing an altered box I made with the September scrapbook kit.

If you are anything like me, you save all kinds of boxes for scrapbook projects. This is one that had some skincare products. It was perfect for this kit because it was already a matte black, so no prep work was required.

I started wit the inside of the box. I plan to use this box, so I kept the design to a minimum inside. I added pieces of the Bo Bunny paper to the sides and bottom of the box, only adding some black chalk ink.

For the inside top, I added the same Bo Bunny paper, but I didn’t have enough for the whole thing, so I cut the scrap in half and added it, leaving a blank area in the middle, then added a piece of the Prima Marketing paper for a nice contrast.

I also added one of the silver frames that came in one of the Prima Marketing flower packs, as well as some flowers from the kit, and some flowers from my stash.

The appliques and vellum with script are also from my stash. I completed the design by adding some of the Prima Say it in Pearls items.

For the outside of the box, I kept it simple as well. I added the striped Bo Bunny paper to all 4 sides, and added a knob from my stash and flower where the magnet that closes the box is.

For the top of the box, I ripped a piece of the Bo Bunny and a piece of the Prima Marketing paper. I added black chalk ink to all sides of both of the sheets.

The cluster includes a doily, piece of script vellum, as well  as the Creative Embellishments chipboard frame, the bottom layers and which I added embossing powder to for an aged effect. I also added an applique from my stash.

I added many flowers, and a quote which I took from the Prima Flirty Fleur journaling card from my stash. I completed the design by adding some of the Prima Say it in Crystals border, tucked in between the paper layers, a black resin butterfly from the kit, and some black and white splatter of India ink.

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