Thursday, July 17, 2014

Xyron, May Arts and Simple Stories Blog Hop- Baby's Treasure B

For some reason right now all my friends are having babies, so I was very lucky to get this amazing Hello Baby collection from Simple Stories, and May Arts ribbon too!? Yes please! My first thought was mini album, but I really wanted my friend Angelica to have something to put little treasures, mementos and ephemera in. That's where the Treasure Box idea came from. I already had the simple wood box- but the inside, I wanted some little dividers-so I will show you how to make "guts" with your own box and Xyron adhesives. I have also added lots of tips for making your box and ideas of what to put in it. Enjoy!
{I started by measuring all of the sides I want to cover and then misusing .25 inch off so some of the wood showed through. I ran them through my Create A Sticker Max. Don't forget to burnish the back of your cardstock for maximum adhesion.  I lined the outer lid with May Arts Ribbon by using my Xyron Mega Runner with .25 inch tape in it. Then coat the whole thing in glossy Mod Podge. I want this box to last for a long time, so the Mod Podge acts as a sealer and protectant}

{to make the "guts" I trimmed chipboard. I measured to the top lid of the box, and the inner length and width. You want a perfect fit- so cut a little bigger and trim to size. No chipboard? How about a cereal box?}

{Start with the longer pieces. Cut the paper same length and 2 times the height-plus an inch. My guts were 1.5 inches high, so I cut the paper 4 inches high (1.5x2=3+1=4)}

{score down the center, if you don't have a score pal you can just fold half over}

{Now take your tape runner, and attache to the inside fold, then put adhesive on other side and fold over the chipboard}

{Now you have that extra little half inch hanging over each side, just make a fold by bending to each side then folding out flat. I Missed taking a picture of this after it was done, but if you look down two photos you are creating the flaps that will attach these pieces to the bottom of the box}

{Now repeat with the shorted ones, only don't make the extra for the flaps- so on my 1.5 inch guts I cut 3 inch strips- repeat above steps to adhere the paper}

{now play with them and decide where you want them- mark lightly with a pencil where you want to cut the slits}

{Take a small hole punch, or eyelet punch like mine and punch at the marks at least half way through the gut (you must go hallway or a little more-less than that they won't sit flush}

{After I punch the hole I cut into it- this is to make a slightly wider slit than if you just made a single cut- if you don't make room for the layers of paper and chipboard it won't lay nicely}

{So like this!}

{ Now do the short sides- but CAREFUL! See my finger tips? That should be the side you DO NOT cut into}

{Now I wanted this to be super sturdy, and I also needed a little forgiveness so I used some liquid glue. Glue your large pieces with the flaps first, then drop in your smaller ones. I decided afterwards I wanted a larger spaces I just trimmed one of my guts shorter}

{Now take some white glue and make a drop at the top of each non front facing slot (to hide the glue), run your finger down it. This little dab of glue will make your guts super strong}

{Now let the fun begin! I wanted to keep the outside simple and durables I just added the beautiful piece of wired May Arts Ribbon}

{added some crystal flowers for a little sparkle}

{TIP: the loose ends I folded under and glued down to the box to keep the bow in place and prevent raveling}

{A little vintage button to help open the lid. TIP: when using Mod Podge, the box lid can get sticky and not open easily- just take some sandpaper to the inside lid and that should take care of it}

{Treasures! I used: a mini craft bag, doily, vintage tickets, Maya Road Flowers, Petaloo Flowers, May Arts Ribbon and Simple Stories Hello Baby stickers}

{In the "empty" treasure box I put a little vending machine prize container, glass vial, a dolly perm rod, and some mini clothes pins. I can imagine her adding- baby teeth, locks of hair, her hospital band, photos.... written memories}

I made a little mini board with some cork and push pins, some kindergarten line paper}

{I made a little Monthly Mini book for her instagram pics of baby Amelia}

{here is a close up of some of the trinkets}

{I love this May Arts ribbon "Handmade with Love" for the book!}

{pretty pleased with how this came out and I REALLY hope when Amelia is older her Mom can take it out and show her all of her 1st year baby treasures}
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Supply list:
Petaloo Textured Elements Burlap Blossoms Ivory
Maya Road Kraft Flowers
Box and Cork paper- Michael's
Mod Podge Glossy Lustre


  1. WOW wow WOW
    This really is a TREASURE BOX - BEAUTIFUL inside & out - LOVE IT ALL Denise!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION in decorating it all and building the "guts" too!!!

  2. BEAUTIFUL !!! thank you very much for the tutorial :)

  3. Wonderful gift box!
    Thanks for the
    Carla from Utah

  4. Fantastic box, LOVE this project, great choices of papers, colors and elements.


  5. That is so awesome!!! Great pictorial.

  6. Very cute, with a fantastic tutorial. Nice work.

  7. Great tutorial and a gorgeous keepsake anyone would cherish. Well done and Thanks!

  8. Love this treasure box and the great tutorial!