Exploding Album

Exploding Album Box...

Explosion Box Album Instructions

The base of this album is only 4  12x12 sheets of cardstock plus paper and embellishments as desired.

* 4 Sheets of `12x12 cardstock (the thicker the card the sturdier the box)
* Paper trimmer with scoring blade or embossing stylus.
* Bone folder
* Adhesive
* Scissors
* Embellishments as desired.

The boxBazzill cardstock is highly recommended for strength
Take your 3 sheets of cardstock and trim them to size as per below:
   *Bottom layer (outside of the box) - 12" x 12"
   *2nd layer - 11" x 11"
   *3rd layer - 10" x 10"
Next: You will score 4 folds on each layer of paper per the measurements and diagram below.
Please note: The dashed lines indicate the folding/scoring lines. Not cut lines.

Diagram for 12x12 Sheet. This is the outside of the box.
Diagram for 11x11 Sheet. This is the middle layer of the box.
Diagram for 10x10 Sheet. This is the inside layer of the box.

Cut out the corners from all 3 sheets. If done properly and layered together one on top of the other, they should look similar to this diagram.
Embellish each of the four side panels on all three sheets as you wish. You may embellish both sides of each panel or just the top sides. Create pockets for tags, photo mats, use quotes, ribbon, brads etc. Adhere the center squares together when you have finished embellishing the box. This is necessary to keep the layers together. The only center square you embellish is the top, center square of the 10x10 paper. You can put a photo or journaling if you desire.
The Lid

Cut your final piece of cardstock for the lid to 8"x8". Score folds according to diamgram aboe. Don't cut the corners out. Please note: when scoring, you may wish to score a little less thean 2" from each side, this will help the top fit better and help compensate for the thickness of the papers you're using..
Score four more diagonal folds as marked in the diagram below. Fold each corner and adhere to the side to form the lid. Embellish as desired.

Additional Design Note: If you want to cover your sides or lid with patterned paper, just cut your decorative paper pieces at least 1/8” smaller than measurement. This will make sure that none of these pieces will interfere with the folds or creases of your finished box.

How I decorated the inside flaps
This is the bottom layer.
Nothing in the middle panel as the next layer is glued to this area.

This is the middle layer.
Again, nothing is in the middle layer as the top layer is adhered to this area.

This is the top inside layer.