Life as Lou

Explosion Boxes

  • December 24, 2006 1:32 pm

This Christmas I’ve been busy making a few explosion boxes as gifts (shh, don’t tell). Here they are in all their radiant glory lol! For those of you who haven’t seen an explosion box before, let me explain.

Explosion boxes are boxes held together by the lid. When you take the lid off, the box falls open to reveal several layers of scrappy goodness. There are many flaps to open and close andtons of space for hidden photos and journaling. When closed- they are compact, just like a regular box. Then have an minimum of 21 places for photos, journaling and embellishments! It’s a great way to capture an event like a birthday or Christmas- and the box dresses up just like a real gift.

Of course, photos are worth 1,000 words, so here we go.

This one is a Cosmo Cricket Holiday line.

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that’s an action shot of it “exploding” as you take off the lid.

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This one is designed with gorgeous Making Memories holiday papers.

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I really love the poinsettias.

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Last but not least- Basic Grey Fruitcake box.

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35 Comments

  1. tj says:

    Those are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I love the first one.

  2. Jessica says:

    I WANT ONE!!!!!! WAH!!!!!!!!! love love love these!

  3. kim in Camas says:

    Those are amazing Lou. I have never seen those before. Looks like way too much work for me to figure out though. Beautiful job.

  4. mireille says:

    They ROCK!
    Am deadly in love with the fruitcake.. so might have to try that one too..

  5. Those are so cool! I’m going to have to try to figure out how to make them.

    You did a beautiful job. Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

  6. Tam says:

    These are awesome! You should post the instructions.

  7. Sarah says:

    What a wonderful idea – and I’m so impressed that you caught that action shot!
    Merry Christmas :-)

  8. christinew says:

    that is wonderful!! How do you make it?

  9. Erica says:

    Of course those rock! I should be getting mine in the mail..when??? *wink wink*

  10. Alicia says:

    These are so awesome Leah. Love them.

  11. capello says:

    so cool.

    how come i haven’t heard of these before? and where would one find instructions?

  12. Cassie says:

    WOW. This is just too cool.

  13. Cassandra Duberstein says:

    I love your explosion boxes!! They were on my list to make for Christmas but I didn’t have time to get to them. I have the BG Fruitcake and CC Wonderland papers as well and might make a couple even though Christmas is past. It can’t hurt to get a jump start for next year right?!

    Casie in WI

  14. Sanisi says:

    This is interesting. Do you have any clue as to how long the idea has been around? It’s new to me. Do you buy something to start it, or do you make it from scratch?

  15. Azul says:

    So clever! I’ve never seen these before, but I love the idea. I think I’ll have to search around for a tutorial of some sort, unless you’re planning to post one here…(very not-subtle hint)…

  16. Steph says:

    Fantastic, girl. Why are you so stinkin’ talented. I saw today you have some news. Congrats on your latest accomplishment. I think you are my scrap hero!!

    stephanie

  17. Rosy says:

    Those are super cool!!

  18. rebekah r says:

    WOW!! This is amazing!!!! I have never seen anything like this!!! WOW!!

  19. Ally says:

    Your exploding boxes are beautiful! My favourite is the Cosmo Cricket! TFS!

  20. Jenn says:

    Are you selling those??? I want one!

  21. Rachael says:

    These are absolutely awesome! You must tell us how you make them (or where you bought them at!!) I want one!!

  22. Rhonda Davis says:

    Beautiful!!! I am searching for instructions for these. Yours are the most beautiful I have seen! Anyway you could send me directions? Thanks so much!

  23. Clare says:

    I just heard about these, and yours are stunning! Is there a place I can get directions? Thanks!

  24. Annette Wimbleton says:

    Love your books. . . they are amazing and a great inspiration. Thanks for sharing with everyone!

  25. Linda says:

    wow these boxes are great… I would love to learn how you did them, do you have any instructions you can share with me. Thank you in advance

  26. Janet Lloyd says:

    These are just wonderful. I don’t know where I have been not to have seen these before. If you have instructions for sale or sale the boxes, please email me. jlloyd@amaonline.com

  27. Janet Lloyd says:

    These are just wonderful. I don’t know where I have been not to have seen these before. If you have instructions for sale or sale the boxes, please email me. jlloyd@amaonline.com

  28. Janet Lloyd says:

    These are just wonderful. I don’t know where I have been not to have seen these before. If you have instructions for sale or sale the boxes, please email me. jlloyd@amaonline.com

  29. Cathy says:

    these are beautiful – can I get the instructions.

  30. Amber says:

    These are beautiful… Where can I learn to make these… and how did you curl the paper on top like ribbon? Absolutely gorgeous!

  31. Amber says:

    I didn’t realize that my email wouldn’t show up. Amber@wearegood.net. Thanks!

  32. Debbie G. says:

    LOVE THESE! These are exactly what I was looking for when I did a search. How do you make them?

  33. Anna Lockhart says:

    I love these, can you provide instructions or template on how to create these. Your color combinations are beautiful!
    thanks

  34. Jeri says:

    Where can I get the pattern to make an explosion box. These are beautiful.

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