Saturday, February 27, 2010

Explosion Box Goes Digital

OK I am totally excited to share this project with you- a hybrid explosion box!  SU had a challenge for demos to submit projects made using My Digital Studio.  My submission was chosen as one of the winners!

I have been working on various 3D concepts using MDS and I have to say this turned out even better than I thought it might.   The wonderful thing about using MDS for a project like this is that once the template is created it can be used again and again.  Just pop in the pictures, add coordinating digital papers, and dress it up with stamps.  After assembling the box, add hybrid accessories and voila - cute little keepsake boxes!
Here is the scoop on how to make it:

Supply List:
2 - Whisper White cardstock - 8-1/2” X 11” 
1 - Chocolate Chip cardstock - 9” X 9”
1 - Chocolate Chip cardstock - 4-5/8” X 4-5/8”
Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack
My Digital Studio
Sweet Pea Stitched Felt

  1. Open a new project in My Digital Studio.  Choose Photo Album - 8-1/2” X 11” Landscape-Create Your Own.  After naming the project select Blank Page.
  2. Add the 1.25” Square Punch to the page from Punches in the Resource Palette. Resize the punch to 2-1/4” square.  Add a Photo Box to the center of the square (Approximately 1-7/8” square)  Use Align function to center Photo Box in punch.
        3.  Group Photo Box and punch.
        4.  Copy and Paste to give a total of 5 squares on the page.
        5.  Arrange squares in cross pattern leaving a small space between each box. Use Align functions to assist in placement.
The first template is complete. 

       6.  Create a second template using punch resized to 2-1/4” square and Photo Box 2” square.

NOTE:  Save these templates.  Make a duplicate page of each before continuing.  Use the duplicate pages to complete the rest of the project.  The templates can be used again and again.  

        7.  Delete the center photo box.  (I left it in my saved template in case I wish to have a photo in the center of another project.  For this project I wanted to add embellishments to the center.)
        8.  Add mats to each punch.  Change color to coordinate with project - in this case Chocolate Chip.  Increase size of mat to 5.
        9.  Add photos to photo boxes.
      10.  Add mat to each photo - in this case Old Olive.
      11.  Select each punch and Paper Fill with paper from the My Sweet Pea Designer Kits.
      12.  Add stamps to photos.

   13.  Print on Whisper White cardstock.  Cut out. Score on mat lines of center square and folds sides up.
   14.  Score 9” X 9” Chocolate Chip cardstock at 3” all around.  Cut out corner squares. 
   15.  Cut 8  2-3/4” squares of Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper.  Adhere to both sides of outside squares of 9” X 9” piece.
   16.  Adhere middle square of larger scrapbook piece to middle of base.  Then adhere smaller scrapbook piece on top. 
   17.  Score 4-5/8” square at 3/4” on all sides.  Cut corner flaps and adhere to make lid.
    18.  Decorate with Sweet Pea Stitched Felt.

To see more My Digital Studio Tutorials CLICK HERE.  More are planned for the future as I get then done!


  1. Great project idea! Thanks for sharing the instructions!

  2. WOW. Seriously...WOW. This is insanely cute, creative, and clever! NEVER would've thought to do this on MDS. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial, too! :)

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