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Unfortunately we do not live as close as we used to, so when we go it usually ends up being a very exciting and fun-packed trip full of activities.
After a trip this past fall, I had a full memory card on my camera and lots of stories from the boys about their favorite parts of the weekend. I decided that it might be nice to share those pictures and the boys’ thoughts in a little mini-book that tucks nicely inside of this little box and give it to my mom.First, I inked my letterpress plates and then put my 12x12 sheet of cardstock over the whole thing, added the cutting plate, and then ran it through the Fuse. I quickly had all of the necessary pieces to make the base of my project.
Next, I put the box together with some adhesive. I measured it and then cut my cardstock to be about ¼ of an inch shorter and narrower than the box so that it all fit inside. I cut several little cardstock cards.
Then I found some patterned paper and started building my little mini pages. I added washi tape on some, punched out some accents for others, and finally added pictures I had printed in a wallet size. We wrote notes and documented our trip.
I added one of the letterpressed elements to the cover, along with a few buttons, and then punched a hole in the corner. I matched that one up with each page and punched a hole in page’s corner.
Once that was done, I attached all of the pages together with a small jump ring and then tied on little bits of ribbon, twine, and trim.
To finish off the box, I added a bunch of colorful buttons to the front with some glue dots.
To complete the project, I took the other letterpressed piece and created a little card to attach to the back of the box, with a little note of thanks. I added a couple of buttons and then attached it with dimensional foam dots so that it popped off of the box a bit.
When I was all done, I popped the book into the box and let all of the pretty ribbons hang out the sides.
And that was it. A fun little thank you gift for a nice little weekend at home with the grandparents!