Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bucket List Box - Cricut

One of my favorite things to make is this Memory Game Box and turn it into a bucket list.  I've made this as a gift several times and this particular box will be one too.  Luckily, the square shape page in the Art Philosophy Cricut book is a big help with cutting all the squares needed for this box.  We're on page 23 and I'm using the Clementine paper packet from Close to my Heart. 
Unfortunately you can't get more of these Memory boxes from Close to my Heart but I might have a couple if someone needs one.  The directions will work for any coasters you can find though.  Just measure the square and go about a 1/4 inch in for your photo and bucket list mats.   I'll give you the measurements for this particular box in case you do have one. 
Using the "square 1" key you need to cut mats using a mixture of pattern paper and cardstock from the Clementine set, mix and match at will.  Cut 24 squares at 2 7/8 inches.  Cut 12 mats at 2 5/8 inches.  Distress with saddle ink and glue mat to larger square and attach to one side of each coaster.  Adhesive for the inside needs to be thin as 24 coasters fit just right in this box, I recommend Tombow.  Do not put any 3d embellishments on unless you plan on taking some of the coasters out.

Put 12 of the 2 7/8 inch mats down on backside of coasters after distressing with saddle ink.  Cut 12 two inch squares and 12 - 1 3/4 inch mats. Distress and add as shown below.  So much easier than having to cut those all yourself plus the Cricut machine rounds the corners so it's a perfect fit.

Here's the set!

For the back of the box, cut saddle kraft paper 3 by 3 1/8 inches.  Cut paper from the pack of your choices as follows:  2 7/8 by 3 inches, 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches and a strip 1 1/4 by 2 1/2 inches.  Distress with saddle.  Attach as shown here.  Add three matching buttons that you've threaded with waxy flax.  Adhesive for the outside of the box needs to be sturdy, I found liquid glass works the best.  I tried Tombow and it can't stand up to handling, glue dots will hold corners down but unless you're using it all along each side of the squares, it will start to gap after time.  Liquid glass keeps every side down.  When gluing paper to paper (not to the box) Tombow works fine.  All buttons should be attached with liquid glass.

The sides I tend to keep the same, a little bit of symmetry works well for my sense of order!   Cut two squares 3 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches out of kraft paper and then 3 1/4 by 3 inches for the pattern paper.  Cut another pattern paper strip 3 1/2 by 1 inch. This is where you can get creative.  One way to go is to use some pre-made embellishments that go with this kit.  I like the cottage assortment (which you'll see on the top and front).  I made some yo yo's from the Artiste cartridge (page 50 in your Artiste book) cut at 1 1/4 inches.  After putting it together add another button with waxy flax.  If you don't have that cartridge, look through your Art Philosophy cartridge and choose a pretty flower for each side.

For the front, cut the lower part of the box 3 by 2 3/4 inches out of kraft cardstock.  Cut another pattern paper 2 3/4 by 2 1/2 inches.  Distress and add to larger piece.  This piece will sit just under the flap.  I cut a fancy border out of my Artiste cartridge but another decoration would be a ribbon, just make sure to cut it longer than the front piece and attach ends BEHIND the front piece BEFORE attaching to the box to eliminate fraying.  Buttons would be cute here too, just make sure they sit down towards the bottom so as not to interfere with the magnet enclosure. 
For the lid, trace it on a piece of pattern paper then cut just a bit smaller than your lines.  Cut a strip of pattern paper 1/2 by 3 1/4 inch and attach towards top of piece.  Here's where I added a cottage assortment sticker but you could add a big brad here or a button to "close" it. 

It's nice to do something for the inside.  I love the Live Out Loud stamp set (no longer available) because the words are so inspiring and isn't a bucket list supposed to be inspiring?  Cut a piece of pattern paper 3 by 3 1/2 inches and attach inside of the cover.  Cut a piece of lighter colored paper for stamping 2 by 2 inches and stamp your own inspiration on it.  Cut a mat 2 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches and one 2 3/8 by 2 3/8 inches.  Distress all and attach inside box.  Add some pretty durables (they go well with this paper) as decorations.   I also added prisma glitter for a little bling! 

For the top, cut kraft cardstock 3 1/8 by 3 5/8.  Cut pattern paper 3 by 3 1/2 inches.  Cut another piece of pattern paper 2 1/2 by 3 inches.  Distress all with saddle ink and attach to each other and then to the top of the box.  I added another piece from the cottage assortment to keep the top simple.  Now the fun part starts.   Add your bucket list dreams to the inside (on the smaller mats) and when you've completed them, add the photo of you doing it on the larger mat on the back.  Good luck!