Two Dollar Templates - Flip Album

Twodollar templates Logo Box 
I've received a lot of requests for specific instructions to re-create the flip album that I made as my Week 6 Blog Hop Project so I decided to make a version of this album as a $2 template.

The template version is very basic, with straight lines and angles, since you will have to cut it by hand. However, once you've made one using the template, you'll understand exactly how to make one using the Album, Brackets die like I did for the blog hop.

Here's a sample of the template made up and decorated:

Flip Album Closed

The album pages can be made out of cardstock, as I did for this album, or something sturdier, like cardboard, lightweight chipboard, or matboard. (As long as you can cut it with a craft knife)

Each page of my sample album is made from a 6x6 square of cardstock, so for a four-page album as I've made here, you'll need one full sheet of cardstock and another quarter sheet for the hinges. 

Flip Album Open Top ViewFlip Allbum Top View 
Flip Album Detail

In the detail shot above you can see some creative options for decorating the album using dangling items and overhanging embellishments.  

Supply List for sample album:
"Garden Party" papers and embellishments - Imaginisce
"Aloe Vera" cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Sizzix Dies - "Tattered Florals" and "Chip Block alphabet" by Tim Holtz
Black swirl rub-ons - Rusty Pickle (retired, stash item)
General Craft/source unknown - rhinestones, chain, matboard

Also included are some paper templates for cutting mitered frame edges to decorate the frames and decorative paper shapes to decorate the flip pages.

To buy a 3-page PDF file including the templates and instructions for constructing a Flip Album, click the Buy Now button below or use the drop-down menu in this blog's sidebar if you want to start a shopping cart to purchase other $2 templates. Delivery is by e-mail after I receive notification of payment.

Flip Album Overview


Two Dollar Templates - Explosion Box

Twodollar templates Logo Box 
I'm introducing something new. And cheap! It's a template (plus assembly instructions) for two dollars!

First up we've got the Explosion Box. I posted a Christmas version of this box the other day and promised that I'd show the same box in a completely different theme.

I created another box using Stampin' Up! supplies, this time in a floral/birthday theme and using the Pop-up Cake die.

1 Birthday Cake in a Box Closed

The box, when closed, measures 5.75" square on top, and is about 5.5" tall with the lid on. I designed it to be constructed out of three pieces (or half a pack) of Stampin' Up! #114320 On Board Long Board chipboard. You could also use 3 sheets of Sizzix matboard, any color, or any other chipboard you have on hand.

2 Birthday Cake in a Box lift lid 

When you lift the lid straight up, the four sides will fall open. This box will accomodate pretty much all of the Sizzix pop-up dies, including the cake. Simply build your pop-up in the usual manner on any of the interior folds and it will pop-up when the box falls open.

3 Birthday Cake in a Box Open 

4 Birthday Cake in a Box top view

Here is a close-up of the cake, which was constructed using the Reinforced Cake Instructions (available in this blog's sidebar) and Whisper White cardstock. The side tiers are made from Designer Series Paper (Sweet Pea) with two layers of white lace ribbon on the bottom and top tiers. The center tier is covered in felt flowers.

5 Birthday Cake in a Box closeup cake 

Now I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "Why do I need to build the cake over a card fold? Why don't I just construct a static cake and stick it in the center of the box?

Good question! You could certainly center the cake in the box as a static object, but by taking advantage of the fold-a-bility of the pop-up cake, it will end up positioned diagonally inside the box when closed, leaving you room to add a small gift or gift card next to it inside the box! (Plus, it's just fun when things pop up!)

6 Birthday Cake in a Box room for gift

All Supplies Stampin' Up! with exception of: ribbon lace (Wyla), pink ribbon (source unknown), big buttons (general craft)

Want to make your own Explosion Box and don't feel like measuring? How about an inexpensive template set with some pictorial instructions to walk you through creating the box? The templates are for the box itself - not the pop-up parts, which are dies that have their own instructions included in the packaging.

(However, I do, within the Explosion Box instructions, tell you where to place the base piece if you're using the O Christmas Tree pop-up die inside the Explosion Box so it fits properly. From there you would just follow the instructions that came with the die to complete the tree.)

After your payment of $2, you'll be e-mailed the 5-page PDF file. The first 3 pages are pictorial instructions and the last two pages are templates.

 Explosion Box Summary

Reiterating - this template set is only to make the Explosion Box itself, as shown in the diagram above, in whatever colors/themes you choose. It does NOT include templates for the pop-ups - those are made using my pop-up dies and a Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine. The pop-up dies come with their own instructions and can be purchased through your Stampin' Up! demonstrator or, for non-SU! dies, wherever you normally purchase Sizzix dies.

Delivery of this template set is via e-mail upon payment.


Stampin' Up! O Christmas Tree - One Tree in a Box

So here's a wild story.

A little over a year ago I made a project for a door prize at a SU! charity event in Colorado Springs that Holle invited me to. (And yes, that's a lot of prepositions for one sentence) I made an explosion box with four SU! O Christmas Tree pop-up trees inside. You can see pictures and read about it here: Stampin' Up! project - Box full o' Trees

Within that post, you will find reference to a demonstrator named Kirsteen, who, unbeknownst to her, inspired me to create the project, which I refer to as "Four Trees in a Box."

Flash forward a year and now I live in Katy, Texas. Holle calls me one night and says she's at SU! convention, has met Penny Thomas, a demonstrator from Katy, Texas, and would it be OK to share my phone number with her? Well of course!

Penny graciously invited me to her monthly meeting (with 25 demonstrators!) last night and gave me the opportunity to show samples and demonstrate the O Christmas Tree die. Guess who was there? KIRSTEEN! How funny is that?!! Thusly, I declare the world to be rather small.

Because . . . coincidences continuing, I arrived to the meeting with another explosion box as a thank-you gift for Penny! It is designed to accomodate one pop-up tree and can be made from 3 sheets (or half a package) of Stampin' Up! #114320 On Board Long Board chipboard.

SU One Tree in a Box Closed 
When closed, this box measures 5.75" square on top, and 4.5" square on bottom. It's about 5.5" tall with the lid.

 SU One Tree in a Box lift lid

Speaking of the lid, just lift it straight up and the four sides will fall open, and the Christmas Tree will stand up. 
 SU One Tree in a Box Open

If I've said it once, I've said it a million times - you must own the Medallion stamp! In addition to being awesome in every way, it also makes a great tree skirt (and cake plate!)

SU One Tree in a Box Tree Closeup All Supplies Stampin' Up! except heart button, glitter glue and rickrack

Here's a quick 58-second video of me opening the box. The lighting is underwhelming, but you'll get the idea of how the box works:


Make sure you come back here tomorrow for the Blog Hop project and then on Saturday I'll be uploading another explosion box sample in a completely different theme!

There is a Two Dollar Template available for the Explosion Box itself. Read about it in this post: Two Dollar Template - Explosion Box