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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Time Traveler - Pt 1 Memory Box

Time Traveler Memory Box. Part I

I made this project to accompany and compliment Jen’s Time Traveler Trunk. I think it will fit inside the trunk and if you don’t want to make Part II, you can always fill the little box with small trinkets that may get lost in the trunk! I had so much fun with this project it was difficult for me to scale back on the embellishments. I just love the paper collection and the possibility to “Steampunk” it up! 

1. I used the Sizzix Box, Square die to make the box. It’s such a versatile die and I find that I use it more than I thought I would. The dimensions of the finished box are 3.25 x 3.25 x 3.25. I first die cut the box with medium weight chipboard and then again with paper - to cover the outside and again for the inside.     
2. I use washi tape and all the edges. For this project I used a Tim Holtz washi tape, any of his will work wonderfully with this paper! Be sure and burnish well. This will help give the box stability.    
3. Punch a hole for a magnet in the front piece of the box as well as in the separate lid piece of chipboard. I love to use magnets or ornate latches for the closure. Scrapadabadoo carries a wide variety! As well as hinges and handles to match!
4. Cut down the die cut paper to cover the sides by .25”, that way there will be an 1/8” border of washi tape showing. Only do this on the outside pieces of paper. The inside pieces should meet at the seams.
5. Embellish the paper side pieces before you attach, or do the reverse. There is no right or wrong way. I find it easier to lay out all my embellishments on the pieces to make sure they all compliment each other before I adhere them to the box. Don’t forget the top! I added two hinges and a handle to the box top, but they can be left off, it’s really what appeals to the maker. 

6. Place the magnets in the holes and glue in place for added security. Adhere the inside paper to all sides and inside box top. Add embellishments if you’d like, as well as feet. I added little wooden feet that I found at Michael’s. FYI: I found that Tim Holtz Distress Paint in aged mahogany is a great match!

Embellishments used: Prima flowers, TH gears, game spinners, wings from his adornments pack, Prima Time Traveler’s brads, wooden pieces, stickers, fussy cut images from the collection, various brads from my stash. 
I decided to put a Mini in this box...stay tuned for Part 2....
Thanks so much,


  1. WOW~WEEEE!!! this is wonderful Carol! so happy t see your creativity...diggin' what you make!!!

  2. Carol!! This box is sensational! I love the paper and the embellishments are terrific. You are so clever and creative!!