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I first saw these adorable and fun exploding box mini scrapbooks on eBay. At first I thought it would be very difficult to make an exploding box scrapbook, but I was delighted to find that these are actually some of the easiest mini scrapbooks to make!

Supplies Needed:

3 pieces of double-sided cardstock (one 9" sq., one 8-1/2" sq. and one 8" square).
A coordinating cardstock measuring 5-1/8" square for the lid.
Ribbon, scrapbooking embellishments and photos of your choice.


Score the 9" cardstock every 3" in each direction to create 9 squares. I mark mine in pencil with a ruler and then use a scoring tool to make the score lines.
Score the 8-1/2" cardstock every 2-13/16" in each direction to create 9 squares.
Score the 8" cardstock every 2-5/8" in each direction to create 9 squares. I bend them back and forth at the score lines so that they move really easily.

Cut the four corners from all three pieces of cardstock. Set aside these corner pieces to use as matting and scrapbooking embellishments later. Round the corners of each corner of the remaining cardstock.

Decorate the four fold-outs on all three layers, plus the very center square on the smallest one.

Using glue or double-sided tape, adhere the smallest center square to the medium center square. Then adhere the medium center square to the largest center square.

Creating the Lid:

Score your 5-1/8" square lid at 7/8 inch on all sides. Also score diagonally in each of the four corners.

Fold sides up along the four edges. Take a corner and fold it in along the diagonal line. Use double-sided tape to hold the two sides of the diagonal together and then another piece to hold it against the edge of the lid.

Repeat for all corners to create the lid for your mini scrapbook.

Finally, embellish the lid of your mini scrapbook box with flowers, ribbon, stickers, paper scraps, whatever you want. Fold up the sides of the box and put on the lid.

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