"Abroad" Explosion Box

For those of you who visited the Authentique Paper booth at the CHA Show, this project may look a little bit familiar since the original was displayed at the show.  For the blog I recreated the box and added more destinations to highlight the versatility of the Abroad paper collection.  Whether going on a road trip across the county or heading for an international destination, this paper collection is versatile for any vacation!

Building an explosion box is very simple, it only requires four pieces of 12 x 12 paper for box, inside layers and lid.  Here's the dimensions for cutting and scoring your papers to create your box:

  • Lid: cut "Travel" paper to 7¾˝ square, score all sides 1¾˝ in from the edges
  • Outside of Box: use "Touring" at full size (12˝ square), score all sides 4˝ in from the edges
  • 1st Inside Layer: cut "Memo" paper to 11½ ˝ square, score all sides 3¾˝ in from the edges
  • 2nd Inside Layer: cut "Expedition" paper to 11˝ square, score all sides 3½˝ in from the edges

That's where the fun begins!  Once the box is opened, the possibilities are endless for embellishing the inside of your explosion box.

Don't limit your creativity to just scrapbooking – the Abroad collection offers great embellishments for creating jewelry.  Break out those bezels and resin for making one of a kind bracelets, necklaces and more!

Authentique Paper: "Abroad" paper collection
ICE Resin: ICE Resin, bezels, Paper Sealer, Shattered Mica, Iced Enamels
Imagine Crafts: Memento Luxe Love Letter, Nautical Blue
Spellbinders: Labels 35 and 36 dies
May Arts: ribbon


  1. Wow, this is absolutely, incredibly amazing!

  2. This is great!!! The attention to detail really "makes it"!!! Nice job.

  3. What a great box. I love it. and the papers are beautiful.

  4. I didn't see the box at CHA but I saw the paper collection; I'm going to have to rethink my ordering priorities perhaps because this box is FABULOUS. Perhaps John is going to have to do a class!!!!!

  5. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Totally amazing!

  6. Absolutely.... totally.... creatively... gorgeous!! Did I say Awesome too?

  7. Any chance we could get a more detailed tutorial? The dimensions are helpful but I would like to see how you put the box together...


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