Homemade Wedding Album Magic Box
Inspired by a photo album magic box I created for my neighbor to commemorate the 10th birthday party of her twins, I decided to create a wedding album magic box of my outdoor wedding. This is no ordinary magic box. Check it out.
First up, the video. I have lots of photos of the box, but don’t want this video to get buried.
If you look really close, you can see the details of my wedding. We had a camping wedding weekend. Tent camping Friday night as well as the wedding ceremony took place at Painted Rocks Campground (just outside Woodland Park, CO).
S’more’s on Friday night and the reception Saturday evening were held at Camp Elim (also just outside Woodland Park, CO).
Though we had a casual outdoor wedding, I wore a fully beaded wedding dress. Only 5 people knew I was going to wear a traditional wedding dress. I insisted that I was going to wear jeans to my own wedding because I dispise dressing up so much. Not even my husband knew I was wearing a dress until I walked down the isle.
The magic box is created on a 12×12 piece of black cardstock. I covered the sides with silver swirl decorative paper from Jo-Ann which is framed in silver cardstock. Adorning the sides of the magic box is black grossgrain ribbon from Creative Impressions. I also used pearl gems and white wedding ribbon from Jo-Ann. I also have a silver heart created using a QuicKutz die.
All four sides and the lid are decorated with these elements.
Wedding Album Magic Box – Inside
The wedding album opens up much like a traditional magic box.
When you remove the lid from the magic box, the four sides fold out flat. But if you look at the center of the box, there is another box waiting to be opened. I used a piece of acetate (transparency) to hold the sides of the second layer up so that you can see all the photos in the first layer…..or can you.
Actually, each side panel is a pocket and there are photos tucked inside them. I created little pull tags with cream cord (Creative Impressions) and a pull tag (homemade with a small circle punch and hand written “pull”). Check it out.
Not only are there hidden pockets behind each photo, but the photo itself swings open much like a door to reveal a larger photo inside. I used heart brads to keep the photos closed. Then when you swing the brad around, it allows the photo to open to reveal the second photo behind.
The sides of the second box also have photos on them. All told, this 1st layer of the wedding album has 16 photos.
Wedding Album Magic Box – Second Layer
If you think the first layer is pretty fancy, wait until you see what surprises I have for the second layer!
In the very middle of the magic box is a little booklet. It’s held in place by an acetate (transparency) box.
Again, you can see little heart brads holding the photos closed. Because you know they are going to open just like the first layer. But wait…what are the little pieces of ribbon sticking out under them???
This layer of the wedding album has 15 photos. As you may or may not be able to see, the inside is decorated using the same materials as the outside. We have ribbon, pearls, heart brads, in addition to the same decorative paper.
But wait. There are still more photos. We haven’t looked at the little book in the very center of the magic box.
Wedding Album Magic Box – Center Booklet
I chose to decorate the front cover with the names of all the wedding party. I simply printed that out on my home computer/copier.
This photos also shows you a side view of the floating hearts. The hearts themselves are stuck to a thin piece of acetate which is attached to the base of the center of the magic box.
In this photo you can see a little tag I created entitled “the Engagement”. I created it on my computer and printed on my copier. It’s matted with a piece of silver cardstock.
I actually have little tags like this throughout the wedding album magic box. I think it adds interest but also descibes the various parts of the event for people who may not have attended the wedding or know our families very well.
When the wedding booklet is fully open, you can see four additional photos from the wedding. There is a small piece of decorative paper on the bottom portion. I didn’t want to decorate the inside too much or the booklet wouldn’t fold well.
I also stamped a little greeting that says, “Happily Ever After”. It’s framed in a piece of silver cardstock. Here you can see the ribbon that ties the booklet closed.
More Magic Boxes
I have created other magic boxes and have a FREE Magic Box Tutorial here for the simplified magic box. Sorry, no template yet for this tricked out version. To see more than the ones listed below, click the Magic Box category on the left.
- Christmas Grunge Gift Card Holder
- Mothers Day Gift Card Holder
- Nadeen’s Box for Jenn
- Original Wedding Magic Box
Wedding Album Magic Box – Supplies
- 35 photos
- black cardstok
- silver cardstock
- silver swirl decorative paper (Jo-Ann)
- black grossgrain ribbon (Creative Impressions)
- wedding ribbon (Jo-Ann)
- white pearl gems
- heart brads (Creative Impressions)
- Heart Die (QuicKutz)
- Acetate (Write on Transparency from office supply store)
- Happily Ever After stamp (All Night Media)