Wedding Album Magic Box

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.

Wedding Album Magic BoxIf 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.

Side View of Outside of Wedding Album Magic Box

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.

Wedding Magic Box Open

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.

Wedding Album Magic box 1st Layer All OpenNot 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!

Wedding Album Magic Box 2nd Layer RevealedAgain, this layer looks a lot like a tradtional magic box. It even has floating hearts (floaters are so magic box). In this photo you can see the clear lid that was holding the second layer up.

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???

Wedding album Magic Box with All Layers OpenYes, the photos open to reveal a second photo…but there are also photos attached by the heart brad that swing out! The little white ribbon is actually a pull tab to swing the photo out.

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

Wedding Album close up of clear box holding bookletThe booklet in the center is held in place by an acetate box. The booklet is tied closed with a piece of wedding ribbon.

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.

Wedding Booklet OpenPull out the booklet and untie the ribbon to see the first two photos. These were our engagement photos.

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.

Wedding Book Fully OpenWhen 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.

Back of the Wedding BookletThe back of the booklet is a great shot of us walking down the “aisle” after the ceremony. I thought it fitting to put a picture of our backsides on the back of the booklet.

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.

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)

Homemade Wedding Card

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Homemade Wedding Card – the Classic Bride and Groom

Today’s homemade wedding card is a classic take on the bride and groom – with this tux and dress image. I have used these quite a few times. I guess the possibilities are endless! Again, I don’t remember where I first saw this idea of a dress and tux. It is not my original, but I sure love it!

homemade wedding card

homemade wedding card - black, white and silver are great classic colors

This one is so simple to make. You can change it up by using wedding colors if you happen to know them. This wedding card is 5  1/2″ x 5  1/2″ square. I just layered on various cardstock. Silver layer measures 5  1/4  x  5  1/4. White paper with silver swirls measures 5  1/8 x 5  1/8. Next silver layer measures 4 x 4. Matte black layer measurse 3  7/8 x 3  7/8.

Wedding card inside

Inside the wedding card is simple yet elegant

I simply stamped the dress stamp on the back side of some sparkly white paper. Cut out and attached to the black. I stamped it a second time and cut out just the skirt part and created a second layer to the dress. I used double stick tape at the waist and puffy tape at the bottom of the skirt to give it dimension only at the bottom. Of course, no card is complete without out some sparkles. I added silver gems to the dress and the left and right side of the card.

The tux shirt I created free hand. You can download my tux shirt template on my wedding card template post. The lapels and bow tie are also free hand. The buttons and knot from bow tie are from a mini hole punch and glued to the shirt.

Inside I added a layer of silver (5 x 5) and accented it with swirl silver and white paper (1  1/2 x 4  3/4) and a section of white paper for writing a note (3  1/4 x 4  3/4). I covered the seam where the two papers meet with thin white ribbon.

wedding card front
Here’s the wedding card straight on

Homemade Wedding Card – Supplies:

  • Dress Stamp: My Sentiments Exactly
  • Tux Template: Available on my other wedding card template post
  • White paper with silver swirls: Jo-Ann
  • White sparkle Paper – Jo-Ann
  • Black and Silver paper: Reems at Xpedx
  • Silver Gems
  • Thin white ribbon

Stamping Workshop

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Stamping Workshop – Four Cards – Four Techniques

I was invited to lead a stamping workshop for 48 ladies at a women’s retreat this past weekend. I had no information about whether the ladies had any stamping experience. So I needed to keep things simple, yet inspiring. What a great time….and a lot of prep work!

Four cards at workshop

Four distinct cards using four different techniques

The theme of the weekend was “The Sweet Life”. The images that were used to represent that theme included coffee, candy and feminine (such as lipstick, jewelry, etc). So, I taylored some of my cards to incorporate those images. The trick was to create cards that would keep the ladies at their tables (no stations) and that would be economical. Wow, that’s tough for a gal that likes her copic markers and lots of layers.

Stamping Workshop – Card #1 – Regular Stamping

coffee card in brown and daisy's

One of the favorites - coffee!

One of the favorites was this coffee card. It involves staight stamping and assembling.

I did add a bow using ribbon from Creative Impressions. It’s attached with a glue dot.

The gems really finish the card.

I went a bit untraditional with the greeting. Instead of framing the entire greeting with the gold paper, I just used small pieces to accent the left and right. It almost makes the greeting look like it’s enclosed in brackets!

Coffee Card – Supplies

  • Coffee stamps: TPC Studio
  • Paper: The Best of Kay & Company
  • Gold: The Paper Company
  • Brown: Reem from Xpedx
  • Ribbon: Creative Impressions
  • Gems & glue dots

Stamping Workshop – Card #2 – Embossing & Alternate Use of Punch

So sweet card in blue and pink and brown

So Sweet - baby or thank you card

I have seen quite a few cards lately using candy. Since the theme of the retreat is “the sweet life” I couldnt’ resist having the ladies make a sweet card.

I did not have a stamp with a candy verse, so I printed the words “so sweet” on my printer. I actually pre embossed everything because I only have one embossing machine (cuttlebug). I taught the ladies how to create rounded corners using a circle punch.

So Sweet Card – Supplies

  • Stamp: Studio G
  • Embossing: Cuttlebug
  • Pink Paper: The Paper Company
  • Brown and Blue: Reems from Xpedx
  • Ribbon: Creative Impressions

Stamping Workshop – Card #3 – Distressing

You're a Doll pink dress on white

You're a Doll - thinking of you or thank you card

Here is the card that’s the most feminine of them all. I created something similar to this for my sisters princess bridal shower. The ladies seemed to enjoy this one.

Again, I did not have a stamp that said “You’re a Doll” so I just printed it out on my printer.

My husband thought it too pink. And I really was beginning to question whether to bring it to the retreat. But it was one of the top picks of favorites.

To distress the edges we simply used sponges dabbed in distress ink.

You’re a Doll Card – Supplies

  • Stamp: My Sentiments Exactly
  • Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Gems and Sponge

Stamping Workshop – Card #4 – Paper Piecing

Simple Happy Birthday

Simple Happy Birthday - Could modify for feminine or masculine

Ok, I must confess, I got this card layout from the Paper Crafts Magazine March/April 2010 issue. I love the simple design.

We used a bit of pink decorative paper on the bottom of the white strip and on the frosting.

A few of the ladies asked why we didn’t just use markers on the cupcake. Great question. My answer – to bring the pink from the bottom up to the top.

Yes, I suppose markers could work. Guess I just like to make things a bit more complicated!

Simply Happy Birthday Card – Supplies

  • Stamp: Studio G
  • Paper: The Best of Kay & Company
  • Rafia
  • Ink: Black Versafine, markers
  • Paper: Craft and White – reems from Xpedx

Homemade 3D Shoe – Two

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Homemade 3D Shoe – Orange and Pink

I taught a stamping / cardmaking workshop for 48 ladies at a women’s retreat on Saturday. I homemade a few 3D shoe favors (template by Ellen Hutson) as door prizes. The first lady who won chose this orange and pink shoe.

Homemade 3D high heel shoe party favor in orange and pink

Gems make this 3D shoe party favor sparkle

Orange and pink are not colors I typically put together, but when I saw this big pink ribbon, I couldn’t resist making a bow and adding it to the shoe. I added pink paper to accent the heel and sole of the shoe, which really made everything come together. Of course, the gems really give the shoe sparkle and put this shoe in a class of it’s own! =) The shoe holds a little bag of treats but could easily hold a little sack of bird seed.

Orange and Pink homemade 3D shoe from top

3D shoe party favor holds just a little something.

I just adore this 3D shoe. I think it would make an awesome wedding favor, bridal shower favor, Mother’s Day gift card holder or an awesome party favor at a princess party! I filled this one with a little bag of dove chocolates.

Here is another 3D Shoe.

Homemade 3D Shoe – Supplies

  1. The shoe template is from Ellen Hutson
  2. The orange paper is cheap double sided stock I picked up at Costco a while back.
  3. The ribbon is a scrap I had on hand.
  4. The pink paper is also scrap I had on hand. I think it came from a paper sample book. It’s got a sheen to it.

Coffee Cards and Tutorial

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Coffee Cards – Thanks a Latte

Coffee cards are timely given the craze over coffee. These cards make great thank you cards, as I’ve created here with the “Thanks a Latte” stamp from My Sentiments Exactly.

Before I get into all the details, I just want to remind you about the blog candy I have. I’m giving away copic markers.

Coffee Cards

Coffee Cards in browns and greens

These coffee cards may look a bit complicated to make, but are really quite simple. I’ve created them with rectangles and ovals. I used a Coluzzle, but they can also be created with punches or creative memories oval cutters.

I used darker papers as the backdrop to the cups so that the cups would pop. I also used puffy tape (dimensionals) to make the card pop even more. To make the cup more realistic I have used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink to give the edges some shadow. It makes the cups look 3 dimensional.

Coffee Cards – Video Tutorial

I created a video tutorial on how to make the coffee cards. I did speed up the video so the tutorial isn’t too painfully long to watch!

Coffee Cards – Instructions

Let me describe in a bit more detail how I created the card.

I start with a piece of 8.5 x 11 dark green cardstock. Fold in half and stamp the hero arts background stamp with brown ink. I distressed the edges with brown ink.

Next I punched out a scalloped edge using fiskars punch on the outer edge.

I lined the inside of the card with a piece of dark brown cardstock. It measures 1 x 5.5.

Next, cut out a piece of lighter green cardstock to 2 x 4.25. I distressed the edges with brown ink.

I cut out a piece of decorative cardstock using a Spellbinders Labels 8 die cut. I used the second largest die cut. I punch small holes on the sides near the point. I use eyelets or grommets to set the holes. I wrap some brown cord threw the eyelets and around the light green cardstock and attach with tape.

Cut the cup out of light cream cardstock to 2 x 3. Trim a tiny triangle off the right and left side to create the cup shape. Distress the sides with two light tan colors of distress ink.

Cut an oval from white cardstock using the third smallest oval on the coluzzle to create the lid. Distress edges using two shades of tan distress ink.

Then, cut 1/4 of the largest oval on white cardstock. Move the coluzzle down about 1/4 inch and cut the same length again. You will have two parallel cuts. This will create the bottom portion of the lid. The part that would snap onto the cup. Distress the edges using two shades of tan distress ink.

Hold the oval behind cup. Align the snap portion of the lid on top of the cup. Trim the right and left side of the lid pieces to be a tiny bit larger than the cup. Trim the oval a bit more so none shoes around the cup.

Cut 1/4 of the largest oval coluzzle on craft cardstock. Move the coluzzle down about 3/4 inch and cut the same length again. You will have two parallel cuts. Run the stip through a crinkler. Trim to be a little larger than the cup.

Create light green oval using 2nd smallest oval shape on coluzzle. Stamp “Thanks a Latte” (My Sentiments Exactly) using brown ink. Distress edges.

Adhere all your pieces. Using brown marker, create sippy whole in lid.

Tie a little bow using brown cord. Adhere with glue dot. Note: I fold the glue dot in half for small bows).

Coffee Cards Supply List


  • My Sentiments Exactly
    Thanks a Latte (red rubber)
  • Hero Arts
    Flourish Background – clings CG119


  • Stampin’ Up
    Chocolate Chip
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink
    Antique Linen
    Old Paper
    Tea Dye
    Vintage Photo
    Walnut Stain
  • Marvy Marker
    dark brown #18


  • The Paper Company
    Botanical Fashion Colors Value Pack (greens & cream)
  • DCWV
  • Georgia Pacific
    white cardstock

Dies and Shapes

  • Cuttlebug
    plate B & C
  • Spellbinders
    Nestabilities Labels Eight (second largets)
  • Coluzzle
    Oval Tempalte
  • Fiskars Punch
    scallop punch
  • Crinkler
  • Making Memories
    eyelet setter


  • Creative Impressions
    Brown cord
  • Eyelets
    brown or metal colored

3D Shoe Wedding Favor

3D Shoe – Party Favor Great for Weddings

This 3D high heel shoe (template from Ellen Hutson) is perfect as a wedding favor or bridal shower favor. Me, I’m creating a few of these as giveaways at a women’s retreat. I’ll be leading a stamping workshop for 48 women and I thought a little random giveaway would be fun.

In case you  haven’t seen my blog candy, view my giveaway here.

wedding favor

Here I’ve created what I like to think is a very classic shoe. I used some cheap double sided paper that I picked up at Costco eons ago. I covered the top of the toe box with the solid side. Accented several places with black paper and ribbon. Very simple. Ellen Hutson’s pattern doesn’t come with instructions, but the template is pretty straight forward. I used the template that is all one piece. To create the black accents, I just traced around the portion of the template that I wanted. Such as the sole of the shoe and the heel.

3D homemade high heel shoe View From The Top

Here is a view from the top. The shoe is an open toe shoe, so you can see the black part of the sole sticking out. I had a scrap of green grossgrain in my ribbon box and couldn’t resist making a big bow for the top of the shoe!

3D Wedding Favor

As I mentioned earlier, this would make a great wedding favor box. Here I have added a little bag of dove chocolates. Of course, with Mother’s Day coming up, this might make a really cute little gift box. Hmmm…maybe use it as a gift card holder???

Tip: The shoe template is a PDF that you can print at home. I print the template on a piece of white cardstock then cut it out. I then traced around the white cardstock template using a stylus so that the paper I will make the shoe from doesn’t have any ink marks.

Blog Candy – Cowboy Style

This post will stay on top until the giveaway.

Blog Candy – Cowboy Style

Today I have some blog candy that includes 12 copic markers and some homemade cowboy boot cards and gift box. I was inspired to create this giveaway package after I created 4 prize cards for a house raffle I am working on. I could use your help in spreading the word about the blog candy and the raffle. See details below about how to register to win.

The Pikes Peak Rotary Club of Woodland Park, CO is raffling off a $1.3 Million Dollar Colorado Mountain Home. I’m helping them market the raffle and run the 8 early cash prize drawings. My twin sister, Deborah Bagley, emceed the 2nd $10,000 early cash drawing and she prepared a little comedy sketch to announcement of the 4 lucky winners. She went with a western theme, so I prepared little cowboy boot prize cards.

The boot template from Ellen Hutson is for the 3-D boot gift box. I simply used the front part to create the prize cards. I used some brown cardstock for the base of the boot and paper from The Best of Kay & Company for the top portion. I scraped a bit of white Staz-on ink around the edges of the brown portion of the boot to give it a bit of scuff marks. I created the numbers in Microsoft Word and used Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give the boots and numbers a bit of depth. The back is white cardstock to give the cards strength and to provide a place to write the names of the winners of the 2nd early drawing.

I thought it would be fun to create a greeting card in the shape of a boot. So I folded a piece of brown cardstock in half and traced around the template.

Again, I used a piece of paper from The Best of Kay & Company for the top portion of the boot. I couldn’t resist adding a few gems! I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. As before, I scraped the white Staz-on inkpad along the brown part of the boot to scuff it up a bit.

Blog Candy –  The Whole Western Package

Now for the giveaway. I am giving away everything you see in this post. That includes the 3D cowboy boot full of 12 copic markers, the 4 prize cards and the boot greeting card.

Copic markers are great for blending. I have hand selected these for blending and for variety. I think they will make a great starter set or great addition to any collection. The blog candy includes: YG63, YG67, Y15, Y17, B95, B99, R29, R39, E00, E13, YR18 and C1. That’s yellow, blue, green, red, orange, flesh tones and light grey (for adding shadows).

I will ship internationally.

I’m hoping to raise big time awareness about the raffle. We are giving away a $1.3 Million Dollar Colorado Mountain Home on July 9, 2010. There are up to 40 chances to win cash prizes or the house. There are big cash prizes every two weeks, now thru June 4th. Proceeds benefit charity. The house is 6,300 square feet on 20 acres of heavily forested land. You can learn more on the Pikes Peak Rotary Raffle website.

For the blog candy, there are up several ways to register. You may only leave comments as follows to be eligible to win the candy:

  1. Simply leave a comment on this post that you would like to win the blog candy.
  2. Post and link the blog candy and the raffle on your blog, then come back and leave a second comment that you’ve posted it on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, just tell us how you will spread the word about the candy and the raffle.
  3. Become a fan of the raffle on facebook for a third chance to register. Click become a fan on facebook, then come back here and leave a comment letting me know.
  4. Follow the raffle on twitter for a fourth chance to register. Once you follow the raffle on twitter, come back here and leave a comment letting me know.
  5. For every ticket you purchase, leave a comment here. For instance, if you buy two tickets, leave two comments letting me know.

The blog candy is available for anyone in the world. We will ship internationally.

Blog candy is open until April 30, 2010. We will randomly select a winner and post a winner Monday, May 3.