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ASC Design Team Project – “Dream” Three Compartment Box

This is a step by step tutorial on how I made and decorated a three compartment box with Stamperia’s “Dream” paper pack.   The white flowers and gems are from my September haul.   You can find the supplies listed below with links to ASC Supplies’ Esty shop.  The other supplies used in this particular project are from my personal supply stash or other ASC Supplies purchases.  The finished box measures 7 1/16″ x 3 5/8″ x 2 1/8″.

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ASC Supply List for this written tutorial project:

Paper Flowers – Flowers – Open Rose – White

Graphic 45 Black 12×12 Chipboard Sheets (10 pack)

Darice® Pink & Crystal Rhinestone Pave Bling Stickers: 30 pc

Stamperia Dream Paper Pack – Double Sided Paper – 12×12 Paper

Small Magnets – Self Adhesive Magnets

Supplies and tools from my craft room:


Paper Cutter

Hot Glue

Art Glitter Glue

ATG Adhesive Gun

Black cardstock

Peach Flower

Pink Flower Stems

Green leaves

Clear acrylic gems – three sizes

White ribbon

White Lace

Label die

Step One: First, I cut the black chipboard per the following measurements:

2″ x 7″ (1)

3 1/2″ x 7″ (2)

Step Two: The paper in the collection is doubled sided, so I chose the one that I wanted to use for the main part of the box and cut it down to 9″ x 11″ to make sure there was about 1/2″ to folder over the chipboard.  I laid out the chipboard pieces on the side that would not be showing and marked it where each piece should lay.

Step Three: Once I was satisfied with the placement I adhered each piece of chipboard (you can use whatever adhesive you would like) with my ATG tape, making sure to leave about an 1/8″ between the outer pieces and the middle so the box will close.  Then I scored around the chipboard and down the middle to help the paper fold without cracking. I mitered each corner so when the paper was folded over the chipboard would not be exposed on the corners.  Finally, I carefully folded over the paper on all of the score lines and then adhered each side with ATG tape to the chipboard.

Step Three: Next, I cut out a 6 7/8″ x 9 3/16″piece of black cardstock, applied book binding tape to it, and glued that over the inside of the outer box to make sure there was about 1/8″ boarder around it. Once that was adhered I took my bone folder and scored the creases between the top and bottom and carefully folded it to allow the box to close properly.

Step Four: I cut out three pieces of black cardstock to measure 6″ x 7″ to make the three compartment boxes for the inside. I scored each piece at 2″ all the way around.  On the 7″ side I cut up the first score line and cut at an angle for the flaps on both sides.  Then I used Art Glitter glue to put the boxes together.

Step Five: Now it was time to mat the outside and inside of the box.  Typically, I would distress the edges, but since I was using black cardstock I decided against that.  The measurements are as follows:  Once the mats are cut out I simply glued them into place starting with the bottom mats and then the top mats.

Outside of box has two mats:

Bottom mats:

3 1/2″ x 6 7/8″ (2)

1 15/16″ x 6 7/8″ (1)

The top mats are 1/8″ smaller than the bottom mats.

The Inside of the box only has one mat, but if I wasn’t using black as the base it would normally have two.  The following measurements are in case you chose to do two:

Bottom mats:

3 3/8″ x 6 7/8″ (2)

2″ x 6 7/8″ (1)

The top mats are 1/8″ smaller than the bottom mats.

Step Six:  Next, I cut out the mats for the compartment boxes. Normally I would double the mats on the boxes as well, but since I was using black I only glued down the bottom mat.  I do not mat the back of the compartments because those are not visible from the front or when the box is closed.  Once the mats are in place I glued them 1/8″ from all sides of the top mat on the bottom of the inside of the box.  The measurements for the box mats are as follows:

Compartment boxes front bottom mats:

1 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ (3)

The top mats are 1/8″ smaller than the bottom mats.

Compartment boxes side bottom mats:

1 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ (2) You only need two because when the boxes are glued into place you will not see the inside sides of the boxes (see 3rd picture).

The top mats are 1/8″ smaller than the bottom mats.

Step Seven: I used a label die from my stash and cut out three to glue to the front of each compartment.  Then I took a sentiment from the paper paper pack and cut it so that each word would fit on each label.  I glued those to the labels.

Step Eight: I cut out one of the blank label squares and glued that to a piece of black card stock.  I then trimmed around it to leave a 1/8″ border.  I glued this to the inside of the top lid, so that a message can be written to whomever will be receiving this box.  I do this on all of my boxes.

Step Nine: For the closure I cut a 2″ x 9″ strip from the paper collection, fold it in half, glue the two halves together, and round the corners.  I then place the strip around the box to figure out where the bend points need to be and crease on those folds.  Then I take a negative and positive magnet and glue one to the top of the box and the other one to the inside of the strip. I use Art Glitter glue for all of the adhesive needs on this step.

Step Ten: Feel free to decorate the top of the box however you would like to.  I cut out one of the circles from the paper pack cut it out with a circle die and then cut another circle out of black cardstock. I glued the sentiment circle to the black circle and glued that down to the left side of the box.  Then I glued down a piece of white lace and two leaves from my stash.  Next I got glued down a strip of 1/4″ white satin ribbon to make it look like it was flowing.  I created a white bow with my 10 second bow maker out of 1/2″ white satin ribbon and cut off the tails.  I placed the flowers on the right side of the sentiment circle, glued the bow in place.  Finally I took the Darice bling rhinestones and placed three of them randomly on the top of the box.  I felt that it still looked plain, so I took out my clear acrylic gemstones in three different sizes and randomly placed seven of those around the top of the box.

I wish I could take credit for the idea of this box, but the inspiration for the box comes from Tmika over at Scrapdaworld on YouTube and you can view her tutorial for how to make the box if you’d like to see it put together live.  The only thing I do differently is I double layer my mats.  I will be making six additional boxes for my mom to give as Christmas presents for her friends, so I wanted something simple and not so time consuming.  Once all of the pieces are cut out it really only takes me about 30 minutes to put one together.

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