Saturday, March 30, 2019

Saturday Showcase: Mad Hatter's Tea Box and Mini Album Tutorial with Stamperia Alice

Hello, Friends!  Kathy here with this week's Saturday Showcase. The current March Madness challenge invites us to create an Alice in Wonderland inspired project.  I created  a super cute  (almost) ATC sized  mini album in a box using Stamperia's Alice collection. Today I'm sharing the details, tips, ideas,  and a tutorial for that project. So go grab a cuppa and a snack because this is a photo heavy post.

One of the things I love about working with Stamperia papers is that they take the trouble to build all the wonderful mixed media effects we love so much right into the paper design.  Another great feature of these papers is that (almost) everything you need to create a project like this one is contained in one 12x12 paper pad: tags, fussy cuts, focal images, circular elements, borders, and backgrounds are just waiting to be brought to life. 

The Graphic 45 Clock Die provides a nice backdrop to the fussy cut teapot that serves as a focal image.

TIP: Back your focal image with foam adhesive to add depth and dimension to the design.  

The base for this boxed album is a Graphic 45 ATC box.  The box measures a dainty 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" and contains 3 Graphic 45 Kraft ATC tags with a brass binding ring. I've used the tags to create a faux lock on the front of the box.  I've dangled some antique bronze teacups, a teapot and a white rabbit charm from the binding ring. 

TIP:   Score each tag  1 1/2" from the domed edge and burnish well with a bone folder.  Then die cut the tag liner using the matching Graphic 45 die.  Cover the tags, then score a second time before adhering the tags to the box lid and bottom. 

I pulled this miniature spoon from vintage spoon collection and used it to decorate the spine of the box.  The bun feet are made by stacking wooden Bingo chips which are then wrapped with 1/2" Scor-Tape and a strip of designer paper. 

TIP: Glossy Accents is a great for attaching metal embellishments to a project.  Just add the spoon as the last detail, then set aside for 24 hours to dry.

A Peek Inside the Box

I've covered the inside of the box with panels of paper from the collection.  I'll share the cutting guide for that below this post.

You'll learn how to create the 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" x 1 1/2" mini album base and page units in the video tutorial below.  

I've wrapped the album spine with printed burlap fabric to provide strength and texture to the composition.  Because the album has to fit inside the box, I kept the fussy cut layers flat.  Use 1/2" Scor-Tape to attach the ribbon closure to the album cover.

The album is made up of 3 pocket page units.  Each unit has turn pages, a pocket page and either a flip page or a flap page.  You'll learn the formula for creating these page units in the video tutorial.  Even though this album is small, I had no trouble using the 12x12 papers to decorate it.  I simple scored pages to make accordion style pull out mechanisms, or flaps.  It was all good fun!

My husband's favorite tea adds lovely quotes to the tags, so I save them.  They add a fun element to this album design.  

I've tucked a tea bag into the side pocket of each page unit, just for fun.

TIP: Turn a fussy cut element into a tuck spot by adhering just one edge to the album base.  

This photo gives you an idea of the size of the album.  That's my hand in the photo.  

Here is another example of how you can make a large element fit into a small album.  The bookmark on the right hand page is almost twice as tall as the album base.  To make it fit, I scored a little flap along the bottom border.  Then I scored a second time to create this cute fold out page.

Here is is opened up.  It also folds down to reveal a quote hidden on the page behind.  I turned the second bookmark from this collection into a little magnetic folio.  You'll see that in the video below.

Here's one of the flap pages from the album.

To fit this fussy cut teapot in the center of the page, I scored it down the middle and folded it in half.  then I adhered one side to the album base, folded it, placed adhesive on the back and closed the page over it.  This way, it can span both pages.  Isn't it fun?

And finally, here is another pull out page with an illustration of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.  

Mad Hatter's Tea Box and Mini Album Video Tutorial

If you'd like to take a full tour of the album, then learn how to build the base and the page units, please enjoy this video tutorial.

 I hope I've shared some tips, techniques and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I had such a good time creating this project, and hope you'll give it a go.  You'll find a linked supply list and cutting guide below.

Happy crafting!

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique

For the box:  Graphic 45 ATC Box 
  • Inside box 
    • (2) 3 7/8" x 2 1/8" for long sides
    • (2) 2 7/8" x 2 1/8" for short sides
    • (1) 2 3.4" x 3 3/4" for box bottom
    • (1) 2 1/4" x 4 5/8" for inside spine
    • (1) 3 1/4" x 4 5/8" for inside cover
    • Cut the playing cards to 2 1/4" high and wrap around the outside box.
  • Outside box
    • (2) 3 1/2" x 4 5/8" for lid and bottom
    • (1) 2 3/8" x 4 5/8" for outer spine
For the Album

  •  (2) 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" Chipboard Covers 
  • (1) 1 1/2" x 3 3/4" spine
  • 9 1/4" x 4 3/4" kraft paper to cover the chipboard covers
  • 7 1/2" x 3 1/2" kraft paper for the spine mechanism
    • score on the long side at 1 1/2, then (9) 1/2" scores
Page Units

  • 5" x 7 1/4"  Score on the short side at 2 1/2" , long side fold in half and pinch, then score.  Each page unit will measure 2 1/2" x 3 5/8" when folded.  
  • Page liners: 2 3/8" x 3 1/2"
  • Fold out pages: 12" x 2 1/4".  Score every 2 3/8" then trim


  1. Kathy, this is such a wonderful project and showcases Stamperia's Alice papers in such a creative way! I love the idea of a box to hold this fun album with all those great Alice in Wonderland images. You always manage to pack so much detail in such a small place! I especially love how you've used your leftover tea tags and the trinkets on the 'lock' of the box. An amazing tutorial and an even more incredible, delightful project! Hugs!

    1. Thank you so much Sara! I love both little boxes and little albums, so this was a delight to create.

  2. WoW I am in amazement at such work you did so fun to look at each page.1

    1. Thank you so much, Bonnie. It was pure paper bliss, and I enjoyed every minute.

  3. Fabulous, amazing and enchanting creations, Kathy!!

    1. Thank you so very much, Sherry! I had such fun dreaming this up and then designing it. I hope you enjoy the tutorial, too.

  4. Oh WOW Kathy!!!! There is so much to take in and adore here!!! I love the bun feet, the clever tag closure and the beautiful little spoon handle on the box and the addition of a mini book inside makes it even more special. Off to see your video with huge thanks to you for sharing so much of your creative genius xx

    1. Thank you so much, Jenny! I really loved this challenge theme, as it spoke to fond childhood memories. I did get carried away in the details, but that is half the fun of a project such as this. I so appreciate your kind and gracious words. Hope you enjoy the video, too! xo

  5. Spotted this on Pinterest - what a fab box and joiurnal. Love it.
    Hugs, Neet xx