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Nov 26, 2008

Christmas Cube

top view




corner view:

corner view

out of the cube:

out of the cube:



out of the cube:

out of the cube:
out of the cube:

Acrylic photo cube:


the photo cube out of the packaging:
the 2 pieces slide together to form the cube


I bought a bunch of photo cubes at a dollar tree a couple years ago because a friend had made me a nice gift with one and I loved the idea. Well... of course they sat in my "alterables" area for a LONG time and went unused. While I was in Austin a couple months ago, I went to Archivers and there was a photo cube there but inside they did not use a cube of paper, instead it was an X of paper. I said out loud, "mental note, paper in an X in the photo cubes", and went on shopping.
I decided to try out the idea and use one of the many photo cubes I had sitting in my stamp room. It was a comedy of errors as far as configuring the correct dimensions to use, but I finally got it just the way I wanted it and this is what I came up with. :)

Here are the directions that I typed up for a class I taught in October. We made this exact photo cube and it was a LOT of fun!

Christmas Cube
By Jody Morrow


Cutting Your Paper In Preparation:
  • 4 pieces of card stock: 4 ¾ X 3 ¼ scored at 2 3/8 (I used dark green)
  • 2 pieces of card stock: 3 ¼ X 3 ¼ (I used dark green)
  • 8 pieces of patterned paper: 2 ¼ X 3 1/8 (I used 4 each of 2 designs)
  • 8 pieces of solid patterned paper: 2 X 2
  • 4 pieces of patterned paper: 3 1/8 X 3 1/8 (I used 2 each of 2 designs)
  • 6 snowflakes punched from white solid patterned paper

Directions

  • Stamp and color images, then embellish with glitter
  • Trim around images with paper cutter and mat using a piece of card stock (brown) that is 1/8 inch larger on each side. (If your image is 1 X 2, your mat will be 1 1/8 X 2 1/8)
  • Adhere the 8 pieces of patterned paper to the 4 pieces of scored card stock
  • Build each page as shown in pictures
  • Adhere the edges of the scored card stock together to form an X
  • Insert pieces in cube and close (top and bottom piece are simply laid in cube)

Alternate cube ideas

  • Cover pages with pictures
  • Use ONLY pictures to fill
  • Use friendship sentiments
  • Make it more dimensional inside like a shadow box

Sources for photo cubes:

In-store: Walmart $3 (others have said they were priced at $2.50 at their Walmart)
Online: ($3.95 each plus applicable shipping, tax etc)
http://www.archivalusa.com/jpc35.html
http://www.pfile.com/product/j-pc-35/Acrylic-Frames

Supplies:
Stamps: All Amuse
Ink: Palette Burnt Umber
Paper: Dark Green, White, Wassail Basic Grey 6 X 6 paper pad
Accessories: Photo cube, snowflake punch, copper brads, red line tape, red line dimensional boosters, oval punches, glitter, quickie glue pen, puffy paint, Copic markers, mini glue dots, mono adhesive, ½ inch circle punch, paper piercer and piercing mat
If you make one, please link back here so I can check out your creation. :)
Have a wonderful day!

29 comments:

  1. Great idea and gorgeous cube.
    x Natasha x

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  2. This is JUST adorable -- what a FUN idea and GREAT pics to follow along!!! TFS!!!

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  3. I LOVE this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing this project! I never wanted those photo cubes until now!

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  4. Hi Jody! What a fantabulous idea!! Note to self: run, don't walk, to the nearest WalMart for a photo cube...or 10!!
    Hugs,
    Anne Marie
    http://didsomeonesaystamp.blogspot.com

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  5. Absolutely fabulous! Great job...will need to try one of these soon!

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  6. Holy Dina! This is awesome Jody! Another fab project of yours to add to my list of MUST try...lol
    Thanks for always sharing your ideas and instructions!!!
    Hope you have a wonderful American Thanksgiving tomorrow!!

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  7. Jodi that is such an awesome photo cube idea!!! I am going to have to try that one. Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Day tomorrow.

    Gail :-)

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  8. Oh Wow!!! This is a great idea. I have been racking my brain of what to do for my MIL for Christmas. This would be good to do a simple scrappage of my boys for her to put on her desk at work. I am going to have to run this by the hubby to see if he likes the idea as well (it is his mother after all hehehe) TFS!!!

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  9. This is completely awesome Jody!! I love it!!

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  10. awesome! I love how you made that cube! so inexpensive and it's a great gift! I love what you did! thanks for sharing your directions! I may just have to try this when I have more time! happy thanksgiving!

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  11. Fabulous idea! Looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing, what a great little gift idea.

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  12. oh my!! i am so excited to see this project! i live in germany and i found some of these phot cubes---exact same people on the inserts and everything--how funny is that! at my local kaufland grocery store in the "1 Euro" bin! i like you, bought a bunch and have them sitting in my alterable area too!! now, i'm off to make some fun christmas cubes! thanks so much for sharing the directions!

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  13. Oh wow, what an AWESOME idea. Love it, Jody!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. Jody,

    This turned out great. The Dollar Tree here didn't have them the last time I went, but I do still have them on my list for you.lol

    Tracy

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  15. I hadn't seen those before, that is too cool....thank you for figuring out all the dimensions and sharing them with us :)

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  16. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Super cute idea! Thanks for sharing the dimensions! You rock!

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  18. So way cool and creative!! Love it!!

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  19. Very cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. this is so sweet. I love the basic grey paper. You did a fabulous job on this project. thanks for sharing.

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  21. Oh my gosh, this is so fabulous Jody, I saw it on Julie's site and clicked on the link, so glad I did! As soon as I get back from Chicago, I've got to do one of these. Thank you for the tutorial. This project is AWESOME!!

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  23. I am so glad I ran across this today. I just altered one of these not a week ago. I tried to make my own cube by using the insert as a pattern and failed miserably. (I guess my ruler and I are not friends) Your cube is so much cuter and more functional, I think this form gives you so much more alterable space. Thank you for including the pattern directions, when I saw the photos at the beggining of the post I figured I was going to have to e-mail you and beg you to give a random stranger the directions.

    Anyway, it is beautiful - thanks again.

    Cyndie Hart

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  24. Just beautiful, Jody! Great job!

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  25. I am posting again to let you know that I finally made a cube with your instructions. I posted some photos on my blog and linked it back to your post. I hope you have a chance to take a look. Thanks again for the instructions.

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  26. Sorry, for the double comment - I meant to leave a link to my blog.

    http://robncynnie.blogspot.com/2009/01/twilight-cube.html

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