Tuesday, 1 November 2011

UKScrappers Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cre8tive blog and our first ever Blog Hop...if you are participating in the UKS blog hop, you probably came here from Crafty Templates , welcome to our little corner of the web. 

Please comment at the end using your UKS username  for a chance to win a UKS prize and if you like what you see we would love it if you followed our blog. Don't forget to check out UKS to see the full list of links and info on the prizes! In addition we are offering a 10% discount for today only so enter the code UKS-HOP at the checkout on our site www.cre8tiveonline.co.uk to get the discount on your order. 

Right so on to our project... At the moment my recipes are stored in an old exercise book that is splattered with cake mix and is looking decidedly dog eared! I have been looking for a box to turn into a recipe box and when I came across this pine chest I knew it would be perfect. I like pretty but I also like practical so because it is going to be in a kitchen I wanted to make it wipe-downable so I have kept the decoration flat and the surface will be sealed and the recipe cards themselves will be laminated so they to will be protected too. I have also organised a recipe swap for our next crop on 26th November so please check back to see what lovely recipes people come up with.

The first step is to choose the papers you want to cover your box. I used this picture as inspiration for my colours.

Cut strips from your papers in random thickness's. Lay the strips of paper in the order that you like ready to stick to your box.

To stick the strips on your box you need to use an adhesive like decoupage glue or the Ranger glue and seal. Using a foam brush to apply the glue you need to make sure that the strip is covered in glue right to the edges so that when you stick the strips down they are not going to peel up at the edges. For the first strip cover in glue and then use the catch as a guide for the angle to stick as in the picture.
Trim off the pieces that are hanging off the edge of the lid and keep the bottom one as you will need this to stick to the front of your box shortly. (the part with the white on in the image above).
My second strip is cut to 3cm wide which fitted perfectly over the catch. Using the piece you have saved from the step above use it as a guide to cut the angle for where your 3cm strip will meet the bottom of the lid. Keep the section cut off the 3cm strip as you will need this later as well.
Stick your strip down trimming off the bottom corner to go to the left of your catch as in the image below.

The fiddly bit is cutting around the catch but the glue actually makes this easier. Because the paper becomes more pliable when the glue is applied you can use a pokey tool to gently 'draw' around the catch (see the image below). This indicates where you will need to cut and you can then peel the strip back just enough to cut the marked area with your scissors and then re-stick the trimmed piece around the catch.
Shut your box and stick the two strips you saved earlier to continue on the line of the strips on the front of the box. Again you will need to trim around the catch.
Continue adding your strips in the same way all across your box (I left the ends of the box blank but you could decorate these as well if you wanted to). Once you have used one of each of the strips you laid out earlier you can repeat the pattern.You will need to do the same over the hinges at the back as you did with the catch at the front.

To finish the outside of the box cut a scalloped circle from white card using the Woodware 3 1/2" punch. Cut a strip of black card 4cm wide and then trim off a triangle from each end to make a banner. Die cut 'Recipes' and stick to the banner. Your box is now ready to seal.

For the inserts for your box you will need to cut black card to 18cm x 11cm for each of your main dividers and then white card 23cm x 18cm for your sub-dividers. So I did ...
Starters (black)
-Soups (white)
Mains (black)
-Fish (white)
-Meat (white)
-Vegetarian (white)
-Pasta (white)
-International (white)
Puddings (black)
-Hot (white)
-Cold (white)
Baking (black)
-Cakes (white)
-Biscuits (white)

I decided to add a little decoration to my main dividers to tie in with the box so each one had the top corners rounded and 2 strips of paper going the other way to the box. I stuck them in random places on the front but used the first one to line up the angle of the strips as below. They then had a banner with a die cut title stuck to them as on the lid of the box.
The white card is going to be made into pockets to hold your recipes so you need to score at 11cm, 11.5cm and 12cm. I used the brilliant Hougie Board.

Once scored fold as in the image below and corder round the corners. Add a banner with a title for each pocket.
Again to line up the banners place them next to each other as below. Note the banners are near the top of the dividers so they can be seen more easily when looking in the box.

I hope you like our project and that some of you will give it a go, let us know if you do. I have left links in the instructions above for the products used. Don't forget to take advantage of the 10% discount and please do follow us if you can.

And finally your directions onwards...the next blog to hop on to after ours is Creative Craft World. Bon voyage! 

131 comments:

  1. what a great box and I love how you have done this (My UKS username is Mary Buttons

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  2. Hi This is my first hop too .
    What a lovely idea to store recipes I absolutely love it .
    Lynn Lewis

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  3. Whoops name should be fuchsia10

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  4. fabulou box. Love that the stripes are diagonal.

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  5. Love those diagonal stripes, fab box perfect for a prezzie.
    uks roxy52

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  6. That is really lovely - gorgeous colours and the instructions are so clear. tfs. AliTS on UKS

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  7. What a lovely idea, I have so many recipes from my school days that I need to store safely. UKS Sam Mc

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  8. wow-stunning choice of papers!!!
    uks wombat

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  9. What a great project i love it. UKS traceyjp1

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  10. I am really enjoying this hop, such wonderful and inspiring ideas, thanks. UKS Yizzard

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  11. It's my 1st blob hop too and I
    Love how you have used the papers
    And your instructions are so clear
    Uks dusty fairy

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  12. I'm another first time blog hopper and loving all the creative ideas:)
    I love the way you've put these papers on the diagonal.

    uks Beadmad

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  13. Wow! That is stunning, I love the papers.

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  14. great idea for a xmas present uks lemon

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  15. a fantastic idea...love it! UKS Louise172

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  16. This is gorgeous, would make a fab christmas present! Thanks for sharing!
    Clairewill on UKS

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  17. I love this - it could be used for other things too :) very adaptable. Kitty Crafts UKS

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  18. Gorgeous project and love the papers - Alison-lee

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  19. This is just perfect, our team on UKS are doing a recipe swap and this would be ideal for holding all the new recipes UKS Scrappyyo

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  20. love this, will have to add this to my list of projects to do Mrs Cheshire

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  21. That would make a great christmas gift for someone I know. Thanks for the inspiration :) UKS gemmasteele

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  22. Love the colours you used
    UKS hopberni

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  23. Wow I love this. Would be great to make them for different seasonal recipes.
    UKS Minty Magic

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  24. What a lovely project :) I am Scattychick on UKS

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  25. Wow this is stunning these would make lovely stocking fillers for my daughters for christmas.
    Thank you for the insperation and the class these little boxes look so effective will deffo be having a go at this one. cockneycrafter uks

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  26. Great tips about lining things up - thanks x
    UKS Leanie

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  27. What a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing. UKS anna_fran

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  28. Will add this to my list of projects to complete! Uks yorkiegirl

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  29. Thanks for sharing this - I've got a few of these boxes (just never knew what to do with them). They will make great xmas gifts. Going on my 'To Make' list.
    UKS Fae

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  30. You are definitely going to have fun cooking with that gorgeous recipe box. I love how you have used the paper strips on the diagonal.

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  31. Brilliant idea for gifts, love how you've used the strips
    Thanks for the tutorial
    UKS - DippyD

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  32. Wow! That is stunning, I love the papers. UKS Kirsteen

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  33. love this idea, must give it a go

    janen

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  34. I love how the stripes curve around the box, a lovely project from eClaire on UKS

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  35. Beautiful, now I just need to cook more and then I can make myself one.
    Caz
    UKS CraftyCaz

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  36. Love this and the choice of papers are stunning, love the colors. Thanks for a great tutorial - geyneth 123 UKS

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  37. Great idea - would also make a super Memory Box. Lovely colours and clear instructions. UKS eleyfa

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  38. I have so many boxes to alter and never knew where to start. Thanks !
    Anne88

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  39. Great ideas and just right for a Christmas present. Thanks for the tutorial.

    LizGinSussex
    UKS

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  40. This is certainly one for me to try. Love the colours scheme too! Jackie1h1

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  41. Gorgeous recipe box and thank you for the tutorial it looks stunning :) from boland :)

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  42. Great idea for recipe cards and a beautiful project UKS lelly

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  43. Really pretty project - and very practical too! Thanks (UKS: J-Bug)

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  44. what a lovely idea and what a wonderful gift to make for someone just starting up their own home

    Ladkyis

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  45. Very effective. I have a similar plain wooden chest so might do soemthing similar with it ...

    (UKS = Galadriel*)

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  46. Yet another fabulous project.....A great idea!! x

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  47. This would be ideal to keep all my recipe cards in from my UKS teams swap we are doing! A_M_Y on UKS

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  48. Really clear tutorial, thanks, and the 'why didn't I think of that?' tips are good too.
    Love the colours.
    UKS snipper

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  49. A fab project and gorgeous colours used :) Thanks for a great tutorial.

    UKS ~Karen~

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  50. Lovely recipe box and great tutorial!!

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  51. That's some creation - I have neither the talent nor the patience for such creativity, I fear.
    Mole on UKS

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  52. A beautiful creation Katie. I have a similar box that needs an overhaul. TFS. ArtAngel on UKS

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  53. Perfect timing-I've just bought a box like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

    UKS Tigerlady

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  54. Love the idea of using the picture for inspiration.
    Great finished project.
    UKS .......Shirley June

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  55. Lovely box - gorgeous colours :)UKS Emy

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  56. Great idea.
    UKS simplepleasures

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  57. Love the box will make a great present. thank you Meg baby

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  58. That's just gorgeous. Bookmarked to come back to! UKS Fizzydrink

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  59. I've never tried covering a box but you make it look so easy and doable. Thanks for the instructions.

    nannyjan uks

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  60. Love this one Katie many thanks. UKS Kaydd

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  61. I love this box, amazing stuff, thank you UKS Celtic Angel

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  62. Wow! Stunning! Aliscrapper UKS

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  63. gorgeous box. love the papers
    UKS materialgirl197

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  64. Now I know what I'm going to do with my wooden box. Thank you xx
    UKS stillcrafting

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  65. Thanks for the inspiration - love the project. UKS eluned

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  66. Have been looking for recipe storage ideas, think I've just found it, ty

    uks - dawntracey

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  67. What an adorable box - I think one of these for my mum for Christmas would be perfect.
    UKS Sarnj

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  68. This is fab, I want one!! :)

    UKS scrappygayle

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  69. Who would guess a plain box could look so lovely. thank you for sharing - UKS Slewis

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  70. What a fab idea for a Christmas gift - and the papers you've used are lush !!!!

    Thanks for sharing. Hysteri-cal

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  71. I love the colours you have used ... mrsmcf ...

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  72. I usually just paint effect boxes, will try you instructions for paper covering next time. Thanks
    UKs ambermouse

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  73. Wonderful project and so useful. TFS

    Toni xx
    UKS - misteejay

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  74. Definitely a project to add to my to do list - my recipes are getting out of hand! UKS Julesaroony

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  75. A lovely project and just what I have been looking for as I want to make one for a friend for Christmas, thanks suescopes on uks

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  76. Gorgeous project and I love the inside too

    UKS Scrapdolly

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  77. Gorgeous - something else to add to my ever-increasing 'TO DO' list !! My recipes are all on scraps of paper, many cut out of magazines, and tucked in the front of my cook books. Oh! how I aspire to a lovely box like this
    xx
    UKS Scrappynewbie33

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  78. Would make a great gift! uks Fluffyness

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  79. what a great gift idea thank you
    juliwan

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  80. Brilliant project, Its great for storing all the recipes you get, must make one of these, the paper is very pretty. katj (UKS)

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  81. This such a brilliant idea. Thank you for the step-by-step tutorial - I'll def be giving it a go.

    UKS rollingpin

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  82. Love the project beautiful paper. Love the inside
    Uks..... Pat-catherine

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  83. Yummy colours to brighten the day.
    UKS name = jay670120

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  84. I have a sticky notebook full of recipes! I should get myself organised!!!
    UKS joyaitman

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  85. What a fab idea and a great way to use upnscrqps. Uks Suzycad

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  86. brilliant project, love those papers!!
    shazzapat UKS

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  87. Fantastic project, and a great way to use scraps! Thanks for sharing :D
    Yorkshirelass

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  88. What a great, well written tutorial with so many useful tips - thanks so much.

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  89. Gorgeous project and love the colours!
    One for my fave list to try out.
    Uks julesmichelle

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  90. Wow love this project. UKS Ann35

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  91. Great idea for those of us cre8tive in the kitchen and the craft room. Thanks for sharing
    UKS ID: mafswife

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  92. You make it look so easy! great project. Thanks for sharing.
    UKS: Bluffy78

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  93. Love, love, love this! - subtlerevulsion

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  94. That is great, just what I need. UKS Jencrafts

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  95. I love the colours you have chosen for this box - great project :) BeckyG1

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  96. A super project, Katie.
    Sue x
    (aka MiniOwner)

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  97. What a lovely idea. I love the colours you've used as well. A great idea.

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  98. Super project, lovely colours. JAYEM

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  99. What a great idea.

    UKS CyprusCath

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  100. Very pretty recipe box. cool idea. thank you
    UKS Judi

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  101. Great idea, looks amazing. UKS Wonky

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  102. Every cook should have one of these. UKS Anagram

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  103. Your box looks beautiful, it's a fabulous use of that chest. I need to do something with my recipes too, all my faves are written on scraps that I can never find when I need them! x
    UKS: jennifergrace

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  104. I like that! I have a square box that I may apply that technique to, to decorate!

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  105. Great project love the way you have put the paper on thanks for sharing UKS sue1952

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  106. What a fabulous recipe box, I love the colours you've used. UKS name: Crafty Kacy

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  107. What a gorgeous recipe box, I love your colour palette! UKS 2Angels

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  108. Now that is the perfect idea for all those scraps of paper I have with recipes on (keep jotting them down on paper lol). Thanks so much for sharing your project with us. Morgana123 (UKS)

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  109. What a marvellous idea. I would like to make one as a wedding gift for some friends. Thanks so much. Charmayne aka Marmalade

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  110. Great project. Love the diagonal stripes, and the tips for cutting round the catch! UKS janie

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  111. A lovely idea for a gift, practical too. UKS Jolene

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  112. A gorgeous colour palette. CarolynP

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  113. what a lovely idea for all my bits of paper thank you x

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  114. What a great project, I love the papers you've chosen to cover the box too. I think I may have to copy this idea. Thanks for the inspiration! UKS papoosue.

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  115. This is a great idea, thanks for the inspiration. UKS Allytoe

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  116. Such a great project - the box is gorgeous! :) - Alipeeps

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  117. lovely idea for a present :) uks culpepper

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  118. Love the box. will be able to adapt this box for many things. UKS fimcc4168

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  119. What a great project! I have a dog eared exercise book too! UKS:Angelfish

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  120. I like how you have made the little pockets. Uks countrycrafter

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  121. Love the project!
    ljrn on uks

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  122. Lovely project. Great blog hop.
    Sonja (UKS name : wrightboysmum)

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  123. Love the neat stripes - bet I couldn't get mine to line up tho lol... great project!
    Suzie-UKS-Weaselwise

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  124. The box is fantastic and when I first looked at it I couldn't even imagine how it had been done. Great tutorial and great blog hop. I'm getting some super ideas for Christmas presents from all of this.
    UKS Susie.A

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  125. your box is amazing, a simple idea that looks stunning once completed (tho not sure I could actually do it!)

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  126. Stunning work - might have to do one of these for my boys at Uni - TFS
    UKS Jimjams

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