Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Small Treat Box with the Cameo!

Hi folks!

Today's project comes to you from the Cameo with a little help from

As most of you know, I supervise a staff of 13 Resident Assistants and try to make them something small for breaks and special holidays.  I recently made them a piece of pumpkin pie filled with Puppy was so much fun!  I wanted to go bigger this time around so I found this cute book shaped box and started about 24 hours before it was due.  Let me just tell you, you would think making 13 staff members something would be easy...well, only if there were about 2-3 cuts!  haha.  Anyway, I made them this book.  I really wish it turned out as nice as this one...  it didn't.

I wanted to take pictures of each step along the way, but that got to be too time consuming and I was on a time crunch so you will see the first few steps below and then the finished product.  Again, I was VERY crunched for time and on top of that had to clean my apartment before they came over.  Eek!  Anyway, here are the pictures.

Here are all the pieces cut out.  The 3 dark brown pieces are glued together to form the book.  The tan piece is the book cover.  

Here's the book glued together.  It's starting to take form!

This is a side view of the book.  Here's where I made a mistake.  The ATG tape that I used is probably not permanent and they were literally falling apart as I was making them.  #mad.

Here's the front cover of the book.  There were a lot of steps in between the last photo and this one but I had 13 of these to make and could not waste a single moment, sadly.  I am upset at myself for not inking the edges of the corners, and embossing them to give them a winter look.  I also should have added an time I will have MORE time.  :)

Side view of the book.  Instead of Merry Christmas, I chose Season's Greetings from the Tanenbaum stamp set from Close To My Heart. 

Here's a side view of the book.  I embossed the sides of the pages with a wood grain to give it some texture.  I like it!  

Another view and yes, as you can see the top of the book is coming off of the frame of the book.  Ugh! I was so happy to see them take these out of my apartment just because I was so frustrated with them falling apart.  :(  

Here's a close up of the box part of the book.  Cute idea!  

It's finals week here at the college.  They are studying their butts off and I thought they could all use some Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark to get them through the week.  I also saved some for me as it's my favorite Ghiradelli.  :)  

Craft on,


  1. These are so wonderful...they'll love them! Lee-Ann :)

    1. Thanks, Lee-Ann! They did like them, and I liked seeing them walk out of my apartment in their hands. :)

  2. What a great great debut project! I love the way your version turned out. You chose the perfect pattern papers! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Pam! They will get better, I promise. :)

  3. Ian I love these!!! TFS.
    You are so considerate to your RAs!!
    dmcardmaker (AOL)

    1. Thanks so much, D! :D I bet you are good to your students too! :)

  4. Hi Ian,
    You did an AMAZING job on this project!!They will love it.I do!!
    and LOVE the yummy treats!!
    Have a wonderful day,

    1. Thanks, Migdalia! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

  5. Those are really nice Ian you did a great job!! Congratulations on purchasing a Cameo, woohoo!!

    1. Thanks so much, Sharondalyn! I appreciate the compliments. Love the Cameo!