Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 2 - We Are Family

So what do you do with a box that twists?  This clever little box is looking for ideas. Here is my version.
It seemed a little complicated when looking at the pieces, but once I got the box together I had an "ah-ha" moment, actually a few. Since I could only make one project, I wanted to make something functional and that I could leave out on display.  In our house, it usually means something to do with family.  Since we recently celebrated Gramma's 90th birthday with a gathering of the family ... what better subject to use.
Besides Karen's very cool die, I included other Sizzix dies in the project.  I always seem to go for a challenge - My initial idea for the twist cube was a bit more than I bargained for, so I just did "simple".  (Though I'm going to keep trying and if I get it to work, I'll share.) I like the way it will collapse to make it fit nicely in a card, book or album.  The idea using it as a "box" without collapsing will be fun to experiment with too. Using the die either way with other materials besides paper is an exciting challenge that I'm up for.
What I ended up with is a small compact photo album, with a little "twist" at the end of the album, and filled with just enough memories of this family celebration.
Below you will find the list of materials I used.  If you have any questions about any part of my project, please feel free to contact me.  I am more then happy to respond.
The accordion album pieces were easily threaded together with ribbon, to hold the album together.  I used a paper that was already textured for the backs of each page, though I could have textured my own using the Sizzix texture or impression folders.  The parchment pages were aged with Distress Inks for a vintage feel.  The photos were changed using the effects in iPhoto for a slight antique look.  The twist cube states the title on the inside. I had other ideas for what to place on the cube, but went with "easy".  It folds nicely and is held closed with a wired trim, adorned with a flower embellishment.

Sizzix Twist Cube Die by Karen Burniston
Sizzix Die XL, Album, Accordion
Sizzix Big Die, Flower Layers #6, for Basic Grey
Sizzix Big Die, Flower, Wedding Foliage
Sizzilet Alphabet, Groovy Girl
Papers: Chipboard, black texture cardstock, DMD Clay Parchment,
BoBunny Burnt Orange Dot,Graphic 45 Christmas Past Collection,
black smooth cardstock, Acrylic Packaging (recycled)
Ranger Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Forest Moss
Ranger Alcohol Inks: Terra Cotta, Raisin, Espresso
Ranger Perfect Pearls: Perfect Bronze
Thin Acrylic ( I recycled plastic from Sizzix packaging)
May Arts: Ribbon 3/8" Woven Bronze, 1/2" Jute Wired Trim
Beacon Zip Dry Glue
Double-Faced Line Tape
Reprinted Photos
Wooden Barrel Beads
Miscellaneous Beads & Wire
Flat Buckles, Nunn Designs
Green Fabric

***You can start at the Sizzix blog and hop your way through all the sites to see ideas, or here at my blog by clicking the word "forward" on the Sizzix button just to the right.


  1. oh so wonderful... such a great project! wow... so much great inspiration on this blog hop.. I saw a few earlier.. wow!!!!!!!

  2. This is amazing! Wow! I love that you combined both the cube and accordion album. Love it!

  3. Very cute and pretty! Great job, Madeline!

  4. Awesome album! Beautiful embellishments!

  5. This is absolutely gorgeous, and so meaningful!

  6. Madeline, this is just wonderful. How smart to put it into an accordion album. What a wonderful keepsake you've created!

  7. This is very cool! Love the photo album/twist box.

  8. Madeline, I am sorry that my comment didn't show up on Thursday. This is amazing! I love the entire album and the fun family photos. Having that little pop-up twist title at the end is the perfect touch! Thank you for using my die so spectacularly!

  9. As always-a great project Madeline!

  10. Thanks all for the wonderful comments. I enjoy these weekly challenges and seeing all the inspiring designs by everyone.

  11. Ah Ha! How did you think of an accordion out of this cube? Amazing album of a memorable occasion! Mahalo for sharing.