Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Other Creations: Beach Boxes

What personifies summer for you?  That's the theme for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  There were so many things I could think of for this magical time of year, but it all boiled down to road trips to the beach!  Living in a land-locked desert state, however, I don't get there nearly as often as I'd like to.  I made these little beach boxes so I could take the beach with me wherever I go.

I started by using the Tim Holtz matchbox die to cut out a box, and I assembled a few items to go inside.  I didn't have any sand handy, so I used brown sugar and put it in a bag to test how it would fit in the box once it was done.

The cloud paper is the lid of the matchbox, which the base normally slides into.  But instead of gluing the lid together, I left it open and glued it to the back of my base box so it would work as a closing flap instead of a slide-on matchbox lid.  I also tested my "sand" for a good fit and added the "H2O means water" sentiment, which I typed in Word and cut out.

I flipped the box over and decorated the front with a beach house that I stamped, watercolored, and adhered to the lid.  I also added a small piece of adhesive to the box's flap/lid so it would stay shut.

When you open the box and flip it horizontally, you can set your beach up and it's ready to go!  I poured my "sand" out of the back, then nestled everything in and propped it all against the flap, which you can fold up as a nice backdrop.  The surfboard and beach ball came from Project Life cards and a paper pack.  I made the sunglasses using My Favorite Things' Geek is Chic die set and the book is made from Tim Holtz's Halloween ticket stamp.

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see what Summer means to you!  Upload your masterpieces to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and you'll be entered to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!


  1. What an adorable craft! The patterned papers you used are perfect for the theme! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  2. Hi Andrea!!! How freakin' adorable!!!!!!!! I love your portable sandbox (and using brown sugar for sand -- what a cool idea.) Your watercolor beach house is divine. Perfect way to set the stage for all the beach finds inside. Love it!! Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

  3. These are darling little beach boxes! Love your images and how you put them all together.

  4. Wow.. such a creative project, Andrea. Love your brilliant idea for this summer theme. :)

  5. I love your beach in a box! This would be a fun centerpiece. All of the little pieces are wonderful!

  6. You've done it again Andrea!! You've created another fabulous project full of imagination and something that instantly made me smile wide as soon as I saw it! Just perfect and such a awesome interpretation of the challenge... :)

  7. Your beach box is totally fun! love sunglasses and your cabin is absolutely Amazing! Wonderful and original! Barbarayaya

  8. Summer in a box! Sign me up! Send it over in the midst of winter!! Love this idea!

  9. "Sweet!"
    The brown sugar was a brilliant idea. It makes wonderful sand for the little bungalow box. I love how whimsical you've made this. It's adorable.