Monday, March 3, 2014

Pop-up Camper Treat Box/ Mini Album

Yay! " What a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, would you be mine, could you be mine,.."
Just remembering simpler days. Darcie and I were talking about the year we had to camp out in a Rambler. This is not ours but it sure looks like it.
We were a family of 5 kids and a dog with our parents staying in this pull behind for a whole summer while we waited for our new home to be finished being built. Darcie and I were talking about how when it rained we would all be piled up in that camper together for the whole day. How did my parents do it?
I loved camping though, the friends we had made in the camp ground, the freedom to just wander about exploring and the days spent learning how to swim in the pool.

Well that got me thinking, I was given an Eileen Hull 3D block cut from her Sizzix XL Scoreboard die at CHA in January and I hadn't done anything with it yet. I am doing a series of camper mini albums and a Pop up was on my list. So, I am going to take the Artist on the Block challenge to do something with this 3" mat board block and this is what I came up with:

Ahhhh, S'mores and Camping! A match made in heaven. The class for this is found on our Ustream Channel 

Here is a written tutorial for you for the Pop Up Camper, the mini album will be in a post tomorrow.

After die cutting your 3D block twice, you will not need the letters, cover them with paper on both sides.
I am using the Jillibean Soup Paper Collection called Happy Camper Stew. Here is a sampling of the paper, so cute right? Oh look I think I see Zippee in there!
Assemble your block. Taking some Ranger Silver paint, I painted a bumper made from 1/2 inch by 3 inch grungboard, rounding 2 bottom corners with a WRMK 1/4 inch corner chomper. Then adhered 2 enamel dots for tail lights and a sticker from the collection as a tag.

I then began constructing the pop outs, which really do not pop out they are fixed to the side of the box. For this you want to cut two 6 3/8" x 3" pieces from Sizzix Mat Board and score at these measurements: 1/4", 2 1/2", 3 3/4", 6 1/8". I will refer to this part as the "wing".

 Attach to the front and back of box by applying a strong double stick adhesive to one side of the 1/4" tabs. Placing them 1/4" below the top of box. Once they are attached trace around shape to get the wing sides, you will need 4 of these shapes.  Next, if you want to make this a S'more treat box as well then you need to hinge out one side of each "wing" , if not, then just glue them to the sides of the wing on both sides.

 Mat the wings with paper and add a 1 inch x 3 inch strip to the sides of the box at the bottom.

You will need to cut out windows and a door from silver card stock and "screen" print paper from Happy Camper Stew. Door: 2" x 1 1/4", score @ 1/4" on long side and fold, apply black card stock ( 1"x 2" ) to back of door and adhere the 1/4" fold to the side of the camper. Place another 1"x 2" pc. of black card stock to camper to be the inside doorway and cover the hinge for the door. Next cut and adhere a screen to the outside of the door ( 1" x 5/8" and 5/8" x 3/4"). A signature thing I do to my camper doors is make them "chalkboards" by rubbing chalk over the black card stock, wiping it off to prime the paper it is all ready for you to draw on.

The wheels are little cork and wood tags, slide them up between the side of the box and bottom lid. Adhere in the inside of box. The camper kick is a Tim Holtz clock key screwed into the bottom of the box. You can check out my other camper mini albums I give a lot of different ideas for this.
Final thing is to add a picture tab to hold down the wing flaps so you can fill them up with marshmallows and chocolate bars and they won't fall out.
You want to take pliers and bend them to a 90 degree angle just after the hole as shown in the picture below.
Poke a hole in the front of the wing and attach using a brad. Turn up to hold flap in place.

Seeing this picture reminded me you need to cut windows for your wings, front and back. 2 3/4" x 1" in silver and 2 1/2" x 3/4 " in screen paper. 

Now all you need to do is fill the box with Graham Crackers , one wing gets the chocolate and the other the marchmallows. The recipient will have to provide the stick : ) and the fire to cook the marshmallows of course.

I hope you enjoyed my project, check out Eileen Hull's website HERE, she is planning a trip in her vintage Scotty camper, maybe she will be near you and you can drop in and see her and say "Hi" from me.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to learn how to make the mini album that goes inside the Pop-up Camper when you are done eating your S'mores.

XX, Johnna
P.S. We are having a class Saturday March 8th at 11 a.m. EST on our Ustream channel Mom will be joining Darcie and I for an adorable project all about our Mom and Dad!

1 comment:

  1. OH MY CREATIVE WORD!!!! This is campilicious!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the altered ATB!!! This is the coolest thing ever! The hiding place in it are wonderful!