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Friday, July 22, 2011

Christmas In July Blog Hop -- Day 1... A Gift With Memories :)

Welcome to Day 1 the Christmas In July Blog Hop!! 

Are you enjoying the imaginary snowfall?  Is there a blanket of fluffy white sparkling diamonds covering your lawn?  Christmas lights strung on the Christmas tree?  Stockings hung by the chimney with care?  Not a creature stirring?  Ma in her kerchief...  Wait a second!!  I've got 'The Night Before Christmas' stuck in my head!!  It's 102 degrees outside, the humidity is heavy, and even the birds are tucked away for the day...  Sounds like the PERFECT opportunity to THINK CHRISTMAS!!

Lynda from Memories In Tyme has organized a wonderful hop for you this weekend -- At each stop along the way you'll get ideas for Christmas cards, layouts, gifts and more!!  With the economy as it is right now, we're all looking for ways to save money -- what better way to save money than by making wonderful things for your friends and family?  Lynda is also offering a $25 gift card to use at any store as a GRAND PRIZE (there are LOTS of stops along the way that will be offering Blog Hop Candy as well!!)...  If ya want to win, here's what you need to do:
  • Leave a comment on every blog on the hop
  • Become a follower of each blog on the hop
So let's get started!!  If you've hopped over from the super-sweet JENNIFER, then you are in the right place! If you've just popped in to visit my blog from your dashboard or are reading this via email and would like to join the FUN, please click HERE to start at the beginning...  because the beginning is always the best place to start!! :)  Remember, several stops along the way will be offering up Blog Candy goodness (in addition to Lynda's Grand Prize), so be sure to visit everyone (you'll find the full list of participants at the bottom of this post)...

***Please note: This is a FOUR-DAY hop -- You can come back EACH day for additional chances in the drawing!!  Simply leave a comment on the posts for each day for EXTRA chances to WIN!!***

When I think about Christmas, I also think about the memories we are making...  This is a time of year that is usually spent with family that is far away.  Thankfully, we get to travel in cars or planes or trains rather than on a camel or a donkey as they did on the very first Christmas.

I've found that any gift revolving around pictures is always received well...  So for today's project, I have made a very simple explosion box...
An explosion box is designed to have small pictures and memorabilia added so that it can be left out and enjoyed (and it's like opening a present every time you take the lid off!!)...  It's the perfect way to display a large selection of those 'extra' pictures that don't always fit on a two-page layout. :)
When closed, this explosion box measures only 3" square...  It can also double as a gift box itself, so if you want to add a gift card or hand-me-down jewelry, it's perfect for that as well. :)
An explosion box can be made from the scrapbooking supplies you already have on hand...  It can be fancy or simple... 
Whether you choose to give it without pictures (for the recipient to fill up) or to put a few pictures in to start, this is a gift that will be treasured and enjoyed...  It's a special way for your friend or loved one to remember special times together.
Would you like the instructions on how to make one of these quick and easy Explosion Boxes?  I have one of my detailed instructions sheets as a FREEBIE for this hop!!  Simply click on the picture below to print my instruction sheet (complete with photos and samples).  After you create your own explosion box with these instructions, I would love for you to come back and leave me a link to your creation!!  If you have any questions about the instructions, please feel free to email me (my email address is included on the instruction sheet).  Enjoy!!  :)
Before I send you off to your next stop on the hop...  What's a hop without some CANDY???  I have a collection of Christmas Card-making supplies to send out to one fabulous and festive winner!! :) 

To be eligible for my blog candy:
  • Please become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment answering the question: "What is your FAVORITE part of Christmas?"!!
For additional entries for the candy
  • You may 'like' my Facebook page (click HERE)...
  • Share a link to this post on your Facebook wall or via Twitter (give me a mention @LoveToCropAmy) or even your own blog (remember to leave a link)...
  • Subscribe via Email by entering your email in the box above (be sure to confirm your subscription).  
Please leave an additional comment for each 'extra' entry you complete....  If you leave your email address (please leave it in SAFE scrapbookingwithamy at gmail dot com form), I will be happy to contact you if you are the winner; otherwise, you will need to check back after Wednesday, July 27th to see if you are a winner.  No captcha here, so commenting is quick and easy!! :)


Thank you SO MUCH for stopping in to see my project today!!  I hope you are enjoying the Christmas in July Blog Hop!!   :)  Be sure to stop back by TOMORROW for another Christmas In July Blog Hop post AND  the Operation Owl Blog Hop (more PRIZES!! Woot-woot!!)...

And now you're off to the delightful Margie of My Sweet Tater who has a WONDERFUL project to share with you!! :)

Here's a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone :)





Memories In Tyme


Amy  <<< YOU ARE HERE!! :)
Margie  <<< Go here NEXT!!

59 comments:

Judy said...

I am really going to try some of these for Christmas! We are cutting back this year due to unwanted retirement .. Ha! I had gotten away from handmade and this is a great gift!!
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Judy said...

Oh ... I am long time follower, newsletter receiver, fb fan, etc! I get so many fun ideas and 'leads' from your posts .. thanks!
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Christine America Real said...

Oh thank you so much for the directions for the explosion box. I love making them, but this one looks even nicer than some of the other ones! I am printing it out right now!

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Christine America Real said...

I am already a faithful follower.

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Kathy said...

OMG, I love this. What a cool idea. I always love all your projects Amy!
Big Old Hugs,
Kathy
GCDTM - Sister
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Christine America Real said...

Hi, I have placed your blinkie on my blog! Thanks!

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Cyndi S said...

Very festive explosion box. Love it. My favorite thing about Christmas is the magical feeling of Christmas. I also like that it brings the family together.
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Christine America Real said...

My favorite part of Christmas is Christmas Eve. That is when all the hustle and bustle stops and the whole family gets together to laugh, sing and pray. We breathe the silent midnight air and remember what Christmas is really all about. Even if there were no gifts, my family is my gift.

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Rhonda Emery said...

very cute love yours

MyCuriousCrafts said...

Hi Amy, love your explosion box...very cute. I've got to try this, very inspirational. ~Shen

Cathy said...

I love the papers you chose for the explosion box. Thank you for sharing. I am a follower already. My favorite part of Christmas is the family gatherings and the overall feeling of goodwill that the Christmas season seems to generate!
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Cathy said...

I have become a fan on Facebook:)
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Cathy said...

I am following you by Email now too!
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littlen said...

my favorite part of christmas is baking all those yummy cookies. i'm already a follower.
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littlen said...

i subscribe to your email list.
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littlen said...

i "like" you on fb
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jennyplace2 said...

Awesome gift ideal! Thanks for sharing the instructions with us and your wonderful talent. I just also would like to thank you for putting a smile on my face, I really enjoyed reading your blog, you have a great sense of humor! Love it!
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Lori Apgar said...

Love your explosion box!! My favorite part of Christmas is EVERYTHING!! I love to decorate, bake, put up 3 trees, get together with family..... I don't really get excited to clean it all up after though :)

jenniferlepard said...

wow this is great i love it cant wait to see what else you do. Sorry my blog isnt very cool new to blogger world

MaryS said...

thanks for the exploding box instructions - i made one of these once and everyone loved it = like the Christmas theme

Tami B. said...

Not commenting for a chance at the candy, just wanted to say hey, and say I love your explosion box. Look at you giving out freebies now...bigtime baby, bigtime. Talk at you again soon.

Lisa R. said...

Love explosion boxes. Haven't made one like this yet! I love the food around Christmas time! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com (follower)

Stephanie said...

I love your explosion box. Thanks for the instructions. I can't wait to make one. I'm already a follower.
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Barbara said...

Great box!! TFS ---- My favorite Christmas thing is to see my children opening their presents... then the great hugs!!!

Amanda said...

i follow your blog. i love decorating at christmas time & seeing my 2 little boys faces when they wake up & see what santa brought! thanks! prhmangel@gmail.com

Amanda said...

i like your fb page! thanks! prhmangel@gmail.com

Amanda said...

i subscribe via email! thanks! prhmangel@gmail.com

Lisa R. said...

I am a FB fan and subscriber> Thanks!

Mary D said...

Love it Been wanting to make one of these Thanks for the instruction. I am a follower of here, facebook and by e mail Will share a link
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Pam said...

This is so festive!! Great idea for a piece of jewelery. I usually get each of the girls some kind of necklace or earring, ring, some thing. This box would be perfect to put it in. Thank you for the directions. That's so sweet of you. You always do such wonderful projects. My favorite part of Christmas is Jesus!! Celebrating Him, He is in our daily lives, but we celebrate His birthday just like we do one of our children's. I am a follower, and I get your emails. I love your blog, and you :))) Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

Newbie2crafting said...

I love your explosion box. Very festive. I'm a follower of your blog and your FB page. My favorite moments about Christmas is seeing my daughters reaction on christmas morning. Also taking her to see Santa and the Christmas lights. Its like living through my childhood all over again and I love seeing it through her eyes.

Dana
Danascraftycorner.blogspot.com

Sherrie K. said...

Awesome box! My favorite thing about Christmas is having my children all home for the holiday!! Thanks for sharing your fun project and for a chance to win!
I am a follower already and love your blog!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Sherrie K. said...

I liked you on facebook!
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Sherrie K. said...

Already subscribed by email! Thanks again!
Sherrie K
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Jill Angel said...

I'm a blog follower and my fave part of Christmas is giving gifts and spending time with family :)
Jill
http://craftwithanangel.blogspot.com/

Jill Angel said...

I'm a FB fan!
Jill
http://craftwithanangel.blogspot.com/

Cely said...

Beautiful explosion box. I love the papers and colors you chose!

I'm already a follower. :)

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MJ said...

Oh how neat, I will someday get up the courage to try an explosion box..maybe using these instructions will be a good time to start. thank you MJ

nantastic said...

Love this explosion box. Can't wait to try one.
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nantastic said...

Liked your Fb page.
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scrapperbecka said...

Love your box Amy and thanks for sharing the instructions. My favorite part of Christmas is watching people open the presents I gave them.

PurpleFuntastick Creations said...

Awesome Amy...love your box and yep I copied the instructions! ..lol..you always do amazing things..TFS :)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great explosion box! My favorite part of Christmas is running down he stairs with the kids to see what Santa brought!

Carri~abusybee
www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

A Creative Journey said...

This is REALLY STUNNING! I love the rounded corners for the pages! Thanks for sharing :) I am a follower and a fan. I would be honored if you would check out my blog and become a follower as well at http://acreativejourneywithmelissa.blogspot.com/

Vicki said...

I have seen other explosion boxes but none as complex as this one..I am anxious to try my hand at one..:)

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Vicki said...

I am already a FB fan :)

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Vicki said...

I also am a fan of your blog.

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Vicki said...

I have been a subscriber to your newsletter for a little while now..
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Vicki said...

My favorite part of Christmas is the feelings generated by the music, the Bible Story of Christ's birth, the way people are kind to each other during the season..Wish it could be like that year round...

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Kimmarie Baker said...

Your box is so pretty. I love the papers you used and the punched edge on the bottom of the lid. Thanks for the insructions - I need to make one of these soon. Happy to be in the hop with you. http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com

Lillian Child said...

WOW - love this holiday box! And thanks for the info on how to make one!

Eva said...

OMG!!! I love this...I am so going to try this out soon... thx for the inspiration...I am already a follower...you rock :0)
Eva
evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com

Ildi-The craftin mama said...

This Explosion Box is awesome!! I love it!!! Because of you giving us the directions on how to make this I will be trying this very soon!! Thanks again!! I am your newest follower. Please stop by my blog if you get a chance.

Ildi-The Craftin Mama
www.thecraftinmama.blogspot.com

Ildi-The craftin mama said...

I am now your newest FB follower!! Love your blog!1

Ildi-The Craftin Mama
www.thecraftinmama.blogspot.com

Babe O'Mara said...

Very festive box. Thanks so much for the instructions. Your blog is always full of inspiration.

Babe
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Bunnyfreak said...

My favorite part of christmas is wrapping and giving gifts.

Esther said...

What a darling Christmas explosion box!!!!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wow, this is awesome. TFS

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Just A Pac Rat said...

I am a follower of your great blog.

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