Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage

This is a guest post from Amelia of Make Today Creative! So excited to share her awesome DIY with you!

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

Washi tape is a favorite item for just about everyone that scrapbooks and crafts. One easy storage solution for a tape collection is to repurpose a wax paper or aluminum foil box. Not only is it a compact solution, it has a built-in cutting system and holds on average 18 rolls of tape. Using basic crafting tools and scrapbook paper, you can create a custom box to store your tape in an hour or two. It’s also perfect if you want to grab and go to local crops or weekend events. 

Gather your supplies: wax paper or foil box, tape, cutter, scissors, and your favorite paper. I used Amy’s most recent line for American Crafts called Finders Keepers.

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog
Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

Covering the box demands that you measure each panel and area of the box, cutting the paper to fit the size box you are using. I cover the entire box with paper, inside and out, for a more finished look. 

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

For the long sections of the box like the front shown above, cut a 12-inch strip of paper and center it in the space. As you can see, the box is about a half-inch longer than the standard 12-inch paper, so I center the paper and add decorative strips of a contrasting paper, ribbon or Washi tape on each end. This gives the box a finished appearance with a symmetrical design.  

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

When finishing the top, cut the end pieces a smidge wider than what you need to cover. It will look like its hanging over when the box top is open, but when you close the box it will have a cleaner look and cover the raw edge of the cardboard box much better.  

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

When finishing the top, cut the end pieces a smidge wider than what you need to cover. It will look like its hanging over when the box top is open, but when you close the box it will have a cleaner look and cover the raw edge of the cardboard box much better.

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

Wax paper and foil boxes are designed with the one large piece of cardboard which functions as the back, top and front flap that covers the cutting edge. Measure and cut the paper for this area to cover the front and top and a slight overlap to the back of the box. This way there are no cut edges of paper on each panel of the box that leaves a rough edge, or will fray or ding over time as you use the box. Wrapping the paper across the folds creates a much smoother, cleaner appearance.

Here’s how it looks when I got the top paper glued down.  

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

If you use a pattern paper like I did with the bicycles from Finders Keepers, be sure to plan how the pattern will view on the short flap on the front of the box. Plan placement from the front to the back. Since the box folds, you can measure and score where the paper will sit on the box if you choose. Glue the paper to the box, and as you close the lid, crease the panels lightly to get the paper molded to the box.  

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

Once you get the entire outside of the box covered, cut a piece of coordinating paper for the inside of the box. It is important to score the folds for the inside as the box top can begin to get stiff with the layers of paper over the cardboard. Lighter weight scrapbook paper (not cardstock) works well for the inside. Here you can also see that I used Velcro dots for the closure system for the box.  

For the ends of the box in this project, I used Amy’s collection of Washi tapes. They were the perfect size to stack against each other over the end, and use on the back to cover the end gap. The ends can be covered with another paper or even wide ribbon.

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

If you desire, decorate the outside of the box. Add stickers, embellishments, lettering, and other decoration to give it your style. Here’s how mine turned out using paper die cuts, lettering, enamel hearts and Washi from the Finders Keepers collection.  

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

On the back I punched circles from one of the paper selections in Amy’s collection and glued in a strip, adding a die cut decoration.  

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

This project makes a great gift, too. With the holidays coming, why not create a decorative box filled with holiday-inspired Washi tapes!

Wax Paper Box Washi Tape Storage | Guest Post by Amelia Woodbridge | Amy Tangerine Blog

I hope you enjoy this project and get some ideas. Share your box creations on Instagram with hashtag #amytangerine!

Amelia Woodbridge has spent her life living creatively, enjoying crafting, photography, scrapbooking, and other creative pursuits. She shares ideas, projects and favorite things on her blog Make Today Creative. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Guest post by Landria Voigt, author of Super Paleo Snacks

While visiting LA from Atlanta, we were fortunate enough to see our dear sweet friend Amy. And, we were even more fortunate that she wanted to cook with us! How fun!! We decided to bake Molton Lava Cakes, one of our favorite treats that my 10 year old, Alice, loves to make.  What is so great about these cakes is that they are gluten free, made with only real foods that include low glycemic flours (to help keep blood sugar spikes at bay). The ooey gooey chocolate will make you forget they are actually Paleo friendly.

Anyway, this recipe is one of the treats in the “Sweet Treats” chapter of my new book Super Paleo Snacks.  All of my recipes are gluten free, most are low glycemic (for sustained energy), many are nut-free (even excluding the nut free section) and most take under 15 minutes to prepare! They have to or I wouldn't make them!! The chapters are broken out into different times of the day so you can use the right snacks to your benefit. The chapters include snacks for: At Home At Work/School Pre-workout/Exercise/Sports On-the-Road (For commuting, carpool or road trips) Nut Free Sweet Treats.

Below are a few pictures of some of the snacks that will be in the book. What’s so fun about these recipes is that while you will see something like “brownies” in the snack book, you will learn that brownies don’t have to be just for desserts or special occasions. Brownie CAN be a great snack, if they are low in sugar and high in healthy fats and protein!

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You can find these recipes and more in the new Super Paleo Snacks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Indigo, or Bookish.

Hey, Amy is a pretty good cook!

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Mulit-talented woman! What can't she do? Seriously!!

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To quote Amy: "MMMMmmmmm". Enough said.

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And sweet Jack loved them too. And being the adorable, sweet, polite little guy that he is, he tried to share his with Alice. The ladies are going to love him!!! Amy, you better get ready!!

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Thank you Amy and Jack for baking with us! We had a blast!

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Thanks Amy for allowing us to share our Molton Lava cakes with your fabulous audience!!

That was so much fun. Thank YOU, Landria for sharing your amazingly delicious recipes with all of us! Excited to try more recipes from Super Paleo Snacks soon!

Follow Landria and her kid-friendly recipes at stiritup.me, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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PS - Want to get better at what you love to do? Craftsy is having a 50% off flash sale on selected popular classes. I'll be enrolling personally in some cooking and cake decorating classes after I thoroughly enjoyed my little session with Landria and Alice. There's also plenty of papercrafting classes available including my Travel Scrapbooking class! Sale ends on Sunday 4/12.

Plus One | Guest Post by Paige Evans

There is something about using all of the Amy Tangerine Plus One patterned papers together that makes my heart go pitter patter! I've made more than 8 layouts and projects using this line and it seems like every single one uses ALL of the patterned papers - I just can't get enough! Today I'll be sharing 5 layouts featuring the awesome Plus One collection and my favorite techniques!

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I made this layout just for this guest post for Amy - never before seen :) With a handy dandy hexagon punch I made dozens of hexagons and placed them in fitted rings on the center of a gray cardstock base. I love the way the colors pop off of a gray background! To make sure everything stays in place I sewed the paper pieces down with a sewing machine. In the center I layered a photo onto doilies and then used the Kal Barteski "Love" Thickers word for the title. To help draw the eyes all around the page I journaled on the top left and bottom right corners then dropped black India ink around the layout. A smattering of buttons on matching colors of paper finishes it off!

CHERISH THIS

On this layout I used a square punch to make this houndstooth background. Some of the squares are trimmed in half to make the triangles and the others were left whole. I sewed and outlined a few of them for more texture. I filled in three of the empty spaces with journaling - gotta love a visual triangle! I layered a favorite photo of Chris playing with the kids when he got home from work on a wood veneer journaling card, die cut pieces, tag, and ticket sticker. Again I dropped black India ink around the layout and finished with some buttons!

LEARNING HOW TO WALK

Boy oh boy do I love punches! I used a circle punch to make circles from all of the Plus One patterned papers then placed them in rows down a yellow cardstock base. To add interest to a few of the circles I painted underneath them with white paint and then sewed an argyle pattern over the circles to keep them in place permanently. I layered a photo, tag, badges, and alphabet/Thickers title on the bottom left corner then journaled around one of the circles and dropped black India ink in three places for a visual triangle.

NO WAY JOSE

Once again punches came to the rescue! I used a petals punch to layer Plus One patterned paper pieces and make these dimensional flowers held together with fabric brads and puffy stickers - all from the Plus One line. On the background I watercolored a rainbow and sewed a few diagonal lines to make more texture. In the center I layered a photo, tag, wood veneer card, and the title. The photo is of Jane trying to take over my box of American Crafts supplies. I said, "No way Jose!" :)

Seriously Darling

On this final layout I used another of my favorite techniques which is backing large die cut shapes made with my Silhouette Cameo using patterned papers! So here I die cut the doily (from the Silhouette Online Store - design ID #51759) from white cardstock and backed it with patterned papers from the Plus One collection and adhered it on a gray cardstock background. In the center I sewed a round black & white photo of darling Jane and titled it Seriously Darling using the Kal Barteski Thickers. I edged the layout with the thin washi tapes from the Plus One collection - I love how it adds color all the way around the layout! Again I dropped black India ink for a dash of whimsy and journaled on the bottom right corner.

Thanks for letting me share some Plus One layouts! - Paige

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Shop for Plus One at your local scrapbook stores and online at Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp!

Photo-Ops | Guest Post by Ann-Marie Espinoza

One of the best parts about working with Amy these past couple of years has been her willingness to let me photograph so much of her life. Today I thought it would be fun to share some of favorite moments that we've been able to capture thus far! We documented her ever-growing bump: Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaWhich later turned into her ever-growing baby Jack: Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaWe rounded up the family for a few impromptu portraits: Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaWe wandered around town: Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaLundeen's | Culver City, Ca | via Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaWe hung out in her studio: Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie EspinozaWe then moved to the house for a snack break: Amy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaBaby Jack | Amy Tangerine | Photo by Ann-Marie Espinoza Amy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAnd every so often, we would even get a photo together: Amy Tangerine +  Ann-Marie EspinozaNo matter where we are or what we're doing, Amy is always down for a photo op. She's my kind of girl.

Sunny Days *Guest Post*

Block_Island_Organics_frisbeeHi, I'm Kelly and Amy has graciously let me post today about a subject that’s near and dear to my heart...or rather skin. Today I’m here to talk about the importance of suncare. Amy and I are friends through her partner JC and I spent probably too much time at a recent dinner party they had discussing this subject. I’m actually also a partner in a mineral suncare brand called Block Island Organics. Our company’s mission is to provide safe, effective and loveable non-toxic suncare products. With the summer around the corner and the sun staying out longer, it’s time to make sure we take extra care of our skin. Truthfully it should be a year-round habit but for a lot of people it's top of mind as summer approaches. Do you know that the sun is the biggest culprit of skin damage? And the ultimate way to prevent your skin from aging and skin cancer is sunscreen. For example, a recent study came out of the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia concluded that a bit of sunscreen can provide 100% protection from skin cancer. The quote is pretty powerful:

"Researchers found sunscreen provides 100 per cent protection against all three forms of skin cancer: BCC (basal cell carcinoma); SCC (squamous cell carcinoma); and malignant melanoma."

Few things in life are 100% so now can you see why I love something like sunscreen. To get the full benefits of sunscreen their recommendation is to use it everyday with multiple applications throughout the day.

My personal rule is that if I’m going out in the sun, I need to wear sunscreen. Since I wear sunscreen daily, I prefer to use a non-toxic product on my skin. There are two options in sunscreen: mineral and chemical. So what’s the difference? The difference is in the sunscreen’s active ingredients. Mineral sunscreen active ingredients are titanium dioxide and / or zinc oxide, natural ingredients from the earth. Chemical sunscreen active ingredients are not natural. The Environmental Working Group expressed concern over the use of these chemical active ingredients. You can go to their web site to find more information on this subject (http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/). Oh and active ingredients are what prevent the suns’ rays from doing their harm (it protects you from UVA and, ideally, UVB rays). Now there might also be some chemicals in a mineral sunscreen so remember to look at the inactive ingredients as well. At Block Island Organics our sunscreens include natural and / or certified organic ingredients.

I wish I knew about the importance of sunscreen from an early age. To be honest it didn’t become a part of my daily habit until my 30s. And sun damage is actually cumulative so the earlier you start, the better. I welcome the opportunity to tell parents (and kids & teens) about the benefits of using sunscreen early on in life. For new parents out there, a side note, some dermatologists recommend using zinc only sunscreens for babies 6 months and up. Titanium dioxide is safe but some say zinc is better for sensitive skin plus it's a naturally occurring compound in the body. Additionally zinc oxide is known for its antimicrobial properties, which can help to enhance wound healing. For babies under 6 months it’s recommended to cover up and stay out of the sun as much as possible rather than using sunscreen.

I hope you learned a little bit more about the benefits and importance of sunscreen in my post today. Please feel free to reach out with any questions in the comments below or on Block Island Organics. Stay protected and enjoy the sun!Jack with his Block Island OrganicsThanks Kelly! We've been using it on Jack, and he even likes the packaging. Through May 15, receive 20% off your order using the code: amytangerine on Block Island Organics.