Vacation Memory Boxes

Vacation Memory Boxes

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
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Additional Information



  • Paper mache box, unfinished or pre-finished suitcase box
  • Cardstock and patterned papers
  • Note cards
  • Themed stickers
  • Papercrafting embellishments
  • Rubber stamps with themed designs
  • Inkpads in assorted colors
  • Punches in star and tag shapes
  • Assorted ribbons
  • Raffia
  • Acrylic paint to coat unfinished boxes
  • Paint brushes
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Adhesive tabs
  • Double-sided tape
  • Anywhere punch
  • CDs
  • Xyron 510 machine
  • Drill
  • Key chain
  • Glue stick
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


  1. Finish both the exterior and interior of the paper mache box with paint and/or patterned paper.
  2. Create a title on the cover of the box by using cardstock and patterned paper cut to the shape of the cover. Layer several papers, making each layer smaller than the one below for a matted look. Using alphabet stickers or computer generated titles, write the destination, date and other information to identify the box. To avoid covering designs on the pre-finished suitcase box, make a tag-shaped title and tie it on the handle.
  3. To hold the extra tickets and pictures, make a memo board on the inside cover of the box, arranging ribbon in a crisscross fashion, gluing the ends in place. Tuck pictures under ribbon.
  4. The photo cards are folded cards with pictures and journaling, accented with papercrafting embellishments. They are all a variation on a single theme: the basic folded card shaped like the inside of the box and topped by a slightly smaller mat. Some feature the photo on the front and the journaling inside; others are the opposite. Begin each page by shaping a piece of folded 12"x12" cardstock to coordinate with the inside shape of the box. Select a coordinating paper cut slightly smaller and adhere to the card. On some pages, use punches to create negative and positive shapes. Ink the edges of some of the papers, add ribbons that extend beyond the paper edge, use rubber stamps to add pattern to the card, use brads to attach flowers and use stickers and rub-ons to highlight your theme. Journal the activities for each day of the vacation and write it on paper or use the computer to create a journaling block.
  5. Use CDs as the cards, drill a hole at the top of each and string them together with a key chain. Use the Xyron 510 machine to apply adhesive to the papers going on the CDs.