First up: a zebra-print box for a pre-teen girl:
This is my first graduation box, apart from the prototype that I never took pictures of. When I got the idea to do a graduation box with a lid that looked like a graduation cap, I researched ways to make the box appear more round, like a real hat. That led me to experiment with making an 8-sided box that, while VERY dramatic in presentation, is more labor-intensive than it is worth, and as such, I do not make these anymore. More about the decision to discontinue those here.
Here is one of those:
(Now, having looked over the last few graduation boxes I've done, I'm wondering if there are any schools out there that have school colors other than red and/or blue?!)
This one is a repeat customer- she purchased the red/blue octagonal box a couple of years ago for her niece. Now her nephew is graduating, and I made this for her:
This one had more personalization in it than any other box I've done! Her nephew is quite an active guy: he swims, plays soccer and tennis, loves music and Colombia, so she wanted all of those things represented, in addition to the symbols for his high school and the college he will be attending. Boy, was it a challenge for me to incorporate all of that! I did it though, and I think she is happy with it! Here's a close-up:
And, finally, I got an order for a graduation box that is NOT red or blue! I was so excited to work on this one! No custom graphics on it, just school logos, so pretty straightforward, and I was able to complete it in a couple of days.
Here's another one that is a little different. The graduate is headed to Harvard for college- wow! Her mom, who purchased the box, asked that the center layer be crimson, which is Harvard's color. I wanted to use the Harvard logo in this box, but their PR page was pretty specific that that was not allowed, so I just used the red, and added sentiments that her mom asked for. She also wanted a blue lid instead of the black, because that's the color of the high school's graduation caps.
Now here's one that is a little bit different. Not only are the colors ones that I have never used before in a graduation box (hooray for something other than red or blue!) but the customer wanted to have a holder for rolled up cash bills. At first, I thought she meant standing up rolled bills, so was thinking of making a tube, similar to a toilet paper tube that the rolled bills could stand up in. She wanted the rolled bills to lay down though, so I suggested a shallow box to lay them in. She was happy with that idea! In order to fit the box, I had to remove the inside layer of the box, so it only contains the larger two layers.
New for the class of 2015. Since I got a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, I have revamped my design, and the layers now lay much nicer together! See the 5th one down and beyond for examples.
This next one was one where I contacted the university to ask for permission to use the logo, but they never responded. Sadly, this is not uncommon. The customer suggested using the heart graphic, and I also used a dimensional graduation cap sticker on the front panels.
Now, onto some of the more creative boxes. Last year, while poking around in the floral section at Michael's, I stumbled upon these cute little terra cotta plant pots that are just 2.5 inches high or so. Adorable! I wondered if I could create a little flower arrangement in one and put it in the center of an exploding box. This was my first experiment with that:
This was my next garden box. I decided I wanted to go with a theme, and picked daisies, because I had some lovely yellow and blue daisy paper.
This one was a custom box, requested by a frequent buyer for his girlfriend's birthday:
This is a Mother's Day box that I made in 2013 but didn't list in my shop until recently:
And this is my most recent creation. This one is brand new for Spring 2014:
This is a recent custom order that I made for a customer who tracked me down at the Jane Austen Faire last month. She remembered me from the previous year and wanted to find me to order a custom box for her daughter's 18th birthday. Her daughter is in the military and likes the color turquoise, is not a girly-girl, is athletic, and loves to read. This is her box:
A Mother's Day box, for a mom who is into Tae Kwon Do:
I mixed some pretty red washi paper in with the martial arts imagery to soften the look a bit and make it pretty. Every mom needs some pretty on Mother's Day!
Another floral box using Japanese washi paper:
And here's something new- an exploding box with a gift card holder in the center!
This next one was a custom order for a customer who wanted to send a nice gift to a friend, who is a hard working FT working mom of a toddler. Boy, do I remember what THAT was like! She sent me photos of her friend and her family to be incorporated into the box, and wanted bright, cheery colors like orange and yellow. I chose this Chiyogami washi paper because it had just the right colors and is very cheerful. I think it turned out great!
Here is a recent custom order for a Valentine exploding box. I worked very closely with the customer, as she had a lot of very specific things she wanted to include.
As you can see, there was a lot of text that I was asked to incorporate, and I got to really test out my Silhouette Studio software! I learned a lot by doing this project- as the ideas came to me, I researched how to create what my mind was seeing, and in the process learned things I had not known before. That is what I love about custom orders- they really make me think outside the box (pun intended!) This one had some neat things- word wrapping around a shape, some cool polygon fill effects, and it was another opportunity to make word collages, like I did in a previous project. The feedback I got from the customer when she saw the photos was very positive.
Here are some highlights from the graduation season 2017:
Note the new cash holder that I added this year! (2017) It has been pretty popular!
Also this year, I am expanding to add customized wedding exploding box cards! This is the first- I made it for a wedding I am attending, and it is made in the couple's wedding colors. I also included a quote and bible verse that they included on their invitation. I am really excited about this one, because I got to try adding reactive foil accents! It's hard to see in the photos, but the gold paper is a shimmery gold, and the panels that are printed in gold are the ones with the foil.
These are not the only boxes I've made- there have been others, mostly graduation boxes,that are similar in style to the ones I've shown here. I've also done a couple of holiday-themed ones, but I am still working on that concept, so haven't yet made one that I'm ready to put "out there". Anyway, my goal here was to have a gallery of examples of boxes that I can easily point customers to when they want to see what else I've done. Hope you've enjoyed browsing!