Photoplay Brainiac Explosion Box

Photoplay Brainiac Exploding Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Photoplay Brainiac Explosion Box for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello Friends!  The yellow school busses are rolling here in North Carolina, so it seems like a good time to share this Photoplay Brainiac Explosion Box project with you.  It’s Make & Take Tuesday after a very full, happy and busy weekend with family supper, birthday celebration and baby shower.  So I don’t have a tutorial for  you today, but I do have a video with tips and ideas.  We have one more birthday weekend to get through this month, and then it should be easier to keep things on track here.

Photoplay Brainiac Exploding Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Photoplay surprised me a couple weeks ago with this lovely new collection.  I’m such a sucker for plaid, and the blue plaid in these papers is really special.  They also tucked in one of their new explosion box folios as a special treat.  I’ve made several different versions of explosion boxes in the past, and can attest to the fact that they are really fun to make.  Photoplay’s Explosion Box comes all pre-cut, pre-scored and ready to put together with directions that are very easy to follow.  What a time saver!

Layers of Fun

PhotoPlay Explosion Box Brainiac by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

The inside of the box is a little tricky to photograph, but as you can see here, the box is made from 3 stacked layers, each one a little larger than the first.  Photoplay has cut all the slash pockets and such, so you really can just focus on the fun part, which is adding the designer papers.    You’re looking at the slash pocket layer, which is the largest, measuring 4×4 inches. I die cut cute tags to stuff in the pockets with room for photos and journaling.

The next layer of pockets easily holds the 3×4 journal cards from the paper collection.  I cut these out in twos, then scored between the images to create mini folios for the pockets.  By the way, the thumb hole on the explosion box base is already punched, but you will need to punch your designer papers if you want them to match up.

The final layer is the perfect size for more small tags and photo booth sized photos.  Although the kit comes with a scored accordion pull out, I wanted mine to be slightly larger, so I changed up the design a bit.

Photoplay Brainiac Explosion Box Video on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at all the fun elements in this project, I hope you’ll enjoy this short video tour with tips and ideas.  We’ll also take a closer look at the Brainiac paper collection.

Please enjoy this video tutorial over on my YouTube channel. 

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




6 thoughts on “Photoplay Brainiac Explosion Box

  1. MaryH

    “Wowzers!” Kathy, this leaves me speechless! My thought: This is not only a work of art but from your heart.

  2. Susan Steele

    Oh my goodness Kathy!!! This is just amazing! And as cute as can be! Absolutely adore how you decorated this up with those fun papers! Luv those locker papers and those cute made tags to jot notes on! I luv making Explosion boxes and this one is just awesome! Thanks for sharing your creation! Big hugs, Suzy Q

  3. Gena Krannig

    OH my, Kathy! What a wonderful, fun, fantastic creation! This has so many fun elements and cute images. I like the school lockers! This has to be so much fun to put together! Any kid would really have a great time with this. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  4. Rebecca Nicklin

    Wonderful video and project, Kathy. Great idea for the fifth installment of my niece’s annual school journal/album birthday gift…buying the supplies now!

  5. Joni E

    This explosion box has so many great elements to it! Thanks for sharing while so busy with family. Enjoy all your time with them!!

  6. Donna Moore

    Greetings Kathy. This explosion box is the cat’s pajamas. I’m thinking of making one for each of my grandchildren. A gift from the heart instead of something electronic. Thank you for your generous spirit in sharing your clever creations.
    Warm Regards,

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