Family Tree Hinged Box

By  Kriss Cramer 

size: 5-1/2"x8-1/4"

  • Family Tree Hinged Box
  • Inside View
  • Inside View


  • Hinged wooden box with clasp (found box used, an alternate source)
  • Cream cardstock (or recycled manila folders)
  • Pewter metal bookplates and brads (Making Memories)
  • Brown/black thin ribbon (Michaels)
  • Clip art images (Crafty Secrets)
  • Gaffer Tape (7gypsies)


  • Stamps: Faux Alphabet, Marvels of Nature, Fall Leaves (Innovative Stamp Creations); Love Notes Alphabet (Ma Vinci’s Reliquary); Monogram Alphabet (The Stamping Studio); Pointers (Purple Onion Designs)
  • Ink pads (Ranger): Archival Jet Black; Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Faded Jeans and Aged Mahogany
  • Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers (Ranger): Cloudy Blue; Espresso; Mushroom
  • Inkssentials (Ranger): Cut N Dry Foam; Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Gel Medium (Liquitex)
  • Paper Distresser (Tonic Studios)
  • Craft Drill (Fiskars)
  • Small hole punch
  • Extra Strength Glue Stick (Elmers)
  • Optional: All-In-One Printer (3210) and Photo Paper (Hewlett-Packard)
  • Optional: Adobe Photoshop Elements (Adobe)

Basic Supplies

  • scissors
  • Box
  • 1. With box clasp facing you, mark four equally-spaced dots along lid edge for ribbon placement. Holes should be equally spaced between box edge and clasp. Repeat on bottom edge of box. Drill holes.
  • 2. Paint inside of box Cloudy Blue and outside Espresso. Highlight outside of box here and there with Mushroom paint. Let dry.
  • 3. Cut one 5"x7-3/4" cardstock or manila panel. Follow "Burnt Edge Technique" instructions to give cardstock an aged appearance. Use Black Soot to stamp "the Family Tree" and tree image on inked panel. Adhere to lid with Gel Medium.
  • Burnt Edge Technique:
  • 1. Place cardstock panel on non-stick craft sheet. Ink entire panel Antique Linen using blending foam; use a circular motion to create even coverage. Beginning on craft sheet off edge of panel, frame panel with Vintage Photo ink, working blending foam in circular motion across cardstock toward center. Work Vintage Photo about a quarter way into the panel. Repeat with Walnut Stain ink, working it in circular motion about halfway into the Vintage Photo ink. With each color, you ink a smaller area, creating a gradation of light to dark tones. Apply Black Soot ink to cardstock edges, direct from pad. Use clean piece of Cut N Dry foam to blend all inks from outside edge toward center. Distress paper edges with distressing tool. Note: This technique can be used with any combination of Distress Inks; always work from lightest to darkest and finish with Black Soot edges.
  • Pages
  • 1. Cut twelve 4-3/4"x7-3/4" cardstock or manila panels. Follow "Burnt Edge Technique" instructions to give pages an aged appearance.
  • 2. Open box and align six pages on each side with holes in box. Mark placement and punch holes in each stack of pages, about 1/4" from edges. Note that pages in lid open to left and pages in base open to right.
  • 3. Use photos as a guide to decorate pages. Designer created her book with her family tree information on the left and her husband's on the right. Photographs were scanned and printed. Black text boxes were created in Microsoft Word using white text on a black background, then printed onto photo paper.
  • 4. Stamp words and leaves with Black Soot ink. Use blending foam to tint large leaves Aged Mahogany. Double stamp small leaves; stamp solid leaf with Aged Mahogany and outline leaf with Black Soot.
  • 5. Cut cardstock or manila frames slightly larger than photos. Stamp Faded Jeans background on frames and blend with blending foam. Add clip art and other embellishments to pages.
  • 6. Cut eight 8" ribbon lengths and insert one through each hole in two stacks of pages. Position pages in box and insert ribbon ends through drilled holes. Tie ribbon bows on outside edge of box to secure pages and allow flexibility to turn pages.