How to Make a Lunchbox Scrapbook and Recipe Card

Keep treasured photos and recipes together in a decorated metal lunchbox with these simple steps.
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Lunchbox Scrapbook

Materials and Tools:

12-inch paper trimmer
adhesive machine
adhesive roller or glue
coordinating patterned paper
coordinating ribbon
metal lunchbox
craft knife
cutting mat


1. Cut six patterned paper strips with a paper trimmer: four wide strips to cover the sides and two thin strips for decoration.

2. Flip the lunchbox over and place it on top of a piece of decorative paper. Trace around the top of the lunchbox. Cut out the shape along the line, place it on top of the lunchbox and pinch the paper around the handle to form an indentation in the paper, marking the location of the handle. Cut out the paper so it will fit around the handle.

3. Cut five lengths of coordinating ribbon long enough to go around the lunchbox.

4. Run all paper and ribbon items through an adhesive machine.

5. Attach the wide pieces of paper to the lunchbox, back pieces first. Attach the narrower pieces of patterned paper to the lunchbox, again attaching the back pieces first. Cut the paper around the latch of the lunchbox with a craft knife.

6. Attach the top piece to the lunchbox, being careful to not tear the paper as you work it around the lunchbox handle.

7. Adhere a piece of ribbon to the top rim of the lunchbox. Adhere another piece of ribbon to the edge of the lid.

8. Attach another strip of ribbon below the latch. Attach the fourth piece of ribbon where the patterned paper seam shows to conceal the seams and edges.

9. Attach the last piece of ribbon around the bottom edge of the lunchbox.

10. Cut several 2-inch strips of ribbon to tie to the handle area of the lunchbox.



Scrapbook Recipe Card

Materials and Tools:

12-inch paper trimmer
awl or paper piercer
acid-free archival glue
foam brush
standard hole punch
black dye ink pad
black archival journaling pen or computer
red acrylic paint
brown card stock for base
red card stock tags
black letter stickers
chef-patterned paper
mulberry flowers
gold mini-brads and large brads
red ribbon
alphabet rubber stamps


1. Cut the card-stock base for the recipe card according to the size of the lunchbox.

2. Dry-brush red acrylic paint on the edges and background of the card stock.

3. Tear the chef paper into two pieces and, using acid-free archival glue, attach one piece to the right side of the card stock and the other to the left side.

4. Cut a red tag in half. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the tag end that doesn't have a hole. Angle the corners so the two tags looks alike, and ink the edges of the tags with black ink.

5. Punch two holes in the left tag with an awl or paper piercer; place the flowers on top, and thread the mini-brads through the holes. Make a hole with the awl in the right tag. Attach a flower and a mini-brad through the hole.

6. Place large gold brads in the tag holes.

7. Attach the tags with archival adhesive to the front of the recipe-card base.

8. Cut ribbon and wrap it around the brass brads to make a holder for the recipe card.

9. Cut brown card stock for the backing for the recipe card to 4¼ by 6¼ inches.

10. Cut red card stock to 4 by 6 inches and ink the edges in black for the recipe card.

11. Write the recipe on the red card with a black journaling pen, or use a computer to type it.

12. Rubber-stamp the recipe title onto the card stock base and slide the recipe into the ribbon holder.

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