Hey crafter, you’re going to love this Book in a Box Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter! It’s a totally fun and fresh way to use stamps, ink and paper to make a one-of-a-kind gift for someone!

If you’re new to my Behind the Paper regular feature, this series will introduce you to some super crafting friends! You’ll get to see them show off just a tiny bit with a stamps, ink and paper!

For this month’s featured artist, Kathleen is bringing us her book in a box idea, made with wonderful maritime flair.


This is the front of Kathleen’s box, made with the Seashells 3D embossing folder and Seaside Shells dies. She’s first embossed Pearlescent specialty paper and sponged them to add more depth and drama. You can achieve this same look with a Blending Brush and your ink pad.

Let’s get to know Kathleen just a little bit more.

An Interview with a Paper Crafter

Why did you start paper crafting? 

My interest in creating art cards with stamps started when I was visiting my son and his family in Nova Scotia one summer. My daughter-in-law took me to a craft store there, which had stamps and other crafting materials. We signed up for a class in card-making. I discovered that with stamps, paper and ink, I,  whose artistic talent was limited to stick people, could create something beautiful.

What “hooked” you about making your own handcrafted cards and items?

The ability to make something that made others smile or gave them a lift on a bad day.

How Colourful Are These Pages – and Lots of Love Went Into Crafting Them

How much time do you spend crafting?  When is your BEST time to craft?

I’m not a stamp-every-day stamper. I can go for days without crafting, then make cards every day for two weeks. I generally stamp mornings or early in the afternoon, because the light in my craft room is too dark to stamp in the evening.

Give yourself a fun “Crafting Name!

Story Stamper!

The Box the Book Fits In – Also Handmade

What – if anything – don’t you like about paper crafting?  

The cost of materials! I really appreciate Stampin’ Up’s bundles and of course, Sale-a-bration!

What advice would you give to someone just starting to paper craft?

Don’t worry about “getting it right”, and don’t be intimidated by the awesome cards of experienced crafters. CASE the designs and layouts you like, find a coordinator to advise you, and have fun! You’ll develop skills and eventually find your own style.

That’s great advice Kathleen!

Items Still Available

Kathleen showed us how to mix and match stamps and colour, dies and paper for a thoughtful gift. As of today’s date, some of her supplies are no longer available from Stampin’ Up! But here’s what you can still pick up if you’d like to take her idea and run with it!

Click on any of these items to add them to your own supplies.

A Few Supplies Kathleen Used

And if you’d like another simple idea featuring the Seashells 3D embossing folder check out this design I shared.

Want to See Your Designs Here?

I’d love to showcase your handmade artwork! Whether you are a beginner or more “seasoned” crafter, everyone would love to see your designs.

If you’d like to see your designs here, contact me at [email protected].

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Kathleen’s sweet little book in a box! (And I’ll be sure to pass them on to Kathleen!)

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I like to ask my Behind the Paper interviewees this question too.

What was your most recent favourite design you made?  Why did you like it?

A Book in a Box! I found the idea online a few years ago, and tried different variations on the theme until I found what works for me. The little book is slightly larger than ATC (Artist Trading Cards) size, and fits in the box I make for it. The book gives me the chance to create a story with pictures.

Book in a Box

We love the care you took with your design too Kathleen.

I hope you enjoyed Kathleen’s Book in a Box idea – we’ll see you again soon when you can learn a little more about my next featured artist!

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