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Exploding Box Photo Album

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Some explosions are loud and pretty. Like fireworks.

Other explosions are quiet and pretty. Like this amazing photo album that we’re gonna teach you to make.

That’s right! We’re gonna lead you step by step through the surprisingly simple process of making an Exploding Box Photo Album!

(Don’t worry, it doesn’t really explode. No safety goggles needed.)

Why It’s Cool

beforeYour photos deserve to be seen. And what’s more eye catching than a photo album that opens up like a booming firework?

The Exploding Box album looks beautifully intricate but it’s actually easy to make. It’s the best of both worlds, and your photos will love their new home.



  • 4 Pieces of 12″ x 12″ thick paper or cardstock
  • A bunch of your fave prints
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Making Your Outer Layer

beforeThe outer layer of your box is what you’re gonna see when your box is closed. So make sure to use a patterned paper you really love!

beforeStep 1: Mark Your Paper
With your ruler, measure and mark your paper every 4″ along the border. Connect the marks that are parallel to each other with straight lines.

When you’re done it will look like a tic-tac-toe board!

Step 2: Make Your Wallsbefore
Cut off the four corners so that you’re left with a plus-sign shape.

Fold your paper along the lines to create four walls. If your patterned paper is single-sided, make sure the design is on the outside.

Can you see your box already beginning to take shape?

Finding Your Inner Pieces

beforeThe steps to making your middle and inner layers are identical to the steps above. The measurements are just gonna get smaller each time!

Step 1: Middle Layer
First trim your paper to 10 ½” x 10 ½”.

Next, mark your paper at every 3 ½” all around the border and create your tic-tac-toe board.

Cut out the corners and fold in your walls!

Step 2: Inner Layer
Trim your paper to 9″ x 9″. Create a tic-tac-toe board with 3″ marks.

Cut out your corners and fold your walls inward. Now all three of your layers are done! Time to move on to…

Making Your Lid


Step 1: Create a Border
Trim your paper just a little over 6″ x 6″ (to ensure it’s big enough to fit over your box).

Next, create a 1 inch border around all four sides of your paper.

Step 2: Cut and Glue 
beforeStarting at the lower right corner of your paper, cut the vertical line up to the horizontal line so that you have a little flap. Turn your paper 90 degrees and do this to every corner until you have four flaps.

Fold your paper along the inner border to create the sides of your lid. Glue your flaps to the sides and voila, you have a box lid!

Add Prints and Embellishments


Hey, guess what! The hard part is over and now the fun can begin. Cut up your prints and begin gluing ’em on the layers of your box.

Add stickers, ribbon, or anything else you’d like in order to make your box extra unique–just like you!

Now go and show off the most explosively awesome photo album ever.

Taking it Further

  • Want even more photo albums where the pics jump right out at you? The Flip Flap album is gonna be right up your alley, then.
  • Or keep it mellow and convert your favorite old books into photo albums.
  • Not enough printed photos in your life to fill an exploding box? Sounds like you’re going to want to know all about our secret project at Parabo.Press the moment it launches. Sign up for the Parabo email list!

You love love, and you love it big time. So, go BIG this Valentine’s Day.

Print up a 3 foot x 4 foot Engineer Print to show your love BIG time.

Read along to see three fun ways to spread the love to friends, crushes and soulmates using photos!


1. Mailbox Surprise

Just fold up your Engineer Print, pop it in an envelope and mail it to your long-distance love.

Parabo Press’s EPs (as the cool kids call ‘em) are printed on extra thin paper, perfect for easy hanging and mailing too!

Yeah, your print will get creases in it, but we just love the idea of your giftee unfolding and unfolding and unfolding to reveal the biggest Valentine they’ve ever received.


2. Pin the Heart on the Babe

We may have spent a bit extra time on this part of the photoshoot in the Photojojo Office … this game is serious fun! Everyone gave it a go.

Print up a photo of your favorite heartthrob, cut out some hearts, procure a blindfold, give the first contestant a good spin, and watch them just try to find their way to that cutie’s heart.

It’s the perfect pastime for a Galentine’s Party or a cozy night in – just you, mood music, a box of chocolates and an EP of Michael B. Jordan.


3. Surprise! I love you!

Engineer Prints (available in color and B&W) are the perfect width to tape in your
standard door.

Tape your face looking into a room with an inward opening door to give your favorite someone a BIG surprise.

Just make sure your intended recipient is in the room when you stick up that print.



What are you waiting for?


Three Lovely Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Using Photos

We get it. You need the perfect costume idea.

Whelp, if you like snapping photos and having fun (you sound like our favorite kind of person) look no further!

Check out four easy costume ideas that’ll get you all the best candy (full size only).

Inspector Gadget

Fill a trench coat with gizmos and give your friends a fright followed by relief when they realize you did not dress as a streaker.



Hang the Photo Rope from your neck and use magnets to hang your favorite photos. You’re everyone’s favorite stream of photos. *Liked*


  • A Black Outfit
  • Photo Rope
  • Square Prints (get ‘em free from Parabo Press)

A Beautiful Unicorn

Throw magical colorful clouds around, wherever you go! The more color you fling the more colorful your costume will become.


A Real-Live Photo Booth

Document your favorite costumes and hand out prints as you go. You can even charge your pals for print … just like a real photo booth.


Do you have a super photo-related costume idea? Tell us over on Instagram – we’re @photojojo. Or, show us with #photojojo.

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