Lauren, her wonderfully supportive husband, with their 3 beautiful children live in New Hampshire. Alexa is 8, Noah 5, and Amber 3.

In February 2006 Laurens oldest daughter Alexa (6 at the time) was diagnosed with Leukemia. There were a lot of scary times, and long hospitalizations. Alexa has a good prognosis and is doing well. She still has a year of treatment left. That experience taught Lauren so much about making the most of EACH day. Don't put things off for tomorrow, if you can do it today. A stamp set was created by Missy B Designs called Alexa's Set, in honor/support of Lauren’s daughter Alexa, with profits to benefit the Pediatric Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Before becoming a stay at home Mom, Lauren was a nurse. Needing some “me” time she was always on the search for creative outlets but once she picked up her first stamp, the passion began. Paper crafting has brought great joy and has turned into an occupation. She is currently a Concept Designer for Lizzie Anne Designs, My Favorite Things Stamps, Green Grass Stamps, All That Scraps, and was a part of the SCS Dirty Dozen from March till August. Lauren is also a Featured Reporter for The Craft Critique. Her creations have been published in all the major stamping and paper crafting magazines.

The stamp set used in this project is  called “Make a Wish” by Gina K designs. A portion of the sales goes to support the Make a Wish Foundation.

 Lauren feels that being able to take what you love to make a difference in other peoples lives is absolutely priceless, and the most rewarding thing a person can do. Stamping has an amazing community of giving, caring and wonderful people.






Our Resident Instructor is Lauren Meader

Make a Wish Window Box

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It is important to read  through the complete instructions before you begin


Supplies needed



Patterned cardstock in 2 co-coordinating patterns/colors

Circle (or other shape) cutting system (coluzzle used here)

Scor-Tape™ ( red tape shown in picture)

2 magnetic/Velcro closures (Basic Grey magnetic closures used here)

Acetate sheet (window sheet or transparency)


Stamping on the transparency is optional.

Stamp set of choice (optional

StazOn ink (optional step)

Copic Markers (optional step)



Step 1: Patterned cardstock size is 8" x 12". Align 12” length with left fence. Score at the 1" groove.

Step 2: Turn paper so the 12” length is aligned with the top fence. The previous 1"score is shown in red.


Score at 5", 5 1/2", 6", 10 1/2", 11" and 11 1/2".

Step 3: Turn paper so the other 8” length marked with 1 is aligned with the right fence. Score at 11 1/2".



Your completed scored paper will look like this.

Step 4:

Now cut to form the bottom of the box. Snip the bottom of scored portion up to the 1" score line. Snip at ½”, 5”, 6”, 10 ½"  and 11 ½" score. Snip away rectangles made at either end.


Step 5:

Use Scor-Tool to further flatten folds. This is the finished scored box. Do not glue together.


ACETATE WINDOW - Acetate size is 4" x 4".

Step 1:

Use your shape template to cut a circle or other shape into the centre of the box.

Step 2:

Optional Using Black StazOn ink stamp an image on the acetate. Turn the image over and color with Copic markers or other alcohol based markers.

Step 3:

Use Scor-Tape™ (redline shown) around circle window cut out.

Step 4:

Remove adhesive backing and attach window. Apply Scor-Tape™ (redline shown) to the 1/2" flap. Assemble the bag. Fold in bottom. Apply Scor-Tape™ to the last flap folded in.




Patterned cardstock is 4" x 4 1/2"


Along the 4" side score at 2" and 2 1/8". Use Scor-Tool to sharpen folds.   

Adhere back of flap to back of box with Scor-Tape™.

Apply the magnetic closures or other closures.

Voilà a gorgeous Make a Wish Window Box!