I started by using the Tim Holtz matchbox die to cut out a box, and I assembled a few items to go inside. I didn't have any sand handy, so I used brown sugar and put it in a bag to test how it would fit in the box once it was done.
The cloud paper is the lid of the matchbox, which the base normally slides into. But instead of gluing the lid together, I left it open and glued it to the back of my base box so it would work as a closing flap instead of a slide-on matchbox lid. I also tested my "sand" for a good fit and added the "H2O means water" sentiment, which I typed in Word and cut out.
I flipped the box over and decorated the front with a beach house that I stamped, watercolored, and adhered to the lid. I also added a small piece of adhesive to the box's flap/lid so it would stay shut.
When you open the box and flip it horizontally, you can set your beach up and it's ready to go! I poured my "sand" out of the back, then nestled everything in and propped it all against the flap, which you can fold up as a nice backdrop. The surfboard and beach ball came from Project Life cards and a paper pack. I made the sunglasses using My Favorite Things' Geek is Chic die set and the book is made from Tim Holtz's Halloween ticket stamp.
Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:
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