Good morning all. It's Kathy Clement from Kathy by Design here, filling in for Sandy, who is still enjoying a romantic anniversary trip to France and Spain. She'll be home soon, but while she's gone I thought I would pop in here and share a few photos and a tutorial for a fun project I've been working on this week.
I love little boxes. There's something wonderful about a small box, wrapped with a ribbon or decorated for gifting that just makes my heart happy. I keep a small pad of sticky notes next to my desk so that I can jot down ideas or lists while I'm working. I also use them for masking off on a project. But I don't like it when the edges of the notes get all curled up and ratty looking. So, the perfect solution is to keep them in a box.
I made two boxes using two different paper sources. For this box
I printed my own double sided paper using the Creating with Vintage Halloween CD. I was able to choose a weight of paper that worked perfectly for making a little box. Here's the inside:
I was happy to find so many papers and images on the Halloween CD that would work well for general fall/autumn projects as well as papers and images that are specific to the Halloween holiday. Versatility is a good thing!
The second box I created was made from Sew Nice Creative Scraps. The paper these scraps are printed on is absolutely perfect for making these little boxes!
Sandy has all these wonderful Creative Scraps on sale for just $1.95, so now is a good time to stock up on them. I think these little boxes would be fabulous as hostess gifts during the holidays, teacher appreciation gifts (teachers love sticky notes!) and great to have on hand for little last minute gifts. They are super cute, quick to make, and unique. I think people really appreciate a hand made gift, don't you?
So, here's the tutorial, in pictures with text:
If you are printing your papers, as I did for the first box, just select the pattern you want, and run a good heavy weight cardstock through your printer.(I use Stampin' Up because it is just the right weight, but you can use whatever you have on hand.) Flip that paper over, and run it through the printer a second time with the pattern you wish to use for the inside of the box. You will need two 6 1/8" squares: one for the top, one for the bottom.
If you are using the Creative Scraps, you can get both 61/8" squares from the same sheet!
Score both squares at 1 1/2" on all four sides. Crease with a bone folder.
Box Base: Cut each of the four corners from the base of the score line to where it intersects with the box, as shown. Use a strong white glue on each of the four tabs.
Try to line them up straight with your scored lines. This will form your box base. Use clips or clothespins to hold in place until the glue dries.
For the box TOP: Cut one side of your square from the score line to where it intersects with the box, just as you did before. On the opposite side, cut the two 1 1/2" squares completely away, leaving only the larger middle flap intact. It should look like this:
Use a corner rounder on each back corner, if desired. This is not necessary, but it does give the box a more finished look. Once you've rounded your corners, add the white glue to the middle flap and attach it to the back of your box base. This forms the hinge for your little box.Now that your box is complete, you can simple decorate it and fill it with sticky notes, chocolates, sewing notions, or whatever gift you choose.
So there you have it. Cute little boxes, all ready to fill and give as gifts! Don't forget to make one for yourself so you don't feel left out! The box I made with the Creative Scraps only took about 20 minutes to make from start to finish because the paper was already decorated. All I had to do was add a frame and a couple little embellishments.
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit the other gals on the team so you can see what they've been up to. They always have great ideas for using your Crafty Secrets goodies. Wishing you joy and creativity,
Kathy...filling in for Sandy...who will be home soon and crafting with a French accent! LOL
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