Thursday, December 15, 2011

Day 5 Stationery and Card Holder-10 Days of Handmade Gifts for $10 or less

Our fun handmade gift today is a stationery box- all made with cardstock and paper. The box opens up to reveal special spots for you to fill with some beautiful handmade cards, tags and envelopes.

Lets get started!


2 pieces 12 x 12 Coordinating Paper

3 pieces 12 x 12 Cardstock (2 Coral, 1 Green)
Lined Paper

2 feet each of 3 different ribbons or trims
2 Medium brads
2 Small brads

Tools & Adhesive: Trimmer, Scissors, dry adhesive like tape runner, super tape or photo tape, Glue dots or other adhesive for ribbon, stapler, scoring tool like Scor Pal, hole punch

Box Base:
Score a 12x12 piece of cardstock at 5” and 7”
Turn and score 3” and 9” in the other direction.
Cut sides to score lines. Fold these cut pieces into the center and glue down for extra support. This will make the bottom of your card box.

Cut 1 3/4” off each of the TOP FLAPS ONLY. Score the bottom flaps at 1” and 11”.

Cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/4 x 4 1/4. Score both short sides and one long side at 1 1/4”. Trim corners and adhere to top of your stationery box-see photo

Note and Tag Holders:
Cut a piece of cardstock 2x12, cut that into two pieces 5 1/2 x 2 and 4 1/2 x 2. Score both pieces at 1/2” and 1” from each short end. Apply adhesive and attach to top of card box-see photos.
Box Lid:
Cut a piece of cardstock 10 1/8 x 6 1/8. Score at 2” on all sides. Trim corners and fold up to form lid.
Cut 1 3/4 x 12 and 1 3/4 x 7 strip of coordinating paper. Fit around lid, creasing where needed for corners. Adhere, trim off any extra.
Wrap ribbon around box lid, tie in the front. Add adhesive under ribbon to secure.

Address Book/Notepad
Cut lined paper 3 1/2 x 6, fold in half.
Cut paper or cardstock for cover 6 1/2 x 3 3/4, score and fold in half. Insert paper, punch two holes and insert brads. Adhere address book to the bottom half of card box. Make sure to leave enough room for your pen.

Stamp Envelope
Cut a piece of paper or cardstock 2x3. Score at 1/2” on both short sides and one long side. Fold scored pieces under, trim corners slightly and glue down beside address book.

Pen Loop
Cut a piece of paper or cardstock 2 x 1 1/2”. Fold loosely in half to form a loop. Do not crease. Attach loop to stationery box bottom using brads to secure. You can also make a pen loop with a piece of ribbon.

Cover the Outside Panels of the Stationery BoxFront: 5 3/4 (w) x 4 3/4 (h)-make sure you do this AFTER you attach the pen loop.
Sides: 1 3/4 (w) x 4 3/4 (h)-cut two

Cover the Inside Panels of the Stationery Box
Note and Tag Holder Pockets:
Tag Pocket-2 1/4 (w) x 1 3/4 (h)
Note Pocket– 3 1/4 (w) x 1 3/4 (h)
Sides: Sides: 1 3/4 (w) x 4 3/4 (h)-cut two

Now fill up your box with lots of fun cards, tags and envelopes!

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