Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Tuesday Tutorial

Last year about this time I was in search of an easy project to store my cards for the upcoming year and to give them as gifts. This was a project I was going to use in a class so it needed to be quick to put together. I searched blogs and tutorial all over the web and found project that were using too much paper or took too much time. Finally, I came up with this quick and easy design that used only one sheet of 12" x 12" paper. Instructions for 8 1/2" x 11" sheets also available at the end of this tutorial.

Now...on with the show...

What you'll need:
· 12" x 12" cardstock or decorative paper
· Scor-pal or scoring tool.
· Very tacky tape (red line, scor-tape) or glue
· Embellishments (a great way to use up your scraps)







1. Score your cardstock at 3" & 6" as shown





2. Turn your paper a quarter turn and score again at 3" & 9" as shown




3. Fold all of your score lines. Always fold away from your score mark. When you score, the fibers of your paper are broken up to fold that way.




4. Cut into your 3" & 9" margins to the first intersection on the 3" & 6" lines. Do this on both sides.



5. Trim diagonally as shown. This is the top of your box.



6. Add your adhesive to the outside of the middle flaps and the inside of the bottom flaps as shown.



7. Fold the top diagonally cut flap over the outside of the middle flap on each side of your box.



8. Fold the bottom flap over the top and middle flap on both sides to form the bottom of your box.



To make your box sturdier, add a little extra cardstock around the inside of your box. This gives it a finished decorative look but also sturdies it up a bit.




Our design team came up with their own versions of the card file box...




For an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper, trim paper to 10" and score at 2" & 8" then turn paper to the 8 1/2" side and score at 2" & 4" and follow directions 3-8


I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Comments are welcome.

19 comments:

Judy Calderbank said...

Hi - just found you on splitcoast - this box is exactly what I've been looking for plus it is sooooo simple - thanks so much for sharing

Judy

Sabrina MacDonald said...

This is pretty cool it looks like it could also be used for a recipe box too, or coupon holder/organizer if you added tabbed dividers. I like this project, thanks for posting. Never seen one before.

Pugnacious Stamps and Designs said...

I need to make time and sit to do this one Super CUTE .

kc_froglady said...

this is fabulous - I just made my first one and see several more in my future! I am going to use it for my DD as a recipe holder or wait maybe my mom a card holder...he he I guess I have to make another right quick so I don't have to choose :)

Sophia said...

I love 3D paper projects, and this box is awesome! I'm always giving card gifts, so I'll probably be making one soon. :) Thanks for sharing!

kc_froglady said...

WOOT WOOT - I posted mine on my blog today and could not for the life of me find the link or the directions in order to give credit for the tut and link to it so thanks to being behind on my google reader I found it again when I saw your post showing some you made :) LOL! Check my blog for mine if you want to see it.

Anonymous said...

very cute and so clever and easy, thanks for sharing

Sandra P said...

This box ist fantastic! Great job.

Sandra

Wendy said...

This is a great little box, just made it, and so quick, I just need to decorate before posting on my blog, I will link back to you.
Thanks for this I can see me making lots more

Yvonne said...

Oh how much fun was this to make , thanks to wendy showing me where to find it ( above) . have posted mine on my blog too , if you would love to see.

kaz_za's crafty corner said...

i love this tut... now why didnt i get to know about this in the mornin.. i had the whole day off and could have played loads.... will save it for another day now
kaz_za

Elaine L. said...

I had so much fun making this box! Your directions were wonderful. Here's the link to my blog showing the one I made. http://cardscatscollections.blogspot.com/2010/01/contain-yourself.html

I also posted it on SCS and got a great response to it. Thanks!

Leonie said...

This is super cool! I cant wait to give it a go!

Ildiko said...

I thought I left a comment on your blog but looks like didn't sorry abd my bad maners. I enjoyed making this thanks to Wendy (few post abow) who found you and showed us this. I had a great fun to make thi and just abt to make a 2nd one lol Thanks for the brill tutorial
Hugs
Ildiko

sonia said...

This is a great project quick and easy i made 1 last night while i was in bed,im not lazy i was poorly lol, but making this cheared me up i got my hubby running round for my materials lol you should of seen him. Thankyou so much for sharing this project.

Sonia

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DogE.Dazzle said...

Just found this! Thanks.....so cute....already have two made. Saving to FAVORITES!!

AmyJ said...

Very cute...I love this...