Watching someone’s YouTube video tutorial then creating something from that tutorial…..let’s just say that something got lost in the translation. I distinctly remember Shar saying “Width plus 1/4, height plus 1/4, depth plus 1/4”. Shar had other bits of instruction (quite possibly important to remember) that didn’t sink in. The one thing that has been ringing in my head since watching her video was “This is real EASY”.
Now….do I cut to the chase and give you the instructions for making a box and lid for these Post-It-Note Holders or do I go for the drama and suspense? Tick, tick, tick, tick (I’m thinking).
In my endeavor to be a teacher it seems to me that it would only be the right thing to do in letting you know the pitfalls you might encounter. Learning is all about the mistakes that are made in the process……right?
Yes, I’m going for the drama and suspense 😀
When measuring your item make sure to include anything that extends past the edge that is harder than, say, ribbon. In the photo below I’ve added arrows to indicate a chipboard piece that extends past the edge of the Holder base.
This Holder measures 7-1/8″ wide by 7-3/8″ high and 3/4″ deep. These dimensions do not change. These are the base measurements that you will add any other increments to.
For those of you that know Algebra and are adept with that form of math will have to come up with your own set of numbers mixed with letters. Algebra was something that I could not wrap my brain around. For me…the answer will ALWAYS be “P”! Period.
Stick with me here because this gets tricky and very confusing.
Ultimately you want to have 1/8″ space around your object so that it fits in the box you are creating. Room enough to NOT be squashed in and damaged but not so much room that it slips and slides around, therefore, causing damage from movement.
WIDTH: 7-1/8″ PLUS 1/4″ equals 7-3/8″
HEIGHT: 7-3/8″ PLUS 1/4″ equals 7-5/8″
Adding 1/4″ to the base dimensions gives you the 1/8″ space you desire.
Next you measure for the depth of your object, which in this case is 3/4″. Add 3/4″ to the measurements you have just come up with.
WIDTH: 7-3/8″ PLUS 3/4″ equals 8-1/8″
HEIGHT: 7-5/8″ PLUS 3/4″ equals 8-3/8″
You will still need to add another 1/4″ to have a comfy 1/8″ space inside your box.
WIDTH: 8-1/8″ PLUS 1/4″ equals 8-3/8″
HEIGHT: 8-3/8″ PLUS 1/4″ equals 8-5/8″
This final measurement of WIDTH 8-3/8″ and HEIGHT: 8-5/8″ are what you will cut your paper.
Score ALL around this paper at 3/4″. All four sides will be scored at 3/4″.
After scoring and folding all four sides you will cut TO THE FOLD LINE at the inside connecting fold lines. This will create the little flap that makes your box. Add the adhesive of your choice on the tabs to secure your box.
Attach the flaps with your adhesive and you now have a box.
As you can see, in the photo below, by measuring for the pieces that extend past the base it all fits in the box well.
To create the lid for this box you will add 1/8″ to the WIDTH and HEIGHT for the lid to fit snugly but not way tight.
I’ll save the Belly Band measurements for tomorrow’s post. I don’t know about you but my head is spinning from all this Math just to make the box and lid.
Now I’ll show you my oops boxes before I finally got the measurements right.
I scored this box at 1″ instead of the 3/4″. Wouldn’t have mattered anyway. It is too small.
The box is beneath the Holder. Ain’t no way this Holder is going to fit in the box.
Oops #2 nearly made it but still came up short. So short I could not make the flaps.
Oops #3 was way too big. This was turning out to be the box building version of the Goldilocks story. Momma Bear, Pappa Bear, and Baby Bear. Except my story had one other “Bear” before it was “Just Right” 😀
After many attempts I finally got the blasted thing RIGHT.
Okay, now that you know what to do….at least I hope this instruction was clear….go make your own boxes. I’ve got a ton of them to make today so Joe can deliver them tomorrow to our friend.