Finding a better use for the plastic boxes from Stampin’ Up! wood mounted stamps.

First, I wish to take a few moments to thank all of the Operation Write Home card makers who stopped by my blog last week.  Seriously, I thought something had gone wrong with my blog stats thing.  Usually my number of visitors, on a high traffic day, is 60.  To see there were 500 that came by totally blew me away.

A heartfelt “Thank You” goes out to all of you who came by to take a gander at my public outing of a problem I have with paper.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

My scrap paper project has been handled and I am quite happy with the results.  This new project is to find out just exactly what kinds of rubber stamps I have hidden away in several drawers.  I don’t consider myself a card maker…mostly because I don’t think I have the knack for it.

I accumulated several Stampin’ Up! stamps a few years back.  Most of which remained in their boxes unused and chucked into the dark cavern of my closet.  Not willing to spend the time involved in becoming a deft rubber stamp artist I pretended those blocks of wood with rubber on them were not even here.  Time to get those stamps out of the dark and into the light.  I need to take an inventory of what I have.  I like the idea of making cards for our military heros to have something to send home to their family members.

I have a small crafting area and those boxes take up a lot of space.  First on the agenda is to get all of the Stampin’ Up! wood mounted stamps unmounted.  That project has been completed.

Stampin' Up! plastic boxes

I have a package of weekly time cards I purchased from my local office supply store about three years ago.  They have sat on a shelf and been forgotten.

Weekly time cards

These time cards are 4″ wide by 7″ long.  I’ve lopped off the top inch, removing the punched holes, for the cards to measure 4″ x 6″.

Time cards cut to 4" x 6"

I am the proud owner of a recipe box given to me by my daughter, Carissa, a couple years back.  That box will do nicely.

Recipe box

The time cards fit nicely in the box and the stamped images are there for me to see.

Stamped images on the time card back.

I have created a video to show you how I use the plastic boxes for my stamp storage solution.  The lids are cut off, trimmed down, and attached to photo copy paper that I have copied the cards to.  This video takes you, briefly, through the steps of unmounting the rubber stamp and making it sticky backed with the use of Two Way Glue.  I show you what I have come up with to reduce the space taken up by those boxes.  My rubber stamps are going to be in a couple of 3-ring binders when I’m finished.

Once I have completed this project I will have to think about another one.  What to do with all those blasted wood blocks!

Wood blocks left over from the unmounting

The plastic boxes have come in handy for my bead drawer.  That thing is a tangled mess.

My bead drawer

Stampin' Up! boxes to the rescue

Much better

What is your system for knowing what rubber stamps you have?  How do you keep track of your stamps?  Do you prefer wood mounted over the cling mount?  I’d love to know what you do with your stamps.


Hello. My name is Leslie and I am a paper hoarder.

Scraps.  Man those bits of paper can take over your craft area.  They are the abandoned children of the whole sheets of paper.

Most paper crafters get so excited about the new lines that come out several times a year.  We hot foot it to the nearest scrapbooking store or craft/hobby store to romance the new collections.  I do mean romance these papers.

Alright, I have to speak for myself and no one else.  I’m really bad about this.  I love paper with texture and that has some weight.  I’m not a big fan of the design paper that is almost the weight of photocopier paper.  I like my paper to have some heft to it….some meat on its bones – kind of like me 😉

If you have gone to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and picked up a pad of paper by DCWV, K&Company, or Recollections to find the 2 inch round sticker holding the pad closed torn away that means I have beat you to the paper.

I have to see the full page, feel the texture, look at the printed designs, feel the weight of the paper, listen to it as I flick from one page to the next.  If a particular sheet of paper captures my total attention I have spent several minutes looking at the colors, images, and light reflection.  If the paper has that machined embossing that shines over some of the images I have to feel the whole sheet.

My craziness is akin to when Joe and I were first married.  Every chance I got I would run my fingers through his hair, touch the skin on his arm, brush my hand over his clothing, give a little squeeze of his backside.  This paper “fetish” is almost the same.  I have to touch my fingertips to the sheet of paper.  Let my fingers gently run across the face of it.  Open my hand and let my palm run over the texture caressing the slick surface of the product applied to the paper.  Let my fingertips trace the glitter applied to the papers.  Give the paper a gentle squeeze to feel the thickness of it.

When I have made my purchase I fantasize what I could make with the paper once I get home.  Sometimes I get so caught  up in my solo orgy that I forget to purchase glue, adhesive, or any other type of embellishments to go with the paper.  When I reach home I can’t wait to rip the packaging from the paper and freely run my  hands over each and every sheet enjoying it to the fullest without looking over my shoulder to see if there is someone else close looking askance at me.

When I have a project in mind for the papers I get out my trimmers and begin cutting away.  The scraps are shunted off to the side to be later dumped, unceremoniously, in a storage bin somewhere.  These scraps will languish away and be forgotten.  They no longer serve a purpose in my creative life.

One morning earlier this week I found a website whose sole aim is to gather greeting cards from crafters to be sent to our service people to be able to have cards to send home to their loved ones.  OWH “Operation Write Home” has lots of information about creating cards.  Videos on making cards, tips, techniques, and a really fun site to check out.   One of the videos and blog posts was on scraps to be used in card making.  Using Scraps is the title for the tutorial that I have used to reacquaint myself with my abandoned scrap children.

I made a note of the sizes used in card making.  The sizes for scraps on this website is to fit card fronts that are A2 or measure 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.

Measurements to cut the scraps

In cleaning off my work surface yesterday I had a huge pile of scraps from the Christmas Card Boxed Set.  A massive pile.  I thought I would start there first before I gathered all the rest of my scraps.

You can see, off to the left of the photo, I have a white storage bin with the scraps of white and cream that I dumped in the bin last year.  I got a start on the papers on my work surface and began placing them in neat little piles with a small sticky note stuck to the top of the stack.

Starting the scrap cutting

Once I finished with clearing my table I went to work on the basket of white scrap papers and got that bin empty.  This is what my scrap bins looked like.  Poor things.

Bins full of scraps

This is not a project that is fast.  It is quite time consuming to be exact.  I worked on two of the baskets yesterday all the time wondering if I had lost my mind and taken on a project with no end in sight.  The cutting and stacking went on today for another several hours.  I am happy to say that I have gotten through it all and am quite happy with the results.

Stacks of uniform sized scraps

This bin has all of the 4″ scraps ranging in size from 4″ x 4″ to 4″ x  5-1/2″.

4" wide scraps

This bin holds all of the 2″ x 2″, on up to 3″ x 5-1/2″ scraps.

2" x 2" up to 3" x 5-1/2" scraps

This bin holds all of the 1″ x 3″ to 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scraps.

1" x 3" up to 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" scraps

These bins hold an assortment of card stock and designer series paper.  This project took so long to do there is no way I’m going to put these in color order.  I thought about it but decided I’m not that energetic.

I have one final bin that is full of cut apart embellishments from Club Scrap and various other unique papers I did not want to cut up.

Specialty papers and embellishments

I am really happy that I took the time to do this.  I think I may actually use these scraps to create things.  At least I had some ideas floating around in my head as I whacked away with the paper trimmer.  Rest assured I’ll be blabbing about any project I come up with to use these scraps.

How do you store your small-ish scrap pieces of paper?  Are you a card maker and find you need to cut up whole sheets of paper to use your punches?  Do you end up creating more scraps from whole sheets when you have a die cutting project?  If you do take this project on I’d love to hear what your solution has been.


Christmas Card Boxed Set.

Well, this project is complete.  As complete as I’m going to get it.

Christmas card boxed set

This box has eight (8) 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ cards and envelopes to fit; eight (8) 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ cards with handmade envelopes; seven (7) largish tags; eight (8) 3″ x 3″ note cards with handmade envelopes.

The 3″ x 3″ note cards is the final piece of this boxed set.  To make the card bases you can get 8 from a sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper.  Cut the paper at 9″, 6″, and 3″ to have four strips of 3″ x 12″.  Cut these strips in half at 6″ to achieve the final 3″ x 6″ card bases, then score at 3″ and fold.

To make the card bases from 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock you will get three (3) cards.  Cut the paper horizontally at 8″, 5″, and 3″.  Take the 3″ x 11″ strips and cut them horizontally, again, at 6″.  Score these card bases at 3″ to get your 3″ x 3″ folded card.

The background mat will be cut at 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ and your focal image piece will be cut at 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.

3" x 3" note cards

The Tim Holtz stamps I’ve used throughout this set are almost 2-1/2″ wide.  I selected the area I wanted to feature on the card front and cut it at 2-1/2″.  The images were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to the images for a single color instead of the multiple colors as done in the other cards.

Antique Linen Distress Ink on the image

Last winter I went through my craft room and reorganized and cleaned it.  I knew where everything was….until I went back out on the road in my day job for the rest of the year.  Somewhere in that room I have several 8-1/2″ x 11″ acetate sheets I purchased from Stampin’ Up! several years back.  I also have some chipboard Christmas words and ornaments, also purchased from Stampin’ Up! several years back.  I can’t find them 😦  These were going to be used on the lid of this box.

I follow the “Frugal Crafter” blog and she has a WOYWW (What’s On Your Work desk Wednesday”) she faithfully posts of her nice clean work room.  This isn’t Wednesday but I’m going to show the avalanche I have going on after the project completion.

What a flaming mess!

I do this to myself every time.  Leave just enough space for me to work in while I push and shove the debris pile as it slides to my work area.  Then comes the wasted time in digging through the pile to find my scissors or my pencil.

If you want to see how this project came together from start to finish I will leave links to each of my posts.

  1. Box creation.  Making the box, lid, and the inserts.
  2. 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ cards.  Assembly line style.
  3. 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ cards with handmade envelopes.
  4. Large gift tags made from store bought tags.
  5. 3″ x 3″ note cards with handmade envelopes.  The instructions for the 3″ x 3″ note cards are in this post.

Hope you enjoy creating this gift item.  Now I have to go clean up my mess 😦  Crapazoid.  Maybe next time I’ll put things away as I finish using them.  Well, one can always hope.



Large gift tags for the stationery box.

One more piece of this project is completed.

Large gift tags for stationery box

I have used some tags I had purchased quite some time ago from Michaels.  They are Recollections brand and measure 2-5/8″ x 5-1/4″.

Recollections brand tags

I’ve had to cut them down to 4-1/4″ to fit in the little area of the stationery box.

Trimmed the tag down to 4-1/4"

And rounded the cut corners so they look just like the original tags.

Rounding off the cut corners

I have attempted to keep these tags coordinated with the cards.  I have continued using the Tim Holtz stamps used on the cards themselves.  I could only fit 7 tags in the space allotted in the box.  Probably could have gotten more in if I had not made them so thick.

I’ve used the Christmas tokens from Tim Holtz.  These I purchased a couple years back intending to use them but just never did.  Each tag has a coin and the ribbons are the same on each tag.  The ribbon was purchased last year from Michaels.

Merry Christmas tag:

Merry Christmas tag

Noel tag:

Noel tag

Believe tag:

Believe tag

Santa Claus tag:

Santa Claus tag

Snowflake tag – I used an old Stampin’ Up! set and some left over flourish bling pieces.

Snowflake tag

Christmas Carol tag:

Christmas Carol tag

Christmas Tree tag:

Christmas Tree tag

I’ve covered the back of each tag with some Christmas print paper from K&Company I bought last year.  The backs of the tags were all messed up from the Distress Stains and any other kinds of ink I used on the front.

Back of tag covered with print paper

Two parts remain to this project.  3″ x 3″ note cards to go in the last little are of the stationery box, and to decorate the lid.  This is one large project, a bit more than I first conceived it to be.  Isn’t that how it normally goes.  Seems quite simple in my head when I came up with the idea.  I do like how this is turning out.

Joe is in the kitchen, has been all day, preparing for our Thanksgiving feast tomorrow.  He is taking things slowly and in spurts so he doesn’t over tire himself.  The stuffing and turkey will be made tomorrow and we will have our neighbors over for our annual feast.  Plus we are going to be gathered around the table playing a card game after we have eaten.  With all of Joe’s doctor appointments scheduled last week and for the next two weeks there is no time to head to any of  our kids for the holiday and be with them.  The next best thing is to have friends at our table to enjoy the day.

What am I thankful for?

Family and friends.  To all of you in the US, my wish for you is to have a Thanksgiving that is free of rancor, and squabbles.  A day filled with laughter and love.  A day surrounded by family, friends, and love ones.  A day that you feel welcome and everyone is glad you came to share the Holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.


Cobbled together Stamp-a-majig.

First a disclaimer.  I am not a very good stamper.  I get my images smeared, crooked, the ink is not disbursed properly, and just all around not the best.  I don’t do much stamping to better my skills so I need all the help I can get.

I don’t own a Stamp-A-Majig.  I do have some wooden blocks from unmounting rubber stamps that I used as a cobbled together stamping aid.

Two wood blocks left after removing the rubber stamp

I found the grid paper from Stampin’ Up! helped me out immensely in lining up the blocks, paper, and the rubber stamp.

Stamped image using the blocks as a guide

If you don’t have wood blocks the clear acrylic blocks work exactly the same.  The grid paper is a MUST to have this work well.

Use clear acrylic blocks if you don't have wood blocks

Using clear blocks as a guide

I still have some oops stamping but it is nothing like it would have been had I just free handed and eyeballed it.

Card inserts all the same

Everything I’m using on these Christmas cards is old and discontinued Stampin’ Up! stuff.  From the stamp set – “Bright Christmas” to the paper which I don’t remember what it is called.

Discontinued Stampin' Up! set

Discontinued paper from Stampin' Up!

These are the finished A4 cards for the card collection I’ve created.

Santa post card image

Merry Christmas image

Christmas Carols image

Believe image

The 4-1/4 x 3 cards have the very same images on them.

Merry Christmas image

Santa post card image

Christmas Carol image

Believe image

The cards and envelopes fit nicely in the areas of the stationery box I made a few days ago.  There are eight cards in each size.

Christmas card stationery box

I have two projects remaining to complete this kit.  I will be making gift tags with ribbons and fibers attached.  Also I will be making 3″ x 3″ note cards with envelopes as well.

Have you thought about making a boxed set of cards?  The instructions for this box are in a previous post – Stationery Box With Cards – You can create a box for birthday cards, make an assortment of various general cards, or specialty cards.

Hopefully in the next few days I will have this project finished with all of the goodies inside.  Take a “shopping trip” through your stash.  I’ve made a contract with myself to use the stuff I currently have on hand instead of going out and buying new paper and tools.  How creative can you get with your stash 😀

I know there are some totally awesome things in the stores and online today that you just have to purchase.  I’ve been looking around and getting really excited about making a purchase or two….or three….or more.

Have fun in your crafting 😀


Assembly line card front creations.


Multiple card fronts

I am going to be making 16 cards for the stationery box I made yesterday.  Once I had a “theme” for the cards I figured the best way to go about this project was to do it “assembly line” style.  Getting the pieces made as I go along and putting them together in stages.

The stamp set I have chosen is the Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous “Holiday Collection” with all the Santa images.

Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous "Holiday Collection"

The lighting in my room is pretty bad today and I apologize for the bad lighting.  I’ve used VersaMark on these stamps and applied them to some paper I have had forever.  I don’t know what the brand is or anything….other than it is off white with some flecks of color in it.

After stamping each image four (4) times I covered the VersaMark images with black embossing powder.

Images stamped with VersaMark and black embossing powder applied

This part of the project took about 45 minutes to an hour.  Inking the stamp, aligning it next to (but not on top of) the next image, then applying the black embossing powder.  The most difficult part was trying to keep track of invisible.  The VersaMark disappears once applied to white paper and it was pretty hard to see.

I would not recommend stamping the image one at a time then applying the embossing powder just to keep track of where you had stamped.  That fine powder, even tapped off and blowing the extra off, leaves a residue on the paper that is hard to see and leaves voids when you try to stamp over the fines.

Next was to heat set the embossing powder on the sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 papers.  This phase of the work took about 20 minutes.  Moving the paper around as the embossing powder melted and trying not to scorch the paper nor burn my fingers.

Apply heat to melt the embossing powder

These are the inks I’m using on this project.  VersaMark for the stamping, Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass, and Antique Lace Distress Stains to “color” the images.  I’m practicing the Tim Holtz technique of smearing color around and blending it in.

Inks used in this project

First up is Fired Brick Distress Stain.

Fired Brick Distress Stain

Using a makeup sponge I applied the distress stain in semi random places on each of the stamped and embossed images.  Buff the sponge and color right over the black embossing to get the color down in the open areas of the embossing.

Fired Brick randomly placed over images

Next was Tumbled Glass and a different makeup sponge.

Tumbled Glass Distress Stain

Once again, in a semi random placement I sponged on the Tumbled Glass trying not to mix it with the previous application of red.  This is starting to look like a Sunday cartoon page 😦

Random placement of Tumbled Glass

The final bit of inking was with Antique Linen Distress Stain and another sponge.

Antique Linen Distress Stain

This color was added into the remaining white areas of the stamped and embossed images.

Application of Antique Lace Distress Stain

Yep.  I had the same thought.  Crapazoid, this looks all messed up!  Some of those Santas look almost menacing with the way they are colored.  Yikes!

This part of the process took about another 30 minutes to do.  Covering each of the images with the three colors – one after another – and adding in more color to some that seemed to have gotten lighter.

Next I sprayed both pages with some Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

Olive Vine Glimmer Mist

Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist

This part of the project took about 10 minutes to do.  Fussing with where to spray what was the biggest time waster.

Once the pages were sprayed I left them to air dry for about an hour.  Go get some breakfast and check on the blogs I read and my email.  Multi-tasking 😀

After application of Glimmer Mist

After the Glimmer Mist dried I used scissors to cut the images from the paper then I used a paper trimmer to get the images cut straight.

Trim out the image then straighten the edges with a paper trimmer

Once each image was cut out and squared up they didn’t look quite as bad as they did right next to each other.

Trimmed and squared images

Next was an application of Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the cut edges of the images.

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Inking the image edges

These images are so dark I thought they need to have a white border around them.  Using some Whisper White card stock from Stampin’ Up! I cut the mattes at 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Adhesive was applied to the image and then stuck down to the Whisper White card stock.

2-3/4" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock adhered to the image

Whisper White attached to each image

Looking through my stash of papers I needed to find some black card stock. What I found was a couple 12″ x 12″ pieces of Club Scrap card stock with a print on the other side.

Club Scrap card stock used in this project.  The black side will be what  you see.


I cut this 12″ x 12″ card stock into 3″ x 4″ pieces.  The black card stock will be mounted to the back of the white card stock for another matte effect.

Black card stock adhered to the Whisper White for a double matte effect

Cutting up the Whisper White card stock, adhering it to the back of each of the 16 images took almost an hour to do.  Cutting up the black card stock and adhering it to the white card stock took almost another hour to do.

The next part of this assembly line project was to cut and score the card bases.  I had to hunt around for eight (8) sheets of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock.  The first four sheets were a snap to go through.  Cut each sheet in half horizontally at 5-1/2″.  Then score each of the 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card stock pieces in half at 4-1/4″.

The next set of four sheets of card stock were cut at 4-3/4″ x 6-1/2″ and scored horizontally at 3-1/4″.  I now have 16 card bases to go with the stationery kit.

Cut and score the card bases

This part of the project took not quite an  hour to do.  This went pretty quickly.  I need to get as much done as I possibly can before Monday arrives and more doctor visits for Joe.

I have envelopes for the standard A2 cards – the 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card bases.  I don’t have envelopes for the 4-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ card bases.  I had to make them.  I saw a video on YouTube using the Martha Steward score board to make the envelopes.  So I did a “mash up” of my technique and the YouTube video.

First, measure the card base on the diagonal.  Measure from the top left corner down to the bottom right corner.  Once you get that measurement you will add one (1) inch.  This will be 6-3/4″.

Measure your card base diagonally from corner to corner

I located eight (8) sheets of an off white card stock, similar to what I used to stamp the images on.  Each sheet was cut at 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″.

With a pencil I drew down the 6″ score line of the Martha Steward score board so I would have a point of reference for the two points of the squared up card stock.  The points need to be straight up and down for this to work right.

Mark the score area with a pencil nearly all the way down

One point aligned at the 6" mark and the bottom point aligned on the pencil line

Place your card base as close to be centered on the 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″ paper.  Eyeballing it will get  you pretty close to being centered.

Place card base in the center of the 6-3/4" x 6-3/4" paper
With the scoring tool, place it at the right top edge of the paper near the card base end.  Run the score tool up to the top to see where it ends up on the measuring scale.  Write that increment down on a piece of paper.  Score down the paper at that designated score line.

Score the envelope paper close to the card base edge

Carefully holding the card base in place do the same with the left side of the envelope paper.  Find the score line that is closest to the left edge of the card base.  Make sure to go out further one score line.  I went right up against the card base and that was way too close.

Mark the left side of the envelope paper near the card base edge

Turn the envelope paper one quarter turn right or left, doesn’t matter.  Just get the next point up at the 6″ mark and line up the bottom point with the pencil mark.

Turn the envelope paper one quarter turn

Score the paper down the closest line to the card base as you can go without being on top of the card base.

Score the left side of the envelope paper

Next score the right side of the envelope paper close to the card base.

Score the right side of the envelope paper

Your envelope paper will now look like this with the lines scored through it.

Scored envelope paper

Make sure to write down the score lines you used to create this envelope.

Write down your score line measurements

Next you will be dealing with the little triangles that will need to be cut away.  By cutting out these triangles you will be removing BULK from the corners of your envelope.  This will give you some really smooth and fabulous corners.

Triangles to be cut away

Cut on the outer part of the triangle.  Remove the creased edge of the triangle.

Cut away the creased line of the triangle on all four sides

Once you have finished cutting out the triangles your envelope will look like this.

Triangles cut away

Align the score mark for the bottom edge of the fold up area with the pencil line on the score board.  Decided where you want the point cut off and score that line.  Turn the envelope around to the other side and do the same thing.  Score the area you want to cut away on the flap.  Cut away the score mark and your envelope is just about finished.

Align the envelope bottom fold on the pencil line and mark the area on the flap you want to cut away

Your flat flaps will look like this.

Flat cut flaps

Test fit your card base into the envelope.  Close up the envelope around the card base without using adhesive.

Test fit the card base in the envelope before you add adhesive

Test fit card base and envelope

Make sure the flap closes over easily

Apply adhesive to the side flaps at the bottom edge to the point.  Sorry, I don’t have any photos in focus of this procedure.  Fumble fingers!

Apply adhesive to the bottom flap areas

Once you have our envelopes all put together then it is time to add an adhesive strip to the closure part of the envelope.  It is IMPORTANT to leave the protective paper on the adhesive.  You don’t want the envelope to stick shut after all this hard work.

Leave the protective cover on the adhesive strip

A stack of envelopes ready for the cards to be finished.

Stack of envelopes ready to be stuffed

That is all for today.  More than enough for one day.  I think it is time to go check on Joe and see if he feels like a “Scrap Widower”.  The envelope creation of this project took several hours to do, about three hours to be exact.

I may have to pack a basket of supplies to take with me to the doctor appointments with Joe this coming week.  Have something to do while he is being examined and getting his stitches removed.

I still have to create the 3″ x 3″ note cards and envelopes and the gift tags for this box of goodies.  I think I can keep myself occupied this week 😀  Yes, and I also need to decorate the lid of the box.  So much yet to do!

Those of you in the US that are preparing for Thanksgiving this coming Thursday I ask that you take a moment to consider what you are thankful for this year.  I have a lot to be thankful for.  I will end this post with a bit of gratitude.

I am thankful for the doctors that have taken care of my Joe this year.  The care shown by them and the knowledge they have to combat the pulmonary embolisms he suffered through and the appendicitis recently, plus all the other doctors that keep track of him and make sure he is on the way to wellness.  I appreciate each of them.


Stationary Box with cards.

Around August, maybe even September, while traveling the US highways in my day job I had an idea floating around in my bored brain.  Making a gift box filled with greeting cards, gift tags, and small 3″ x 3″ note cards.

While, briefly, home in October I went to the Club Scrap website to see what they had to offer.  I get their notices of sales on all of their stuff.  One item in particular I had to have.  The Serenity Stationary Hideaway kit.  Sadly doing a search on their site for this item no longer shows the kit.  They must have sold out of these.

Serenity Stationery Hideaway kit by Club Scrap

The card sizes to be held in this gift box will measure:

  • 3.25 (3-1/4″) x 4.75 (4-3/4″)
  • 4.25 (4-1/4″) x 5.5 (5-1/2″)

As you can see, in the above photo, there are two spaces that are just the right size for an assortment of gift tags and another spot for 3″ x 3″ note cards with envelopes.

What you will need to create your stationary box.

  1. Paper trimmer that will cut 12″ x 12″ paper.
  2. 4 sheets of 12″ x 12″ cover weight (heavy) card stock.
  3. Scoring board that will fit 12″ x 12″ paper.  If you don’t have a scoring board you can use a ruler and a bone folder or stylus to make all the score lines.
  4. White glue of any kind.  Whichever you prefer.
  5. You can use a hot glue gun as well.
  6. Scissors.
  7. Bone folder.
  8. Lastly, you will need some paperclips, binding clips, or clothes pins.

The box I am creating will hold Christmas cards.  I’m using Club Scrap’s “Musical Interlude” papers which came out in the early 2000’s.  Three sheets of the 12″ x 12″ are the Musical Interlude paper and I don’t remember what the plain red card stock is from.

Club Scrap "Musical Interlude" card stock

The red card stock with the trumpets will be the box lid.  The plain red card stock will be the box.  Score all four sides of the card stock lid paper at 1-5/8″.

Score all four sides at 1-5/8".

Scored lid piece

For the box itself you will score all four sides at 1-3/4″.  Sorry for the blurry photo.  I’m not very ambidextrous.

Score box sides at 1-3/4".

Box paper scored

Now for the box inserts.  You will need two pieces of heavy weight, or cover weight, card stock for this.  From one sheet of 12″ x 12″ card stock you will get the two smaller inserts.  The first cut will be at 4-1/4″ x 12″.

Cut insert card stock at 4-1/4" x 12".

Turn the 4-1/4″ paper horizontal and cut at 11-1/2″.

Cut the 4-1/4" paper horizontal at 11-1/2"

4-1/4" x 11-1/2"

Next will be the other small insert.  This one measures 4″ x 11-1/2″.  Use the remainder of the card stock you cut the 4-1/4″ piece from.

Cut the card stock at 4" x 12".

Flip the 4″ x 12″ card stock horizontally to cut at 11-1/2″.

Turn the 4" x 12" paper horizontal and cut at 11-1/2".

Insert cut at 4" x 11-1/2"

The final insert is larger and you will use the other piece of 12″ x 12″ card stock for this.  This piece of card stock will be cut at 8-3/8″ x 11-1/2″.

Cut 12" x 12" card stock at 8-3/8" x 12"

Flip the 8-3/8″ x 12″ horizontally and cut at 11-1/2″.

Cut the 8-3/8" x 12" card stock horizontally to 11-1/2"

You will have two left over pieces of the 12″ x 12″ card stock from your three insert pieces.  You can use these in your cards or set them aside for a different project.

Scrap pieces from cutting the inserts

Next we will be scoring the insert pieces.  Begin with the 4-1/4″ x 11-1/2″ piece.

Find the 4-1/4" insert piece and put in the score board

Along the 11-1/2″ length you will be making your score marks.

Make scores along the 11-1/2" side

First score is at 2-1/2″.

Score at 2-1/2"

Second score is at 4″.

Second score is at 4"

Third score is at 5-1/2″.

Score at 5-1/2"

The reverse side of the 4-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ insert piece that has been scored.

4-1/2" x 11-1/2" scored insert

Next will be the 4″ x 11-1/2″ insert piece.

Check to make sure you have the right paper in the score board.  I get so distracted a times that I don’t check and I make a mess up and have to cut more paper.  This time it would be really bad because these are the only two pieces of this instrumental paper I have.

Get your 4" x 11-1/2" insert piece

Place it horizontally on your score board.

Place the 4" insert piece horizontally on your score board

Your first score will be at 3″.

First score will be at 3"

Second score will be at 4-1/2″

Second score will be at 4-1/2"

Third score will be at 6″.

Third score will be at 6"

The back of your 4″ x 11-1/2″ scored insert will look like this.

Reverse side o the 4" x 11-1/2" scored insert

Now you will make one mountain and two valley folds.  This is important.  The middle score line will be the mountain fold.  Press and crease both of these inserts.

Make sure the center score lines are mountain folds

The last piece to score is the 8-3/8″ x 11-1/2″ insert.  You can’t mix this one up with the other two 4’s.  Should not have said that, I’ll go and do it the next time 😦

This piece will be scored first on the 11-1/2″ horizontal  width at 4-1/8″.

First score is at 4-1/8" on the 8-3/8" x 11-1/2" insert

The second score is at 5-5/8″.

Second score is at 5-5/8"

The third, and final, score is at 7-1/8″.

Final score is at 7-1/8"Just as you do with the previous two inserts.  The center score will be the mountain fold while the outer two will be the valley folds.

The center score line will be the mountain fold and the other two will be the valley folds

Next step is glue.  Use a white glue of our choice. Or the hot glue.  I’m not a fan of  hot glue because it attacks me.  I don’t care for things that bite and I give them a wide berth.  Another thing I don’t like about hot glue is all the spider web like stringers that it leaves behind.

Any white glue of your choosing

Or hot glue.

Or hot glue

You will also need to have a good supply of paperclips, or clothes pins, or binder clips.

You will also need paperclips, binder clips, or clothes pins

The lid and the box will be constructed in the same exact manner for each of them.  Using scissors, cut the fold line from the bottom of the paper up to the fold line.  Do not cut passed the fold line.  You will do this on two sides of the paper.

Cut the bottom edge at the fold line up to the fold line

When finished your box or lid piece will look like this.

After cutting your lid or box will look like this

Do this same thing to both the lid and the top.

Starting at any corner of the box or the lid, fold in one of the flaps and test fit it into the corner.

Test fit one of the flaps into the corner

You will see that the flap piece extends over the top of the box or lid side just a smidge.  You will need to cut away a small amount of the paper to solve this problem.

Cut away a small bit of the tab edge on a diagonal

This will allow the tab to fit properly in the box or lid corner without peaking out over the top and making both the box and lid ill fitting.

Professional looking finished edge

Complete this step on all four sides of both the lid and the box.  It helps to crease your score lines well with a bone folder before you get to the actual gluing part….which is next.

Fold the flap back on the side.  This will give you a reference of where you put the glue.

Fold the tab back onto the side wall for easy gluing reference

Add the glue of your choice – white glue or hot glue.

Add your adhesive to the tab

If using white glue spread it around in an even layer from the crease line out to the three cut edges.

Spread the glue on the tab

Adhere the tab to the side wall.  Making sure to line up the edges well while creating your corner.

Adhere the tab to the side wall creating your corner

Attach your clip to the glued on tab.

Attach the clip to your glued tab

Do this to all four corners of each of the box and lid segments of this box.

Glue and clamp all four corners of your box and lid

Now we will be gluing the insert pieces.  You will do these next steps the same way with all three of the insert pieces.

Next to get glue will be the insert pieces

Add the adhesive of your choice to one of the inner mountain folds.

Add glue to the inner area of one of the mountain sides

Spread the glue out evenly.  This time it is not critical that you don’t get glue all over the place.  The mountain fold will be glued to itself.

Spread the glue out evenly

Then press the inner mountain pieces together and apply pressure along the width of the fold.

Adhere the mountain fold pieces together

Attach the clamps of your choice to the glued mountain folds.

Add your "clamps" to the glue mountain folds

Once the glue has dried…about an hour….remove the clamps from all of your pieces.  Lay the larger insert into the bottom of your box.

Lay the large insert into the bottom of your box

Next you will add one of the smaller inserts into the left side of your box.  It doesn’t matter which one you pick up first.

Lay one of the smaller inserts in the left side of the box

Your last small insert will be laid on the right side of the box.  Place it in so the mountain fold is going in the opposite direction of the one on the left.

Lay the second insert in the right section of the box

Test fit your lid.  It will fit, I assure you.

Test fit your lid

Now take a look at your handiwork and get to making cards that will fit in the four sections of this box.  Don’t spend too much time looking at my table top.  I’ve got a mess going on there.

Time to pat  yourself on the back

I hope to have this filled with Christmas cards, gift tags, and note cards in the next few days.  I’m quite busy with Joe and all of his various doctor appointments after his emergency appendectomy in Chandler, Arizona last week.  Let me tell you….that man has more “Ologists” he’s seeing now than I can keep straight.

  1. Urologist
  2. Nephrologist
  3. Cardiologist
  4. Neurologist
  5. Oncologist
  6. Pulmanologist

I’m really surprised he isn’t glowing in the dark with all the X-rays, CT scans, MRI’s, and sonograms he’s had over the past week.  So if you think I have “done a runner” it is only to the doctors around the Oklahoma City Metro Area.

His CT scans and X-rays done in Arizona show some areas of his lungs that are a little worrisome to the doctors.  I’ll post my creations when I can.  I’m also going to be tied up with my bookwork and some much needed house cleaning while home.  Crapazoid 😦

Sis, thanks for checking in on me the other day to see if I was still alive 😉  Now you can see what I’ve been up to…a great mess is what I’ve been up to 😀
Hope you all have a great weekend and will be able to get some crafting done.  If you have any questions about the construction of this stationery box leave a comment with your question and I will do my best to answer them.