A chipboard Stationery Box.

Joe left to wander the highways a week ago today.  During his absence I have been working on a project that I had done a long time ago.  Check out Splitcoast Stampers to view the tutorial by Jackie Topa who has a fabulous project for a “Stationery Box” constructed entirely of heavy weight card stock.

After I made the original one way back in about 2009 or 2010 I sent it off to one of my daughters as a gift.  I have a photo of it somewhere but can’t remember where it is.

Since I have been playing with chipboard lately I thought I would give this stationery box a try.  I’m really trying to improve my skills in construction.  This box measures 6 inches wide by 5 inches tall and 2 inches deep.  The lid is roughly 6-1/4 x 1-1/2 x 2.

Stationery box

Stationery box

I noticed on Pinterest there is a color trend happening in 2014.  One of the colors is Green.  Note to self….watch more YouTube videos on floral placement :/  I’ve also decided to break into my stash of stuff I don’t use often.  The paper flowers I’ve had for a long time, with the exception of the little bitty yellow paper roses.  They are the newest addition to my stash.

I broke into my stash of chipboard pieces I’ve had for years and years and covered them with paper.  I chose the pieces because of their shapes and not what was originally on the pieces.  The lid of the box holds the altered chipboard embellishments that have been hanging around all this long time.  I covered one of the chipboard pieces with a bit of an old map book/atlas we used in our truck driving job before we started using the GPS.  I figured the map part would be appropriate since the cards I would be putting in this box would be mailed all over this country…..eventually.

Altered chipboard pieces

Altered chipboard pieces

The lid comes off the top of the box.  It holds the box closed.  I was tempted to make a flap style lid but decided against that since I have had enough trouble with flaps and the closures of them :/

Removable lid

Removable lid

Once the lid is removed the front of the box falls down for easy access to the contents.  Yes….I had to fuss around with a flap :/  However, I had more success with this flap than I have most of the others.

Front of box is a flap

Front of box is a flap

There are three compartments in this Stationery box, as you can see.  The large section in the back will hold A2 greeting cards.  The 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 cards that are frequently made by nearly every card maker.  The accompanying envelopes will also fit in this slot.  The two front areas are to hold tags (on the left) and 3″ x 3″ note cards (on the right).

This Stationery box is meant to have matching greeting cards, tags, and note cards.  I have not got that far in the process.  The next photo is to show you what it would look like when the compartments are used as intended.

Slots for cards and tags

Slots for cards and tags

If anyone would be interested in learning how to make this Stationery Box out of chipboard I would be happy to make a video of the process.  It might take a few videos to accomplish it.  I have vowed that I will NEVER make another video that is an  hour long.  I, for one, can’t sit still and watch a video that is an hour long.  I have the attention span of a gnat.

You might want to fiddle with Jackie Topa’s fabulous creation (click on the link at the top of this post) before you consent to making this out of chipboard.  Trust me….it will make understanding the process easier if you follow her instructions first.

What have you done lately to “Show someone how special they are”?



8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gardenpinks
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 17:50:20

    This is a fabulous stationery box Leslie and love the way you have used the flowers. I assume you didn’t fold and crease the chipboard as shown in the Splitcoast Stampers tutorial? I would be interested in knowing your box dimensions. I think constructing the box from chipboard would give it a much stronger and more substantial structure.
    I hadn’t realised green was the new ‘on trend’ colour! I don’t follow trends 🙂 Over here in the UK, because our paper/card sizes are different to US ones then we don’t make A2 cards. To us A2 would be huuuuge! Our card sizes are generally A5 – when folded the card base measures a smidge over 4 inches (10.5 cms) x a tad over 5.75 inches (14.8 cms). UK (and Australian and New Zealand) A2 paper measures 16.5 x 23.4 inches!
    Most of the cardstock and paper is sold in A4 size here which is 8.27 x11.69 inches so a little bigger than US letter size. Confusing ain’t it????

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xxxx


    • Message In A Fold
      Feb 26, 2014 @ 20:58:42

      Yes, green is ONE of the “On Trend” colors for this year. I just happened to have a bottle of green acrylic paint and some green paper 😀

      No, the chipboard is not creased as in the paper folding instructions. You will need a craft knife and tons of patience…..something I am in really short supply of right now :/

      How odd the different paper sizes. Well, this stationery box will surely accommodate your cards as well.

      I’ll have to start a new box and give you the proper dimensions for it.

      Love you – Leslie


  2. Linda
    Feb 27, 2014 @ 04:06:08

    Wow, this has really brought back a crafty memory! I, too, made that stationery box some time back. It came out great & I enjoyed creating it. Your chipboard version is lovely & so much more practical than cardstock … I love it!! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂


    • Message In A Fold
      Feb 27, 2014 @ 08:06:58

      Thank you, Linda. I think creating the original Stationery Box was my first introduction to “construction” and I have been fascinated by that type of crafting ever since.

      Now, if I can figure out exactly HOW Sock Monkey makes all the measurement labels for your videos I might do some plagiarizing 😀

      Hugs to you my friend – Leslie


      • Linda
        Feb 27, 2014 @ 14:33:12

        LOL! Plagiarize away, my friend! For most projects, I simply print the measurements on plain printer paper & then cut them out. Nothing fancy schmancy! 🙂

  3. Betsy Skagen
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 16:16:04

    Ok, so you mentioned that there are actually two kinds of chipboard, one made of cardboard and one made of wood, Can you direct me to where you purchased your chipboard? As to lastpass, once you get that, you only have to remember one password, it does the rest for you. I switched about a year ago on the advice of my nephew who is in the computer industry and am really glad I did (and it”s free) – Betsy at PaperCalliope.com


    • Message In A Fold
      Mar 03, 2014 @ 10:34:09

      My husband, Joe, found a seller of chipboard on eBay. He purchased a box of it for $45 – about 100 sheets. I don’t know who the seller is/was but it might be worth you checking into. Some craft/hobby stores sell packs of 5 or 10 for about $4 but it is not easy to find.

      A lot of crafters use the empty cereal boxes they would otherwise toss out. Depending on how thick/stiff you need for a project you may have to glue two pieces together.

      Thanks for the further information about the Lastpass. I will look into it.



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