Mini Gift Box

Mini gift boxes with 3x3 note cards with envelopes

Mini gift boxes with 3×3 note cards with envelopes

I have made a whole lot of these little boxes.  I have quite a number of them yet to create.  Along with more 3×3 note cards with envelopes to tuck inside the gift boxes.

Making envelopes and 3x3 note cards

Making envelopes and 3×3 note cards

Seriously, you HAVE to check out this website.  If you want to create boxes using the Envelope Punch Board The Crafty Owl has the “Box Buster“.

This box generator is in BOTH metric and inches.  It took me quite a number of tries to get this tool figured out and use it properly.  Don’t let my lack of understanding stop you from being your creative best.

I kept trying until I got it right.

I kept trying until I got it right.

Just a heads up.  Keep the following in mind.

  1.  BOX DEPTH:  This is the bottom of the box.  I would have preferred 1/2 inch but the generator’s smallest measurement is 1 inch.  The metric may be able to go smaller.  The bottom of the box is what it sits on.
  2. BOX WIDTH:  This is the left to right measurement you want for the contents to fit well in the box.  With my 3×3 note cards I needed to have just a bit more width than 3 inches.  I used 3-5/8.
  3. BOX HEIGHT:  This is how tall you want the box to be BEFORE the top tapers to the peaks for handles.  I used 2-1/2 inches for the height.

Keep in mind the BOX DEPTH and BOX WIDTH measurements are the two measurements  that are critical; you won’t have to do this 17 times to get it right.  Oye Vay!  What a mess.

3x3 note cards and envelopes fit the box well

3×3 note cards and envelopes fit the box well

My 1 inch hole punch crapped out on me.  I used tin foil to sharpen the punch.  Didn’t work.  I used wax paper to make the punch glide better.  Didn’t work.  I sicked Joe on it with his hand tools.  Didn’t work.  That just really bummed me out!

1 inch hole punch has a problem

1 inch hole punch has a problem

This is NOT GOOD!

This is NOT GOOD!

In my drawers, hidden away for many years and forgotten, I have a Coluzzle set of circles, squares, and rectangles.  Just in time I remembered that old favorite tool and got it out.

Circle Coluzzle

Circle Coluzzle

Saved by my hoarding once again!

Saved by my hoarding once again!

I have a YouTube video tutorial on how to create this box for the 3×3 note cards.  Anything of a different size or shape you are on your own :/

 

Subscriber Question Monday – What can I make for Christmas presents?

Today’s question comes from one of my YouTube subscribers and a Facebook follower, Cyndi Farmer.  She is pretty  new to paper crafting and has made some really great scrapbook layouts.  She is now working on some Christmas tags and embellishments.  Poor Cyndi….she has experienced the “endorphin” rush associated with visiting craft stores and watching YouTube Haul videos, as well as tutorials.  She is now on a spending FREEZE for an indeterminate amount of time.

The question Cyndi posed to me was:  “I need ideas for family!  What would be budget friendly gifts?”

Well….if you have been a follower of my blog for any length of time you will know that aside from my husband, Joe, anything I can get my hands on is fair game to alter and decorate.

Cork bulletin board for my Son-In-Law - November 2010

Ta-Daaaa – Cork bulletin board for my Son-In-Law – November 2010

Cork bulletin board for my daughter

Late Birthday present – Cork bulletin board for my daughter – November 2010

Taa Daa

Taa Daa Rubber stamp blocks turned into photo frames – April 2011

Lawn mower

Lawn mower – A page from a mini album I made using computer guts – April 2011

After Maureen's suggestion

After Maureen’s suggestion – Altered cigar box – April 2011

Tiffany's wooden box

Tiffany’s wooden box

Inside the box

Inside the box – Altered coffin box – April 2011

Inside of box

Inside of box – Altered shadow box – June 2011

Fishing themed

Fishing themed – Post-It-Note Holder – November 2011

My Favorite

My Favorite – Altered Domino – January 2012

Inside of desk organizer Graphic 45's ABC Primer

Altered desk accessory box – September 2012

The corners decoratedCork bulletin board – December 2012

Neck pouch with card wallet

Neck pouch with card wallet – December 2013

Ta Da-a-a-a-a

Ta Da-a-a-a-a – Altered file folders February 2014

Mardi Gras mask for my daughter

Mardi Gras mask for my daughter – April 2014

Birdhouse turned jewelry organizer

Birdhouse turned jewelry organizer – May 2014

My first purse charm

My first purse charm – September 2014

Original clock face next to the altered clock.

Original clock face next to the altered clock. January 2015

Altered pickle jar.

Altered pickle jar. – January 2015

That was an interesting trip down memory lane for me.  Most of these projects seem to have been done weeks ago and not years!

I hope that you, dear reader, have been inspired to see what odd item you have hiding in your deep dark spaces or the trash/recycling bin.  Give it a new life.

Leslie

Well….my beaded charm obsession has finally ended.

My left index finger is so tender from using it to open and close jump rings.

Come on folks, just a little bit of sympathy {I ask in a pleading tone}.  I finished the final one this morning.  I’ve made 11 of these in the past couple days.  I can show you an actual finished one.  My daughter-in-law, Brenda, never reads my blog so I am safe.  My kids don’t read my blog much either for that matter.

Alpha beads spelling out Brenda

Alpha beads spelling out Brenda

What the purse charm looks like finished

What the purse charm looks like finished

Turquoise or aqua splendor

Turquoise or aqua splendor

Since I’m gearing up for Christmas…..I’m going to do a Plastic Canvas project.  This time I’m only making one….not 11.

I made this once many years ago.  About 1993.  It disappeared a few years later.  This is what I’m going to be making.  The Santa Express by American School of Needlework.

Santa's Express by American School of Needlework

Santa’s Express by American School of Needlework

I will be posting photos of the process as I go along.  I’m going to start with the train engine.  If there is anyone that would like to learn how to do “needlepoint” on plastic canvas then let me know.  I will be more than happy to show the work.

I will not be posting photos of the actual pattern diagrams because I’m sure the booklet is Copyrighted and I have not asked permission from the author to do so.  Check out the link above the photo to get your copy from Amazon if you wish to do this.  You can check other online sources for the pattern booklet as well.  That is how I found my copy of it.  I’ll be starting this project tomorrow and will probably begin posting photos and such on Friday.

Leslie

Personalize a book for a child.

I finally have something to share.  A personalized children’s book for my grandson who will be five this November.

It has taken me most of the month to create this.  Energy levels and mood swings have run amok as I’m recovering from a Sepsis illness.  I won’t bore you with the tawdry details.

A big shout out to Shelly Makowski for checking in on me via text messages during my long absence.  Thank you Shelly.

A DISCLAIMER:  I don’t consider myself to be a prize winning children’s book author.

The concept for this book came about because of a long ago memory.  About 30 plus years ago a publishing company had a Christmas promotion.  Parents could write in and submit the name of each of their children to the publisher.  For a fee, the child’s name would be placed throughout the Christmas story and the personalized book would be mailed to the child just in time for Santa’s visit.

This book is about Simon and the day he climbed a tree.

The book of Simon

The book of Simon

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The papers I have used are all from my stash.  The majority of them are really very old….circa 2005.  Of course, I had to use my Graphic 45 ABC Primer paper from my stash for this book.

Everything has been glued to chipboard.  This is a book, not a mini album, and I felt it would be required of me to securely attach all of the story components.  That way a little boy, or his Mom or Dad, won’t have to worry about things getting lost or put in the wrong spot.  I think it might even be safe to say this book may even survive the toss test.  Maybe even the buried under toys and blankets test.

In the coming week I will be back with more creations.  My business paperwork is nearly done.  Once that is completed I can dedicate more time in my craft room and start making things for my family for Christmas.  With the way this crazy illness saps my strength I figure I will need the extra time.

I hope I have inspired you to create something fun and whimsical.

Leslie

A “One of a Kind” jewelry organizer for my granddaughter.

Birdhouse turned jewelry organizer

Birdhouse turned jewelry organizer

One of my sweet granddaughters had a birthday in April.  I’m so behind in my crafting due to having to go back out on the road.  We were home for four days and I made this a priority.

The birdhouse was purchased from JoAnn Fabric and Craft for $6.99.  Also purchased at JoAnns were the picture hangers at $1.04 a set of 7 of which I purchased two sets.  There was a huge sale on scrapbook paper so I bought a pad of “All Girl Stack” by Darice.  Regularly $14.99 and I paid $8.99 for it.  I like that kind of a bargain.

Paint is from my stash.  The black and turquoise acrylic paints are my most recent purchases.  The pink paint is some I’ve had since – can you believe it – 1998!.

The butterfly stickers were a purchase last winter from the Dollar Tree store and the cost was just that – $1 for a set of about 10 stickers in various sizes.  The pearls are from my stash that have been hanging around for several years mostly unused and unloved.

The pink rhinestones and the crystal flowers were also a purchase during the winter from Michaels and they were $1 per package and/or spool.

I roped Joe into contributing to this project 😀  He lent his tool expertise.  I have a tendency to bend nails into pretzels when I whack them with a hammer.  He always knows how to handle this job so I left it to better skilled hands than mine.

The "Tool Wizard" :D

The “Tool Wizard” 😀

He's so good at this kind of thing.

He’s so good at this kind of thing

After all the work was done on the wood birdhouse I attached some cork to the bottom of the piece so it wouldn’t scar up my granddaughter’s furniture.  Plus, it was a good place to leave my mark 😀

Cork bottom

Cork bottom

My “May” birthday people all know they will not get something from me until much later in the year.  Boo hoo on that part.  Just when I get my creative juices flowing too 😀

Well…if you want to see the project from start to finish you can watch the video I made of the process.

So…until next time – bye for now.

Leslie

Covering the File Folder box.

Finished file box

Finished file box

The first thing you will do to cover your brand spanking new file box is to figure out what paper you want to use on the inside and the outside of the box.  Second thing is to decide what color of acrylic paint you want to use on the edges of the box – inside and out.

Painting all of the structure strip pieces, and a little past the strips is all you will be glopping the paint on.

Paint all the edges of the box

Paint all the edges of the box

Depending on the color of your paint, you may need to use more than one coat.  I had to put three coats of the white paint on this box.  Let it dry between coats before you begin attaching the papers.

The MEASUREMENTS for the papers are as follows:

The FRONT and BACK pieces will measure 11-1/2 inches by 9-1/2 inches.

The LEFT and RIGHT sides will measure 9-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches.

The BOTTOM will measure 11-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches.

Inside measurements

Inside measurements

The INSIDE LID and FLAP measurements are as follows:

Inside LID measures 11-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches.

Inside FLAP measures 11-1/2 inches by 1-1/2 inches.

Inside lid and flap measurements

Inside lid and flap measurements

The OUTSIDE LID and FLAP measurements are as follows:

OUTSIDE LID measures 11-3/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches.

OUTSIDE FLAP measures 11-3/4 inches by 1-3/4 inches.

Outside Lid and Flap

Outside Lid and Flap

The OUTSIDE FRONT measurements are as follows:

Outside Front measures 11-3/4 inches by 9-3/4 inches.  If you put the crescent shaped notch in the front, trace the notch on BOTH THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE PAPERS SEPARATELY then cut away an additional 1/4 inch or less.

Cut away for the notch

Cut away for the notch

Front measurements

Front measurements

The BACK measurements will be the same, as follows:

11-3/4 inches by 9-3/4 inches.

Back measurements

Back measurements

The LEFT and RIGHT PANELS will  measure the same and they are as follows:

9-3/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches

Left and right panels

Left and right panels

The BOTTOM PANEL will measure as follows:

11-3/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches

 

I had an EPIC FAIL!  I have some magnets that I purchased to use as closures.

 

Magnets for the closures

Magnets for the closures

I’ve never used magnets before so I didn’t know how I was going to make this happen.  I carried on with it.  Placed the magnets where I wanted them, cut holes, installed the magnets, covered them with paper to secure them….and they didn’t work.

 

Installed magnets

Installed magnets

Now there are EIGHT (8) yellow dots on the flap which tell the tail of my EPIC FAIL.

 

Yellow dots

Yellow dots

The way I fixed it was to just attach a length of ribbon.

Ribbon instead

Ribbon instead

I used my trusty ruler to attach the letter stickers to the outside of the box.  The stickers are from the Paper Studio baby papers used to cover the file folders.

Attach the sticker letters

Attach the sticker letters

The rest of the stickers, the file folder tab labels, and the folders are inside the box I made.

Stickers, tags, and files

Stickers, tags, and files

My baby is so beautiful.

My baby

My baby

My husband is home now and we are running errands like crazy people.  There will be a small gap in my creative posts.  I know, I hear all the loud sighs of relief from you guys.  I think you may deserve a break from me for a day or two.  BUT NOT FOR LONG!

Are you ready to go and “Show someone how special they are”?

Leslie

Making a File Box – Part 3

Today, we are going to be putting the box together.  Seriously, this is simple to do.  The one thing I can tell you that is an absolute MUST is to have smooth cuts on your cardboard.  The pieces fit better when there are no wavy cuts or jagged edges bunging up the works.

File folder box

File folder box

Transform that box, in the photo above, into this box by following the steps below for the construction.

Finished file box

Finished file box

 

First thing to do is prep your work surface.  Whether you use liquid glue or a dry adhesive, such as Scor-Tape, you will need to have a containment area to keep all the gooey stuff from getting all over your table.  Personally, I like to use Freezer Paper.

Freezer paper

Freezer paper

Freezer paper has a slick side and a paper side.  The slick side will be UP, facing you.  Spread it out on your work surface and tape it down with some painters tape.

Use painters tape to hold the paper down

Use painters tape to hold the paper down

Get your supply of “structure strips” ready.  The adhesive you use is a personal choice.  Liquid adhesive or dry adhesive.  Doesn’t matter, they both accomplish the same objective…getting the strips to attach to the cardboard.  I prefer liquid glue.  Squirt some on, spread it around, then attach to the cardboard.  I’m all for saving time and being efficient.

Having to pull out a length of the dry adhesive, make sure it gets attached in the correct place, fussing with it and using a bone folder to make sure of good adhesion to the strip, then dealing with the paper covers.  Pulling the paper off the glue strip, containing the growing piles, chasing them on the floor because I missed the trash bag.  Then having no “Forgiveness” in the process.  When the dry adhesive gets attached it is there forever.  Liquid glue I can move the piece about to get it positioned right.

Round up your supplies

Round up your supplies

Fold one of the strips at the score line you had made and apply your adhesive….or apply your dry adhesive then fold on the score mark.  Smear out the liquid glue with a sponge brush then attach the strip to the bottom edge of the FILE BOX BACK piece.  That will be one of the 12 inch by 10 inch pieces.  Make sure you don’t put the folded area at the edge of your box piece.  Leave a small gap with the fold line showing.

Apply

Apply glue

It is vital that you get the adhesive out to the very edges of the strip.  Leaving a long worm of glue and calling it good is NOT good

Smear

Smear

Attach

Attach

Apply pressure and rub on the cardboard to fully engage the glued strip to the cardboard.  Turn the cardboard over and apply pressure along the length of the glued strip to ensure full adhesion.

Press firmly, front and back, for proper adhesion

Press firmly, front and back, for proper adhesion

If you need to add a bit of strip to a shorter length it is easy as cutting a piece to the length needed then glue it on, or if there is excess strip hanging off one side then snip it away.

Locate your BOTTOM piece.  This will be one of the 3 inch by 12 inch pieces.  Run glue the length of the exposed strip (or peel off the backing from the dry adhesive).  Smear the glue to the edges.  Butt the cardboard pieces together and raise the strip to be attached to the bottom piece.  Firmly rub the glued strip to get it adhered well.

Locate the box bottom piece

Locate the box bottom piece

Apply glue

Apply glue

Smear glue

Smear glue

Butt the two pieces together

Butt the two pieces together

Apply pressure to the strip for good adhesion

Apply pressure to the strip for good adhesion

It will look like this when properly glued together.

Two pieces attached

Two pieces attached

Get another structure strip and apply adhesive to one half of the strip.  If using liquid glue, smear the glue to the edges.  Attach the glued side of the strip to the side of your back piece.  We will be building the side in this step.

Apply adhesive

Apply adhesive

Attach strip to one side of the box

Attach strip to one side of the box

Locate your next piece of cardboard.  One that measures 3 inches by 10 inches.  Apply glue to the strip and butt the side piece to the back piece.

Apply adhesive

Apply adhesive

Attach the side piece

Attach the side piece

Cut away any excess strip that overhangs.  Measure and cut a piece of structure strip that will go on the bottom and side corner.  Apply adhesive, attach the strip to the corner of the side and bottom.

Cut a piece of strip to fit on the corner

Cut a piece of strip to fit on the corner

Apply adhesive to the entire strip

Apply adhesive to the entire strip

Press firmly at this joint to assure good adhesion.  Snip away any overhang of the strip.

Attach to the corner and press firmly

Attach to the corner and press firmly

Next you will further reinforce the seams of this box by doing the following.  Get a length of structure strip and apply adhesive to the entire strip.  Make sure the creased fold is facing you.  The “Mountain” fold will be up.  Work the folded strip into the joint of the back and side pieces of the box.  Press firmly all along the strip to ensure proper adhesion.  Set the box on its side and press the strip fully.

Apply adhesive fully to the strip

Apply adhesive fully to the strip

Press the strip firmly into the joint

Press the strip firmly into the joint

Place the box on its side and apply pressure to the strip

Place the box on its side an apply pressure to the strip

You will also need to reinforce the corner where the bottom and sides meet.  Do the same as above.  Apply glue to the strip, MOUNTAIN side, press the strip into the joint and apply pressure to adhere the strip firmly.

Measure a corner piece and adhere

Measure a corner piece and adhere

Following the steps above, get your other 3 inch by 10 inch piece and adhere it to the other side of the back and bottom piece.

Attach the other side piece

Attach the other side piece

Next, we will work on the FRONT of the box.  Locate your last 10 inch by 12 inch piece.  I am going to cut a curve at the top of this piece.

Locate the other 10 inch by 12 inch piece

Locate the other 10 inch by 12 inch piece

Find the center along the 12 inch width.  I am using a thing I don’t know what it is EXCEPT it has  a curve.  I have lined up the center mark of the curve tool with the center mark on the cardboard and traced around the tool.

Find the center along the 12 inch piece

Find the center along the 12 inch length

With a craft mat under my cardboard piece, I have used a craft tool to cut on the pencil line.

Use a craft knife to cut on the pencil line

Use a craft knife to cut on the pencil line

Cut the curve away

Cut the curve away

The front of the box will look like this.

Front of box

Front of box

Back to the structure strip business to attach the front to the box.  Apply adhesive to both sides of the strip.  Making sure the adhesive goes all the way out to the edges.

Apply adhesive to the strip

Apply adhesive to the strip

Attach the strip to the box front and side corner

Attach the strip to the box front and side corner

Do the same to the other side of the box.  Make sure the edges butt up against each other as you apply the strip.

Attach the other side and front

Attach the other side and front

Look at this.  So far this is going along smoothly and is very easy to create the box.  Keep going….you are over half way finished.

Looking like a box

Looking like a box

The last part of the outside is to adhere a strip to the box bottom and front to close this up.

Last outside piece to attach

Last outside piece to attach

By now, you should have a good handle on how to use the structure strips.  The last thing to do is reinforce the inside of the box.  MOUNTAIN folds on this part.  Get the folded ridge pushed into the joints all over the inside of the box.

Reinforce the inside joints

Reinforce the inside joints

You can stop here if you don’t want to have a lid on your box.  The rest of this is how to put a lid and flap on, covering the edges, and making a cover for the curved edge.

If moving on to the lid.  Locate your last 3 inch by 12 inch piece.  Place it on top of the box opening.  If you were careful in your placement of the structure strips your box will be even and flush.  If you have a wonky box you will need to make adjustments to it now.  That will involve slitting the structure strips where the problem lies, moving the box to square, then reapplying structure strips.

Using the structure strips, attach the box lid to the BACK of the box.  Then attach the FLAP to the TOP FRONT OF THE BOX.  Doing this will make the next steps easier to handle.  You will be making a “Ditch” for the proper working of the lid and flap.

Check the fit of the lid

Check the fit of the lid

Working on the INSIDE of the lid piece.  You will need to take your structure strip to the score board and make another score 1/8 inch to the left of the center score.  You will have a “U” shape for this strip.  This is necessary.

Score 1/8 inch to left of center

Score 1/8 inch to left of center

Apply adhesive to the "U" shape

Apply adhesive to the “U” shape

Holding the lid in place, press the “U” into the joint of the lid and the top of the box.  You will need this extra bit of spacing to make the lid work properly.

Press the "U" into the joint of the lid and the top

Press the “U” into the joint of the lid and the top

Locate your final piece, the 2 inch by 12 inch piece.  Get another structure strip and score 1/8 inch to the left of center and apply the glued strip to the joint of the flap and the lid.  Make sure to apply pressure to strip on both of these pieces.

Locate the 2 inch by 12 inch piece

Locate the 2 inch by 12 inch piece

Seat the "U" into the joint of the top and flap

Seat the “U” into the joint of the top and flap

Work the flap  up and down to make sure it is secure

Work the flap up and down to make sure it is secure

Your lid and flap should be working well.  The lid will not close fully at this point.  When you cover the box, or paint it, the lid and flap will be secured with a magnet or Velcro.

Apply structure strips to the outside joints

Apply structure strips to the outside joints

Now all that is left is to cover up the raw edges of the box and lid.  Gather your structure strips and take them to the score board.  Score 1/8 inch to the left of center on a whole bunch of them.  Measure and cut a piece of strip to fit one of the side edges.  Apply adhesive and adhere the strip to the box raw edge.

Score the structure strips 1/8 inch to the left of center

Score the structure strips 1/8 inch to the left of center

Apply adhesive

Apply adhesive

Attach to raw edge

Attach to raw edge

Continue covering your raw edges of the flap and the other side of the box.  We will deal with the curve in a moment.

Cover all the raw edges

Cover all the raw edges

Now for the curve.  Start with a long length of structure strip, crease it fully on the fold lines.  Place the strip over the front raw edge.  Note where the curve of the front begins.  Make a snip in the strip.  End the snip CLOSE TO the fold line.  NOT INTO THE FOLD.

Make snips along the length of the strip as you follow the curve.

Snip TO the crease where the curve begins

Snip TO the crease where the curve begins

Make corresponding snips on the back side of the strip.  Remember to NOT snip into the crease mark.

Make corresponding snips to the back of the strip

Make corresponding snips to the back of the strip

Test fit the snipped strip.  Add any additional snips where necessary.

Test fit the snipped strip

Test fit the snipped strip

Make more snips if necessary

Make more snips if necessary

When satisfied then this is done

When satisfied then this is done

Liberally apply adhesive to the snipped strip then attach to the box front raw edge.

Apply adhesive

Apply adhesive

Install strip

Install strip

Apply the last bit of strip to finish off the raw edges.  Let this box set for about 24 hours for the adhesive to cure.  Even the dry adhesive needs a cure time.  You can think about what you want to do about covering the box while the adhesive cures.

I seriously  hope this tutorial has been clear and concise in my instruction and the accompanying photos.  I also hope that I have given you the confidence to give box building a try.

Are you ready to go and “Show someone how special they are”?

Leslie

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