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

What’s all the “Flap” about?!

Today, I am going to show you how to make a mini album page become sort of interactive.  Well, it will “flap”.  No not flop!  Flap.  Three 4 x 6 photos cut down to 5-1/4 x 3-3/4 and double matted to 5-3/4 by 4-1/4.

Mini album page closed

Mini album page closed

Mini album page open

Mini album page open

A binder clip with the cute tag is used to hold the flaps closed.  I used a bit of 1/8 inch Scor-Tape on the tag where the binder clip meets the tag to secure the clip in place.  The tag is now glued to the binder clip….not the photo.

Binder clip to hold flaps closed

Binder clip to hold flaps closed

First things first.  Mount your photos on mats if  you are going to do that.  Next you will cut 2 to 3 one inch strips of card stock in your color choice.  I have chosen black.  These strips are 1 inch x 11 inches.  Next you will score the strips at 1/2 inch the entire length of the strips.

Cut 1 inch strips of card stock

Cut 1 inch strips of card stock

Score each strip at 1/2 inch

Score each strip at 1/2 inch

Next, decide the placement of your photos on the page.  Choose the one that will go on the bottom and in the center of the page, close to the binding edge.

Choose the bottom photo

Choose the bottom photo

Next, choose the photo that will be on the lower end of the page and atop the first photo.  I’ve chosen to put it on an angle.  Make sure you have left enough room at the bottom edge of the photo to not be on top of the bottom photo.  Confusing?  Stick with me here.

Choose the photo that will be next

Choose the photo that will be next

The last photo on my layout will be the top photo.  If you are doing three as well, align the top photo so that the top edge does not end up on the bottom photo or the one in the middle.  This is important for the “flapping” to happen.

Choose your top photo

Choose your top photo

Once you have them all placed the way you want them….you might want to take a quick photo of it to remind yourself where they all will go when it comes time to mount them.  Now take all of them off the page.

Get one of the structure strips.  Measure and cut it to the length required to fit the right edge of the photo.  Once cut, apply a dry adhesive to both halves of the strip.  On the same side.  You will cry, stomp, and fling things if you put adhesive on the fold.  So don’t put adhesive on the fold!

Cut structure strip to the length needed

Cut structure strip to the length needed

Apply adhesive to both halves of the structure strip

Apply adhesive to both halves of the structure strip

Peel away ONE side only of the dry adhesive protective paper.  Only one side now.

Remove backing from one side only

Remove backing from one side only

Carefully place the sticky structure strip on the photo back.  Line up the fold with the edge of the photo and adhere the structure strip to the back of the photo.

Line up the fold with the edge of the photo and adhere

Line up the fold with the edge of the photo and adhere

If you did it right it will look like this.  I’m not going to tell you how many times I messed up.  Just know that you can mess up if you are not paying attention.  Get some coffee or some caffeine in you :/

It will look like this

It will look like this

Remove the protective cover from the adhesive on the “flap” tab.  Adhere the photo in the area you have chosen for it to live.  Press firmly along the photo edge to adhere the glue.  Then test the flap to make sure it is not stuck or going to cause a problem.  Don’t ask :/

Remove the protective strips

Remove the protective strips

Adhere your photo in place

Adhere you photo in place

Test that the flap works

Test that the flap works

Now, if you had success with the first flap installation….the other two will be a piece of cake!

Same as the first flapping photo.  Add dry adhesive to both halves of the strip you measured and cut to fit the bottom of the photo.

Add adhesive to the strip

Add adhesive to the strip

Place your photo in the area you chose.  Make sure the flap tab is not on the photo below.

Adhere you photo

Adhere your photo

Test it to make sure it functions well.

Test to make sure it works

Test to make sure it works

The third, and final, photo on this layout will be done the same.  The flap tab will go on the top of the photo and adhered on the page over the second photo.  This will keep the bottom photo from opening up and getting mangled.

Add adhesive to the strip for the top photo

Add adhesive to the strip for the top photo

Adhere the photo to the page

Adhere the photo to the page

I have chosen an Anonymous quote to be placed in the center of this page under all of the photos.  Kind of a little surprise when my granddaughter opens this page.

 

A little hidden surprise

A little hidden surprise

I will be making journal spots for these three photos.  I will not mount them.  I’ll let my granddaughter write what she wants to on them and attach them herself.

Last thing to do is to create a decorative closure to hold the “flaps” closed.

Binder clip to hold flaps closed

Binder clip to hold flaps closed

This was fun to construct.  Even though I had a few problems at the start it was still fun.  Hope you have been inspired to give this a try.

Now…..go “Show someone how special they are”.

Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to use a paper CD cover in a mini album.

After having spent last week in my “Studio” getting it all cleaned and organized….well let’s just say that I found a few things that had been hidden away and forgotten.

Paper CD covers.  Do they still sell these?  I have no idea if you can get these at an office supply store or not.  I would think they would still be available.

Paper CD covers

Paper CD covers

They make excellent mini album pockets for photos.  They are great for the chipboard cut offs.

Paper CD covers used in a mini album

Paper CD covers used in a mini album

Using another paper CD cover on the opposite side of the page gives strength to the page and an interesting element.

The opposite side of the page

The opposite side of the page

I will show you how I made use of the paper CD covers on these two pages.  It is fairly simple and easy to do.  First thing to do is to close the flap.  Use the adhesive of your choice to the sides of the flap and the top.  Just put adhesive on the outer edges.

Right outside edge of flap

Right outside edge of flap

Top of flap

Top of flap

Left outside edge of flap

Left outside edge of flap

Close the flap and press the adhesive applied areas firmly to ensure a good seal.

Close flap and press along adhesive

Close flap and press along adhesive

Using a paper trimmer, or a craft knife and a ruler, cut about 1/4 inch off from the FLAP end of the sealed envelope.

Cut off 1/4 inch from closed flap

Cut off 1/4 inch from closed flap

Test fit your photo.  Hopefully you had measured correctly.  For this example I cut the photo at 3-3/4 inch by 4 inches.  The first mat (green) is cut at 4 inches by 4-1/4 inches.  The second mat (yellow) is cut at 4-1/4 inches by 4-1/2 inches.

Test fit your matted photo

Test fit your matted photo

The paper CD cover is made from thin paper and will not withstand a lot of torture.  Sometimes the sharp edges of the card stock is more than the paper cover can take.  Washi tape is a good support feature.

Washi tape

Washi tape

I’ve chosen to use a wider width of Washi tape.  The normal size I was not comfortable with.  I can’t put a straight layer of tape on anything.  I wanted to make sure that this would work.

Apply the Washi tape to three edges of the paper CD cover.  Leave the opening alone.  Apply the tape to the front of the cover then wrap the remainder around to the back side and secure.

Apply Washi tape to one of the sides

Apply Washi tape to one of the sides

Wrap the tape around to the back

Wrap the tape around to the back

Cut away any excess tape before applying more.

Cover the edges of three sides only

Cover the edges of three sides only

I put a “thumb notch” in the open end of the paper CD cover.  This will allow for easy access to the photo inside.  I used a 1 inch hole punch to do this.  It is difficult to cut through all the layers at one time with the punch.  I had to punch the top part first then go in and punch the bottom.  I even had to use scissors to finish the top cut because my punch did not like cutting through the clear acetate.

 

1 inch hole punch

1 inch hole punch

Use scissors to cut through the acetate

Use scissors to cut through the acetate

Prepping the second paper CD cover for the back side will now be easier.  Line up the envelopes and mark the placement of the thumb hole with a pencil then punch and cut it out.

Line up the two covers

Line up the two covers

Mark the thumb notch to be cut

Mark the thumb notch to be cut

Attaching the paper CD cover to the page was just a little bit of a problem.  The tape runner adhesive did not like sticking to the Washi tape.  I had to get out my  “big guns” and apply the stronger adhesive.  I only applied adhesive to a little over half of the back of the envelope.

Add adhesive to only about half of the envelope

Add adhesive to only about half of the envelope

Avoiding the binding holes punched in the chipboard page, measure about 1-1/2 inches from the punched edge and attach the CD cover along the ruler.  Check the back side to make sure you have not left a bunch of adhesive exposed.

Using a ruler attach the envelope to the page

Using a ruler attach the envelope to the page

Check to make sure there is no stray adhesive

Check to make sure there is no stray adhesive

When attaching the paper CD cover to the back side of the page only apply adhesive to the outer edges, including the top.  Expose only the tape from the top and get the two covers lined up evenly across the top then pinch it together.  Effectively sealing the two envelopes together.

Apply adhesive all around the envelope

Apply adhesive all around the envelope

Expose the top adhesive only

Expose the top adhesive only

Match up the tops of both envelopes and apress together

Match up the tops of both envelopes and press together

Raising the bottom of the unattached envelope, pull the cover strips from the adhesive on the three remaining sides and press in place.  Burnish the edges for a good seal to both envelopes.

Raise the envelope

Raise the envelope

Peel the adhesive cover strips off

Peel the adhesive cover strips off

Burnish and seal the two envelopes together

Burnish and seal the two envelopes together

That’s all there is to using paper CD covers as pockets in a mini album.

As for journal areas for the photos.  I put some decorative journal pieces on the back of the photo mats.

Journal spots on backs of photos

Journal spots on backs of photos

I hope this has given you an idea for a pocket element on your mini album page.

Tomorrow…..using Spellbinders dies to crop photos 😀

Leslie