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”?

Leslie

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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.

Leslie