Well, woke up yesterday morning to another covering of snow! Yep the white stuff. And here is a photo to prove it!! I had to take this out of my bedroom window as I was still in my pyjamas - you know how it goes.
Anyways, you might want to get a nice cup of coffee or tea and settle down, this post has a few photos as I wanted to show you the process of me making "The Box" :-) But first a reminder of what the box is for, these are the 16 cards, and I have also made 16 envelopes.
This was my inspiration for my box, this holds all my card makes and serves as a stand for one of my lamps for the photo box :-)
Now, I knew when I was thinking about this box, that it was going to need to be sturdy, so delving around the craft room I found two fab pieces of thin corrugated cardboard, obviously kept for that "I might need this" moment. Don't deny it either - you all do it :-)
This is the thickness, of the card board, see nice and narrow and perfect for what I needed.
So, I decided to cut my box base 5.75" square and 5" deep. Therefore my piece needed to be 15.75" square to start. I measured and cut up my piece and then using a scoring tool, went down my drawn lines with it, just enough to break the skin of the cardboard. Then for the tabs, I just cut a small diagonal pieces off so that it would sit nicely when glued.
Then I decided that when this was made up, I didn't want two layers of tabs on the inside, so I cut some more off, so that they would meet in the middle-ish on the inside.
I used Scotch Quick Dry glue, and then also used some paper grips, although I probable didn't need them.
Next came the lid. This was 6" square by 3" deep. So my piece of cardboard needed to be 12" square. Same process. Measure, score and cut.
Glue and grips.
Yay, now came the best part. Decorating it. I used the same papers that I had used on my cards. Dotty paper is from Fancy Pants Designs called Little Sprout (though it could be called Sugar - not sure which!)
Now silly me, I didn't take a picture of the next step which was doing all the edging strips. But take my word for it, I was glad when I had finished. I cut 24 strips of varying lengths from red textured cardstock (this has been in my stash for at least 10 years!), all 1.25" wide, then used a white gel pen and made faux stitching on all the strips and then scored them down the middle. These were then applied to all edges of the box base and lid.
Then I cut 16 pieces that were 1.75" square, scored these crossways and was able to form the corners for the box.
For the handle on the box, I just doubled over some of the card stock, glueing the seam to the centre back so that no paper edges were visible. Then attached this to the lid using some large brads.
I have to admit, I like how the textured card stock looks like red leather.
And inside the box, all those fabulous cards. I tied the envelopes together with some fab blue ribbon.
And there you have it. One completed box, that happily holds all sixteen cards and envelopes. Just to show it off again :-)
Phew, did you stay with me till the end - or did you drop off? Hope you enjoyed the post, snow and everything :-)
I am entering this box in the following challenges.
Craftitude Challenges- Challenge #61: Anything Goes or Add a Brad/Eyelet (closes 3 Apr)(entry #2)
Scribble and Scrap Blog & Challenge - Challenge #15: Always Anything Goes (closes 11 Apr)
Little Scrap Pieces - Show it off Saturday Linky Party (closes 5 Apr)
Hiding in My Craft Room - Challenge #143 - Freestyle (closes 5 Apr)
Craftin Desert Diva's - Craft it Up & Link it Up Party #28: Anything Goes (closes 13 Apr)
Just Keep on Creating - April Link Up: Anything Goes (closes 30 Apr)
Thanks so much for stopping by today.