Monday, February 23, 2009

Playing With Cardboard =)

So remember the recipe cards I made? Well I finally have a box for them! The best part is that I made it myself!! I was in Michaels yesterday and I found a recipe box for $1. So I got it and planned on covering it, but I put my recipe cards in first and I didn't like the way the fit. There was a a pretty big gap on each side, and the recipe cards I already did almost filled it up. I decided that I wasn't going to waste my time and supplies altering it, when I wasn't really happy with it, and it didn't have much growing room. I still haven't even written down most of the recipes I have memorized, plus I'm sure I'll be adding many more over the years. Sooo, I was looking at the box, an starting thinking, ya know this wouldn't be too hard to make..so that's what I did! I made mine a little more narrow, but deeper to accommodate more cards. Mine is 6 wide X 4 deep X 4.5 tall. I didn't have enough chipboard, so I used a cardboard box. I used one of the thinner ones, because they seem a little more stable (the thick ones seem too bend/dent to easily).

It was actually pretty simple. VERY time consuming, but simple. It took me a good couple of hours, but I was bored anyway smile. All you have to do is make your bottom whatever size you want. I just cut the pieces, tapped them together with masking tape then covered with paper. Then make another box just a tad smaller, and 1/2" taller so it fits inside the other box. Then make the lid a tiny bit bigger than the bottom of the box, so that once it's covered in paper, it will still easily fit on top of the inner box. When you are covering the inside of the lid, you want the piece of paper in the back to be about 5" long. You just glue it to the top part, and stick the other end down in between the bottom inner box and the outer box (I squirted a bunch of glue in between the boxes first), then attach a piece of ribbon to the top and bottom so that the paper holding the lid on doesn't rip. Now I kinda screwed up. In the picture below, you can easily see the seams on the side. Those were supposed to face the other direction, where they'd be less noticeable, but I didn't realize they were facing the wrong way until the back piece holding the top on was glued in. I wish SU sold really long cardstock for stuff like this. I hate having seems in an obvious place.

-Paper-So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate cardstock; Cutie Pie DSP
-Accessories-cardboard, on board lots of letters, Flower Fusion, Rhinestone brad, Celery grosgrain.

I made this a couple of weeks ago to store my Copic markers. Once again, made from a cardboard box! This was super easy to make. It didn't take long at all! Good thing, because I'm going to order some more Copics soon, so I guess I'm probably about to outgrow it. I'd rather one with more dividers anyway. As you can see, I'm in the process of putting the numbers on the end of my Ciaos. The circle is from a regular 3 hole punch. I just colored the circles, wrote the number/letter on it and stuck it on with a glue dot.

I've got a card around here somewhere that I made last night, but I think it got lost under the mess on my stamp table rolleyes. I post that whenever I manage to locate it, lol. Hope you have an awesome day!

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10 comments:

stampin along the way said...

WOW You did an excellent job! The paper looks perfect! I like what you did for the markers too! I covered some $1 boxes from Michaels w/ DP to hold all my SU markers then realized I should not have the markers standing up but rather lying down. UG!

Cheryl said...

Great boxes Emily! I love your collection of markers. I don't have nary a one yet, but that will be changed as of Saturday!

Marilyn said...

Aren't you the clever one! I've never thought to make a cardboard box and then cover it up with paper - how exciting! This recipe box is awesome!! I need to write my fav recipes down too - thanks for the awesome inspiration!

Denise said...

Great boxes. Like your collection of Copics.

Erin... said...

You're a genius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Guess what I'll be doing with my ciaos in the near future!!!! So clever Emily!!! Love the recipe box too!

Sarah {SCS: Sairabee} said...

That recipe box is AMAZING! I love it!

Corie said...

This is absolutely FANTASTIC

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

WOWZER Emily!!! This is sooo awesome!! Just love your creative idea!! The whole thing is just so fabulous!! Down to the clever idea, what you put inside and of course the yummy papers on the outside!! :) Thanks for sharing this!!

~Denise Lynn~ said...

These are AWESOME! Love the Copic one, need to make me one of those! Erin and I did a little Copic shopping together today, got that BG72! :)

Deb M. said...

Love the recipe box, Emily. So cute!! Your Copic box is such a creative idea.

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