Donnerstag, Dezember 20, 2007

On the Twentieth Day of December . . .

. . . we are all completely useless. The kids are playing. The grownups are making grocery lists and menus and then scrapping them and starting over.



Only Trusty and Che are completely focused, their course for the day established and well under way.

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With the idea that things may never get more concrete than this today, I asked Sharman to show me how to make gift boxes. She learned this technique from her friend Cecily in Portland. Cecily is a crafter extraordinaire. Cecily's are actually scrapbook boxes, with the box portion clipped to hold six photos and folded, not taped, but I wanted gift boxes.

Materials: Two coordinating pieces of scrapbook paper. We used Festive Dots SGC#104 and Candywrapper SGC#101 from My Minds Eye (thanks, Joanne!)

scissors or paper cutter
tape--we used some each of double-sided and regular

We began with the lid (all photos are on Flickr so click for big).

1. Trim the paper so it is an exact 12" square.

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2. Find the center of the paper.

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3. Fold the corners in to the center.

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4. Now fold each straight side in to the center. These creases will make the sides of your box lid.

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5. Next comes a tricky bit where you fold a crease backwards and make a new crease where none exists in order to shape the edge of the box. I think you will just have to look at the pictures (maybe click to enlarge) and make yours look like Sharman's to see how it works.

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As you do this shaping for each side, the box lid begins to appear

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until voila! There it is!

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6. Now, make the box to go with the lid. Again, begin by trimming your paper to an exact 12" square. Then mark the paper 4" away from each corner on all four sides. You are dividing your edge into thirds.

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7. Fold each edge using your marks and crease well. These creases will form the bottom and sides of your box.

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8. At this point, if you want to make a photo display page, cut away the corner squares and glue photos in the five remaining spots. However, if you want a gift box, fold these corners back out of the way and tape in place inside your box.

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9. Pop on the lid and y'all in business!

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Kommentare:

Laritza hat gesagt…

Is there anything you don't do? You amaze me!

Tola hat gesagt…

she doesnt say no to yarn! *wink*

Terri hat gesagt…

How clever you are! I can not wait to try this out. There is a scrapbook store a few blocks away and I will head over there in the morning to pick up some paper. Very cool. I am not sure I have anything small to put into the boxes. A bit more shopping may have to follow the box making. Bummer :-)

Tan hat gesagt…

Tola's right--I don't say no to yarn. But you guys, that was Sharman making the box. I was taking pictures.

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