I love hand-made cardstock stationery sets, but sometimes I wish they held more cards. Here is a FREE (as always) photo tutorial on a great book-style stationery set that has two nice deep pockets. I found a couple variations online and adapted mine to use cardstock more responsibly. Don't you hate it when there's a bunch wasted? I sure do!
Let's get straight to the tutorial! I'm going to show you the basic box and then a purse variation. You'll need a 12x12 sheet of cardstock, cut to 11.5 by 9 inches. Save the discarded 3x12 strip, as we will be using it later. You'll also need the Simply Scored board, Sticky Strip, and then ribbon, Designer Series Paper, and embellishments as desired.
Score the cardstock at .5, 5.25, 6.25 and 11 inches on the long side, and 1, 1.5, 7.5 and 8 on the short side.
Use your scissors to cut off the corners of the insides of the side flaps, as shown below. They'll get bent up anyway, so we might as well trim them off, right? You could also use a deep corner rounder.
Take the 12x3 strip you cut off the original 12x12 sheet and trim off 1 inch from one long side, leaving you with a two inch by 12 inch strip, which you will cut in half at six inches. Score both of those 2x6 pieces at .5 inches down their length.
Then attach those two pieces to either end, on the little half-inch flaps, using Sticky Strip. This makes the flaps just enough longer that the cards remain more securely inside the book--especially important if you are doing the purse variation.
Fold that flap you just added up and fold the two side flaps over it, securing with Sticky Strip. or under it, as I just noticed is what I actually did in the photo below. Oopsie.
That's it! Super easy, huh? I'd show you the finished, embellished outside of mine, but it is a gift for someone who might see it here, so no such luck!
Purse Variation: use the leftover 1x12 strip and score at half inch from either end, attaching to the "spine" of the book with Sticky Strip.
The lid is for ornament only, as the book opens from the bottom. Don't worry, the cards stay put in their nice deep pockets! If you're worried about it, though, you can add some ribbon ties to hold them in place with a cute little bow. To make the lid, die-cut the largest Labels Collection Framelit with your Big Shot, and score at 1.25 and 2.25 inches down the length, as shown below with those super useful Place Markers for the Simply Scored. Attach with Sticky Strip.
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