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Today's project is a great little desktop message center that has a fun lid which doubles as a stand-up photo frame! Above, you can see it open, and here it is closed, below. Cute either way, and a great gift for a Daddy, a co-worker or a teacher.
Let's dive right in! You will need an 11x7 piece of cardstock, Sticky Strip, and a scoring tool such as the fab new Simply Scored board from Stampin' Up. Score your cardstock at 1,2,5 and6 inches on the short side.
Then rotate your cardstock 90 degrees and score at 1,2,3,4,9 and 10 on the long side.
Next, we're going to snip up to the scores and trim out the areas indicted above. Cut off the x'd out areas first, then make your snips on the dark lines. Below, you can see it after all the excess is trimmed away and the slices have been made:
Start to form the box by folding in the appropriate tabs on the side where there were only two scores as opposed to four, as shown below. Use Sticky Strip so you don't have to worry about your box falling apart. This box has a lot of tension on it, so your adhesive must stand up to stress! If yours is not up to the task, please treat yourself to some of Stampin' Up's quality adhesive--you will kick yourself for trying to skimp on the cheapo stuff all these years.
Now we'll work on the other end of the box, which is actually just a hollow platform on which the lid/photoframe will rest when the box is open. Fold the end tabs in and secure as shown above, then fold the rest of the scores up and into the long part of the box.
If you did it right, it should look like this:
If it does, secure that down with Sticky Strip, too, so it won't budge. You should have a nice, sturdy, reinforced, snug little box with an open area that just fits a pad of regular 3x3 Post It Notes. Fun!
The lid is comprised of two parts--the folding mechanism and the photo frame piece. The mechanism piece is 6x3 inches and gets scored at 1 and 3.5 inches. The photo frame piece is slightly wide, at 3.5 by 5.25 inches.
The one-inch flap on the end of the mechanism piece gets adhered to the back of the box behind the platform area. The other score gets folded back on itself as shown above, and you'll adhere your decorated photo frame piece to only that area of the mechanism. I went back in and added a couple of brads on the platform to stop the photo frame from unintentionally sliding off the platform, too.
That's it! Super cute, eh? I mean the project... although the little monkey in the photo certainly qualifies! That's my Danny Boy, age three. I am still in love with this photo. If Dan grows up to be the most spoiled rotten boy in the whole world, it will be because his mother melted repeatedly in the gaze of those mischevious brown eyes. Dan has the most marvelous coffee-colored big brown eyes--heaven help us when he turns those on some sweet unsuspecting little girl someday!
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