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Doodlebug Design Sweet Summer Gift Box

 

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I have a fun project to share today. How many of your friends aren’t papercrafters? if you’re like me, you have a lot! One thing they do have in common though is adoring cards I’ve made. So I love to make gift boxes filled with handmade cards, and they are so well received! There’s something about anything handmade… well, it’s just the best!

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I kept this project really simple, and I did something I’ve never done before- I used no stamps or inks! All of my supplies were cardstock, pattern paper, ephemera, paper scraps, and glue. Since we are in the Summer months, I chose Doodlebug Design Inc Sweet Summer 6×6 paper pad, and matching Odds & Ends. As usual, Doodlebug did not hold back on all the cuteness!!

img_5918I kept the cards super CAS. (Clean and Simple) For the sentiments, I used SRM stickers. Wow! These stickers are so easy to work with. They’re vellum, so I was able to put them on colored cardstock to make them whatever color I wanted them to be. Because the Odds & Ends are so bright and cheerful, I was able to go through my paper scraps and make cardbases out of matching colored cardstock, another thing I rarely do. (I love my trusty ole white cardbases!)

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I made 6 cards, which took about an hour. I used Lawn Fawn Glue Tube to adhere everything together.

 

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Now onto the box… be sure to pick out a strong heavyweight cardstock, nothing flimsy. I chose 100# cardstock by My Favorite Things. Its solid!  The measurements for the box is: Bottom- 7 7/8 x 6 1/2. The top is 16th of an inch bigger on both sides: 7 15/16 x 6 9/16. (I write B on the bottom and T on the top so I don’t get them confused.) Score at 1 inch on all four sides on both papers.

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On all four corners, cut straight on the folded line to the second scored line. be sure to cut on the 7 7/8 side so as to have stronger sides. Then cut a small narrow triangle out to make tabs, as shown in the picture. Be sure to cut a narrow triangle off the ends too so the tabs don’t stick out of the box when you glue everything together.

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Once everything is cut on both papers, add adhesive to the tabs. I use a strong double-sided adhesive and glue. The glue gives me some room to wiggle the paper around if I need to for a perfect fit.

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Now its time to decorate the box. Its easier to decorate now before adhering everything together. I used strips of pattern paper for the sides of the top, and coordinating papers for the top and bottom. (You don’t have to cover the bottom, I just did because I had written out the dimensions.)

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Once everything was glued down, I assembled the box, put the cards and envelopes in it, and put the top on. It was a perfect fit! I threw in left over stickers. They can be used as cute envelope closers. This is a fun, inexpensive project that your friends and family will love. I hope you are able to try this out. If you do, be sure to share your project on social media, and use #drivebycrafts tag so we can see what you’ve made!

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Bye for now!

Angelica Conrad

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