Hey, thanks for coming by today! I’ve got a stationery box to share with you today, and it’s so easy to make. There are lots of versions of this box available, but I found a video tutorial by MayMay Made It. It’s easy to follow her step by step instructions, but of course, mine doesn’t look exactly like hers. I have to change it up a little, right? This is 12 x 12 paper from Colorbok that I’ve been
hoarding saving for something special. The heart is from Catherine Pooler Designs Good Stuff. I stamped it onto teal cardstock, and heat embossed it in white. Then I added it to the box lid with foam tape. This step is optional, but it does help you see which side of the box is the front.
I made this for my mom, who’s down with bronchitis. She wanted to make several birthday cards, but she’s been too sick to do it. So I created this to help her out.
When you remove the lid, this flap falls down. I added a large pocket to the flap to hold envelopes and stickers. And I didn’t add pockets for tags or notecards, the way MayMay did. I love that you can customize this design to hold whatever you need. This decorative paper is from the same pad, and I love how it coordinates without being too matchy. Many of the 12 x 12 pads are designed this way.
I used MayMay’s tutorial to add a matching pen, and I love how it turned out. It’s simple, but it adds a professional touch. A black pen would have matched better, but I still like it.
I wanted my envelopes to match my cards, so I made my own, using the 1-2-3 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers. They don’t seal, so I added monogrammed stickers from Michaels to close the envelopes.
Both of these cards started from the same piece of watercolor paper. I heat embossed the flower in black (Beautiful Day from Altenew), and watercolored over it with Gansai Tambi watercolors. Distress Inks would work, too. I changed direction halfway through the card, and decided to die cut it. That left a lot of paper, so I stamped the boat (Sailboat by Darkroom Door) over the watercolor. It didn’t stamp evenly on the textured cardstock, but I like the vintage look. I heat embossed sentiments onto black mats and added the watercolor panels with foam tape. I made 3 of each of these.
And this is the final design. There’s a bookmark that is tucked into the front of the card, and it can be removed and used by the recipient. As an avid reader myself, I love this card, and I’m working on a tutorial to share with you soon.
Update: I gave my mom her box on her first day back at work. I’m pretty sure she liked it, because she actually squealed!
I’ll be back again soon with another tutorial – see you then!