While I’m a passionate paper crafter, I have never gotten into scrapbooking. I’m more interested in making cards, gift bags, tags, and altered items like journals and decopaged frames.
And I admit that I hoard collect patterned paper in my favorite themes – even the sheets that are designed with a scrapbooker in mind. You know the ones…beautifully detailed scenes that cover the whole page, large or bold patterns, and various sized journaling cards. But all I could do was give those sheets a longing glance as I flipped past them on my way to the pieces that would work for my smaller scale project at hand.
Then there are those beautiful die-cut sheets in many collections – scalloped or lacey edges, sometimes a circle, sometimes a large-scale label. My family of beautiful but orphaned papers really started to grow.
Until the day I figured out that my scoring board and these papers are a match made in paper heaven.
My solution? Gift boxes. I could make HUNDREDS of them!
Like this one, using the Et Cetera collection by BoBunny:
I scored a 7” square in the center of the die-cut circle sheet, folded it, and tucked in the corners to make a box lid. Then I made a box bottom that is 7” x 7” x 2.5” by scoring at 2.5” on all four sides – perfect math for a 12” x 12” sheet of cardstock! I fussy-cut some pieces from the Et Cetera Cut Outs sheet (zigzag circle and tag), added a circle cut from the Watermark sheet, and a pleated rosette from Island Mist Double Dot cardstock. After adhering that to a band of Coffee Double Dot trimmed with ribbon from my stash, I added some buttons, more ribbon, and a few stick pins.
And, when I’m on a crafting roll, I score, fold, and trim several box lids and bottoms, then store them flat without adhering the corners. All it takes is a little adhesive, some ribbon and embellishments, and I’m ready to go with a paper crafted gift box in no time at all.
Wanna give it a try? Since I’m such a fan of the Et Cetera collection, I asked BoBunny if I could share with you. Have you ever tried scoring a gift box? Do you have any helpful tips for making/storing/embellishing them? Tell me all about it in the comments, no later than 5 PM MDT on Thursday evening, and I’ll pick a random winner for all these Et Cetera goodies: