Friday, May 3, 2013

Making boxes....

A couple of weeks ago I made my first box from scratch.. it turned out okay, but wasn't anything fantastic. I wasn't sure how to cover the chipboard with pretty paper, so I just cut out a piece for each side.  I didn't like the way the corners looked, since there was a seam at each of them, but I did learn how to put a box together.   Since then I have watched some videos from The Gentleman Crafter, and paid closer attention to how he makes his boxes.  What I noticed was that most of his boxes seem to fit on a 12 x 12 sheet of paper, so it was easy for him to cover his chipboard with a pretty paper.  Well, I wanted to make a box that was larger than what would fit on a 12 x 12 paper, and I wasn't sure exactly how to go about doing it, and have it look nice.  But I decided that if I don't try things, I will never learn... so I got out my chipboard and cut it to size, then decided to cut my patterned paper to fit around the sides with .75 inch wrap to the inside of the sides. I also decided to not cover the bottom of the box... since no one would see it, unless they turned it over, and since it is going to stay full of tags I didn't think that would happen, I decided to not waste my paper covering the bottom of the box.   I'm not sure the way I did it was the best way, but it worked for me. I'm going to keep looking on the internet to see if I can find other ideas for covering boxes that won't fit nicely on one sheet of paper.

The reason I needed a box in the first place, my friend Kim from the BlackCatUS forum sent me some No.8 tags to play with.  She had purchased something like 1000 of them online since it was cheaper to buy that many than to buy smaller quantities.  But it was more than she could use, so she offered some to me.  When my box of goodies came, I couldn't believe how many she sent me... I didn't count them, but there was a lot!!!!  So I needed something to keep them in, so they wouldn't fall all over the place. 

I didn't add any embellishments to it, I still have a hard time with that part, but my tags fit in there perfectly!!! As you can see, I have enough tags to keep me busy for quite some time.  THANKS Kim!!!!  I am really starting to enjoy making boxes, that way I can make them to the exact size I need for something, and when it no longer suits my needs, I can make another one.  I just used some cheap chipboard that I had laying around, it really isn't very strong, but I figured for the tags it would be fine, and I was right. I used some paper from the Latte DCWV stack that I have had for awhile,  and I thought it turned out rather well, if I do say so myself.
Thanks for stopping by and if you know of a better way to cover the chipboard for boxes that is larger than a 12 x 12 sheet of paper, I would love to hear about it.

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