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A papercrafts tutorial!

Yesterday I decided to organize all my paper craft supplies. I needed a filing system for my drawings and digital stamps, for my cards, templates and all the tutorials that I print from the internet once in a while. However, I was not willing to spend money for that, so I got myself to work….

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…. and here it is; my filing system made out of a regular box we had laying around in the basement!

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How I made it:

FIRST, I gathered some essential supplies. I realized later that I needed a few more things, but all easy to find around the house.

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SECOND, I traced a wiggly design on the front of the box.

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THIRD, I cut out the wiggly line so that now I have a way of seeing smll items inside the box.

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FOURTH, I sanded the whole box very lightly just to remove some of the glossy film it had.

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FIFTH, I taped the bottom of the box. It was loose and taping it made it sturdier.

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SIXTH, I used the lid that I cut out previously and traced the outline in chipboard to make a sturdy bottom insert for my box.

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SEVENTH, I generously spread some tacky glue on the chipboard…
… and placed it down on the bottom of my box!

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EIGHTH, I measured the sides of the box and cut the lid to those dimensions. I added half an inch to the height and traced it on the decorative paper.

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NINTH, I repeated this for all four sides, inside and out (8 total).

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TENTH, I used one of the decorative papers and traced the wiggly line of the front of the box. Cut it and pasted it.

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ELEVENTH, after pasting all the decorative papers, I folded the extra height from the papers on the inside, towards the outside. This gave a nice finished look to the top edges.

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TWELFTH, I used colored masking tape to fortify the corners of the box. Then, I gave the whole outside a stressed look by rubbing an ink pad throughout the whole surface.

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THIRTEENTH, I cut chipboard sheets to the sizes I wanted for my filling tabs (I started with 8.5″x11″ and 8.5″x5.5″, but later cut other sizes too). Then I distressed them with an ink pad.

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FOURTEENTH, I made a template for a index tab. I chose a half circle, but any shape will do.

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FIFTEENTH, I traced the index tab on a piece of chipboard. One for each tab you wish to make.

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SIXTEENTH, I distressed the tabs with the ink pads.

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SEVENTEENTH, I printed a bunch of labels for my tabs.

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EIGHTEENTH, I punched the corners and placed the labels on the tabs using foam circles.

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NINETEENTH, I aligned the index tab with the big chipboard tabs and punched two small holes on each side of the label.

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TWENTYETH, I placed colorful brads in each hole to secure the two tabs together.

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TWENTY-FIRST, I placed all the tabs inside the box.

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TWENTY-SECOND, I added some embellishements to the front of the box.

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TWENTY-THIRD, I organized all my papers by categories!!!! 😀

Sep_Oct_Nov2010 063Now I have a good system to keep my things organized. I made a few more tabs afterwards as I found I needed some more categories. I made them in different heights too so that I could see them better.

I hope this becomes useful to someone :)! Please leave some feedback!

Until next time…

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