‘Book in a Box’, and the Winner is…….

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Big congratulations Helen – you have my daughter to thank for drawing you out of the cup last night. Please let me have your address and I will get the package in the post to you! Thank you to everyone who joined in – who knows, you may be lucky next time.

This week is a particularly busy week but as I had promised to announce our Giveaway winner I thought I might as well share a project with you. This box doesn’t have to house a book, it would work beautifully for a gift. It is very simple and could be resized to suit.

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To make the basic box I used a 12” x 12” piece of cardstock and scored at 2” and 4” from all 4 sides. (I have emphasised the score lines with a pencil).

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Now cut as shown in the photo below. You should taper any edges that hamper a neat fold-up.

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I am very mean with glue so you could use more but this is an indication of where it should go as a minimum.

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Forgive the scabby photo but I forgot to show you how to make up the box and had to take it apart again. You repeat this on all four sides.

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I lined all four sides of the box and it would also be nice to line the insides too. For my wraparound cover I cut a piece of cardstock 5” x 12” and rounded all four corners. I cut a piece of decorative paper slightly smaller and glued it securely to the cardstock piece after I had sandwiched a piece of ribbon at each end. This beautiful paper range is the new Rustic Wedding from Crafters Companion and I will definitely be using this again. This is my favourite range of all time from them.

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I used strong double sided tape to attach my box base to the inside of my wraparound, lining it up so that the cover would be even when it was folded over the top of the box.

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I gently curled the wraparound cover around the box securing on the side with double sided tape again and tied my ribbon in a bow. I decorated the top with some pearl card layers distressing the bottom one and curling one corner of the top layer. I glued on some flowers and a wooden word that had been randomly heat embossed with gold powder.

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I made an accordian book for the inside cutting strips of cardstock 3 3/4” wide and scoring at every 3 3/4” – join as many strips as you like to achieve the length of book you want. The box is 2” deep so will take a reasonable size book or gift.

Hope that made sense. Congratulations again to Helen. I will be back in a few days with another tute! How a great week.

Be Crafty,

Rosemary x

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