Friday, May 13, 2016

Magazine Style Card Holder

These are just the handiest way to store your finished cards! They are not stored away in a box out of sight, out of mind, and are easily accessible when you need a card, especially if you divide them into categories! Finished boxes measure 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches and are 2 inches wide. They look great on a shelf! Here are some other views:

See Detailed Instructions Below

Want the written directions? Here they are:

For this project you will need a piece of 8-1/2 x 11 inch cardstock, plus another piece cut at 3 x 7 inches. Use heavyweight cardstock for stability and durability. I used Stampin’ Up.

1. First, score the 8-1/2 x 11 inch piece on the 11 inch side at 4-1/2 and 6-1/2 inches. Turn on the 8-1/2 inch side and score at 2 inches.

2. Turn the piece back around on the 11 inch side (with score line at the bottom) and place a pencil mark or small score mark at 1-3/4 and 9-1/4 inches.

3. Measure down 3-5/8 inches from the top between the two vertical score lines and draw a pencil line between the two score lines at the 3-5/8 inch mark. From the score lines to the marks you made along the top, draw a pencil line from one point to the other. This is the cut away piece. Helpful Hint: SAVE this piece as a template so next time you can just trace or cut around this piece and you won’t have to go through all the markings again, plus you will be assured all your boxes will be identical if you make multiple boxes.

4. Now, with the top piece cut away, cut up the vertical score lines along the bottom up to the 2 inch horizontal score mark. This will be the bottom of the box.

5. On the 3x7 inch piece, score at ½ inch on 3 sides. Cut up the vertical score lines on the 3-inch side to the horizontal score line. Fold and adhere tabs like you were making a box. This will only be 3-sided and will be the back of the box.

6. Fold the score lines on the bigger box piece. With this piece laying down, adhere the smaller 3-sided back piece to the bigger box piece along the 8-1/2 inch side. Bring the other side up and attach it to that side, also attaching the third side to the back of what is now the box. Fold in and attach the bottom flaps to complete the box.

7. Decorate as desired. I cut a strip of designer paper 2-1/2 inch wide by about 12 inches long and wrapped it around 3 sides of the box, leaving the back blank because it will be against the shelf. It will be a little long, but this allows you to wrap it around the box without first scoring, and then just crease the folds and cut off any excess hanging over. Attach a label of your choice to the front or tie with a bow, etc. 

 Here are some pictures I took during assembly of the prototype so you will have some kind of visual:

This may seem difficult, but it really isn't. Even though I have seen these boxes before, the hard part was coming up with the measurements so I could recreate them. As long as you use a heavyweight cardstock these will be a very durable addition to your craft shelves! I hope you will give it a try. I have 3 done and still plan to make more! 

See you next week! I have a few graduation cards to make, as well as some birthday cards, so I will be sharing one of those. 


  1. Great instructions! I can't wait to try this. Thanks so much.
    Kay Fipps

    1. You are very welcome! Once you make one, you want to keep making more!