Mini Magazine Holder

by Deb Valder

Cut and fold cardstock into a decorative notecard holder.


  • 12" x 12" Cardstock for holder base
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Adhesive
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stampin’ Up! products used here: Four Feathers stamp set, Feathers Framelits Die, Big Shot, Fast Fuse, Basic Black Baker's Twine, Whisper White cardstock, Back to Black Designer Series Paper, Whisper White envelopes)


  1. Step 1

    Trim 12" x 12" cardstock to 9" x 12".

    Score at 3 3/4" and 5 1/4" along the 9" side.

  2. Step 2

    Rotate cardstock and score at 2" and 6 1/2" along the 12" side.

  3. Step 3

    With the 9" side at the top, score at 1 3/4", only between the 2 horizontal score lines.

    Turn 180 degrees and repeat on the other side. The middle section should have 4 vertical score lines across.

  4. Step 4

    Measure up 1 3/4" from the first horizontal score line and make a small pencil mark.

    Measure over 2 1/2" from the left upper corner and make a pencil mark. Using a paper trimmer, line up the blade guide with the two marks and cut along the line to remove a triangular section from the corner. Repeat on the opposite side.

  5. Step 5

    Cut in on both horizontal lines to the middle score lines - this middle section will be the spine of the holder.

  6. Step 6

    Press down on all the folds with a bone folder to ensure clean crisp folds.

  7. Step 7

    To assemble the holder, start with the bottom piece. Apply adhesive to the back side then fold up and in.

  8. Taking the middle section, add adhesive on the front, then fold OVER the bottom layer. This makes the base nice and strong.

  9. Step 8

    Put adhesive on the lower part of the upper triangle section and adhere that to the base.

    Fold up the bottom portion of the box and make a pencil line for best placement of adhesive.

  10. The assembled holder should look like this.

  11. Step 9

    Embellish the holder as desired to complete the project. Fill with A2 cards and envelopes for a thoughtful gift.

    These measurements were used in the sample to layer on lower panels:
    2 pieces of Whisper White 2" x 4 1/2"
    2 pieces of Basic Black 1 3/4" x 4 1/4"
    2 pieces of Back to Black Designer Series Paper 1 1/2" x 4"
    1 piece of Whisper White 1 1/2" x 2"
    1 piece of Basic Black 1 1/4" x 1 3/4"
    1 piece of Back to Black Designer Series Paper 1" x 1 1/2"


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Mini Magazine Holder. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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I like that idea. I thought that would be a nice gift.
Helen Thompson  |  Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 7:13 AM
I really like this notecard holder and note idea. I can see this changed around for many different colors and styles. Thanks so much for sharing!
Dottie  |  Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 7:41 AM
Thank you Dottie and Helen, I made these as gifts for my Continuing Education Coordinators. One of them ran up to me last week and and said she already sent one of the notecards out! It's a practical inexpensive and fun gift to make. Thank you for leaving a comment.
Deb Valder  |  Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 8:38 AM
Well, this is certainly going on my to-do list. What a fun project. One small is fairly difficult to follow what you are doing on black paper, when you have a black background too. Other than that, what a fun, good tutorial.
Joni S.  |  Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 9:10 AM
Thank you Joni for your feedback. I realized that after I videoed it, I've since moved to gray table mats! Thank you so much for your sweet comment.
Deb Valder  |  Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM
love these!!! I have made them per your instructions only I didn't cut the paper down and it gave me a wider base, and I put my folders in them. lol I have 7 big ones and 2 little ones. I didn't decorate them instead I wrote the names of the folder companies, so when I know the name of the company of the folder I want I just go to that one. I used the cardboard out of the back of the SU paper packs to make them with.
Sherry Lowmaster  |  Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Thank you so much Sherry for your great ideas and sharing it with us!! What an awesome storage container for your folders. I love how everyone shares. Thank you Splitcoaststampers for all your work!
Deb Valder  |  Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM
I loved the project and thank you for sharing it. My only negative comment is that I found the black cardstock, with the black background difficult to see markings,on the video, but I will follow the clear written instructions and try this project.
annecrafted  |  Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM
I would have never thought that would be so easy. I am excited to give it a try.
Sarah  |  Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM
Awesome - just what I was looking for!!!! Thank you.
Karen  |  Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 3:19 AM
Thank you annecrafted for your feedback. I didn't realize it until after I made the video! If you have any questions, let me know, I hope you make lots and lots of these, they are great for your desk!
Deb Valder  |  Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 6:44 AM
Sarah they are easy beyond believe. I hope you make lots and lots of the!!! If you have any questions, let me know.
Deb Valder  |  Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 6:44 AM
Thank you Karen, I've been making them for gifts! the people LOVE them!!!! Let me know if you have any questions.
Deb Valder  |  Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 6:45 AM
Love this so much - thanks... I needed an idea for Christmas presents for my daughter's kindergarten teachers and now I have it!!
Tracey Diggles  |  Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 6:46 AM
Awesome! What a great gift idea!! Thank you for an great tutorial!
Vicki Doyle  |  Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 6:54 AM
I have my cards stored in these by season--ones that I want to keep for patterns or just some made up ready to use. Love this!
Kathy Ozenberger  |  Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 8:17 AM
Tracy, this is a great present for teachers. I made them for all the Continuing Education Registrars I work with! They LOVED them! Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your lovely comments.
Deb Valder  |  Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM
Thank you Vicki, yes, it's a SUPER gift idea. So easy and affordable. It won't break your holiday budget!! Let me know if you have any questions.
Deb Valder  |  Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM
Kathy Ozenberger, that is a GREAT idea!!!! There are so many things you can use these for, but that one is SUPER! Thank you for sharing. Let me know if you have any questions.
Deb Valder  |  Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Because of your great tutorial for such a nice project, I'm well on my way to having all my girlfriend's gifts for Christmas finished. I set up an assembly line - scoring half a dozen sheets of different color cardstock, making all the cuts, burnishing all the folds, adding all the adhesive (I use score tape, so this part was easy), then assembling all the boxes and adding all the trim. What nice gifts these will make.
Juanita  |  Fri Oct 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

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