3” x 3” Note Card Tote

by Regina Andari

Create an adorable tote to give away 3" x 3" note cards.


  • One 3 1/4" x 7 1/2" piece of Cardstock for tote base (Brocade Blue used here)
  • One 2 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of Cardstock for tote sides (Night of Navy used here)
  • One piece of cardstock for tote handle (Night of Navy used here)
  • Stamps (Stampin' Up!'s Pocket Silhouette used here)
  • Ink
  • Paper Punches (Eyelet Border Punch and Oval punches used here)
  • Paper piercing tools, or 1/16" circle punch
  • Strong Adhesive (Sticky Strip™ used here)
  • Brads
  • Additional Cardstock to decorate your tote


  1. Step 1

    Score 3 1/4" x 7 1/2" piece of cardstock
    3 1/4” from each end.

  2. Step 2

    Make decorative cuts on the four corners by placing each corner in the Eyelet Border punch as shown.

  3. Step 3

    Use the Eyelet Border punch along both edges of a 1 1/4" x 8" piece of cardstock to create a handle.

    If you'd rather not have a fancy handle or don't have a decorative border punch, cut a 3/4" x 8” strip instead.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp and embellish additional cardstock to create your card tote front.

  5. Adhere the stamped and embellished layer to the front of the note card holder.

  6. Step 5

    Score the 2 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of card stock at 1 5/8", 2 5/8", 5 7/8", and 6 7/8". This insert creates sides for the holder.

  7. Step 6

    There are 1” sections on the scored cardstock. Find the center of each, and mark 1/2" down with a white gel pen.

  8. Step 7

    Use a piercing tool or 1/16” circle punch to make a hole where the handle will be attached.

  9. Step 8

    Apply adhesive to the cardstock strip as shown.

  10. Step 9

    To adhere the scored strip to the holder, line up one of the short panels with the bottom and the edge of the holder.

    Then secure the long panel to the back of the holder.

    Finish by folding in the remaining short panel. Adhering the panels in this order helps keep the edges lined up.

  11. Step 10

    Attach the handle with brads.

  12. Make a set of 3x3 note cards to put in the holder.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for 3” x 3” Note Card Tote. 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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This is so cute, I actually have that punch coming in today and now I am anxious to use it. yay!!
Chai Dackermann  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 8:19 AM
Love it. Thank's for a great idea for Christmas gifts.
Carole Miller  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 8:22 AM
Gorgeous project, and fantastic tutorial!! Thanks so much!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 8:24 AM
Love the tutorial. Thanks for sharing your ideas with all of us.
Dorothy T  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 8:35 AM
I love this box! Thought it would require another expensive die for my Big Shot - glad to see it doesn't! Thanks so much for the tutorial.
Laura L.  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 8:56 AM
Think I'll whip this up for my grandson to give to his kindergarten teacher next week....Really lovely!
Julie Murray  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 9:03 AM
These are is such a darling set! Thanks so much for this tutorial!
Michelle  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 9:10 AM
OMG, this is absolutely adorable and not too complicated to make! I can't wait to get started on it! Thanks so much for sharing!
Veronica  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 9:11 AM
I love this so much I'm going to purchase the extra punches I don't have just so I can make it. So simple, and so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
PansyM  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 10:19 AM
Love this tote so much, I'm going to purchase the punches I don't have just so I can make it. So beautiful and simple - thanks for sharing.
PansyM  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 10:20 AM
This is just the prefect gift for teachers. I plan to make a bunch for all my teacher friends for a end-of-the-year gift. Thanks for the beautiful gift idea!
Sandy  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM
I keep forgetting my user name and password.
Cyndee  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 12:49 PM
Thanks for an easy to follow tutorial.
I have been wanting to make a holder for some 3x3 cards.
Hope mine is as lovelyl as yours!
shirley henry  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 2:00 PM
Love this project, Regina. And your instructions are easy to follow. Great job!! Thanks!!!
Laura L.  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 3:57 PM
Love it! Thanks for the great idea!
Jody  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM
great project idea for teacher gifts, something that won't take alot of time.
Laurie  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 4:55 PM
Really love this. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm certainly going to CASE this.
Mary  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 6:03 PM
Thank you for such a great idea. My grandsons teachers wil love this as a gift. I will enjoy making them.
Judith  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 8:11 PM
This is really pretty. I'm putting it on my schedule for Saturday to take to our class on Sunday. Wahoo.
Thank you!
MoomMist  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 8:18 PM
Have a friend thank loves to write notes instead of emailing. She will love this. Great tutorial.
Cosie  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 11:48 PM

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