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

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Very nice project. I made one and hope to upload it today. It was very easy instructions!

BTW - I was able to fine out my username and password. lol!
Cyndee  |  Thu May 28, 2009 at 5:46 AM
it's not loading right,i can't see the instructions :(
sky  |  Thu May 28, 2009 at 10:54 PM
this will make wonderful birthday gifts.
cant wait to start! thanks for the tutorials!
ill be watching for more good ideas!!!
sue t.  |  Fri May 29, 2009 at 3:03 PM
Love this idea...thanks for the clear instructions
Roz Willoughby  |  Sat May 30, 2009 at 1:44 AM
What a cute idea and it can be used for so many different types of cards. Can't wait to make one!
Deanna  |  Sat May 30, 2009 at 5:27 PM
Hi there,

I've been looking to do some 3d items to hold my 3x3 cards in. This might be the perfect item to make.

Can anyone that has already made this tell me what size the holder is where you'd put your cards and envelopes into as my envelopes are 3 3/4" square, so wondered if my envelopes will fit in this cute tote before I start making this tutorial.

Many thanks,

Alex  |  Sun Sep 6, 2009 at 4:15 PM
I owned the Scrap N Yak Shake, and i would
like too find the machine (shown) that does
the handle.

Thankyou, Pat Erickson
Patricia Erickson  |  Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 8:37 AM
This is wonderful!!! Do you have any plans to figure out a note holder for a regular 4.25x5.5 card??????????
Bonnie  |  Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM
What a lovely project and such an easy to follow tutuorial!
Sherry D  |  Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM
I love seeing different ways to use the punches that I've purchased. This can be an expensive hobby and any ideas to multi-use tools is great.
Sandy  |  Fri May 7, 2010 at 12:21 PM
I am on a roll!! This is the second tutorial that I have made today! Thanks soooooo much!
Romaine  |  Fri May 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM
Wonderful and Beautiful Card Holder! The tutorial is very nicely demonstrated.

I know this is a big request, but do you think you may have video demos soon? Some of us, (me)
learn best by actually watching. I hope you will consider this down the road. In the mean time, I will be reading your tutorials!

Thanks for doing this!

He IS Able,
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 12:13 PM
I was looking for inspiration for a couple birthday gifts to mail to scrapbook group friends - and found it! Thanks ever!!
Linda W.  |  Thu Jun 3, 2010 at 8:08 AM
How did you stamp the 2-tone blue flowers? It's beautiful!!
Jen VC  |  Thu Jun 3, 2010 at 6:58 PM
Have just made this little notelet box and it is so cute. I teach at the Womens Refuge one day a week and can't wait to show them this
jenny  |  Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 2:45 PM
very Cute. I love it. I will try this soon. Thank you for sharing.
Diana Beckham  |  Tue Jul 20, 2010 at 9:46 AM
I made two little tote bags, one with a snowman and the other I ties ribbons around it and put a bow so that it looked like a little Christmas gift. Each little note card had a little Christmas greeting. They turned out so cute, thanks for sharing.
Sheila  |  Thu Oct 7, 2010 at 6:04 PM
I had stumbled upon this tutorial and I new I had to CASE it, too. I now have all the supplies and tools that I need to get going on it. I was truly inspired by your creation. TFS. I haven't uploaded anything yet and very new to all of it, but will do my best to get it in the gallery!
CynthiaAnn Wagner  |  Sat Nov 6, 2010 at 12:02 AM
This is such a great idea! It will also be a great way to give a gift card during the holidays! You can even get holiday card stock and make it festive! Oh the possibilities! Cant wait to make these over the weekend! Thanks for the great demo!

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tummy tuck  |  Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 8:52 PM
Thank you for the tutorial, it was perfect for a handmade gift exchange that I needed to make something for. Didn't have the border punch but substituted a different one and changed the colors and stamps around a bit, overall very happy with how it turned out.
Sheri Hofley  |  Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 10:01 PM

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