Note Holder

by Beate Johns

Create a small box to hold single note sheets.


  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Paper Cutter
  • 7 5/8" square of cardstock
  • Copy Paper
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • Corner Rounder
  • Stamps , Your Next Stamp Happiness used here
  • Ribbon
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Score the 7 5/8" square of cardstock at 1" and 2" on each side of the square.

  2. Step 2

    Cut off the scored outer squares, leaving only one on each side as a glue tab. Pre-fold all your score lines.

  3. Step 3

    Punch a hole with your 3/4" circle punch in the center on one side.

    This will create an indent that will make it easier to take the note sheets out of the box.

  4. Step 4

    Add Scor-Tape™ to each of the glue tabs.

  5. Turn box base over and add Scor-Tape on each of the outer flaps.

  6. Step 5 (Optional)

    Stamp the lower of the 1" side strips to decorate your notepad holder walls.

  7. Step 6 (Optional)

    Take the adhesive liner off the sides of the box that has the glue tabs attached and fold down.

  8. Step 7 (Optional)

    Take the liner off the glue tabs and adhere them to the neighboring sides to create the box shape.

  9. Fold the remaining sides down to finish the box.

  10. Step 8

    Add adhesive to the end of the ribbon.

  11. Adhere the ribbon to the center of the box.

  12. Step 9

    Cut copy paper into 3 1/2" squares.

  13. Step 10 (Optional)

    Round the corners of your note paper.

  14. Step 11

    Stamp your paper squares.

  15. Step 12

    Place your paper squares into your box and cut your ribbon to size.

  16. Attach a small embellishment to the ribbon to keep it laying flat on your paper.

    The ribbon will help you pull up the paper pieces easier.

  17. Step 13

    Your note holder is finished.



  1. Close it up
    If you are planning on giving the note holder as a gift, create a box top out of acetate to keep the note sheets inside the box. Take a 5 3/4" square of acetate and score 1" on each side to create the lid.

    Hint: If you are planning to add a lid, don't add embellishments to the side of the boxes.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Note 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 bought a whole pack of Transparency Sheets at Office Depot. I use that for all techniques/projects that involve acetate.
Beate  |  Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM
How neat, I'll be making some of those for gifts. Thanks.
Margaret J  |  Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM
yumary bazanta  |  Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 2:21 PM
I was looking for something to give to my Sis and that is just the thing. Thanks so very much.
Cathy  |  Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM
I'm going to make a bunch of these and personalize them with names for some family members and maybe for my granddaughters teacher.
Bonnie Isabelle  |  Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 5:16 PM
I have some Logo printed paper from a defunk business that was given to me. I'm going to return it to that person in this new form. Thanks for the idea!
Penny Hill  |  Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM
What a great project - love the video! Thanks so much for sharing all your great projects and cards!
Maureen Chandler  |  Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 5:30 AM
You ladies are much smarter than me....can anyone figure out the measurements to make this box for a 3"x3" pad of sticky notes? Wouldn't that be a cute gift?
Marybeth Petersen  |  Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Start with a 7 1/8" square of cardstock. Then follow the tutorial. The box is 1" high. If you want it smaller follow this formular to get your starting size:

Note pad size + 1/8" (will make it easier to get paper in and out) + 2 x height of box
beate  |  Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Hi I love this idea! really cute and easy. Love the acetate lid idea but not sure what adjesive you use that does not show?
Alison  |  Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM
Lovely job Beate (as always)! Thanks again for sharing your amazing talents with us. I'm looking forward to trying out this project as a birthday gift for my mum.
Lisa  |  Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM
is there a way to do this without a circle punch? I don't own one but I want to try this project
heather w  |  Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Sure, Heather. Just skip that step. As long as you have the ribbon, you will be able to lift the paper out. Can't wait to see your version.
Have a great weekend!
Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 7:51 AM
Super cute idea! Definitely going to try!
Andria Goetz  |  Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM
So cute! Love this idea, Beate. My daughter works in customer service and is always having to send notes back to the warehouse; this would be a great little gift I could make and give to her. Thanks!
Kathy Humphrey  |  Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM
A must try tutorial. Great to have on hand for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, etc...
Carol Dee  |  Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM
Beate, this is a beautiful box, love it, I made 2 of them already, but I need the information to make the cover, I have the transparent material but I don't know how to cut it. I have a friend in OH, and she will love to have one of this boxes, they are so cute and your tutorial is so easy to understand, thank you for your help.
Love in Christ... Mirna
Mirna  |  Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM
Mirna, I cut my transparency sheets with my paper cutter.
beate  |  Sun Aug 5, 2012 at 2:53 PM
Realy like this little gift idea! Made one for myself, and then made three more for my friends. Perfect to keep on our work table to jot off a note!!
mike bizup  |  Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 7:34 AM
Thanks Beate, I got it is very simple to do, can you give me dimensions for the cover,
Thank you, love your projects

Mirna  |  Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

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