Stationery Box

by Jackie Topa

Make a beautiful gift box to hold stationery, notecards, a pen and postage.


  • One 12 "x 12" piece of heavy patterned paper (box base)
  • One 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of heavy patterned paper
  • One 5 1/2" x 2" piece of heavy patterned paper
  • One 4 1/2" x 2" piece of heavy patterned paper
  • Six 3 1/2" x 6" pieces of lined paper
  • One 6 1/2" x 3 3/4" piece of heavy patterned paper
  • One 2" x 3" piece of heavy patterned paper
  • One 2" x 1 1/2" piece of heavy patterned paper or cardstock
  • One 10 1/8" x 6 1/8" piece of cardstock (lid)
  • Two 6" x 1 3/4" pieces of heavy patterned paper
  • Two 2" x 1 3/4" pieces of heavy patterned paper
  • Hole punch
  • Brads
  • Pen
  • Sticky Strip™ or other strong adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Scoring tool


  1. Step 1

    Score the 12" x 12" piece of heavy patterned paper at 5" and 7". Turn paper 90 degrees and score at 3" and 9" in the other direction.

  2. Step 2

    Cut sides to score lines. Fold these cut pieces into the center and glue down for extra support.

    This will make the bottom of your card box.

  3. Step 3

    Cut 1 3/4" off each side of the top panels only. Score the bottom two panels at 1" and 11".

  4. Step 4

    Score both short sides and one of the long sides of the 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of heavy patterned paper at 1 1/4".

  5. Step 5

    Trim the corners and apply Sticky Strip™ to scored sections.

  6. Step 6

    Fold up the top of the card box and attach this piece to the box to form a holder for the cards.

  7. Step 7 (Optional)

    Use a pair of scissors to angle the paper from the top corner of the card box to the top corner of the card pocket.

  8. Step 8

    Score the 5 1/2" x 2"and the 4 1/2" x 2" pieces of cardstock at 1/2" and 1" from each end. Apply Sticky Strip™ along the score lines of the outer sections and to one of the inner sections as shown.

  9. Step 9

    Attach the pockets to the front of the card holder.

  10. Step 10

    To make the address book, cut some lined paper to 3 1/2" x 6". Six pieces were used here, but the book can be any thickness.

    Score the 6 1/2" x 3 3/4" piece of heavy patterned paper at 3 1/4" and 3 3/4" . Fold in half, insert the lined paper, punch three holes and insert brads.

  11. Step 11

    Embellish the address book and glue it to the bottom half of the card box, leaving enough room for the pen and stamp envelope.

  12. Step 12

    Score the 2" x 3" piece of heavy patterned paper at 1/2" on both short sides and one long side. Trim corners and fold scored pieces under.

  13. Step 13

    Embellish the stamp envelope as desired and glue it down beside the address book.

  14. Step 14

    Wrap the 2" x 1 1/2" piece of cardstock or patterned paper loosely around pen making a loop. Center the pen and then attach the loop to the stationery box.

  15. Step 15

    Decorate the pen to match the stationery box by inserting a piece of patterned paper into the barrel of an RSVP® pen or adhere a piece to the outside of the pen.

  16. Step 16

    Score the 10 1/8" x 6 1/8" piece of cardstock at 2” on all sides. Cut the vertical score line up to the horizontal score line and trim the corners.

  17. Step 17

    Fold the ends up to form the lid and glue in place or use Sticky Strip™.

  18. Step 18

    Glue the two 6" x 1 3/4" and 2" x 1 3/4" pieces of heavy patterned paper to the lid and make an embellishment for the center.

  19. Step 19

    Make some cards to fill up the card box.

  20. Step 20

    Make some 3” x 3” note cards.

  21. Step 21

    Make some tags.

  22. Step 22

    The finished stationery box.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Stationery Box. 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 rocks
lucy  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 4:47 AM
i cant seem to view the keeps telling me they are "private"
loretta  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 4:54 AM
So glad to see something dimensional on the Inkling!! Love this project and can't wait to try it out.
Beth  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 5:30 AM
These are awesome, just a tip though, if you adhere the stamp pocket "upside down"-so the bottom is level with the top of the address book and the top opens toward the pen, you can still get the stamps, but they won't fall out when you close the box.
Tammy  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 5:48 AM
This is the Best card box I've ever seen! I WILL be making it this weekend!
Lorraine  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 6:50 AM
Fantastic project! Love to see this kind of tutorial and all for free!! TFS!
Anne  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 7:04 AM
Beautiful project! I haven't used SU DSP much, but is it heavy enough to use for this project? Thank you for sharing these wonderful tutorials!
Jodi  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 7:34 AM
Hello Stamping Friends and thanks for this awesome tutorial. I will be make lots of these! Thanks also to the tipster on turning the stamp holder "upside down". I too think this would be a better option and will place mine aesthetically in the center. Thanks again for sharing your talents ladies!
Juanette  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 7:59 AM
This is great, can't wait to try it out!
Peggy Jones  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 8:20 AM
Stampin' Up! sells patterned textured cardstock. I would use that. The cardstock Jackie used in the sample is a retired paper pack called Parisian Breeze. The current catalog has two patterned cardstock packs: To the Nines and Storybook Specialty. A new catalog is coming out in July (I think) and hopefully has more textured cardstock.
beate  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 8:27 AM
Marvelous. i can't wait to begin with it.
Karin  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 9:00 AM
Awesome, Thank you for sharing!!!
Teachers End of year Thank You Gifts Solved!!
Tinalouise  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM
Jackie - your project ROCKS!!! I have always loved your work on SU/SC and this is no different! TFS this amazing tutorial with us!!!
Nancy Horn  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 9:13 AM
Oh my goodness!! I LOVE this!! I will be making this one over and over! I also cannot view the video but I think the tutorial is sufficient enough. I'm so excited to make this! Now to get some thick DSP........
Jessica Turner  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM
The videos should work. They are working for me.
beate  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM
Dear Beate,
First of all: thank you for the video. Very clear and easy to follow. I envy those teachers, I would love to receive something like this. I might try my hand at it since I happen to have some of the heavier cardstock ' to the nines' If I start now I could have it ready for my sister's bday in July!
paper canuck  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 10:06 AM
i just made 2 of these for the secretaries in my sons school. Beautiful
Kimmie  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 10:50 AM
Cannot wait to make this! I know exactly who will be receiving these as gifts. Watch out July birthday folks! Jackie and Beate - thanks so much for putting this great project up on SCS!
Bernadet Rodakowski  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 10:52 AM
Really thought this was a wonderful project. Thanks for the clear tutorial
Julie K  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 11:15 AM
Hey Jackie...another AWESOME project! Believe it or not, I have some of that retired DSP in my stash (loved it so much that I bought extra when it retired).
Thanks for sharing!
(and thanks Beate for the video)

p.s. Still wishing for some of your "Jackie" magic to rub off on me smile
JJ Rubberduck (Jackie J)  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 11:26 AM

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