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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FANTASTIC!!! can't wait to make it!
Becky  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 11:49 AM
This is a wonderful project! I will definitely be making one of these! Thank you for sharing. If I start now, I should be done by the holidays!
Penny Douphinett  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM
It's about time this great project has been featured on SCS! It's been one of my long time favs smile
Karli  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM
What a great idea! I love anything "stationery", can't wait to give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration.
Kathy V.  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 12:36 PM
I just love your little box, I have an aunt who is 80 she is going to love this. great little gift for a friend too!
patiogirl  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 1:02 PM
Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!
Cathey  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 1:13 PM
Jackie, this is gorgeous! Your work is always beautiful, but this has raised the bar. Thank you so much for sharing this - I love it.
Bron Heslop  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 1:22 PM
Wonderful design for a stationery gift box. The cards and tags to fill it are beautiful!
Sue (suen)  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 1:38 PM
Love this project. Definitely going to try this one. I too have a stash of this DP!
Wendy M  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 3:07 PM
This tutorial has been around for a long time. I made this about a year ago and it's one of the best projects around.
I got a template for all of the pieces from Dannie's Designs blog. Jackie was kind enough to give her permission. I was soo glad I had the template to refer to while make this project. Here is the link for the template:
Alita  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 3:13 PM
I wish I was one your children's teachers. Awesome project and gift!
tanatwp  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM
Thank you Jackie and Beata for some great instructions. Both of your boxes are wonderful, TFS.
Juanita in Ohio  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 6:07 PM
This is a wonderful project! I have been looking for thank you gifts for my VBS helpers. Here it is! Thanks so much!!!!
Leah  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 7:41 PM
I have some retired Stampin' Up! Simply Scrappin' kits with designer card stock I have held off using till I found the perfect project for. This will work wonderfully and have plenty of stickers that coordinate to complete the project! Oh yeah! Thanks Jackie for such a great idea!
Joni Kelly  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 8:00 PM
This is great!! Thanks So much for both versions - picture and video!! Can't wait to try one!
Marisa  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 9:35 PM
Thank you Jackie, I LOVE this project. I just made my first one and just in the nick of time for school gifts tomorrow morning. You ROCK
kealey  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 11:30 PM
This project is wonderful. I am going to try to make one. It will be a wonderful gift to give to my friends and family. Thanks for sharing the video tutorial.
Cathy Thomas  |  Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM
This is a wonderful video and tutorial. I might have to try this out.
Jane Ralph  |  Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 10:31 AM
This is gorgeous! Can't wait to try it. Wish I had had it for Mother's year. smile
Sarah Martina  |  Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 12:00 PM
Love this dimensional project!!! More dimensionals please. This video and this instructor are awesome.
Karrla  |  Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 12:03 PM

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