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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MEKY ALVARADO  |  Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 12:26 PM
Oh wow gorgeous!!
christi hicks  |  Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 2:00 PM
This looks awesome. Cannot wait to get home and try this!
Michelle Ferreira  |  Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 12:53 PM
I love this and made one and am planning to make more for birthday gifts.

How many did you make before you did this tutorial? You went so fast and no mistakes like I did on my first. ‹
Debbie Fisehr  |  Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 4:30 PM
I REALLY love this! Its perfect timing actually since my MIL asked me to make her some custom note cards, she will definitley be surprised when I send her the stationary box to go with the cards. What an excellent idea!!! grin
Sharone  |  Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 6:50 PM
Jackie, that is BEAUTIFUL!
Oklahoma USA  |  Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 9:02 PM
This was so fun to make. I love your tutorial, so thorough. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Cathy-ScrappinCat!  |  Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 11:17 PM
Adorable stationary holder!!
Katrina  |  Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 2:10 AM
Gorgeous! I marvel at your creativity.
stampinhoosier  |  Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 3:25 PM
Thanks so much Jackie for putting this together. The video helped a lot. I have tried my hand with this and adjusted what was in it to reflect giving it to a fellow stamper. Thanks again!
Gale R  |  Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 8:12 PM
I really fell in love with this card box !!! I've made one this week end and it is so well explained, many thanks !!
elfanhyr  |  Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 3:38 PM
Anyone know where to purchase this type of paper? I have some of that particular pack from SU! but when it's gone it's gone. The new (July) catalog does not have this type in it. To The Nines is nice but not the only style I want to use. What other companies sell this type of patterned heavy paper?
Thanks for the help - LOVE this project!
Debbie Cunningham  |  Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 4:19 PM
Fabulous project. I will definitely be giving this a try!
Holly aka Toy  |  Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM
Thanks so much for sharing this info. I know how time consuming this is! Very much appreciated... can't wait to make my own! smile
Andrea Beasley  |  Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 12:16 AM
Debbie, I haven't shopped around for other papers but card stock also works well especially for the base.
Jackie Topa  |  Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 6:22 AM
Thanks Jackie and Beate for the great tutorial, and fabulous gift idea!!!
Desiree  |  Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 11:49 PM
I made this quick on Friday night for my son's girlfriend for her birthday. It was so much fun that I made a second one right away. Thanks for this tutorial.
Melanie W  |  Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM
This is such a beautiful gift idea. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Marion  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 5:17 AM
Loved this project and decided to make some for a craft fair. Only had one suggestion to Step 5, instead of cutting off the corners, fold them under and glue them down securely. When you add your sticky tape, start at the top of on one side and keep going all the way around the box. This way you don't have to keep cutting strips for each side.
Jamie Stackhouse  |  Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 6:47 AM
What a wonderful project!

I will be making many of these for a luncheon I'm having.

Thank you, thank you!
Gennie  |  Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 8:58 PM

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