Tag Box

by Valerie Stangle

This divided box was inspired by one in the SU! catalog and is perfect for tags or other small goodlies.


  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool

  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive

  • Scor-Mat™, or paper trimmer

  • Ruler and Exacto Knife, or paper trimmer

  • One 8" x 8" piece of cardstock for box base

  • One 3" x 3 15//16" piece of cardstock for box divider

  • Two 17/8" x 5 7/8" pieces of cardstock for box divider

  • One 4 1/16" x 11" piece of Acetate for box cover

  • Ink and stamps (Our Craft Lounge Jolly Ornaments used here)
  • Additional cardstock and embellishments for tags and to embellish your box


  1. Step 1

    Align the 8" x 8" square to the top fence of your Scor-Pal, left side, and score at 1", 2", 6" and 7".

  2. Step 2

    Rotate 1/4 turn and repeat, scoring at 1”, 2”, 6” and 7”.

  3. Step 3

    For illustration purposes, I've used plain cardstock with pencil lines indicating the score lines.

    Using a craft knife, metal edged ruler, and your Scor-Mat, cut as shown on the orange lines.

  4. Now, cut as shown on the blue lines.

  5. Step 4

    After cutting, this is what you will end up with.

  6. Step 5

    Notch 4 small tabs, then take a sliver off each side of the 4" flap; 8 cuts total, from the edge of the paper to the first score line.

    This will ensure the box folds together nicely without binding in the corners.

  7. Step 6

    Attach a small piece of Scor-Tape to each tab.

  8. Step 7

    Turn cardstock over and attach 4 strips of Scor-Tape to outside edge of flaps.

  9. Step 8

    Pre-fold all scores.

  10. Step 9

    Adhere tabs to inside to create box form.

  11. Adhere flaps to inside to create box, burnish sides with your Scor-Tool to create crisp sides.

  12. Step 10

    Align the 3" x 3 15/16" piece of cardstock to the top fence, left side, and score at 1/2", 1 1/2", and 2 1/2".

  13. Step 11

    Pre-fold all scores and attach a piece of Scor-Tape, as shown.

  14. Adhere together.

  15. Step 12

    Align one of the 1 7/8" x 5 7/8" pieces of cardstock at top fence, on the 1/16th (midway between the 0" and 1/8") at the left side, and score at 2", 3", and 4".

    Repeat with second piece of cardstock.

  16. Step 13

    Pre-fold both pieces and attach a piece of Scor-Tape, as shown.

  17. Adhere together.

  18. Step 14

    On the longest of the 3 inserts, place 2 pieces of Scor-Tape as shown.

  19. Remove Scor-Tape liner and attach the 2 smaller inserts to larger insert.

    Attach to one end and then the other, finally to the middle, this ensures all edges line up; burnish with the Scor-Tool.

  20. Step 15

    Align the transparency sheet to the top fence, left side, and score at 2-1/2", 3-1/2", 7-1/2", and 8-1/2".

    Even after scoring, transparency sheets can be hard to fold. I line up a metal edged ruler to the scored lines and fold over the ruler, and then burnish with the Scor-Tool to get a hard edge.

  21. Step 16

    Attach a piece of Scor-Tape™ to one edge and wrap scored transparency around the box.

  22. Step 17

    Slide clear cover off, insert stamped tags, replace clear cover and tie a ribbon around the box.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tag Box. 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.

wow i can hardly wait to see what you think of next . we need this idea for family and friends , my husband just got back to work . thank you thank you thank you . i will have a gift for someone . and a very nice one at that . god bless ,oh and merriest of christmas s to you and yours, peace
anne marie  |  Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 2:08 AM
Thankyou so much for this tag box.I saw it at our reginals but seeing the video its sooo much easier..Thanks again.
lisa miralles  |  Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 4:05 AM
What a wonderful tutorial! This convinced me that I need to really get the score mat for my scorpal. Thanks you so much for sharing this and I hope to make several before the Christmas holiday and beyond...
Bernadette  |  Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 11:37 AM
This is AWESOME Val!! LOVE this...I am totally going to make one (or two!!) this weekend!! Congrats on your tutorial!!
Jodi (Kharmagirl)  |  Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 7:08 PM
I love this project. I have one question. Can you give me the information on the acetate...where to buy and the specs....weight etc. Thank you.
Jan  |  Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 12:39 PM
Thank you so much now Christmas shopping is done!!! A little extra work but its so worth it. Thanks again for such a wonderful idea.
sarah  |  Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 1:30 PM
WOW! This is so well done. I could follow every step before even viewing the video. Thank you for your wonderful idea and the steps you outlined so we can make our own.
PebbleKraft  |  Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 5:20 PM
If you are not using a scor-pal what are the score lines for the the 5 7/8ths by 1 7/8ths, I can't get my head round it to work it out!!
Lazymoo  |  Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM
Beautiful project, and wonderful tutorial!! Thanks, Val!!
Rose Ann  |  Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 10:32 PM
You are so professional to make pattern and design. It is smooth. I learn how to make pattern size and rules. thank you for your sharing. Happy Holidays
Roberta Noddin  |  Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 11:31 PM
Jan, the acetate I purchased at Staples, but most office supply stores will carry something similar. The one I purchased is:
3M Write-On Transparency Film - box of 100

Valerie  |  Sun Dec 13, 2009 at 9:06 AM
I'm not exactly sure how to do it without a Scor-Pal, but you could try cutting those pieces to 2" x 6", making the scores at 2, 3, and 4, and then trimming 1-1/6th off each end.
Valerie  |  Sun Dec 13, 2009 at 9:08 AM
Where do you find acetate? I asked at my craft store and they didn't have a clue.
Patty  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 9:59 AM
This was a fantastic tutorial. I am hooked I have done two of these already. Thanks so much for sharing this idea. It can be adapted for all sorts of things.

liamp  |  Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 4:36 AM
wow this is great, will have to get a scor-pal thanks
marcelle baldwin  |  Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 3:15 AM
Super tutorial! I made tags that were rectangular, about 2 x 3-3/4. They fit fine side by side w/o the divider. Didn't have the acetate, so used matching cardstock for the sleeve. I embossed the middle panel of the sleeve with CB snowflake folder before assembly & added small metallic gold medallion in corner.
Annette Harris  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 11:12 AM

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