DIY Storage for 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Paper Pads

I wanted to organize the paper pads I have into color families, so decided to make my own storage out of cardboard and paper…

The products I’m using are:

Graphic 45 paper called Blossom that I found on Amazon..link https://tinyurl.com/4kxutf7k

American Crafts 12 x 12 paper pad solid core: https://tinyurl.com/332yysa2 (this pad has the pink paper I used.)

Chipboard link: https://tinyurl.com/yhtu5ptv

Chipboard (cardboard) Sizing:

2 pieces 6 x 4 3/4″ for the sides

2 pieces 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″ for the front and back

2 pieces 6 7/8″ x 6″ for top and bottom (I changed these measurements later in the video)

1 piece of 2 x 6 7/8″ for flap that is attached to the top (I changed this measurement later in the video.)

Pink cardstock sizing:

Bottom-I cut this first so I can attach it to the bottom’s cardboard and then I can adhere the sides to it easily…Cut pink paper to 8 3/4 x 8″ and then score on all four sides at 1″…then, cut out the little squares in the corners including the score lines (you’ll see them after you do your scoring,) then attach an adhesive sheet to the chipboard (cardboard, I’ll use these terms interchangeably, sorry) and then lay the chipboard for the bottom into the center of the scores.

Hinges: Cut 8 strips of 4 3/4″ x 1″ scored on the 1 ” length at 1/2″ of pink for the hinges (I sometimes call these flaps, sorry,) and fold them in half…I put tear tape on one half of each strip and attach to the outside of the side pieces of cardboard and to the inside of the front and back pieces so they will each wrap around the others to hold the box together.

Cut 2 pink, 6 x 1 1/2″ for the sides and score on the 1 1/2″ length at 3/4″ (These go on the inside of the bottom of your sides with 1/2 glued to the side and 1/2 loose at this point.

Cut 2 pink, 6 3/4 x 1 1/2″ for the front and back and score on the 1 1/2″ length at 3/4″. Take the cardboard pieces you’ve cut for the front, back and sides, and add one of these hinges to the bottom inside of each with the fold of the hinge lined up with the bottom edge of each cardboard piece, and the other half of the hinge faces inside the box and is not attached to anything at this time.

NOTE:
In the video, I covered the side pieces with a piece of 6 x 6″ pink paper on the outside and wrapped the excess around the top of the cardboard, so it would look finished, but I forgot I haven’t attached it to the base yet, so will have a hinge from the bottom on the outside of the side showing…if you don’t like this look, then wait to add your 6 x 6″ pink paper to the sides of the box until after you’ve adhered the sides to the bottom of the box, and then just wrap the 6 x 6″ pink piece starting at the bottom of your sides, and you’ll hide the bottom hinges by doing this.

Tonic scissors link: https://tinyurl.com/hj6zthnu

Wet Glue used: Bearly Art Glue link: https://bearly.art/collections/precision-craft-glue

Adhesive sheets: (ones I do like) https://tinyurl.com/2emx7thb

Adhering the bottom to the sides: Put wet glue and tear tape (if you want both) onto the side hinge (flap) of the bottom we covered earlier, and lay the side cardboard piece in place on the inside of the flap from the bottom, and hold it until it sets up. Then put glue on the hinge that’s on the bottom of the side panel, and glue it inside the box onto the bottom.

Adhering the back to the sides: Glue the hinges of the back cardboard piece to the bottom inside and glue the outside hinge to the outside of the back cardboard piece, like you did with the sides. One it’s staying in place, glue the side hinges to the outside of your back cardboard piece, and glue the hinges of the back cardboard piece to the inside of the side panels so you have a hinge on both sides of each piece of cardboard.

Adhering the front to the sides: Glue the hinges of the front cardboard piece to the bottom inside and glue the outside hinge to the outside of the front cardboard piece, like you did with the sides. One it’s staying in place, glue the side hinges to the outside of your front cardboard piece, and glue the hinges of the front cardboard piece to the inside of the side panels so you have a hinge on both sides of each piece of cardboard.

If you don’t want your bottom hinges showing on the outside of your box, now would be the time to adhere the 6 x 6″ piece of pink cardstock to the sides of the box on the outside.

You need two more pink hinges to cover the top of the front and back of the box…cut them tp 6 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ and score on the 1 1/2″ length at 3/4″ and glue one over the front of the box and one over the back of the box, so both cardboard tops look more professional. Make sure you have the score line on the very top of the cardboard so there’s no waffling later.

To line the inside of the box with pink cardstock you’ll need:

2 pieces 4 x 5 1/4″ pink cardstock for the sides

2 pieces of 4 x 6 1/2″ pink cardstock for the front and back of the box

1 piece of 6 x 6 1/4″ for the bottom of the box

To line the outside of the front and back of the box:

2 pieces of Graphic 45 Blossom paper cut to 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″

If you don’t fix the side issue by waiting to cover the sides until you’ve attached it to the bottom, you might want to do what I did and that was to make a 1″ x 6 3/4″ strip of matching Graphic 45 Blossom paper for each side to glue right above the hinge you can see…If you wait to glue the outer paper to the sides until it’s attached to the bottom of the box, you won’t need to do this.

Top of the Box: I had some issues with the width of my cardboard and the width of the paper I covered it with…I’ve corrected the dimensions and hope my explanation below will help you do a better job with your box.

To make the top of the box, you’ll need Graphic 45 Blossom paper that is 12″ long x 8 3/8″ wide. Lay the 2″ x 6 7/8″ piece of cardboard that you’ve lined with adhesive 2 1/4″ from the end of the underside of your 12″ long piece of paper. Then place the 6 7/8″ x 6″ piece of cardboard (with adhesive on it) about 1/8″ away from the 2″ wide cardboard and you will still have about 4″ of paper left…using your score tool, gently score around the edges of your cardboard and gently cut away the front corners of the 2″ cardboard’s paper covering leaving about a 1/8″ strip of paper, so you can wrap the paper over the corners of the cardboard without having any issues. Before wrapping the front of the paper over the cardboard, lay two magnets about 1″ from the sides and bottom of the 2″ piece of cardboard, so you’ll have one on either side. Put tear tape on the sides of the cardboard and the edges of the sides of your paper and pull the sides so you can lay them over the cardboard in an even pattern. You should wrap the sides all the way to the end of the 12″ length of paper. Add adhesive to the underside of the Blossom paper that doesn’t have any cardboard on it, as this will be what adheres your lid to your box. Then add more adhesive under the 6 7/8″ x 6″ piece of cardboard and lay a piece of Blossom paper over it that is roughly 5″ x 6″ (check your exposed cardboard to make sure that my measurement will cover all of the cardboard that is still exposed.)

Lay the top of the box over your box and add wet glue to the back piece of cardstock that has no cardboard, first taking the backing off of your tear tape…Make sure you place the top flat on your box, and put the 2″ flap over the front of the box, and then press the paper to the back of the box until it is well adhered. Now take the other half of your magnets and attach them to the magnets that are under the 2″ strip. Once they are stuck to each other, add a Glue Dot or tear tape to the back of the magnet and close the lid of the box over the magnets and rub. Open the lid and rub the magnets again to ensure they will stay attached to the side of the box.

I will make another video showing you my system for storing the papers inside the box…Hope you enjoyed this video and didn’t have a difficult time following my instructions..

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