A Little Box of Encouragement – Free File

A friend of one of my children recently faced a personal crisis. We’ve known her for eight years and I wanted to make a little something to brighten her days.

First, I searched and selected 21 positive words to describe her (21 days to new create a new habit, or break an old habit). Then I spent hours pouring over inspirational quotes to go along with those words. I tried to find as many quotes from people to whom she would relate as much as possible. I wrote them in MTC using a variety of fonts and colors. Then I printed them onto heavy weight printer paper and finally cut them out into 4 x 4 squares. Each square was folded 5 times to make it fit.

Next I created a small matchbook-size envelope file to hold each one of these notes. I placed all of the notes into the envelopes. Then I scoured through my supplies, thinking I might hang these little notes on a wide ribbon or something like that. But in the end, I just didn’t like how that looked.

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Instead, I decided to build a box to hold them. I lined the note-filled envelopes up between stamp blocks so that I could measure the total size needed. Then I went about creating my box and lid. It took two tries because the first one was tall enough and long enough, but not wide enough. I found operator error caused the problem because I input my measurements incorrectly. When the design was finally correct, I cut the box and lid from WorldWin ColorMates Smooth and Silky. This nice, firm card stock is perfect for this project!

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Settings for embossing (Maxx Air):

  • f = 180
  • v = 300
  • p = 2

Settings for cutting (Maxx Air):

  • f = 119
  • v = 350
  • p = 1


  1. Use a brayer to firmly adhere the card stock to the mat.
  2. Open the MTC Box file. Hide the cut layer.
  3. Emboss the fold lines. Hide the emboss layer and Show the cut layer.
  4. Cut the box shape.
  5. Fold, assemble, and decorate.
  6. Repeat for the lid.

My hope is that she can start each day on a positive note.  Or is it with a positive note? Either way – lol!

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

7 thoughts on “A Little Box of Encouragement – Free File

  1. Thank you. this is an awesome idea. Do you think you could share the words and quotes. There is a special someone I would like to make this for. Also I was thinking it would be a nice gift for a teacher, with words of encouragement and perhaps funny sayings to start her day. Great idea. thanks so much!

  2. I love, love, love this! What a good friend you are. Sometimes it hard to think of how to help a friend that’s going through a tough time. I now have a great idea!

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