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.
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!
- Standard (red cap) Blade
- Worldwin CutMates Smooth & Silky card stock
- Stamps and embellishments to decorate
- Scrapbook adhesive to assemble
Settings for embossing (Maxx Air):
- f = 180
- v = 300
- p = 2
Settings for cutting (Maxx Air):
- f = 119
- v = 350
- p = 1
- Use a brayer to firmly adhere the card stock to the mat.
- Open the MTC Box file. Hide the cut layer.
- Emboss the fold lines. Hide the emboss layer and Show the cut layer.
- Cut the box shape.
- Fold, assemble, and decorate.
- 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!