I have a definite lack of storage space in my office. I have craft supplies, client files, boxes and all sorts all over the place and it looks totally disorganised (although I do know where everything is, honest 😉 ). My embossing folders and dies no longer fit into the bookshelf where they are currently housed but instead, are lying loose on the shelf. So, one of the latest releases from Paper Garden Projects, the card cutting files, looked to be the perfect solution to my storage problems (or at least some of them 😉 ).
Isn’t it neat? And the great thing is, the download contains SVG files, DXF files, PNG files, PDF files and AI files so you don’t even need to use a digital cutting machine. Instead, you can print the pdf’s, cut them out and use them as a template.
I did actually use my Silhouette Cameo for this and the first thing I did was open the files in Cameo. I used the card base files first, one for each sheet of 12″ x 12″ card stock. I needed the depth of the box to be at least 5″ (to fit my embossing folders in) so I increased the size of the file so the depth was approximately 5.5″. As you can see from the photo below, the total width of the base was just over 10″.
Here is the second card base:
Then it was a case of getting it ready for cutting. Now I have had problems before when I have tried cutting something with score lines as the scorelines ended up being deep enough to actually tear when I tried to use it or at the very least, show through from the other side which spoiled the look of the box I was making. So, using the ever trusty Google (well, perhaps not ever trusty but certainly a good starting place to look for help 😉 !), I was able to find out how to cut scorelines without either putting the card through my Cameo a second time (cutting the score lines on the first go then the outside cut lines on the second) or cutting the scorelines so deep that they showed. I saw a video on the Lori Whitlock blog (http://www.loriwhitlock.com/blog/silhouette-tutorial-how-to-make-smooth-score-lines-and-cut-in-one-step/) and this explained things so simply that even I could understand it!
The trick is to cut the score lines with a much lower setting than the card file cut lines:
You can see above that the outside cut lines are in green with the scorelines in blue. I coloured everything in blue first (right click outside the shapes and “select all”, then change the colour in the line colour page which is the icon with the horizontal coloured lines in the toolbar) then ungrouped everything (right click outside the shapes and “select all”, then right click again and “ungroup”). Then I selected the outside cutting lines (double click on the solid cutting line) and recoloured that in green (it is a lot easier to colour the solid line than it is to select each and every single dash in the scorelines…..not that I would ever try and do something as time consuming as that, oh no 😉 ) and then grouped everything together again (right click and select all).
Then I went into the cut settings and clicked on advanced cut settings as follows:
I chose the cut order based on the line colour (which is why I used different colours for the scorelines and cutting lines). The above photo shows the cardstock cutting lines but you would need to check the settings for the card you use as each make of card can cut differently depending on the weight. I used Stampin’ Up! coastal cabana cardstock.
For the scorelines, I set this as copy paper with a blade setting of 2 and both the speed and thickness were set at 3. This actually gave a very fine scoreline, barley perceptible but you can just make it out below:
Here is a close up which shows the scoreline more clearly:
All I had to do then was fold along each scoreline ( I used my bone folder to get a crisp edge). If you are using the pdf file as a template then once you have cut out the two base shapes, you can either score where indicated in the instructions which come with the cutting files, or use a ruler. If you hold your ruler along where the scoreline should be, you can either bend the card stock up and down gently along the ruler until you can crease it manually or use a bone folder or similar to help make the scoreline.
I adhered the tabs along the diagonal side and the top first as these helped strengthen and support the box. I used the red sticky tape which is extra strong although you could use strong glue. I wouldn’t recommend using the normal white double sided tape as it is just not strong enough for something like this and you are liable to have your card file box fall apart when you fill it.
Then once the side and top was folded and adhered in, I used the tape again on the remaining sides:
This gave me half the card file box:
With hindsight, I should probably have adhered the small bottom tabs to the other half of the card file box for extra strength so that is something to remember for next time (and I am sure I will be using these cutting files often 😉 ). I then had to do exactly the same with the other card base (adhere the diagonal side and top flap, then then put it together).
The above photo shows the two halves of the card file being put together. You don’t actually realise how tricky it is to photograph something which you are holding together with one hand with the camera in the other hand until you actually try it, hence the camera strap getting in the way at the bottom of the photo above…..now if only I had three hands, that wouldn’t have been a problem 😉
Here is the box plus the paper for one side cut out ready to glue on. Please excuse the mess behind the card file box!
I used Tombow glue to adhere the paper to the sides of the card file box as glue gives more wiggle room than double sided tape. Then I just added the paper to the second side plus a label at the front (all these shapes are included in the cutting files) and here is the completed card file box (or rather, two of them as one of them was just not large enough to hold all my Stampin’ Up! embossing folders 😉 ):
If you need some card file boxes for storage, then these are the perfect solution. You can make them from any cardstock you have to hand and use any papers you choose with the added bonus that as already mentioned, you don’t even need to use a digital cutting machine as the templates on the pdf file are very easy to cut out manually.
If you do make any of these, please do post them in the gallery so we can all admire them 😉 .
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Quick and easy gift box and cards - April 24th, 2016