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Sunday, 25 January 2015

A Frugal Journey Through January Day 25

Welcome back to my Frugal Journey where I will share an idea for a pretty little gift set from just one 12x12 sheet of cardstock, a double sided cardstock is great as it gives you more options to mix and match and, if it is sturdy card, you can also use leftovers from a 6x6 paper pad.

When my children were young they were as resistant as most to the small matter of thank you letters, so at Christmas I would make them each a different set of thank you cards in a little custom box so they could be persuaded to dash off a quick note the first time they slowed down enough to sit at the table for a few minutes. They also make a great little gift for a non card making friend if you add a range of greetings for different occasions.

The base of the box is a piece of cardstock 51/2" square scored at 3/4" on each side and the lid is 6" square also scored at 3/4" on each side. Snip into where the score lines cross on two opposite sides to make tabs and fasten with tape or glue to assemble your box and lid. If you want to create an acetate window in the lid, then you need to do the necessary die cutting with two sizes of the same shape die before you assemble it.

Cut the acetate and the frame for the window from the larger die, then the centre of the window and the box lid with the smaller one so when assembled the acetate is sandwiched between the window frame and the box lid to give a neat finish.

I used the remaining cardstock, this paper is 'Loyal' by Authentique, with 3" square cards and envelopes plus some favourite stamps, these are all JOFY Minis for PaperArtsy, to create pretty paper pieced cards to go in the box, four fit perfectly.

It is amazing how different they look in different papers, this set was made from Finnabair's Dreamer for 7Dots Studio,


and this one was Carta Bella's Beautiful Moments.


That's my frugal project for Day 25, I hope you enjoyed it and will join me again tomorrow for another thrifty idea on my frugal trail xx



  1. oh my, you reminded me I still need to send one... oops! Gorgeous cards - gotta love a JoFYmini!!

  2. Thank you Helen, these minis are so versatile x

  3. Oooh, these are gorgeous! So simple when somebody talented shows you how ;-)

    Lesley Xx

    1. These are such a simple yet very pretty project which makes a great gift or donation to a charity fair. I used to make dozens of different ones when my children were little xx

  4. LOVE JOFY and Darcy stamps very much both designers ideas are very versatile and work well together so can see why your cards look amazing just using the JF minis.

    Fabulous Frugal post, you have made all your projects look easy even when they haven't been :-) xxx

    1. With me it's all about the stamps, they allow you to make lovely things, even if like me you haven't an artistic bone in your body xx