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