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Thinking Outside the Box – Carrier Caddy Tutorial

Welcome to this months Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop and tutorial!  Each month the Thinking Outside of the Box Design Team will be bringing you fabulous projects that are all to do with boxes, bags and packaging!  PLUS each post will have a tutorial for the project so that you can join in the fun too and make your own version!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on this fabulous team with demonstrators from EVERY country that Stampin’ Up! does business in!  Here we all are:

This months project is a Milk Carton Carrier – designed to carry 4 little Milk Carton Boxes.  As you will soon see, I took a slightly different path with my caddy and instead of milk cartons I turned mine into a stationery caddy to sit on a desk.  Once again this box could easily be upscaled to make a bigger version, in fact I made very large versions of this project several years ago and filled it with treats for a Quiet Night In Pack to give as Christmas gifts.

On one side of the carrier I created a longer rectangular box to hold bigger items like Sticky Note, or it would fit the sheets of rhinestones, pearls or enamel shapes that we have.

On the other side I created 2 smaller square boxes (just like cut down milk cartons really) which are just the perfect size to fit paper clips, library clips or loose embellishments!

You could easily mix up the sizes of the boxes to fit what you need – even create taller ones to hold pens, scissors etc – so many options!

I decorated my box using the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The little paper clips were created using the Tabs for Everything stamp set and the Circle Tab punch (I have had this stamp set for over a year and I think this is the first time I have used it – I will definitely be using it again now, it’s so cute and has so many options!)

To create the Milk Carrier base itself you will need:

2 pieces of cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″
Score each piece at 1″ on all 4 sides
Cut tabs, apply adhesive and assemble.  You will have 2 identical shallow boxes.

For the handle, cut 1 piece of cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ by 3 1/2″
Round the top 2 corners
Punch or diecut the oval handle

Adhere one of the boxes to each side of the handle piece lining them up with the bottom.

To decorate with Designer Series Paper:
Cut 2 pieces measuring 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ and round corners and punch/diecut handle.  Adhere to carrier handle – the DSP will go inside the boxes at the bottom.
Cut one piece 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ and wrap around the sides of the boxes adhering as you go.

To Create the Inner Boxes
Rectangular box – Cut cardstock measuring 12cm x 16.6cm.
Score at 4cm on all 4 sides.
Cut tabs, fold and adhere

Square box – Cut 2 pieces of cardstock measuring 12cm x 12cm.
Score at 4cm on all 4 sides.
Cut tabs, fold and adhere

Well that’s it from me this month – I hope you enjoyed the project and will give it a go yourself!  Be sure to hop around the globe to see what the rest of the team have created for you – remember we each have a tutorial for you to try!  You can start with Beate in Austria!

Stamps: Tabs for Everything
Ink: Dapper Denim, Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Melon Mambo, Myths & Magic Specialty DSP
Other: Circle Tab Punch, Big Shot, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies




Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
Tanja Kolar
 – Germany
Yoshiko Endo – Japan
Zoë Tant – UK
Annette Elias – Netherlands
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand
Beate Wacker – Austria
Aude Barbara – France
Barb Stewart – Canada


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