Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mini Bookcase with Drawers

Hi Everyone, 

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Today's project is a little birthday present that I created  for one of my dear friends who is a writer. I wanted to give her something that she could keep on her desk that could hold some office supplies like paper clips, thumb tacks, etc. I love the papers from the Key Ingredients and I adore Taylor's newest stamp set Branching Out and used both of these to create this little mini chest with drawers.
In each of the drawers I put a little special something in it and one of my favorite things in creating this project was to create a little special drawer for a secret stash of chocolate :) YUM! 

It was really simple to make this project - it goes very quickly because the boxes are super simple and easy to make. 

To make them you need a 5 x 5 piece of cardstock, scored at 1.5 inches from the edges, and then folded and adhered. To create theses 6 boxes took about 15 minutes! Very quick! Here is a little tutorial with pictures how to make the boxes:

1. I used my The Tiny Dancer Collection paper that comes with the Easter Key Ingredients kit from Taylored Expressions to create my drawers
2. Cut cardstock to 5 x 5 inces
3. Score cardstock at 1.5 inches from the edges
4. If you don't have a Scor Pal - you can use a Paper cutter - just place where it needs to be scored and use your scorer along the path of the blade.
5. Cut the paper along the vertical fold only until the middle
6. Fold and adhere
7. Use a mini circle punch (1 "punch) to create a half circle to create room to pull the drawers out
8. Your 2 x 2 inch card is ready to be decorated and filled!!! 

After you make the boxes - you can create a little shelf to hold them in - I created a box that was to hold the drawers in. All you need for this is a piece of cardstock that is 8 3/16 by 5 1/2 inches to hold two of these drawers. The cardstock is then scored at 2 inches, folded and adhered. Here is a little tutorial on how to make these drawer holders:

1. I used the beautiful and heavy cardstock from Taylored Expressions (comes with the Easter Key Ingredients kit) and measures 8 1/2  x 11 inches
2. I cut the cardstock to 8 3/16th by 5 1/2 inches and then scored at 2 inches from the edges.
3. No Score Pal? No problem  - you can use your paper cutter as a scorer - just run the scorer through the tracks of where the blade would run
4. Cut vertically up the folds towards the middle (2 cuts going up on the bottom and 2 cuts coming down from the top)
5. Fold and adhere.
6. Your rectangular box (4  3/16  x  2 inches) is now ready to hold two little drawers!!

Then all you have to do is to adhere and create levels to your mini chest by stacking them up. I created three levels. And then decorate as you like. 

This project was really simple - because all the papers in the Key Ingredients kit coordinates and it comes with built in accessories such as the felt flowers, brads and matching ribbon. Everything is already ready at your fingertips! 

Since this is a gift for one of my dear friends - I used this beautiful sentiment: We are friends forever in sunshine and shade! Isn't that sentiment just the sweetest! It was fun to stamp the tree from the Branching Out set on either side and decorating them with the emerald liquid pearls for leaves and brads for flowers (an idea that was inspired by Donna Baker). I stamped and cut out the tree branch from this set and also two little cutie owls from the Branching Out coordinate set and then tired a little bow from this sheer ribbon. On the front of each of the drawers, I attached these super cute felt flowers with these cute glittery brads - all of which come together as part of the Key Ingredients kit. 


Ink: SU! Rose Red
Accessories: Scorer, Paper Cutter, ruler, (Ribbon, felt flowers, brads - all come with the Easter Key Ingredients kit), adhesives, 1"circle punch (Martha Stewart), Liquid Pearls

This was such a fun project and a quick one too - and once everything was folded and stacked - it was so much fun to decorate and fill it up! I still love that one drawer with a secret chocolate stash! Thanks so much for visiting!

Wishing you a wonderful day!


Brooke S said...

Holy Moly Girlie! Were did you find the time.... You totally rock what a great project.. Great tutorial...

Love Ya!

Two Happy Stampers said...

Wow! That is quite a project! Thanks for sharing your directions. =)

Denise (peanutbee) said...


Dawn Easton said...

Fantastic girl! You make it look easy...love the idea...will have to try this soon!

CraftyNanny said...

Love these boxes....like the flowers on the drawers. I'm sure your friend will love it!! Have added you to my fav. places to visit....great tutorial.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

This is AWESOME, Sankari! WOW! What a great project, girl!

Anonymous said...

This is such an AWESOME creation!!!! Great work and thanks for sharing!!

Patty said...

This is amazing! Thanks for sharing! Great tutorial

Donna Baker said...

WHOA! this is so super sweet! I bet your friend will ADORE it-lucky gal! thanks for the step by step, sure will have to make one some day.

Karen Motz said...

Oh my word, this is amazing! And what a super tutorial too! Thanks Sankari!

Anonymous said...

I love your bookcase.. and the way you decorated it! Your friend will love it!


Crafty Num Nums said...

How fun is this!!! I so need to make one for my daughter toput on her desk in her room :) Sooo cute!!!

Amy Sheffer said...

Amazing, Sankari! What a great idea, and so perfectly executed!! You're amazing!!

Adela said...

Sankari, my Sankari. You are... ahhh-mazing! OK we definitely have to meet up half way. So what's between Cal and Io? Calio? I'm not making sense today (1-1/2 hrs sleep). Lurve you.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

What a fantastic idea & such an easy to follow tutorial. This has to be the sweetest thing ever! What a labour of love! :O)

Monika/Buzsy said...

Awesome project! Love what you did... great colors and embellishments. TFS!

Dawn said...

OMG!! I just shared the link to this way awesome, cool, unique, fantasticly super project!! I am printing the directions now, and then I am off to create!! It's amazing to me the brilliantly, clever things one can find online and for FREE!! You guys are awesome. I will be back. Thanks for sharing such wonderful creations!!

Femmy said...

Hello, Super project you made! I copied and hope that you find good dutch sizes that I've put on my blog. I have your blog put it in so that everyone knows that it comes from you.
groetjes Femmy

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Mr-Bookcase said...

this is amazing , Very great idea, and so perfectly.

I love your bookcase.

Anonymous said...

That is adorable! I absolutely love miniature boxes! You've packed double triple + 1 the cuteness factor all in this project!
Thanks for sharing the tutorial!