Template Request

One of my blog readers (Hey Carmen!) asked if I would be able to draw templates of those cute bride and groom gift boxes that can be ordered from various sites on the internet. As mentioned before, I never like to “copy” someone else’s template in exact dimension and form so if I was going to recreate these cuties, I would have to put my own twist on it.

One of the things I dislike about the original bride and groom boxes are the side pieces. They are floppy and don’t tie into the rest of the box for support or protection of the contents. I decided to do away with the side pieces on my version and instead created a box closure on the inside. I think the box is more functional this way; it is much more sturdy and the contents of the box will stay put, even if knocked over on it’s side.

***Some blog readers are asking about the texture on my bride dress. I simply placed the template in a cuttlebug folder and ran it through the cuttlebug before assembly. But, there is a catch; I am a cutter. I cut my embossing folders into pieces so that I have better control over what and where I can emboss. This template will NOT fit into an embossing folder that is left in tact.***

One of my favorites

Isn’t it amazing just how many types and styles of gift boxes are out there? I love gift boxes and I wanted to share my absolute favorite one with you. I have drawn this template in many shapes and sizes so that I always have a wide selection to choose from.

Here is the box completely closed. It’s cute and looks like your standard everyday box. (Ignore the crinkles – I was using a very thin, low cost cardstock for my sample photos and it bent and crinkled very easily).

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Here is what the box looks like open. Very cute and so not your average rectangular box.

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And this next photo shows why this gift box is my absolute favorite. It stores COMPLETELY FLAT and fully assembled!

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And lastly, this! A bi-colored box!

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Thanks to my new Silhouette machine, I am now able to make this box in many different colors, sizes, and shapes without effort. Once they are cut out and assembled, I can store them flat in a rubbermaid container for future use.

Cowboy Boot Gift Box

Yeehaw! Giddy-Up and all that jazz!

This cowboy shaped gift box was a request from one of my blog readers. Hope you enjoy it!

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My sample box was created by using Creamy Caramel cardstock and distessing it (with a stipple brush) first with Close to Cocoa ink followed by a thin layer of chocolate chip ink. The flourishes on the boot were stamped in Close to Cocoa ink. The sole of the boot was done using a straight edge and a black prisma color marker. The spur was created using a star that was cut out on my silhouette machine and then distressed. The smudge in the middle of my boot was created by a wet finger – I tried to wash the ink off of my hands but failed to dry them completely before picking up the boot :)

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Questions & Answers

often receive emails and questions from users so I thought I would answer a few online.

Q: Are you really an Architectural Drafter?

A: Yes and No. I received my degree in Architectural Drafting but I have never worked in an Architectural firm. I began my thirteen year career working for a Structural Engineering company and later moved on to an Environmental Engineering firm. I now, however, find myself thrust into the role of stay-at-home mom (by choice) and am looking forward to returning to work next year.

Q: How do you come up with ideas for templates?

A: Well, sometimes I get direct requests from my blog readers but most of the time I get my inspiration from things that I see online. For instance, my 3D mug template was born after I tried to order a template that was available through ProvoCraft. They wouldn’t ship the template to Canada so, phooey on them, I decided to draw my own. Of course, I never “copy” an idea exactly – I always throw my own twist on things. For example, Provocraft’s 3D mug has a lid. I didn’t like the lid so much so I didn’t add one on my template. I also think my handle assembly is different.

Q: How do you go about designing a template?

A: First, I sketch my thoughts and ideas on to paper, planning the shape and, most importantly, how the template will come together in terms of assembly. Once I have that puzzle solved, I move on over to my computer and draw the template in AutoCAD. This allows me to prepare my design accurately using real dimensions so I can be sure everything will fit together nicely. Once the template is complete, I will print out the prototype and assemble it, making sure to note any adjustments that need to be made. I then finalize the plan, convert it to PDF, and get it uploaded. And of course, a finished sample always follows.

Q: How do you get your projects to look so good? Mine never look like that!

A: During my training as an Architectural drafter, I was forced taught to be a perfectionist. Organization, neatness, straight lines and proper alignment was an absolute must in my profession. The result of my brain washing is a very steady hand, a sharp eye, and a loathing of clutter. Unfortunately, this way of thinking has also migrated into my personal life; great for the husband and kids, gruelling for me!

While I love designing templates, I absolutely HATE cutting them out so my sweet husband purchased me a Silhouette Craft Cutter to do the dirty work for me. This little baby cuts AND scores all of my templates and saves me a great deal of time not to mention my sanity and a lot of cursing. So there, my secret is out; My templates are now cut by machine which means that they are essentially perfect in form. Of course, that all changes when I get to decorating them. We’ll talk about my finishing skills later :)

Q: Why are some of your finished projects so small?

A: Considering the fact that most people only have access to a printer that prints 8 1/2″x11″ sheets of paper, I have to modify my designs to fit within those dimensions. I like to make my templates as easy to assemble as possible so I try to limit the amount of cutting and pieces needed in order to complete the project. Because a ‘one piece’ template generally takes up more room on a page than a template that has many pieces that can be rotated and manipulated into place, this sometimes yeilds a smaller project (ie. The Mini Toolbox). If you require a larger project, you could always take the template to a business supply store, such as Staples, and have them enlarge the template for you.

Q: Do you do special requests?

A: Absolutely!! If you have an idea for a template, just email me and I’ll see what I can do. I can’t guarantee that all requests will result in a template but I will certainly do my best.

Q: If I paid you for your time, would you be willing to assemble a template for me? And what about one of the cards featured on your blog?

A: Are you sure you want to miss out on all of that fun? I’m only kidding! Of course, I can do this for you. However, you’d have to be specific in terms of your cardstock colors and pattern choices. Please keep in mind that I live in a wee little town so I don’t always have access to the latest and greatest supplies.

Q: What projects are you working on now?

A: I have been dealing with some health issues lately so I haven’t been designing too much. I, do, however have the cutest little Cowboy Boot Box that I am finishing up. I should have that uploaded today.

Q: Why are your blog comments disabled?

A: It all boils down to spam – I was receiving way too much. Even with message approval enabled, I found alot of my time was taken up deleting nonsense messages. Honestly, don’t people have anything better to do than to fill up someone’s inbox with garbage? And, I mean absolutely no disrespect to other bloggers when I say this, but I’m simply not one of those people who needs to have feedback on my posts or my work. If you like my stuff, that’s awesome! I hope you keep coming back. If you’re not a fan of my work, well, that’s okay too. I totally respect that. I hope you find a website/blog that will blow your socks off. If you DO happen to have a question or a comment regarding one of my projects, by all means, feel free to contact me. I respond to each and every email!

Care for a little music, anyone?

Continuing on with our father’s day theme, I put together this little guitar card. The idea wasn’t exactly mine – I saw something similar in a scrapbooking store over the weekend and just had to make one. The strings are gold cording held in place by gold brads. My husband just now suggested that I add a pick guard (a what?) so I’ll find out exactly what that is and perhaps will add it to the card in the morning.

Template can be downloaded from the ‘Free Templates’ page.

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