Monday, March 29, 2010

Kelleigh Ratzlaff Blog Hop

You just came from Jacinda's blog on Kelleigh Ratzlaff's blog hop! Today, we're showcasing her box templates! So fun, as I’m on a roll making up boxes to be ready for gift giving! My mother-in-law was over this weekend and saw my growing collection of hybrid boxes and thought they were so cute, so she stole a few of them!!! I used Kelleigh’s Take-out Box template. I thought, what a cute shape and we had the perfect kit for it, Silk Road!

What I did first was to pull up both template 1 and one of the papers from Silk Road. Go to the layer with the whole box (Kelleigh has layers for each side which you can turn off) and put your paper on the layer above. I maneuvered it around til it was the way I liked it and then merged the box and paper together. Then, taking 2 different element graphics from Silk Road, I resized and placed them on the 2 ends of the box. Use the folding/cutting guides to help you with placement. At this point, go to the folding/cutting guide layer and move the slider for opacity to 50% so it’s enough for you to see and not enough to show up on the file. Save the file as a jpg. Print out onto photo paper. Since I live in Europe, my standard paper is A4 and I had already resized the template a tiny bit. A4 is slightly narrower and longer than American letter size.

Cut the printed piece. Now turn the paper over and mark slightly where your fold and cut lines are by referring to the front. Use a ruler (I use my see-thru quilting rulers) and a craft knife to score your fold lines (on the inside). Cut and fold the box. Then, carefully use a sharp point to make small holes on the corners for inserting brads to hold the box together. Also make small holes on the 2 ends on top for the wire handle. I used gold colored wire and stung some red beads. Don’t forget to fold the wire ends up to hold the beads on. Added a red bow and it’s done!

Now that wasn't too hard, was it? Check out Kelleigh's templates. I love the ease of use! And check out her blog....One lucky hopper (that's you) will win a $10 gift certificate to Kelleigh's store just for commenting on Kelleigh's blog post with your vote for your favorite Creative Team project. One lucky Creative Team member will win $10 in PayPal cash for earning the most votes!! The Blog Hop contest winners will be announced on Thursday, April 8th. Next stop on the blog train is Dalis.

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*Kelleigh Ratzlaff provided the template for me to use in this tutorial/showcase.


Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

This is SO classy and pretty! I have ALWAYS wanted someone to do a beaded handle for the Take Out Box, too. Finally, we can see it in action! Wonderful work! Send your mother-in-law over to my house! I have a collection of boxes that is just SHOCKING! Hee, hee!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on in the Tutorials category today [29 Mar 03:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

creativityinprogress said...

I'm always amazed at your beautiful kits, and this one is lovely, too. LOVE IT!

Holly in Japan said...

This is so cute and I love that beaded handle. Very nice!

LuAnn said...

gorgeous touch adding the beaded handle! love the red and gold color combo!

Marlene Diefendorf said...

Your box has a gorgeous vintage look... my favorite look. And look at the beaded handle! Goodness gracious I just love it.