03 December 2010

Redemption From Giving a Giftcard--a tutorial

Ryan is a great gift giver.  He's very thought-full in his purchases.
 Like one year he gave me a whole bunch of spheres; spheres with interesting textures like: 
pussywillow pods,
and fake moss.  The best, right?  Sometimes I am a fantastic gift giver and sometimes, not so much.  What do you do for someone you really appreciate, but don't exactly know that well?  Like the postwoman who gets you in and out of that post office as quick as a non-licking stamp sticks to an envelope, and your children's school and church teachers who have to put up with 1/2 of your genes?  You want to show your gratitude, but don't know what kind of candle they burn or the music they put on during commutes.  In these cases I feel fully justified in giving a gift card, but I like to give it a personal touch to show I at least thought about the presentation.

There are 2 things I'm not very good at doing:
o1  Picking out a new calendar each year that I will enjoy looking at for 365+ days [+ because sometimes it's not until January when I find one]
o2  Throwing out my old calendar I so painstakingly picked out

I've yet to resolve dilemma o1, 
but here's a tutorial on what to do with dilemma o2: 

The Giftcard Giftbox Tutorial:

o1  Rip out two pages from last year's calendar and cut them into squares.  

 o2  I cut my first one 10 1/2".  Cut the second one 1/4" smaller than your first one.

 o3  Fold in the 4 corners to the center.  The more exact you can be, the better.  It's easiest to fold the top two at the same time to get them to meet in the center.

 o4  Fold each side down the same depth--this will be the height of your box.  I folded mine 1 1/4", but you can choose how thick you want your box to be.

o5  Cut both of the small creases on OPPOSITE SIDES. 

o6  Open the two sides you just cut.

o7  Glue bottom [the box's] and fold the sides over the two small flaps and secure.  Repeat with second piece of paper, and the smaller one will fit inside the first one.

It was fun to have a "recap" of the previous year as I made these.
And did you notice how your image turns out to be on the bias? ;)  Did you also notice how Ansel Adam's fits this year's Christmas colors?  How lovely.
 I cut out a piece of felt the size of the bottom of the box, cut two slits for the giftcard and glued it in.  [I like the gnocchi with extra sauce at Maggiano's--ever had it?]
 You can cover it with candy for extra weight and surprise!
 It might still be a giftcard,
but at least it will be a memorable one!


  1. Great idea! And I'm not surprised you have beautiful handwriting. :)

  2. Hi, Katy! I work for a calendar publishing company and am happy to send you a calendar. Let me know which one interests you most at www.tfpublishing.com and email me! :)


  3. That's pretty stinking awesome. I was thinking about getting gift cards for my teenage nephews (what do you get them when they've grown out of leggos and trucks? LOL). This is a great way to dress it up!

  4. This is so great! What a beautiful idea!
    I am the same when it comes to picking a calendar and again, when it comes to switching them out...

  5. I write so much on my calendars, I save them all-- it's a journal for me :)

    I've had the same WICKED calendar 2 years in a row :) I loved it too much!

  6. Excellent ideas! Wish I had such a pretty calandar to cut up. Will think harder about next years calendar now:)

  7. Katie,

    Just want to say Hi to you and your family. Tell Ryan I love and miss him. Hug your girls for me. (More than half of them I have never seen, except in your beautiful photographs.)

    Happy Holidays and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


  8. What a lovely idea...thank you for the inspiration!

  9. Hi, Katy! This is Claire Taylor, Ann's old friend. I came to your blog through hers. Very cute! And yay Masu boxes! Always so handy.

  10. I am so going to do this!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Well it must have been fate for me to check your blog today because I just bought two presents for some of my family members and guess what they are.. GIFT CARDS! haha so now I can use a picture of me and them and they'll actually be somewhat sentimental! Thank you so much!

  12. I read this post just in time to save a 2010 calendar from the trash. I think I'll be making gift boxes today:) Thanks for the fun tutorial.

  13. That looks pretty familiar!! I love it that you are soo stinking creative all the time. you are PERFECT and you know it ;) Thanks again!

  14. Kacey--not true!! :) Hope you and hubs enjoy!


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