Have a Merry "Sloth-mas" Gift Box

Hi everyone and welcome to the Pocket Notebook Release Party! This is Eileen Hull’s newest book die with Sizzix. 

On the die, you get all of the pieces you need to make an entire book-the cover, pages, latch and pen loop! The Pocket Notebook measures 6 3/4” x 4 1/2” with a spine that can adjust from of 3/8” to almost 2”! String it with elastic, hemp, ribbon or twine. So many option for this fun die!

Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos! There are also two GIVEAWAYS- the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show.

For my project instead of doing the normal notebook I decided I wanted to do something a little different. I chose to make a gift box with an elastic closure. I know this looks a little hard but in reality it is easy peasy to create!

I started by covering both sides of Chipboard with Adhesive Sheets. Once I completed that step I added patterned cardstock from the Cozy and Bright Paper Pad and cut two of the covers from the Pocket Notebook Diecut and the larger “panel”  from the Make It 3D Diecut (retired).
I cut the “panel” in half, four inches each piece, with a Paper Cutter and folded the tabs in.
I adhered both “panels” tabs to the inside cover of the pocket notebook diecut.
Next I adhered the other cover to the other side of the “panel”.
I adhered the spine/bottom together and covered the sides with more patterned cardstock (I wanted cleaner edges and to cover the holes in the spine). 
I covered chipboard with adhesive sheets on both sides and applied patterned cardstock to both sides and cut “flaps”/spines from the Pocket Notebook Diecut. One flap is 1 7/8″ wide from the fold and I used a corner on the edges of the flap. The second flap is 1 1/2″ wide from the fold. I folded/rounded the edges of both spines.
I adhered the 1 1/2″ to the back side of the box.
The 1 7/8″ spine I lined up will the center hole after applying adhesive.

I added ric rac around the flap of the box.
I added velcro to the inside.
And before adding an Elastic Closure through the center hole on the flap I fussy cut one of the sloths out and adhered to the corner.
I gathered all my Christmasy seam binding, thread, jute, a bell and flowers and added to the corner of the flap.

Also from the same paper pad I cut out two tags and added those to the seam binding.
There you have it! Easy Peasy Christmas gift box using the Pocket Notebook Diecut! I am definitely going to make more of these to have on hand to put my Christmas presents in.


Sizzix/Eileen Hull: Pocket Notebook Diecut 
Sizzix/Eileen Hull: Make It 3D Diecut (retired)
Beacon Adhesive: Zip Dry Adhesive
Ric Rac
Seam Binding
Thread, Cording and Green Jute

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Now for all the fun stuff! As stated earlier in this blog post there will be two giveaways-the new Pocket Notebook Diecut and a gift certificate to Eileen’s blog. So be sure to comment and follow. 😊

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46 thoughts on “Have a Merry "Sloth-mas" Gift Box

  1. OH I LOVE THIS twist on the notebook project. The moment you said \”I started by covering both sides of Chipboard with Adhesive Sheets\” and your accompanying pictures I had an idea. WHY NOT MAKE AN ADVENT CALENDAR to slip inside this box – I'm not sure yet how I'm going to complete it – but the idea is perculating.

  2. WOOZER!! Love this idea! Everyone needs to have the Make It 3D Die from Eileen…the possibilities are endless with it as I can see with creating your gift box with the new Pocket Notebook Die. Your gift box is a gift in it self! Love it!

  3. Wow, this is such a cool idea! I love that there are so many ways this could be used, for a gift or as a box of cards, or really just to hold special mementos. Thanks for sharing your creativity

  4. Oh Tonya I love it!!! What a brilliant idea to use the Make It 3D die to add sides to the front and back of the Notebook to create the sides of the box – genius! The Christmas papers are so much fun and as ever I love how you've added a cluster of embellishments to finish it so beautifully x

  5. Tonya your projects are always so fun! The sloth paper is adorable. I love that you turned the book into a box! And also for figuring out that the Make-It-3D die works for the sides- genius 🙂 I love your colors and added embellishments- they just make the project. So glad you are creating with my dies ❤ Thanks…

  6. This is a splendid technique! The dies are so adaptable, and boxes are so useful, I'll bet you could make a case to put glasses in this way, thanks for the inspiration!

  7. The box is great! I hope it is easy peasy, have to try it. Love how you decorated with different Christmas paper that almost don't match but they worked perfectly.

  8. Thanks so much Pauline! I just used the paper pad I had on hand and went for it as to what cardstock I used…I like things a little quirky. 🙂

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