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Top Opening Box with Tab Closure

Ooo! I wanted to explore closures with the Classic label punch a little bit further. I was wondering what it would look like if the box opened from the top, and the opening was in the middle… (the top is like a gatefold)

Then, as I was waiting to have my car serviced, I was wondering… is there a way to make the tuck-in side just notched with the Classic Label punch, similar to a cereal box top?

I’ll show you my box, and let you be the judge. I just love how this turned out!

Stamp: Check You Out

Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue

Paper: Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White

Accessories: Classic label punch

You can see how it fits together…

and there’s lots of space inside.

The “library card” was fussy cut from a larger image that includes the pocket. I stamped off once before stamping onto Whisper White, for a lighter color. You can totally write your recipient’s name on it. (It says “Date” and “Issued to”.)

Here’s how I assembled the box.

Start with cardstock 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.

On the 5-1/2″ side: Score 1″ from each side. (I like to rotate to do the second score line.)

On the 8-1/2″ side: Score at 1-7/8″, 2-7/8″, 5-7/8″, 6-7/8″.

Along the edge of the 1-7/8″ side, pencil in a line 1/8″ from the edge. Mark 2″ on this line, centered. This is where you will punch out the Classic Label punch, just like in previous projects.

On the opposide side, mark, centered, two lines 1-7/8″ apart, and approximately 1/4″ long.

You can fold on score lines at this point, as well as cut up to the first score line along each of the long ends. The center rectangle on the long sides will be the outer side of the box, so keep those edges straight. The rest of the tabs will be cut on an angle slightly, from the score line.

You will also have to angle cut the outer flap to the slightly smaller top. You can see what I mean here. I also include where I put my adhesive.

The reason you cut in this flap a bit more is so you can fold it under,

and then insert this side into the Classic Label punch to cut a notch. (Sorry, this picture turned out really blurry.)

The flap needs to give clearance for the punch. Trust me, you do not want to punch two layers of cardstock.

Clean up the punch on the other edge, and you are ready to assemble. Don’t forget to do any needed stamping, first.