Magazine File Greeting Card Holder Tutorial

SUPPLIES:  (all products used are from Stampin’ Up!)

12″ x 12″ card stock, trimmed down to 11″ x 12″
I used Neutrals 12″ x 12″ Cardstock, 131187 – Basic Gray
Designer Series Paper to coordinate with the 12″ x 12″ card stock
I used the Carried Away Designer Series Paper from 2017’s Sale-a-Bration selections, FREE with $50 purchase.
Lift Me Up Bundle, 144711-wood or 144712-clear
Personal Paper Trimmer with both cutting and scoring blades (126889)
Fast Fuse (129026) OR Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995)


  1.  Along the 11″ side:  score at 4-1/2″ and 6-1/2″.  This will create a 2″ spine and two 4-1/2″ sides.
1- score a 6-1/2 and 4-1/2
Photo #1


2.    Along the 12″ side:  score at 6″ and 10-1/2″.
2a- Cut along these score lines up to the spine on each side.

2- score at 6 and 10-1/2
Photo 2.


3.   Along the 11″ side:  After you have scored and cut along the 12″ side, make 2 addition scores, between the cuts, at 2-1/4″ from each 12″ edge.

3- score at 2-1/4 between folds
Photo #3


4.  On each side, fold on the 2-1/4″ score line toward the spine, making a ‘valley’ fold.

4- fold into valley
Photo #4


5.  Fold the 1-1/2″ section up, toward the ‘far/upper’ end of the card stock.  Fold at ‘spine’ score line and lay flaps on the vertical edges of the spine making a ‘U’.

5- fold on score line and bend up
Photo #5


6- roll 1-3/4 piece into 'u'
Photo #6


7- lay 2-1/4 flaps over
Photo #7


6.  DON’T APPLY ADHESIVE YET!  SECURE WITH PAPER CLIP FIRST.  After checking out positioning by folding the 2-1/4″ segment over the 1-1/2″ section, then apply and secure with adhesive.

8- secure with paper clips
Photo #8


9- apply adhesive
Photo #9


10- fold over and secure
Photo #10


7.  Bring the large side pieces together, folding at the spine.  Set them into the base created above.

11-fold back up and inside base
Photo #11


12-check out positioning
Photo #12


8.  On the outside, make a tick mark with a pencil, where the side pieces meet the base.  Transfer that tick mark to the inside.

13-make small tick mark on inside
Photo #13


9.  Lay the side flaps flat on the table and, using a rule, make tick marks to the left and right of the spine, 1/2″ from the TOP of the spine on each side.

14-make tick marks 1/2" from spine edges
Photo #14


10.  Draw a line from tick mark to tick mark on each side–from top next to spine to left or right side of file.  Repeat on the other side.  🙂    Remove the triangular section.

15-draw line between tick marks
Photo #15


17-cut off triangles
Photo #17 (there is no #16)


18-remove triangle
Photo #18


11.  Fold the box into its final position and draw a line along each side flap where the flap meets the box.  Lay card stock flat one more time and apply adhesive in a rectangle that will be tucked into the box.

19-check position in box
Photo #19


20-pencil line to isolate rectange
Photo #20


21-apply adhesive inside rectangle
Photo #21




  1.  Cut two pieces of coordinating Designer Series Paper: 1-3/4″ x 12″ and 1-3/4″ x 2″
  2. Score one end, gently, at 1/2″.  Wrap the DSP (Designer Series Paper) around the magazine file, creasing at each corner.  Apply adhesive on all edges of the DSP, and wrap around box, watching your positioning along the bottom.  Mine is about 1/8″-1/4″ above the bottom.  Layer the 1-3/4″ x 2″ piece over the gap at the back.
25-score 1/2", then wrap around file creasing corners
Photo #25  (no #s 22, 23, 24)


26-make slits in DSP and fold over
Photo #26



Add label or some sort of content identification of your choice.

27-fill with cards
Photo #27


If you just follow the steps, not rushing ahead, you will have no problem with the project.  And once you make the first one you can easily whip out several more.  Warning:  they’re addictive!







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