Then She Said Easel Box With Drawer – Hybrid Inspiration!

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Kathy here bringing you a fun little weekend project for you!

I have been so in need of a way to organize a spot for people to leave me messages.  When I saw the new release “Then She Said”, I knew I had to create a little message organizer.

The box template is actually an easel gift card box with drawer by Lori Whitlock.  You can find it at her SVG shop or in the Silhouette Shape store.  Here’s how I made it:
Using papers from Then She Said, I printed out 2 8.5×11″ papers of the mint color paper (solid2).  I used these to cut the pieces to create the drawer, opened ended box for the drawer and the folded easel base.
Next I dragged the striped paper (ptrn3) from the kit into my Silhouette software.  I also dragged the Talk journal card from Then She Said Journal Cards into the Silhouette Software.  I added text to the journal card and set it to not cut, since I just wanted it to print on the journal card.  I also added text to the tag shape from the template.  I wanted to rectangular accent pieces for the drawer to be cut from the striped pper. So I just need enough of it to be in the print/cut area of the software.  Laying all the out as you see below allowed me to print it all on just one piece of 8.5×11″ paper.
Design Layout
After printing that out, I laid the paper on my cutting mat. I placed the cut shapes for the drawer accent pieces on the striped pattern paper in the software and I sent it to cut.  Notice I didn’t place a cut shape around the journal card.  I thought it would be easy enough to just use scissors to cut that.
Design Cut
I also cut a rectangle of the red paper from the kit (paper1). I forgot to grab a photo with that on my layout. Sorry! Once I had all the pieces needed, I added some ink to the edges of the accent pieces, and assembled the drawer and easel. Adding foam square adhesive under the label/tag adds some height which helps to hold the easel in place.
Next I dragged several of the journal cards into the Silhouette software. This time I did a true print and cut. I turned that feature on in the software (you can see the registration marks in the corners). I traced the journal cards and set it to cut the outer edges.  I sent it off to my printer and then through the Cameo to be cut.
Print Cut journal cards
I stored the journal cards in the drawer, so there are some note cards for my peeps to jot me a message when I’m not at my desk. This will be so handy for me!
When I am at my desk, I can store the drawer with the easel down if I like.
This was just what I needed to add some pretty functionality at my desk.
Hope this inspires you to create something fun this weekend!

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