Rectangular Impossible Box – You can Make One Too

Hi Lovely Crafters.

I’ve had a few people asking how I made the Rectangular Impossible box featured in the #JOSTTT007 blog post and asking for some instructions….so here they are.

If you’re completely new to Impossible Boxes it might be a good idea to have a trial run using spare card stock just so that you can see how it all goes together before you start. They’re not difficult to make but can be a little fiddly at first.

When I made my first ever Impossible Box I followed a video tutorial by the lovely Julie on her Paper Pixie YouTube channel ( click here to see it   ).  I love this video because it explains simply and clearly how to put these boxes together so that they fit perfectly every time.

In this post I’m giving you the measurements. score and cut lines for the larger (3″ x 3″ x 1.5″) Crayon box which was made in inches (because lots of you seem to prefer working in Inches). I do also have the measurements etc for the smaller (7cm x 8cm x 3cm)  Rainbow box available too. If you’d like these measurements/instructions instead just pop a comment below and I’ll send them to you.

To complete the box I would recommend you look at Julie’s video to see how to put the box together because, no matter how hard I tried, the written explanation seemed confusing and not very easy to follow.

Okay dokey lets get started.

First you need to cut your chosen card so that you have a piece which measures 9.5 by 7 inches. (I used Stampin’ Up! Thick Whisper white card)

Next using your scoreboard place the long (9.5″) side of the card along the top edge and score at 3, 4.5, 7.5 and 9 inches (shown by the blue lines in the image below)65970499_511628672710086_6614919178291773440_n

Next rotate the paper anticlockwise so that the 9 inch score line is nearest to the top of the board and score at 1, 1.75, 2.5 and 5.5 inches (shown by the purple lines in the image below)66042698_1062457853959924_152628659365085184_n

Now fold the card along the second vertical score line (shown marked with arrows in the image below)66349985_952759705115972_1264543671655596032_n

Burnish the score line gently and then rotate the card clockwise so that the folded edge, with the shorter piece at the back, is at the top of the scoreboard.

The next step is to mark some points along the top edge( I’ve used a pen for the image below to make it clearer for you to see but usually I would use a light pencil mark or just mark it with my ball tool). Mark the card at 0.75, 3.75, 5.25 and 8.25 inches on the top edge.66414474_453983675398852_2085612586811785216_n

KEEPING THE CARD FOLDED OVER – Cut triangular pieces (coloured in red in the image below) from the top to form the mechanism for closing the box. You can either draw the triangle in a light pencil line to guide you for making the cut or just use your scissors to cut a line from each of the marks (you made along the edge) diagonally down to the left so that it meets the joining point of the score lines as shown in the image below.  For the first mark it will remove the triangle completely but for the other marks you will also need to cut down the vertical score line to the left of the mark to remove them.66131901_759846327766643_6584567993030672384_n


When you unfold your card it will look like this…..but without all of the pen lines lol.66429773_617260422016377_8857487634084134912_n

Now, to make the tabs needed to construct the box, remove the pieces I’ve coloured in red in the image below.

Then cut up the the vertical score lines from the bottom to the first score line which will create the panels to make the bottom of the box. I like to notch the edges of the inner ones to help get a less bulky finish on the base of the box.


Your basic rectangular Impossible Box is now ready to be adhered together. At this point, I’m handing you over to the video tutorial by Julie at the Paper Pixie (link above) because it shows this process much better than I can explain in words.

I haven’t given you the sizes for the mats and layers I used to decorate my box because your’s might differ in size slightly depending on the thickness of card and also the type of scoreboard you’ve used. Scoreboards with wider scoring channels and larger score tools (like this Hunkydory one) will create slightly wider and rounder corners than ones with fine tipped score tools and narrower channels (like the Stampin’ Up! scoreboard).

If you need any help with making up the mats and layers please get in touch and I’ll help you to work them out. It’s really important, if you decide to decorate your box before you construct it, to remember that the lid for the box comes down over the box sides by about an inch so any mats or layers will need to stop before that point to allow the lid to close.

I hope you have everything you need here to make a Rectangular Impossible Box of your own but if you need any more information or any of the steps explained more clearly just let me know. I’d also love to hear any other ideas yo might have for using this type of box for treats or gifts.

I’m off now to have some fun working on my top secret project for #JOSTTT008. Hoping you have a lovely day.

Happy Crafting

Anne-Marie x

Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge Blog September 2020– #JOSTTT021

Good Morning crafty friends.

I hope that where ever you are in the world that you and all of those you care about are staying safe and healthy.

If you are new to the Tic Tac Toe challenge, and want to find out more about it, the details are all  here  in the Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog. It’s a fabulous challenge to take part in and we love to see all of the beautiful projects that are entered each month. Follow the link above and you’ll see how easy it is to join in and see the projects added by talented crafters from across the world.


This month’s #JOSTTT021 grid is my creation and was inspired by two of my gorgeous children who have chosen to have careers in the world of science. I have used the centre vertical line of the grid for my project Purple, Science and Fun Fold.


I love the image on this impossible card as it looks so much like my beautiful daughter and is how I imagine she looks when she’s working hard with her lab coat on and chemical flasks in hand.

I used acetate for the card base and stamps and dies from the My Favorite Things ‘Cute Chemists’ set.

After colouring the flasks and beakers I used Glossy Accents to give them a 3D glass effect and added foam pads to the layers to give it lots of dimension which I hope you can see from the pictures.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post today. Don’t forget to go to the Challenge Blog page and look at all the other gorgeous projects created by our lovely design team and the entries which will be added throughout the month by crafters across the globe. I hope you’ll join in and add one of your own too.

Happy Crafting


Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge Blog – #JOSTTT007

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Rainbow Boxes for Poorly Pals


Good morning lovely crafters.

It’s an exciting day for me today as this is my first Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog post as a member of their design team.

The elements in this months grid were chosen by Laura Awsom Geffert.

If you’d like to take part in the challenge or just browse all of the lovely projects made by the design team and the other participants click here and it’ll take you to the blog.

Taking part is easy, just create your project, write your blog post then add it to the challenge by clicking on the ‘add link’ button on the bottom of the #JOSTTT007 blog page (which you’ll find by clicking on the link above) The challenge is open all month so you have lots of time to get those crafty brain cells going if you want to join in.

This was a bit of a tricky grid for me and I when inspiration finally came to me I chose to use the centre horizontal line with ‘Rainbow, Hello and Die-Cut’


I’ve been having such fun creating 3D projects lately that I came up with another one for today.

I love making impossible boxes. It’s great that the lids are already built in to the design so you never have the problem of making a box lid which fits perfectly. It’s such a fine line getting one which is not so tight you have to squeeze it on or so loose that it wobbles on the top.

As I’ve only made square shaped impossible boxes before I decide to mix it up a bit and see if I could create design for a rectangular one and this is what I came up with….. 64833481_396635327727351_925600598005383168_n

The box measures 2 3/4″ high by 3″ wide by 1″ deep. I thought it would make a lovely gift to bring to a sick friend. Hospitals in the UK no longer allow you to bring flowers in to friends or relatives but this little box could be filled with some small treats to cheer them up. This one contains some delicious biscuits and an Earl Grey Tea bag but I have another one ready to take a friend which is filled with her favourite barley sugar sweets.

After I had made this box I got a bit carried away and thought it might be nice to have a version for a poorly little person too so I made another slightly bigger version (3″ x 3″ x 1 1/2″). This one is filled with a small chocolate treat, some coloured pencils and a small jigsaw. I’m not sure if it technically meets the ‘rainbow’ element of the grid but it is a rainbow of crayons so I’m hoping I can get away with including it too.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post today.  As ever if you have any comments or questions I’d love to hear them. I’m sure you all have some great ideas for using similar boxes in other ways.

Crafty Hugs

Anne-Marie x



Baby Banner Box – You Can Make One Too


I’ve had a few requests for the instructions to make the Baby Banner Boxes that I shared yesterday so here they are.

If you’ve been with me from the start of my blog you’ll know that one of the reasons I started it was to help people who are just beginning their crafty journey feel that they ‘can do it too’ and for this reason I try to make the instructions as detailed as possible. My hope is that even those making their first ever gift box will feel confident enough to have a go. It might be a little frustrating for the more experienced crafters among you to have to read through this very long post to get the information you need but I hope that now you know the reason behind it that you won’t mind.

I apologise in advance for the photographs the weather here today is awful and lighting has been a bit of a problem for me.

The instructions are in my usual format with photos to help explain them. They are just for the basic box shape as I am expecting you all to create your own wonderful versions. If there is anything that isn’t clearly explained or that you need help with please leave a comment or contact me to let me know and I’ll help if I can.

The card used to make the box is an A4 sheet of Hunkydory Crafts Adorable Scorable card stock which is 350gsm. It is strong and easy to work with and has a coating on it which stretches and bends ensuring that there is no problem with feathering or cracking along the edges.

Lets get started….

Trim your chosen card to 9″ x 8 1/4″

Place the 9″ edge at the top of your scoreboard and score at 1″, 4″, 5″ and 8″

Rotate so the the short edge is at the top then score at 1″, 2″, 6″ and 7 3/4″

That is the scoring complete. Take your card and lay it face up in front of you with the 9″ edge at the top.


Next using the photo’s below as a guide remove all the pieces shown using scissors or a craft knife.


Your card should now look like this….


If you are going to use a die to decorate the edge of the box lid, this is the time to do that.

The two small squares at the top of  the narrow bands are going to be the tabs which fold in from the sides under the lid. I like to trim a small sliver off of each of the sides to make them fit a little better but it’s not essential to do this.

The next step is to carefully fold and burnish all of the score lines. Then take a small wedge out of the end of each of the tabs (at the bottom of the picture above) like this….


To create the shape at the bottom of the box you’ll need a ruler and a scoring tool.

I’ve taken a photograph of my template to try to help explain what needs to be done, it seems very complicated to describe written down but it’s really easy to do…


On each of these 3″ wide panels measure up 1″ from the bottom edge then mark the middle point which is 1 1/2″ in from each scoreline at the sides. Mark this point with a pencil or press in with the point of a score tool so that you can see it.

Next take your ruler and line it up with one end on the point you’ve marked and the other with the point where the left hand side vertical score line meets the bottom edge of the card as shown in the photo. Use a score tool to make a score line between these points. Now repeat this process with but lining the marked point up where the right hand vertical score line meets the bottom edge.

Repeat this on both of the 3″ x 4″ panels.


Using your scissors cut up from the bottom of the card to the point that you marked and your card should now look like this.


To fold and burnish these score lines accurately, and get right into the corners, it is really helpful to turn your card so the inside is facing you, carefully line your ruler up along the score line and then lift the paper against the edge of the ruler like this….


Once you’ve done this it’s finally time to start forming the box.

The first step is to trim a thin strip of card from the edge as shown here. This just helps the box all fit neatly together.


Now add your adhesive of choice to the top of the tab and adhere the other edge of the card to it. It’s important that the other edge (which is much longer because of the tabs attached to it) is on the outside and this tab is the one on the inside….


Putting the base of the box together is a little fiddly, when you’re sticking it down try to make sure that the edges are lined up.

The base is formed by folding the two long edges at the sides of the box up into the centre of the ‘V’ shape. The small tabs at the ends of them are inserted into the hole in the centre of the ‘V’ and then adhered together.


The first step is to put a little piece of tape onto the corners of the top triangular tabs like this.





Use it to adhere the top and bottom triangles together.






Now working on one side at a time, add some glue (quick drying is best)




Fold the long side piece over and adhere to the glue, tucking the small tab at the end through the middle to the inside of the box. Press down firmly to make sure it’s securely fixed in place.

It may look as if here is going to be a small gap in the middle but we’ll resolve that in the next step.


In order to bridge any small gap you may have in the centre of the box where the two tabs go through the centre I suggest adding glue dots (as shown here) or adhesive tape to this tab before you glue the other half of the base. Remove any cover from the tape before you push it into the box as it’s almost impossible to do it afterwards (can you guess how I found that out?!)



Adhere the other side of he base in the same way, take care when pushing the small tab through so that it doesn’t stick onto anything on the way inside.




The final step is to use your fingers or some tweezers to reach inside the box and press the two small tabs together.


Your box is now complete and ready for you to decorate and embellish in any way you choose.



I think if you’ve made it this far you may well be in need of a cuppa and a big cake by now

I’m definitely heading off soon to put the kettle on but before I go I’d like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to you all of  you lovely people who continue to read my crafty ramblings and to all of you who have left me such lovely comments here and on Social media platforms.

Crafty Hugs

Anne-Marie x


Blooming Lovely….. #JOSTTT005


Good morning crafty friends.

This is my 100th blog post and to mark the occasion I wanted to create something special.

It’s really rare for me to be super happy with my craft projects, there is always something I wish I had done slightly differently and often I have made several versions of a project before I get one I think is good enough to post.

This one is a little bit special and I wouldn’t change a thing!

This box was a labour of love,  there is a pile of paper with templates, measurements and scribbles still lying on my desk to prove it. I am delighted with the way it turned out.

There are a few  double folded gift boxes being shared on social media just now and these were my inspiration.

The colours I used were specifically chosen to tie in with the theme for this months #JOSTTT0005 Challenge. I chose to use the first vertical line of the grid “Green, Flowers, Stripes’.

This month grid was created by Susan Simpson at Craftyduckydoodah

The soft mint green cardstock is the amazingly versatile Adorable Scorable from #hunkydorycrafts and the stamp for the tag is from the Varied Vases set from Stampin’ Up! The Striped ribbon I found in the bargain bin at a local craft shop , it isn’t clear from the photo’s but it has a lovely subtle sparkle.

I suspect you may be thinking I was pushing it a little by saying ‘flowers’ was one of my elements when there is only a single punched flower on the tag but I think I have it more than covered by what’s hidden inside……

I originally wanted to have the seed packets flat in the pouches but it was impossible to do it without making the box huge and overly bulky so they were folded in two and added to the pouches.

This is one project I definitely won’t be adding to my box of 3D project samples, I think it needs to be sent out to someone and hopefully bring a little sunshine to their day.

Thanks for taking the time to spend with me today, I hope where ever you are that the sun is shining and bring some warmth to your day.

Crafty Hugs


The Secret’s Out…..


Hi lovely crafters, I hope wherever you are that you’ve had a lovely day.

One of my favourite crafty Facebook groups is The Joy of Sets This group is probably the one I visit most. It’s such a friendly and supportive place with projects galore to browse and enjoy. Fiona Whitehead, who started and runs the group, often runs challenges and swaps which are great for getting the creative juices flowing.

One of these I recently took part in was a Secret Santa swap for the Christmas just past. This was the first crafty Secret Santa I’ve taken part in and Fiona was chosen as the person to receive my gift. I have to admit I struggled a little trying to decide what to make for her, because she puts so much hard work into making the group so great I wanted to make her gift extra special. The brief  for the swap was pretty wide, the only real restriction was that the gift should be made within a budget of around £5.

While I was out shopping for other things I found a gorgeous little silver votive holder which had a glittery snowflake on it. It within the budget allowed so I decided to create a project using it as my inspiration.



I’ve made a few of these cute boxes with the pull up lids before and love them so I created one the perfect size for the Candle and holder…..


….then used my favourite Stampin’ Up! Whisper White thick card and some ‘Year of Cheer’ DSP to decorate it.

I was really happy with the box when it was finished but somehow it didn’t seem quite special enough so I decided to make an exploding box to hold the impossible box

and some small silver gift envelopes to fit into the pockets I made inside the sides of it. Each of the little envelopes contained different silver die cut elements, including some glittery snowflakes.


It was finished off with some silver edged ribbon and a tag with a layered die cut ‘Merry Christmas’ on it.

I was really pleased with the finished gift and Fiona seemed to love it too.

These boxes look so much harder to make than they actually are. They’re a lovely way to give a small gift,  you can even make them the right size to put gift cards or money into the envelopes with a sweet treat, small gift or even a cupcake in the middle.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog today, if you have a favourite crafty Secret Santa idea I’d love to hear it…..any ideas for this year’s swap would be really appreciated.

Crafty Hugs


Copy And Share Everywhere……

Good morning crafty people, I hope that wherever you are today the sun is shining.

‘Copy And Share Everywhere’ or CASE-ing (which is the way you will normally see it written) seemed like a very strange concept to me when I first came across it……I hadn’t come  across the term at all until I began my journey with Stampin’ Up.

If you, like me until recently, aren’t sure what it’s all about here’s a brief explanation….

Many crafters look for inspiration and ideas online and across the many social media platforms including Facebook groups and sites such as Pintests etc. Sometimes using tutorials to replicate projects exactly and sometimes adapting them to suit our own needs.

CASE-ing is the term used for when you take one of these projects that has been designed or made by another crafter and either copy it exactly to use yourself or use it as the basis or inspiration for a project of your own. This can mean adapting it by altering the layout slightly, using a different colour palette, using different images or stamps  or even a combination of all of these and more.

Crafters in general are hugely generous people, they share their work widely and mostly see it as a huge compliment if their work is CASEd and appreciated by others.

There is a protocol around and it is important, and just good manners, when you CASE someone else’s work to credit them or acknowledge them if you share or publish your project online or in social media. I have found that sometimes this can be a little tricky as there are many similar or identical examples of a project around and it can be hard or even impossible to find the person who created the original design. If this is the case I usually credit the person who’s work has been my inspiration even if there are many other versions available. If you’re not sure who to credit simply adding note about where you saw the original project is a good way of protecting yourself from an irate crafter claiming you have CASEd their work without crediting them.  This does not happen very often, in my years of crafting I have only seen it once (it wasn’t directed at me thankfully) but it was embarrassing and uncomfortable for the people concerned.

After all of that lets get onto today’s project……

I recently joined a group run by the amazing Brenda Quintana called #CASEingtuesday, each week she chooses a card from the current Stampin’ Up catalogue and puts her own twist on it them challenges the group members to do the same. There are several other groups across social media doing similar challenges and although I was a bit apprehensive to start with I am really enjoying it.

There’s no requirement to join in on any of the projects it is entirely up to you if  you want to contribute but I would encourage you to take part if you can. It is a fantasic way of developing your skills and making you look at not only the colours, patterns and stamps used in a particular project but also at the layout, combination of layers and shapes that work…..or even don’t work well together. All of this helps to develop our own style and encourages us to be more creative and think ‘outside the box’ a little. Seeing how other crafters alter and develop their versions is really interesting and inspiring too.

This is the card that was being CASEd for this weeks challenge…..


and this is what I came up with……Slide2


As you can see the two projects are totally different but have the same basic layers and mats. I can’t start to explain how far outside my comfort zone I was with this, working only in Black and White was a huge challenge and I was really worried that the finished project would be dull and un-appealing but I was pleasantly surprised when it was finished I may even try it again in another two tone version. Making male cards is always a bit of a challenge and I thought this one (if I replace the rhinestones with a coloured accent instead) would work well for this.

The products I used to make this card are listed below……some of them are retiring when the new catalogue is released next week so if you want to get your hands on them I wouldn’t waste any time in heading over to the online shop to get your order made.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, if you’d like any more information about any of the products used or more information about how to CASE this project get in touch and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Crafting



Hello and welcome to Traigh Papercrafting, named after two of my favourite ways to spend my time….

Crafts come in many shapes and forms and over the years I have tried many different disciplines but it’s only in recent years that I have totally fallen in love with papercraft.

There are many, many amazing papercraft blogs out there and some very talented crafters sharing their projects and ideas across social media but as a total beginner I found myself feeling a little overwhelmed and struggling to see where to begin in developing my own skills and ideas and working out which products and tools I needed to bring  my ideas to life

This blog is a record of my papercraft journey and I plan to share my favourite craft projects and products with you. So far it has been a huge learning curve and part of the fun has been continuing to learn new skills and experimenting with new products and techniques.

I will be sharing some of my favourite projects, giving you my honest opinions and experience of some of the products and tools I use and also any useful hints and tips I pick up along my journey.

If you need  instructions for any of the projects I make or more information about the products I use please get in touch. I will also do my best to help with any other crafty questions  you have too.

If I have adapted a project from another crafters blog, Facebook page or YouTube channel I will credit them in my posts and will add links when I can. There are many similar projects being shared by lots of different crafters out there. The links I give you will be to the person I got the inspiration from as it is often almost impossible to trace a project back to it’s original designer.

Happy Crafting

Anne-Marie x