This is the package that I used for my little jar of jam on yesterday's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, and a couple of people had asked about the template, so I thought I would give this little tutorial a whirl.
Start with an 8" x 11" piece of cardstock, or whichever paper you prefer. Papertrey Ink's cardstock is a wonderful weight, and is sturdy enough for almost all of the packaging I make.
I wanted to get the most out of my sheet of paper, without using more than one sheet.
The second photo is just a close-up of the score line points, for the more "visual" people. ; )
On the 11 inch side, you'll want to clip the 1/2" strip of cardstock to where the points intersect, because this is going to be the flap where the box sides will connect. To reduce bulk, and make a smoother edge, clip the ends slightly at an angle.
I've colored in a bit of the "speed bump"- again for the visual people.
So now that all my lines have been cut, I'm ready to burnish my edges with a bone folder. Actually, I think it's a plastic folder, do they really make any out of bone anymore? I digress...
Burnishing the edges of all your score lines makes for a nice crisp line on your project. Another thing I'd like to note is the direction of your fold. I believe everyone has their own opinion on this one, but I always do my folds speed bump in. That means the indention made when you scored the paper (the ditch) is to the outside of your project. If that's clear as mud, just look back at the first couple of photos where I used a pen to trace the indention, or the "ditch". you don't see the pen lines in the photo below because they are on what is going to be the outside of my box.
The box template is too wide to fit flat on a Cuttlebug. If you have the Grand Calibur, you might not have a problem with the width, but well, you see in the photo below what I'm using. Just fold the flaps over the die before stacking your sandwich, and you're good to go. I know everyone uses a different sandwich, so for those of you that stack your sandwich with your die facing upward, just remember to fold the flaps out of the way of the die.
The other thing is that the outside of the box is facing downward in this instance, so you might want to either use a new B plate (for Cuttlebug users, of course), or place a sheet of copy paper between the cutting plate and the cardstock.
I hope this was of some help to you. If I left anything out, or you have a question about something, please feel free to send me an email.
I have to go do some laundry now. yay.