Keepsake File Box

“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.”

-Rosalind Russell-



I am always looking for somewhere to put something.  Patterns, pictures, tutorials, ideas.  One thing always leads to another and so I made a Keepsake File Box to sit on my desk.  I used a combination of things I had on hand in my scrapbook stash to create a vintage feeling.  Here is the list of my supplies:

  • chipboard words from October Afternoon
  • little metal frames from different places
  • little metal brads in all shapes and colors of silver and brass
  • 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock pages
  • glue stick
  • paper scraps
  • computer to print words for the little frames
  • embellishments of any kind to poke in holes
  • tiny circle punch









The October Afternoon chipboard had many words I used in my file, but not all.  I used my Silhouette SD Cutter, which I got for Christmas, to cut the over-sized tabs.  The tabs have two sides and are scored in the middle for easy folding.  I glued the tabs to the chipboard to position them and then punched holes and secured the tabs to the chipboard with little brads.  I added the little windows with brads first and folded after.  That way the backs of the brads are hidden . . . at least on the paper tabs.


I already had a box of Smead Adhesive Windows which I attached to the front of each divider.  These little windows are just perfect for those postage-stamp-sized pictures that get cut out of magazines and lost.

For a more eclectic look, I cut a few of the dividers so that they weren’t all the same height.  That way the tabs show better.







“To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.”




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