Thursday, September 14, 2023

Zoo Crew Lunchbox


The other day I confessed on my Facebook page that I’m a bit of a “procraftinator” – many of my ideas/projects come together at the last possible moment, and I’m confessing now that sometimes they come together even later than that!

My Zoo Crew Lunchbox Note Holder is one of those projects, and I'm hope that the old adage “better late than never” applies here.

For last month’s Creative Card-iology Team Back to School Tutorial bundle, I created 3x3 notecards using the Zany Zoo bundle and the Zoo Crew Designer Series Paper – encouraging notes that could be put in with a child’s lunch.

I love the Zany Zoo bundle – it’s such a fun collection and features a variety of creatures involved in all kinds of activities – just like the kids in our lives have different interests and skills.  

I wanted to create a coordinating box in the shape of a lunchbox to hold the cards. I decided to do a Pinterest search to see if anyone else had ever created one before, and I found one in a blog post by Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Angie Pyjas at

I used the dimensions I found to make an initial lunchbox, but it turned out a bit bigger than I wanted.  I made some adjustments and was able to create a lunchbox that fit my notecards perfectly.  So I added a note to my tutorial that I would be having a special blog post at the end of the month for the lunchbox holder.

And then I ran into trouble!  I planned on using small super thin neodymium magnets for a closure for my lunchbox lid, but at the time I turned in my tutorial I hadn’t actually tried them out yet (because of my “procraftination” tendencies).   I tried a couple different sizes of magnets and different placements of the magnets and kept having issues with the magnets not staying together or coming loose from where I’d adhered them.  I ripped off many layers of DSP, but finally came up with a finished project!  This lunchbox can be used to hold all the notecards you create as well as some 3x3 envelopes, or it can be used a treat holder with a 3x3 notecard added in.

Here are the dimensions that I used for my lunchbox:

Pool Party Cardstock

3 ½” x 11”, scored at 2 ½” and 4 ½”

3” x 3”, scored at ½” on 3 sides (cut 2)

¾” x 5”

Zoo Crew DSP

3 ¼” x 6 ¼” (lid)

3 ¼” x 2 ¼” (front)

1 ¾” x 2 ¼” (sides, cut 2)

1/2” x 4” (handle)

A list of products I used in making my lunch box is posted below.  A full tutorial is available as a gift for opting into my mailing list during the month of September.  You can opt in here.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and sticking with me on this project!  I always appreciate your feedback, so feel free to leave a comment below!  Happy Stamping!

Product List
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Lemon Lime Twist 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Zoo Crew 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Double Oval Punch
Something Fancy Dies
Stylish Shapes Dies
Zany Zoo Dies
Forever Friends Kit (English)
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals
Tear & Tape Adhesive
Paper Trimmer
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
Take Your Pick

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