1 sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock, 1 sheet of patterned paper (use the rest of this paper to make a pen to match), choice of ink, background stamps, grosgrain ribbon, red line tape (not pictured).
Stamp two thirds up the paper. The rest of the paper will make your box top. Do not stamp that if you would like that to be a different pattern. You may stamp the whole thing if you would like to keep it all the same.
Now very carefully with the stamped image facing down, score four lines at exactly one inch apart. You will have a small strip left over. This is correct. When you fold the box, this will hold the redline tape or your favorite adhesive which will keep the box closed.
After you score your other lines turn your paper on the cutter and slide your paper down so the paper overhangs to the right of the cutting line half way or about 1/2 of an inch. Then score all the way up. It will then look like the picture below.
OK…PAY ATTENTION! You may now put the redline tape on the small strip but you must put the tape on the side WHERE YOU HAVE YOUR STAMPED IMAGE, so when you close the box, the tape will be on the correct side.
Take your 3×3 stamped image and turn the stamped side down. Take a straight edge and a pencil and make an x across the whole sheet diagonally. This will show your your centerpoint. Lids always make me nervous, so this is my little way of checking and double checking that it will fit. At this point I like to put the open box end in the middle and center it to trace around it just to make sure my scores line up correctly. You will now score two lines one inch apart on both sides, so you it will appear to have six little squares.
The put together with adhesive. TRIPLE CHECK that it fits with a little wiggle room for the extra thin sheet of a paper sleeve we will be adding inside of this lid. You can always make one side a little looser if it needs to be.
Time to make the little sleeve. Cut your printed paper to be a little over four inches long and about two inches wide. Gently score your paper as you did your cardstock at 1 inch apart. Fold it like you folded the box. This sleeve goes inside the lid, so double check the fitting of the sleeve AS WELL AS THE BOX with the sleeve attached before completely gluing it in. It should be fine. It is supposed to fit nice and tightly with not too much wiggle room, or your pen will fall out.
Check out Emily Giovanni’s Blog for the great beaded pen tutorial. I would love to see your work. If you put it up on SCS put Beaded Pen Box in the keywords, so we can find it! You can also e-mail your images to me! My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to post your creations or answer questions if you have them!