We all have those friends, you know the ones, the kind that you have so much in common with that giving them a gift is actually difficult because you are certain they already own it (or a better version). My friend Allison is one of those friends. We share a lot of interests, and the ones we don’t share are things I know nothing about to make an informed gift decision. One thing that we are always surprising each other with is music. We share similar tastes but seem to visit different sources when we are looking for something new. This said, there is always one interest we can feel safe gifting to each other either formally or informally.
Recently we discussed Gotye, you’ve probably heard at least one of his songs on the radio (“Someone that I used to know”) we both were on the fence. We try to avoid a lot of the radio songs, and pride ourselves on our good taste… So when I happened upon a Gotye music video, and then another, and then another I became somewhat obsessed and Allison was the first person to know.
Gotye’s videos tell more than the music itself does, but once you’ve seen the videos you get hooked and suddenly all the songs sound different. Different in a good way… I bought the album on Itunes and set about spreading the good word, “Gotye”.
I burnt a few mix cd’s and amply spread the Gotye among some other favorites, deciding that subtle is better. I then remembered seeing a post online on how to make your own cd “cases” out of paper and decided to give it a whirl. Most of the instructions call for 8.5 x 11″ paper, but I wanted to work in some random scrapbook paper that I had hanging around which happened to be double sided. The paper is originally double-sided 12 x 12″ by K&Company, but I began by cutting it down to 8.5″ width and chose to leave the remaining extra inch in the length direction.
When I cut paper I prefer to use a rotary mat and rotary knife and not a standard paper-cutter, I’m sure some quilter’s are cringing now. Relax, I keep two rotary knives –one is for textiles the other is for paper. I seem to have a better handle on rotary tools than I have on paper cutters when it comes to getting a clean straight edge. This is all the cutting that will occur during the project.
The standard cd size is 4.75″ diameter, however you do not want to make the cd case too tight so it’s bet to work a bit larger. I begin by scoring the paper lengthwise 1.75″ in on each side, this can easily be done by drawing a line and carefully folding the paper, or if you have a nifty tool like the Scor-it mat it’s a breeze. When I use my Scor-it mat, I set the distance between the paper stop and the score bar just beyond the measurement to make up for the tiny bit of lost space when the paper is scored, so around 1.8″ instead of 1.75″.
After scoring, proceed to fold both edges in.
Next you will score/fold the paper horizontally across the folds you just made. This time you will score it 3.5″ from each end, then also fold these in flat.
The next step is the tricky part. Tricky to explain and a little bit tricky to manuever. Working from the bottom of the paper you will repeat the next step on both the right and the left to create a cd pocket.
Begin with the fold just made horizontally across the previous lengthwise folds.
The horizontal score across the 1.75″ side flaps, will be turned out to align with the outside (lengthwise) fold.
When doing this you will create another diagonal fold (across the 1.75″ side flap) and the 3.5″ end flap will stand upwards towards you like the side of a box. (Do both the left and the right).
Now fold the bottom end flap (that is standing upright) flat against the central square. Again by doing this you will create another diagonal fold across the 1.75″ side flap.
This will create a pocket for the cd to slip into, protecting it on the left, right, and bottom edge.
To finish, dog ear both the left and right corners on the top flap. This will make it possible to slide the top flap into the cd pocket, sealing it closed like an envelope and protecting the top edge of the cd.
I like to finish mine with a little washi tape for pizzazz, but this is entirely unnecessary as the pocket will stay closed on its own.
I made a decorative cd case for each of the mix cd’s that I wanted to share. Finishing the package with a bow from a sewn bias tape tie made of Anna Maria Horner voile fabric.
Lucky for me they fit perfectly into a recycled Birchbox from my monthly beauty deliveries.
But by this point I was having so much fun I decided to dress up the box too. I recycled part of a Hammerpress card for the central portion and used another washi tape to attach it. Then drew random geometric lines moving outwards from the washi tape card. (Hammerpress is a local Kansas City print studio, I adore their work and was sad when I originally messed up the inside of this card, but was excited to give it a second life as a customized gift box.)
So there you have it, an impressive little DIY gift for your favorite music lover. Even if she doesn’t love all of the music, opening each cd will be like her own private holiday!