Printers tray (shadowbox) is so popular right now – as you can customize to your theme/occasion, and they make a great gift too! Have you ever thought to make one of these out from SVG Cuts files? Mary has made one of these recently (Curio Box from the Attic Treasures SVG Kit) but I’ll show you how it can also be done with the Classic Advent Calendar SVG Kit!
SVG Collections Used
Classic Christmas Advent Calendar SVG Kit
Kate’s Silhouettes SVG Collection
Crush on You Boxes SVG Kit
Doilies SVG Collection
Amelie’s Accessories SVG Kit
Chamomile Friendship Cards SVG Kit
Antique Skeleton Keys SVG Collection
Window Townhouse SVG Collection
Crafty Mice SVG Collection
Sew Crafty SVG Kit
Celeste’s Cutesy Corners SVG Collection
An Afternoon at Auntie Elaine’s SVG Collection
Iris Fold Cards SVG Kit
- American Crafts Cardstock (white)
- Patterned Papers (I used My Mind’s Eye: Stella & Rose and Miss Caroline collections)
- Crinkled Ribbons
- Mini Pearl Strand (purse handle)
- Hitch Fastenator (Tim Holtz) – used as a knob to hang the cameo
- Stamps (Unity Stamp Company, Martha Stewart and Basic Grey)
- Ink (for stamps and distressing)
- Scotch Quick-dry Glue
- Heat Glue Gun
- Foam Tape
|Printers Tray Face (Click Here To Download)|
|Classic Christmas Advent Calendar SVG Kit|
|sides. svg||0.8" wide by 11.6" high (cut 2), 0.8" wide by 6.764" high (cut 2) (IMPORTANT: see instructions before cutting)||white|
|back.svg||11.6" wide by 6.764" high||white|
|interior_boxes1.svg||17.25" wide (see instructions before cutting)||white|
|interior_boxes2.svg||17.25" wide (see instructions before cutting)||white|
|Kate's Silhouettes SVG Collection|
|Mom1 with Baby|
|dress.svg||2.02" wide||pink patterned paper|
|figure.svg||1.297" wide||dark brown|
|top1.svg||0.707" wide||dark navy|
|bottom.svg||1.129" wide||dark brown|
|Crush on You Boxes SVG Kit|
|rose.svg||3.16" wide, 3.41" wide and 3.91" wide||pink, light pink, butter yellow|
|Doilies SVG Collection|
|Amelie's Accessories SVG Kit|
|purse.svg||2.75" wide||pink patterned paper|
|Sabine's Shoe Card|
|shoe.svg||1.282" wide||cream patterned paper|
|sole.svg||1.281" wide||dark brown|
|Chamomile Friendship Cards SVG Kit|
|fence.svg||3.125" wide||wood patterned paper|
|Antique Skeleton Keys SVG Collection|
|1.svg||2.38" wide||gun metal grey|
|Window Townhouse SVG Collection|
|1_bottom.svg||1.911" wide||blue patterned paper|
|Crafty Mice SVG Collection|
|ruler_bottom.svg||0.456" wide||dark brown|
|thread_spool2.svg||0.745" wide (blackout)||beige|
|thread_spool3.svg||0.802" wide (blackout)||tan|
|Sew Crafty SVG Kit|
|Celeste's Cutesy Corners SVG Collection|
|An Afternoon at Auntie Elaine's SVG Collection|
|teacup_bottom.svg||1.112" wide||green patterned paper|
|teapot_top.svg||1.243" wide||dark brown|
|teapot_bottom.svg||1.243" wide||green patterned paper|
|flatware.svg||1.40" wide (blackout)||silver|
|Iris Fold Cards SVG Kit (Baby Buggy Card)|
|Extras - Simple Baby Carriage|
|awning.svg||2.736" wide||pink patterned paper|
|bottom.svg||2.736" wide||floral patterned paper|
|SCAL Basic Shapes Library|
|rectangle_vertical.svg||2.875" wide by 0.5" high||wood patterned paper (for tea set box)|
|Background Box Liners||(see instructions for simple way to do this, but here's the measurements for your reference)|
|rectangle_vertical.svg||Box 3: 2.349" wide by 2.531" high||various patterned paper|
|Box 4: 2.875" wide by 1.227" high||various patterned paper|
|Box 6: 2.348" wide by 3.098" high||various patterned paper|
|Box 7: 2.875" wide by 2.646" high||various patterned paper|
|Box 8: 2.875" wide by 1.260" high||various patterned paper|
|Box 9: 5.021" wide by 2.288" high||various patterned paper|
|Box 10: 3.239" wide by 3.341" high||various patterned paper|
|Box 11: 1.296" wide by 3.341" high||various patterned paper|
- Cut the printers_tray_face.svg and back.svg.
- Cut the pieces needed from interior_boxes1.svg and interior_boxes2.svg. To do this, resize both of the svgs to 17.25” wide. Break apart, then select each of the interior boxes with scoring marks and group them together. It’s easier to work with if you delete the unnecessary boxes. You’ll be needing boxes: 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. To cut boxes 9 and 10, you’ll need to rotate the file diagonally to fit into the mat.
- Open the sides.svg on the mat. Do Not Resize. Select break apart, and select each strip with its scoring lines and group. Then, you resize to the measurements given and then cut.
- If you would like a string at the top (allows you to hang), make two holes on one of the longer sides.svg (mine was 4.5” apart) and reinforce with eyelets. String through the holes and tie on the inside.
- Assemble the printers tray.
- Cut background box liners: take the printers_tray_face.svg, break apart and delete the frame. You can cut these rectangles with various papers to form the background liner for each boxes.
- Embellish as needed.
- Think of each box as one ‘message’. What kind of message do you want to convey? What items would signify your message? Then look of items that would fit that space. Don’t choose too many items – or else, it gets way too busy!
- Each box has its own message, but they are all part of one story. Do each of the messages flow to another? Even if it doesn’t, using similar colors/styles of paper will bring it together.
- Have a focus point (or points)! It grabs people’s attention. It makes the project more interesting. For my project, the initial focus point should be the silhouette. Then, hopefully you see the flowers. Finally, you see all the details inside all the boxes.
- Don’t be afraid to use some texture! Ink it! Tie with ribbons! Dress up with lace! Instead of round little circles, can you use some pearls? Eyelets? Get creative! As long as you can adhere it – anything goes!
- Use foam adhesive! In these types of projects, it’s important to have dimension. Instead of adhering all embellishments all at one level, give it some style by making some items pop! I even used several layers of foam adhesive for some items!
- If you’re feeling adventurous, you can adjust the depth of the boxes by widening the sides.svg and the interior_boxes.svg. (If you make yours deep – you will need to trim off the tabs a bit between the boxes to fit).
By using this method, you can totally customize your own printers tray! Don’t panic about the number of collections/kits that I’ve used – all you need is the Classic Christmas Advent Calendar SVG Kit to make the tray! Think of mine as an example, and you can make it exactly like this, or if you’re feeling adventurous – how you want to embellish the tray is up to YOU!