13 August 2009

DIY cd sleeve

today is do-it-yourself thursday. here we go with something oh so so easy. since none of my clients live within 100 miles of where i'm located, i do a lot of transactions online and sometimes, if i'm lucky, via the mailman. however, i am the kind of girl who has a stack of blank cds with no jewel cases on hand, ever. luckily i am never low on paper, so i've patented a diy cd sleeve that gets the job done in minutes. no frills. no fuss.

i like to call it, easy peasy cd sleevey.


slice your card stock down to 5 x 10 inches. any hefty paper will do, you can even get cutesy. make two sleeves out of one adorable 12x12 sheet. throw on some glitter, stickers, and stamp-it-up with whatever suits your style.


fold your paper exactly in half. use a bone folder to make a nice crease. if you have never heard of a bone folder, run to your nearest art supply store and buy one. you will love me for it. then you will be one step closer to becoming a Bookbinder's Apprentice in paris.


on the opposite side of your bone-folded crease, use a circle punch and punch only a half moon through one layer of paper. if you can manage this tricky maneuver, you get three gold stars for the day. the leftover half moon can be recycled for something brilliant like a journaling spot for your latest scrapbook page or a pretend mustache for your two-year old.


now seal the two sides, leaving the half moon edge alone. this is the perfect excuse for happy tape. be sure to attach your business card too. if you don't have a business card yet, please attend yesterday's seminar. if the CD contains images, photographs, or design files for a client, with your information handy they will know who to contact immediately with any questions, concerns or wild praise.


tuck in your burned CD, a written note of instruction and send it on it's merry way.

easy peasy cd sleevey.

18 comments:

poo kah loo said...

brilliant!

by M said...

Could this be any more of a coincidence that I am sending out a CD today but have no more CD sleeves! You read my mind. Thanks Marta.

Jessie said...

love this project - thanks Marta!!

jessica said...

love this idea and fun tutorial! plus, these are so much cuter than jewel cases.

Eleanor said...

thanks marta! this was one of my favorite entries to date!

hannah said...

i love this! in my high school years, i often made my friends music mixes and made sleeves almost identical to these! i left flaps on the side to glue rather than use tape. tape is so much easier, though!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That's beautiful! I know of a few people looking for something like this for weddings. Thanks so much, I'll be linking to this.

Katie - My Paisley Apron said...

Great idea! We never have CD sleeves either...

lenistav said...

these would be great for wedding videos!

Kami said...

so fun! I never thought of making an easy peasy CD sleevey. And Paper?! It's my favorite medium.

Anda said...

i LOVE this! wow, thank you! i am in the throes of marketing materials and this is perfecto!

katelynjane said...

I love this idea! It'd be such a cute thing to do for wedding favors!

Chris said...

Thank you for sharing a fun idea. I am happy to have something to make for that stack of blank CDs and DVDs.

::Sylvia:: said...

Just featured this on Blissfully Domestic! What a terrific idea!

::Sylvia:: said...

Oops, forgot to post the link :)

http://blissfullydomestic.com/creative-bliss/diy-cd-sleeve/

I'll be emailing you a "featured on" button to use on your blog if you like!

Jennadesigns said...

Great tutorial - thank you! I just used it to make sleeves for my mixed CDs I'm sending out with a fabric swap (gotta have crafty music while you sew!).

Thanks again - excellent job!

CDROM2GO Blog said...

That is a very creative approach to CD packaging that I have not seen before. You did a very nice job and I bet it really impressed your clients!

Anonymous said...

LOVE this.I"m a photog looking around for this for ages! fab. love your blog-shutterdee

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