May 16, 2020

DIY Memorydex Box (no chipboard required) - SVG and PDF Files

Memorydex Box Pattern SVG PDF

How to Make a Memorydex Box (no chipboard required)

Have you ever heard of a Memorydex? It was an idea started by Heidi Swapp – it’s like a Rolodex meets your craft room. The Rolodex used to index business cards, and now this system is being used to organize notes, reminders, recipes, a gratitude journal, or even a travel diary. Scrapbookers are really enjoying cherishing their everyday moments in this format right now. 

Memorydex Box and Index Cards

I've designed 3 different sizes with both straight and scalloped edges.

4.25 width x 4.25 length x 1.75 high

4.25 width x 5 length x 1.75 high

4.25 width x 6 length x 1.75 high

Any of my boxes can be made from just two sheets of 8.5x11 inch card stock. This means you can print a digital pattern and make it match your index cards.

Memorydex Box Birthday Index Card SVG

A “mini” memorydex box lets you keep specific topics together so you can sort them easily.

And since the page size we’re cutting is 8.5x11, you can custom print a digital pattern if you want, instead of a pre-printed pattern. 

Memorydex Box Seeds Envelope SVG

As a gardener, I often trade seeds with others. I can never remember all the details, so now I have a place to store them. My envelope won't let any seeds fall out of the holes at the bottom because the flap comes up, then back down, sealing them in.

This is a free printable pattern I used for one of my boxes, shown in the video:

Thank you to Robin for introducing me to this ingenious box idea!

Mini Memorydex Box (SVG and PDF Files) Available in my shop:

Watch the assembly video here:

Apr 14, 2020

How to Cut Quilling Strips with a Cricut Explore

How to Cut Quilling Strips with Cricut: Free SVG Pattern Files

How to Cut Quilling Strips with a Cricut Explore

Cutting your own quilling paper strips with an electric cutting machine is really quick and easy, and it’s how I’ve been cutting my own paper for many years now. I had to cut my own thicker paper for “on edge quilling” or "quillography" projects because venders just didn’t offer it until the last couple of years.

Ever since I made cutting files for myself, I’ve been giving them away on my blog. If you’ve downloaded my cutting files in the past, then you’ll want to download my updated files because I’ve made significant improvements on them. Watch my video tutorial to see how the cutting path has been made as efficient as possible.

My files are created in 5 widths for:

  • inches: 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/5
  • mm: 1, 2, 3, 5, 10

Download Free Cutting Quilling Strip Files:

The following machines can import SVG (Amazon affiliate links): 

The following machines can import DXF:

  • Silhouette: Cameo, Curio, SD 

Method 1 - Cut Quilling Strips with Margins

Cut your strips with margins on either side and they will never get tangled. After tearing them off, you'll need to trim the ends to make them clean.

How to Cut Quilling Strips with Cricut: Method 1 With Margins

Method 2 - Cut Quilling Strips with Fringe

Leave a margin on one side and your strips will still be manageable. There is less wastage than Method 1, and I usually use this method on scrap pieces rather than full sized pieces of paper.

How to Cut Quilling Strips with Cricut: Method 2 With Fringe

Method 3 - Cut Quilling Strips Without Margins

There is no wastage with this method of cutting, and the strips will all be individually cut.

How to Cut Quilling Strips with Cricut: Method 3 Without Margins

Bonus - Happy Birthday Message

Decorate a birthday gift with a unique twist using letters on a ribbon of quilling!

Mar 31, 2020

3 Ways to Cut Quilling Strips by Hand - Free Pattern and Tutorial

cut quilling strips by hand - free pattern and template

3 Ways to Cut Quilling Strips by Hand

In my latest free tutorial, I’ll be showing you step-by-step, a couple of methods of how to cut your quilling strips by hand. Download my free printable PDF template. There’s also bonus that I’m sure any quiller will enjoy!


  • DIY Quilling Strips template: inches (8.5x11) or millimeters (A4 paper)
  • sharp craft knife (Method 1 + 2)
  • metal ruler (Method 1 + 2)
  • cutting mat (Method 1 + 2)
  • rotary cutter (Method 3)

Method 1 - Cut Quilling Strips with Margins

Print the template directly onto your paper. Cut from the printed line at the top to the bottom, leaving margins. These margins help keep your paper extremely tidy. 

Method 2 - Cutting without margins

If you don’t want to waste any scrap of paper, you can cut edge to edge. Print the template on regular paper and cut off both “rulers”. Tape these rulers to your cutting mat, leaving enough space for the full length of your paper in between. Cut edge to edge, with no wastage.
You would never want to print the markings onto your paper, and then cut all the way, because the markings would show on your quilling strips, and that just won’t do!

Method 3 - Rotary Cutter

Watch the video to see how to find your exact cutting edge. You'll also see how to make a jig for cutting the same strip width without needing to look at your markings at all. Discover how to make a fringe so you can trim off the excess markings.


Type a message onto your quilling strip, then cut it out. Wrap a gift or start quilling with your customized ribbon. It’s like a message in a bottle!

Do you have any you’d like to share with everyone else? If so, I’d love to hear about it – please leave a comment below.

Feb 25, 2020

Quilling Strip Sheet Organizer - step-by-step tutorial and free pattern

quilling strip sheet organizer - tutorial and free pattern

Quilling Strip Sheet Organizer

Easily organize your quilling paper strips by sewing a single sheet protector. In my latest step-by-step DIY tutorial video, I'll show you how to keep long, medium, and short quilling strips separated, yet together, neatly organized for storage in a binder or on your desk.

Please note this organizing method is ideal for 11" strips. The paper I'm showing here is Canson Mi-Tientes, which I've cut myself into 1/4" width. The thickness is considerably thicker than conventional quilling paper.

quilling strip sheet organizer - tutorial and free pattern

Materials Needed

• plastic sheet protector
• a printer and a cardstock
• metal ruler
• scoring tool
• x-acto knife
• sewing machine
• download my free template


  1. Download my template and print onto card stock. Insert it into the plastic sleeve protector.
  2. Lightly score across the vertical columns to give yourself a sewing guide.
  3. Using a ruler, lightly cut across the horizontal line and freehand cut the curved lines, going all the way to the edge. Remove the template.
  4. Use a pen to mark where your cut lines meet the edge of the sheet protector.
  5. Insert the template back into the sleeve, facing the back, upside down. Match up the template to the pen marks.
  6. Cut along the horizontal line and freehand cut the curved lines. Remove the template. Continue the cut lines all the way to the edges to separate the top third from the bottom.
  7. Flip the top third over, matching the top edge to the bottom edge.
  8. Sew the two middle columns, then the two outer columns. Finally sew along the 3 edges and bottom.
  9. Insert your quilling strips, and admire how easily this organizer keeps long, medium, and short strips together yet separated.


Brand: Canson, Mi-Tientes
Weight: 98 lb / 160 gsm (heftier than standard quilling paper)
Width: 1/4” (I cut them myself using a Cricut Explore)
Sheet Size: 8½ × 11” or 19 × 25” from fine art stores
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Watch how to cut your own strips:

Feb 7, 2020

Quilling Paper Accordion Organizer

quilling paper accordion organizer

Quilling Paper Organizer

Do you ever have to keep track of multiple strips of quilling paper for a large project? How do you handle the challenge of organizing strips of varying colors and lengths separated, yet quickly accessible?

I was recently testing my new pattern, Quilling Succulents. I needed numerous pre-cut strips for 3 designs on hand, and had to make them repeatedly for testing.

I kept these pieces neatly identified by folding a sheet of paper into a zig zag accordion. It was easy to label each strip, keep each length separated, yet access any strip in a jiffy. The accordion could be stacked as well, to save space on my desk. 

Have you got a method for handling bulk strips? Please share them with the quilling community in the comments below.