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Topic: **mixtape madness** TUTORIAL ADDED (FINALLY!)  (Read 9211 times)
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« on: April 24, 2005 11:45:38 AM »

Hello craftsters!

I've been trying to revive the lost art of mixtaping...

So I made an 'Anger Management Mix' for one of my far flung friends, it's a collection various chill out songs.

Anyhoo, I made a case for the mix cds using some funky wallpaper and cardboard.

I think it turned out pretty nifty...

the front...

the inside...

the outside...

Hope you guys like it!

2 years later...
The long awaited tutorial has finally arrived. Sorry about the ludicrous delay, I obviously was pretty absent-minded in 2005, and erm 2006 the spring and summer of 2007

Anyhoo here goes, sorry that I couldnt condense it. Ive written it out from memory (with some seriously low tech drawings Grin ) but it should be okay (I hope).


2 x CDR jewel cases (the skinny type)
A glue stick
A glue gun or really strong adhesive that will stick plastic to card
A ruler
A cereal box
A pencil
Decorative paper for the cover

1.   Pull the cover and back piece of the jewel case apart. Then snap off the prongs that the cover slots into on the back piece.

2.   Measure the width of the case and multiply this by 3 and add 2.5cm to this number.

3.   Measure the length of the jewel case and add 1cm to this number.

4.   Cut down one side of the cereal box. Then cut across the box to form a  rectangle using the measurements that you just calculated.

Now heres the tricky bit

5.   Place one jewel case towards the right end of your rectangle leaving about 3mm.

6.   On the card, using the pencil mark along the left edge of the jewel case.

7.   Leaving about 7mm to the left of that line draw a parallel line. Place the right edge of the jewel case and mark along it left edge.

8.   Draw yet another line parallel to the last with a 1cm gap in between.

Fingers crossed, you should have something that looks similar to the top diagram??

9.   Using the blade of the your scissors and the ruler, score along the lines you drew.

10.   Gently fold inwards along these lines, then flatten it back out.

11.   On the back of your cover paper draw around the card, adding an 2cm to each side, then cut it out.

12.   Cut out 2 x2cm wide strips of your paper the same height as the piece of card.

13.   Using the glue stick to cover the outside of the card with the paper, folding the edges over neatly. Makes sure that it is not too taught, otherwise it might rip when the case is folded up. Place the 2 strips over lines that you scored. You might wanna place some books on top to help stick the cover paper down nicely.

It should now look like the middle diagram

14.   Gently fold the card again to locate the creases. Using the glue gun, stick the jewel casea to the areas (B+C) shown in the first diagram so that it ends up looking like the last diagram.

15.   Once the glue has dried fold up the case completely and place a book on top for about an hour or longer.

16.   Stick your tracklisting/message/whatever over area A. Add a cover labels etc.


Oh for the cds, I just printed out the coloured text on coloured paper then used the cd as a template to cut them out and stuck them on with the gluestick.

Hopefully some of you will give it a go. If it's too confusing, please let me know!

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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2005 11:49:15 AM »

I love the colors, everything looks very professional too but this is more like a mix-cd

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2005 11:49:37 AM »

very nice.  Smiley

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He's so pretty!!!

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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2005 01:21:23 PM »

Dude that's awesome!!! Where did you get the paper? That looks so much better than just giving mix cds in the plain case!!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2005 03:26:58 PM »

Yes please can you post a tutorial!  I really like this  Grin

« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2005 05:31:27 PM »

pretty pretty please post a tutorial!
it rocks
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2005 06:14:31 PM »

The decoration on the CDs themselves...are they permanent? Or do you have to take them off to play?
And ja, a tutorial would be awesome.
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2005 02:07:37 PM »

I love the colors, everything looks very professional too but this is more like a mix-cd
LOL, I was thinking exactly the same thing....
First I was looking at the closed case and thinking, "Wow, that's an awesome design and fab colours, but how in the world would a tape fit into that shape?"  I was all confused...
Then I looked at the case open and realized there weren't any tapes inside at all!  Cheesy

ANYway, i_squared_u, I like the idea of harvesting bits of old cd cases to make a new one!  Very cool.

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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2005 02:40:23 PM »

Tute please! And mixed cds rock! I make them all the time.

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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2005 02:55:36 PM »

Holy Crap.  I second the call for a tute.

I'm one of the few people in the world that is moving FROM one gigantic cd case holding all of my cds BACK TO each cd in it's original case and I'm missing SOOOOO many cases! (welll.... a lot are burns, too so I never had the case)

Anyway... it looks really great.  You have a lucky friend! even if s/he is angry.

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