Scan It Saturday – Resizable Matchbox Cutting File For The Brother Scan N Cut

June 21, 2014 — 42 Comments

Hello fellow scanners!

You’ve heard the saying – “Big Things Come In Little Packages”. Well, it couldn’t have been more true for me this week than when I had a bit of a eureka moment whilst playing with my Brother Scan N Cut.

Read on and I’ll tell you more…

Why this elation and mention of eureka?

Because I figured out how to include single cutting lines and scoring lines within my cutting files for the Brother Scan N Cut.

Now, I’d love to tell you how I did this however I don’t think that I can easily explain this without causing mass confusion so I decided that it would be easier for me to share the template that I came up with during this eureka moment until I can figure out an easy way to share the method.

The template that I made was for a small matchbox (about 2 inches by 1.5 inches) and a corresponding slide over cover. Like this …

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - The Matchbox

Yes, yes, I know that grey wasn’t a very inspiring cover but this was a test piece and I didn’t want to waste the good stuff.

When I had made this little matchbox, I actually squealed with joy! It was so cute and perfectly formed :)

Ok, now I guess that you want the files so that you can have a go yourself?

Not a problem, but do reminder that these are already in the FCM format so no converting needed, just download directly to your USB stick and then load the designs into your Scan N Cut machine and get cutting.

I have formatted these into two different files, one with dashed scorelines on the drawer part and one without the score lines. The box wrap into which the drawer slots will have the score lines in either case as it’s not obvious where to put them.

Anyway, here are the links.

(Windows users you will need to RIGHT CLICK on the link and SAVE TARGET AS… or SAVE FILE AS…)

At the size they are you can cut four (plus covers) from one sheet of twelve inch square cardstock. If you need to add more to your cutting area of the Brother Scan N Cut, just group (unify) and then duplicate – you may need to rotate a couple of them to make it all fit though.

The cardstock that I used was the American Crafts cardstock which is around 220gsm (80lb) – I wouldn’t go much more or less than that as the cardstock probably won’t fold well or it might not fit together properly.

Now, a couple of things to note.

First, if you download the one without the scorelines you will need to manually score the lines as shown in the image below. I drew them so that you could see them; you don’t need to draw and score, just score.

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - Score Lines

In either case, the following steps are how to assemble the matchbox and box wrap.

Pre-fold all score lines.

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - 1

For the box wrap, apply glue to the end flap and then fold the other end tab over this and stick.

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - 2

You can hold the tabs in place with mini clothes pegs or paper clips whilst it dries if you need to.

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - 3

For the drawer apply glue to tabs and fold in and stick, one at a time until you have this.

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - 4

Now, apply glue to the two end flaps, fold inwards and hold briefly until stuck.

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - 5

Repeat this for the two side flaps and then smooth down the sides with a scoring tool or bone folder, paying particular attention to the corners.

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - 6

That is the drawer complete and it should look something like this.

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - 7

Now slide your matchbox drawer into it’s cover, make your favourite drink and admire :)

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - 8

You could always make several and then stick them together to create a unit like this.

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - Wrapped Group

Or of course you could decorate them with all sorts.

Now, I am sure that some of you are wondering if you could resize this box – the answer is yes!

In your Brother Scan N Cut machine just group (unify) all elements together and then resize in the usual way. In the next picture I resized the cutting file so that it filled a whole twelve inch piece of cardstock.

I have shown it in comparison to the original matchbox sized box.

Scan It Saturday - Matchbox Cutting File for Brother Scan N Cut - Resized Boxes

Ok, well that’s about it for this post.

It just remains for me to say that these are from an original cutting file that I created so please feel free to make as many as you like, and sell the finished projects that you make. Just please don’t sell the cutting file (Brother don’t allow this) or the resulting unfinished cuts.

I would love to see what you make with this file so if you want to tag me in an image you can find me on Facebook – or on Twitter – or feel free to email a pic to me – there’s a link at the top of this page.

If you know someone else that would like this file for their Scan N Cut, or run an internet based group that would be interested, please share a link to this post (there are lots of handy sharing buttons at the bottom of this page) rather than sharing the file itself :)

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time scanners when I hope to have more boxy-templatey fun-times for you then!!!

Ok. Signing off now.

J :)

42 responses to Scan It Saturday – Resizable Matchbox Cutting File For The Brother Scan N Cut

    Margaret Hutton October 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing this file, or whatever it is called. I am new to scan n cut, yes I bought one seeing you do demos was great. I might have to message you on how to download it and how to save, simple terms please, as him indoors and both the kids tell me how to do it in gobbledegook! Anyway, I think this would look good if you cut enough and enlarged them and then assembled them into an advent calendar. Look forward to seeing more.

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    If I wanted to use embossed card (using Spellbinds) would I emboss it before I cut the pattern out or after???



      It’s probably better to do it after. You could try both and see which works best though.


        Patricia Forward October 19, 2014 at 6:26 pm

        not sure if I’m in the right section here but I’ve been following your blogs via email as a follower and I can’t seem to get the pictures to come up on your blogs. or connect by filling in details and clicking on ican to log into facebook. comes up with an error.



        I’m not sure why that would be. The technical side of the blog is hosted and run by WordPress so it might be worth contacting them if you are having issues.
        J :)



    This project was so well timed. I’ve arranged a countryside walk and treasure hunt tomorrow (well, I suppose it’s today now) and am expecting about 24 groups to take part. As well as answering clues, each team has to fill matchbox with specified objects. All arrangements have been made and all treasure hunt sheets printed. All I had left to do was source some matchboxes. I found some in a craft shop but they were expensive, poor quality and tiny! Then, in the nick of time, your project came through. I was panicking as the only chance I’d got at this was midnight – and I’m not brilliant with the SNC yet. Thought it would all go wrong! The files downloaded a treat, the boxes cut first time and were really easy to make up. I resized them to make them bigger (that was a bit tricky because the base and the lid need to be scaled up slightly differently) and in no time at all I’d made and glued a dozen boxes. I even did a couple of posh ones using red dotty card for the drawer and blue striped card for the sleeve. I made 2 cutting files for a4 card – one is 2 drawers and 1 sleeve and the other is 2 sleeves and 1 drawer – I could then get 3 complete boxes from 2 sheets of A4. So, an hour and a half’s effort and I have greatly increasedy knowledge of the SNC and I have over a dozen perfect little boxes. A huge thank you for sharing these files. It’s now 2.20am – just time to get a quick sleep before tomorrow’s fun starts!



    That’s fantastic John, as always ! I don’t wish to sound as if I’m begging but is there any chance at all (pretty please) of something similar to this to create Artist Trading Blocks ?? I have to say that your blog has helped me so much with my Scan n Cut – I would have been a little lost without your posts – thank you


    Patricia Gardner-Hill (MS) June 22, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Thank you John. My mind is now racing with all the storage possibilities that can now be made so easily, with just a few minor alterations, for all my craft ‘essentials’ and all for the cost of a few sheets of card and glue! Plus of course decorated gift boxes etc.
    Pat GH



    Oh this just brilliant, thanks so much for sharing.



    Hi this is about fabric cutting , I have the sheet but each time I cut it cuts through the sheet , iv used the settings they gave said it cotton foe quilting. Thanks sandra



    Excellent as always you clever, generous boy!


    gary nicholls June 21, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    hi john, this is about having to use tempory adhesive spray on the mat, it leaves a sticky residue on the card, is there anything that can be done about this. thanx gary nicholls



      After doing this several times there will also be residue on your mat. This may be enough to have given your mat new life for a while.
      Lots of people have come up with ways of giving their mats new life – it might be worth doing a web search for ideas.


    Edwina Gardiner June 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Can’t wait to have a go at this box your very clever



    Thank you – you’ve got me thinking Christmas and gifts in a box for my cardmaking friends – so many ways to decorate these boxes!



    This is fantastic John as I was making a Christmas countdown from a crafter’s companion magazine and had to cut 25 boxes and drawers the hard way so now I can do them faster thanks to you.
    I’ve also been working on some of my own cutting files.


    Rosemary Zuba June 21, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    thank you!!


    June Backmeier June 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Hello John, I had a brother cut and scan bought for me as a present, I was one of the first to receive mine. I have stopped using it as I can’t update it. I have a computer but the file to download is always in PDF and won’t download onto my memory stick. Do you have any suggestions?


    Sent from my iPad




    Thank you for this brilliant idea, must try it.



    Great idea and such a neat storage idea for a many of our crafty things.



    Thank you John this is brilliant, by increasing the size I bet they would make a fab little chest for crafty stuff, jewellery etc xx


    Yvonne Stride June 21, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Thanks John. I will TRY to make this, a bit bigger though so it can hold my quick unpick, tape measure etc. and a few others to hold cut squares & triangles for quilting.



    Brilliant as always John. Can’t remember how to download onto my Mac. Do I left click?



    Many thanks for doing the hard work for us and also generously sharing it.




    Wow this is sooooo good. I normally buy a kit to make my granson an advent tower with draws, and fill it with little toys and sweeties, and spend ages decorating it with his favourite characters. Now I can cut my own in any size I like, with decoration already printed on the card, and fill it with anything I think he might like to play with. Thank you so much John, I’m tickled pink with this, well done.
    Sioux x



    Morning John,
    Nifty little box and leaves so much to the imagination as stackable units……like it !!.
    Much appreciated,


    Carole Morgan June 21, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Again – many, many thanks for sharing. I really must find time to try this one.

    You are very clever – can you design some more hours for crafting please!!!




    Absolutely brilliant, thank you, still struggling with SNC, but getting there


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