Get Crafty with Catherine: Book Trailer Boxes


Over the last two days we made and uploaded our book trailers, but what if we want to hand them out? You know, to the 3-D people? Handing them a disc with ‘Book’ scrawled on it in Sharpie just doesn’t cut it, so today we’re going to relive our crafty childhood afternoons and make a DVD and jewel case cover for our book trailer DVDs.

You will need:

  • High quality paper or photo paper
  • Plenty of ink in the printer
  • DVD boxes
  • CD jewel cases
  • Blank DVDs
  • DVD/CD labels
  • Scissors
  • Imagination
  • Patience
  • Coffee (of course!).

Mousetrapped by Catherine Ryan Howard

DVD Covers

  1. Open a new MS Word document, A4 paper in landscape.
  2. Divide into two columns (left column = back of cover, right column= front cover, space in between = spine]. You can either take exact measures from an existing DVD insert or guess, like I did. (Don’t have the patience.)
  3. Insert a photo and resize it until it fills the page; this is your background.
  4. Insert your cover image on the right hand side/front.
  5. Use text boxes to insert your title, clip listing, etc.
  6. Print that baby out and cut to size.

Mousetrapped by Catherine Ryan Howard

CD Jewel Case Cover

  1. As above, but MS Word and other programs tend to have templates for this. Thank bubbles for that.

Disc Labels

You can either buy cut price DVD labels (I saw today that Tescos are doing own brand labels, for example) and drive yourself demented trying to line the labels, your printer and your document up – good luck with that – or buy something like Fellowes NEATO CD/DVD labels (2 to a sheet). MS Word has built-in templates to use with this or you can go to and design and print your labels there.

Slip Cases

For my book launch I wanted something cheap and easy to store/hand out, but also looked good. Using the labels from above and the ‘front’ part of my jewel case cover – and a pack of slip cases I bought for about €3 in my local Tescos supermarket – I made these pretty things (above). You can either leave the back open – leaving the label visible – or leave your DVD blank and use the ‘back’ of the jewel case cover as well (below).

Now you can collect the whole set… HAPPY CRAFTING!

Read all my self-printing posts or read about the book I self-printed.

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2 thoughts on “Get Crafty with Catherine: Book Trailer Boxes

  1. Andrea "The American Roommate" says:

    I don’t have much to add other than:
    1) I enjoy your DVDs. I have too many jewelcases/DVD cases containing our adventures than I can count on one hand. And I LOVE it!
    2) How do you find time to write all these blogs…I’m trying to keep up with your super-blogging skills, but I’m finding it a bit of a challenge. That being said, again, I LOVE it! 🙂

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