learn BOX MAKING & cartonnage designs

courses, tutorials & WORKSHOP


learn french cartonnage in just a few steps

With my online courses you can learn how to craft a box with fitted lid, hinged lid, magnetic closure, folio or portfolio.

I'm working on a new course: how to craft a folder. Launching in the coming months!

The instruction book with pictures of all the steps and the instruction videos on YouTube,

will help you to learn how to craft the design in just a few steps.




A box with fitted lid has a tray with a lid that fits seamlessly into tray

Course box making, box with fitted lid

box with magnetic closure

A box with magnetic closure has a tray with a lid and spine that drop down flat when opened and is closed with magnets

Course box making and French cartonnage, box with magnetic closure


 A portfolio is bound between hard covers

You learn how to bind with screws or ribbon

Course box making and French cartonnage

Box with hinged lid

A box with a hinged lid has a tray with a lid that is attached to the spine

Course box making, box with hinged lid


A folio is a hard covered portfolio with interior pockets

The folio can be closed with a silk ribbon

Course box making and French cartonnage


A folder is with a harmonica hinge between hard covers

The folder is closed with a ribbon

Course box making and French cartonnage

instruction book & videos

The course consists of

- an instruction book with pictures and instructions of all the steps (English, pdf)

- instruction videos

- lifetime support & feedback via email


There's a list in the instruction book with the materials and tools you need per course,

but you can purchase them with your course.


Course box making and French cartonnage

Photos: Pen to Paper

Sabrine's courses are amazing! They are very easy to follow, along with the instruction videos and handouts. It might take some more time if you decide to create a hinged box in a different size than the course (like I did right from the start, as I wanted to challenge myself a bit having some experience in bookbinding), but she gives all information you need to know to create beautiful packaging. I truly love this craft and am inspired to keep creating more!



I loved every part of the course from The Cartonnerie! From when the supplies arrived, packed so beautifully and then to follow the instructions that were so easy to understand and the end result is just gorgeous. I love my box and will definitely keep making them. 



I ordered all courses from The Cartonnerie. The journey in learning these new skills has been absolutely wonderful and I highly recommend it. The video and picture pdf guide were a perfect bundle to guide a course taker through the entire project. They were clear, concise and easy to understand. The final products look beautiful! Being able to give a touch of elegance|luxury, and overall elevate my simple wedding stationery and pictures made a remarkable difference. I am looking forward to taking more courses with Sabrine and The Cartonnerie! 


materials & tools

to add to your course


Course box making and French cartonnage

 The starter kit consists of cut to size greyboard and linen (ivory or flax)

my 4 favorite tools

Course box making and French cartonnage

A bag filled with a corner cutter, teflon folder, greyboard spacer and a rubber to remove dried glue on linen

bag with tools

Course box making and French cartonnage

A bag filled with glue, roller & tray, brush, 3 metal rulers, corner cutter, teflon folder, snap-off knife and tapes

course packages

package 1

€ 179 | $ 196 | £ 154

1 online course

instruction book (pdf)

instruction videos

package 2

€ 224 | $ 242 | £ 192

1 online course

instruction book (pdf)

instruction videos

my 4 favorite tools

starter kit

package 3

€ 254 | $ 274 | £ 218

1 online course

instruction book (pdf)

instruction videos

bag with tools

starter kit

Prices are exclusive of VAT if applicable (EU) & shipping costs

Every extra course is € 179 | $ 196 | £ 154

Every extra starter kit is € 25 | $ 27 | £ 22



Calculating greyboard for a box can sometimes feel like doing maths!

But once you know how it works to calculate greyboard for a box, it's not that difficult.

In this first tutorial I'm going to show you how you can calculate greyboard for a box with fitted lid.


in my studio in the hague or live on zoom

It's time to get together and be inspired!

A wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in French cartonnage,

supercharge your creativity and deepen your craft knowledge,

all in a workshop in my studio in The Hague, or live on Zoom.

For beginners and advanced cartonnage artists.

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