D.I.Y. Mixtape CD Sleeve

I'm back with another crafty tutorial using Adobe Photoshop Elements! Today I thought it'd be fun to show you how to make your own custom cd sleeves! Mixtapes totally aren't a thing of the past right? Well, we're planning on whipping some homemade mixtapes to give to our wedding guests featuring some of our very favorite songs. I wanted to keep the whole DIY theme to the wedding while not spending too much money. This method is perfect! 

I went ahead and created a PNG template for you to download and use during this. That way you don't have to make it yourself! Just CLICK HERE and save the image to your computer. You'll see where to place it in step two.

Supplies that you'll need for this: 
Adobe Photoshop Elements -- Cardstock paper -- Printer 
Ruler and Exacto (or another cutting utensil) -- Glue 
Your favorite tunes on an awesome mix CD

Don't let the number of steps fool you... this project is very easy! I broke it down in the tiniest steps so I don't lose anyone along the way. You can use photos, graphics, hand-drawn elements, etc for this project. You can even print it out on scrapbook paper for a cool pattern (or scan it in!), or print the back out completely blank and handwrite the track list for an extra special touch. Your call! It doesn't have to be as extensive as mine below. You can find some great free fonts to use at DaFont.com!

How simple was that?! I'm happy to answer any questions you might have below! Let me know if anything is confusing or misleading. If you decide to give it a whirl, let me see the finished product (and your track list! I'm always on the hunt for new tunes!)

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** I borrowed this gorgeous photo to showcase on the cover of my example sleeve.


  1. so awesome! thanks for sharing.


  2. It's been so many years since I have made a mixtape for someone. I used to make them for friend's birthdays back when I was a poor teenager and I would draw (badly) a cover then print out a track list. So much fun! I'm definitely going to do this again soon.

    Btw, I really love the hand written font you used, do you remember what it was called/where you got it? It's absolutely lovely xo

  3. Thanks for posting this! I just bought this product not too long ago, and this is such a cute design!!

  4. i made these ALL the time for gifts in high school - i also made labels with big stickers for the cds too. great little tutorial

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  5. :O What an awesome idea!! and excellent step by step tutorial. I love it.
    Your design is super pretty too :)

    -Danielle <3

  6. This is wonderful, thank you! My husband is a musician and he's be making his CD sleeves using Paint >.< and this will certainly simplify things! <3

  7. Beautifully designed! Love it!


  8. Very nice DIY! It's so much fun to exchange the keyboard for an artsy project ^^ I can't remember the last time I did one LOL xx

  9. Nice!! I love this and can't wait to make some...thanks for sharing!

  10. cute cute cute! I love this!
    xo Heather

  11. Wow wow wow this is absolutely awesome! I would love to make something like this for my mixtapes. You made it look really simple too, which is awesome since I'm not too familiar with photoshop! Thank you for sharing. <3

  12. This is so cool, I looooooooove getting and giving mixed cds as gifts and this would really make it even more special.


  13. Wow thanks! This will make my life a whole lot easier :)

    - Gia (http://www.lovelyserendipity.com/)

  14. wow, that looks awesome!
    guess my friends are getting some mix-tapes really soon :)
    xo, cheyenne

  15. This is awesome! I am so making this for my other half who is a total music and mixtape nut. Also love the songs on that CD, Bon Iver, First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes, Regina Spektor, Mumford & Sons and Ray La Montagne are all so good.

  16. Awesome! Really nice and simple.

  17. CD Printing is used in various places like in disc, education. Tanks for this information.

  18. i love these fonts! do you remember what they were called? thanks so much!

  19. What size is the card stock paper? Is it A4 or letter?

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  21. Absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this. Looking forward to making some of these for my year-end mix.


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