Hello friends, we are currently in Movie award’s season with the Emmy’s happening this past week and the Oscars at the end of the month, this inspired me to create my latest completed project: a Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood photo album and an altered box to store it.
Vintage Hollywood is hands down one of my favorite collections ever from Graphic 45, with all of the amazing vintage movie graphics that speak to my movie lover’s heart.
For this project I knew I had to go all out and create a big album to make justice to the gorgeous papers. Also created a coordinating altered box to store my album.
Let’s start with the box, for this project I used an old box from my pantry and altered using papers from the collection, die cuts and metal embellishments.
The gorgeous papers from the collection made this box super easy to do.
The box has a flap with magnets to keep the album accessible but secure.
I wanted the box to resemble a vintage trunk, so I added a handle made out of cardstock, hold together with brads to achieve the look.
For the album I used chipboard and cream cardstock as a base to create my pages. The album measures 61/2″ x 81/2″ and its full of interactive pages with pockets and flaps.
I also altered a Graphic 45 policy envelope to have extra storage for photos.
For the cover I used the images from one of the 4×6 ephemera cards. I loved the photo of the couple embracing and just framed with a die to accentuate it.
The whole album is full of fuzzy cut images to create dimension to the pages.
I am absolutely in love with all the ephemera cards from this collection. They are outstanding!
I love my album and plan to use it for photos from an Oscar viewing dinner party that I am hosting at the end of the month. Stay tuned for photos from the party and the decorations I am planning to make using papers also from this collection. Please visit my YouTube channel to watch the video for this project.
Thank you so much for reading!
Graphic 45 Materials:
Vintage Hollywood 12×12 paper pad
Vintage Hollywood ephemera card
Graphic 45 square policy envelopes
Hello friends and Happy Holidays! We are now in the rush of the holiday season and looking for those last minute gifts to give to our family and friends. I wanted to share this super easy project: A recipe box to hold all of your family recipes made with the Twelve Days of Christmas collection from Graphic 45. I hope that it will give you inspiration to create your own to give out or even to keep one for yourself.
To create my little box I used chipboard as a base. I wanted the box to be of a specific size ( 5 1/2″ x 3″ x 2 1/2″) to be able to hold the Graphic 45 square tags. If you prefer you can easily make your own at any desired size.
I then decorated my box using papers and fuzzy cut images from the collection.
I also wanted to include 3D items to decorate my box. I made Poinsettias out of red cardstock paper and used die cut items like leaves to give my box more texture. I also used a set of mini Pinecones and Berries that I purchased at my local craft store.
The base of my box has a set of four Graphic 45 antique brass claw feet metal embellishments as I wanted to make sure that my box will stand in the kitchen counter.
For the actual recipe cards I used decorated Graphic 45 square tags. I love using tags they are so easy to decorate!
I labeled my tags with the numbers 1 thru 12. I wanted to include 12 recipes to make during Christmas.
I tied different ribbons on the top of the tags to make them more festive.
Here are some of the decorated tags.
In the back of the tag I inserted my typed recipes. Do not worry if you don’t have heirloom family recipes. I also used some of the ones that come in magazines or the ones you can get free at the supermarket. Those will look awesome too!
Giving out a handmade gift is so special. I truly believe that it is not what the gift cost but the attention and love that you put into it.
I hope that you have the most amazing holiday season! I will see you soon with more projects.
Hello everyone, and Happy Holidays! It’s the end of November and the holidays are fast approaching! It is finally time to start getting the presents ready to give out to our families and friends. In this post I wanted to share a quick and very inexpensive project that is a great gift to give out during this upcoming holiday season: altered frames using the Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland collection.
The idea came about when I saw these chipboard frames at my local Michael’s store. And to my surprise they were only $1.00! I picked up a few to alter into a mixed media project.
I painted my frames using regular craft paints. I picked black and gold colors as my base to make the images pop out more.
I used gesso, stencils and other mixed media mediums to add dimension my frames.
I used fuzzy cut images from the collection to decorate my frames. As you can see the Poinsettias are my absolute favorite image from this collection.
I adhered all my images using foam tape to add extra dimension.
I added other elements like wood pieces, gold stems and die cut leaves to add extra interest.
And here is the finished product!
I loved the result so much that created two different ones to give out as presents. I still can not decide yet which one is my favorite. For the first one I added a peace wood sign.
And for the second, I used a Merry Christmas wood shape.
In no time I had both my frames ready to give out as presents and they cost barely nothing! Thank you so much for reading and I will see you soon with more projects.
Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland paper collection
Chipboard Frames (Michaels)
Gesso and mediums (Prima)
Hello and happy Halloween in advance! I wanted to share my latest completed project: a redo of my Steampunk Spells Halloween album.
This project has a little bit of a sad story. About five years ago I completed a different album using this collection, which was one of my most cherished albums. One day the album suffered water damage while stored in my original craft room. I was devastated, but still kept the album and decided to one day return it to its glory. This past year after becoming Brand Ambassador for Graphic 45 I finally decided to redo my album, but it was a little complicated. The Steampunk Spells collection is now retired, very popular, and hard to find, but I was able to find a few papers from the collection from a seller online, and then added some other papers from my stash to start the process of making my album again.
Luckily for me the cover of the album was barely damaged and just by using some extra fuzzy cut pieces it was completed. I just had to refresh some of the images that I had used as charms on the spine.
Now the inside pages were in bad shape so I had to start making them almost from scratch. At first I watched the original video of how my album was made and tried to replicate it. Almost immediately I had to change strategy and begin with a new set of pages, as I noticed how much my techniques had changed throughout the years.
I started adding flaps, inserts and pockets. Little by little my album started taking shape.
It is always the amazing Graphic 45 images that get my imagination going.
I did a lot of fuzzy cutting on this album, and most of the images are mounted on chipboard to get different dimensions.
Nowadays there are also more products available that made the making of these albums easier. For my pockets I made different tags with the new die tag sets from Graphic 45. Each tag is different and special on its own.
I just used simple images cut from the papers and mounted them on chipboard.
The Halloween tittle I made using a cut from my Silhouette.
It hard to show on the pictures but these tags are three dimensional. Every element has its own level.
Each tag is stored in different pages and pockets through the album.
Sometimes they do double duty and help to secure my pages.
In no time my album was completed and luckily I still have the original pictures saved in my computer so I can reprint them again.
I hope that you liked this project and I wish you a Happy Halloween in advance!
Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Collection (retired)
Graphic 45 regular tag set die (Regular die set)
Graphic 45 square tag die (Square die set)
Polka dot paper (Joann)
Thank you so much for reading.