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Altered Art Box & Album - Gloria Stengel 2019-2020 Introduction

Posted by Graphic 45 06/14/2019 17 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Home Decor,Tutorials,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

 Happy Friday crafty friends!  Today we are thrilled to introduce you to a long time G45 Family Member, and Master of Paper, Gloria Stengel!  Gloria has created a breathtaking Altered Art Box and Mini Album for our #G45Selfie - June Challenge.  These black and red projects highlight our new Love Notes paper collection along with a few other matching fan favorite paper collections that have been discontinued.  So pick out a color theme grab some papers and create along with this handy step by step video tutorial.  


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Gloria Stengel - USA
2019-2020 Brand Ambassador


“Hello, there! My name is Gloria Stengel and I am an east coast transplant to the San Diego, California area, where I've lived for the past 14 years. I have been married to Matt for almost 32 years and we have three (mostly) grown children. We were a homeschooling family for 18 years, but now the youngest is in college and the older two are working post-college careers. Now, I have so much more time for playing with paper!


I started rubber stamping in 1991 and scrapbooking in 1996, but have been a paper lover (and hoarder) all my life. I have been designing for scrapbooking companies, stores, and blogs since 2006, and I was lucky enough to work with Graphic 45 for over 6 years. I have been "on a break" for about 2 1/2 years, but I am overjoyed to be back with my G45 family! Ever since I saw Times Nouveau back in 2009, my first love has always been Graphic 45!


I try to spend time in my studio every day, even if it's just to clean and organize. I think I love to organize almost as much as I love creating with paper! I especially enjoy making cards as they were the second paper craft I tried - the first being making paper dolls out of catalogs, wallpaper samples, and old wrapping paper...when I was about five years old! My second love is mini albums. I like to mix paper collections for my mini albums, and add lots of flip-outs, tuck spots, and tags! I so enjoy making tags, and the bigger the tag the better! I occasionally make scrapbook layouts and mixed media projects, if I have time in between making cards and minis!  


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Love Notes Altered Box and Mini Album - #G45Selfie

By Gloria Stengel


Hello, Graphic 45 Fans! I am excited to share my first project as part of the 2019-2020 Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador Team! I was given the challenge to create a “selfie” - a self-portrait project that reflects my style uses my favorite paper medium, and shows off my current go-to technique. I did not have to think very hard to come up with a project!



My favorite style is to layer lots of prints together, and to mix and match paper collections! Graphic 45 Collections always mix well together, making it easy to pull out a stash of papers and create something wonderful.


My favorite medium is making mini albums, and of course, my favorite go-to technique it to make mini albums from scratch! I love to create mini albums and boxes in which to store them more than any other type of paper crafting! Yes, even more than making cards!

This box and album project is paper and chipboard! I always love a black, red, cream, and ivory color palette. I am more drawn to the dark, rich colors than to pastels. I love clean lines, lots of layering, and as many pockets, flaps, and tuck spots as I can fit in one small space.



I used the Love Notes Collection, plus some bits of the Mon Amour, Curtain Call, Cityscapes, and Nature Sketchbook Collections to create this lovely altered book box and matching mini album. This project makes my heart sing!



This beautiful altered box can be used to store the matching album, or it can be used to store jewelry, love notes, phone chargers, or whatever you wish!



The top of the box contains some lovely paper flowers, Graphic 45 Matte Pearl Gems, and bits of ephemera. The Graphic 45 stickers, tags and pockets, and ephemera cards make wonderful decorations for the project. By layering everything, even a few items can make a big impact!


Tip: Attach stickers to cardstock or chipboard to add more dimension.



There is even a tiny love letter charm tucked under the red rosebud!


The matching album is 4 ¼” tall, 6 ¼” wide, and has a 2” spine. This sweet mini is perfect for recording a special anniversary, engagement party, or other romantic and music-themed events. The album holds 4x6 photos perfectly, and contains nine (9) pages of pockets, flip outs, and tuck spots.


Tip: When using a tape runner to attach my paper to the album pages or covers, I also add a dot of glue to each paper corner, and around any loose edges. This way, excessive handling of the book won’t cause the paper to lift.



Each page is ready for photos, journaling, or ephemera cards.



Tip: To add extra dimension to fussy cut elements, place them face down on a foam mat and gently burnish the reverse side with a ball stylus. This will raise or “puff” the areas of the image that you rubbed with the stylus. Place foam adhesive or scrap chipboard under the raised areas, then attach the images to your project.



The box is a Graphic 45 Regular Book Box, which comes with three Regular tags and a binding ring. (I used the tags as part of my album, but I stashed the binding ring for later use.) I used a tutorial by G45 Special Projects Designer Annette Green (found HERE) to add a base to my box. The base makes it a bit easier to attach the Graphic 45 Antique Brass Claw Feet to this style of box. Adding a base or platform to your box projects gives them an extra bit of flair!


To see all of the pages of the album, plus close-ups of the box, view the following walkthrough video.


Video Tour:


Graphic 45 Love Notes Altered Box and Mini Album Walk-through


I created the mini album from scratch using chipboard and cardstock. To see how to create your own album, view the Tutorial Video below.


Video Tutorial:



Graphic 45 Love Notes Altered Box and Mini Album Tutorial


I hope you enjoyed my very first project for the 2019-2020 year! I sure had fun making it!



Graphic 45 Supply List:

Book Box-Kraft

Regular Tags—Black

Artist Trading Tags—Black

Matte Pearl Gems

Antique Brass Ornate Metal Keys

Antique Brass Claw Feet

Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies

Regular Tag & Gears Dies

Square Tag & Clock Dies



Thanks for joining me today!”



How wonderful was that album and box?!?  It is amazing to be surrounded by so much talent.  We want to thank Gloria for sharing those tips, tour, and tutorial.  Be sure to leave your love and warm welcomes in the comments below.  Big thanks to you as well for stopping by the blog!  We hope you have a creative and fun weekend!  


Happy Papercrafting!

17 Comment(s)

Sharon Gullikson:
06/14/2019, 10:14:48 AM

What beautiful projects. The box for love notes would be a great gift to make for an engaged couple....I have seen your work for many years---I enjoyed reading about you on this blog. Thank you for sharing your work. s

Gloria Stengel:
06/14/2019, 01:26:51 PM

Thank you for the lovely comment.

Amy Green:
06/14/2019, 12:29:27 PM

Beautiful box and album! Gloria did a great job. Thank you for all of the tips too!

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:10:12 AM

You are very welcome! Thanks for the lovely comment.

Cheryl Wells:
06/14/2019, 12:39:56 PM

Absolutely stunning combo - this collection is so beautiful and worked perfectly for your project - beautiful work!!

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:10:43 AM

This is a stunning paper collection, for sure! I cannot wait to make more things with it!

Sue MacFall:
06/14/2019, 12:47:09 PM

What wonderful projects. You are very talented and I love your work and the videos and tips you give us. Thank you.

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:11:31 AM

Thanks, Sue! I am happy you enjoyed the project, even with all my technical difficulty with my videos! I have that sorted now..I hope! ;)

Martie Rollin:
06/14/2019, 01:03:18 PM

I have spent a delightful morning watching Gloria's videos.Her narratives are so easy to follow! I know I'll be able to include page features tht she has demonstrated. LOVE that LOVE NOTES and MON AMOUR fit together so well. Lovely projects!

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:12:44 AM

Oh, thank you! I am happy you were able to follow the videos, with all the troubles I had! mean sometimes! I really enjoy finding collections that work together! That is my happy place!

Sue D:
06/14/2019, 01:15:07 PM

Gloria's projects are always beautiful!

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:13:03 AM

Thank you, dear Sue!

06/14/2019, 01:31:03 PM

I have been a subscriber to Gloria's blog for years. She makes such beautiful creative projects I love seeing her designs. She also has fantastic tutorials that I enjoy following.

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:13:48 AM

Thanks, Traci! It is wonderful to have many long-time followers still visiting!

Mieke Goossens van Muijden:
06/14/2019, 01:46:54 PM

Dear Gloria, what a joy to see your project with our beloved G45 papers. Although I love sheats where I can find measurements, I sure am going to try this just by looking at it.....Love it, as always! (only have o buy the Love Notes colletion LOL) Love Mieke

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:14:45 AM

Thanks, Mieke! I will try to make time to do some projects with full measurements. But since I find that part boring...I tend to avoid doing it. hee hee

Ellen Haydon:
06/14/2019, 02:44:48 PM

Gloria, I love the way you put "stuff" together to make some of the most beautiful projects. I like the different papers that you use through out. Thank you for the tutorial and sharing. Ellen from Phoenix

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:15:18 AM

Thanks, Ellen! I sure do love to jumble things up! ;)

Annette Green:

I have been a big Gloria fan for a long time, and therefore am thrilled she’s back! Thanks for the shout-out on the box base, Gloria. Your project is absolutely beautiful! (As always) Can’t wait to see what lovely creations you come up with this year.

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:16:25 AM

The feeling is mutual, Annette! I hope you don't mind that I copied your base idea, because...well, you did the math already and I did not have to give myself fits with trial and error!

Bev Drake:
06/14/2019, 02:55:04 PM

Gorgeous album & box all obviously made with love & great care. Love your work Gloria.

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:16:45 AM

Thank you so much!

Norma Robnett:
06/14/2019, 03:51:29 PM

Dear Gloria, I am absolutely thrilled that you are back with Graphic 45! I have always loved your projects...Welcome back!

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:17:17 AM

I am thrilled, too! I will lobby to stay forever, and ever. ;)

Donna Kauffman:
06/14/2019, 04:23:22 PM,

Just beautiful, Gloria! I love both pieces separately and together. You always inspire me! :)

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:18:07 AM

Thanks, Donna! I know the new team will make lovely things this year! I am in awe of all of you! I am so happy to be on the team with so many amazing artists!

Vanessa LeClear:
06/14/2019, 06:00:06 PM

What a beautiful album and box! Can’t wait to see more of your projects this year, Gloria!

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:18:31 AM

Thank you so very much!! I am also looking forward to the year!

Judy Phillips:
06/14/2019, 06:10:30 PM

Wow - I love these projects - they are so beautiful! I love Love Notes!

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:18:56 AM

Thank you! Love Notes is right up with with my list of FAVORITES!!

Lynn Harrell:
06/14/2019, 06:24:16 PM

Fabulous project. The album is jam packed with so many places to put things. You are an inspiration to all of

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:19:43 AM

I sure love all my pockets and flaps and tuck spots! Maybe one day I will actually add photos to one of these day...maybe. hee hee

Sharon Hastings:
06/14/2019, 07:23:13 PM

This turned out so beautiful

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:20:13 AM

Thank you! It has pride of place in my craft room so I can gaze at it all day! ;)

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