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Papercrafting Tips to Creating a Purr-fect Album & Box

Posted by Graphic 45 03/22/2019 27 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Home Decor,


Hello, G45ers!

 Grab your umbrella because it is Raining Cats & Dogs today on the Graphic 45 blog.  To inspire your albums for our March Challenge we have a purr-fect Tag & Pocket Album that is housed beautifully in a Matchbook Box by the ever so talented, Tanya Cloete.  This project features our Raining Cats & Dogs - Deluxe Collector’s Edition and an array of G45 Staples.  So pull out your favorite papers and scissors, and let the creative fun begin!  


#G45Album Raining Cats & Dogs
Matchbook Box Album

By Tanya Cloete


“Hello, dear G45ers! Happy to share with you my #G45Album project this month featuring the adorable Raining Cats & Dogs DCE teamed up with the Graphic 45 Matchbook Box Staples. These G45 boxes are really super awesome and so versatile. Love how easy the Rectangle Tag and Pocket Album fits into this super cute box!


Here with the Supplies and Instructions, you may use to recreate such a project:


Graphic 45 Supplies:


Other Supplies:

  • Various Dies
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Metal Embellishments, Chain & Ball Chain
  • Resin Embellishments
  • Black Gesso
  • Soft Matte Gel
  • Gold Metallique Wax
  • Hole Punch
  • Gold Rhinestones
  • Acetate
  • Eyelet
  • Elastic Loop
  • Metal Handle
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Adhesive Foam Squares


Mat the matchbook box both the outside and inside with the pattern sheets. You can use your own discretion when measuring, I normally leave a small border so that I can still see a bit of the box. Make sure not to cover the window of the box. Add some washi tape on the front and on the side of the box.


Tip: Add the washi tape to the matted strips first before adhering to the box.


Remove the metal plate on the spine of the album and then mat both the outside and inside covers as well as all the pages with the pattern sheets. Once again you can use your own discretion when measuring, I normally leave a small border for show.


Cut a few frames for the photos using a frame cutting die (optional).


Mat the ivory tags with the accompanying metal dies using the pattern sheets. I have added some extra trading and square tags these can also be matted with the metal dies mentioned in the supply list.


Fussy cut some elements from the collection. Some will be used for decoration and others inserted in the pockets of the album.


Cut a few flowers from the pattern sheets and watercolor paper. Layer one or two of the pattern flowers on top of the watercolor flower.



For the center of the flower use a hole punch and punch small circles from the pattern strips and buttons on the sticker sheet.


Tip: Using the sticker sheet to punch the holes, you don't have to add glue to it you can just stick it in the center of the flower.


Tip: I always keep all the die cuts, embellishments and any extras in a tray on a project I am working on or going to work on. This makes it easier if everything is kept together as you go.


I added a handle to the box, it had a marble-like center which I did not like that much and it also did not match the colours of the collection. So I decided to paint it, I covered it with some G45 washi tape and then painted the entire handle with black gesso. I then lightly dry brushed it with some gold metallic wax. I then added two of the shabby chic metal brads on the sides.


Tip: Adding washi tape to the handle gives it a cool crinkle effect because the surface is not even and it stands out when painted and dry brushed.





I added the white metal plate (which I removed from the album) to the side of the box. I added two metal brads where the holes were. I also added a door plate and chipboard embellishment underneath.


Tip: Cut a little pattern piece from one of the pictures on the cover of the paper pack. Add to the metal plate.


Paint some of the resin embellishments with black gesso, lightly dry brush them with gold metallic wax.

Add a piece of acetate sheet behind the window of the box. Decorate the rest of the box with fussy cut elements, chipboard embellishments, stickers, and metal pieces, adhere these with adhesive foam squares.


Tip: Adding some acetate to the window of the box will protect the album cover when sliding it in and out.




Add the photo frames and decorate each page of the album with washi tape, die cut elements, flowers, chipboard embellishments, and stickers.


Tip: Adhere some double-sided tape to only three sides of the photo frame thus making it easy to slide in a photo from the side.




Cut a strip from the pattern sheets to form a belly band (only adhere a small piece at the top and bottom of the strip so that you can insert some of the elements and slide them easily in and out). Add these to a few of the pages.


Adhere a piece of elastic loop to the back cover of the album with some die cuts and add an eyelet to keep it in place.


Tip: The elastic loop will help keep the album closed and it looks neat and tidy too.”








 What a wonderful way to kick off the weekend!  Please join us in the comments below by sending Tanya love for these wonderful tips and gorgeous eye candy.  We want to thank you as well for stopping by.  Be sure to carve out some creative time for yourself this weekend, and as always... 


Happy Papercrafting!  

27 Comment(s)

Vanessa LeClear:
03/22/2019, 01:04:55 PM

What a beautiful project! Thanks for the tutorial and helpful tips, Tanya!

Michele Lewis:
03/22/2019, 01:12:29 PM

I LOVE how you have put this collection together with such a wonderful album! Raining Cats and Dogs is perfect for creating that special album for our furbabies!

candy palencia:
03/22/2019, 01:20:11 PM

An Amazing looking album thanks for sharing your knowledge and craftiness with us all.

Martie Rollin:
03/22/2019, 01:44:15 PM

Raining Cats and Dogs is such a delightful collection! Love the colors and the images. LOVE the plaid prints!!!

Margaret R:
03/22/2019, 01:48:07 PM

I've been looking for an album design for my Raining Cats and Dogs collection - I think I just found it! Will be working on this this weekend!

03/22/2019, 02:13:10 PM

Wonderful album and box Tanya! Thanks for sharing your tips.

03/22/2019, 02:16:19 PM

I really appreciate the tips - especially the one about the Washi tape on the handle. Thank you.

Bev Drake:
03/22/2019, 02:24:31 PM

I love this tag & pocket album . Thank you Tanaya for the great tips & lovely presentation.

Diane Fountain:
03/22/2019, 02:27:53 PM

I always enjoy reading the great “Tips”. Very useful info in them!!

Sharon L Gullikson:
03/22/2019, 02:37:36 PM

I love how you used Raining Cats and Dogs. All of the metal pieces add so much. I have never seen the dog collar charm. I will have to try to find it.

Kate LeBlanc:
03/22/2019, 02:42:33 PM

Great job Tanya! Absolutely love the Raining Cats and Dogs collection and you brought it all to another level.

Barbara Daws:
03/22/2019, 02:49:21 PM

Love your design of this album! Raining Cats and Dogs is on of my favorite G45 collections. Beautiful work!

Dianne Hart:
03/22/2019, 03:12:57 PM

Totally awesome ❣️❣️❣️

She Fowl:
03/22/2019, 03:32:25 PM

What a great memory keeper of your it.

Susan Ashby:
03/22/2019, 03:34:45 PM

Love dogs, not so much cats. Love the idea. Would love to make using one of your other paper packages.

Carole Effting Lohr:
03/22/2019, 03:37:33 PM

This is a wonderful project FULL of great tips I can use on other projects as well. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara G.:
03/22/2019, 03:57:21 PM

Love your album & all the tips, Tanya. I also love the frames you used for the pet's pic. They add so much. Thank you.

Regina Harrison:
03/22/2019, 05:40:25 PM

I really love this. Thank you for sharing.

Sue D:
03/22/2019, 07:22:15 PM

Love this purr-fect album.

Dorothy McCarthy:
03/23/2019, 06:32:02 AM,

This is fantastic!!!

Sonja Van Laar:
03/23/2019, 06:41:50 PM

Very clever use of the elements and handles make it extra unique.

Ellen Haydon:
03/23/2019, 06:44:54 PM

Fantastic project for the Raining Cat's and Dog's! I just made an album for my husband for his birthday using this collection. He just loves it.

03/25/2019, 12:53:10 PM,

I love it, Tanya! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

Cath Grenier:
03/28/2019, 10:02:43 AM

Just it.

Stephanie Cook:
03/29/2019, 06:41:46 PM

I love all the layers of paper and with the hardware, it came together beautifully

Kate Charlebois:
11/20/2019, 06:32:25 PM

Love it! How did you remove the metal plate without destroying the book?

Jan Kennedy:
06/11/2020, 02:37:08 PM

Love this project! I love cats (have 2) and like dogs when they belong to someone else! (We have 2 grand dogs....) What a perfect memory keeper!

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