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#SimplyG45 - DIY Desk Organizer

Posted by Graphic 45 01/09/2019 27 Comment(s) Home Decor,Tutorials,Altered Art,#SimplyG45,


Hello, G45ers!

 Are you looking to get organized for 2019?  Maybe just looking for a fun 'off the page' project?  Well, we have a fantastic blog post for you, featuring a #SimplyG45 - Flutter Desktop Organizer by the wonderful and talented, Glenys Vidal.  Glenys has repurposed some cardboard and scraps and turned them into a beautiful and functional storage piece, all decorated with our Flutter paper collection.  This piece is perfect for storing all your Crafting Staples and tools.  


#SimplyG45 - Flutter Desktop Organizer

By Glenys Vidal


Hello, G45ers and Happy New Year! I am so happy to share with you my first project for 2019. Right away, I knew without a doubt that it had to be a project using the new G45 Flutter collection. This project is a #SimplyG45 project that can be completed using just free materials, cardstock and two or three papers from any collection you want to use.



It has been a kind of tradition of mine to start the new year by decluttering. That means decluttering my craft room, putting away all of my home’s holiday decor, and unpacking new items for the next season. It’s hard work, but getting this done at the beginning of the year gives me so much inspiration to start working on new projects again!


At the same time unpacking new products means new needs for storage, and to me they have to be pretty to look at! Today I am sharing with you a very easy and almost free desktop organizer for your crafty goodies.



I wanted to have an organizer that I can use to hold all my fabulous Graphic 45 products on hand as I am working on projects. This organizer holds most of them. The larger compartment holds tags, dies, stamps sets, and policy envelopes. In the second compartment it holds scissors, inks and stamp blocks. Talk about having everything on hand!



The organizer is made out of an old box (free) and has a size of 2” X 8” x 4”. To make your own, you will need to cut a total of six pieces from the box or use chipboard instead (one in 4”x 8”, two in 2”x 8” and two in 2”x 4”.



I used black Scotch tape to hold the pieces together and then proceeded to make two dividers for my box. I used heavy cardstock for these dividers. There’s no need to use chipboard as they will be attached later on to the heavier base.




And then the fun begins – decorating my box! I loved using all the floral papers from this collection and then mixing them with coordinating papers from the pattern and solids paper pad.



I used a few metal embellishments I had from previous projects to decorate my box. I also used a Tim Holtz metal pull and a Graphic 45 label from one of the papers.



I am really happy with the result and can’t wait to start using my box while working on my upcoming projects.


Thank you so much for reading!”



Graphic 45 Products:

Flutter 8x8 Paper Pad

Flutter 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad



Just amazing what you can do with scraps and odds and ends from around the house.  We hope we have encouraged you to look at your recycling with a second glance and turn it into something beautiful and functional.  Big thanks to Glenys for sharing this tutorial, and to you for joining us here on the blog.  Be sure to leave your love in the comments below, and as always...


Happy Papercrafting!

27 Comment(s)

Gayle M Hocking:
01/09/2019, 12:11:03 PM

What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing this useful idea. The Graphic 45 papers make this not only useful but beautiful too

01/09/2019, 12:51:23 PM

Fabulous desk tidy! I already have one I made last year but I may just make another one!

Sue MacFall:
01/09/2019, 12:55:10 PM

I love this collection - am still just at the admiring it stage and haven't used it yet but this tutorial is great.

Bev Drake:
01/09/2019, 01:04:26 PM

An excellent idea which looks good too! Great to use up odd bits which seem to accumulate.

Ellen Haydon:
01/09/2019, 01:31:16 PM

I love this idea for the organizer. It takes so little time to make and depending on the papers that you use it can be masculine, any holiday cheer or anything that delights the eye.

01/09/2019, 02:25:36 PM

Pretty G45 papers and box Glenys! Thanks for sharing the idea and tutorial.

Sue D:
01/09/2019, 02:41:49 PM

This would look lovely on my desk.

Traci Spencer:
01/09/2019, 02:44:20 PM

Gorgeous work - thank you for sharing such detailed and helpful steps for the project!!

Martie Rollin:
01/09/2019, 02:44:49 PM

Flutter is such a lovely collection...cheerful colors and beautiful images. Lovely and useful project!

She Fowl:
01/09/2019, 03:56:10 PM

Great idea...need to make me a couple of these.

01/09/2019, 04:09:59 PM,

How sweet is that! I have made a couple of desk organizers, using a tissue box as the base and gluing in several other empty boxes (ie cereal box, soap and vanilla boxes) and an empty tin to hold pens and such. This one is so pretty; I just adore the Flutter collection!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Truly a piece of art.

Nancy Probst:
01/09/2019, 04:21:05 PM

Oh my gosh! I have got to make that for my desk. I'm looking at blah old file folders right now. That would be so lovely to look at all day. Thank you so much for sharing!

Chrystal Klem:
01/09/2019, 04:22:08 PM

What a beautiful creation! Love this paper so much.

01/09/2019, 04:54:54 PM

Such an awesome idea and beautifully done with the papers & ephemera used.

Vanessa LeClear:
01/09/2019, 08:08:27 PM

What a beautiful organizer! Thanks for sharing the details!

Glenda Buster:
01/09/2019, 08:12:23 PM

Love this beautiful organizer. Functional and so pretty to display!

Debbie Siddle:
01/10/2019, 06:30:32 AM

Oh I think I could do with a desk organiser myself. Thank you for the tutorial x

Dorothy McCarthy:
01/10/2019, 06:35:19 AM,

Amazing!!! Thank you for sharing!

Sandra Featherston:
01/10/2019, 07:48:06 AM

What a terrific idea! And it is so pretty.

Arianna Barbara:
01/10/2019, 08:41:22 AM

Beautiful organizer!!! Love this project!!!

Anne McIntosh:
01/10/2019, 11:19:21 AM

What a great project. My mantra...reuse, recycle! Love making things out of "discardibles" and beautiful G45 paper! thank you G45 and Glenys!

01/10/2019, 11:36:53 AM

The new year is the best time to get organised and this fabulous project will certainly help to do that! Unique and inspiring.

Diane Fountain:
01/10/2019, 11:59:39 AM

Beautiful and practical ! Love it!!!

Gerry Wolfe:
01/10/2019, 12:25:11 PM

Great idea. Love the idea of recycling products. I’m going to make myself one.

Lynn Harrell:
01/10/2019, 04:48:55 PM

Terrific idea. Love when I can recycle boxes and believe me I have a ton of them with all the Christmas deliveries. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful desk organizer.

Dawn DeBlois:
01/10/2019, 10:59:46 PM

This is flaming BRILLIANT and should resolve my machine's tool storage concerns. Thanks much!

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