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Exploding Box with Mini Album - Teresa Cruz 2019-2020 Introduction

Posted by Graphic 45 06/25/2019 20 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Home Decor,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

   We are honored to introduce you to the incredibly talented Papercrafting Extraordinaire, Teresa Cruz aka Andor Violeta.  If you follow Graphic 45 on social media you may have seen a project or two by Teresa, she has been sharing her delightful work with us for a few years now through challenge entries and posting on our Graphic 45 Community page on Facebook.  For her first Brand Ambassador post, Teresa has created an Exploding Box and ATC Tag Mini Album using her first G45 paper collection, A Ladies’ DiaryThis #G45Selfie - June Challenge project really showcases Teresa's talents and love for Graphic 45 and we are thrilled to share it with you!


Teresa Cruz - Portugal

2019-2020 Brand Ambassador


“Hello everyone, I’m Teresa Cruz from Portugal, and this is my first time posting on Graphic 45 page, as a Brand Ambassador for 2019-2020. I’m so so so happy to be here, you already know this a Dream Team, so, my dream has come true. It’s also an honor to be the very first Portuguese to become G45 Brand Ambassador, I already receive so much love of so many people, that I only can say thank you everyone and thanks Graphic 45 family.


So let me introduce myself. I’m 34 years old, married to the best man ever, and we have two awesome kids, one with 5 years old and one with 4 months old. They are my big treasures and my inspiration!!


I knew the world of scrapbooking about in 2008 when I bought my first cutting machine. Back then I was finishing my studies to be a childhood educator, and I was immediately in love with all the creative possibilities of scrapbooking.


#G45Selfie - Exploding Box with Mini Album

By Teresa Cruz


Fun detail: My very first Graphic 45 paper (at least as I remember), was from A Ladies’ Diary Collection, and I only buy some of the papers back then because I didn’t realize that there were collection paper pads… and later on when I start to see and realized that I was in love with Graphic 45 papers just see some of my first papers that I cut for some random project…


I felt so upset that I wasted those papers (that were so difficult to find in my country, still are), that from that moment, whenever I bought Graphic papers I kept them for my more special projects, like a really G45Lover, right?!!


I think it’s time to just talk about my most favorite projects, and show you the project that I made that I think can represent me and my style.

It’s an Exploding Box that I made with my very first collection,  A Ladies’ Diary, that you can find now as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition.




I think everyone is like an exploding box, you see the exterior, but you never know what is inside, until you “open the box”.  




I just love to make 3D projects, layouts, mini albums, some mix-media, and altered/upcycled projects.


I like to add textures and some dimension, love to fussy cut and prefer the light colors.



Tip: You can see that I always add something to raise my fussy cut pieces. This gives you dimension, even in tiny projects.



I handmade this box to match the size of the ATC tags, that is just my favorite size.



Here you have the tutorial, with guidelines and tips, for you to make this project.


Video Tutorial:


Flip Through and Tutorial #G45Selfie Exploding Box for Graphic 45


To create this project, I use these Graphic 45 products.


Graphic 45 Supply List:

A Ladies Diary—Deluxe Collector's Edition

Artist Trading Tags–Ivory

Rose Bouquet Collection—Classic Ivory & Natural Linen

Architecture Washi Tape - Gloss Gold

Architecture Washi Tape - Gloss Black

Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Venetian Lace



You also can substitute:

The ivory cardstock for the Architecture Washi Tape

The Distress oxide for the Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Venitian Lace

Thanks for stopping by, I wish you a very artistic day…


~Teresa Cruz


Looking for more fun?  Check out Teresa's first G45 Brand Ambassador unboxing video.


Unboxing Video:



Unboxing my First Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador Box of goodies by Teresa Cruz



What a wonderful way to start the year!   We want to extend our gratitude to Teresa for this elegant box, mini album, and the video tutorial.  Please help us welcome Teresa to the G45 family in the comments below.  Have a wonderful day, thank you for joining us on the blog, and as always... 


Happy Papercrafting!


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20 Comment(s)

Vanessa LeClear:
06/25/2019, 11:54:15 AM

Welcome, Teresa! Thank you for sharing the tutorial for your beautiful project. I look forward to seeing more of your creations!

Gloria Stengel:
06/25/2019, 12:05:28 PM,

Teresa, this is stunning. I love tags and tag albums. And I love boxes...this is the perfect marriage! I am in awe of your talent! Welcome to the team!!! PS - I am a confirmed G45 collector! I have easy access to the paper, and the funds to buy more, and I still hoard it and parcel it out carefully. hee hee I do not want to ever run out of any of the collections. I have only a few sheets left of one or two collections, so I just hoard it. :)

Adelaide Mesquita:
06/25/2019, 12:07:06 PM,

Parabéns Teresa por um óptimo trabalho!

Adelaide Mesquita:
06/25/2019, 12:09:34 PM,

Ficou um conjunto fantástico. Uma vez mais os meus parabéns.

Susan Steele:
06/25/2019, 12:23:29 PM

Wow Teresa!!! This is just absolutely gorgeous!!! Luv your details with the Graphic 45 papers!

Sharon L Gullikson:
06/25/2019, 01:05:10 PM

That is one of the few G45 paper collections I don't have. I'm glad that you featured it. I like how you added the postage stamps from the collection, and flowers. They go so well with the papers. You do wonderful work, and I am always happy to read about people from other countries.

Jan Kennedy:
06/25/2019, 01:23:56 PM

Nice work, Teresa!

Bev Drake:
06/25/2019, 01:29:30 PM

Beautiful project with superb papers & one of my favourite collections. I would love to have more of these gorgeous papers .Your fussy cutting is fantastic Teresa & look forward to seeing more of your work.

Jean Marmo:
06/25/2019, 01:32:16 PM

Stunning and creative

Kathy/North arolina:
06/25/2019, 02:05:21 PM, Http://

Teresa has such a beautiful feminine style. I love her use of dimension and fussy cutting! We are in for a real treat having her on the g45 team this year!

06/25/2019, 02:33:40 PM

Gorgeous!! And I love this beautiful collection of ladies you have used.

Barbara G.:
06/25/2019, 03:56:10 PM

Welcome, Teresa. Love your design of this beautiful collection. Look forward to more of your creations!!!

Bev Bloomfield- Canada:
06/25/2019, 04:06:17 PM

Very pretty, love the collection and thanks for sharing. I love Graphic 45 paper as well.Love how Teresa used the flowers for the top to give a great dimension and love the fussy cutting it just adds so much to the design.

Dawn Belger:
06/25/2019, 04:09:29 PM

How glorious♥️

Annette Green:
06/25/2019, 04:41:06 PM,

I'm becoming a BIG fan of Teresa and her wonderful projects! This explosion box is a great example why. I love it!! Welcome Teresa!

Paula R:
06/25/2019, 04:45:46 PM

Beautiful Project!!! Welcome to the team.

Sue D:
06/25/2019, 06:17:55 PM

FAbulous. Love the tags.

Carla Hundley:
06/25/2019, 11:21:57 PM

Amazing creation! Love the pages. Carla from Utah

Martie Rollin:
06/26/2019, 12:43:15 AM

A Ladies' Diary has the softest colors that are so pleasing on the eyes. Nice choice for your first Brand Ambassador project. Well done!

Kate LeBlanc:
06/26/2019, 03:29:02 AM

Your exploding box is so pretty. I love how you made the tags. Fantastic job!!

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