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Tips to Creating Off the Page Projects

Posted by Graphic 45 01/10/2019 28 Comment(s) Home Decor,Tutorials,

Hello, G45ers!

 Are you looking to try something new, like an off the page project?  Well, we have just the project for you, a Blooming Garden Altered Art Box and a Money Gift Envelope.  Both of these outstanding projects have been created by the Aleksandra Mihelič, a regular papercrafting wizard.  Aleksandra has used our Flutter paper collection, ATC Book Box, and Lion Knocker to create this beautiful floral garden.  So get out your fine tipped scissors and let's get ready to do some fussy cutting!


“Blooming Garden” Altered Box and Money Gift Envelope Tutorial

By Aleksandra Mihelič


“Hello, again dear Graphic 45 friends. Let me first wish to you all a Happy Year 2019, full of beautiful memories, blessings, and prosperity. 2018 was kind of bittersweet for me. Although some of my Big Dreams came true (including becoming a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador) there were some really sad and tragic moments to bear. I’m really hoping that the new year would avoid as many of such moments as possible. Anyway, here I am again with my first inspiration in this year. I decided to use one of the gorgeous Graphic 45 collections that I haven’t had the opportunity to work with yet - the Flutter Collection. It is simply amazing. I altered an ATC G45 Box and made a Blooming Garden with a Water Fountain.




TIP 1: These gorgeous Door Knockers can be used as various things not only limited to Doors :) I here used the Majestic Lion’s Head for a Fountain. Always try to find interesting and unordinary used for your supplies! Amazing things can come out of it!


TIP 2: I love to add “water” to my projects. You can use various things to create water - from Clear Resin, to Glossy Accents, but the easiest way is to use Hot Glue. You can add some Blue Color to make it look more like water or if you use it on top of the paper, you can also use Blue colored paper underneath.



TIP 3: Pay attention to details. Those are the ones that makes the project outstanding! Little flowers, Raindrops on petals, lots of small Butterflies and LadyBugs fluttering arround,...



This beautiful Box is perfect for a gift to someone you love and cherish, so I also made a Money Gift Envelope to go along and this one comes with a video tutorial”.



I used a black Square Policy Envelope and put some patterned paper from the collection on top. Then I used some big Flutter Ephemera cards - one for the Focal image and few others to cut out some pieces to make some 3D embellishments on top of the Envelope. It makes the project more dynamic and interesting.



I used some Square cards that were leftovers from one of my Mixed Media Square Boxes that I altered in the past and made an Envelope insert.

Video Tutorial: 

[Tutorial] Money Gift Envelope for Graphic 45 by Aleksandra Mihelič


Supply list for the “Blooming Garden” Altered Box
and Money Gift Envelope

ATC Book Box—Kraft

Policy Envelopes—Square Black

Antique Brass Door Knockers

Flutter 12x12 Collection Pack

Flutter 8x8 Paper Pad

Flutter Stickers

Flutter Ephemera Cards

Rose Bouquet Collection—Bon Voyage & French Blue



I Hope you liked my inspiration and tutorial. I’m wishing you a nice and crafty day ahead and see you soon again.



Hugs, ~Aleksandra


We hope you enjoyed these two projects and papercrafting tips!  Be sure to pull out your stash and have a bit of creative fun today.  We want to extend our gratitude to Aleksandra for spreading the G45 love, and to you for being such a wonderful part of our community.  Be sure to leave a comment below, and as always....


Happy Papercrafting!

28 Comment(s)

Diane F:
01/10/2019, 12:08:05 PM

Fabulous project! The "water" is absolutely amazing!!!

Diane Shull:
01/10/2019, 12:18:49 PM,

WoW! This project is Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your Amazing talent with us.

Barbara Millar:
01/10/2019, 12:23:31 PM

Quite a unique project looks like it was a lot of fun to make , lovely

Anne McIntosh:
01/10/2019, 12:31:50 PM

She's done it again! What inspiration that fountain! Amazing, especially with the Flutterby collection! Thank you!

Bev Drake:
01/10/2019, 12:34:07 PM

It is wonderful to see all these incredible project ideas your designers show on this blog. They are truly amazing & the water is very spectacular in Aleksandra ‘s box. The G45 love has certainly spread my way.

Gayle M Hocking:
01/10/2019, 12:35:51 PM

Simply outstanding! What a glorious use for these beautiful papers!

She Fowl:
01/10/2019, 12:51:33 PM

Love the garden box...the fountain is amazing. And will have to make some money holders for gifts as I give money to all my adult relatives. Thank you for the inspiration.

Regina Harrison:
01/10/2019, 12:51:51 PM

This box is so pretty. I love all the details.

Jean Marmo:
01/10/2019, 01:09:28 PM

I have no idea how to come up with projects like this!!!

Rebecca Rosas:
01/10/2019, 01:15:46 PM

What an outstanding and ambitious project! I'd love to know how Aleksandra got the flowing "water" part of her fountain to maintain its shape.

Sue MacFall:
01/10/2019, 01:17:45 PM

What a lot of tips and help to make these fabulous projects. Thank you so much.

Arianna Barbara:
01/10/2019, 01:21:18 PM

Oh my! This project is insane!!! Stunning fountain!!!

Diane Fountain:
01/10/2019, 01:37:52 PM

Wow! What creativity!!

01/10/2019, 01:41:51 PM

Amazingly creative! Your fountain is so unique & so beautiful. Thank you for the tips.

01/10/2019, 02:14:02 PM

Wow, the water feature is just incredible!! Stunning projects.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Love everything I see here, what a jaw-dropping project!

Sue D:
01/10/2019, 03:45:25 PM

Wow--I am speechless!

01/10/2019, 03:53:38 PM

I just read about the sneak peaks which are starting next week. I know the new collections will be amazing & I am really excited to see them!

01/10/2019, 04:06:26 PM

Wow!! That fountain is mind blowing! Incredible idea! Oh & the rest of the project is stunning too!

Ellen Haydon:
01/10/2019, 04:38:56 PM

This is just the best project. It is just beautiful and thank you so much for the tips for making water. Way to go!!!!

claudia machen:
01/10/2019, 05:48:00 PM

The water is amazing. I love the fountain. I love the whole thing! Amazing!

01/10/2019, 05:59:39 PM

Wow~ totally inspiring and it's so beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Martie Rollin:
01/10/2019, 08:29:17 PM

Lovely projects! Well done!

Debbie Siddle:
01/11/2019, 05:39:17 AM

What a novel idea. Amazing x

Linda Stenzel:
01/12/2019, 05:40:26 AM

You are extremely creative and talented! Thank you for sharing your gifts!

Dorothy McCarthy:
01/12/2019, 06:56:05 AM,

So very cool!!

Teresa Trump:
01/13/2019, 08:37:07 AM

Phenomenal project; extremely creative.

Erica H:
01/31/2019, 10:45:22 AM

I thought the tutorial would have showed HOW to make water with hot glue. Please provide an update! Would love to see this technique.

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