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Steampunk Book Box & Album

Posted by Graphic 45 12/26/2018 39 Comment(s) Mini Albums,


Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to the Graphic 45 blog.  We encourage you to pull out your metal dies, papers and try out one of the handy tips featured here.  The amazing Book Box & Tag Album has been created by our talented Brand Ambassador, Tanya Cloete.  Tanya has used our Steampunk Debutante paper collection, Book BoxRegular Tag Staples, and Regular Tag & Gears Dies to create this memory keeping masterpiece.  


Steampunk Debutante Book Box

By Tanya Cloete


Hello, dear G45ers! Happy to share with you my #SimplyG45 project for this month featuring the awesome Steampunk Debutante DCE! I have also used the Graphic 45 Book Box Staples. I just love these boxes they are lovely to create with and so versatile. Love that they come with adorable tags too! I have used lots of cutting dies and mixed media products to put this all together.


Herewith the Supplies and Instructions you may use to recreate such a project:


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Steampunk Debutante - Deluxe Collector's Edition

Book Box (4.625 in x 6.625) (Back in stock!)

Regular Tag and Gear Dies

Antique Brass Stamped Metal Brads

Antique Brass Door Knockers

Antique Brass Ornate Metal Key Holes

Color Box Decades Ink Robin's Egg

Color Box Decades Ink Dark Cashmere


Other Supplies:

Various Dies

Distress Ink (Ground Espresso)

String and Gauze

Seam Binding


Foam Board

Foam Squares/Adhesive

Rust Paste

Icing Paste


Embossing Powders (Caesar's Gold & Merci Beaucoup Mint)

Sequins and Rhinestones

Glossy Accents/Soft Gloss Gel


Ink the edges of the book box with distress ink.


Cut pieces from the pattern sheets to fit the box leaving a small border for each. Ink the edges with distress ink.

Tip: Leaving a border will show off the beautifully inked edges of the book box.


Cut 3 tags to mat the kraft tags using the G45 tag die. Add a mixed media textured die to the tags and cut.


Tip: Use masking tape to keep the die in place, thus making sure it stays in the position you want it.


Cut a few die cut shapes and Ink the edges with distress ink.


Ink the edges of the chipboard elements with distress ink. Add eyelets to the holes of the mini tags.


Create your own crinkle ribbon. Colour some seam binding with G45 color box inks randomly.


Tip: Add 2 different colours to your craft sheet and spray some water onto it. Then drag the ribbon through the mixture and scrunch it together. Leave to dry or dry with a heating tool.


Cut a few gear shapes from chipboard and colour with rust pastes.


Emboss the chipboard pieces with 2colours embossing ink.


Tip: Emboss the complete piece with one colour first and then randomly add the other colour and heat it again.


Add some icing paste to the box using a stencil.


Add gauze, string, die cut elements, metal embellishments and sequins on the cover of the box.


Add rhinestones to the lion's eyes of the brass door knocker.


Tear some pieces of cloth randomly and add to the inside of the box.


Adhere the die cut pieces with foam board.


Addstring to the mini chipboard tag elements.


Mat the stickers onto the pattern sheets and adhere with foam squares/adhesive.” ~Tanya


How thrilling!  We want you to join us in the comments below to thank Tanya for sharing this box, album, and tips to fuel our creative engines.  We extend our gratitude to you as well for stopping by the G45 blog for your daily dose of inspiration.  We hope you create time to play with your paper stash and try out something new.   

Happy Papercrafting!  

39 Comment(s)

12/26/2018, 11:28:59 AM

Wow, this is stunning! Love the delicate dragonflies. Perfect pairing with the gorgeous G45 papers.

Anne Schilling:
12/26/2018, 11:32:58 AM

On My this is an amazing project! This should be one of the G45 kits if the month!

Rebecca Rosas:
12/26/2018, 11:46:35 AM

Wow! So much cool texture!


Lovely project!! The paper colors are so adorable!!

Michelle Nettleton:
12/26/2018, 11:56:30 AM

Steampunk rocks and so does this it!

Sandra Rice:
12/26/2018, 12:08:39 PM

Works of art!

Jan Kennedy:
12/26/2018, 12:11:25 PM

Oh boy! Must make a box....!

Debby A:
12/26/2018, 12:11:51 PM

Beautiful! Thanks for instructions and inspiration!

Cheryl Wells:
12/26/2018, 12:16:43 PM

I love how you decorated the book box - the Steampunk paper is just perfect for all the tags, and the embellishments - all I can say is WOW!!!!!

Jane Buchanan:
12/26/2018, 12:23:07 PM

I just ordered a couple G45 boxes, the tag and gear die and the Gentleman’s paper set. Can not wait to try some of these great techniques on them! Thanks for the tips too!

12/26/2018, 12:25:24 PM

As someone new to all this, I am amazed at the designs and ideas, thank you so much for sharing.

Carla Hundley:
12/26/2018, 12:25:58 PM

Lovely creations. Love the dragonflies. Carla from Utah

Sharon gullikson:
12/26/2018, 12:38:47 PM

I like...sort of steampunk lite. So pretty

Carrie Zimmerman:
12/26/2018, 12:44:08 PM

Very well done. Can't wait to try. Steampunk Debutante favorite collection.....

Robbie Cornell:
12/26/2018, 01:17:04 PM

Homemade boxes are the best!

12/26/2018, 01:20:18 PM

Absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing the step-by-step instructions!

Lynn Harrell:
12/26/2018, 01:44:41 PM

Wow, what a stunning project. The detail is exquisite. Thanks for sharing all the details.

Anne McIntosh:
12/26/2018, 02:38:26 PM

Beautiful, beautiful! I'm really starting to get into tags which I haven't liked much in the past! These would encourage anyone to do tags! Thank you Tanya and thank you Graphic45!

12/26/2018, 03:41:52 PM

Beautiful love them

Barbara Millar:
12/26/2018, 03:47:47 PM

Adore the album and love the papers for creating so many different projects

Regina Harrison:
12/26/2018, 04:45:20 PM

Love this box, so amazing.

She Fowl:
12/26/2018, 05:41:16 PM

Tanya, great the textures and layering...stunning.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

So gorgeous!!! And I love it!

Mathilde S:
12/26/2018, 06:13:39 PM

What an amazing project,love all that texture.

Diane Fountain:
12/26/2018, 06:53:02 PM

Wow! What a creative mind!!!

Sue D:
12/26/2018, 07:18:26 PM

So many great details.

RJ Zaczyk:
12/26/2018, 07:25:09 PM

Tanya your tags and box are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tips/tutorial and the lovely G45 papers!

Laurie Bradshaw:
12/26/2018, 08:48:52 PM

What a box! Super job!Thanks for sharing your ideas!

12/26/2018, 09:14:59 PM

Thanks for sharing. Love all of the texture on this project!

Rachel Jolley:
12/27/2018, 04:05:58 AM

Good grief, your creations are awesome and epic, stunning and amazing

Jan Ross:
12/27/2018, 06:03:45 AM

Beautiful job.....especially like the gear dragon fly wings. I had not seen those! And just love your colors.

Dorothy McCarthy:

Fabulous work of art!!

Diana Gibson:
12/27/2018, 09:35:10 AM

What an awesome project!!

12/27/2018, 10:59:02 AM

Hey Tanya,Is ther something that You not can creat??? WoW again a beautiful creation,thanks for sharing this with us. Mvg gina Belgium

Vanessa LeClear:
12/27/2018, 01:54:08 PM

Beautiful! Thanks for the helpful tips!

Beth M Beery:
12/27/2018, 04:45:26 PM

Wonderful project!! Thanks for sharing!

Glenda Buster:
12/27/2018, 09:44:06 PM

Stunning, gorgeous and beautiful! Thank you for sharing and for all of the wonderful tips.

Micheal Jordan:
07/16/2019, 03:50:31 AM,

Hey Tanya, your tags and Boxes are just amazing and it's a great idea to make such beautiful and attractive boxes. thanks for sharing such an informative post with us

09/06/2019, 06:28:10 AM,

That book box is really a fantastic art craft!

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