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Give Handmade Gifts with G45 - 60 Second Video Tutorial

Posted by Graphic 45 10/12/2017 51 Comment(s) Tutorials,Videos,Altered Art,

Hello, G45ers!

Pour yourself a cup of tea and join us today for, Elena Olinevich's simple, but evocative Herbs Box featuring Nature Sketchbook. This beautiful box is perfect for storing herbs or tea bags and can be completely quickly by following the included 60 second tutorial. She has covered one of ATC Boxes with paper from the collection and added some layers and stamps for detail. Filled with herbs, tea or any other trinkets, this box makes a thoughtful, but quick gift for friends or family. Check it out below. 

Herbs Box, Nature Sketchbook, by Elena Olinevich, product by Graphic45, photo1.jpg

Herbs Box

By Elena Olinevich


“I've made a box filled with the herbs for my project this time. I like to have a cup of herbal tea, especially if I collected them at my garden in our country house.

I used the Kraft ATC Box to create it.

To start, I covered it with the paper. You can check out how to do it in one of my posts that I have made previously on G45 blog here.


Herbs Box, Nature Sketchbook, by Elena Olinevich, product by Graphic45, photo3.jpg


I wanted to add some dimension to my cover so I put some of the cut out butterflies and the well as the fern branches on foam pads. You can play with the height from medium to more thick, and the different layers will look more dimensional.


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I also tried to embellish my box with the stamps, from the same collection - Nature Sketchbook.

How to do it - it’s quite simple, you can check my video tutorial below.

60 Second Video Tutorial


Quite easy, however, I think it’s a nice idea to make a gift for my friend, as I put dried jasmine from my garden. She like its smell and taste in her tea.


Herbs Box, Nature Sketchbook, by Elena Olinevich, product by Graphic45, photo5.jpg


To make some notes, I have made a stamping on the tag that went with this ATC box.


Herbs Box, Nature Sketchbook, by Elena Olinevich, product by Graphic45, photo4.jpg

Now I think I need to create more of these kind of boxes. I have so many herbs that I collected this summer that there is quite enough for my friends. Next in line is basil.” ~Elena


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Looking for more fun ideas with the ATC Book Box?  Check out this printable project sheet.  

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See this project sheet and more under our Inspiration Tab, then under Project Sheets.  



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This week’s prize package includes our Winter Wonderland collection’s 12x12 Paper Pad, Patterns & Solids Pad, Ephemera, Chipboard, and Tags & Pockets, along with Staples - Deep Square Matchbook Box, Metal Claw Feet, and Knockers, a $84 value!  Just leave a comment here and/or Facebook to be entered to win.  Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, October 13th, 2017.  


We hope you have enjoyed this 60 second project with Graphic 45 and Elena. We are so happy to have you here. Quick projects are just the thing sometimes to get those creative juices moving. We'd love to hear about some of your own quick creations in the comments below and remember today is the last day to comment here and/or on Facebook to enter to win this week's blog prize. Good luck. See you back here tomorrow to announce the winner and enjoy more craft inpspiration. 


Happy Papercrafting!

51 Comment(s)

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Oh how pretty is that, I can imagine the smell of herb from here, brilliant work!

Michele Lewis:
10/12/2017, 11:04:05 AM

What a beautiful idea.....I have a 'thing' about boxes, so you have given me some wonderful ideas for 'excuses' to make more! Thank you!

Lisa Schofield:
10/12/2017, 11:34:16 AM

Love the herb box.

Jackie Peduzzi:
10/12/2017, 11:46:24 AM

Love this sweet little box! Such a simple project but yet so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

10/12/2017, 11:51:06 AM

Fab projects - love little boxes - gorgeous!

Bettina Kreuer:
10/12/2017, 11:51:59 AM

I love this collection. All the wonderful images if butterflies, flowers,... So adorable for gorgeous projects!

Glenda Buster:
10/12/2017, 12:23:23 PM

Beautiful and easy! ❤️❤️ Thank you for the video tutorial. The addition of the print out of another way to decorate an ATC box is

Veronica Roske:
10/12/2017, 12:34:13 PM

Love the ATC Book Box, what a lovely idea!

Sue LD:
10/12/2017, 12:36:50 PM

Very pretty--I like the nature/herb theme.

Terry Bethke:
10/12/2017, 12:39:38 PM

Love little boxes, will be making several as Christmas gifts. Thanks for the tutorial.

10/12/2017, 12:58:48 PM

Beautiful! Decorating boxes is one of my favorite things, but I always struggle with the covering. I'm so glad you referred us to your video on decorating the box - never occurred to me to take it apart. And the brooch in that blog post is wonderful, too - I have just the friend who will love one of those!

Mathilde S:
10/12/2017, 01:24:21 PM

Beautiful projects,a great way to dress up a simple box and create something special .Thanks for the tutorials.

Becca Yahrling:
10/12/2017, 01:39:00 PM

I love the scent of Jasmine! What a perfect scent for this beautifully decorated box. And what a great gift idea. My sister loves tea, so I could see making one for her for her teabags.

Kelley Kitlarz:
10/12/2017, 02:02:47 PM

Love Graphic45! Also love all the free tutorials and ideas:)

Tristan Robin Blakeman:
10/12/2017, 02:05:00 PM,

These little boxes are just terrific ... I've used the ATC boxes before, but always covered very simply to be utilitarian. Now, I'm going to have to get a few more so I can do some stocking stuffer gift boxes for Christmas! Thanks for the inspriration!

10/12/2017, 02:14:54 PM

I love little boxes, and both papers are perfect for what the project is.

Martie Rollin:
10/12/2017, 02:15:42 PM

I can just see Christmas tea flavors...cinnamon, peppermint, mint, etc. Lovely idea!

Debbie Baez:
10/12/2017, 02:38:33 PM

It would be totally awesome if I won the Winter Wonderland package! I love everything Graphic 45! I am mostly a card maker but I also create altered canvas art and home decor. The book box is perfect!

10/12/2017, 02:38:47 PM

Lovely boxes! Thanks for the inspiration!

Michelle Nettleton:
10/12/2017, 02:45:57 PM

Boxes full of surprises! Love them!

Sally Fisher:
10/12/2017, 05:32:21 PM

Perfect for a gift or for storing treasures!

Karen Welch:
10/12/2017, 05:45:02 PM

Love covering any kind of boxes...these are perfect...sure would love to win the beautiful holiday prize...they would make the most wonderful boxes!,,

Vanessa LeClear:
10/12/2017, 06:05:22 PM

What a great way to use the box! Very pretty!

Patricia Rendina:
10/12/2017, 06:06:34 PM

Love the Winter Wonderland collection! Would really enjoy using this for my Christmas card making. Thanks for the chance to win.

Galina Iakovleva:
10/12/2017, 06:36:45 PM,

I love the all winter collections of Graphic 45. Thanks for the inspiration!

Fran Diggle:
10/12/2017, 07:14:02 PM

Any excuse to use the Natures sketchbook collection is a must - a really thoughtful little gift. Thanks for sharing.

10/12/2017, 07:29:25 PM

Loooovvve your new Christmas collection. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Just gotta say - your "staples" have actually become "staples" in my studio!

Theresa Bush:
10/12/2017, 08:10:26 PM

What a great gift for a tea drinker. Thank you for sharing your project.

Holly Moore:
10/12/2017, 08:12:00 PM

So cool. Thanks for the chance to win.

Laura Barclay:
10/12/2017, 08:30:32 PM

Your images move my to a time of beauty and romance. I love your papers.

Erika Aylward:
10/12/2017, 08:45:19 PM

Lovely project! I love the idea of adding a garden gift to the interior! Thanks for sharing.

Dawna Entwistle:
10/12/2017, 10:17:28 PM

This Winter Wonderland collection is gorgeous. I'd love to make some Holliday gifts with this. So many ideas in mind. Love G45!!

10/12/2017, 10:18:41 PM

You have beautiful papers & projects ❤️

Janis in ID:
10/12/2017, 10:20:25 PM,

What a lovely and unique creation! So beautiful. <3 Jjwoolbright at gmail dot com

Monica K:
10/12/2017, 11:24:17 PM

Would love to win this beautiful collection. Once again you all knock it out of the park... the artwork is gorgeous and the colors are, love...

Vera Shelemekh:
10/13/2017, 12:19:59 AM

Amazing box! So inspiring!

10/13/2017, 12:58:51 AM

Love this idea for a tea box...beautiful paper!

10/13/2017, 01:07:14 AM

I love basil in my pasta and pizza so this beautiful box really appeals to me. Graphic 45 papers are perfect with anythng

Yova Floret:
10/13/2017, 01:22:45 AM

Sempre bellissimi e molto creative idee! Complimenti!!!

10/13/2017, 02:49:14 AM,

wow, amazing box and wonderful collection!

Arianna Barbara:
10/13/2017, 03:30:15 AM

Wow! This box so AMAZING!!! Love it!!!

Debbie Siddle:
10/13/2017, 03:36:55 AM

Such a sweet tea box. I drink tea and coffee. Nowhere to put my herbal teas so I may have a go at something like this. Thanks x

Tammy Valley:
10/13/2017, 05:43:39 AM

Gorgeous box and tag. Yes you made it look simple, thank you for the tutorial. Havec as great weekend :)

Tara Finch:
10/13/2017, 06:03:46 AM

The Winter Wonderland collection is beautiful!! Thank you for the opportunity to win it!!

Dorothy McCarthy:
10/13/2017, 06:35:03 AM,

I love little boxes!! These are great!

Julie F:
10/13/2017, 07:28:31 AM

Love your products! Thanks for the chance to win! Woo hoo!

Sue MacFall:
10/13/2017, 08:51:00 AM

Thank you for sharing these lovely boxes with us. Love the papers used on them. All different but beautiful !!

Deanna mears:
10/13/2017, 09:58:23 AM

Beautiful! Love graphic 45!

Deanna mears:
10/13/2017, 09:58:26 AM

Beautiful! Love graphic 45!

Deeann Siler:
10/13/2017, 12:48:24 PM

Love boxes. Such fun projects with beautiful papers and embellishments.

Janet Ladd:
10/13/2017, 04:04:29 PM

Love these boxes! Will try my hand soon!

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