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Store your Stamps in Style featuring Communique

Posted by Graphic 45 11/02/2017 41 Comment(s) Home Decor,

Hello, G45ers!

  Today we have Brand Ambassador Sandy Trefger here with her Communique - Deluxe Collector’s Edition travel case. This impressive case was constructed from scratch with chipboard that Sandy has cut and measured. We love how she has layered contrasting patterns and the professional finishing, including the strap closure mechanism.

Communique Travel Case

By Sandy Trefger

“I love boxes and love to create my own or alter saved boxes into new projects.  For this Communique Travel Case, I assembled two boxes from chipboard--one for the bottom and one for the lid.  I patterned them with the gorgeous Graphic 45 Communique paper collection then added paper hinges on the back and paper straps.  The buckle closures are small parachute buckles that you can find in most craft or sewing departments.  The handle is also made from paper and attached with glue and brads.  


To make my box or travel case more realistic, I added a tray to the inside which is simply a smaller box, in both length and height.  It is also created from chipboard and wrapped with the patterned papers from the collection.  The dividers are wrapped and can be glued in at any place in the tray to accommodate different travel items or collectibles.  The secret in making a tray sit properly into a travel case?  You need supports.  I made mine out of chipboard and wrapped them with patterned paper and glued them to the inside of the bottom section on all four sides.





Tip#1:  It’s easy to create any size box or case out of chipboard.  Put your idea or design down on paper and use your ruler to carefully measure each section to make sure it all fits together.  Sometimes I have to do a test or prototype project to tweak it and make it work the way I envision.  Always take good notes in a notebook so you can re-create the second one and make it even better than the first.


Tip #2:  Gather florals and ribbons or twine from your stash to compliment the colors of your paper collection.  Metallic twines with satin ribbons work very well together.  Once you have your floral & ribbon arrangements attached, add in cut-outs such as the stamps, metal sprockets, gears, or other found embellishments like the rhinestone flower button and initial charm I added to my travel case.


Graphic 45 Supplies:



Other Supplies:

  • Cardboard Boxes OR Chipboard
  • Cardstock, Black & Kraft
  • White Glue, Glossy Accents
  • Small Parachute Buckles
  • Petaloo Flowers
  • Ribbon, Black
  • Gold Metallic Cord
  • Assorted Metal Findings - charms, sprockets, gears
  • Initial Charm
  • Black Brads
  • Metal Keyhole
  • Black Distress Ink


Fun Facts:

  • Pretty decorated boxes or cases like this one make great storage for smaller items.  I plan to use this “travel case” to store my Graphic 45 letter stamps and ink pads.

  • I may have shared this before, but a great place to find metal embellishments is the hardware store or a man’s shop/garage.  Most of the gears and sprockets on this project are from my husband’s shop.  He has plenty and doesn’t mind me taking a few.  I do ask first though just to be sure he won’t need them later on.


Thank you so much for your love of Graphic 45 and the projects we share with you.  I hope that you will now save boxes for future projects.  Have fun, enjoy the process, and create something beautiful!” Happy Crafting! ~ Sandy Trefger


Communique Pinterest Board



Weekly Blog Contest:

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Facebook, and/or  Instagram to be entered to win!  Up for grabs this week is a Penny’s Paper Doll Family prize package, including one 12x12 design Paper Pad, one 12x12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad, an 8x8 Paper Pad,1 Chipboard set, 1 set Ephemera Cards, and 1 Die-cut Tag Staples, a $69 value.  The winner will be announced on the blog, Friday, November 3rd, 2017.


Thanks for joining for this fun travel case by Sandy. With her tips, you will be on your way to making your own custom boxes in all shapes and sizes, and when you combine those with Graphic 45 paper, you have a constantly renewable idea for beautiful decorations and gifts. We are so glad to have Communique back after a long absence, along with all our other Deluxe Collector's Edition releases. We would love to hear about what collections you want to see brought back next 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. We will see you back here tomorrow to announce the winner and share more G45 creations. 


Happy Papercrafting!  

41 Comment(s)

Debbie Siddle:
11/02/2017, 09:23:40 AM

You could put board games or little games like packs of cards into here. Nice one.

Vanessa LeClear:
11/02/2017, 09:29:46 AM

Wow, that's gorgeous! I'm going to pin it and pretend I'll make it some day.

Mathilde S.:
11/02/2017, 09:55:45 AM

This box is a real treasure,thanks for the great tips.I have this collection and looove it,so versatile,can be feminine or masculine.

Nancey Thomson:
11/02/2017, 10:26:06 AM

This box is an awesome project, its fabulous

Kathy Jo Wood:
11/02/2017, 10:32:38 AM,

Fantastic Communique box, Sandy! The box design was well thought out- from the wee saved embellies to the wrapped chipboard supports. Awesome project!Would be great to see Le Romantique, Tropical Traveloque, or On the Boardwalk.

Hana Harpaz:
11/02/2017, 10:36:51 AM

Wow!!! The box is amazing. I will do it some day. So many talented people. Thanks for sharing.

Donna Leutloff:
11/02/2017, 10:50:49 AM

Just purchased the DCE Communique...a collection I didn't actually have!! Thanks for the inspiration...going to play with it this weekend!

11/02/2017, 11:12:03 AM

In my small crafting world, Sandy Trefger is the "box Queen"!!! I love her designs!

Martie Rollin:
11/02/2017, 11:24:57 AM

Very interesting the cover embellishments! Well done!

Patricia Oisten:
11/02/2017, 11:45:12 AM

This box is absolutely gorgeous!!! I can never have enough of Graphic 45!!

Johanna Knightstep:
11/02/2017, 12:11:43 PM

This travel case would be a great gift idea, very creative! Great job! I have never used Communique and this project has made me rethink it....I must get it!!

Michele Lewis:
11/02/2017, 12:12:36 PM

This is another project for my note book! This would make a lovely gift idea with so many different things you put in it! A writing set, a makeup organizer, chocolate box - the list could go on forever! I love the papers chosen for this project too! Thank you again Graphic 45!

Christine Eliot:
11/02/2017, 12:16:33 PM

I have yet to make a box but can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for the beautiful inspriration!!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Such awesome creation, it makes me drooling all over these wonderful G45 collection!

11/02/2017, 12:26:50 PM

How amazing is that beautiful box - could use for all sorts of different things. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us all.

Dilice Bayley:
11/02/2017, 12:40:26 PM

Love this collection of paper, ideas swirling around

Diane m Russell:
11/02/2017, 01:09:15 PM

Added to the top of my to do list, beautiful

Donna McCaffery:
11/02/2017, 01:18:37 PM

I enjoy making boxes. Adding Graphic45 papers takes them from ordinary to extraordinary! Thanks for the tips on adding trays!

11/02/2017, 01:27:07 PM

Nice-great way to store your Graphic 45 stamps and other staples. Love this line of paper. Boxes are hard to make getting them perfectly even and all but I may have to give this a try.

Glenda Buster:
11/02/2017, 02:00:06 PM

Gorgeous travel case! Love the Communique Collection. Are you willing to share the measurements for your box and tray? Pretty please. ❤️

Sandy Trefger:
11/02/2017, 04:26:49 PM

I'm happy to share! I do not have photos of the process nor a video tutorial BUT I do have a written pdf file with measurements and written instructions on my blog under the Free Tutorials tab. I just added it this afternoon. Here's the link. It's the first one listed under PDF Tutorials.

Grace K.:
11/02/2017, 02:16:07 PM

I'm such a sucker for pretty boxes. Thanks for sharing!

11/02/2017, 02:19:34 PM,

wow, this is absolutely stunning!

Michelle Nettleton:
11/02/2017, 03:00:11 PM

This travel case is amazing! The fact that it was done from scratch is some serious work! FANTASTIC CREATION!

Sue LD:
11/02/2017, 03:23:23 PM

Awesome box and great tips.

11/02/2017, 03:24:07 PM

This is such a neat box and a fun way to store craft parts.

11/02/2017, 03:31:03 PM

Great Job by Sandy! I love the look of the Graphic 45 items.

Sandy Trefger:
11/02/2017, 04:32:29 PM,

Hi everyone! Thank you for your wonderful comments! For those wanting to make a similar case from scratch I have found my written instructions with cutting guide and added the pdf file to my blog under Free Tutorials. Go to my blog/website or copy & paste this link:

11/02/2017, 05:27:24 PM

A games box sounds like a great idea for this box. Can't wait to try it!

D.Ann C:
11/02/2017, 06:50:53 PM,

This is AMAZING! I salute your ingenuity in making one from scratch!! I've only ever redecorated an existing box. But I'm going to bookmark this page and try one some day!

Judy Phillips:
11/02/2017, 07:49:33 PM

I love this box - thanks for more inspiration - I love this collection, too....I recently ordered it.

Carol Jones:
11/02/2017, 08:03:03 PM

Wow, amazing gorgeous box Sandy! Thanks so much for sharing your measurements, I really want to give this a try.

Barb MacAskill:
11/02/2017, 08:04:44 PM

I am addicted to boxes of any kind. Storage boxes are my favorites though! I love building my own storage boxes because I get to build them around my needs instead of having to tweak them to fit my needs! I have so many boxes that hubby asked if I plan to build a second home made out of all the boxes I have made! LOL Wouldn’t it be really awesome to have a whole house made out of storage boxes made to your own specifications? All sorts of little cubby holes to discover the treasures inside! How fun that would be! I am giddy thinking about it! TFS!

Janet Ingraham:
11/02/2017, 08:17:58 PM

I want the travel trunk. Who am I kidding. I want everything I see the designers make

11/02/2017, 11:06:00 PM

Pretty paper, pretty project.

Janet Ladd:
11/03/2017, 01:00:14 AM

Love this collection, and the box is amazing! So glad you are bringing back deluxe collections, would love to see voyage beneath the sea come back as a deluxe collection!

Annick DENIS:
11/03/2017, 05:25:31 AM

This travel case is very beautiful ! I love this collection of papers

Dorothy McCarthy:
11/03/2017, 07:54:34 AM,


Barb Ashby:
11/03/2017, 02:40:07 PM

Love this project!

11/04/2017, 08:05:01 PM

I love, love, love this beautiful box!!!

Suzanne S Schlabs:
11/05/2017, 10:10:54 AM

What an impressive and beautiful box! YOU are the best, Sandy! Your creative projects really stand out above the crowd! I'm definitely going to have to make one of these! This box is so versatile for so many things....desktop supplies, game pieces, little treasures or a beautiful gift box for someone very special. THANKS so much for sharing this and all your unique design ideas. A Fan, Suzanne

12/29/2017, 03:57:00 PM

Hi Sandy, What a beautiful box! When I tried the link you provided as a PDF to get measurements for this box, I discovered you had a new site. After going there, I was unable to find the file you referenced. That's okay. I'd love to know the brand and thickness of chipboard you use for your boxes. Thanks, and Happy New Year!

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