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Memory Keeping Album & Matching Storage Box Featuring Little Women

Posted by Graphic 45 02/05/2018 63 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Home Decor,Tutorials,

Hello, G45ers!

 Today's blog post features a fun and vibrant coordinating box and mini album set perfect for storing your precious keepsakes and photos.  These two pieces were both created by the ever so talented Brand Ambassador, Sandy Trefger.  Sandy, used our brand new collection, Little Women (shipping to a store near you), along with our Matchbook Box and Tag & Pocket Album, and shares amazing tips and tricks along the way.  Let's get this creative party started.  


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 Midnight Masquerade prize package, including one 12x12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad, an 8x8 Paper Pad, Ephemera Cards, Chipboard, Die-cut Tags & Pockets, and Ivory Square Tags.  The winner will be announced on the blog, Friday, February 9th, 2018.


Little Women Box and Album
By Sandy Trefger


“The novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an inspiring story loved by many for generations.  And now we have the Little Women collection by Graphic 45 with it’s wonderful, vintage style that will be used for many paper craft projects.  When I received this amazing set, I immediately was inspired to create a beautiful box and album using bits of lace, buttons, ribbons and pretty trims.  The premade box and album by Graphic 45 makes it so easy to jump right in and quickly complete this project.


Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Little Women Box & Album by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.


Graphic 45 Supplies:



Other Supplies:

  • Lace
  • Ribbons
  • Ornate Buttons
  • Wood Buttons
  • Prima or Petaloo Flowers
  • Ivory Button Twine
  • Ivory Cardstock
  • Black Cardstock
  • Clear Nuvo Glitter Pen



Tip 1:  When working with a pre-made album such as this Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album that has lots of pages, you can stretch your patterned papers by leaving some of the pages blank and/or only adding a photo mat.  Dress the mats up with photo corners or other paper elements.


Tip 2:  If you do not have a chipboard element in the size you need such as the one on the lower right corner of my box or inside as a closure piece, create your own with several layers of cardstock (5-6 pieces) cut to the same size and glued together then add your patterned paper on top.  Use a Chomper tool that will punch through several thicknesses to decorate the corners such as the stub punch that I used.


Tip 3:  The Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album (6” x 8” x 3”) fits perfectly in the Staples Collection Deep Pocket Rectangle Matchbook Box.  Just remember to occasionally check as you work on your pages that your album isn’t getting too thick for the box to close.  Also, keep the cover of the album flat and put all the embellishments on the lid of the box.



Fun Fact:  I love vintage and I think I’ve shared that fact  before but I really enjoy going to estate sales, antique shops or even the monthly trade days in my town to look for vintage bracelets, button, necklaces, sewing spools and any vintage items that I can use on my projects. I keep them all together in a small parts organizer that I purchased from a local hardware store.



Here’s a peek at the inside of my album.  To dress it up even more, wrap and tie ribbon or lace around a page inside the album.














It’s fun to make a bookmark out of some of your patterned paper scraps.  Round the corners on the bottom and angle cut the top corners, punch a hole and tie on a ribbon and a tassel if desired.  A bookmark is so appropriate for a project using this paper collection.






As you can see, there are lots of beautiful images and patterns in the Graphic 45 Little Women collection.  I hope I’ve inspired you to create something amazing with this collection!

Happy Crafting!”

~Sandy Trefger


Looking for more coordinating boxes and album magic?

Check out this heritage family album by Marina Blaukitchen.

Heritage Family Album and Box 
By Marina Blaukitchen

“I have created two albums that collect old family photographs with the intention of serving as a present for them. I am trying to gather as much information as possible about our ancestors, and soon I will be able to attach a brief diary with names and dates so that these family stories are not forgotten.” ~Marina


See full post here…


Family Album & Box Video


Thank you for joining us for this colorful edition of the Graphic 45 blog.  Big thanks to Sandy and Marina for sharing your box and album projects, we love the versatility between the two gorgeous projects.  We hope these tips have left your anxious to start crafting and kicked your week off in the right direction.  Be sure to join us again tomorrow for more creative fun, and leave your comments below to be entered to win this week's prize package.   

Happy Papercrafting!

63 Comment(s)

Sandra Featherston:
02/05/2018, 09:49:24 AM

I so appreciate the inspirations for using my Graphic 45 papers. Just so beautiful.

Sharon Gullikson:
02/05/2018, 11:18:33 AM

Absolutely wonderful! I love the Little Women papers, and have been in a book club for about 20 years. I like to make book related things for myself, and other members. NICE

jean marmo:
02/05/2018, 11:22:12 AM

Wow - so very pretty!!

02/05/2018, 11:42:52 AM

Love the Snapguide tutorials!

Michele Lewis:
02/05/2018, 12:03:14 PM

I love the fresh look of this album and agree that leaving some of the pages blank to conserve the collector paper, works well. The extra light around the frames contributes to the fresh and airy look of the album! LOVE it!!!Midnight Masquerade is one of my all time favorite collections! It would be awesome to win this great package.....almost impossible to find this collection any more!

Melanie Hermans:
02/05/2018, 12:05:57 PM

I think I like the little women collection. It's nice to see projects created with it. It gives you a good idea of how the collection is like. I'm still searching for a collection for my own little womans birthday. Think this is going to be it! Thank for sharing :)

Mendy Bowman:
02/05/2018, 12:20:05 PM

I always see something in these posts that I always wonder why I never thought of that! LOL The three tips at the beginning were very good! Thanks! mbb

Sue D:
02/05/2018, 12:22:06 PM

So pretty and perfect for special memories.

Donna Leutloff:
02/05/2018, 12:23:06 PM

Teasing, the box & album!, love the Little Women collection! Can't wait until it's available!!!

Anne W:
02/05/2018, 12:39:52 PM

The colors on that Midnight Masquerade paper are just stunning. My imagination is running wild with ideas on how to use it.

Sarah Hutchins:
02/05/2018, 12:42:46 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to get my hands on this collection.

Sandi B:
02/05/2018, 12:47:15 PM

I love watching your tutorials. So well put together and easy to follow. Love the inspiration that I get from them.

Sheila Musco:
02/05/2018, 12:52:31 PM

Your Graphic 45 papers are an inspiration to us crafters. The papers mix and match so well for albums, family decor and more. I look forward to your newsletter to see what creative ideas people have done.

Cheryl Wells:
02/05/2018, 01:05:13 PM

Love the book and box combo, Sandy!! Absolutely adorable!!!

Kathy Jo Wood:
02/05/2018, 01:05:31 PM,

That is fabulous news about the new releases shipping to stores! Cannot wait to pick all the collections up and play in my craft room!

Sheila Hamill:
02/05/2018, 01:20:26 PM

This is amazing, very pretty, Thank you for the tips, too.

02/05/2018, 01:23:53 PM

I love today’s blog post - especially the box. It is absolutely gorgeous!

Regina Harrison:
02/05/2018, 01:28:10 PM

I love this storage box using the Little Women paper collection. I am making one for my Mom out of the French Country collection right now, then one for myself out of this new collection.

Sue MacFall:
02/05/2018, 01:38:05 PM

Wonderful projects, such great inspiration.

Martie Rollin:
02/05/2018, 01:50:07 PM

G45 never fails to spark my creative imagination! Love all the ideas I see on your blog! Thanks!

02/05/2018, 02:12:40 PM

Very pretty and a great gift idea! I love the look of the two projects.

02/05/2018, 02:28:54 PM

Beautiful, detailed projects. Thank you so much for the inspiration-can’t wait to have a go.

02/05/2018, 02:32:27 PM

Beautiful project! Thank you for all the photos of your inspiring album. Love the Little Women designs!

Michelle Nettleton:
02/05/2018, 02:44:16 PM

Both projects today are fabulous! Makes my heart happy!

Heidi Smith:
02/05/2018, 03:26:59 PM

Love all the ideas and the collections. Thanks Graphic45!

Glenda Buster:
02/05/2018, 03:54:37 PM

Today ‘s project is so lovely! Thank you for the Snapguide. With all of the pockets, beautiful tags and spots for pictures, there is space for many, many wonderful memories!

Margaret McGlaun:
02/05/2018, 04:27:48 PM

I love, love love ❤️ Graphic 45. Beautiful projects.

FBarbara Millar:
02/05/2018, 05:29:37 PM

Love the albums , I'm making an album now and I will incorporate some of your great ideas thx

Becca Yahrling:
02/05/2018, 06:21:23 PM

I love coming here to see the beautiful projects by your DT. Thy are all so talented. These albums are fabulous.

Barbara G.:
02/05/2018, 06:25:16 PM

Love these two projects. The black & white photos look so good on the Portrait of a Lady paper. They really stand out. Also love the Little Women box & album. You can get so many photos in that album. Great work Sandy & Marina!!!!

Roshan Silva-Mistry:
02/05/2018, 07:13:18 PM

Such a beautifully detailed project!

Nikki C:
02/05/2018, 07:13:53 PM,

Amazing Projects so inspiring and thank you for the chance

Marge G.:
02/05/2018, 07:46:48 PM

Awesome. Just awesome.

Bharti Kesarwani:
02/05/2018, 07:51:15 PM

wow..what a dream collection..wish i get them for my story book album..

Phaline Mays:
02/05/2018, 08:12:07 PM

I love this album project! The paper is adorable. <3

Michelle Chmelar:
02/05/2018, 08:38:32 PM

I am so excited for this collection! I cannot wait to make a mini album

Carla Hundley:
02/05/2018, 08:51:54 PM

Darling creation and fun to look at. Carla from Utah

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Gorgeous creation with those awesome collection!

Jean Brugger:
02/05/2018, 09:16:28 PM

Midnight Masquerade - love the colors & gorgeous graphics! So many unique project possibilities.

Kate Buhovtsova:
02/05/2018, 09:52:08 PM

It’s so beautiful!

02/05/2018, 10:51:27 PM

Love the Book box and book, always so many inspiring projects on the blog, thank you so much for sharing!

Kath Prior:
02/06/2018, 03:00:46 AM

Such a beautiful project - thanks for the inspiration and a gorgeous pack of goodies to win, love the colours.

02/06/2018, 08:08:16 AM,

The Midnight Masquerade is holding up the great tradition of fantastic collections from Graphic45.

Kathleen Capachione:
02/06/2018, 08:43:24 AM

Wow! A beautiful collection. This will take me out of my comfort zone. Would love to win. Thank You

Kathleen Capachione:
02/06/2018, 08:46:08 AM

Did I mention how wonderful G45 Is!!!!!!! Thanks to All the designers.

Kate LeBlanc:
02/06/2018, 09:40:55 AM

I think the Little Women album is one of the prettiest I've seen. Thanks for another fantastic giveaway this week!

Susan Steele:
02/06/2018, 01:12:02 PM

Just luv those albums Sandy and Marina! And absolutely luv the Little Women papers! And would luv to win the Masquerade papers! Thanks for the ideas!

Kim Persinger:
02/06/2018, 04:27:53 PM

I love the creations Sandy did! Thank you very much for sharing. Thank you very much for the chance to win such an amazing set.

Debralee Alexander:
02/06/2018, 04:53:23 PM

I so love all the inspiration and cannot wait for the new papers to become available

Carol Gillogly:
02/06/2018, 06:34:38 PM

A way to continue the lives of childhood books! Great tutorial and great motivation. Must buy Little Women, and Seaside!

Tiffany Brummitt:
02/07/2018, 11:43:21 AM

I love all the inspiration you always bring. I can’t wait to get the new line.

Beth Henson:
02/07/2018, 03:24:46 PM

Love the tutorials and tips. All of the paper collections are gorgeous and inspiring!

02/07/2018, 09:19:39 PM

So very lovely! Thanks for sharing..

Marilyn Kucera:
02/12/2018, 12:45:54 PM

What wonderful ideas Graphic 45 has for Little Women. Thank you.

susan builder:
02/12/2018, 01:09:20 PM

I so look forward to getting the newest inspiration and products from g45. Such beautiful work! Thank you for sharing these inspiring ideas.

Gerry Wolfe:
02/22/2018, 01:40:41 PM

The Little Women album & box is beautiful. Love the paper. Also the tips are very helpful

Marilyn Kucera:
02/22/2018, 02:02:17 PM

I love the Little Women. A friend is making some cards for me. I can hardly wait to see them.

Barbara Hines:
02/22/2018, 03:01:40 PM

I would love to be chosen as a recipient of Little Women paper, etc. having two daughters and two granddaughters I would put it to good use. I would love to make a beautiful album and decorate a coordinating box for storage. Thank you for giving me this chance.

02/22/2018, 06:48:31 PM

Love these!

02/22/2018, 08:33:54 PM

What sweet memories this brings back when I was a young girl. Would absolutely LOVE to win this. Thank you for the chance to win Graphic 45!

Sheila B:
03/01/2018, 12:38:24 PM

Great Snapguide tutorial, can't wait to get going on my own Little Women albums for my girls ❤️

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