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Shabby Chic DIY Photo Box

Posted by Graphic 45 03/14/2018 58 Comment(s) Home Decor,

Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to a shabby chic fun filled blog post.  Today Lena Astafeva shares her DIY Photo Box, featuring our A Ladies’ Diary - Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  Lena created her box from scratch for this project, but if you are looking for something a bit easier try using one of our pre-made Graphic 45 Staples Boxes we currently have 11 to choose from!  Boxes are so versatile and can be used for storing keepsakes, mini albums, crafting supplies, jewelry, the options are endless.  So without further ado.


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Shabby Chic Photo Box

By Lena Astafeva


“I’ve made box for old and family photos. From inside the cover of the box has a frame. You can put any photo in it. My dad was fond of photography. Therefore, in our family, there are a lot of old photographs. We carefully store them. Now a small part of the photos will be stored in this wonderful box.” ~Lena


Graphic 45 Supplies:

  • A Ladies Diary - Deluxe Collector's Edition


Other Supplies:

  • Fabric
  • ribbon
  • carton
  • chipboards Просто небо



Altered Art Box Pinterest Board


What a stunning box, and so clever to add a frame to the inside!  We hope that you have visions of your next project dancing in your head.  Big thanks to Lena for sharing this wonderful photo box, and to you for joining us!  Be sure to leave your comments below to be entered to win this week’s prize package. And as always...


Happy Papercrafting!  

58 Comment(s)

Michele Lewis:
03/14/2018, 10:22:22 AM

What a beautiful way to store extra photos! I love it!

Jackquelyn Lynch:
03/14/2018, 10:36:29 AM

Great idea! Love that you've created a photo box for old photos. I now plan on making a box for each of my grandchildren and include little notes from Grandma! What a great gift to give them in the future!!! I love that you made a photo frame in the lid!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Awesome collection…loving the gorgeous projects ♥

03/14/2018, 10:57:52 AM

Beautifully done. I love this idea and the paper. ♡♡♡

Debbie Siddle:
03/14/2018, 11:26:22 AM

So pretty x

Peggy Salyer:
03/14/2018, 12:14:10 PM

I think my elderly mom would love it if I created something for her with this prize.

03/14/2018, 12:14:33 PM

I love the decorated G45 box, it's romantic and classic too.

Patty Fuller:
03/14/2018, 12:23:47 PM

Absolutely beautiful!!!!! I love the embellishments (as always!) G45 Papers are the classiest!

Glenda Buster:
03/14/2018, 12:33:09 PM

Beautiful box for storing treasured family pics! It can be set out for everyone to enjoy the pics inside.

Vanessa LeClear:
03/14/2018, 12:40:04 PM

Lena’s box is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

Jane Bill:
03/14/2018, 12:45:29 PM

Beautiful box! This collection is my very favorite! But this is just a gorgeous way to use it. Thank you for sharing.

Michele Check:
03/14/2018, 12:54:09 PM

Just gorgeous! I'm working on an album using "Portrait of a Lady" and this box would be a lovely piece to add to the album for my side table. I have an antique corner table with antique tatted doily and theses items look right at home there. Quite the conversation piece and brings lots of compliments and admiration. I make different ones and change them out for the seasons. Would love to own this box and supplies for my next project. Thanks for the inspiration as well.

Arianna Barbara:
03/14/2018, 12:57:50 PM

Wow! Beautiful box! Love its vintage look!

Regina Harrison:
03/14/2018, 12:58:34 PM

This box really turned out nice. Add about 3 packages of flowers and it would be perfect for me. Got to have the flowers:)

Cheryl Wells:
03/14/2018, 01:05:47 PM

Beautifully done - love the photo box!!

Laurie Gibson:
03/14/2018, 01:05:57 PM

Boxes are some of my favorite projects. This one is stunning!!! Normally I use premade to start with from the Staples collection but you have done an amazing job recreating the book box!!

03/14/2018, 01:19:52 PM

I love the vintage look of the box. It goes well with the old photos.

Sue D:
03/14/2018, 01:35:04 PM

So pretty and feminine.

Stephanie Larime:
03/14/2018, 01:50:36 PM

Very Pretty!!! I love all your papers. Please keep it up.

Martie Rollin:
03/14/2018, 01:57:32 PM

Ladies Diary is one of my all-time G45 favorite collections! Beautiful colors and images. Well done!

Sue MacFall:
03/14/2018, 01:57:35 PM

Such elegant papers - I love the box and the decoration. Thank you, Lena.

Judy Phillips:
03/14/2018, 02:01:59 PM

Beautiful, beautiful! I am desperately wanting the Home Sweet Home collection!

03/14/2018, 02:12:04 PM

What a lovely project - and how nice you have an altered box Pinterest board!

03/14/2018, 02:18:23 PM

Very pretty photo box-chic and feminine. I so want to win the Home Sweet Home paper pad impossible to find now.

03/14/2018, 02:23:50 PM

Awh awh so beautiful!! Such talent !! But that's what you get when you use the most awesome papers in the world....yes that's g45!!!!

03/14/2018, 02:23:50 PM

Awh awh so beautiful!! Such talent !! But that's what you get when you use the most awesome papers in the world....yes that's g45!!!!

Margaret McGlaun:
03/14/2018, 02:30:58 PM

The photo box is beautiful! I love the Ladies Diary Collection. Delightful.

Holly Hatch:
03/14/2018, 02:43:58 PM

Love your boxes. I make cards from your papers and then decorate a box to give as a present. When the recipient has sent out all the cards, they have a beautiful box to keep and remember they received a lovely gift. Thank you for bringing us such beautiful papers to work with.

Michelle Nettleton:
03/14/2018, 02:50:56 PM

This box with the beautiful papers is stunning! I love the idea of storing old photos in it. Well done!!!

Susan Steele:
03/14/2018, 03:00:13 PM

SO Gorgeous!!! Lena ...just beautifully created altered box! Ohhh please pick me for the prize packet! That has to be the Absolutely Best One Yet!!!

Kathleen E Capachione:
03/14/2018, 03:12:43 PM

Photo boxes are one of my favorites. Thanks for the inspiration.

Barbara G.:
03/14/2018, 03:46:18 PM

Love the shabby chic box Lena created. I look forward to the G45 emails everyday to see what else the design team has come up with. Great job!!!

Nancy Moore:
03/14/2018, 04:03:21 PM

This is a beautiful box. I also love all of the pre-made Graphic 45 boxes. I've used so many of them. I would love to win the Home Sweet Home and Places in Time prizes. I'm feeling lucky!

Carol Gillogly:
03/14/2018, 04:38:22 PM

This kind of Box is what I want to create for each of my grandchildren! Beautiful, and INSPIRING. Thank you for sharing!

03/14/2018, 04:53:46 PM

Totally beautiful! I love this paper collection and am so inspired to have a go-thank you G 45 for these lovely papers!

Norma Ferrari:
03/14/2018, 05:15:51 PM

Beautiful fact all your boxes are so fun to look at. Love those fashionable ladies! Great inspiration.

Ava Gavloski:
03/14/2018, 06:28:33 PM

Lovely presentation. Labor of love on this project.

03/14/2018, 06:40:29 PM

Such a cute box. Thank you for your awesome work!

Ellen Haydon:
03/14/2018, 06:44:17 PM

I just love those Photo Boxes. I have several old, old albums from my husbands side of the family and believe me they are falling apart. I will be making several of these cuties. Ellen from Phoenix, AZ

Carla Hundley:
03/14/2018, 07:24:12 PM

Lovely photo box. The papers used are gorgeous. Carla from Utah

03/14/2018, 07:29:03 PM,

Totally awesome!

03/14/2018, 07:43:05 PM

This is just so lovely! I’m already obsessed with making mini albums, why not boxes too? There will always be photos and other treasures to store, and with the magnificent G45 paper and embellishments......who can resist? I love gifting what I make!

03/14/2018, 08:13:58 PM

We all need more storage - why not make it pretty? Beautiful project!

Mathilde S:
03/14/2018, 08:32:03 PM

This box is stunning.I love a ladies dairy collection,so elegant.

Jill McAuley:
03/14/2018, 08:32:31 PM

The single fussy cut on the spine will be a quick reference if you store the box on end like a book on a shelf. Great inspiration to tailor to one's own family history.

Diane Howard:
03/14/2018, 08:42:16 PM

Made a similar box for cards, was so fun. Maybe this would inspire another one. Love G 45

Toni Bettencourt:
03/14/2018, 09:26:53 PM

A very beautiful and functional project.

Rhonda Fonicello:
03/14/2018, 09:32:06 PM

Gorgeous! I have completed two mini albums this year, but now I'm thinking g I need to do boxes!

Karen Rice:
03/14/2018, 11:23:10 PM

What a lovely box! The lacy die cuts or wood dies on the top of the box really add a neat touch!

Janet Ingraham:
03/15/2018, 01:44:03 AM

Shabby chic is right up my ally. Love this box

03/15/2018, 04:53:09 AM

Beautiful way to hold photos and such a beautiful collection! I need to start this project!

Gerry Wolfe:
03/15/2018, 06:37:01 AM

Beautiful. The paper is absolutely gorgeous & perfect for the project. Lena is a fantastic designer.

Sandra Featherston:
03/15/2018, 07:53:13 AM

Love the paper, love the project, I just love the shabby chic. Beautiful.

Sandra Featherston:
03/15/2018, 07:53:16 AM

Love the paper, love the project, I just love the shabby chic. Beautiful.

Vicki P:
03/15/2018, 10:19:46 AM

This is absolutely gorgeous!! Love this idea!

Sharon Gullikson:
03/15/2018, 12:24:24 PM

My mother would love to have me make a box like this for her photos of her childhood. The paper dolls are perfect for a project like this.

Sharon Gullikson:
03/15/2018, 12:26:16 PM

I know that she didn't use Paper Dolls for this project, I was just thinking that I could make it with the Paper Dolls set that I bought. I LOVE it, and am trying to figure out what I would like to make with it. It is precious to me, and I want to make something really special with it. :)

03/15/2018, 02:53:42 PM

Love this collection! And so beautiful box!

Frances Perkins:
03/15/2018, 06:42:31 PM

Beautiful box

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