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ATC Book Box & Base Tutorial: Introducing Graphic 45 Wizard, Annette Green

Posted by Graphic 45 07/02/2018 88 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Home Decor,Tutorials,Videos,Altered Art,Tags,

Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to a creative week on the Graphic 45 blog.  Today, we have the privilege of highlighting our beloved Special Project Designer, Annette Green.  For Annette's #G45Selfie project she has created her signature Box with a custom base and ATC Mini Tag Album, using our ATC Book BoxMetal Staples, and Penny’s Paper Doll Family collection.  Along with stunning photos Annette has also included a step by step tutorial video, so you too can create your own box base to take your projects to new heights.  But first, we have our weekly contest to announce.  



Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package is a Club G45 - Vol. 6 Kit, including a Sun Kissed 12x12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad, Die-Cut Banners, Ephemera, Ivory Tag & Pocket Album, Clock Keys, and Bon Voyage Inkpad, a $50 value.  The Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, July 6th.


Special Project Designer 2018-2019

Annette Green - USA


“Hello, I’m Annette Green from Melbourne, Florida, USA. My husband, Paul, and our sweet Sheltie named Suki enjoy life at home, working out, eating well, traveling, and cheering on our daughter, Jamie, who attends Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota. I spend most of my days creating in my craftroom and preparing for upcoming Graphic 45 classes in scrapbook stores around the U.S. I served two years on the Graphic 45 design team starting in 2012, after which time I was asked to design special projects for their major papercrafting events around the globe. I continue to design class projects to this day and I love it! Truly, it is the best job ever!


Pennys Paper Doll Family ATC Book Box and Base

I’m delighted to be continuing another year as Special Projects Designer with my pals Maria Cole and Kathy Clement. It’s truly the best job ever! My “Self Portrait” project reflects what I like to create the most, and that is definitely altered boxes. I love coming up with different uses and trying different ways to alter them. One of my favorite go-to techniques is to build a custom base to add even more “Wow factor” to a project. I’ve created this video tutorial to show how easy it is to make your own base for any size box you have. By adding a base, you can easily accommodate the Graphic 45 claw feet. You may have noticed I’ve altered the claw feet to match the other Shabby Chic items by dabbing them first with Silver Alcohol Mixative then buffing on a light touch of gold acrylic paint.” ~Annette


How to Create a Custom Base for Any Box Tutorial by Annette Green





Penny's Paper Doll Family 12x12 pad

Graphic 45 Supplies:


Other Supplies:

  • Ivory Cardstock
  • Petaloo Lace trims
  • Petaloo flowers
  • May Arts waxed ivory cord
  • Silver Alcohol Mixative
  • Gold acrylic paint

Wowzers!  Annette you have outdone yourself with this beautiful box and tag set, thank you for sharing your custom base tutorial and your story.  Big thanks to each of you as well for stopping by.  Be sure to help us in welcoming Annette to the G45 family for another wonderful craft filled year.  We hope to see you all back here tomorrow, until then... 


Happy Papercrafting!

88 Comment(s)

Michele Lewis:
07/02/2018, 11:07:37 AM

I love this! So original and the colors you picked just make the whole thing 'pop. Love this collection from Graphic reminds me of when I was little!

Jean Marmo:
07/02/2018, 11:08:30 AM

Simply gorgeous! Another creative project!

Kristina Vazquez:
07/02/2018, 11:13:49 AM

I'm ALWAYS so delighted to open up a G45 post and follow along to these lovely creations on the Blog! It's such a wonderful delight as well to be given the opportunity to follow alomg in a tutorial.

07/02/2018, 11:38:04 AM

Fantastic project-amazing! I love this new paper collection and am totally inspired to try my own box. Thank you G45 for your continuing gorgeousness!

Becca Yahrling:
07/02/2018, 11:48:18 AM

I just love how colorful this is! Just beautiful.

Diane Labuskes:
07/02/2018, 12:06:21 PM

Like the simplicity of your work. Not a huge amount of embellishment.

Cheryl Wells:
07/02/2018, 12:07:22 PM

Simply stunning - Love, love love!!!!

07/02/2018, 12:15:59 PM

Such a pretty box-love the multi layers. Great keepsake box.

Sue D:
07/02/2018, 12:16:37 PM

Love this--great choice of papers.

Michele Rogers:
07/02/2018, 12:16:40 PM

Pure awesome!!

arlene berchtold:
07/02/2018, 12:29:38 PM

I loved the video and the beautiful boxes. You did a great job explaining the math. Thanks.

07/02/2018, 12:30:39 PM

I love these. The use of feet and door knobs always make the boxes “one step above” others. I look forward to more of your ideas this year

Glenda Buster:
07/02/2018, 12:37:05 PM

Gorgeous project! Appreciate the awesome pictures and video tutorial. So happy and excited that Annette will continue as a special Projects Designer!! She is a treasured part of my lovely experiences with the Graphic 45 Family.

07/02/2018, 12:38:39 PM

What a fantastic box, a real heirloom!

07/02/2018, 12:42:31 PM

Wow, Annette your work is gorgeous as usual! Welcome back. I'd love to attend one of your classes. How do I access the class list and locations? Thanks

07/02/2018, 12:43:56 PM

Wonderful project! I love it and can't wait to try it.

Sharon Gullikson:
07/02/2018, 01:05:30 PM

I LOVE the Penny's papers! I bought some but haven't used them yet. Your box is really inspiring...Gorgeous

Deborah Cook:
07/02/2018, 01:12:46 PM

Annette is bursting with talent! Love her creations, always. :) Super prize pack this week. Such a beautiful collection. Who wouldn't want the Sun Kissed collection? :)

Lynda E Woerner:
07/02/2018, 01:14:59 PM

Love this idea,thank you!

07/02/2018, 01:15:30 PM

What a great tutorial. I never thought of adding a base to a box but it gives you more surface to use the gorgeous Graphic 45 papers. I’m definitely trying this.

Jan G.:
07/02/2018, 01:21:12 PM

Another fantastic project Annette. You always have such great ideas on how to use the beautiful G45 papers to their best advantage. Thank you for sharing.

Martie Rollin:
07/02/2018, 01:21:49 PM

Terrific product prize...LOVE your Sun Kissed paper collection!!!

Susan Ashby:
07/02/2018, 01:24:04 PM

Such a beautiful the tutorial..thanks.

Elaine Cockram:
07/02/2018, 01:43:01 PM

so impressed, have been looking at my ivory book box on my shelf for ages as did not have the courage to decorate it. Fantastic tutorial , now I am really inspired, just need to pick from my G45 stash which collection to use... THANKYOU

Екатерина Буховцова:
07/02/2018, 01:43:33 PM

До чего красиво!

Tracy Brown:
07/02/2018, 01:54:56 PM

That was a great tutorial. Just love the fact that it is not wood or something that would require my husband's help. LOL. Great idea.

Debbie Odle:
07/02/2018, 02:05:13 PM,

Wow, this is just so beautiful! I love this collection and the box is so colorful. I would love to make this with this collection. Love G45!

Devra Joy:
07/02/2018, 02:06:15 PM

Wow! So beautiful.

Barbara G.:
07/02/2018, 02:07:21 PM

Annette, thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Your boxes are gorgeous & I can't wait to try one. Of course the G45 papers make them more special!

Sue MacFall:
07/02/2018, 02:10:02 PM

Great, thank you Annette, I have just bought this collection so this is a real inspiration.

Bev Drake:
07/02/2018, 02:20:32 PM

Great video & fantastic ideas for using with G45 boxes. Just love everything especially Penny's Paper Doll papers. Well done Annette & look forward to more inspiration. Bev.

Sylvia M:
07/02/2018, 02:22:45 PM

Such an inspiring project, so beautiful, love G45!

Patty Midkiff:
07/02/2018, 02:34:37 PM

Another beautiful product with inspiration from G45. Annette, you are amazing. I would love to be a fly on the wall of your craft room to just watch you work.!

Susie Stover:
07/02/2018, 02:44:27 PM

I am such a fan of yours and this project is so pretty. Love the colors. So glad you will be here for another year. Love your ideas and can't wait to see what's ahead from you to us this coming year.

Yumi Muraeda:
07/02/2018, 02:45:20 PM,

Beautiful projects as always!! And Beautiful family!! I am so happy together with you!!

07/02/2018, 02:51:28 PM

Very beautiful and functional project. I love it!

07/02/2018, 02:54:12 PM

Thank you so much, Annette, for sharing your boxes and base-building technique with us! I, too, love to alter boxes, but I've never used the feet because I didn't know how to make it work - now I know! I'll be trying this soon!

Michelle Nettleton:
07/02/2018, 03:18:28 PM

What's not to love about Annette's wonderful creations!

Sara Eby:
07/02/2018, 03:35:23 PM

Wow, what pretty colors! Altered boxes are always a fun project.

Ellen Haydon:
07/02/2018, 03:48:09 PM

Thank you so much for the video tutorial for the base's you have made. Wow. Ellen from Phoenix

Heather CR:
07/02/2018, 03:54:16 PM

What a wonderful tutorial for one of my favorite new paper packs!! Thank you so much!

07/02/2018, 04:03:14 PM

Can’t wait to try my first box creation. Learned so much from the video. Thanks!

Kelly Kennedy:
07/02/2018, 04:19:05 PM

This box is stunning - not sure I’m that talented or patient! I adore the sun-kissed collection!

07/02/2018, 04:25:34 PM

Wonderful design!!! Its always great to see what all the other peoples design with the same papers, etc.

07/02/2018, 04:37:03 PM,

Annette is not just a talented artist, she’s also kind, smart and hilarious! I’m such a fan of your elegant designs and beautifully crafted projects! This altered box is a total “wow”!!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Craftabulous job!! YOU so ROCK!!

Deborah Cox:
07/02/2018, 04:56:02 PM

Great idea, adds just the right amount of something extra. Well done tutorial, TFS!

Londa kreienkamp:
07/02/2018, 05:00:55 PM

I love this!

denise brown:
07/02/2018, 05:33:58 PM

Would love to win the contest...thanks so much...

Kelly massman:
07/02/2018, 05:34:45 PM

Such a lovely box

07/02/2018, 05:38:04 PM

Love this! It’s so pretty and really shows off the papers.

07/02/2018, 05:41:34 PM

Just love this Annette! Thank you. Fabulous opportunity to win this beautiful kit+! I'm in UK so have to sadly wait for some components :( Thanks G45 for the chance to win. Good luck all <3 x

Susie Doucet:
07/02/2018, 05:52:03 PM

So pretty!

Regina Harrison:
07/02/2018, 05:52:05 PM

This is so pretty, I think this will be my next project. Thank you for the inspiration:)

Andrea Terletski:
07/02/2018, 05:52:28 PM

Would love to be SunKissed in this cloudy summer day!

07/02/2018, 06:10:08 PM

Annette,I adore all your projects.Your videos are so inspiring ,I’m in awe of your creativity. Thanks for sharing.

07/02/2018, 06:17:55 PM

Beautiful project Annette.

Gerry Wolfe:
07/02/2018, 06:54:10 PM

Great prize package. Love the Sun Kissed beach theme paper collection.

Carla Hundley:
07/02/2018, 07:51:12 PM

Amazing creations here. Love the box. Carla from Utah

07/02/2018, 08:01:39 PM

Love this project. G45 are my favorite products.

Carla Schaeffer:
07/02/2018, 08:10:05 PM

Love Graphic 45 products! The paper inspires creativity.

Jeanette Y:
07/02/2018, 08:28:04 PM

Love this beautiful collection and the great projects! Thanks for sharing!

Kim Persinger:
07/02/2018, 08:41:55 PM

Annette's project is absolutely stunning! Thank you very much for sharing! I would love to win the a Sun Kissed drawing too. I adore turtles and sea life theme. Thank you very much for the chance to win.

07/02/2018, 09:57:56 PM

One of the best tutorials that I have ever watched. Thank you, Annette.

Holly Hatch:
07/02/2018, 10:06:04 PM

Love the project. Your papers are so beautiful and bright. Would love to win the prize package. Thank you G45.

07/02/2018, 10:35:53 PM

Show such beautiful projects. Totally beyond my abilities but I love to see them.

Ewa Pawlak-lewandowska:
07/02/2018, 11:17:33 PM,

Whar can I say? Only one: amazing project! Congratulatons!!!

sabine matagne:
07/02/2018, 11:48:11 PM

J'aime beaucoup cette déco ,c'est trés joli et je tente ma chance pour la jolie collection sun kissed!

Judy Phillips:
07/02/2018, 11:49:28 PM

This is a beautiful project - thank you so much for your on-going designs!

Deborah Anderson-Clarke:
07/03/2018, 01:04:02 AM

Lovely box, very creative design. Would love to win cause I can never have enough Graphic 45 papers !!! All the other accessories are just a big bonus .

Kate LeBlanc:
07/03/2018, 01:27:00 AM

Beautiful box and tags and a fantastic giveaway too! I love it all!!

Georgia Zatto:
07/03/2018, 03:18:08 AM

The patterns and colors drew me right in! The first word that came to mind was nostalgic! I cannot wait to start this project since I already have the Penny's Paper Doll paper at home waiting to be used for something unique and beautiful!!

Theresa Corbe:
07/03/2018, 04:47:45 AM

First...I am brand new (just a month!) To Graphic 45. Let's talk about that Sherlock Holmes suitcase! As a huge mystery fan, that is amazing! I will be looking for that paper and supplies to give that a try. I really loved your complete instructions on how to make the base. I have a project I made several years ago and want to make one for that now. Even have some paper to match. It was great watching you. I subscribed so I can see your other videos. Thank you!!

Masayo Cole:
07/03/2018, 05:32:52 AM

You continue to impress with your amazing creations. G45 has all the basic requirements, but you bring it together! Love your creative mind.

Virginia marquez:
07/03/2018, 06:20:11 AM

What an amazing project! It is beautiful.

Sharron Gunter:
07/03/2018, 06:55:24 AM

This is a beautiful crafted piece.You should be proud of the work you did .Looks perfect !.Your designs ,amazing! All from paper crafting.Beautiful.Hopefully one day I can figure out how to make something so beautiful with Graphic45 products.Their designers are awesome!(like you)

Lynn Greenberg:
07/03/2018, 07:00:12 AM

Another great project from Annette and of course, stunning G45 paper. Off to pull paper, boxes and feet together to make one of my own. Thanks for an opportunity to win Vol. 6 with Sun Kissed. I'm a beach gal so it is perfect.

Kathy K:
07/03/2018, 08:27:35 AM

Gorgeous! Love this design. And those claw feet!

Anne McIntosh:
07/03/2018, 08:39:59 AM

What a wonderful project! It's something I'd probably never make myself, but I can admire your artistry and creativity! Glad to see you're back with the G45 Family!

Pam Bearden:
07/03/2018, 06:46:55 PM

This is a project I would love to do! I like it because it is interesting and pleasing to the eye. Thank you for sharing this with all of us Annette

masayo cole:
07/03/2018, 07:48:08 PM

Annett, what would I need to do to facilitate a visit to DC for your crafting class? you are amazing at creating designs. one day...

Arianna Barbara:
07/04/2018, 12:11:11 PM

Awesome project!!! Details are great!!!

Carla Hundley:
07/04/2018, 01:07:25 PM

I love this box and the ATC are so pretty. Love the papers. Carla from Utah

Lisa Relova:
07/04/2018, 04:11:22 PM

This is a stunning project! I really like the color palette of this line. Fingers crossed I win the contest :D

Bettina Kreuer:
07/05/2018, 12:36:39 PM

I love teh Sun Kissed collection. So thank you for the chance to win it.

Carol S. Hughes:
07/05/2018, 02:00:48 PM, FB

Annette this is a great tutorial. I am not a math person and your instructions are so easy to understand. The results are beautiful!Car

Debbie Siddle:
07/06/2018, 03:01:56 AM

Sweet boxes xxx

Jessica Napolitano:
07/15/2018, 05:54:25 AM

Your talent and ideas are amazing. I love your creations with G 45.

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