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Compendium of Games Box: Clare Charvill Feature

Posted by Graphic 45 07/13/2017 52 Comment(s) Tutorials,Videos,

Hello, G45ers!

  Thanks for joining us today for more fun and games-literally. Today, we have Clare's Charvill's premiere project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador and it is a doozy! Clare has used Master Detective to create a customer board game set, and it is hard to imagine the meticulous planning and attention to detail a project as ambitious as this must have taken, but we are so happy to get to share it with you. Clare has carefully selected a variety of sheets from the colleciton to create custom game boards for several classic games, as well as storage for the various pieces. Amazingly, it all rests in a compact and lovely custom storage box that doubles as a great display piece. What is best is that Clare has included a kit with instructions and a YouTube video to make it easy to follow along at home. Before we jump into the feature, Clare also shares a bit about her crafting journey. Checkmate, G45ers! This blog has it all.


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Clare Charvill

Hi G45ers.  I’m Clare Charvill and live in rural Warwickshire in the heart of the UK. I’m a mum of two fab grown up boys and craft professionally.  Since I found the Graphic 45 paper collections just over seven years ago, I’ve become a total addict. The gorgeous vintage collections inspire my creativity and the projects I design and share with like-minded paper crafters all over the world. Here in the UK I host a website, workshops, and retreats all over the country, have great fun sharing the G45 love, and have showcased many projects and craft ideas with the G45 collections on UK Craft TV.

Running such a diverse business single handedly doesn’t leave me with much spare time, but when I can I love baking, gardening, spending time with the boys and friends and a little retail therapy too.

Clare’s Blog

Clare’s Pinterest Page charvill

Clare’s You Tube Channel

Clare’s Website


Fun Facts:

  1. Totally addicted to the US version of House of Cards and am slowly working my way through the fourth series before starting to watch the fifth.

  2. On a craft front I’m enjoying having a new girly in the family (my son’s girlfriend) and making her G45 themed home décor items for their new house.  We have a long list of asks to work though.

  3. My all-time favourite G45 collection has to be Curtain Call.  It’s the one that kick started my paper craft journey. As a total addict, I do love them all and always get excited when new collections are released.  


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Master Detective Compendium of Games Box
By Clare Charvill


Before introducing you to my project, I’d like to thank Diane, Charee, and Aimee for inviting me to be a Grand Ambassador for Graphic 45 here in the UK again this year.  I’m very touched and look forward to another year of sharing my creativity with the amazing Graphic 45 collections at the workshops and retreats I run here in the UK and with crafters all around the world via my YouTube channel and blog.

I’m often asked where the inspiration for my designs comes from, and without exception, my reply is always the papers. The theme inspires my thought process, and after browsing through the papers, ideas start popping about in my head.

The inspiration for the project I’m sharing with you today came from the front cover of the collection and ‘The Game is afoot’ banner and then the cards and the B-side of the ‘Get a Clue’ paper.   

The games in the box all have special memories for me, some we played as a family when I was little and others I still play with the boys and my sister.  As a crafter, you’ll know how hard it is to decide which papers to use, and then which side, but once I’d done that I was away. And here it is – the Master Detective Compendium of Games Box.

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The project was designed around the 12 x 12 papers, and I’ve used a mix of designer papers and patterns & solids throughout. The games counters and dice are neatly stored away in the two rows of little boxes, the top ones are held in the lid with magnets to stop them falling out when the box is closed too.  

The base of the box is decorated with ‘Get a Clue’ paper, solids, and a border strip – I love that train and dog tooth paper and it provides a great space for card and dice games.

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There are single solitaire, noughts and crosses boards.  Each counter is made up of punched black card circles, a paper circle on top and coated in glossy accents to add a little weight to them.  Harry was my helper on these. 

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The full-sized chess/draughts board is altered in one sheet of Web of Lies paper on the game side and one sheet of ‘Beautiful Mysteries’ on the reverse. This was fun to make.  

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Smaller boxes hold the cards and chess pieces.

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At the bottom of the box are the backgammon boards.  I’ve inlaid black and orange patterns and solids under the green plaid paper for the overall effect and four single sheets make up the playing area.  The dice and counters have their own boxes.

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This really was a great project to design and make. I’ve actually made two of them, one each as heirlooms for my boys.  If they have families, they will be able to carry the game playing tradition. If you’d like to make the project too, the kit and full instructions are available via the link below.   


Graphic 45 Supplies:

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Other Supplies:

  • Compendium of Games Kit and Instructions – My Creative Spirit

  • Black Construction Tape – My Creative Spirit

  • Metal Locks – miscellaneous

  • Just a Note Die Set – for the lettering on the boxes and counters

  • Tacky Glue

  • Glossy Accents



Master Detective Compendium of Games Video                                                                                                                                                Have a great time crafting with this amazing paper collection, thank you again, Diane, Charee, and Aimee and here’s to another year of creativity with Graphic 45” ~Clare Charvill

Thanks for joining us for this special Grand Ambassador feature by Clare Charvill. We are so grateful to have her with us for another year and so grateful to you for following along. Between this project, and yesterday's by Yumi, we hope you have plenty of Master Detective on hand to get crafting! If not, be sure to hit up your local scrapbook store to get what you need. Rember that today is the last day to enter to win this week's blog prize by commenting here and/or on Facebook. We will announce the randomly chosen winner in tomorrow's blog. Also, back by popular demand, you can now get the daily blog sent right to your email. Click here to sign up!

Happy Papercrafting!

52 Comment(s)

Becca Yahrling:
07/13/2017, 08:50:38 AM

This is fabulous! I've made some smaller size games for my nieces & nephews, but none as grand as this! Definitely heirloom quality.

Traci Adiego:
07/13/2017, 08:51:05 AM

WOW!! What a fantastic project. Love the new papers-so many possibilities. Hope to give Clare's idea a try.

Marianne Gonzales:
07/13/2017, 09:10:13 AM

What a keepsake for your boys to cherish through the years. Fantastic!!

Ruth-Anne Cain:
07/13/2017, 09:15:40 AM

What an amazing project! And I love the Master Detective paper Claire used. It's perfect.

Anna Koczela:
07/13/2017, 09:17:00 AM

Marvellous idea!

Jean Marmo:
07/13/2017, 09:19:34 AM

Wow - these are amazing!

07/13/2017, 09:21:28 AM


Glenda Buster:
07/13/2017, 09:26:14 AM

Welcome back Clare. Your game collection is definitely an awesome heirloom and so creative. Thank you for the opportunity to purchase a kit with instructions and the video.

Deb Cox:
07/13/2017, 10:21:11 AM

Always love your work Clare! This game set shows just how creative you are, well done!

07/13/2017, 10:35:19 AM

OMG! this is stunning and so meticulously done. Absolutely Love it <3

Fiona Hamilton:
07/13/2017, 11:20:52 AM

Totally amazing Clare! You have a wonderful imagination and I live seeing what you have created. You have inspired me a lot and I am looking forward to the Glasgow class in August.

Kate LeBlanc:
07/13/2017, 11:36:29 AM

I love this collection and you just made it all the more attractive! I really want to make a game set like this. Thank you for the inspiration!

Kathy Smith:
07/13/2017, 11:46:15 AM

I don't think there is a Graphic 45 collection that I don't love! And anything by Claire is always my favorite until she shows the next wonderful project!!! Taking a workshop from her is on my bucket list but I'm in the US so must dream about it!!! I did meet a friend of hers tho in the States, Cathy Knight, who also does fabulous work!!

Alisand Swanson:
07/13/2017, 12:08:51 PM

Wonderful project--nice to see an alternative to albums, which I don't really use.

Alexandra Trigili:
07/13/2017, 12:13:55 PM

I love detective stories AND I love board games so of course I love this! Thank you Clare for such a fun and creative project.

Martie Rollin:
07/13/2017, 12:17:59 PM

Amazing project! Well done, Clare!! And I am so happy to, once again, see daily emails! YES! So happy to see Home Sweet Home included in your most generous prize package...nice!

Vanessa LeClear:
07/13/2017, 12:32:42 PM

Clare's game box is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win an awesome prize package!

07/13/2017, 12:36:52 PM

This is truly amazing! I can't even imagine taking on a project like this, especially since I'm so far behind in my scrapbooking... You are a wonder, Clare!

07/13/2017, 12:46:28 PM

Absolutely amazing project.

Rhoda Lynch:
07/13/2017, 12:50:24 PM

I love all your projects, Clare. I love the clean and not overly embellished work you do. In fact, my very first album was made using your tutorial with G 45 ABC Primer. I still love it and have it on display. Thank you.

Diane F:
07/13/2017, 01:11:31 PM

What an amazing project! I love that this is functional too; not just to look at.

07/13/2017, 01:24:58 PM

This most definitely is a WOW!! This goes to show you are only limited by your imagination and what an imagination Claire has. Just wonderful.

Nicolette Holzer:
07/13/2017, 01:50:12 PM

Great use of the collection. Thank you for sharing.

Susan Vogt:
07/13/2017, 01:56:43 PM

Love the "game" box! Great idea as a gift for your adult children. Thanks for the inspiration.

Cathy Frailey:
07/13/2017, 02:16:34 PM,
Reply!I'm drooling all over my keyboard!

Mathilde S.:
07/13/2017, 02:18:01 PM

Wow,what an amazing heirloom,so original and creative.You must have spent hours and hours on this masterpiece!Congratulations Clare.

Dottie Sims:
07/13/2017, 02:40:30 PM

That box is beautiful - I could see using so many of G45's collections to personalize it. Well done!

Michelle Nettleton:
07/13/2017, 02:48:09 PM

Oh WOW! This project is definitely heirloom quality. I'm floored at the work put into it!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Oh wow, stunning creations!

Debbie Siddle:
07/13/2017, 03:17:31 PM

What a great idea. I love games and this collection is perfect for it. Fab design. x

Jane Cameron:
07/13/2017, 03:22:32 PM

Stunning project. I knew it was going to be good, but this exceeds my expectations.

Jaimi Bailey:
07/13/2017, 03:33:23 PM

This is one of the coolest projects I've ever seen! I love this so much!

Judy D.:
07/13/2017, 04:38:39 PM

Clare is one of my favorite artists/creators, and this game box is pure brilliance!! And I vote for it to be called "Granny's Game Box" like Clare mentioned in her video! Judy D.

Pat Dunajski:
07/13/2017, 05:04:02 PM

Wow. I've been following you for years now and have purchased some of your tutorials. Like you, I was also introduced to G45 with Curtain Call. Your creativity as always amazed me, but you hit it out of the park with this one. It's amazing.

Jami L Wright:
07/13/2017, 06:09:37 PM

WOW!WOW!WOW! I have two young nephews that will love this! This is out of this world!!!

Sue LD:
07/13/2017, 07:09:18 PM

Clever idea and so well done.

Kelly Massman:
07/13/2017, 09:04:50 PM

very cool!!! i love the detail and idea in general!

Natalie Godfrey:
07/13/2017, 09:32:37 PM

WOW! Its amazing what you created. I wish that I could do that!

Carol Jones:
07/13/2017, 11:16:25 PM

Wow, Clare! This project is stunning! Stupendous, amazing, awesome & all the other wonderful descriptive words I can't think of right now. And for you to share the kit & instructions with us is beyond generous. So thank you very much, you are fantastic!

07/14/2017, 12:45:13 AM

I love the games and the papers of course. Wonderful project. Thanks

07/14/2017, 01:23:07 AM

This project is Stinning! You are a genius!

07/14/2017, 01:46:04 AM, @marusaneeva

Классная идея и ее воплощение, Сlare!Интересный розыгрыш!С удовольствием участвую!Замечательный приз! Великолепные товары от G45! From Russia with love!

Debbie Boggs:
07/14/2017, 04:42:48 AM

Beautiful,just amazing!

Dorothy McCarthy:
07/14/2017, 06:38:18 AM,


07/14/2017, 07:51:31 AM

Absolutely phenomenal! What a great heirloom piece!

Beth Hansen:
07/14/2017, 12:42:49 PM

This is FABULOUS! A collection of games using the fantastic Graphic 45 papers from Master Detective is a rare and priceless set indeed. A lot of planning and effort (and love) went into this amazing piece - surely something to be treasured for a lifetime.

Beth Hansen:
07/14/2017, 12:42:50 PM

This is FABULOUS! A collection of games using the fantastic Graphic 45 papers from Master Detective is a rare and priceless set indeed. A lot of planning and effort (and love) went into this amazing piece - surely something to be treasured for a lifetime.

Gayle Hocking:
07/14/2017, 01:53:00 PM

I agree with Clare! These papers do inspire creativity. This project is just so very awesome, but a unique take on the usual paper crafting ideas. Thank you so much!

Olga Nemanova:
07/14/2017, 11:10:26 PM,

What a wonderful idea!!! Thank you for inspiration!!!

07/16/2017, 09:38:23 AM

Just got back into scrapbooking and started with the mini albums. of course clair as well as a few other on youtube videos have been great inspirations. This project is beautiful, the board and chess pieces are so perfect. P.S. apologies for the rambling.

Maryann Laursen:
07/17/2017, 12:39:49 AM,

I´m totally blown away with this project here Claire. I absolutely LOVE it. I can´t really find out, if you´ve got some written rules for these games somewhere, or you just had them from some old games, but would really like to know, if there´s any place, where they can be found, as I would love to make such a set for my granddaughters, who´s always out on camping with their family every year, and they´re also really amazed by this and said, it would be soo perfect for them too, but none of us know all the rules for these games.

Lisa K.:
07/18/2017, 03:59:28 PM

I, too, am blown away with this wonderful, clever, useful project! I saw on Youtube a few days ago and was in awe! Mad skills and clever, clever, clever!

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