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.
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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.
Graphic 45 Supplies:
- Little Women 12×12 Paper Collection
- Staples – Deep Pocket Rectangle Matchbook Box — Ivory
- Staples – Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album – Ivory
- Staples Metal Clock Keys
- Staples Ornate Metal Key Holes
- Staples Ornate Metal Label Holders
- 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!
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…
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.