Reverse Shadow Box Tutorial

Hello, G45ers!

  This week on the blog we will be introducing our 2020-2021 Brand Ambassadors, starting with Carla La Vera.  Carla has mastered the art of creating Mini Albums from scratch and always adds so many fun interactive elements to each page.  For her #G45Selfie project Carla has created a Reverse Shadow Box using our Ocean Blue paper collectionTake note of her genius tips and be sure to watch the video tutorial to get even more great ideas, and when you are done be sure to leave a warm welcome for Carla in the comments below.  

Carla La Vera – USA

Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador 2020-2021


  Hi!  I’m Carla La Vera, I’m 50 years old and almost 12 years like a Scrapbook addict.  I discovered the world of scrapbooking in 2008 when I was still living in my home country of Peru and working as a civil engineer, and it was love at first sight! Since then, I’ve moved to the United States and adopted Barnegat, NJ as my new home, but my passion for scrapbooking has only grown. From teaching classes on the craft of scrapbook albums to founding my Etsy shop “NostalgiqueScrap”, I’ve continued to make time for this passion in my busy life as a wife and mother. 

  I’m also an antique lover, so when I discovered Graphic 45’s vintage-inspired products, I knew they were the perfect complement for my style. I love to work with interactive albums, incorporate layers, and seek out the perfect colors to match a project.  I like to decorate each page but without taking attention away from the photos.  I hope you like my proposals and enjoy making the beautiful projects that the whole team of brand ambassadors has created for you. I’m so excited to be part of this amazing group of very talented people!



Reverse Shadow Box

By Carla La Vera


  I’m so excited to share with you my first project as Graphic 45 Ambassador 2020-2021.  I didn’t have an idea about what project to do for this occasion, and, when I needed to find a photo for Brand Ambassador presentations I found these photos that my son took me the last time that he visited me and…I believed they will be a perfect match for Ocean Blue Collection.


This is my version of an opposite shadow box.  I used a wood base (8” x 8”) that I found in a Clearance.



Tip: I like to do some details with the same paper on all my pages, like I did on this album with the blue strips paper.


Tip: I like to add my photos to a contrast color cardstock piece before to add on the album.




Tip:  When I have a big embellishment piece, I try to add it on two continued pages, it helps to integrate your album pages.

Video Tour and Tutorial:

Reverse Shadow Box by Carla La Vera for Graphic 45



 I hope you enjoy doing your album and put your own touches.” ~Carla


Graphic 45 Supplies:


Other Supplies:

  • Kraft Cardstock

  • Blue Cardstock

  • Wood Base 8×8

  • Blue Eyelets

  • Magnetic discs

  • Thin Rope

  • Glue

  • Metal Latch Brad



Happy Papercrafting!


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