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April 12, 2017

Shadow Box + Mini Album + Botanicabella = One Perfect Project by Marina Blaukitchen

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Hello G45ers!

Welcome to another creative installment on the Graphic 45 blog.  In this post, you will find a hybrid project that will amaze and delight any artist, along with tips, a Snapguide step by step tutorial, and a video!  Introducing Marina Blaukitchen's shadow box and mini album using the fabulous Botanicabella - Deluxe Collector's Edition.  Also be sure to leave a comment here as well as on Facebook to be entered to win this week's contest.  


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2


"My two favorite crafting techniques are fussy cutting and layering and I have combined a little of both in this shadow box.

It is very relaxing for me to fussy cut, I can spend hours and hours doing it! Then I love to play with the little pieces and try to create a scene with dimension and depth.

Shadow boxes are ideal to try these techniques, they give a proper and delimited space to create different compositions, and they are more versatile than you might think. This is an example of that using a shadow box to decorate an album cover. " ~ Marina BlauKitchen


Shadow Box Graphic 45 Botanicabella Square Album Show from Marina Blaukitchen on Vimeo.


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2


Black Butterfly Pockets & Tags Square Album Graphic 45


Marina transformed the Butterfly Square Pockets & Tags Album into a breathtaking shadow box and mini.  


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2



  • Use the scissors you feel most comfortable with. Fussy cut should be a pleasure, not a martyr! Try different scissors until you find “the ones made for you”.
  • Cut apart the piece you want to fussy cut, then try to move the paper instead the scissors while cutting.
  • I recommend using a precision cutter(x-acto knife) to cut small spaces inside the piece you are cutting.
  • Layering is a very interesting and entertaining technique. Try more than one possibility before making a final decision for your design.
  • Add cardstock or cardboard little pieces to raise the figures and make them stand out from the other figures and from the background.

Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2


Check out How to Make a Shadow Box for an Album Cover by Marina Blaukitchen on Snapguide.



Graphic 45 Supplies:

Botanicabella Deluxe Collector’s Edition
Nature Sketchbook Patterns&Solids
Black Butterfly Square Tag&Pocket Album
Square Ivory Tag Album
ATC Black Policy Envelopes
ATC Red Policy Envelopes


Looking for more great ideas on how to use the Butterfly Square Tags & Pockets Album? Check out this printable Safari Adventure Album project sheet. 

Safari adventure

Download and Print the Square Tag & Pocket - Jungle Mini album instruction.


(0%2F1) Vintage Hollywood National Craft Month Prize $135+

Looking to win big?  This week we are giving out a $135+ prize package full of Vintage Hollywood goodies, a 5x5 Mixed Media Box, Square Tags and Pockets Album, Black ATC TagsDrawer Pulls, and Door Knockers.  Wow!  To be entered to win just leave a comment here on our blog and/or our Facebook page.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 14th, 2017.  

Now go out and find your perfect fussy cutting scissors and let the paper guide you on your next creative adventure.  What are you favorite tried and true tips?  Be sure to share with us here!  

Happy Papercrafting!



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I love this project, so creative!

What an awesome project. The shadow box and mini are incredible. Love the paper line, too.

WOW fabulous combo

Such a beautiful collection. Thanks for the opportunity.

What amazing projects! I am reminded how much I love the SAFARI collection! What a wonderful giveaway, too!

I love fussy cutting & layering as well! I buy $1 gift bags and then fussy cut the printed designs, it's very relaxing :-) As always Graphic 45 design puts you one step ahead of everybody when you are creating, esp love the mini album.

What a clever and beautiful way to combine two of my favorite projects. I am definitely going to do this. Thank you so much for sharing.

Amazong project. Fussy cutting rocks ))

All your projects are so helpful and inspiring. It has become the only paper I want to purchase. Please keep me inspired. And love the new collections.

Your team is super creative! Wonderful projects!

The projects are incredible. And I love all the tips and tutorials that are given as I need all the help I can get. Graphic 45 paper makes me so happy!

I am new to Graphic 45 and absolutely loving the quality, beauty and richness of the designs. Thank you for producing such comprehensive collections. The only "problem" is, that now I want to craft all the time!

Love this album and appreciate the tips shared! I love to fussy cut! Thanks for the chance to win!

Love, love, love shadow boxes. 3D projects are my favorite to make since I'm not into making flat cards/projects. Love the dimension.

Great presentation of the collection. Like this little album.

Love this album, what a smart idea to add a shadow box for the cover , and thanks for the tips

Fantastic uses of another Great Collection of Beautiful Paper! Love all the fussy cutting and TY for a snapguide & tutorial sheet! :)

Love the shadow box. Will have to give this a try.

Wow! That is a beautiful album!

Clever idea attaching the shadow box to the album. Makes for a lovely home decor piece to put on display while secretly containing photos and stories!

Beautiful projects and such a great prize package for one lucky person - Maybe Me??

Just adore the shadow box album idea. The papers go well with it. Thanks for sharing. xx

Every day you have such great inspiring ideas!

Ooh! Would Really love this one!

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