Upcycle Week: Learn how to store your photos & twine in style!
Pull out your pretty papers, scissors, and glue and let's start creating! This post features two upcycled projects by our Design Team members. First, Kathy Clement gifts us a gorgeous Mixed Media Box filled with tags and photo mats all decorated with the new Vintage Hollywood collection. Plus, Kathy shares her genius tips on how you can create your own masterpiece. Second, Marina BlauKitchen shares a fantastic and simple way to repurpose a matchbox into a cord, twine or ribbon dispenser. So let's dive in and enjoy what can be crafted with Graphic 45 and a bit of leftover packaging.
Born to Be a Star Box by Kathy Clement
"My mom loved old black and white movies, and I can remember lazy Saturday afternoons spent watching them together. It was a special treat to eat lunch from TV trays in the living room while watching Tarzan and Jane, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, or Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn transport us far from our little house on top of the hill. The Vintage Hollywood collection brought back all those happy memories for me. I wanted to pay tribute to that incredible era of movie making by creating an “off the page” project complete with a movie reel and filmstrip elements. I hope you enjoy this homage to the glitz and glam of Vintage Hollywood." ~Kathy Clement
Turn trash into treasure! For this off the page project, I combined an empty ribbon spool and G45 Staples packaging tags with a square mixed media kraft box, a shabby chic ornate door plate, ATC policy envelopes and Vintage Hollywood papers. The end result is a glamorous photo storage box.
I love to use black chalk paint to alter surfaces. It is a drier paint, so it is less likely to warp paper, it goes on smoothly, and dries quickly. You don’t have to sand before painting, which is another big plus. I used it to paint my kraft mixed media box, the empty ribbon spool and my packaging tags. I also ran a black edge around each side of the kraft photo mount squares from the box. It provides a nice, crisp border for your photos.
Turn ATC Policy Envelopes into interactive elements! Cut a strip of cardstock to measure 2.5” long x 1” tall. Score down the middle at ½”. Crease with a bone folder. Glue one flap to the back of your ATC Policy envelope and the other to the bottom edge of your photo mount. Then use 3D foam adhesive (or waste chipboard) to add an image to the envelope front. You can add secret journaling, small souvenirs, or photos to the ATC pocket and mount large photos behind.
To create the movie reel “ribbon” I cut 1.5” widths of the film strip ribbon on the reverse side of the signature page. Mist the paper lightly with water and gently wrap around a pencil. The paper will curl, and while damp, can be easily twisted and glued onto your project.
To create the “bun” feet for the box, I glued together two 1” diameter wooden bingo chips. Then I wrapped them with Staples black/gold washi tape and hot glued onto the box base.
Use a felt applicator and Red Pepper and Terra Cotta Alcohol Inks to alter the Staples Metal Doorplate. Then tap black chalk paint around the raised edges to provide contrast.
Graphic 45 Supplies:
- Vintage Hollywood 12x12 Collection: Star Studded, Spotlight, Vintage Hollywood
- Vintage Hollywood 8x8 collection: Glitz and Glamour, Tinseltown
- Vintage Hollywood 12x12 Patterns and Solids
- Vintage Hollywood Tags and Pockets Cardstock Die Cuts
- Vintage Hollywood Decorative and Journaling Chipboard
- Vintage Hollywood Sticker Sheet
- Red ATC Policy Envelopes
- 5x5 Kraft Mixed Media Box with Cardstock Photo Mats
- Staples Washi Tape
- Shabby Chic Door Plate & Knob
- Staples Metal Packaging Tags
- Empty Ribbon Spool
- Black Chalk Paint
- Petaloo Red Anemones, Black Botanical Blooms
- Gold Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon
- 1” diameter Bingo Chips for Bun feet (you will need 8)
- Metal stars
- Red Pepper, Terra Cotta Alcohol Ink to alter door plate
- Tarnished Brass Distress Paint
- Black Cardstock, Glue, Double Sided Tape, Glue Gun, Foam Dimensionals
Upcycle Cord Dispenser Box Cityscapes Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen
"I love to recycle and give new life to an object that could have ended up in the trash. In this case, a small box containing Christmas chocolates has become a very practical cord dispenser for when packaging gifts." ~Marina Blaukitchen
Do not throw anything away that makes you think that maybe you can turn it into something nice, unique and different. You may not do it immediately but surely the moment arises when that little box has its utility. Study the structure of the piece, and think how you can make the most of it and how you can paste the paper and other elements to make it perfect
Graphic 45 Supplies:
A matchbox type box
This week we are giving out a $40+ prize package that includes an Off to the Races 8x8 paper pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids pad, Decorative Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, ATC Black Book Box, and Shabby Chic Drawer Pulls. Wow! To enter to win, just leave a comment here on our blog and/or Facebook page. The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 21st, 2017.
Thank you for following along on our creative journey. We love to see what people are creating, to keep the great ideas going full circle. Be sure to share your ideas below in the comments and photos of your work on Instagram and Facebook using the #Graphic45 hashtag. In the words of Albert Einstein, "Creativity is contagious, pass it on."
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