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February 07, 2013

Glorious Gift Ideas with Graphic 45!


G45 March DT Project 1 Pic 8 Clare Charvill

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."

~Mother Teresa

Happy Thursday, G45ers!

 Thanks for joining us on the blog for a perfect day of inspiration on the G45 blog! Are you looking for Valentine gift ideas? Does someone in your life have a birthday coming up? We have the perfect DIY gifts for you in the knick of time! Let's ease your mind with a beautiful altered gift box by Clare Charvill using French Country and other fun collections and Sharon Ngoo shares a Place in Time pocket diary perfect for the organized friend in your life! 

Let's begin with Clare Charvill's beautiful gift box. "I love the blue toile, and striped papers in the new French Country collection and by teaming them up with other blue and black papers from A Place in Time and ABC Primer collections I made this french vintage gift box. I was inspired by vintage packaging of french make up and perfumes with a little added inspiration from the opulence of the Palace of Versailles that I visited last year." - Clare Charvill


G45 March DT Project 1 Pic 1 Clare Charvill

G45 March DT Project 1 Pic 2 Clare Charvill (1)
 Love how Clare decorated the inside of the box to create a keepsake through the years! 

G45 March DT Project 1 Pic 3 Clare Charvill

Alter bottles of your favorite soaps or oils and surprise your recipient with extra goodies!

G45 March DT Project 1 Pic 5 Clare Charvill

Enjoy Clare's YouTube video that takes you on a tour of this glorious project: 



Graphic 45 Supply List  
French Country 12 x 12 paper Provence and Abundance 
Place in Time 12 x 12 paper Sentiments and July Cut A-parts
ABC Primer 12 x12 paper The Three R's 

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Cling Stamp Set 2 
A Ladies Diary Cling Stamp Set 2


Other Supplies
Papier Mache Box
Cream Acrylic paint, black and cream card
May Arts checked and black and cream ribbon 
Vintage photo and weathered wood distress ink 
Crackle Stamp and bottles from my own collection 
Star Dust Stickles & Black Embossing Powder 
Dies Used
Sizzix Frames Fancy Oval & Oval with Ornate Edges
Alterations Tattered Florals
Spellbinders Rose Creations
Marianne Creatables leaves 

Next, we have a beautiful pocket diary using Place in Time by Sharon Ngoo. She even included a tutorial so you could make your very own! Here's what Sharon has to say about it, "Its really quick and easy to do, and I thought you might like to have a go. So here's a quick tutorial.  I used the 8X8" Place in Time paper stack for this and kept everything quite flat so that it will keep better in your handbag and hopefully last through the year."

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Place in Time Pocket Diary

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Place in Time Pocket Diary Tutorial

Graphic45 Supplies:

5.  Mini Envelope Staples
Other Supplies:
1.  Storybook pages - my own
2.  Maya Road clock sheers


We hope we helped you out with some fabulous gift ideas today! Many thanks to Clare and Sharon for their creative genius! Join us tomorrow for another day of inspiration. 


Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45 


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OMG these two projects are gorgeous! Such talent! Love these colors and patterns together!

I really love combining several collections. One of the best parts of G45 papers. Great projects. -Amy

Both these projects are so inspiring! I have a plain box just aching to be decorated and I can't wait to try the pocket diary. Thanks!

how cool are those...love em both!

Thanks Graphic 45! I am going to attemp to make the diary!

Clare and Sharon have done it again! Absolutely inspirational and beautiful!! I LOVE the French Country Collection! Way to go G45!!

I would be thrilled if I received one of these as a gift they are fantastic!

Love the projects today. I especially love the pocket diary.

LOVE the pocket diary!

Lovely gift ideas! The box would make any gift inside look fab whilst the diary looks really easy to make!

Incredible projects. The French inspired box by Clare is over-the-top beautiful. So inspiring.

Great ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

Again some awesome projects.

Beautiful projects today. Thanks for sharing your talents!


Wow! That box is amazing!the flowers are gorgeous! So much inspiration.

I loved yesterday's book but now I'm in love again!! The pocket Diary is the best!

I love the projects !!! Beautiful as always!!

What great gift ideas! Nice for weddings and the graduates on my list! Thanks to the best designers on the planet!

Awesome, just love each one!

So love that pocket diary! Thanks for the great instructions too... think I may have to make one!

Great ideas today--especially love the easy pocket calendar instructions.

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

I really like the pocket calender Sharon Ngoo made. The cover is so cool!!! Thanks for the tutorial.

Another superb blog with loads of inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful projects! I love the blue toile!

Super fun ideas. Thanks for the turorial.

I can see the box being used over and over for gifting all kinds of things. The notebook will come in handy and you can get some ooohhhs and aaaahhhhs when you pull it out to write something in it.

i cant wait to see Secret Garden up close! your previews never do your paper justice!!

Love the hat box with it's wonderful decor. Great tutorial on the pocket calendar. Love how it's made from the 8 X 8 pages. great job.

Great ideas! Thank you for sharing

Oh so cool love the projects today!

I adore that box and such cute keepsakes!!! Love the little pocket book as well, great tutorial - that's my weekend projects done:)

I love both of these! The tutorial is great. I think I am going to have to give it a try! Hopefully with Secret Garden!

Really neat way to use your entire paper pad. Thanks!

Clare's box is magnificent! So many lovely details, and her flowers are gorgeous. I love Sharon's pocket diary, and really appreciate the tutorial! Thanks, Sharon!

Clare, I just love how you incorporated so many different collections in your beautiful gift box! So lovely. I enjoyed looking at the pocket diary. Thank you for such a great idea.

This is fabulous! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

Beautiful projects again today - thanks for the inspiration!

Wow, what a stunning gift box! I would love to try one of these! I love the pocket diary too! Blessings! Kathy

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