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April 03, 2013

Send A Message of Love With Place in Time!


Hello G45ers,

It's a new day for grand inspiration here at Graphic 45! Are you ready for some dazzling ideas featuring our Place in Time collection?! Now that the sun is shining and the birds are singing their springtime songs, it's a great time to let this glorious season inspire your creativity! Today we will share a very special tag by Arlene Cuevas! Her amazing tag would make the perfect gift for someone you love! Arlene even created a fun video tutorial! We also have part 5 of Gloria Stengel's Place in Time card tutorial series. Now that she has shown you how to create your cards for each month of the year, today she's going to take you step-by-step through creating a beautiful handmade box to house all of your cards! Today's blog is filled with so many great ideas and fun techniques! You're going to love it!

Don't forget that there's still time to enter to win this week's Place in Time blog contest! We're giving away this gorgeous prize pack to one lucky winner! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win! We will chose one random winner and announce them on our blog this Friday.  Stay tuned to see if you are this week's winner!

Place in Time Contest Graphic 45

Here we have a gorgeous "Love" tag by Arlene Cuevas. This is obviously great for Valentine's Day but it would be perfect as an anniversary gift too! Did you know that the traditional first year anniversary gift is paper?! True story! But any time is a great time to share your love with a beautiful handmade tag! Arlene did an amazing job layering the Place in Time papers and Graphic 45 Staples! Just look at her fabulous use of our Antique Metal Door Pull and the new Regular Tag Album Staples! Follow along with Arlene's fun video tutorial to create this tag for someone special in your life!




Place in Time Tag Arlene Cuevas Valentine Gift Tutorial






Place in Time papers: February Cut-Aparts (8x8 and 12x12)
Staples: Ornate Door Pull, Ornate Metal Key, Ornate Key Hole, Metal Hinge, Metal Clothespin, Stamped Metal brads, Chipboard buttons
White Doilies
I am Roses flowers
May Art ribbon
Tombo Glue
Glossy Accents
3M dimensionals

Next we have the final installment of Gloria Stengel's Place in Time card tutorial series! In case you missed the previous tutorials you can download them all by clicking the links below! Today Gloria is going to show you how to create an exquisite box to house all of your cards! This bright and cheerful Place in Time and Secret Garden box is the perfect finishing touch for your beautiful cards! It would also make an incredible handmade gift! Follow along with Gloria's fun and easy instructions to create your very own Place in Time treasure! Take it away, Gloria! 

 Download Gloria Card Series Part 1

Download Gloria Card Series Part 2

Download Gloria Card Series Part 3

Download Gloria Card Series Part 4

Download Gloria Card Series Part 5


Place in Time Secret Garden Box Altered Art Cards Gift Gloria Stengel Graphic 45 Tutorial


Graphic 45 Collections:
Place in Time: March Cut-Aparts paper, Chipboard Tags 1
Secret Garden: Beautiful Blooms, Sun Kissed, Meadow Lark paper, Cardstock Stickers,
Cardstock Flowers
Graphic 45 Staples: Ornate Metal Door Pull
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Pearls: Want2Scrap
Stamens: craft store
Embossing enamel: Stampendous Shabby Blue
Ink: Tsukineko Brilliance Moonlight White
Paint: Martha Stewart Summer Linen
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One, Bitty Blossoms, Foliage
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Fiskars postage edge scissors
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Ranger Glossy Accents


You may decorate a pre-made box, or follow the directions below to create your own box from chipboard. The cards in this series are all 5 x 5 inches, therefore the finished box is approximately 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.

1. For the box base, cut two chipboard pieces to 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. Cut three pieces to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.


2. Paint all edges with white acrylic paint and allow to dry.


3. For the box lid cut one piece to 4 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches, two pieces to 2 1/8 x 5 5/8x inches, two pieces to 2 1/8 x 4 5/8 inches. (Please note: depending on the thickness of your chipboard you may have to adjust the size of your lid.)

4. Paint all edges with white paint and allow to dry.



5. Cover all sides of the chipboard pieces with paper. I used a combination of papers from the Graphic 45 Secret Garden and Place in Time Collections.


6. Once all sides of your box and lid are covered with decorative paper, use a strong glue to assemble the pieces. 


The base of the box will measure 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches, with a bottom and four sides. The lid will measure slightly larger and sit down over the top of the box.

  Place in Time Secret Garden Box Altered Art Cards Gift Gloria Stengel Graphic 45 Tutorial

7. Use elements from the Graphic 45 Place in Time and Secret Garden Collections to decorate your box as desired.


8. Use one of the Place in Time Chipboard elements and the Secret Garden Cardstock Stickers to create a label for the front of your box.


9. Use embossing enamel to alter on of the Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull Staples and attach it to the lid as a handle.



10. Add a few of the Place in Time March Cut-Aparts for extra decoration on the box top and around the rim of the lid.


Your box is now ready to fill with cards and envelopes!

If you have any questions, email me at [email protected] or visit my blog at www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com.

We hope you all had a lot of fun on today's Graphic 45 blog! We want to thank Arlene Cuevas and Gloria Stengel for their amazing works of art! We hope that today's creations will inspire you all to create a special handmade craft for someone you love! Please come back and join us tomorrow for more dazzling craft inspiration and fun ideas! We will also be announcing the first round of 30 finalists for the new Graphic 45 2013 Design Team on tomorrow's blog! We will also have another super special announcement to make! It's going to be a very exciting day! We wish you all a very happy day! Thank you so much for joining us!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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The box idea is very cute. Lots of detail.

the box is wonderful


Great work.

The box is absolutely Gorgeous!!

OMYGOSH!! Soooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the box for cards!!

Thank you for todays inspirations :) I love them! Ms Gloria I love your box and I have several premade boxes that I have saved for alteration :)

OMG both projects are awesome......I keep falling more and more in love with this collection everyday.
I can't wait to see who's in the top 30 list ......It's so exciting have a blessed day too hugs Amy :)

I see these projects and want to try them all.. but where or where do I find the time lol! Thanks!

I absolutely love the Valentine's Tag. Thanks for sharing it!

Gorgeous projects!! Wow!

These area just stunning projects this week and it is only Wednesday. Love these papers!!

I adore that beautiful box for the place in time cards!

beautiful box, thanks for the tutorial and projects

The box is creative and very well done. I like all the attention to detail, and the colors really pop. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!!

Love the tag, the layering is spot on and well done. Thanks for the creative inspiration.

Love, love, love todays projects!! Hope it's my turn to win!!

The details are just beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration.

..have 2 projects going on now.. and you keep tempting us with more elegena projects..G45 is amazing..

The card series was my all time fav...and now a box to store them all!! Life is good.

Wow! Love the tag. Gloria's card series has been fabulous!

Amazing projects and thanks for sharing them with us!

These projects are absolutely stunning ! Have to say the colours of the box are absolutely beautiful thanks for the
tutorial and chance to win done goodies !

Love the box of cards and the tag is amazing as always - A+++ ladies!

WOW! I would melt if someone sent this to me. Beautiful!

Stunning work, as always. The papers are so beautiful, thank you.

Beautiful projects. I love the box.

beautiful projects-especially the card box!!! the colors are awesome!

Beautiful inspiring projects. So creative. Love both these projects and the tutorials. Thank you. These papers are so versatile for any project all year long!!!

Very pretty! Love the card box!

Fabulous tutorials. Love the tags and card box.

Love both the tag and box. Beautifully done!

Most beautiful! Once again, gets my papercrafting side of my brain going. Thank you G45, Arlene and Gloria!!!


I see Christmas gifts being made...


Great projects but the box for the cards is fab! Love it - so pretty!

Fantastic projects! Love Place in Time.

Such a gorgeous vintage tag!! I'm loving "A Place in Time" Collection more and more because it goes great with all sorts of projects. The cards are stunning, thanks for all the great ideas I get from you guys.

Wow! I would've bet that was Tara's work and not Arlene's lol! Love it all :)

Fantastic projects and tutorials - thanks so much for sharing with us. "A Place in Time" is so versatile; I absolutely love it.

This card box is so pretty. Very femine and would make a lovely gift for a friend or female family member.

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