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December 23, 2013

Outside The Box Ideas For A Handmade Holiday

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Hello G45ers,

Christmas is just two days away! Don't get overwhelmed with lots of last-minute holiday preparations! Take a moment to enjoy some warm and cozy inspiration from Graphic 45! We've got some gorgeous ideas that are sure to bring you back to a happy place of holiday cheer. Christmas is a time of such beauty. Today we're going to share two stunning ideas for handmade holiday boxes. First you'll see an amazing upcycled brie box that Denise Hahn has transformed into a breathtaking piece of home decor with 12 Days of Christmas. Then Romy Veul will share a magnificent gift box and tutorial that also features 12 Days of Christmas. Both of today's crafts are so unique a clever. Whether you're looking for some last minute gift ideas, or simply in need of some joyful inspiration for your day, you've come to the right place! Let the fun begin!

Lets start by announcing this week's wonderful new blog contest! We're giving you a chance to win this lovely Typography prize pack that includes an 8x8 paper pad, Sticker sheet, Chipboard Die-Cut, cardstock Tags & Pockets, Regular Tag Album Staples and Metal Hinge Staples. That's a $37 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win! A random winner will be announced this Friday on the Graphic 45 blog! Stay tuned!

Graphic 45 Typography prize contest win giveaway


And now it's time for some holiday fun with 12 Days of Christmas! We begin with this wonderfully inventive upcycled brie box that Denise has transformed into a gorgeous piece of holiday home decor! You can create so many incredible projects by upclying old boxes like this one. Get inspired by Denise's whimsical work of art! This is the perfect project for a cozy winter afternoon. Here is what Denise had to say about this splendid craft!

"Since I work at  grocery store I have access to a wide array of boxes of all different types. I am always on the lookout unique and fun boxes to alter. I have made similar little ornaments with small round boxes such as the individual bries and Laughing Cow containers- but this one was big! I saw my clerk was cutting the big brie wheel into slices and I said give me that box! Originally I wanted to make the “Days” attach to the front edge like numbers on a clock- but it looked terrible! So a happy mistake led to the tail part being adorned with the 12 Days of Christmas countdown cut from the 8x8 paper pad. I embellished using Petaloo Textured Layers flowers along with some vintage millinery. I hand made the sisal tree-was going to paint it but I loved that natural look it gave. There are tons of scenes and designs you can create inside- and who doesn’t like brie?" -Denise

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Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas 8x8 Paper Pad

Graphic 45 12x12 Pear Tree

Graphic 45 12x12 My True Love

Adhesive Xyron 2.5 Create A Sticker

ColorBox Cats Eyes: Toffee, Pink Sky, Guacamole and Prussian Blue

Petaloo Mixed Texture Blossoms Ivory

Petaloo Mixed texture Blossoms Moss

May Arts Ribbon

Vintage Lace and sugar plum

Crystal Wire Floral Supply Syndicate

Large Brie Container


Next we have another gorgeous idea for a decorative holiday box featuring 12 Days of Christmas and the Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box. Here is Romy's darling gift box that's just perfect for ringing in the new year! You can give this box as a precious handmade gift. You can also use it for storing keepsakes and other fun treasures throughout the year. Romy has even included a fun and easy tutorial to show you how to create this joyful work of art! If you're looking for a last-minute idea for a handmade gift, look no further! Here Romy explains her inspiration behind this sweet creation. Take it away, Romy!

"I usually give my family members a little something after the new year has just started. Of course receiving a gift is always nice, but it’s even better when the gift is packaged in a creative way. Therefore, I made this little gift box out the small matchbook box and the Twelve Days of Christmas collection." -Romy


Graphic 45 Romy Veul 12 Days of Christmas gift box holiday tutorial




1 sheet Twelve Days of Christmas ‘Drummers Drumming

 1 sheet Twelve Days of Christmas ‘Holly and Ivy

12 Days of Christmas 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad

12 Days of Christmas Tags & Pockets

12 Days of Christmas Chipboard Die-Cuts 1

12 Days of Christmas Chipboard Die-Cuts 2

Staples Small Matchbook Box 

Brown ink

Martha Stewart border punch


Tissue tape




Tutorial instructions:


Step 1:

Trim the ‘Drummers Drumming’ sheet at 11.5 x 5.8”. Cover the front side of the paper with double-sided tissue tape. Gently fold it around the matchbook box, so the box will be completely covered with paper.



Step 2:

The piece of paper will now be a little larger than the box itself. Cut in approximately 0.5” at each corner of the box. Cut out triangles from each flap, in the way shown on the photo. Then fold the corners and secure them on the inside of the box.


Step 3:

Cut out two rectangles from the ‘Drummers Drumming’ sheet of approximately 2.5 x 4.5” and stick them down on the inside of the matchbook box. This will also help cover up the flaps on the inside.


Step 4:

Cut out three rectangles from different papers from the 6x6 Solids & Patterns paper pad. Cut them at 4.5 x 2.5”, 4x2” and 5 x 2”. Punch with a border punch alongside the edges of one of the rectangles. Also ink the edges of the rectangles and stick them down on top of the box.


Step 5:

Either cut out a doily or use a pre-made doily and stick it down on the top of the box. Also take one die-cut tag and a smaller die-cut and a chipboard bookplate. Layer them on top of each other with foamtape. Then, cut out a dove and a holly berry from the ‘Holly and Ivy’ sheet and also attach them to the box with foamtape.


Step 6:

Use chipboard buttons from the ‘Chipboard Die-Cuts 1’ package to decorate the sides of the box.


Step 7:

Further decorate the top of the box with two chipboard circles, a chipboard tag and a piece of twine. Also write a sentiment on the bottom of the tag die-cut to finish it off.



We hope today's Graphic 45 blog helped bring some joy and inspiration to your day! We want to thank you all so much for joining us. We had so much fun getting to share today's delightful holiday boxes with you! Big thanks to Denise and Romy for their amazing creations. We've got more fun crafts to share with you all week-long here on the Graphic 45 blog! We hope you'll stop by and see us again! Have a gorgeous day, G45ers! Stay warm!

Happy Holiday Papercrafting,

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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I'd love to win this fantastic package!

It IS a good day to have a good day. Merry Christmas, g45!!!!!

Love all of it!!

I'm going to have to make this door hanging! What a perfect decoration! Love the box too. I NEED this Typography package. Merry Christmas!

I would love to win this prize pack, I don't have any Typology paper. Love the projects today as well. Merry Christmas to Diane and the gang at G45. Thank you :)

I love everything you make and hope one day to be the lucky person to win one of your prize packs. You have the most beautiful products. Happy Holidays Graphic 45.

Oh Denise what a beautiful project. But I have to say I loved your story on how you got the box. The girls at my office know to give me certain items too, hehe.

I will have a brie box in a couple of hours! Must make something beautiful with it.

Love the door ornament. Thanks for all the great projects and Merry Christmas.

Love the Typography line and the projects today were just beautiful. Merry Christmas!

Gorgeous creations...

I just adore the amazing keepsake gifts that these two artists created. I am glad to know that I am not the only person in this world who collects boxes that would normally be someone else's addition to their recycle bin. The fussy cutting on both of these creations are just lovely, and what a wonderful idea to give a special gift to celebrate the start of the New Year!

I can't begin to thank all of the
contributing artists from this past year for their stunning creations, detailed tutorials, and endless moments of inspiration.

To the Graphic 45 team, I so want to thank each of you for your commitment to the art of creating a lovely line of materials for us to use that integrate so beautifully together. Your passion for your craft is evident in everything that you do! As I have shared with you before, during my difficult health days that turn into months, I am able to return time and again to my "happy place', the world of Graphic 45.

To each of you and your families, I wish you every joy and blessing in this season of miracles. I pray that 2014 will bring you continued success in your abilty to do the things that you love. Thank you for allowing each of us to feel the connection of family to everyone at Graphic 45. Your love and attention to detail and commitment to creating a more beautiful world one project at a time is counted in my life as a true blessing!

My love to all,
Kathy Jones

that altered brie box is just fantastic! thank you for the beautiful inspiration! :)

Would love this package. Oh the possibilities...

What a wonderful package...I can't wait to begin creating

Merry Christmas! I so love all the projects and art I see here! Wonderful inspiration!

As always your gift packs are amazing. It would be so much fun to win this one. Thanks for the opportunity.

Fabulously inspiring as always G45




Love otp projects made with Graphic 45! This paper was meant for so much more! Merry Christmas and all the very best in the coming year! :)

Just love everything you all make,everything is so inspiring thank you so much for taking the time to make such beautiful stuff for all of us to see and get inspiration from!!!!!!!!!

Wow what awesome projects. I love them. But I love everything the wonderful G45 design team does. Thanks again for the inspiration. Happy Holidays to one and all.

Love this home decor project and especially like the way you recycled the packaging! Who would ever guess it's lowly beginnings when you end up with something this beautiful.

Stunning, Stunning, projects, and I would sooooooooo love to win this collection, it is on my 'Wish List' xx
Happy Christmas to all G45'ers xx

Just have to say how much I appreciate all the wonderful work of artistic creations the DT puts out. Since I have started viewing the Graphic 45 blog site I have become a huge fan (bigger than before). I love all the projects and looking forward to next year. Thanks for a chance to win the beautiful prize.

I love looking at g45 projects on the blog!

Soooo much to love about G45!!!

Stunning projects this christmas week!
Nice price to win!!
Maybe this time a simple european girl's lucky haha
Enjoy the last week of 2013 !

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