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January 30, 2014

Fun & Creativity With Altered Art Boxes

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Hello G45ers,

There's something so wonderful about taking an old, ordinary box and turning it into a craft treasure with Graphic 45 papers and Staples! Today we're sharing some incredible ideas for altered art boxes of all shapes, sizes and colors. You're going to love the teeny tiny Steampunk Spells altered box that Nichola Battilana created. Then we will share a stunning altered box by Denise Hahn. This fabulous creation features our jubilant new collection, Good Ol' Sport, and the new Graphic 45 Book Boxes! Both of these incredible new products will be available in stores in late February. Until then, we're giving you some marvelous ideas to get your creative gears turning!

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Altered art boxes have so many uses! You can give them as beautiful handmade gifts, add pizazz to your home storage or home decor and add marvelous color to any room of the house! Altered art boxes are also so fun and easy to create! Here is Nichola's tiny altered box featuring our Steampunk Spells collection. You can store all sorts of little treasures, treats and fun little gifts in a box like this! Little boxes like these are very common. You may even have one in your home right now! Just imagine the fun you can have dressing it up in your favorite Graphic 45 papers! Nichola definitely captured the whimsical spirit of Steampunk Spells with this amazing creation. The bright colors and fun designs definitely stand out. Get inspired to add new life to an ordinary box with Graphic 45 papers and Staples!









Steampunk Spells Fanciful Floral

Steampunk Spells Nevermore

Steampunk Spells Totally Wicked

Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2

Regular sized matchbox

Gold dresden trim

Small metal brad

This next creation is a real homerun! It's a dazzling altered Book Box by Denise Hahn featuring Good Ol' Sport! This amazing creation highlights two stunning new Graphic 45 products: Good Ol' Sport and our new Book Boxes! The possibilities for fun and creativity are endless with these amazing new products! You can see how cheerful Good Ol' Sport papers look when blended together! This is also a fantastic idea for a handmade gift! The baseball inside the box is so perfect! This is a great example of how you can add sentimental keepsakes to your altered art boxes to make them even more heartfelt. Altered art boxes are a perfect way to house special items like these in style! Good Ol' Sport will be in stores very soon. Until then, just imagine the fun crafts you'd like to create! Here is what Denise had to say about this joyful work of art!

"Okay, so I have no little boys in my immediate household, but If I did, I would of course save their very first tee ball homerun! I love keeping dimensional mementos and creating a little box from Graphic 45 Kraftbook Box is perfect for those not so flat pieces. As a matter for fact, the ball was too big! No problem I just cut a hole and made it work! Even though I am not a huge sports fan, I LOVE Americana and all of the colors in Good Ol’ Sport just scream it! I quickly fell in love with this line and can’t wait to make some more projects with it" -Denise




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Graphic 45 Staples Kraftbook Box Large

Good Ol’ Sport Papers:


Number One Fan




Xyron 5” Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive

Ink: Donna Salazar Mixed Media Chox Bluejay

Mat Arts Ribbon

Trim- Michael Levine

Flower: K&Co. Layered Accents

The Twinery Twine

Mod Podge- Glossy


That's all for today, G45ers! We hope you had a great time exploring these beautiful ideas for handmade altered art boxes! They are so much fun to make. We hope you'll try creating one with your favorite Graphic 45 papers and Staples! Big thanks to Nichola and Denise for their splendid work today. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win that amazing Couture and Sweet Sentiments prize! We will announce a winner tomorrow along with more fabulous craft ideas. We hope you'll stop by and see us. Thank you all so much for visiting our blog today! Have a gorgeous day, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Great projects today! i love altering boxes, and even though I just started, i really like the process and the outcome. Especially with Graphic 45 papers! Beautiful!

Love the altered baseball display box and the new paper collection.

I have tons of sported mementos and these boxes would be perfect! Thanks for this idea. Can't wait for these collections. Loved the mini steampunk box too. Spooky. Cool. Michelle t

"Altered Boxes" are my favorite thing to make, can't wait to get the new Book Boxes from G45. Thanks for the inspiration.

Denise, your book box is fabulous. Never would have thought to 'alter' the cover to make an item fit. Thank you.

The upset boxes are wonderful, I would be charmed with seeing one done with the collection Couture, or probably I make it I and hang it on the page-fan?

You have an equipment of creative wonderful, a pity that in Spain I do not find everything what you have.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I LOVELOVELOVE Denise's altered book box!! It makes me rethink how I feel about this collection!!! TFS!

Neat boxes, and nice prize giveaway too. Would love to win it.

What a wonderful idea Denise. Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful boxes! Great inspiration!

I love Denise's altered box to hold a baseball. This is the perfect "holder" for my Grandpa's baseball from WWII.

What terrific altered projects today. The creativity and attention to detail is very good.

I would love to win this prize, thank you graphic45 for a chance to win.

Love the altered baseball box.

Amazing projects!!!!

Great projects. I love them.

I would love to alter one of your boxes. Awesome price to win . Like always graphic 45 rocks ;-)

Beautiful boxes! Thanks for sharing.

Great ideas!

Such a fun blog today and such imaginative projects! I LOVE G45!

Wow what a great idea with the baseball.
And the Steampunk Spells box is adorable.

I love the baseball box!!!! I still have my son's first homerun ball. He would probably love this!!!!

Graphic 45 designers always create amazing projects!

I love boxes and yours are the best! TFS :-) Gloria

It would be fun to be Denise's little boy and have that box on my shelf in my room! Awesome inspiration today! Thank you!

What a great idea! My grandchildren are into sports, so I can't wait to get my hands on the new line!

Loads of inspiration today and a fantastic prize to win!

Stunning Projects! I especially love Denise's idea of immortalising the 'first home run'. I still remember mine with very fond memories.

I love altered boxes. Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

What a great way to display this memento!

Love the box ideas! Keep them coming, love this blog.

Great ideas for altered boxes - there are so many possibilities!!

Love the altered vintage baseball box. Such creativity.

Love that baseball box! Such a clever idea! Looking forward to seeing this paper collection in my local store!

Great boxes. Can't wait to get my hands on a he new book boxes.

Love the altered box with the Ol Sport papers. My grandson is a pitcher so I plan to make a box like this for him. Keep up the good work. Graphic 45 ROCKS.

Very clever work! Thanks for the inspiration.

I am so loving this box! Nice work, fab ideas!

Those sports papers are fantastic. Love that baseball box! (But there is no way that was a homerun ball - it's way too clean LOL).

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