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April 17, 2017

Upcycle Week: Starring a Camera Photo Storage & Treat Tags using Vintage Hollywood

Vintage Hollywood Upcycled Recycled Handmade Camera Photo Holder Elena Graphic 45

Hello G45ers!

Welcome to a week of upcycled fun!  We asked our Design Team to create a project from an old unused item in their house and give it new life.  Some of them selected old G45 packaging, packaging from matchbook boxes, or old home decor pieces that were in much need of a facelift.  This post will feature Elena's Recycled Camera she created using a Graphic 45 Book Box and the tube from packing tape, as well as Maggi's Recycled Tags using Staples packaging.  Both of these gorgeous projects have been decorated in our Vintage Hollywood collection.  Be sure to join in the fun and share your projects with us on Facebook using the #UpcycleG45 hashtag to be entered to win this month's contest.  


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Camera Box by Elena Olinevich


Camera Box  Vintage Hollywood  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo 3


"I love everything about the cinema, especially when it comes to some vintage movies. The new Vintage Hollywood collection is something that I have waited a long time for. 

Several decades ago it was quite popular to collect the cards with the celebrities. Now it is a real treasure if you possess these cards. So I thought it would be great to  create something to keep some vintage movie cards and I decided to make a camera box.

I used the Book Box from the Staples, but was I really need was something to create the “lens” so that my vintage camera box looked authentic and my eyes caught the spool left from the tape adhesive. It was quite large enough." ~Elena Olinevich



I filmed the process from start to finish of how to attach the spool to the book cover. Camera Box Video Tutorial by Elena Olinevich




Book Boxes come in two sizes and three colors.


Camera Box  Vintage Hollywood  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo 3


Camera Box  Vintage Hollywood  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo 3

This camera box can be used for any pictures or photos you may have, as an option - it is enough space inside to put mini album.

Camera Box  Vintage Hollywood  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo 3




  1. First, while working with circles, be accurate with all the calculations you make. It’s important to place the spool straight at the center, so you will need a ruler and to rememember some calculations needed to find the radius and diameter to cut the paper layers precisely.
  2. If you are going to make the cover for you “lens,” score the paper first. It is a circle shape and even moving a bit will offset the paper.
  3. I also added the matchbox as a part of the flashbox. You can even open it and put something tiny into it

Camera Box  Vintage Hollywood  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo 2

I spent a lot of time searching for the belt, not a new one. I found it at the flea market, it is worn and really vintage.


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Book Box Kraft
Vintage Hollywood collection 12x12 pad
Vintage Hollywood 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad
Vintage Hollywood 8x8 Pad



Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5


Recycled Tags By Maggi Harding


I'm upcycling today in honor of Earth Day!  I've made two great shaker tags from Graphic 45's Washi tape packaging. I'll show you how to do that in my Snapguide. The plastic packaging is great because you can actually fit some Hershey's chocolate in the shaker. Now that's my kind of shaker!! 

Now, if you don't have the packaging from Graphic 45's Washi Tape, don't despair, you can still make a great shaker tag using any of the tags from our Staples metal packaging.  Here's a link to a previous Snapguide where I illustrated how to make a shaker from nested dies.  All you need to do is make a shaker and then glue it to your tag as I have done on the Born to be A Star tag. ~Maggi Harding


 Check out How to Make a Shaker From Recycled Packaging by Maggi HARDING on Snapguide.

 How to Make a Shaker From Recycled Packaging

Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5


Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5


Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5


Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5

Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5

Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5


Always keep the Graphic 45 packaging tags from your metal Staples purchases.  They are just like the tags that are sold and recycle beautifully!  Many scrapbook products are packaged so beautifully; before tossing consider how you could recycle the packaging. 

Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Vintage Hollywood collection:
8" x 8" Pad
Decorative Chipboard
Journaling Chipboard
Tag and plastic covering from Staples Washi Tape
Any tag from Staples metal product packaging


Other Supplies:

Petaloo Botanica Anenome - Pistachio
Petaloo Botanica Sugared Minis - Pine Green
Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Mix - Teastained Green
Petaloo burlap trim
Houndstooth Ribbon
Blue rayon seam binding
green cardstock
Assorted beads to fill shakers
Cheery Lynn Designs Star Shaker Kit


(3 %2Freused again on april 3%2F2%2F not claimed) Off to the Races  ATC Book Box  Metal Prize $40 Graphic 45


To help keep the creative wheels turning we have a fun and easy contest for you.  This week we are giving out a $40+ prize package full of Off to the Races 8x8 paper pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids, 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 to Elena and Maggi for sharing your incredible talents and tutorials with us, and to you for joining us.  Let us know what you want to create with this Off to the Races prize package to be entered to win.  See you back here tomorrow for two more amazing Upcycled projects!  


Happy Papercrafting!



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Stunning! There are no other words!

Very cool ideas!

A latte and the graphic 45 blog is my start to every day. Thank you.

Great projects! I love to upcycle and find use in so many little treasures most folks toss. Love the giveaway!

I love upcycling and mixed media so these projects are just perfect for inspiration. Thank you all.

Amazing projects!! Im now wondering along my home in search of what to upcycle ))

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

I love the vintage holly wood collection.Like all collections the details and colours are so beautiful.Gorgeus projects!
Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway.

Graphic 45 one word AWESOME!!!!

Vintage Hollywood is gorgeous. Love the projects everyone is making. fabulous prize this week with the "Off To The Races" collection. Would love to get my hands on those beautiful papers. Wow!! Thanks for a chance G45. :)

Thanks for sharing these beautiful G45 masterpieces. I love the variety of projects made from the same collections. The options are endless.

The tags are neat
looking and the
camera is awesome!
Carla from Utah

I love the idea of the upcycled shaker cards!

Love the idea of upcycling rather than throwing away and having to run out and buy more. Vintage Hollywood is perfect for the camera project! Thanks for the great tips on making the shaker tags. Love, love, love Graphic 45 and I haven't been able to work any of the Off to the Races Collection into my craft budget yet.

Beautiful works!

WOW amazing projects!!!

The Camera box was so fun, great idea! And the tags are an inspiration. I too keep the packaging. Love Graphic 45

Some pretty incredible projects! Thank you, Graphic 45!

Adorable projects! I now have one in mind to do.

Stunning projects! Thank you so much for sharing your incredible talent!

This is gorgeous

What a fine tutorial with good hints for success. And all the projects are so attractive. Keep 'em coming!

Some inspiration. Enjoy the idea of the shaker card, very cute items including the candy used. I like how the card with the beads/embellishments look vintage as well. Thank you for sharing.

Wonderful tutorials - love the camera, so creative! The tags are very different, look like lots of fun to make! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent!

WOW Amazing creations! I just bit the dust and ordered my first Graphics 45!! In fact I splurged and ordered 4 packs plus banners, decorative elements , the metal ware Hehe!!

What a beautiful collection!

Stunning projects!!! Loved all of the designers' creativity!

This upcycle project really has me thinking twice when I go to toss an item into the recycle bin. Love the camera Elena. Perfect to store mementos and an album!

Love the camera box and the set of shaker tags! Very innovative upcycle projects!

Love this giveaway! I would love to make a book box with a tag album and Derby Day decorations.

Beautiful projects.

Your papers are all precious and stunning that I only use them on special projects. Thank you.

Love, love the camera box. Definitely going to try it. Thanks for a chance to win the wonderful package.

Awesome giveaway. Love love g45!

Fantastic camera, G45 never ceases to amaze.

Totally jaw-dropping!

Very impressive camera (bluefield.com.tw)

I loved the video so much...I am such a visual learner...fascinating. I, too, like to reuse items that otherwise might find their way into the waste basket.

Great projects today, as always.

Love, love, love the upcycle ideas! Would also love to win "Off to the Races" as I adore my animals.

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