Thursday, November 17, 2011

Graphic 45 Romantic Art Box

The Graphic 45 Altered Art Boxes are wonderful to work with. The possibilities for decorating the boxes are ENDLESS! I used the 5x8 Kraftboard Altered Art Box to create a memory box. I removed the matching accordion mini album (which I can use for another project) and turned this art box into the perfect storage box for letters, memorabilia, jewelry, and more.

Art Box size when closed: 5.25" W x 8.125" H x 2" D. Album size 4.75" x 7.75"

I chose Le' Romantique papers to create my one-of-a-kind memory box.

It's easy to cover the box with paper; just trim and glue! To create shabby edges, I used a fine grain sandpaper to sand the edges. Four of the Metal Button Staples make the perfect feet for my box. Using a rubber hammer, I bent one of the large Metal Tag Staples to create a latch for the box.

I used Imaginarium Designs chipboard shapes and Graphic 45 Metal Flower Staples to decorate the front of my box. I painted all of the metal with white acrylic paint, to go with the romantic mood of the box.

To create the rose, I painted the metal flowers white, then dabbed them with ice jade chalk ink. Once the flowers were dry, I bent them into shape and glued a paper rose and leaves to the metal flower.

I inked the butterflies and word art with chalk ink and then sprayed them with Smooch Spritz.

I covered the inside of the box with paper, but there is space to add some photos or memorabilia as well. Since I removed the chipboard album, the box can be used to store jewelry, letters, or other items.

The soft teals and dusky pinks of this paper line just scream ROMANCE!

I hope you enjoyed looking at my romantic memory box! Visit the Graphic 45 Blog for more inspiration!

Please visit on Saturday, as I am having a HUGE prize give-away in honor of reaching 500 Followers!

Graphic 45 Papers: Le' Romantique: Le' Romantique, Loves Labyrinth, Daydreams, Sweetheart of Mine
Graphic45 Staples: 5x8 Kraftboard Altered Art Box, Metal Tag, Metal Flowers, Metal Buttons
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard word, butterflies
Clearsnap: Colorbox Ice Jade Fluid Chalk Ink; Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink; Spun Sugar Smooch Spritz
Core'dinations: Sand it Gadget
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: EZ-Runner
Other: Flowers and leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts; White Acrylic Paint from Deco Art; Glue from craft supply; pliers, hammer, paper piercer


  1. Oh. . .so very pretty and clever, Gloria! Blessings and hugs!

  2. Beautifully created! Love the colors of the metal as well.

  3. Whoo Hoo! 500 followers! Its no wonder, your art is fantastic!!

  4. nice work! :) i like it

  5. Beautiful! Love those butterflies too! :)

  6. Gorgeous vintage box!