Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Graphic 45 Place in Time Card Series Part 5 - Storage Box

Welcome to Part V of my Graphic 45 Place in Time Card Series. This last part contains directions for creating a storage box in which you can store your card collection. And I confess that I used more Secret Garden than Place in Time! {wink} I just love the purple and green!

Part I - January, February, March
Part II - April, May, June
Part III - July, August, September
Part IV - October, November, December
Part V - Storage box

Each part is now available as a printable file. Click the links above.

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 5/8 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.

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.Create flowers from Secret Garden Cardstock flowers. I added flower centers and smaller flowers to my bouquet. I used Spellbinders rolled flower dies and Secret Garden paper to create the rolled rose centers.

(I will be creating a tutorial to show you how to make these flowers! Stay tuned!)

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!

I hope you enjoyed Part V of this card series. I hope to do more of this sort of thing in the future, so if you LOVED this series, please leave a comment telling me so.

If you have any questions, email me at

Graphic 45 papers:
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
Pre-made flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Fiskars postage edge scissors
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Ranger Glossy Accents


  1. This is just gorgeous Gloria!

  2. Gloria, I've been following your G45 Card series. It is quite spectacular and filled with such good ideas and wonderful cards that I can use as templates for many more card ideas! And, to top all this loveliness, today you post a card box! I love the colors you used and can hardly wait for the flower tutorial. Thanks for sharing your great talent with us.

  3. OOOh Gloria - this is just stunning! Thanks for the tutorial - I MUST make this box for my cards! Blessings,

  4. Glorious!! :) nice tutorial too... love how it all came together and yummy cards inside too so practical and beautiful!

  5. OHH MY!!! That is just soooo gorgeous work!! Love that box!! Wooow!! =)

    Hugs Maritha

  6. Lovely project, thanks so much for sharing

  7. Wowzers, Gloria, this is just gorgeous! I have those papers and would love to recreate this! Gorgeous flowers too! Blessings! Kathy

  8. This is a beautiful box, saw on G45 yesterday & came here to see too. Love the flowers, look forward to that tutorial!! Thank you :)

  9. Gloria, this box is stunning! Just gorgeous, as are all of your cards using the fabulous Place in Time collection. Thank you so much for your inspiration. Love your creations!

  10. We knew you could do it! Beautiful job!

  11. Breathtakingly beautiful box! thanks for the tutorial! Had to pin this beauty!

  12. hello I love this box!! i have been looking for something like this. did i miss the tutorial on the flowers?

    1. Tamara, I cannot find the tutorial. But, if you want to find out how to make lovely flowers, go to the Heartfelt Creations Blog and search their tutorials. There are wonderful ones that you can adapt to ANY type of die cut flowers.