Select your Graphic 45 box & album. I used the Ivory Deep Pocket Rectangle Matchbook Box and the Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album (6"x8"x3") that fits in the box.
Measure your album cover and cut patterned paper for the front and back. I cut mine 5.75" wide x 7.75" tall.
Use a Distress Pen or Distress Ink Pad to ink the edges of your papers if desired.
Glue patterned paper to the front and back of the album cover on the outside. You will want to keep your album flat with no decorations so it will fit in the box.
For the spine of the album, cut one piece 2 5/8" wide x 7.75" tall then cut in half to piece around the label holder that is attached to the spine of the album
Lay the two pieces on the spine area and use a pencil to lightly draw around the label holder. Cut out with scissors.
Attach each half of the printed paper as shown, fitting them around the label holder. You may have to use a flat tool to slightly lift the label holder to be able to slide the paper underneath.
When both pieces are attached you have a seam in the middle where they come together.
From the collection, cut and glue a small piece of paper with a verse into the label holder on the album spine.
If desired, cut narrow strips of patterned paper about 3/8" - 1/2" wide to glue over the seam line on the spine. You will need to measure and cut the lengths of the paper to fit.
Measure and cut two patterned papers to cover the inside (front & back) of the album cover. Attach with glue.
To cover the box, measure and cut patterned papers for all the surfaces. For the top, cut 2 @ 1.25" wide x 8.25" tall and 2 @ 1.25" wide x 6.25" tall. Glue the two long pieces to the top of the box
Lay the two short pieces onto the box lid as shown and use a ruler & pencil to mark angles to miter cut each end of the short pieces.
Cut with scissors along the pencil line. You'll have two pieces (One for the top and one for the bottom).
Glue onto the box as shown.
The top of the box is covered around the opening without having to cut out the center and waste paper.
This is how your box lid looks without the box "drawer" in place.
Measure and cut a piece for the inside of the lid. Ink the edges if desired.
Cover all the areas of the box and drawer with patterned paper as desired.
To add pulls to the ends of the box, you will need two of the Graphic 45 metal label holders.
Punch holes in the ends and attach the label holders with brads. You may want to also secure with glue as these will be used as pulls. Add label holders BEFORE attaching paper to the inside of the box
Once the label holder pulls are attached, measure and cut papers to pattern the inside of the box. Ink edges if desired.
Cut 12 each assorted patterns 5" wide x 7" tall (I used 6 different patterns) to cover some of the album pages. Ink the edges if desired.
Select the 12 full pages that you want to pattern and use glue to attach into the album. This is the first page of my album.
Continue to randomly pattern some of the full size album pages with the 5" x 7" patterned papers you cut.
Add patterned paper to the front and back of all 6 tags in the album. Cut 12 each 3.5" wide x 4.5" tall and round the corners. Attach with glue.
For the album pockets, cut 12 each 5" wide x 2.5" tall out of assorted prints. Glue to each pocket the album.
Insert a tag in six of the pockets. You can add ribbon to your tags later. I left the area behind the tags plain. If you wish to pattern those areas, you will need to measure and cut paper to fit.
For the first page, I cut a hinge out of patterned paper 6" x 1" and scored the 1" side at 1/2" to fold in half. Attach with glue to the back of a cut apart from the collection. Put glue on the hinge
Attach the hinge to the first page of the album as shown. Add another cut apart to the page aligned with the hinge as shown if desired.
The is the back side of the first page. I created a belly band out of a border strip by adding glue to just the ends of the paper strip. Then I decided I needed to add a closure to the first page...
Cut a small rectangle of chipboard (about 1.5" x 1") and cover front & back with paper. Stub punch the corners as shown.
Punch a small hole on one end of the chipboard piece.
Insert a brad into the chipboard piece.
Punch a hole on the outer edge of the page and insert the brad, open up the prongs as shown.
To cover the brad prongs, cut another strip of paper and glue over the belly band as shown on the left page in this photo.
Wrap and tie a wide ribbon around the first page as shown. You now have a chipboard closure on the right that swings down to open the flap on the first page.
Insert a cut apart underneath the belly band and tie a ribbon on to the tag in the pocket.
Not all of your full album pages will be patterned. Cut photo mats out of patterned paper and add photo corners, glue to the page as shown.
Continue adding photo mats, photo corners and cut aparts to the different pages in your album as shown in the next several photos...
Create a photo mat with decorative corners and attach smaller pieces of paper to the top and bottom (good way to use scraps) with 1/4" hinges and attach similar to waterfall pages.
Attach a ribbon either under the photo mat or under the patterned paper matted to the inside and tie the piece closed as shown.
Create other fun elements by gluing strips cut from scraps to the edges and folding a 1/4" - 1/2" hinge on one side of a cut apart before gluing onto the mat.
Add paper belly bands and cut aparts.
Create a closure flap by gluing a strip of paper on to the front of a photo mat as shown and folding the left side of the strip to fold back over the photo mat.
Fold down the cut apart your attached earlier and glue a piece of paper you've cut and stub punched the corners on to the end of the fold over strip of paper.
Continue adding photo mats, tags, cut aparts and booklets made out of folded patterned paper.
Next you'll decorate the outside of the box. Cut 2 each Cardstock 4.25" x 2" to make a decorative plate. Glue together and stub punch. Pattern one side only with a piece cut 4 1/8" tall x 1 7/8" wide
Punch a hole on all four corners for brads.
Insert the brads and open the prongs on the back. Make sure prongs do not stick out on the sides.
Lay a piece of scrap cardstock over the brads and tap several times with a arm to indent and distress the brads as shown.
Place the album in the drawer and slide into the lid. This is the album showing in the opening. Apply scor-tape around the perimeter of the opening as shown.
Peel off the tape backing and attach lace around the opening as shown.
If desired, add narrower scor-tape on top of the first lace and attach different lace on top.
Glue strips of green paper to the frame area over the lace then glue the decorative piece and a clock key to the lid.
Glue flowers, bows, pearl buttons, wood buttons, key hole etc. to the lid as shown. Wrap lace around the lid and tie on the front with button twine or narrow ribbon.
Glue cut aparts over the ribbon on the sides of the box to hold the ribbon in place.
This is my finished box with the album inside. I glued pearl buttons on to the label holders on each end of the box.
You can also create a bookmark out of the patterned paper and tie with ribbon and add a tassel to insert into a pocket in the album.
The is the spine of the album with the trim added along the seam.
Thank you so much for following along with this Graphic 45 project! I hope I've inspired you to create your own box and mini album using the beautiful Graphic 45 Little Women.
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- G45 Deep pocket Rectangle Matchbook Box, Ivory
- G45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album, Ivory
- G45 Little Women 12x12 Paper Collection
- Lace, Ribbons & Button Twine
- G45 Metal Key Holes
- G45 Metal Clock Key
- G45 Label Holders
- Wood Buttons & Pearl Buttons
- Flowers to match collection colors
- Art Glitter Designer Glue, Dries Clear