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Monday, December 1, 2014

A very Graphic 45 Christmas

Hey Y'all,

I have had Christmas on the brain for a couple of weeks now. I was thinking about Christmas Decorations and with that thought, I was designing this next project as a display but my practical side won out so you can use this as either a display or use it for a multiple item gift box.

I started with the Christmas Gift Boxes and Bags SVG Kit. Using the box with the Lacey lid bring all the pieces onto your virtual mat. Draw a square box to fit where you will score the lid. This will help you  design your sizes for  the next two boxes. Make two duplicates so you have a total of three squares. Take the second one and size it down 1.5 inches, and the third box 1 inch. I have a calculator next to my computer to use to figure the proper measurements. Using the squares as a visual I put the largest down and then the middle on top of it and the smallest on top of it. This helped me "see" that I needed to make the smallest one only an inch smaller. Visually I knew I wanted to put more on the sides of the box and that I would need a bit more room to do that. Now using the squares as a guide place the squares in the center and size the top, sides and bottom to fit the score lines of each box.

Cut the pieces and score them using a scoreboard. I use the Martha Stewart one as I like the light color better than scorepal. It is much easier for me to see the grooves. Glue your boxes together and then set the boxes either straight or at an angle on top of one another.  I liked mine at an angle because it seemed to gives more interest to me. Glue the bottom of the smallest box to the top of the middle box putting your glue in the center of the bottom of the box instead of all the way to the edges. This will give you a little room to slide the "ribbon" underneath the box on top in later instructions.

 Using the free 3d bow cut all the pieces of the bow and another larger ribbon for the bow. I inked all the pieces of this project with Vintage Photo Distress ink by Tim Holtz for a vintage feel. The Paper I used for the top of the boxes is Graphic 45 12 days of Christmas Collection. This is last years collection that I have had for a year.  It took me that long to figure out what I wanted to use it for.   It's nice that Graphic 45 Paper never goes out of style!
 I wanted them to look like wrapped packages but how to add ribbon and have it be paper? Starting with the top box I cut 1 inch strips of paper with the paper trimmer. Glue your strips onto the top of the box and down the sides just below the lid edge. Cut it straight across. Glue the bow onto the top of the box. with some ends of the ribbon bow curled under some up. This will give the bow some dimension and flow to it. Now starting about a 1/2 up under the lid where you stopped with the top bow, glue your piece down to 1/4 inch about the edge of the box. You will be making a flap to slide under the box edge by folding up your edge. Do not glue this flap down unless your not going to fill the box. Continue doing this for all sides. of the boxes you want your ribbon. Use the edge of the box to guide you where you will need to fold it down. On the underneath of the bottom box I glued the edges of the strips down. They do not meet so don't worry about yours meeting.  There is a very cute SVG Cuts Collection called Rosie's Ribbon Strips SVG Collection that would be cute as well. Another idea is to use the Battenburg Lace and Crochet Trim SVG Collection and make it for a birthday or Mother's Day. Just a thought.

Next I cut Holy single holy leaves from Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit and a Pine Bow I cut up with scissors from Clara's Christmas Strips SVG Collection. I also used the poinsettia from 3d Wintergreens SVG Kit, the cedar Sprig and the berry twig from Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit. All of these were sized down, check the list at the bottom of this post for sizes. I added diamond stickles to the berry twigs and Gold enamel dots from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection. Hot glue the side of the poinsettia  to the top of the box close enough to the side of the middle box so it holds it up a bit.  Your middle and top boxes will have the flaps folded underneath the box so that if you want to fill it just take them out and the lid comes off.
I know it sounds complicated but really it isn't and I love how it looks, vintage Christmas with use of the boxes if you wish. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and thank you for being patient. It took be a while to get to finish this one and as hard as I tried even longer to write it up. Thanks again and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Christmas Gift Bags and Boxes SVG Kit
3d Wintergreens SVG Kit
Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit
Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit
Clara's Christmas Strips SVG Collection
Free 3d Bow
Extra Links for Collections
Battenburg Lace and Crochet Trim SVG Collection
Rosie's Ribbon Strips SVG Collection

Supplies used:
Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Collection
Bazzill Card Stock: Ruby Slipper, Rainforest
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection,  Enamel Dots
Ranger Diamond Stickles
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
 Hot Glue

Sizes for All pieces of the project:
Lacy Lid, large box : W 11.300 x H11.00 , Med: W 8.857x  H 8.622, Small: W7.322 x H 7.128
Box bottom, Large:W.11.300 x H 8.212, Med W 9.004 x H 6.543, Small, W 7.233 x H 5.256

Bottom Sides: Large W 11.300 x H 8.117, Med W 6.078 x H 6.720 Small, W 4.852 x H 5.073
Note: cut 4 sides

Poinsettias Petals: W. 4.153 x H 2.028 Leaves: W 3.647 x H 1.800
Cedar Foliage: W 3.202 x H 3.899
Holy: W 0.913 x H 2.492
Berry Twigs: W.1.408 x H  2.396


  1. So beautiful!! Love the pretty papers and colors, and the lacey box tops and bows and greenery you added! <3

    1. Thank you Mary, It is your box I just added a few touches! So easy with your files I love them all!