G45 Night Before Christmas Boxed Mini Album Tutorial

Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas Boxed Mini Album Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

G45 Night Before Christmas Boxed Mini Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Go grab a cuppa and a snack, because this G45 Night Before Christmas Boxed Mini Album Tutorial is going to take a minute or two of your day.  But it’s such a great project that I think you won’t mind spending a little extra time with me for today’s Throwback Thursday.

I recently cleaned out our tiny linen closet so I could organize all my “off the page” boxes, albums, frames, etc. in a way that would allow me to see them and use them.  It was an all-afternoon task, but along the way I found some great items that I’d forgotten all about.  One of those items was this great G45 Square Box.

When it comes to crafty adventures, making a decorative box is pretty high on my list of favorite things to do!  There’s something special about a pretty little box standing up on ornate metal feet.

Reneabouquets First Snow Shadow Box with Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas Home Décor Box by Kathy Clement

Add a shaker box to the lid, and you’ve got some Christmas home décor that you’ll be proud to display!  This Reneabouquets First Snow Shaker Box Kit adds the “Merry” to our Christmas box. The delicate snowflake bits come with the kit.  I’ve embossed all the pieces with WOW Vintage Champagne Embossing Powder.  The scalloped chipboard frame is painted with Barn Red Distress Paint.

What’s in the Box?

Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Boxed Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

If you’re gonna make a box, you really should put something inside it.  I used the cardstock coasters that come with the G45 box to make a mini album.  And I will show you how easy it is to do this in the video tutorial below.

Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas Boxed Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Of course, a candy cane is a nice surprise, too!

Night Before Christmas Mini Album

Keep everything neat and tidy with a St. Nick belly band closure.

Since the front of the album has to be kept flat, add visual interest with a contrasting spine.

A Peek Inside

The inner pages are all interactive with flips, flaps, different kinds of pockets and pull-outs.  There’s loads of room for photos and journaling as you will see in the video tutorial below.

G45 Night Before Christmas Boxed Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to come along on this crafty adventure, please enjoy this video tutorial over on my YouTube Channel.

Wouldn’t this make a great Christmas present?  It would also be a really fun project to make with children or grandchildren during the Thanksgiving break.  If you don’t feel inclined to make one yourself, you can purchase this one from my ETSY shop.

Although I was not able to find any of the square Graphic 45 Mixed Media Boxes online, you might try a search on Etsy or eBay.  You might find one there.

For a real Throwback Thursday treat, check out this Night Before Christmas Box that I made back in 2015!

I’ll provide a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!




7 thoughts on “G45 Night Before Christmas Boxed Mini Album Tutorial

  1. Renea Harrison

    This is just so Old Fashion Gorgeous Kathy!! We so need the nostalgia this year and the reminder that something from the heart is so much better than something from the store. You make amazing art!!

  2. Susan Steele

    Awwwww Kathy …this is just gorgeous! Luv this vintage style box with those adorable lion feet!!! And that sweet little album inside …adorable! Really enjoyed watching this big creation come together! And luv how you decorated the top of the box! Just luv these Throwback Thursday creations! Thanks so much for sharing your creations and the tutorial! Now must go check my stash and see if I have a box somewhere!!! Hugs, Suzy Q

  3. Rebecca Nicklin

    Love this type of project, Kathy! Don’t know how you can part with these little works of art!

  4. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this is one of the most spectacular projects you have ever made! It is such a visual delight, I could look at it all day! The papers are fabulous and the embellishments are to die for. The shaker with the Santa is just beautiful. It really sets the mood for a vintage, nostalgic Christmas and the mini album is a wonderful added surprise. I really enjoyed seeing your past projects from 2015. Thank you for sharing this amazing creation! Hugs!

  5. Joni E

    What a beautiful box tutorial. This is definitely one of my favorite projects you have shared with us. The Christmas papers,the shaker element and the mini album are just wonderful. Thank you for the tutorial!

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