Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Graphic 45 Communique Chain Box + Tutorial

Hello dear visitors!

As some of you may know, the 2016-2017 Graphic 45 Design Team was given an option to stay for an additional term. This happened for the first time and I am so thrilled that I will be creating projects with the Graphic 45 products for one more year.

The members of the current team are called now the "Brand Ambassadors" :) 

Anyway, within the next few days each one of the design team members will be introduced to the Graphic 45 blog readers for the second time (according to the alphabetical order) and today the focus is on me.

Besides telling you a bit about myself, I will also share a new project with a tutorial for creating a cute 4X4" box featuring the "Communique" Deluxe Collector's Edition paper set:

So… This is my second term on the Graphic 45 team and I am happy to introduce myself for the second time.

I am 37, was born in Ukraine. At the age of 20 (back in 2000) moved with my family to Israel. Have started crafting there, in 2012, after a surgery which forced me to stay home for a month. That was the time when I discovered Polymer Clay and started my blog “ClayGuana”, sharing different polymer clay handmade items.

Once you start to craft it is really hard to stop. One day I was buying alcohol markers in a craft shop (wanted to try them on polymer clay), and a cashier in the shop started to ask me questions about the markers… Here and there, I got to know about scrapbooking and cardmaking from her. After an online survey I was amazed with the amount of supplies a paper crafter needed (in comparison to the amount which was enough for the one who deals with Polymer Clay) and thought to myself that this was not my cup of tea.

I‘ve always loved to color though, A LOT, and this must have been the reason why I wanted to make my first ever scrapbook card, no matter what. I made one, then I made another one… They were so funny, as if they were created by a child J But you do something and you learn to make it better and better every time.

In 2013 my husband and I moved to Singapore, where I finally had lots of time to dedicate to my relatively new hobby. I was pregnant and stayed at home, learned a lot from the You Tube videos and started to make cards with the digital stamps, colored with Copic Markers. Around 2016 I wanted to set Copics aside and change a style. I’ve created lots of OOTP projects since then, a lot of them have video tutorials too.

Here are some more facts about me:
- I never can craft without being interrupted by two of my kids
- I can never finish a project in day unless it is a card (for the previously mentioned reason)
- I like to work in silence (this happens like almost never)
- I hate a mess on a craft desk
- When I craft and am obsessed with a certain idea, I can stay hungry for hours.
- My first G45 collection to work with was “Steampunk Spells”
- My favorite tools are a bonefolder, scoreboard and my Sizzix machine.

You can find me here:
Blog: www.clayguana.blogspot.com
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7BE6vAO4_W6rMforrNEgvw
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClayGuana/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clayguana/

And now let's move to the Communique Chain Box, shall we? :)

The "Communique" collection is full of classy cameras, vintage typewriters, 1920s newspapers, and glorious telegrams. The colors which prevail in the collection are so classy (black, red, cream and brown), that you can fit these papers almost for any project.

I have created a little box which can be kept on one’s office table. There are two little booklets inside the box, where either little pictures may be placed or some handy information may be put down (like the addresses of interesting sites, maybe some clever quotes or even passwords).

For a unique look, I've decided to attach metal chains to the lid of the box and I’m quite happy with the result.

Graphic 45 products used:
Communique - Deluxe Collector's Edition
ATC tags Black

Here are the links to some metal pieces from AliExpress that I've used while creating the box:

And here is the link to the video tutorial for you to use:

Thanks for watching!


  1. Congratulations on being asked to stay on another year! Well deserved I say as your projects are always amazing! xx

  2. This box is amazing! I'm so happy to continue our adventure for another year :)

  3. Love, love, love your work. One of my all-time favorite artists.

  4. I have made two of the Vintage Suitcase albums. They are beautiful (if I do say so myself!) I had so much fun that I might just have to make a third.


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