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Altered Cigar Box with Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers

Immediately when I saw the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood paper pack I was blown away. The images reflect one of my favorite time periods. There were so many projects floating around in my head for what to create with this beautiful paper collection.

I settled on a altering a cigar box. This particular box was smaller than the standard cigar box you usually see and somewhat deeper. It also has a lid that secures which I like.

I chose the movie star to be the focal point, she was just the right size for the top of my cigar box. I cut out the image and decoupaged it to make it sturdy. Putting her aside, it was time to decorate the box.

Graphic 45 papers are all double sided, so the only dilemma was which sides to use. Fortunately they all coordinate, so any combination works.

interior bottom of cigar box

Taking measurements of all sides and the bottom was a breeze with a flexible tape measure. All the paper fit just right except for the teal paper in the above photo. Not to worry, I cut two small strips of contrasting orange paper to cover the blank areas.

inside top with burlap doily, fussy cut flower secured with a brad, buttons and bling

Mod podge matte was used to secure the papers, and the embellishments were attached with E6000.

side view with 3D fussy cut image, rick rack and lace trim
latch closure with rick rack and lace

Almost finished, now to work on the top. I like the 3D look. To accomplish this look, I added a small piece of corrugated cardboard to the backside of my fussy cut movie star. I did not want the cardboard to show from the sides so I began searching my stash for embellishments/lace/ribbon/tulle to insert around the edges. I also found a feather pin from my mother in law, some buttons in coordinating colors and lace/fabric flowers.

I am so happy with how this Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood altered cigar box turned out! Hope you do too!

Glitter on friends,

I am a self proclaimed junk journal fanatic and creative crafter. If it is vintage, I am in! I recently retired from the corporate world and now have more time to devote to my love of creating one of a kind treasures. Besides junk journals my hobbies include thrifting, flea market outings, fashion, cooking, hanging with my girlfriends and daughter and golf with my husband. I currently live in the mountains of beautiful Colorado.