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Member Since April 2008, 81 forum posts, 12 public projects

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Get In the Halloween Spirit With Cheerful Home Decor Ideas!

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Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday and welcome to another grand week of gorgeous crafts and fun! We are so pleased that you are joining us today! Autumn is in the air and stores are already stocking up on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations. We are such big fans of Halloween! It doesn't always have to be about frights and ghouls. There's also a sweet and playful side to Halloween that our Happy Haunting collection captures perfectly. Today you will see some beautiful Halloween-inspired crafts that are sure to fill you with delight! There's an incredible 3-D piece of home decor by Laura Denison and a beautiful altered keepsake box by Alberto Juarez. Get ready to be totally amazed and inspired by today's crafts. They are a Halloween dream! We also have a new blog contest this week! We're giving away a very special prize, a very rare and beautiful Hallowe'en in Wonderland 12x12 paper pad, Graphic 45 Black Policy Envelope, Flower Staples, Metal Tag Staples and 2 chipboards from Imaginarium Designs! All you need to do to enter to win this amazing prize is leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week! We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments and announcing them on our blog this Friday, October 5th! Behold this fabulous Halloween prize pack!

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And now it's time for some gorgeous Halloween inspiration! Even though Halloween is still a few weeks away it's the perfect time to start thinking about home decor! Decorating for Halloween is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy! Why not have some cheerful handmade pieces of home decor that will add a personalized touch to your Halloween festivities? Handmade home decor is also a great way to preserve your memories for years to come! So lets begin with this absolutely remarkable wall hanging by Laura Denison. This stunning piece is a true work of art. It's not just great for Halloween, it's also perfect for Autumn and Winter decorating. Another fun feature to this piece is that Laura blended lots of different Graphic 45 collections together. You can see how beautifully Graphic 45 papers blend to create a truly unique and beautiful craft. Here is what Laura had to say about this splendid creation.

"Before I entered the world of paper, I designed  a lot of pictorial applique quilts. For quite some time I have wanted to translate this style of my past work into paper.....sort of like painting with paper. I started out with a general idea of what I wanted this owl to look like and then freeform cut the pieces, building layer by layer. I love the dimensional quality of the paper pieces vs. the flatness of the fabric in my past quilting work. The vintage flavor of the Graphic 45 papers worked well to give this owl its air of mystery." -Laura Denison

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Supplies:
ABC Primer  School Days

The Magic of Oz  Poppy Fields
Other Products Used:
District Market Burlap Panel Memoirs
Distress Ink Black Soot
Distres Ink Vintage Photo

Next up is this lovely altered box by Alberto Juarez. Altered boxes are great at Halloween time because there are perfect for storing Halloween's top commodity, candy! You can also use them for other fun objects and treats. Think about what a great addition a sweet box like this would make to your Halloween home decor! With Happy Haunting papers it's easy to create a marvelous treasure that will last a lifetime! 
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Supplies:

happy haunting paper
hallowe'en greetings
jolly jack-o-lantern
pumpkin time
happy haunting chipboard 1 and 2
happy haunting alphabet sticker
happy haunting sticker
ornate metal label holder

olde curiosity cling set 1
May art black ribbon
Studio calico wood shape
Folck Art Acrilic paint Pumpkin color
Canvar
Chipboard
Staz on ink black

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for joining us! We hope you have a fantastic day! Huge thanks to Laura Denison and Alberto Juarez for their incredible work. Don't forget to leave us a blog of Facebook comment this week for your chance to win our fabulous blog prize! We will have more inspiration and fun on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll come back and see us!

Warm Autumn Wishes,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

 

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Sing, Sing, Sing With Graphic 45 Ning Highlights & Inspiration!

Bird Song Altered Art

Hello G45ers,

We want to welcome you all to another splendid day here at the Graphic 45 blog! It's Friday and we are so excited to help get you inspired for some weekend crafting! The Graphic 45 office is buzzing with excitement as shops gear up to order Place in Time. Our phones have been ringing off the hook! We are so eager to see the magnificent crafts you'll all create with this gorgeous new collection! We thought it would be fun to share some great behind the scenes photos of Place in Time. Plus we've got gorgeous craft highlights from our Ning site to share with you! That's right, we're taking today to thank all of you magnificent crafters for the fabulous Graphic 45 creations that have been posted to our Ning gallery. Today you'll see stunning crafts from artists just like you! It's going to be a fantastic Friday here at Graphic 45! So lets begin with some of our adventures from the print shop! Here Diane and Aimee check out the beautiful new papers from Place in Time at the printers. We have to make sure those vibrant colors and images look sharp and beautiful! We love to visit the print shop and see the magnificent papers being made! 

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Here we have Place in Time hot off the press!

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Here is Diane Schultz at the printer's with the incredible printing team, Donna and Dave.

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Bristen, Diane and Jenay pose for a photo while setting up at Scrapbook Expo USA.

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And now it's time for our fabulous Ning gallery highlights! Ning is a a wonderful place to share your Graphic 45 creations with an amazing crafting community. We see so many gorgeous projects everyday and we just wanted to take a moment to give a warmhearted Graphic 45 shout-out to all of you marvelous crafters. We encourage all of you to share your Graphic 45 projects with us at any time. We'd love to see what you are creating with Graphic 45!

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First up is this amazing Curtain Call Card by Cheryl Carrock. This card really captures the elegance of vintage Hollywood, which was the inspiration behind our gorgeous Curtain Call collection! Here is what Cheryl had to say about this fabulous creation!

"I made this card for a male relative who loves to watch films. I thought it was quite appropriate for him. I added an acetate outer layer with tags on and some Tim Holtz film strip and I was pleased with the way it turned out. I just love all Graphic 45 papers" -Cheryl Carrock

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Next up is this stunning Happy Haunting mini album by Elizabeth Parsons. This mini is simply delightful. Elizabeth did a great job on layering and distressing the Happy Haunting papers in this mini. She also added some handmade flowers and other beautiful embellishments to create an elegant Halloween treasure! It's pure enchantment! 

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This is a lovely all-occasions card by Lyn Bernatovich. Lyn used A Ladies Diary for this sweet card. Paper layering and pretty paper distressing give gorgeous texture and depth to this cheerful card. Plus you've got to love those simple and sweet ribbon and flower embellishments! Let this card inspire you to create a happy card for someone you love! 

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Next we have some incredible Bird Song altered art by Martica Gonzalez. There's a magnificent altered dresser and altered frame that are absolutely beautiful! Check out the fine details on the Bird Song altered dresser! Even the inside of the drawers are lined with our pretty Cherry Blossom paper! Here is what Martica had to say about this remarkable creation!

"This is a a little dresser made of wood that I painted and mod podged Graphic 45 Bird Song paper inside and out. The mirror is a hand mirror made of wood also that I cut of the handle and also painted and (mp) the paper on the edges. I cut an image and made a chipboard frame and used the tiny bottles from tim holtz and filled it with beads, glitter and flowers to give it color. The frame is painted and I mod podged it with same paper collection to match the dresser. I layered sections if you look closely." -Martica Gonzalez

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And last but certainly not least we have this fantastic Olde Curiosity Shoppe layout by Sarah-R. This LO has such incredible depth and texture. Once again you can see how perfectly paper distressing works to amplify the vintage look of any Graphic 45 creation. Stunning embellishments cascade across this LO with exquisite beauty. Love is definitely abundant in this super sweet LO! 

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That's all for today, G45ers. We will be back with more craft inspiration and another fabulous blog contest on Monday. We want to thank you all so much for joining us. Huge thanks to today's featured crafters and our wonderful community on Ning. We hope that more of you will share your Graphic 45 crafts on Ning. We'd love to see your talents! We wish you a beautiful day and a fun-filled weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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A New Spin on Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art & Cards

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Hello G45ers,

It's a beautiful Thursday and we want to welcome you all to today's fun-filled blog! We have so much joy and inspiration to share with all of you! We want to start by thanking you all so much for your amazing feedback during our sneak peek of Place in Time! Wow, we simply cannot wait for you all to get your hands on this fabulous new calendar collection! It was such a joy to get to share this very special collection with all of you. Place in Time will begin appearing in stores in late October, just in time for the holidays! We've got 4 more winners to announce from yesterday's Win It Before You Can Buy It contest. We also have a special blog event happening today as we join forces with Creating Keepsakes. Tara Orr has created a special craft creation just for today's event! Plus we are offering a prize giveaway through Creating Keepsakes' blog! Also today we've got two gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe crafts from Denise Hahn and Jane Tregenza. There's even fabulous tips and a fun tutorial for you to enjoy. Today is packed full of goodness! Let the good times roll!

First we'd like to announce our 4 randomly chosen winners from yesterday's Win It Before You Can Buy It contest! All of this week's winners will receive a  Place in Time 12x12 paper pad, both sets of coordinating chipboard die-cuts and stickers!

And the winners are...

From the blog:

-Dorina D: "Ooooooo! I definitely need to find "A Place in Time". Time to play with this wonderful collection, The stickers and chipboard add so much to this fabulous collection. Can't wait to save "My " Place in Time with these wonderful pages."

-Janice Rose: "I get more and more excited each day after viewing the sneak peeks. Just can't wait to start a calendar with this new line. I just love it!"

From Facebook:

- Marianna Hancin: "Place in Time is exactly what I've been waiting for. My calendars always come from G45, but a special calendar line is superb." 

- Pamela Upchurch: "I am so excited about this line!! Those stickers and chipboards are simply gorgeous. Each one is a work of art!!" 

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prizes!

And now it's craft time! Today on the Creating Keepsakes blog Tara Orr has a stunning Steampunk 12x12 layout! Be sure to hop on over to the Creating Keepsakes blog to see Tara's amazing LO! Tara will also be sharing some wonderful tips for creating gorgeous LOs. You can also leave a comment while you're there for your chance to win this amazing Graphic 45 prize pack that includes an Olde Curiosity Shoppe and Steampunk Debutante 12x12 paper pad, Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples, Ornate Metal Keys and Ornate Metal Key Holes! Wow! So hop on over to the Creating Keepsakes blog for fabulous inspiration and prizes!

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Here is the sneak peek image of Tara's amazing layout being featured today on the Creating Keepsakes blog. It is so gorgeous! Get inspired and be sure to leave a comment while you're there for your chance to win!

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Next we have some splendid Olde Curiosity Shoppe creations to share with you. Today's crafts have a theme of friendship and happiness. Here is a fantastic piece of altered art by Denise Hahn. This is such a terrific piece of art. It can be used to display happy photos or sweet sentiments. It's a super unique way to use Olde Curiosity Shoppe in altered art! Here is what Denise had to say about the inspiration behind this marvelous craft!

"This project was created at a girlfriends get together. Every month one of us hosts a crafting day at our home, sometimes we bring our own projects and sometimes the hostess provides a project for us. Now this project involved moustraps and when we were instructed to bring our own paper- what could possibly go with mousetraps?? Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe of course! And the paper did not disappoint! I love how this came out and added some pictures of my crafty girlfriends too!" -Denise Hahn

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Supplies:

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Bazaar of Wonders #4500435

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Exquisite Motif  #4500427

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Optical Oddities #4500430

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Parlor Wall #4500429

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Chipboard Tags #1-2

Graphic 45 Staples Metal Butterflies

Close to My Heart Metal Numbers

Clearsnap- Inks Blackbird and Turquoise

May Arts Ribbon

Tim Holtz Ornate Plates

Want2Scrap Bling (dyed with Clearsnap ink)

Vintage- computer alert light glass, mercury bead

Mouse Traps .99 Cent Store

Paint- Martha Stewart Crafts- Pool

Next we have this wonderful all-occasions card and tutorial by Jane Tregenza. This is such a lovely card that can be created for a friend or loved one any time of the year. Why not brighten someone's day with a colorful and positive card like this one! Follow Jane's instructions to create one of your own. Take it away, Jane!

"I am not really a card maker, I love layouts and books the best, but there is always bits left over from my projects. The card was designed to use up left over strips that I had saved from some of my Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers." -Jane Tregenza

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Supplies:

G4500047 Exquisite Motif x 2

G4500429 Palor Wall

G4500434 Genuine Article

G4500424 Old Curiosity Shoppe

 Imaginarium Designs IDP0036 Wishing you Happiness

1/3 sheet black cardstock

Instructions:

Cut cardstock to 4 inches x 12 inches. Score it at 5 inches, and at 10 ¼ inches. This will give you a flap about 1 ¾ wide, cut the corners off to make a tag.

From your Exquisite Motif scraps cut the following pieces

  1. 3 ½ inches x 3 ¾ inches
  2. 1 inch x 3 7/8 inches
  3. 2 x 4 ½ inches
  4. 2 inches x 5 inches
  5. 1 inch x 3 ½ inches you need two of this size.

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From your Genuine Article cut the flowing pieces

6      2 ¼ inches x 4 ¾ inches

7      2 ¼ inches x 4 7/8 inches, cut two of this size.

8      1 5/8 inches x 4 inches.

9      From your leftover Old Curiosity Shoppe scraps cut a piece one diamond high and 5 diamonds long.

For the cover you need pieces 6, 1,2, 9

For the inside you need pieces 3, 4,5, 7,

For the flap you need piece 8.

Cut a couple of butterflies as well. Ink your title black, ink around the edges of all your papers and use the photos as a guide to placing all the bits and pieces.

Well there you have it, G45ers. It's been another fabulous day here on the Graphic 45 blog! Thank you all so much for stopping by today! Big thanks to Tara Orr, Denise Hahn and Jane Tregenza for their splendid work today. We had so much fun getting to share today's crafts with you! We hope you'll swing by our blog tomorrow for more fantastic craft inspiration and fun. We wish you all a very happy day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Sneak Peek Day 3: Place in Time—A Calendar Line!

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Hello G45ers,

We want to welcome you all to another wonderful day of sneak peeks, prizes and crafts here at Graphic 45! We are so excited to bring you today's stunning sneak peek images from our new calendar collection Place in Time! We also have 4 new winners to announce for the Win It Before You Can Buy It contest! And as if that weren't enough, we've got 2 gorgeous craft creations from our design team that are sure to inspire you! Clare Charvill and Nicole Eccles have created some delightful altered boxes that are out of this world! There's even fun tips to help you create one of your very own! Today is all about fun and creativity so lets get the party started! Lets begin by announcing our 4 winners from yesterday's Win It Before You Can Buy It contest! All of this week's winners will receive a  Place in Time 12x12 paper pad, both sets of coordinating chipboard die-cuts and stickers!

And the winners are...

From the blog:

- OlesyaK: "Wow I love this collection! it's soo elegant!"

- MsScrapmess: "Wow, after yesterday's sneak peek I was afraid I might have to high expectations on today's - but no! And as my entire family is born from sept-dec, these month are especially close to my heart. You'll never be disappointed with G45:) Hats off to all you!"

From Facebook:

- Sarah Russell-Clark: "I can't wait to put a calendar together with these beautiful papers, so much inspiration! Thank you for creating these wonderful designs for us to use!"

- Chelsey Vorosmarty: "What an amazing idea! I love this collection, now to come up with some cool ways to use it for classes!"

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Prize packs will be sent out in early to mid October.

Remember G45ers, today is the last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win Place in Time before it arrives in stores. We will be choosing 4 more winners from today's comments and announcing them on tomorrow's blog! Leave your comments today for your chance to win this fantastic new collection! And now it's time for more sneak peeks! Behold the gorgeous sticker sets and chipboard die-cuts for Place in Time. Just imagine the gorgeous treasures you'll create with this splendid new collection!

Place in Time Stickers:

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Place in Time Alphabet Stickers

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Place in Time Chipboard Die-Cuts 1

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Place in Time Chipboard Die-Cuts 2

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Wasn't that great, G45ers?! We are so excited to see the wonderful creations you'll make with Place in Time! Next up we've got two stunning craft creations that feature our Small Matchbook Box and 5x8 Altered Art Boxes. Clare Charvill and Nicole Eccles have created two very different but very beautiful works of art. First up is Clare's stunning Bird Song altered box and tiny mini album. This was created using our new Small Matchbook Box. It is such a sweet and inspiring project. Clare even provides some fabulous tips for creating one of your own! Take it away, Clare! 

It was a lot of fun to work with the new teeny weeny match box Graphic 45 introduced to their staples collection.  As I'm totally in love with the Bird Song paper collection I combined the two and came up with the project below. First I painted the box black and then used mega flakes and a blossom stamp to stamp the oriental looking pattern around the box.  I wanted to make a feature of the opening on the front of the matchbox which I did using a piece of chipboard  painted black and one of the stickers from the collection.  I edged both in dark red art glitter.  Then I lacquered both parts of the box and added an antique metal door pull to each end to open the box with. 
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Then I made a teeny weeny album to fit inside the matchbox, and using the 8 x 8 paper pad, chipboard pieces and stickers and a few extras decorated the pages and added the tags. 
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The closure for the album  is a piece of staples ribbon that runs through two holes on the front cover and one on the back, and fastens with a magnet hidden behind the ribbon on the front cover and between the stickers on the ribbon from the back of the album. To finish I added an A from the alphabet sticker sheet, highlighted it with glossy accents, mounted it on black card and attached it to the cover of the album with foam tape.  I hope you have lots of fun making your own a matchbox mini.

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Graphic 45 
Additional Supplies 
Black Acrylic Paint 
Royal Coat Decoupage Satin Finish
Uhu Glu, Tacky Glue, foam tape, glossy accents and double sided tape 
300gsm black card - for album 
Marianne Design Creatables tags die LR0154 
Sizzix file folder die - small  
Magnets
embroidery thread - red 
May Arts ribbon 
Indigoblu flitter glu and Mega Flakes - Charriot of Fire 
Clarity Stamp - Cherry Blossom/Plum Branch

Next we have this spooktacular creation by Nicole Eccles that is absolutely perfect for Halloween! This is Halloween home decor at its finest! Using The Graphic 45 5x8 Altered Art Box, Happy Haunting paper and a few fun objects, Nicole created a truly delightful treasure! Here she gives some fun and easy tips on how she created this fabulous project! 

"This projects is very simple to make using Graphic 45’s 5x8 Altered art box and a few found objects!!  To get the box to look like a book, just remove the top flap with the windows. Cover the whole thing with G45/Core’dinations core paper and distress using sandpaper and inks.  Paint the sides cream, and use a ruler and fine tip sharpie to create the look of pages on the sides of the box. The whole thing was glued shut, and a drawer was placed in the back to hide your secret candy stash! All the objects used for decorating the top can be found at your local craft store.  The skull is chipboard and was covered with dictionary papers before using.  The crow is made of feathers and can be found in most flower arrangement sections of your craft store.  The frame was a little ornament, and the gem was found in the candle scaping department." -Nicole Eccles

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Happy Haunting: Midnight Magic, Happy Haunting
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Apothecary, Olde Curiosity Shoppe
G45 Staples: 8x5 Altered Art Box, Ornate Metal Label holder, Ornate Metal Keys
Core’dinations/ G45: Signature Series Core Cardstock
Colorbox : Triumphant Red
Ranger: Platinum Stickles, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
7 gypsies: Industrial Gears
 
Other: paint, dictionary paper, paper mache skull, doily, glass bottles, feathered crow, crepe paper, tinsel, sharpie marker, craft knife, jewelry chain
stamped metal cross, sand paper, mod podge, hot glue, E6000

We hope you all had a great time on today's blog! We sure enjoyed getting to share today's sneak peeks and design team projects with you! Big thanks to Clare Charvill and Nicole Eccles for their amazing work! We can't wait to read all of your blog and Facebook comments today, G45ers! Please join us tomorrow as we announce 4 more winners of the Place in Time Win It Before You Can Buy It contest! Plus we'll have more ultra gorgeous crafts to inspire your day! We hope you all have a beautiful Wednesday!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45
 

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Sneak Peek Day 1: Place in Time—A Calendar Line!

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome everyone to a very special day here at Graphic 45! We are thrilled that you've stopped by our blog today because we have big announcement to make! We're sure you're all wondering what the big news is. We wont keep you in suspence for one more moment! Today is the world premier of our brand new calander collection Place in Time! This week we will be unveiling sneak peeks of this dazzling new collection. You'll even get the chance to win it before you can buy it! We're giving away 4 prize packs every day during our 3 days of sneak peeks. That's 12 prizes total! All you need to do to enter to win Place In Time is leave us a blog of Facebook comment during this week's sneak peeks. We will be choosing 4 random winners from today's comments and annoucning them on tomorrow's blog. Winners will recieve a Place in Time 12x12 paper pad, both coordinating chipboard die-cuts and stickers. That's a $40 value of brand new Graphic 45 goodies! So be sure to leave us your comments for your chance to win! But enough talk, it's time for the big premier! 

Graphic 45 takes you on a splendid journey through the pages of time with a stunning new deluxe calendar collection! Introducing Place in Time, an exquisite new collection that celebrates the most precious moments in life! This magnificent collection was specially designed for personalized calendars, layouts, cards and more! Each month of the year has its own unique vintage-inspired designs to perfectly accompany its season and corresponding holidays. Place in Time also includes simple and elegant calendar pages for each month of the year that are perfect for creating personalized calendars or foundation pages for layouts. Every enchanting page radiates with the bold and vibrant Graphic 45 signature color pallet, along with soft and fresh pastels to encapsulate a full spectrum of rich color. This incredible deluxe collection includes 26 beautiful double-sided papers, 12x12 and 8x8 paper pads, coordinating chipboard die-cuts and sticker sets. Immortalize your cherished memories for the ages with Place in Time, only from Graphic 45!

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That's all for sneak peeks today, G45ers, but we will be back tomorrow with 4 winners to announce and more stunning sneak peeks from Place in Time! But before we go, we wanted to ask you to cast your vote for our Septmeber Challenge: Upcycled Halloween Decor. Hop on over to our Facebook - Graphic 45 September Challenge 2012 album. Vote for your favorite project by clicking "LIKE". We appreciate you joining in the fun! We hope you enjoyed today's blog! We are so excited to read you comments this week. Have a fantastic day and we'll see you tomorrow for more fun, inspiration and prizes!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Sneak Peek Day 2: Place in Time—A Calendar Line!

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome back to another gorgeous day of sneak peeks and prizes here at Graphic 45! We are thrilled that you've stopped by our blog today. We have more fabulous sneak peeks to share with you from our brand new calendar collection, Place in Time. We also have 4 prize winners to announce today! We absolutely love getting to share our latest designs with all of you! Today we're going to show you more of the fantastic new papers from Place in Time. You'll also have another opportunity to win this exquisette new collection before it's available in stores! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win! We will be choosing 4 more random winners from today's comments and annoucning them on our blog tomorrow. And as if that wasn't enough, we've got Part 3 of Jane Tregenza's amazing book tutorial! Could this day get any better?! Lets begin by announcing our 4 winners from yesterday's Win It Before You Can Buy It contest! All of this week's winners will receive  Place in Time 12x12 paper pad, both sets of coordinating chipboard die-cuts and stickers! Wow!

And the winners are...

From the blog:

- Barb Dean: "I have come to expect beautiful products from Graphic 45 but this collection goes above and beyond my imagination and expectations! I can think of so many ways to use it! I can't wait to get my hands on it!"

- Charlotte Zweigoron: "How do you do it? The gorgeous collections just keep on coming I am totally focused on projects using all Graphic 45 products"

From Facebook:

- Melissa Torres Divelbiss: "Just beautiful. I'm particularly fond of ''February'' since that's my birthday month. And I'll be 45. I think that means I'm supposed to own this collection. :-)"

- Patty Foit: "You've hit another one out of the park with A Calendar Line! This is simply stunning. February is to die for! How wonderful it would be to win this beautiful collection! Thank you so much for the sneak peek. Can't wait to see the rest of the year!"

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Prize packs will be sent out in early to mid October. Hooray!

Are you all ready for more magnificent sneak peeks! Here we have more of the gorgeous new papers from A Place in Time. Have a look at these incredible papers and let your imagination run wild with ideas!

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July Foundation

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July Cut Apart

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August Foundation

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August Cut Apart

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September Foundation

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September Cut Apart

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October Foundation

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October Cut Apart

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November Foundation

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November Cut Apart

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December Foundation

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December Cut Apart

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Calendar Foundation

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Sentiments

Next up is Part 3 of Jane Tregenza's beautiful book tutorial. You've probably seen Jane's incredible books here on the Graphic 45 blog over the years. These amazing books often contain gorgeous paper layering, inking, pop-up elements, and imaginative uses of beautiful embellishments. Every page is overflowing with beauty. We're teaming up with Jane to bring you this very special tutorial series on the last Tuesday of every month. Jane will be taking you step-by-step through the book-making process. Follow her wonderful instructions in this monthly tutorial series to create your very own gorgeous book! Today Jane will show you how to make the foundation pages that are used for each page of the book as well as page 3 of the book with decorative tags. This is going to be an amazing journey! So lets begin! Here is the first part of Jane's tutorial where she begins with the foundation pages. In case you missed the first two tutorials in this series you can still catch up by checking them out here.

Jane's Book Tutorial: Part 1

Jane's Book Tutorial: Part 2

And now it's time for Part 3 of Jane's latest amazing tutorial! Take it away, Jane!

Black foundation Pages

Instructions for creating a foundation page:

Each month you will need to make a foundation page. For this you will need two black sheets of cardstock.

Cut one to 8 ½ x11 inches- set it aside. Cut your second one to 9 ½ x 11 inches. Please keep the left over bits as you will need them later on.

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The 9 ½ x 11 inches piece needs to be scored, place it in your cutter at 8 ½ inch mark and score it, this will give you a one inch seam.

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Completely fill in the one inch seam with strong tape.

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Carefully adhere the 8 ½ inch piece onto the 9 1/2 inches piece. Make sure you don’t go

over your scored seam, or your page will not fold. Once you have it on, carefully fold the page over to check that it will shut.

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Press firmly along the folded over piece, open up your page and check at the two pages line up nicely. Don’t worry if one of your pages is now wider than the other. You can trim it back to make them the same.

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You need to add some more tape along the join of your foundation page. Adhere one strip of tape along one side of the join and about an inch of tape on the other side of the join.

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A close up of the join with the tape each side. When you come to adhere your print papers, one piece will be an inch wider that the other page. The extra inch will need to be adhered over the top of the inch of tape on the foundation page.

 

Book Tutorial Page 3

By Jane Tregenza

All artwork, images, instructions and design is copyrighted 2012

Download Graphic 45 JT Page 3 With Photos

 A very special page on our children and/or grandchildren. If you don’t have children you could use baby photos of yourself and your siblings. I am hoping one day to add more tags for my grandchildren.  I am planning on getting an up to date photo of my five children to go under my frame on the left side of my page.

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Please follow the instructions carefully. Read each instruction to the end, before cutting. Lots of the papers are used on the tag as well as for your page, so you need to cut them the way I describe or you will run out of paper! All chipboard has been sprayed white. All papers have had their edges inked using Colorbox Liquid Chalk ink – Chestnut Roan.

Please note, I am only human and do make mistakes, I have taken every care while writing the instructions, and hope they make sense. It is quite hard to write instructions as I know what I mean; but this does not always translate into the instructions. If you are unable to work something out, then please ask a question in the comments box at the end of the post and I will answer it for you as best I can. Or email me at jane@seriouslyscrapbooking.net.au

Materials List

Little Darlings Collection

2x Lullaby                               1x Little Treasures          1 x Baby Borders

1 x New Arrival                       1/2 x Rock-A-Bye           1/2x Cherished

Once upon a Springtime Die Cut Frames

3x Black Cardstock and 2 Yellow, + 1 of each of Pink and blue cardstock

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard – IDC0002 Swirl corners.

White  Brads and assorted Ribbons

Color Box Fluid Chalk-chestnut roan,                3L 12x12 Adhesive sheets     Wet Glue       

 

The instructions for creating your 3rd page:

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Before we start the page, we need to cut some borders from our “Baby Border” print paper. Please cut the borders as shown above. We need 8 strips in total. Don’t cut all the strips into pieces, as we need the bottom one to be 4 borders wide.

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Have a good look at the back of your sheet of “Lullaby” print paper.  It has a border all the way around the print. The top left and right corners of the print paper has a fancy corner printed on it. We are going to use these fancy corners from both sheets. Now look at the border. It is in from the edge of your print paper, this gives us a nice creamy edge. We are going to remove the borders from each sheet. I need you to cut each border piece one at a time using a craft knife and a ruler. Place your ruler on the inside edge of your border, but leave a little bit of the cream on it. Cut all four sides, making sure you don’t cut through the fancy corners at the top.

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Once you have cut all four sides, you can cut across each corner and remove the middle of your print paper. Do this to each print paper. The middle bit is what we will be using for our pages. Separate the corners from the borders.

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Because we removed the borders the print paper is now about the right hight for our page. So now all we need to do is cut it to the right width. Put the first piece in your trimmer in the right way up, so you can read the writing. Cut it to 9 ¼ inches wide.

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For the second sheet of print paper, we need to put the print into our trimmer upside down. The images will need to be upside down. Trim it back to 8 ¼ wide. 

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You need to completely cover the back of both pieces of Lullaby Print Papers with adhesive. You can use double sided adhesive paper or tape, if you use tape make sure you butt it together with no gaps in between each piece.

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Adhere the 9 ¼ inch wide piece to your black foundation page first. Try and have the same amount of black showing along the top and bottom on your page. Remember this print paper is one inch wider, so it will go over the join on your foundation page onto the other page. You should have tape on your foundation page to help adhere your print paper over the join. Don’t worry if your print paper is not on straight. You are going to add a border around the page.

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Carefully fold your page over, use your finger to run along the seam as you fold the page up and over. This will create a fold that you can see and use to line up your second piece.

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Now you need to adhere your 8 ¼ inch piece. Make sure you are away from the centre fold of your page or you page will not shut nicely. To make it easier for yourself, don’t remove all the backing from your adhesive paper or tape. Just take a little strip off. Then if you don’t quite line it up right you can lift it off and try again.

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Carefully fold your page over, use your finger to run along the seam as you fold the page up and over.

Fold the whole page over and run your hand firmly along the fold to set the crease.

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Find your sheet of “New Arrival”. We need to cut it so that we have lots of pieces to use on our page, pocket and tags. Use the photo as a guide. You need to cut all the pieces as follows. You need to have, one piece two stamps wide and 8 stamps long. Plus the three images from the middle, and the two pieces, above and below the images.  You also need another piece, 6 stamps wide and 3 stamps high. Keep all the left over pieces, as we still need to cut some extra pieces for our tags.

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Now you are going to make the pocket. From your sheet of yellow cardstock, cut two rectangles 5 ¾ inches x 8 inches. We only need one for the pocket; once the pocket is finished you will be adhering the second one to the back to cover all the brads. From your sheet of “Little treasures”, cut a piece 5 ½ inches x 7 ¾ inches. Cut the 5 ½ inches first then cut the piece back to 7 ¾ inches. Ink around the edges and adhere it to your piece of yellow cardstock. You should have a little bit of yellow showing at the left end and at the top of your yellow rectangle, don’t worry about having any yellow showing at the bottom or if you have too much at the right end. We will be hiding the right end and the bottom with a border.

Cut a second piece from your “Little Treasures” to 4 ½ x 7 inches. Adhere it to your pocket about ½ inches in from the left and ½ inch down from the top.  From your sheet of “Baby Borders” find the strip that has the cute little baby faces on it. Cut it so you have 7 faces and add it to your pocket about 3 inches down from the top of your pocket. Save the leftover piece of baby border, you will need it for a tag.

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Choose one of the images from your sheet of “New Arrival”. Cut a piece of yellow cardstock, 3 ½ inches wide x 3 1/8 inches high.  Adhered your image to the middle of the yellow mat. Cut another mat from your blue cardstock, it needs to be 3 ¾ inches wide x 3 ½ inches high. 

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Adhere the image to your pocket; use the photo as a guide.  Add two white brads and a title to finish the pocket. Add your second yellow rectangle to the back of your pocket.

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Now we need to place our pocket onto our page. It is to be a pocket with the left and top edge not attached to your page. You will need to put tape on your founation page, so the pocket is attached to the page on the right and bottom side and corner of your page only. Use the photo as a guide. Please don’t worry about the right side of your page yet!

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This border is done slightly different to our first and second page, so please read the instructions carefully. You need to sort your borders out. Some have the pattern running all one way and the some have the pattern changing direction in the middle. We need four pieces with the pattern running the same way. These need to be used at the top and bottom of our page. The ones that change direction, we need to use two of them, one for each side of our page. We will be starting in the bottom left corner of our page, then doing the bottom right corner. Next will be the top and lastly the sides.  

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We will not be doing a mitred corner for this page. Trim the left edge of your border so it is straight. Start that the bottom of your page and at the left edge. You need to be just in from the left edge of the page and just up from the bottom. We need to have a little bit of black showing at the bottom and side of your page.

Adhere the first strip on your page, and run it across your page over the join and onto your pocket. It needs to go across the page and onto the pocket about an inch.  Place the second strip on your page, start in the bottom right corner of your page and run it across your pocket and over the top of the other border. Trim it back so it is not near the fold on your page. Adhere the strip to your page.  

 

Now you can adhere your border at the top of your page. Start in the left corner. Adhere your border and run it over the join in the middle of your page. Go over the fold in the middle of your page for about an inch. Place the other border on your page and trim it to fit. It needs to go over the top of the first border and finish near the fold in the middle of your page. It must not go over the fold. Once you have it trimmed, you can adhered it to your page.

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Now you can do the left edge page border and the right edge page border. They can overlap the top or bottom borders in the corners. Trim each end to fit and adhere it to your page.

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Your corners should look like this.

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Find your four corners and trim them back to match the photo above. Glue them to your page; try to match up the corners with the borders. They need to meet on the outer edges.  Don’t worry if they don’t quite match as we are going to add some chipboard corners.

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Your page should now look like this. All the borders on and corners gluded on as well.

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Now it is time to do work on the left side of your page.Find your piece of “New Arrival” that is two stamps wide and 6 stamps high. Mat it onto a piece of blue cardstock. Adhere it to your page.

Find your piece of “New Arrival” that is 6 stamps wide and 3 stamps high. Turn it over and adhere it to your page.

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From your sheet of “Once upon a Springtime “die cut frames, remove the largest frame. Punch out the middle bit and keep it for your tags. Place a photo under it the frame and add it to your page. Add a chipboard title to the bottom of the frame.

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To finish your page add four chipboard corners.

Now we are done, and now we can start the Tags.

 

Tags Tutorial - Page 3

By Jane Tregenza

All artwork, images, instructions and design are copyrighted 2012

Download Graphic 45 JT Page 3 Tags Tutorial with photos

Instructions for creating the Tags

Please follow my instructions carefully, as you will need all the left over bits of your print paper. Remember to ink the edges of all the following pieces, except the black cardstock. Please note that I have not added any names, dates for any information to my tags. You will need to add your own personal details for each child to each tag.

 

1st Tag

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Front side

From your blue cardstock, cut a rectangle 4 ½ inches x 7 ½ inches. Corner round all four corners, using a punch. Cut a rectangle from your spare “New Arrival” print paper. It needs to be 4 ¼ inches

 x 7 ¼ inches, corner round all the corners as well. Ink around the edges and adhere it to your blue cardstock tag.

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From your “Baby Border” sheet of print paper, find the piece that has the blue kewpie dolls on it, cut it so it is about 9 inches long.  Adhere it to your page about 1 ¼ inches up from the bottom of your tag and wrap the ends around to the back of your tag; they should nearly met in the middle on the back of your tag. Cut a black mat 3 ¾ inches x 6 inches out of black and adhere it to your tag.  Add a photo and title to finish your tag.

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Back Side

Choose an image from your “New Arrival” print paper. Cut a yellow mat 3 ½ inches wide and 3 ¼ inches high. Adhere your image to your yellow mat, don’t adhere it to your tag yet. Cut a black mat 3 ½ inches wide and 3 ¼ inches high. Cut a piece from your “Baby Border” print paper. I used the blue lace border. Cut it to 4 3/8 inches and adhere it to your tag about 1 inch down from the top of your tag. Now you can add your two squares to your tag. Punch two cardstock circles and two paper washers. Glue one circle and one washer together. Glue one each side at the top of your tag lining them up. Punch a hole through the washer and feed some ribbons through the hole and tie them with a knot. Add some photos to finish your tag.

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 Cut a rectangle 4 ¾ inches x 8 inches out of your pink cardstock. Cut the left corner off your tag using your eye. Place the cut piece on top of your tag in the right corner and cut it to match.  Use a corner rounder on the bottom two corners.

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Cut a rectangle 4 5/8 inches x 7 7/8 inches from the “Cherished” print paper.  You need to make the print paper match the cardstock tag at the top. To do this, place the print paper under your tag. Line your print up the top of the tag and the left edge of the tag, trim along the corner to match. Move the print paper over to the right edge of your tag, making sure it matches up at the top and side. Trim the edge again.  They should match your tag.

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 Ink around the edges of your print paper and adhere it to your cardstock tag. Cut a rectangle from “Cherished” 3 inches x

 4 1/4 , turn it over and adhere it to your tag. Find your butterfly border from “Baby Border”, cut to 10 inches. Adhere it to the front of your tag about ¾ of an inch up from the bottom of your tag and wrap it around to the back of your tag. Remove your Medium pink frame, add a photo to your tag and adhere the frame over the top.  Glue a chipboard word to the bottom of the frame to finish the front of your tag.

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Back Side

Find your piece of four borders from “Baby Border”, cut it back to 4 5/8 inches wide and adhere it to your tag near the top. Find your strip from “Baby Border” with the phrase Little Darling, cut one and mat it onto a piece of pink cardstock. Add it to your tag partly on the border print paper.  Cut a mat from your black cardstock, 3 ½ inches x 5 inches. Cut a second yellow mat, 3 3/4 inches x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere the black mat to the yellow and add it to your tag. Find one of the small frames and a stamp from our left over “New Arrivals”. Mat the stamp onto a piece of yellow cardstock. Add the finished piece to the small frame. Add your photo to the tag and adhere the small frame over the top. Punch two cardstock circles and two paper washers. Glue one circle and one washer together. Glue one each side at the top of your tag lining them up. Punch a hole through the washer and feed some ribbons through the hole and tie them with a knot.

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Tag 3

Front Side

Cut a rectangle 4 ½ inches x 5 ¾ inches from your yellow cardstock. Cut the left corner off your tag using your eye. Place the cut piece on top of your tag in the right corner and cut it to match. Use a corner rounder on the bottom two corners.

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Cut two pieces of “ Rock-a-Bye” print paper. They need to be 4 ¼ inches x 5 ½ inches.  You need to make the print papers match the cardstock tag at the top. To do this, place the print paper under your tag. Line up the top of the tag and the left edge of the tag, trim along the corner to match. Move the print paper over to the right edge of your tag, making sure it matches up at the top and trim the edge again.  They should match.

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Ink around the edge and adhere both of them to your cardstock tag. Find your pink lace border and cut it to 9 inches. Adhere it to your tag about 1 ¾ inches down from the top of your tag. Wrap the ends around to the other side of the tag. Cut a black mat 3 ¾ x 3 ¾ inches, add a photo and adhere it to your tag.

Back side

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Use the middle of your larges frame, ink around the edges and adhere it to your tag. Cut a photo mat from your black cardstock. It should be 3 inches x 4 inches. Punch two cardstock circles and two paper washers. Glue one circle and one washer together. Glue one each side at the top of your tag lining them up. Punch a hole through the washer and feed some ribbons through the hole and tie them with a knot.

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Tag 4

Front side

Cut a rectangle 4 inches x 6 inches from your pink cardstock. Cut the left corner off your tag using your eye. Place the cut piece on top of your tag in the right corner and cut it to match. Use a corner rounder punch on the bottom two corners.

 Find your piece with the four borders on it from your “Baby Border” print paper, cut it back to 5 ¾ inches wide. You need to make the print papers match the cardstock tag at the top. To do this, place the print paper under your tag. Line up the top of the tag and the left edge of the tag, trim along the corner to match. Move the print paper over to the right edge of your tag, making sure it matches up at the top and side, trim the edge again.  It should match. Ink around the edge and adhere it to your cardstock tag. Cut a black cardstock mat to 3 inches x 4 inches. Add the mat and photo to your tag. Find a stamp images from your “New Arrival” print paper, mat it onto a piece of yellow cardstock and add it to your tag over your photo.

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Back side

Cut a rectangle 3 inches high and 5 ½ inches long from your “Little Treasure” print paper. Round the corner and make the other corner match the tag. Find your leftover piece of border strip with the baby faces. You need a piece about 4 faces long. Add it to your tag as shown.  Cut a black mat 2 ½ inches x 3 ½ inches and adhere it to your tag. Cut a piece from your “New Arrival”, it needs to be one stamp wide and two stamps high. Mat it onto a piece of yellow card stock and add it to your tag. Punch two cardstock circles and two paper washers. Glue one circle and one washer together. Glue one each side at the top of your tag lining them up. Punch a hole through the washer and feed some ribbons through the hole and tie them with a knot. Add a chipboard word to finish your tag.

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Tag 5

Front side

Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 1/8 inches x 6 inches. Cut a yellow mat 3 7/8 inches x 5 ¾ inches. Adhere it to the black card stock. Add a photo to your mat and place a green frame over the top. Add a chipboard word to finish your tag.

Back side

Cut a blue mat 3 7/8 inches x 5 ¾ inches. Adhere it to your black card stock tag. Add a photo to your mat and place the blue frame over the top. Find a left over piece of the print paper you used as a border around your page. Add it to your tag as shown above. Punch out three hearts and add them to your tag. Add a chipboard word to finish your tag.

When placing your tags in your pocket, please be careful of the chipboard words that you don’t “catch” them. Don’t forget to add your children’s names and ages along with some information.

Wow, thanks Jane! We hope you all had great fun today! We will have more fabulous sneak peeks of Place in Time on tomorrow's blog along with 4 more contest winner announcements! Remember to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win Place in Time before it's available in stores! We hope you all have a delightful day and thank you again for stopping by!

Happy Papercrafting!

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Creating Your Own Unique Halloween Decor With Graphic 45!

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Hello G45ers,

Happy Thursday and welcome to another day of Halloween cheer here at Graphic 45! We are gearing up for this delightful holiday with our week-long focus on splendid Halloween crafts! Halloween is more than just fancy costumes and candy. It's also about lavish home decor, fun photos for mini albums and layouts, pretty cards and incredible memories! It is a great occasion to have fun with friends and family! Embrace the creative spirit of Halloween with today's gorgeous crafts from our design team! Maiko Miwa has created a fantastic layout and tutorial. We also have a beautiful piece of altered art by Tara Orr that you're sure to love! Both of today's crafts are just perfect for decorating your home for Halloween. So get ready to smile and be inspired! It's time for some crafts! First up is Maiko Miwa's fun and easy Happy Haunting layout! This is such a bright and wholesome LO. It is just perfect for children's photos from Halloween. Follow Maiko's fun tutorial to create one of your very own!


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Supplies:

Papers: Graphic 45 Happy Haunting
chipboard: Graphic 45 Happy Haunting
ribbon: MayArts
flowers: Prima ,Zva
ink: tsukineko

The theme of my simple creation is "the Blocking Layout". When you use this style it's easy to make a layout. And you can make a layout using many photos.

1. Cut out the center part of the "Man in the Moon" paper. The cutting size is 6x6 inches.

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2. Cut the"Jeeper's Creeper's" paper. The cutting size is 11.25x11.25 inches. Distress around the paper with the scissors and DTP around the paper with black ink. Then adhere this on the paper from "instruction1".

3  Cut 5 kinds of the paper that you like or suit your photos. The cutting size is 2.5x2.5 inches. Cut out the clock pattern from the paper of Pumpkin Time. Then distress and DTP around the edge of the papers.

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4. You need to cut the following pieces as shown in the photos below.

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5. Crop 5 pieces of your photos. The cutting size is 2.5x2.5 inches.

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6. Splatter the  background with black acrylic paint.

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7. You need the chipboard to use the following pieces as shown in the photo below.

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8. Let's make 5 blocks using pieces of cutting papers and chipboard!

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9. Adhere 5 blocks and 5 photos on the base . please adhere them with the 3D glue.

10. Adhere pieces of the papers as shown in the photo below.

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11. Mark around the paper with black pen like the stitch of a sawing machine.

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12. Decorate this layout with the gemstones and flowers.

Wasn't that great, G45ers?! Next we have a delightful piece of Happy Haunting altered art by Tara Orr. Great Halloween home decor doesn't have to be expensive. Just hop on in to your local thrift store or garage sale and find something simple you can alter with Graphic 45 paper and embellishments! You can also find basic little treasures from your local scrapbook store too! That's how Tara found this sweet and simple wooden box. Have fun creating fabulous home decor that will last for many years to come!

"I decided to alter a plain wooden box found at Michaels.  I simply traced the box shape onto my patterned paper, cut out and then applied using tacky glue. I further embellished using some Graphic 45 tags and Imaginarium Designs Chipboard which I painted." Tara Orr

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Supplies:

Happy Haunting Sticker Sheet
Happy Haunting Chipboard 1
May Arts Ribbon

That's all for today, G45ers. Big thanks to Maiko Miwa and Tara Orr for their wonderful work. Remember that today is your last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's amazing Happy Haunting prize pack! We will be announcing one randomly chosen winner on tomorrow's blog. We will also be bringing you more gorgeous crafts to inspire your day! We hope you all have a dazzling Thursday. We hope to see you again tomorrow for another day of fun!

Happy Papercrafting!

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Great Tips & Tutorials For Stunning Halloween Cards!

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another super day here at Graphic 45! We are so excited that you've stopped by our blog on this fine Wednesday! We're getting a head start on Halloween this week as we feature fun and easy Halloween crafts! We've got more goodies in store for you today with two incredible cards by Gloria Stengel. There's a simple and beautiful card and sketch. Gloria has also prepared a more elaborate Halloween card and tutorial. Both of today's gorgeous cards are really fun to create! Why not bring some joy to a friend or loved one with a fantastic handmade Halloween card? Follow today's fabulous tips and tutorial to bring the creative spirit of Halloween to life!

Speaking of Halloween fun, don't forget that there's still time to enter to win this amazing Happy Haunting prize pack! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win! We will be choosing one random winner and announcing them on our blog this Friday, September 21st! Hooray!

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And now it's time for some wonderful tips for creating beautiful Halloween cards! Cards are so much fun to make. They can be nice and simple or fancy and elaborate. Either way they're garunteed to brighten someone's day. Here we have two gorgeous Halloween cards. One is simple and lovely, while the other is also stunning and has a little more detail. Both can be made using the same sketch and most of the same materials. Grab your papers and get ready for fun! Here is Gloria's first simple card and sketch. Take it away, Gloria!

"Using products from the same collection make projects come together in a snap! For this simple card, I used paper from the Happy Haunting 8x8 paper pad. The small-scale prints are perfect for card making. I combined the paper with Happy Haunting chipboard and stamps to create a 10-minute card." -Gloria Stengel

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 paper: Happy Haunting 8x8 paper pad

Graphic 45 chipboard: Happy Haunting

Graphic 45 stamps: Happy Haunting

Cardstock - American Crafts Black, Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Halloween Geometric Print on Black Grosgrain, Black Satin; May Arts 1/4" Black Silk

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, Aileen's Tacky Glue

Are you ready to take your simple Halloween card to the next level? Here is another gorgeous card by Gloria that uses that same simple sketch. Gloria just added a little bit more pizazz to create this adorable card. It takes a little bit more time to make but it is totally worth it! Follow along with Gloria to create this super sweet Trick or Treat card! Take it away, Gloria!

I showed you how to make a 10-minute card by using products from the same collection. If you have more time, and you have a lot of various Halloween stamps and embellishments in your stash, you can "step it up" and make a 45-minute card.

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Both cards have the same basic design, but I flipped the vertical panel to the right and added more embellishments.  To create visual interest in the "stepped up" card, I cut a fence (Taylored Expressions Picket Fence Border die) and some tree branches (Spellbinders Cherry Blossoms die) and inked them with chalk ink before attaching them to the card.

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Instead of using pre-made chipboard for the image, I stamped and colored an image with Copic markers. Once the image was colored, I trimmed it into a circle shape. I used Spellbinders dies to cut a circle and then cut a decorative circle to mat my image.

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I used one of the Happy Haunting chipboard clocks, and tied three strands of various colored twine to the center. I added a strip of ribbon and a die cut sentiment.

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I folded the ribbon over and cut one end into a banner shape.

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I used stamps to decorate the inside of the card.

It is easy to take the same basic card design and create a completely different look, just by changing your image, embellishments, and sentiment.

Supplies:

Graphic 45 paper: Happy Haunting 8x8 pad

Graphic 45 chipboard: Happy Haunting

Cardstock: American Crafts Black, Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Copic white

Other stamps: Stampin' Up! Greeting Card Kids; Hero Arts Happy Halloween; Hampton Art Stamps Boo

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Apple Shimmer Satin, Twine (orange, green apple, black licorice)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Gray Whale

Die cuts: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Classic Inverted Scallop Circles Large, Cherry Blossoms; Taylored Expressions Picket Fence Border; Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Banners

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, Ranger Glossy Accents, Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L foam squares

Wow, wasn't that fun?! We've got one more treat for you all today. The fabulous Jim, The Gentleman Crafter is being featured today on the Paper Crafter's Library blog! Hop on over to see this amazing Happy Haunting Bat Treat Box! Jim has prepared an amazing tutorial that shows you how to create this fantastic project! Dive deep into the Halloween spirit with Jim on the Paper Crafter's Library blog today! Check it out!

http://blog.papercrafterslibrary.com/

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We hope you all enjoyed today's fabulous and festive Halloween crafts! We're keeping the Halloween party train rolling all this week. We hope you'll come on back and see us tomorrow for more incredible Halloween inspiration! Huge thanks to Gloria Stengel and Jim, The Gentleman Crafter for their amazing creations today. We wish you all a very happy day!

With Hugs and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Featured Artist: Linda Cain Shares 7 Inspiring Altered Art Projects

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Hello G45ers,

Happy Friday and welcome to a spectacular day of fun here at Graphic 45! Wow, it's hard to believe it's already Friday! Time sure does fly when you're having fun! We have an extra special treat in store for you today. Not only do we have a blog contest winner to announce, but we're also bringing you the fantastic work of a very talented crafter, Linda Cain! Today we will be featuring a bunch of gorgeous Graphic 45 creations that Linda has made. You will see a fantastic variety of creations using many different Graphic 45 collections including Happy Haunting, Bird Song, Olde Curiosity Shoppe and many more! It's just what you need to get you inspired for some lovely weekend crafting! So lets get started by announcing this week's blog contest winner! We asked you to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win this wonderful Happy Haunting prize pack! We chose one random winner from this week's comments. And the winner is...Manhattan Mandie!

"Thanks for the Halloween inspiration! It's my favorite holiday :) I absolutely LOVE this collection!!"

Posted by: Manhattan Mandie | September 17, 2012 at 05:25 AM

Congratulations Mandie! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the wonderful prize that Mandie won this week! There is a new chance to win fabulous Graphic 45 goodies every week on our blog so stay tuned for more incredible contests and fun!

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We are very excited to have today's Featured Artist on our blog! Her name is Linda Cain and we're sure you're going to love her work. Linda has been an active member of our crafting community for quite a while. Not only are her crafts filled with beauty but she's also a very kind person. Her loveliness really shines through in her creations. She gives each of her crafts the unique attention to detail that they deserve. Linda has a wonderful imagination. One look at her crafts and you can tell that she loves the process of creating. She also knows how to tap in to the special beauty of all the different Graphic 45 collections. It is Linda's incredible skill, expert artistic eye and deep affinity for crafting that makes her creations so outstanding! One look at her beautiful blog called Friends in Art and you'll understand why we're so fond of her work! She is going to take you on a guided tour today through some of her fantastic Graphic 45 creations! She even includes some helpful tips as she explains the inspiration behind each piece! Ladies and gentleman, we are very excited to introduce you to the splendid work of artist Linda Cain!

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About Linda Cain:

"I always say I started out as a Watercolor Artist. But I’ve been a crafter ever since my grandma and I made a merry-go-round with paper plates and straws.  I loved painting, but when I found Mixed-Media and Altered Art, I found my niche. Paper, glue, stamps, paint, ink.…it all overlaps so wonderfully in what I enjoy. When I first saw the brilliance of Graphic 45 products at CHA they literally blew me away, and that takes a LOT! The way they make colors pop with black, and the deep intensity of the inks in their images is 2nd to none. I love giving classes with their products. I’ve been blessed to be on several design teams, and published a few times, but seeing the smile on a student’s face when they’ve created a project in class is really what makes me happy. Thank you Graphic 45." -Linda Cain

Linda Cain's Blog:
http://cain81art.blogspot.com/


First up is this Bird Song piece. It starts with a paper Mache cabinet with magnetic closings. You open the front to reveal 4 box-type compartments with magnetic closings of their own. When completely fanned out, the background papers show the contrast of all the papers. The back becomes a group of 4 panels for the gorgeous lady and the birds. I've used markers to add shadows and color to some of the papers for even more contrast to these beautiful papers.

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This is from the Happy Haunting collection that I of course found totally amazing due to the great colors, fun images and checkered papers. The checks always grab my heart. So here's my take on this fantastic set of papers for Halloween.

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Here is one of the latest of my fun creations with Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers. This is a cabinet I found at local store that was just he middle section. I added the bottom pedestal, and the tops are from a laser-cut wooden frame I cut apart and painted. Fussy cutting and markers are used on the bottles and butterflies. Glossy Accents make the butterflies have more dimension and shine. I used a couple of other collections for trim and the checkered backgrounds. But, all in all, this piece is the ultimately gorgeous collection of the Olde Curiosity Shoppe.

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This is a cabinet that I decorated that really began my love affair with Graphic 45. Botanicabella is the most gorgeous collection of papers that used brilliant colors and beautiful images of nature. Still love it to this day! It was breathtaking and such a new look when it debuted at CHA.

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I LOVE Steampunk. So the idea of making a Steampunk Debutante clock was something I had to do. The papers were perfect and all the little added metal pieces were added carefully so as not to interfere with the moving hands of the clock. Tiny watch parts and gears colored with Alcohol Inks make an added bit of interest along with fussy-cut pieces of paper accented with Glossy Accents.

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Here is a wonderful printers tray featuring Hallowe'en in Wonderland. I adore the combination of orange and purple. Throw in some green and it makes it perfection!

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It's never too early to start crafting for the holidays! I took the Christmas Emporium papers with me on vacation and began to fussy-cut the pieces. They are just too gorgeous for words and needed to be in a sweet little bookbox as a memory of Christmas past.



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That's all for today, G45ers! We hope Linda Cain's crafts got you inspired for your weekend! We want to thank Linda for her incredible work! We highly encourage you all to check out her beautiful blog to discover even more inspiration! We will be back here on Monday with sneak peeks our our new collection, Place in Time, and lots of prize opportunities.  

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Trust us, you wont want to miss it! Thank you all so much for joining us today! Have a fabulous day and a splendid weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Turn Over A New Leaf With Easy Happy Haunting Crafts!

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome back to our week-long Halloween celebration! It's Tuesday and we want to wish you a very happy day! We are very excited that you are joining us for another day of gorgeous Halloween inspiration! There's no doubt about it, Autumn is headed our way! The leaves have begun to change and the temperature is starting to cool down. This is one of the most fun and creative times of the year. There are lots of wonderful holidays ahead and so many opportunities for creating festive crafts! We obviously love Halloween here at Graphic 45. Today we're bringing you some fantastic craft inspiration from Jim, The Gentleman Crafter and Kristin Wilson of our design team. You'll see some amazing ideas that are sure to get you excited for Halloween crafting! So grab a handful of candy corn, sit back, relax and enjoy today's dose of craft inspiration!

First up is this amazing Happy Haunting top hat by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. Like any classic Halloween craft, this one opens to reveal a special surprise! This wonderful piece of home decor is just what you need to turn your home into a Halloween hot spot! Conjure up all the joy and imagination of the season with this fabulous and fun creation! There's even a wonderful video in which Jim takes you on a tour of this glorious hat! Learn some great tips for creating one of your own! Here is what Jim, The Gentleman Crafter had to say about this amazing top hat!

"I love top hats and thought Halloween was the perfect time to pull one out.  This fast and easy top hat project consists of a large round box and lid and a piece of chipboard!  A fun table top Halloween decoration that has a secret....pull the hat off the base and a round mini is inside waiting for pictures of all your little trick or treaters!" -Jim, The Gentleman Crafter

 

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Paper Collection
Round Paper Mache Box
Orange and Black Cardstock
Medium Weight Chipboard
Eyelets
Ribbon
Feathers
Martha Stewart Spiderweb Corner Punch

Halloween is such a creative time! It is a wonderful excuse to really let your imagination run wild! For example, here we have a super cute card by Kristin Wilson that features Happy Haunting! It is always a great time to send a handmade card to a friend or loved one! There are so many fun options with our Happy Haunting collection! Try making a beautiful card like this one and bring some Halloween cheer to someone you love! Here is a fun tip from Kristin on how to recreate this sweet card!

"Tip: When making multiple cuts in the center of your card try using a punch and start in the center then do each side." -Kristin Wilson

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Supplies:

Graphic 45: Happy Hauntings Collection
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Punch
May Arts: Ribbon
Craft Store: Pop Dots

We hope you all enjoyed today's fun and festive Happy Haunting crafts! Huge thanks to Jim, The Gentleman Crafter and Kristin Wilson for their beautiful work today! We will have more fabulous crafts on tomorrow's blog! It's going to be great fun and we hope you'll join us! Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win the amazing Happy Haunting blog prize! We will be announcing one randomly chosen winner on our blog this Friday! Also we wanted to remind you all that the deadline for our September Craft Challenge is fast approaching. Here is all the details you need to enter this super fun challenge and maybe win a spectacular Graphic 45 prize pack!

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We wish you all a very happy day!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Get Festive With Halloween Decor Tutorials & Blog Contest!

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Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday to you all and welcome to another week of fun and inspiration here at Graphic 45! We are so happy that you've stopped by our blog today! This whole week is going to be so much fun! Since Halloween is not that far away we thought it would be good to help you get a head start on your Halloween crafting! All this week we're bringing you gorgeous Halloween-inspired crafts that are sure to have you howling at the moon with creativity. Today we've got two, that's right, two tutorials to share with you! Susan Lui has created a fabulous layout and home decor project, while Sharon Ngoo has created some sweet little trick or treat bags! You're going to love today's crafts! But first lets begin with this week's brand new blog contest! We're giving away this wonderful Happy Haunting prize pack that includes a Happy Haunting 12x12 paper pad, both sets of coordinating chipboard die-cuts, new Ornate Metal Key Hole Staples, Flower Staples and three Smooch pearlized accent inks by Clearnap! Wow! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win this super Halloween crafting pack! We will choose one winner at random from this week's comments and announce them on our blog this Friday, September 21! Hooray!

 

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Our first amazing craft comes from Susan Lui. Check out this adorable and fun layout she made! This can also serve as a festive piece of Halloween home decor. Susan has created a great tutorial to show you how it was made. Follow her easy instructions to create one of your very own! Take it away, Susan!

"Here's a fun layout that's really quick and easy to make. It's created on a sheet of clear acrylic which gives it a different feel. I made this as a store decor for my local scrapbooking store, PaperMarket. But the idea can easily be adapted into a Halloween decor for your home by changing the words to something along the lines of A Witching Welcome! Or you could just adhere your favourite Halloween photograph onto it for a Halloween layout." -Susan Lui

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Papers - Trick or Treat, Pumpkin Time, Midnight Magic, Man In The Moon, Jolly Jack-O-Lantern, Jeeper's Creeper's, Bewitched
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Alphabet Stickers
Prima Marketing Clear Acrylic Page

1. What you'll need is some Happy Haunting papers and a clear sheet of acrylic. Mine measures 12x6 inches.


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2. Cut a sheet of Bewitched paper into 6x5 inches. Tear the paper into two in a curvy line. Attach it to the top and bottom of the acrylic as shown.

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3. Cut a sheet of Word Play paper into 6x4 inches. Tear that into 2 in a random curvy manner and adhere it to the top and bottom of the acrylic, under the Bewitched papers.

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4. Select a few of your favourite images from the Happy Haunting papers and cut them out. You'll have a whale of a time doing this as there are so many images to choose from in this collection. Here's what I used.

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5. Stick these images to your layout, using 3D foam dots for more dimension.


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Some close-ups, showing how 3D foam dots add so much dimension to a simple layout.

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6. Add on your greetings or photograph and you're done.

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Next we have this delightful trick or treat bag tutorial by Sharon Ngoo! This is such a clever idea and so much fun to create! We spend so much time thinking about the perfect Halloween costumes. Why not take a moment to create the perfect trick or treat bag to go along with that costume! You can also use these sweet little bags for Halloween home decor. Have a few candy-filled bags around the house. They'll make your Halloween even sweeter! Here is Sharon's fabulous tutorial. Take it away, Sharon!

Hello, hello! Some of the stores are starting to stock up on Halloween stuff (yes, even in Singapore) like treat bags, pumpkin themed stuff etc... And I thought how much nicer it would be to have a treat bag made from Graphic45 papers and stickers instead.  So here's what I made:

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They're really easy and fun to make and is a fun project to do with little ones as well!  Here's a tutorial so you can make one too:
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Now to fill them with candy!! :)

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Well, there you have it, G45ers. We hope you had a lot of fun today. We are excited to read all of your blog and Facebook comments this week. Please come back and join us tomorrow as our Halloween crafting celebration continues. Huge thanks to Susan Lui and Sharon Ngoo for their fabulous work today. We hope you all have a delight ful day.

Happy Halloween Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Get Jazzed With Graphic 45 Birthday Crafts & Blog Prize Winner!

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Hello G45ers,

TGIF! Welcome to this very special Friday here at Graphic 45! We've got so many incredible crafts to share with you! Not only is today Friday which automatically makes it a good day, but it's also the birthday of Graphic 45 CEO and head designer Diane Schultz! Diane is a tremendous inspiration to all of us and we wanted to give her a grand Graphic 45 birthday tribute today! Our design team have created some gorgeous birthday crafts in honor of Diane's special day! We also have a fun interview with Diane and of course a new blog prize winner to announce! Today is going to be so much fun! So put on your party hats and get ready to celebrate in full Graphic 45 splendor!

First we want to announce the winner of this week's blog contest! We asked you to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win this amazing prize pack of the brand new Graphic 45 Staples! This week's randomly chosen winner came from this week's Facebook comments. And the winner is...

-Danielle Sanders: "These are absolutely gorgeous!"

Congratulations, Danielle! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Hooray! We will have another fabulous blog contest on Monday in which all you G45ers can enter to win some wonderful Graphic 45 goodies!

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And now it's time to party! If you love Graphic 45 then we're sure you're going to love today's birthday girl, Diane Schultz. She is the CEO and head designer for Graphic 45. She is also the mother of Aimee Filimoehala, the Graphic 45 Director of Operations, and Charee Filimoehala, the Graphic 45 Director of Customer Service and Social Media. Together they form a remarkable team that serves as the foundation for our wonderful papercrafting company. Diane is an amazing lady. She is endlessly creative, with superb style and gorgeous new ideas. In addition to being a dedicated career woman, she is also a loving mother and a warmhearted person. Plus her tastes in shoes are totally off the charts! We are so happy to be celebrating her birthday today! For all the inspiration she has given us over the years, we thought we'd try and give her the best birthday possible with today's jubilant birthday blog! From all of us here at Graphic 45, we want to wish Diane the happiest of birthdays! And a special message to Diane from her two daughters. 

"Happy Birthday Mom!  You are such a wonderful inspiration and role model.  You have taught me the importance of hard work, being kind to others, and the fun of being creative.  Now, that I am weeks away from being a mother myself, I only hope I can be as loving and patient as you have been with me.  Get ready for some late night calls.  You are an incredible mother, grammy and boss!  I love you!" -Charee Filimoehala

"Happy happy my Mother Dearest!  I wish you the most amazing birthday anyone could have, you truly deserve it.  You make others lives around you better and you are a daily inspiration to me.  Your kindness and ongoing generosity is something to live by.  I wish you all the happiness in the world." Love you, Aimee

 

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Get to know Diane a little more with this fun birthday interview!

It's our amazing leader's birthday! Will you be able to take some time off and celebrate this weekend?

I hope so! On Friday night I have plans to celebrate my birthday. I’ll be working until then - it’s a busy time! There may be something exciting on the horizon, so stay tuned!

 You recently celebrated one of your children's weddings and Charee's baby shower, were these fun early birthday gifts?

Those were the best! Those kind of celebrations are a different type of relaxing. When my kids and my grandchildren are around, I get so hyped up. I don’t want to miss a moment! It was an incredibly wonderful time of celebration! My son, Chris, and his new wife Darby flew into Montana from Hawaii to get married in Darby’s birth town. It was so beautiful and wonderful. We also spent time in Portland with my kids and celebrated Charee’s baby due in December with a baby shower. Such precious moments with my kids!

How is it to see all your children grown and making families for themselves? And of course, getting to work with them?

To date, it is the most rewarding experience as a parent to see my children make these incredible contributions to the world, especially to my world. They’re great kids and I’m so proud of the decisions they make and the people they are. I didn’t think about it when my children were tiny, but the greatest responsibility as a parent is to teach your child to be independent. I’m so proud of the independent people they are.

We've noticed you've become an avid Pinterest user - what is your favorite thing about Pinterest?

Oh - I love Pinterest! It is just a huge shot of creative adrenaline. It’s like a creative energy drink! But then it’s like drinking 5 Red Bulls and then trying to get to sleep at night - I can’t wind down. I love Pinterest because it helps me balance my life with all the creative boards. I’m so tunnel-visioned when I’m designing, Pinterest helps me step out of the box. It helps me to step away for a minute from intense designing time and go on break - a visual vacation! It’s such a huge brainstorming tool!

Follow Diane on Pinterest:

http://pinterest.com/graphic45diane/


What is the top thing you want for you birthday from your (P)interesting finds?

What can you say when you have 5000 pins? It’s hard to narrow down. There’s an incredible pair of Alexander McQueen boots that I would LOVE to have. They’re probably way out of my price range, but they’re so stunning!

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A little bird tells us you love baked goodies, what baked treat do you love most?

I love my carbs! What can I say?! Voodoo Donuts in Portland are just amazing. I just visited and can’t stop thinking about them. So delicious.

We hope you get a dozen Voodoo donuts for your birthday and have the best time celebrating! We hope it's as wonderful and creative and lovely as you, Diane!

In honor of Diane's birthday, our design team have created some stunning crafts just for her! These creations are simply splendid! If you know someone who has a birthday coming up, let today's crafts inspire you to create something special just for them! Nothing is more heartwarming than a handmade card or gift! First up is this beautiful card by Clare Charvill featuring A Ladies' Dairy! Take it away, Clare!

"Diane, wishing you a very Happy Birthday from across the pond.  I hope you have a wonderful fun filled day. Huge hugs, Clare"

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Supplies:

Cream 260gsm card 
8 x 8 Ladies Diary Papers:  A Ladies Diary, Moment in Time, Ageless Beauty
Art Glitter - green pale pink and white  
Double sided tape, Glossy Accents & Foam Tape 
Vintage Photo Distress  Ink 
Chipboard piece from my own collection

Next we have a super classy card featuring Kraft Reflections created by Kristin Wilson. This card is full of timeless style and charm. Here is Kristin's special birthday message for Diane!

"Diane, my wish for you on your birthday is that you have a beautiful year ahead of promises fulfilled, joys discovered, and dreams come true! Happy Birthday!!!" -Kristin Wilson

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Supplies:

Graphic 45: Kraft Reflections Papers, Metal Brad, Metal Key, Metal Clothes Pin
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Stamp, Twine
Tim Holtz: Ticket Stamp
May Arts: Ribbon
Paper Trey Ink: Button
Craft Store: Acrylic Paint

Next we have another super stylish card featuring A Ladies' Diary. This gorgeous birthday card was created by Gloria Stengel. She layered the stunning patterned papers and used A Ladies' Diary chipboards and other lovely embellishments to create this fabulous card. Here is her special message for Diane!

"Happy Birthday! I hope your day is amazing and filled with vintage, hats, family,...and cake! You are such a blessing to your company and the designers who work with you. I appreciate you so very much. Thank you for taking a "leap of faith" with me, an unknown designer, three years ago! My creative life has flourished in the three years since I first joined Graphic 45, and I have you to thank for much of that success! You make paper crafting a joy with your amazing papers and products! So, have a wonderful birthday, and eat some extra cake on me!" -Gloria Stengel

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Supplies:

Cardstock: American Crafts, Stampin' Up
Designer paper: Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary (A Ladies' Diary, Moment in Time, Timeless Memoir, Fashion Plates)
Embellishments: Chipboard (Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary), Pro 31 Designs (lace, flower), Petaloo (pins), Sticker (Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary)
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamp: Papertrey Ink Little Labels
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Die cuts: Spellbinders Labels Eleven
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Aileene's Tacky Glue, Beacon Fabri-tac

Next we have this super fun and colorful card by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. Jim used Olde Curiosity Shoppe to create this vibrant card for Diane. By layering the fabulous papers, adding some fun fussy cut elements and a stunning card binding, Jim created a fabulous world of wonder in this great card. Here is Jim's special message for Diane!

"Happy Birthday to you, my friend!  I hope that you have the most incredible magical day ever!  Thank you for your continued inspiration to us all!  You ROCK Graphic 45 each and every day and we so appreciate you and your Graphic 45 goodness!" -Jim, The Gentleman Crafter
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Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card Graphic 45
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card Graphic 45
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card Graphic 45
Supplies:

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shop Collection
Grunge Paper
Vintage Photo Distress Stain
Twine Brads
1/8 wooden Dowel
Chipboard

Here is another totally marvelous card for Diane! This one was created by Denise Hahn using Le Romantique. This fabulous and feminine card features some great paper layering and sweet embellishments. It definitely captures the gorgeous vintage charm of Graphic 45! Here is Denise's special message for Diane!

"It was so easy to be inspired to create a card for Diane's Birthday! I started with the Recollections Corrugated Cards from Michaels. These are my new go to card base, I love them! When I think of Diane, I think classy and sophisticated and that makes me think of her Le Romantique collection. Happy Birthday Diane and thank you for your daily inspiration!" -Denise Hahn

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Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Birthday Card for Diane Le Romantique

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Birthday Card for Diane Le Romantique

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Birthday Card for Diane Le Romantique

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Birthday Card for Diane Le Romantique

Supplies:
Graphic 45 Le Romantique
Tender Missives #4500162
Loves Labyrinth $4500163
Le Romantique Frames
Chipboard swirl- Imaginarium Designs
Ribbon- May Arts
Ink- Clearsnap
Cardstock- Bazzill

Next we have this amazing tag featuring A Ladies' Diary by Alberto Juarez. The fussy cutting in this tag is simply breathtaking! Combine that with some elegant ribbon, some Graphic 45 Metal Staples and a sweet sentiment and you've got a splendid birthday tag! Here is Alberto's very special message for Diane!

"A big congratulations to Diane for your birthday. I especially thank you very much for your work and your imagination because you make lot of people in the world so happy. To be part of your team and to have you entrusted in me is something for which I can't thank you enough. I hope you're very happy, at least as much as you make us happy." -Alberto Juarez

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Next we have this lovely Bird Song card by Susan Lui. This card is full of so much joy and stunning color! Here is Susan's special message for Diane.
"I used the Bird Song collection and wrote Happy Birthday in Chinese on the chipboard. The Chinese characters are Sheng Ri Kuai Le, meaning Happy Birthday! Happy happy birthday, Diane! May you stay as beautiful and as creative always. :)" -Susan Lui
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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Bird Song collection - Good Fortune, Harmony, Jasmine Dream
May Arts Ribbon
Flowers and leaves - my own stash
Here is a gorgeous card by Arlene Cuevas. She created this card for Diane with our gorgeous new collection Nutcracker Sweet. Here is Arlene's special birthday message for Diane.
"Diane, wishing you all the wonderful things in life, and hope this special day brings you much love and everything that makes you happiest! Happy birthday! xoxo, Arlene"
 

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Supplies:

PaperTrey Ink Kraft cardstock
Co'oridnations Signature Series ColorCore Cardstock for Graphic 45
My Favorite Things Die-Namics - Botanical Beauty, You Move Me, First Award Ribbon
Flower Sprays
I Am Roses flowers
EK Success Leaf punch
Owl & Thistle 5" doily
My Favorite Things cardstock - Jellybean Green
Stickles - Diamond
And last but certainly not least we have this gorgeous tag by Sharon Ngoo. This tag is so delightful with its stunning color and fun use of embellishments. Here is Sharon's happy birthday message for Diane!

"A very very blessed and laughter-filled birthday to you Diane!!! You are such an amazing and awesome lady! Have a wonderful day and a spectacular year ahead!! Love and hugs!, Sharon"
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Supplies:
Pattern Papers from Birdsong:
Embellishments:
Ribbon - May Arts
Cardstock - American Craft
pearls - want2scrap
alphabets - pressed petals and October Afternoon

Well G45ers, that's all for today. We hope you had fun celebrating Diane's birthday with all of us. Hopefully today's crafts helped inspire you to create something special for a friend of loved one. Any time is a good time to send a handmade card or tag! We want to thank our amazing design team for their gorgeous creations today. We hope you'll join us for more inspiration and a new blog contest on Monday. Thank you all so much for joining us! Have a glorious day and a great weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Tips For Creating Dazzling Crafts With Tropical Travelogue!

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Hello G45ers,

Happy Thursday and welcome to another day of fun here at Graphic 45! There is tons of inspiration in store for you today as we bring you gorgeous crafts featuring our Tropical Travelogue collection. As the warms days of summer draw to a close, many of you probably have lots of fun photos from your summer adventures. Now is the perfect time to turn those photos into craft gems with a beautiful layout of mini album! Today you will learn some great ways to create with Tropical Travelogue as Clare Charill brings you a stunning mini album and tutorial. There is also a magnificent Tropical Travelogue layout by Arlene Cuevas! Lets enjoy these last remaining days of summer with a craft celebration! Get ready for some fun!

Here at Graphic 45 we are super excited to be attending this year's Scrap Fest! Aimee, Charee and Joanna of Graphic 45 are headed off to Archiver's ScrapFest 2012 at the Mall of America.  We are thrilled to get to take part in this glorious event, meet and mingle with thousands of amazing people and get our craft on! We can't wait! It's going to be a grand adventure!

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Now it's time for crafts! First up is this marvelous mini album and tutorial by Clare Charvill. Mini albums are the perfect way to celebrate your memories. With the fabulous island-inspired images and colors of Tropical Travelogue, it's the perfect collection for summer crafts! Let your imagination take flight with this lovely creation by Clare! Here is what she had to say about the inspiration behind this fabulous mini! Follow her fun tips to create one of your very own! Take it away, Clare!

I was sorting through a box of photos that I've had for a while and came across some of my favourite pictures so thought I'd put them all together in a journal and team them up with the bright and cheery Tropical Travelogue papers . First I made the binder, and covered it with Island Jewel.  I used some of the flowers from the other side of the paper and some cut outs to dress the front, and then dyed some staples cream ribbon with vintage photo distress ink, tied it through the pages and around the spine and then added a couple of chip board pieces to the ends of the ribbon.

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Then I took 5 sheets of craft card, folded them in half and stitched them onto a binding strip before sticking into the book.  The closure is made from lime green rafia.  I added some indian bells to the end to give the rafia some weight and then cut out four 1" circles and stuck them in pairs, back to back over the rafia. I left the back of the journal plain and just added a little card with my details on.

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I wanted to keep one page in each double spread for journalling so used cream paper, inked with latte Adirondack ink.  I distressed the edges before sticking each one onto a page. 

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Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

Keeping a neutral feel to the journalling pages I used the Tropical Travelogue cling stamps and coffee archival ink to stamp out some images on the same cream card, then cut them out and used them throughout the book. 

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I used stickers and chip board pieces throughout the book to bling up the pages and kept any fussy cutting to a minimum :-) lol 

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Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

I also kept the page designs quite simple adding a photo mat and picture to most of them. 

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Now I've got a keepsake of some of my favourite memories with loads of room for journalling and notes.
Supplies:
Graphic 45 Supplies 
12 x 12 Tropical Travelogue papers - various 
Chipboard Pieces 1 
Tropical Travelogue Chipboard Pieces 1 & 2 
 Staples cream Trim 
Staples Metal Buttons
Cling Tropical Travelogue Stamps 1 2 & 3  
Miscellaneous Supplies 
Kraft Card 
2mm Chipboard 
Lime Green rafia 
Indian bells
Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, dried marigold, scattered straw
Archival Ink - Coffee  
garden string 
Bazzill card in assorted colours for photo mats 
Stampin up punch for tabs on photo mats 
Tacky Glue 
Double sided tape 
Glossy Accents
Crop o Dile for corner rounding on pages 
ribbon from stash

Wow, that was great! Next we have a brilliant layout by Arlene Cuevas. Summer really comes alive in this breezy LO! You can see how Arlene used paper distressing and lots of beautiful paper layering to create a genuine vintage look. She also added lovely chipboards, paper rosettes, Graphic 45 Metal Staples and fabulous fussy cut leaves to add striking dimension and movement to this LO. The colors and patterns look simply splendid! Let this amazing layout inspire you to create a pretty layout from your summer photographs! Here is what Arlene had to say about this fabulous work of art! 

"I’ve been dying to create a “summer” scrapbook page of this picture of my husband. This photo was taken in the summer of 2011 at Santa Cruz beach in California. My husband and I are both California natives and for us the sport of choice is beach volleyball! I created this page with quite a bit layering and distressing! Check out my video tutorial for a glimpse of how this page was created from beginning to end." -Arlene Cuevas
 

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Supplies:

Tropical Travelogue paper collection

Tropical Travelogue Chipboard Tags 1 & 2
Metal Buttons Staples
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays
Petaloo flowers
My Favorite Things Dienamics – ¼” Rosette
Crafter’s Workshop “Chicken Wire” template
White VersaMagic ink
Burlap string
Burlap ribbon

Wow, what beautiful creations! We want to thank Clare Charvill and Arlene Cuevas for their fantastic work today. Big thanks to all of you for joining us on this beautiful day! We have more fun in store for you tomorrow with another big Graphic 45 birthday, inspiring new crafts and a blog prize winner announcement! Remember that there's still time to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win this week's fantastic blog prize! We hope you all had fun today. We wish you all a terrific Thursday!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Turning Your Memories Into Treasures With Nutcracker Sweet Layouts!

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Hello G45ers,

We want to welcome you all to another enchanting day here at Graphic 45! We are going to have a lot of fun today! We're featuring our marvelous new holiday collection Nutcracker Sweet in some gorgeous layouts from our design team! Get ready for some serious inspiration with these incredible and timeless treasures! Maiko Miwa and Susan Lui have created dreamy layouts that are sure to get your creative gears turning! Also we wanted to remind you all about this week's fabulous blog contest! Just leave us a blog of Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win this amazing prize of our brand new Staples! We will be announcing one random winner on Friday's blog. So be sure to leave your comments for a chance to win!

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The holidays are a time of togetherness, feasting, family reunions, parties, gifts and lots of photographs! What do you do with all of those fabulous photos once the holidays are over? You create gorgeous layouts like these to commemorate your cherished moments! Our new collection Nutcracker Sweet is perfect for all of your holiday memories! Here is a beautiful example of a festive layout by Maiko Miwa! Maiko did a lot of fun fussy cutting and added gorgeous embellishments, including our new Metal Key Holes and Ornate Metal Label Holder, to create a magical holiday scene in this LO! The vibrant colors and whimsical patterns of Nutcracker Sweet look dazzling in this LO! It's a holiday wonderland of inspiration!

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Supplies:

Trim 
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flowers:Prima
cardsock:Bazzil
Acrylic Paint ,Stickles and Liquid Pearl :Ranger

Next we have another glorious Nutcracker Sweet LO! This one was created by Susan Lui and is just darling! You can see how Susan layered the beautiful papers of Nutcracker Sweet to add lovely depth to this LO. Not only is Nutcracker Sweet a beautiful holiday collection but it is also largely inspired by ballet imagery! If you have fun ballet photos then Nutcracker Sweet is just perfect for creating lovely layouts! Here is what Susan had to say about the inspiration behind this fantastic creation.

"Several years ago, my daughter danced in the Singapore Dance Theatre's production of The Nutcracker. I thought Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet papers would be perfect for the photographs of that performance." -Susan Lui

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Supplies:

Trims - Webster's Pages

That's all for today, G45ers! Thank you all so much for stopping by our blog today. Huge thanks to Maiko Miwa and Susan Lui for their gorgeous creations. We hope you all had a great time! Please come back and see us tomorrow as we bring you a whole new day of craft inspiration and new ideas! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Bird Song Bliss & Layout Inspiration!

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Hello G45ers,

We want to welcome you all to our happy blog today! We hope you are having a good Tuesday. We have some delightful inspiration planned for you today! Our design team has created the most awe-inspiring layouts that feature our brand new collection Bird Song! This gorgeous Asian-inspired collection is now available in stores and online shops! To get you excited to create some gorgeous crafts with Bird Song we thought it would be fun to show you these splendid new layouts! You are going to love them! We've got beautiful creations from Jane Tregenza, Tara Orr and Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! So get ready for some serious craft bliss because today is going to amazing! So lets get to it! First up is this incredible Bird Song LO by Jane Tregenza. Jane created some magnificent borders and utilized some of the new Graphic 45 Metal Staples to create this vibrant and beautiful layout. The colors and patterns are absolutely wonderful and you can feel the joy radiating off the lovely work of art. Here is what Jane had to say about this fabulous creation!

"I just loved the Bird Song print papers from Graphic 45. I have never been to Asia, but I have visited China Town in San Francisco twice. On my first visit I was taken with the ivory carvings in some of the stores. They are made using Mammoth Tusks and are hundreds of years old. So many hours must have gone into each one of these pieces. As soon as I saw the paper this photo popped into my mind. I have used the new staples embellishments from Graphic 45 as well. I love the rich colour and images in this new range." -Jane Tregenza

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Bird Song Layout Graphic 45

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Supplies:

Longevity

Bird song

Good fortune

Pearls of wisdom

Endless spring

Tranquillity

Cherry blossom

Imaginarium designs chipboard corners

Next we have another fantastic Bird Song layout to share with you. This one was created by Tara Orr and it's absolutely darling! Tara used some classic paper distressing and paper layering techniques to give this LO a shabby-chic look. She also added beautiful embellishments and trim to give this LO even more depth and texture. Plus that central photo is just so sweet! Happiness takes center stage in this marvelous LO!

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Supplies:

Chipboard Die Cuts 1: Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Chipboard Die Cuts 2: Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Metal Brads

Here is a breathtaking Bird Song LO by Jim, the Gentleman Crafter. This LO is just dazzling. The paper flowers look incredible! Jim even altered the Graphic 45 Metal Butterfly to give it some lovely color and symbolism. And of course that central photo is just so adorable! This sweet LO is sure to make you smile!
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Bird Song Layout Graphic 45

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Bird Song: Pearls of Wisdom - Background
Graphic 45 Bird Song: Bird Song- Foreground
Graphic 45 Bird Song: Good Fortune -Japanese Torri
Graphic 45 Bird Song: Tranquility -  Birds
Graphic 45 Bird Song: Shanghai Girls - Character
Graphic 45 Bird Song: Longevity - Symbol, Photo Mat
Graphic 45 Bird Song: Cherry Blossoms - Cherry Blossoms
Graphic 45 Key Plate
Graphic 45 Metal Butterfly
Graphic 45 Metal Stamped Brad
Chipboard Backing
Red, Blue and Black Embossing Powder
UTEE
Black Cardstock
Bamboo Skewer
Red Tassel
Branches from Cherry Tree

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for joining us! We hope you enjoyed today's wonderful Bird Song layouts! Huge thanks to Jane Tregenza, Tara Orr and Jim, the Gentleman Crafter for their stunning work today. We will be back tomorrow with more glorious crafts to brighten your day. We hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Stunning G45 Craft Inspiration & New Blog Contest!

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Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday and welcome to another superb week of fun and inspiration here at Graphic 45! We have many wonderful treats planned for you all this week. Our design team have been working hard to create gorgeous new crafts to inspire you! Plus we have a special new blog contest this week that you're sure to love! Today you are going to see some gorgeous creations from Nicole Eccles and Jim, the Gentleman Crafter! Nicole has taken our collection Happy Haunting and used it to create a fantastic piece of home decor! Then there is a gorgeous vintage-inspired wallet by Jim that is going to knock your socks off! Today's crafts are simply exquisite! So lets begin with this week's new blog contest! This week we're giving away this fantastic prize pack that includes the new Graphic 45 Staples! You could win a new 8x8 Easel Album, Ornate Metal Keys, Ornate Metal Key Holes, Ornate Metal Label Holders and Antique Metal Door Pulls! Wow! Just imagine the treasures you could create! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win! This week's randomly chosen winner will be announced on our blog this Friday, September 14th! Hooray!

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And now it's time for some lavish inspiration! First up we have this gorgeous altered clock by Nicole Eccles! Nicole used our Halloween collection Happy Haunting to create this incredible work of altered art! In addition, Nicole also combined lots of different Graphic 45 papers to create a truly unique piece. You can also see some amazing uses of the new Graphic 45 Metal Staples in this clever clock. Let this amazing piece inspire you to create some dazzling decor for this fun and festive holiday! Here is what Nicole had to say about this splendid creation!

"This month I couldn’t resist playing with Halloween papers.  The days are getting shorter, the weather is a little cooler and I am already counting down the days to Halloween!!!  MY FAV!!! With that being my driving force, I found this old clock that was just the perfect thing to curb my excitement.  It has been altered with 7 different Graphic 45 lines to create the perfect Steampunk Halloween feel. For the inside of the face I used a mix of chipboard die cut gears with some plastic gears found in a clock toy.  I then painted them all black, and added  a top coat of silver to create the grungy look.  Underneath I wanted to create a simple haunting scene that captured the spirits of the season using found Halloween objects and Graphic 45 papers. And don’t forget all those amazing metal staples they create!! For this piece, I got to use the brand new ornate drawer pulls for the first time, along with the ornate key holes and ornate keys!!!!  LOVE THEM ALL!! I even had to pull out the power tools for this one, just so I could make sure I had a pendulum that really works!! All I can say is Halloween is the absolute best and a huge thanks Graphic 45 for making such cool products to keep those creative juices flowing!!!" -Nicole Eccles

Here is the clock before it was altered.

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And here is the clock after it was altered! Wow! It's a whole new world! So breathtaking!

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Want 2 Scrap: Bling, Chipboard lace frame
May Arts: Black and white bakers twine
Ideology: Mini glass vials, orange Adirondack Ink
Ranger: Glossy accents as adhesive, Black Soot Distress Stickles
Girl Paperie: Jubilee Clear Stamps ( Pennant Banner)
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Sizzix: Gear Dies, Big Shot
Bazzil: 12 x 12 Chipboard
Other: gesso, gel medium, sand paper, orange/black/silver acrylic paint, drill, clipart, printer, Halloween décor, pumpkin pods, Old clock, plastic clock toy for gears, stamped metal star

Next we have another beautiful and unique creation! Check out this brilliant vintage-inspired wallet created by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! This is such a remarkable piece with a wonderful masculine charm. The dreamy colors and vibrant patterns give this piece a gorgeously ethereal look. Here is what Jim had to say about the inspiration behind this marvelous creation! 

"The Vintagey wallet is held closed by a latch that has been alcohol inked to match the beautiful paper from the Transatlantic collection.  Chipboard Button staples have been added to the front for a dimensional effect.  The front cover is layered with several papers from the collection and a timepiece added to the front for detail.  The wallet opens to reveal several sized pockets for pictures, tags and quotes and held in place by a strap and buckle.  The tags are topped off with a distressed and Graphic 45 adorned key tag for easy removal. Thank You all so much again for everything!" -Jim Hankins
 
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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections
Graphic 45 Transatlantique -Cover
Graphic 45 Communique - Inside Cover
Graphic 45 Chipboard Button Staples
Graphic 45 Metal Flower Staples
Idea-ology Time Pieces
Idea-ology Game Spinners
May Arts golden silk ribbon
Latch from Hobby Lobby
Black Cardstock
Key Tags -Office Max
Buckle from Scrapadabadoo.com
Grungepaper
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Vintage Photo Distress Stain

Well that's all for today, G45ers! Thank you so much for joining us! Huge thanks to Nicole Eccles and Jim, The Gentleman Crafter for their brilliant work today! We hope today's crafts helped inspire your day! Please join us tomorrow for more glorious crafts and don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win the amazing Staples prize pack! Have a lovely day out there, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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A Graphic 45 Birthday & Fun 10-Minute Card!

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Hello G45ers,

Hooray for Friday! Welcome to another day of jubilation and creativity here at the Graphic 45 blog! Today is going to be fantastic! We are celebrating a birthday here at the Graphic 45 office, plus we have a winner to announce for this week's blog contest! Also Kristin Wilson has created a gorgeous 10-minute card that is sure to inspire you for weekend crafting! Indeed, this is going to be a terrific day! So lets get started with something that everybody loves, prizes! This week we asked you to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's Bird Song prize pack! We chose today's winner at random from this week's blog comments. And the winner is....(drum roll please)

Gwen Moss: "Gorgeous, fun mini album."

Congratulations, Gwen! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Hooray! This is the prize pack that Gwen won today. We will have another marvelous blog contest on Monday where you will all have another chance to win some terrific Graphic 45 goodies!

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And now it's time to put on your party hats and get ready for a Graphic 45 birthday celebration! Who's birthday is it? Well besides being the 76th birthday of 50's rocker Buddy Holly, it's also the 31st birthday of Graphic 45 blog writer Kelly Woessner! Hooray! Get to know more about Kelly in this fun and informative interview! Kelly talks about her many roles here at Graphic 45, her love for America's 16th president Abraham Lincoln and her dreams of one day visiting outer space! Check it out!

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Happiest birthday, Kelly! First of all, we want to know what is your role at Graphic 45?

I wear many hats for Graphic 45. I suppose I'm mostly known for my work as the writer of the Graphic 45 blog. I've been writing the daily blogs since I started working for Graphic 45 in October of 2010. But I'd say a large chunk of my time in the office is spent processing orders, answering phones, emails and various office tasks like sending our prize packs and design team packages. If anyone out there has ever received a prize pack from Graphic 45 the odds are that it was packaged up and mailed by me, with love. There's never a dull moment in the Graphic 45 office! Here is a photo from Wednesday when we celebrated my birthday a little early at the office. Charee, Aimee and Diane surprised me with chocolate espresso cake and flowers! It was sublime!

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The blogs are incredible day in and day out! What is your favorite daily task for G45?

I love being able to write about our design team's amazing projects for the Graphic 45 blog. Their talents are out of this world and I find it easy to be inspired everyday by what they create. Plus it's exciting to get to see their projects before they post to the blog. It's fun to anticipate what our readers will think of each project and how it will inspire them. It is also fun to brainstorm new ideas for the blog with Charee. We've come up with a lot of fantastic ideas for craft challenges, contests, and blog features. Good times!

So, a little bird told us you love Abraham Lincoln. What first inspired this love for Honest Abe?

I honestly can't remember a time when I wasn't inspired by Abe Lincoln. At an early age I was fascinated by The Civil War and the incredible story of Abe Lincoln's life. The challenges he faced are so far beyond anything I can imagine. Thinking about his levelheadedness and compassion in the face of adversity inspires me to keep things in perspective in my own life. Plus he was a great writer who had superb taste in hats!

On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for the new Daniel Day-Lewis movie where he plays Lincoln?

I don't think a number exists that would quantify my excitement over Daniel Day Lewis playing Lincoln! He is my favorite actor on the planet and he's playing my favorite historical figure! Are you kidding me?! What could be better?! To be honest, I think I actually cried when I found out he'd been cast as Lincoln. That's how excited I was! I've seriously been waiting for this movie to come out for almost 5 years! That's 1/6 of my whole life on earth! I can't wait!
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You're a very creative lady, what are your favorite hobbies away from the workplace?

I've been playing piano for 18 years. At the end of a long day it's nice to come home and decompress at the piano. I am also a filmmaker. I have my bachelors in film production and have been making short films since I was a kid. I also do a lot of yoga. Everyone in the Graphic 45 office knows that Tuesday is my yoga day. I bring my mat to the office so I can head to my class right after work. I attend classes several times a week and it has been enormously beneficial for me both mentally and physically.

And a fun question for your birthday. If you could shuttle yourself to any planet or star, which one would it be and why?

This question is awesome. Honestly, I'd go to neither a planet nor a star. I'd venture on over to Jupiter's moon Europa. It's an icy moon that has a liquid ocean under it's frozen surface. The ocean might even be liquid water so I wouldn't have to worry about making my Americanos in the morning (of course I'd bring an espresso machine on this mission to Europa). Sounds pretty amazing. Plus I'd have the most breathtaking view of Jupiter! But I must admit that I've always wished to simply view the planet Earth from space. I think that would make me almost as happy as seeing Daniel Day Lewis play Abe Lincoln.

Here is a photo of Europa, mysterious and icy. It would be a great place for ice skating!

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And now it's time to venture back to planet earth for some fantastic craft inspiration! Kristin Wilson has created this beautiful card featuring our lovely collection A Ladies' Diary! This card is both gorgeous and easy to create! Check out the great sketch that Kristin created and let it inspire you to recreate this stunning card!

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A Ladies Diary 10 Min Card Supply List:

Graphic 45: A Ladies Diary Collection, Chipboard Tags, Metal Brad
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Ribbon, Stamp
Papertrey Ink: Twine
May Arts: Ribbon
Martha Stewart: Leaf Punch

Here's another fun treat! We just got this great thank you card in the mail from the store Sew Scrappin in Idaho! This card features our Tropical Travelogue collection! We just love getting handmade cards in the mail and we just had to share it! Thanks, Sew Scrappin!

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Well that's all for today, G45ers! Thank you all so much for stopping by! We hope you had fun getting to know more about our team here at Graphic 45! Big thanks to Kristin Wilson for her fantastic card creation! We hope you all have a great weekend. Please join us on Monday as we bring you more inspiring crafts and a new blog contest! It's going to be stupendous!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Incredible Halloween Crafts You'll Love

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Hello G45ers,

Happy Thursday and welcome to our blog today! We are going to have a lot of fun. We've got some gorgeous Halloween-inspired creations that are sure to inspire your creativity. There is a wonderful Magic of Oz altered wine box and tutorial by Tara Orr. Plus Gloria Stengel has created a fabulous Happy Haunting mini album that is simply stunning! We've been noticing that the leaves are just beginning to change color in preparation for fall. Of course we're starting to dream about splendid Autumn and Halloween crafts. So we thought we'd share the love with today's marvelous creations! We also want to remind you all that today is your last chance to enter to win this week's blog contest! We're giving away this amazing Bird Song prize pack to one lucky winner! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win. One random winner will be chosen from this week's comments and announced on tomorrow's blog. Fun! Fun! Fun!

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First up we have Tara Orr's amazing altered wine box featuring The Magic of Oz! Tara always finds great treasures at thrift stores. These inexpensive goodies are perfect for taking home and altering with beautiful Graphic 45 paper! Here is what Tara had to say about her inspiration behind this fabulous creation. Then check out her fun tutorial to create one of your very own!

"I love to scour thrift shops for hidden treasures.  What appears as a simple box or dish in the store can easily be transformed into a beautiful gift or keepsake piece with some wonderful patterned papers and embellishments. I came across this plain wooden wine box for $2.00 at my local thrift shop and picked it up immediately, knowing that I would use it someday as a fun hostess gift or housewarming party." -Tara Orr

Magic of Oz Altered Art

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Supplies:

Ÿ Wooden wine box, wine bottles

Ÿ Graphic 45 Patterned Paper & Cardstock Tags; Magic of Oz Collection

Ÿ Graphic 45 Metal buttons

Ÿ Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Door Plates

Ÿ Graphic 45 Metal Tags

Ÿ May Arts Ribbon & black fringe trim

Ÿ Scrapbook Adhesive 3D Foam Squares

Ÿ Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer

 

Directions for wine box

Remove all hardware from your wine box with your screwdriver and set aside

Cover all flat surfaces with your Emerald City Patterned Paper.  I did not use a ruler for this task but rather held up pieces of my paper to the area which I wanted to cover and simply made marks with my pencil where I needed to trim.

Once your background paper has been applied using tacky glue or Mod Podge, you are ready to apply a contrasting design to the front and sides of your wine box.  I outlined all my main designs with the dark side of ‘The Magic of Oz’ paper so they would stand out a little better on my project.

Again, hold up your paper to the area which you would like to cover and mark with a pencil where you should trim.  I found that laying the wine box on its side made it easier to do this. 

When covering your wine box with your main front design, ensure that there is approx. half an inch of the green background paper showing on either side to offer contrast.

Repeat step 5 with the sides of your wine box and before adhering your papers to your project, go around all 4 sides of each piece of the black patterned paper with your paper piercer approx. ½ cm apart. Connect each hole with your white journal pen to mimic stitching around your paper.

Once your faux stitching is completed, adhere the paper to the front and sides of your box using a permanent adhesive roller.

You are now ready to layer your final layer of patterned paper.  Measure your ‘Wicked!’ paper so that a very small bit of the black, faux stitched paper is framing each piece.  Trim accordingly and adhere to your project using a permanent adhesive roller

You are now ready to embellish!  Trim a design from your 12x12 Magic of Oz Paper pad, ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ page and adhere to the center of the front of your win box using 3D Foam Squares.

10  Tuck in a strip of fringe trim all around this design and adhere with tacky glue

11  On the sides of your box, adhere your ornate metal door plates and metal buttons using tacky glue.  Let each side sit until the glue has completely dried before proceeding.

12  To complete your box, attach two of the Magic of Oz tags with some coordinating ribbon and reattach all your hardware.

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13 You can either use a ‘new’ bottle of wine and simply place your personal label over the existing wine label or if you make your own wine you can use this as your own personal label.

14 These instructions are VERY straightforward and VERY simple.  Using the 8x8 Magic of Oz Paper Pad, I cut out one of the designs directly from ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ patterned paper (it just happened to be the PERFECT size) and adhered to the center of my wine bottle using Mod Podge applied to the back of the label with a paint brush.

15 Create a simple coordinating tag with the same paper collection and attach to the neck of your wine bottle with a decorative ribbon.

Tip(s): When adhering your paper to your wine box, a regular adhesive roller will not do.  You must use tacky glue for successful adhesion.  I found that applying with a paint brush eliminated ripples in the paper upon drying.

Wow, thanks Tara! Next up is this gorgeous Halloween mini album by Gloria Stengel. Halloween is a time for taking lots of photos. Why not save your precious memories in a beautiful mini album like this one?! Gloria had the great idea to combine lots of different Graphic 45 paper collections to create a truly one-of-a-kind mini! Here is what she had to say about the inspiration behind this spooktacular work of art!

"I want to show that the Graphic 45 paper collections can work together, therefore I made a fun and funky Halloween mini album using four Graphic 45 collections: Happy Haunting, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, The Magic of Oz, and Hallowe'en in Wonderland. I used chipboard, acrylic, die cuts, and pre-made shapes to create a one-of-a-kind, 6x6 mini album. The album has 13 pages, the perfect number for a Halloween project! I ended up with a bright and whimsical mini that is perfect for trick-or-treat, pumpkin patch, and Halloween party photos." -Gloria Stengel

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 Supplies:

Graphic 45 Paper:
Happy Haunting: Happy Haunting, Trick or Treat, Pumpkin Time, Hallowe'en Greetings, Midnight Magic, Jolly Jack-O-Lantern, Jeeper's Creeper's, Bewitched, Fright Night
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Mercurial Masterpiece, Optical Oddities, Genuine Article
The Magic of Oz: The Magic of Oz, Journey to Oz, Poppy Fields, Goblin Gazette, There's No Place Like Home, Wicked
Hallowe'en in Wonderland: You're Late, Jabberwocky, Borders
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Key, Metal Keyhole
Graphic 45 Stamps: Happy Haunting
Graphic 45 Chipboard Tags: Happy Haunting, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, The Magic of Oz
Graphic 45 Stickers: Happy Haunting, Olde Curiosity Shoppe
 

Ink:
Clearsnap: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink: Dragonfly Black, Warm Violet, Alabaster
Versamark: Watermark
Embossing powder: Hampton Art Stamps (clear), Cosmic Shimmer (black)
Cardstock: American Crafts
Ribbon, twine, trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Die cuts:
Spellbinders: Labels Seventeen, Grand Labels Four, Standard Circles Large and Small, Classic Ovals Large
Sizzix: Haunted House
Tim Holtz Alterations: Ornamental, Pocket Envelope, Tag and Bookplates
Border punch: Fiskars
Decorative scissors: Fiskars
Tag punch: Stampin' Up
Chipboard: Bulk (Grafix), House (Cosmo Cricket), Tabbed pages (We R Memory Keepers)
Acrylic: unknown
Journaling spots: Jenni Bowlin, Maya Road
Embellishments: mini brads, shipping tag, binding rings
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Aleene's Tacky Glue, Glue Dots adhesive dots, Scor-tape

That's all for today, G45ers! Join us tomorrow as we announce this week's blog prize winner! Plus we will have some fabulous crafts to share with you and a special Graphic 45 celebration post! It's going to be a great day! Huge thanks to Tara Orr and Gloria Stengel for their beautiful work today! We hope you all have a terrific Thursday!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Enchanting Crafts Featuring Nutcracker Sweet!

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another splendid day of crafts and smiles here at Graphic 45! We have some delightful treasures to share with you! Today is all about our enchanting new holiday collection Nutcracker Sweet. You are going to see the most divine creations from Alberto Juarez and Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. Today's crafts are full of so much joy and inspiration. We just know they're going to brighten your day. So lets get to it! First up is this gorgeous piece of home decor by Alberto Juarez. This is such a lovely idea and it looks fantastic! It combines jubilant holiday cheer with the elegant ballet theme in Nutcracker Sweet. This piece was made using the brand new Graphic 45 8x8 Matchbook Box! Alberto even created a downloadable pattern to show you how to create the beautiful ballet slippers! Here is what he had to say about this splendid work of art!

"I made this painting as decoration for Christmas or for a girl's room using as a base the matchbook 8x8 box, with the Nutcracker Sweet collection and making some dancers with the pattern attached. I printed and cut two pieces of each, one on each side, for both ballerina slippers." Alberto Juarez

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Download Ballerina Slippers Pattern

Supplies:
8x8 Matchbook Box
Metal Button Staples
Nutcracker Sweet 8x8 Pad
Snowflake Waltz
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May art pink ribbon
Imaginarium diecuts
Art glitter glimmer
pink glimmer mist
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Next we have another incredible Nutcracker Sweet creation. It's a gorgeous altered art box that contains a whimsical holiday scene. This was one of the gorgeous pieces created by Jim, the Gentleman Crafter that was on display in our booth at CHA. This piece also highlights some fabulous uses of our new Antique Metal Door Pulls, Ornate Metal Key Holes and Ornate Metal Label Holders! It's a world of wonder! Behold the holiday inspiration from Jim, The Gentleman Crafter!


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Supplies:
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Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet: Sugar Plum Fairy - Interior Wall Paper
Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet: Beautiful Ballet - Interior Roof
Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet: Clara's Dream - Top and Bottom Border Pieces, Gable, Candy Ornament for Tree
Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet: Endearing Sentiments - Exterior House
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Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet: Gingerbread Delights - Interior Wallpaper, Exterior trim
Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet: Festive Fairytale - Art on interior Wall
Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet: Land of Sweets - Roof
Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet: Christmas March - Interior Tree Ornaments, Top and Bottom Base
Graphic 45 Metal Door Pulls
Graphic 45 Metal Key Plate
Graphic 45 Metal Label Holders
Graphic 45 Metal Button Brads
Graphic 45 Metal Stamped Brads
Small Glass Mirror
Copper Foil Tape -Mirror
Jolee's - Candy and package embellishments
Brush pine tree
Assorted wooden Balls
Red and Black Paint

That's all for today, G45ers. We hope you all enjoyed today's enchanting Nutcracker Sweet crafts. Big thanks to Alberto Juarez and Jim, the Gentleman Crafter for their amazing work today. We have more goodies in store for you on tomorrow's blog. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win this week's wonderful blog prize! Thank you all so much for stopping by today. We hope to see you again tomorrow!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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It's the Graphic 45 & Liz Hicks Blog Hop!

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Hello G45ers,

We want to welcome you all to another exciting day here at the Graphic 45 blog! We are thrilled that you are stopping by for more craft inspiration and fun! Today is going to be great! We're teaming up with Liz Hicks from the Everyday Creative blog to bring you some gorgeous inspiration and a chance to win a fantastic prize! Today we're going to be sharing a stunning new creation by Sharon Ngoo of our design team. Plus you'll definitely want to venture on over to Liz Hicks' blog to see the fantastic inspiration she has in store for you today. Plus that's the only way you can enter to win this fabulous prize! A Tropical Travelogue 12x12 paper pad, both sets of Tropical Travelogue stickers, Graphic 45 Metal Film Canister, Flower Staples and our new Ornate Metal Keys! That's a $50 value of Graphic 45 goodies! So be sure to hop, hop, hop on over to the Liz Hicks blog and leave your comment for your chance to win! Liz will be choosing one random winner and announcing them on her blog Tuesday, September 11th!

Liz Hicks' Blog
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Next we have some fantastic inspiration from Sharon Ngoo of our design team! This stunning project features An ABC Primer and our new 12x12 Matchbook Box! This is the first project we've featured on our blog that highlights these fabulous new Matchbook Boxes! We are so excited! Sharon combined the adorable schoolhouse charm of An ABC Primer with the versatility of our new 12x12 Matchbook Box to create a fabulous keepsake box for kids! Here Sharon takes you on a tour of this fantastic creation as she gives some helpful tips for creating one of your very own. Take it away, Sharon!


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If your kids are like mine, they probably pick up and collect little bits and bobs that they keep...little things that they think are precious but don't quite know what to do with. If so, a little trinket drawer like this might be a fun way to collect and display the little treasures of childhood.

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I used the awesome ABC Primer collection because I think the images really capture the sense of childhood nostalgia.

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 And I decided to label my little sections alphabetically in keeping with the theme of the paper....(not that I think the kids will sort their treasures alphabetically...but hey, you never know right? and it might be fun)....a fun notion at first until you realise that 26 is not a fun number to work with....quite a bit of (painful) math was involved.

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I made each compartment out of paper and assembled them all together inside the 12X12" matchbook box (with MANY adjustments needed and many gaps that I decided not to bother about...haha).  And added metal door pulls on both ends so the drawer slides out easier :

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And here are some little ideas to share from this project:

1.  Did you know that the Graphic45 ABC Primer chipboard shapes assemble to form a cute grandfather clock?
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2.  And its probably a good idea to glue a piece of clear plastic in the 'window' to protect all the little tiny treasures inside - I left mine out because it photographs better but will definitely be putting it in later.

3.  You could also use this to display photos as well with labels like...."A, you're adorable, B, you're so beautiful...."....do you know the song? ;)
 
And here are the supplies I used:

GRAPHIC45 SUPPLIES:
1.  An ABC Primer 12x12 Paper Pads (I used at least one sheet of every design if not more!)
OTHER SUPPLIES
1.  ribbon - May arts and Creative Impressions
2.  red cardstock - Bazzill
3.  stickers - 7 gypsies
4.  brads
5.  old storybook paper - my own
And here we have a sneak peek of the gorgeous Graphic 45 project you can see today on Liz Hicks' blog! Hop on over to her blog to see the full project. Be sure to leave a comment while you're there for your chance to win the fabulous Tropical Travelogue prize pack!
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Wow, that was great! We want to thank Sharon for her amazing creation today and Liz Hicks for sharing this wonderful blog hop with us. We encourage all of you to check out Liz's blog today and be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win today's fantastic prize! Thank you all so much for joining us. We wish you a very happy Tuesday! Please join us tomorrow for more fun and inspiration here at the Graphic 45 blog!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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