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Oct 2, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Unique Altered Art with Shabby Chic Staples & More

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We love when our designers provide unique ideas for papercrafting. They see so much more than the paper, but a world of possibility. Nichola Battilana and Rhea Freitag are masters of thinking outside the box. Today, they will share two amazing ideas and two great tutorials to try yourself. These are great ideas for home decor, for parties coming up, or for fun gift ideas!

Also, we still have this Good ol' Sport $35 prize pack up for grabs until tomorrow! Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to win. We will announce our winner tomorrow, October 3, here on the blog!

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First, we have these whimsical and fun frames from Nichola. We love the techniques she used on the frames and the fun way she used our paper as background. It truly sets the scene for these amazingly fun frames. Take a set of frames, get a world of ideas!

"It never fails. As soon as I see a cool altered object project, the object in question becomes impossible to find. While looking for something entirely different the other week, I saw bag of small frames at a very reasonable price. I snagged them and set to work creating a pretty little set of altered art. With a little love, Come Away with Me, and Shabby Chic Staples, you can turn those sad little frames into tiny treasures. How fun would they be as party favours, small thank-you gifts, or abandoned as random acts of kindness for strangers to find?"~Nichola

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Check out How to Make Shabby Chic Altered Art Frames by Nichola Battilana on Snapguide.  

Nichola's Shabby Chic Frames Snapguide Tutorial


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Supply List:

Come Away with Me
Come Away With Me
Wanderlust
Globetrotter
Travel Odyssey
Vintage Voyage
Look Out World
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes
Thrift shop frames
3/8 Inch Looped Ivory Lace
7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Ivory Lace
Tintypes Collage Sheet
Wire
Acrylic paints
Adhesives

Next, we have a great party favor idea from Rhea - Botanical Tea fortune cookies! Take it away, Rhea:

"When challenged with the idea to make a wedding favor with Graphic 45 products, the fresh palate of the new Botanical Tea line jumped out to me as an immediate possibility. I wanted to create something that was simple yet sentimental, and I think these Paper Fortune Cookies do the trick. You could adapt this project to create party favors for many different themes. Also, try using different quotes, challenges, fortunes, or fun family sayings on the inside of each treat to make your favors really personal to your event.

It is easy to knock out a large number of these paper treats. My trick is to make an assembly line whenever making a large quantity of items. Complete each step to every element to make quick work of what seems like a daunting task. Even better: invite a crafty comrade over to share the joy of preparing for the big day. The memories made creating together will only enhance your path to celebration. Cheers!

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To start I cut up my fortunes.  I found the sayings I wanted on the internet, printed them out and cut them out. 

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Next I cut out each of my circles.  I chose to make mine 4 inches in diameter.  I used a cutting mat and a circle cutter.  This made this task really easy and quickly produced a nice set of evenly cut circles.

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In order to add a finished edge, I used Distress Stain in Tea Dye.  I would also recommend aging them a bit more by buffing with distress ink if you have the time.  This always adds extra depth.

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Fold the circle in half and “pinch and inch” in the center of the circle, scoring it only in the middle.

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Add a Xyron High Tack glue dot right next to your small crease.

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Here you can see where the adhesive is as well.  

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ROTATE the circle 180 degrees and bring the sides together.  Your crease should now be parallel to you!!!  This took me a moment to figure out.

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The crease is now your score line to create the cookie shape.  Squeeze the top and bottom towards each other as pictured. You may have to guide the paper to go where you want it.  It is helpful to use your index finger to push in where the fold is as you are squeezing the paper into shape (see arrow).  

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Here is the finished cookie.  On some of them I added a second glue dot if it needed it.  I found if the glue was too close to the crease line, I needed a second application.

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Try to make a few of these before adding in the fortune at the same time.  The motion needed to fold the paper properly will take a few practice tries, so make a few extra.  Once I had it down I was able to fold them up in no time.

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There are tons of other cute ways to display these fun favors: think apothecary jars, baskets, bowls, Chinese take-out boxes, the possibilities are endless.  For my display I used a mirrored dressing table tray that had an unfortunate accident.  Since the mirror broke, I simply matted it with coordinating Graphic 45 paper and added a few buffs of gilders paste to add age and character.

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I hope you were inspired by my little paper Fortune Cookies and I would love to see how you interpret this idea!" ~Rhea

Supply List

Botanical Tea 12x12 paper
Xryon® 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
Distress Stain, Tea Dye
Circle Cutter and Cutting Mat
Printed Fortunes

We love these awesome ideas from Nichola and Rhea. Did you get inspired to try one of these tutorials? Make sure to share on our Facebook page! Have a great Thursday, G45ers.

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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Oct 1, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Have a Creative October!

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Happy October, G45ers! It's a beautiful time of year. Full of autumn colors, candy, and Halloween fun. It's also a great month to create beautiful projects! We have two absolutely amazing projects here on the blog today. We have gorgeous altered art from Tati Scrap. Then, Andrew Roberts shows us brilliant ways to treasure the memories of this nostalgic season. Grab a cup of coffee, wrap up in your favorite sweater, and join us for a day of gorgeous ideas.

First, we have this most beautiful An Eerie Tale altered box from Tati Scrap. It unfolds into a beautiful fairy tale with fussy cut characters and magical moments. How gorgeous!

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We adore how Tati's project lights up to show off the enchanting scene!


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Supply List

An Eerie Tale Graphic 45 Collection
12x12 papers:
You Bewitch Me
An Eerie Tale
Fanciful Fable
Unsolved Mystery
Gone Batty
Wicked Whimsey
8x8 papers:
Enchantment
Fanciful Fable
Graphic 45 Altered Art Matchbook  8x8 box
An Eerie Tale Cardstock Die-cuts
An Eerie Tale Chipboard 2
An Eerie Tale cardstock stickers
Mini light bulbs.

Next, we have a brilliant pocket scrapbooking page from Andrew filled with his beautiful children. How wonderful is this? We love the color of the photos to go with the rich colors of An Eerie Tale. Learn more about Andrew's project:

"If you didn’t already realise I love graphic 45 products and their wonderful collections. I have started a pocket scrapping album and I recently asked each of my children which collection was there favorite. My daughter Bethany has a couple she likes, An Eerie Tale was one of them. I am hoping to pocket scrap each of my children and using their chosen collection.

TIP: In pocket scrapping treat each pocket as a mini layout and create depth using multiple simple layers. Take paper or cardstock colours from different pockets and use them in other areas to create uniformity." ~Andrew

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Supply list

Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale 6 x 6 Patterns and solids pad
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale 8 x 8 Patterned paper pad
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale 12 x 12 Patterned paper
: Wicked Whimsy
: Captivating Characters
: You bewitch me
: An Eerie Tale
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale Chipboard 1
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale Chipboard 2
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale Tags and Pockets
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale Flowers
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale Banners
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale Cardstock Stickers
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale Alphabet cardstock stickers
Green Cardstock
Orange Cardstock
Purple Cardstock
Purple Bakers Twine

Happy October, G45ers! Do you have bucket list you're going to accomplish this fabulous month? Does it involve pumpkins, apple-picking, or strolling through a corn maze? We know crafting fun treat ideas and beautiful autumn home decor is on our list. We can't wait to hear yours!

Happy October,

Graphic 45

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Sep 30, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Document your Travels with Mini Albums

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Pull out those travel photos! We have great ideas for you from our Design Team. Annette Green and Ginny Nemchak have brilliant ideas using Come Away with Me and By the Sea. You will want to get into your craft room and let your photos take you on a creative adventure. You will love these ideas.

Do you know we love when you share on our Facebook page? We love when you post photos of your projects made with Graphic 45 and it absolutely makes our day to see your gorgeous creations. Today, here is a Botanical Tea layout by Rosangela Christina Miqueletto. Isn't this just gorgeous?

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We love this beautiful idea from Annette - and perfect to take on your trip to remember every special memory. She even has a tutorial for this beauty. Take it away, Annette!

"In past years when traveling, I would pack scrapbooking supplies with the hopes of having idle time during the trip to scrapbook on the spot. It never seemed to happen. Then I began packing a small notepad to jot down each day’s happenings, meals, and special memories. As I collected little pieces of memorabilia, I would tuck them between pages of a magazine or into a zipper bag. This was working fine, but I really wanted something more organized, neat, and compact. So I designed this easy travel folio which holds my passport, a pen, a notepad and a large envelope to collect receipts, tags and all kinds of memorabilia. This would also be a great gift idea for just about anyone, not just for travel, and can be customized with any great Graphic 45 paper collection!" ~Annette

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Check out How to Create a Custom Travel Folio by Annette Green on Snapguide.  

Annette's Snapguide Tutorial


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Supply List

Graphic 45 Come Away With Me 12 x 12 papers:
2 sheets Come Away With Me signature page
3 sheets Wanderlust
1 sheet Pleasure Trip
1 sheet Travel Odyssey
1 sheet Vintage Voyage
Come Away With Me Cardstock Stickers
Come Away With Me Chipboard 1
Shabby Chic Metal Keyhole and brads
Matboard or thick plain chipboard
White Duct Tape
Clear Packing Tape
Tan cardstock
Scor-Tape, foam tape and adhesive

This is a briliant By the Sea tag album by Ginny! We also adore the altered box she keeps this album in. Perfect for your beach photos!

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Supply List

Graphic 45 By the Sea By the Sea
Graphic 45 By the Sea Beachcomber
Graphic 45 By the Sea Set Sail
Graphic 45 By the Sea Splash
Graphic 45 By the Sea Chipboard
Graphic 45 By the Sea Stickers
Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album-Ivory
Tim Holtz Gathered Twig Distress Ink
Dusty Attic Chipboard
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Assorted Flowers

Thank you to Annette and Ginny for sharing their brilliant ideas today. Has this inspired a future project with your travel photos? We can't wait to see them shared on our Facebook page! Have a wonderful Tuesday, G45ers.

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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Sep 29, 2014 5:00:00 AM

The Graphic 45 Ning Gallery Highlights!

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Happy Monday and welcome to the blog, G45ers! We're so glad you joined us this beautiful morning. Today, we are sharing beautiful projects from you from our Ning gallery. We love seeing all the beautiful work that is shared on this community gallery. Are you a member of our Ning? Join today, we would love to see your creations with Graphic 45! We will be sharing five absolutely fabulous projects this fine day that will leave you excited for another week to create.

We also have a very exciting blog contest today! Who wants to win this $35 prize pack of Good ol' Sport product? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to win. Fun!

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We are so excited to share work from YOU today! We can't wait to see your work there.

Share in our Ning Gallery!

First, we have this beautiful tea set by Jennifer Guy Elby. Jennifer used a kit from SVG Cuts to make this beauty and the brilliant Botanical Tea! How absolutely perfect. A great addition to any tea party.

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Botanical Tea Set by Jennifer Guy Eby

This Raining Cats & Dogs mini album by Maggi Harding is just absolutely stunning. We love her layering, her cover details, and all the beautiful floral embellishments she used. Maggi is a wonderful designer and we are in love with this project!

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Raining Cats & Dogs Mini by Maggi Harding

 Here's another project with Raining Cats & Dogs by Melissa Merritt. There is also a brilliant mini album inside. She used our new Mixed Media Box in black to make this beauty and it's the perfect shadowbox and mini to show off your furry friends!

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Raining Cats & Dogs Mixed Media Box by Melissa Merritt

Erica Houghton shows off our Twelve Days of Christmas collection with this perfect "Peace on Earth" card. The flower detail on this is absolutely breathtaking.

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Finally, we have a beautiful altered Secret Grden box by Kathy Dedrick. We love her fussy cut photo on this lovely project.

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Secret Garden Altered Box by Kathy Dedrick

 

Thank you to all of you who share on our Ning gallery on a regular basis. We are so inspired by your work. And many thanks to the five designers we shared today! Their work is incredible. Join our Ning community today!

Loving our Ning Community,

Graphic 45

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Sep 26, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Altered Art for All!

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Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you've had an excellent week. We have so enjoyed the beautiful creations this week, and we are continuining with the inspiration today. Solange Marques and Yumi Muraeda have two absolute beauties to share today with By the Sea and Botanical Tea. It's a gorgeous day for some altered art!

But first, who won the contest this week? Our randomly chosen winner is....

-Debra 'Shock' Meyer: Love your Fall stuff! the colors are awesome, the purples so deep, the oranges so pure!

Congratulations, Debra! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize. You won the $28 prize pack below. Thanks to everyone who took part this week!

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First, we have stunning By the Sea configuration box from Solange. Take it away, Solange!

"I love projects with marine motifs because when I think of sand, sea, shells, I remember textures and I'm just crazy about them. So I thought about making a box configuration with a lot of texture and adding elements like shells, fishing nets along with the beautiful By the Sea collection." ~Solange

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Supplies List:

By the Sea 12x12 papers: By the Sea, Beachcomber, Set Sail, Splash, My Anchor, Pier 45,
Gathering Shells, Sand and Surf
By the Sea chipboard
By the Sea stickers
Therm-o-web Supertape, icraft adhesive, Foam Squares and Foam Strips .
Others: Acrylic Gesso, Fiber Paste, Crackle Paste, Opaque Flakes, Resine Sand, Natural Sand, spray inks.

Now, we have the most gorgeous altered Botanical Tea birdhouse by Yumi with tags to keep photos and thoughts. She even has a tutorial so you can make your own!

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Download the Botanical Tea Bird House PDF

 Supply List

 3L E-Z Runner
3L Dodz Medium
3L Thin 3D Foam Squares
3L FOAM GARDEN SHAPES
SUPERTAPE 1/4’
ATC Book Boxes
Botanical Tea 8’pad
Botanical Tea Cardstock Stickers
Botanical Tea Alphabet Stickers
Botanical Tea Chipboard tags 2
Botanical Tea Cardstock Banners
Artist Trading Tags
Acrylic board
Limestones
Ribbon
MARTHA STEWART Glitters

Thank you for joining us this lovely Friday. We hope you have a wonderful and creative weekend!

Wishing you a Creative Weekend,

Graphic 45

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