We love upcycling and clever altered art here at Graphic 45 using our Graphic 45 Staples. There are two great ideas from Lori Williams and Katie Zoey Ho! There's even a fun tutorial on how to put those old lightbulbs to beautiful use.
This is one awesome idea using Steampunk Spells and old lightbulbs. You have to try this tutorial. Take it away, Lori:
"I always love to upcycle things when I can so when I found the inspiration for these little light bulb vases I was thrilled. They are simple to create and you can make a grouping of them in no time. It’s a great way to show off those single blooms. I used the Steampunk Spells collection but there are so many Graphic 45 collections that would also be perfect for this project. So the next time your bulb blows out…don’t throw it away, upcycle it into something beautiful." ~Lori
Steampunk Spells 12 x 12 Steampunk Spells Fanciful Floral Steampunk Spells Stickers Steampunk Spells Chipboard 1 and 2 Steampunk Spells 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids Steampunk Spells Flowers Graphic 45 Staples Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads Metal Butterflies Other Products Used: Light Blubs Used toilet paper roll Distress Ink : Black Soot Martha Stewart Punches Embossing Powder Relique Pewter and Relique Turquoise Spellbinders Embossing Folder: Flora Black Rhinestone Strips: Black Twine
Now, take a look at this fairy door by Katie! We certainly love magical fairies here at G45. What a treat!
"Very much wanted to build a fairy door and finally Graphic 45 is re-releasing Once Upon a Springtime!!! Inspired by the fairy-maker Nichola, one of G45 DT teammie, without a second thought I’m all set ready to build this fairy door, small and cute enough to be mounted onto the wall or at one little corner of your house. As you open the door you will find fairy treasures inside. So much fun in making this fairy door..." ~Katie
Supply List Once Upon a Springtime Deluxe Collection Graphic 45 Staples (Regular Tag Album in Ivory, Artist Trading Tag in Ivory, Shabby Chic Door Pulls Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes, Washi Tape Set) Core’dinations Signature Series, Graphic 45 Darks (Heritage Kraft) Sizzix Susan’s Garden Branches & Stems Thinlits Woodland Scenics Underbrush in Light Green Shredded Wood Fibers Petaloo flowers Resin Square Frame Mini Glass Vials Pixie Dust & Scroll
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An ABC Primer is the perfect collection for so many projects. School year ideas, sweet childhood memories, heritage projects, and more. Tati Scrap and Maggi Harding share 2 great ideas and tutorials with us today that you are sure to love!
Next, here is a great layout idea and tutorial from Maggi. Take it away:
"Many of our G45ers mentioned that they would like to see layouts featuring more than one photo so today, my layout features 2 photos, one of which is about 2 x 5.5" and the other is 3 x 4 .75". TIP: I find that a multipic layout is much easier to do if you print your pictures in a smaller size and, of course, the more photos on a page, the smaller they need to be. For me, the challenge in a multipic layout is how to have enough space not covered by photos to make a pleasing arrangement of papers and embellishments.
TIPs: You will find it easier to design layouts with Graphic 45 papers if you select a mix of papers comprised of some papers with the bold patterns that G45 is so well known for and some with the small patterns, typically, the "B" side of the paper. Often it works best to alternate the bold and small patterns. Another trick is to break up the design papers with solid cardstock.
I have a Snapguide tutorial for you if you'd like to create a layout similar to this one. Enjoy!" ~Maggi
Happy September, G45ers! Halloween is around the corner and we are so excited! We have amazing ideas using our collection Rare Odditiesfrom our talented designers Tanya Dudkina and Ginny Nemchak today. You will leave the blog today itching to get to the craft table!
First, we have this oh-so-amazing Rare Oddities mini album from Tanya. We love the details and layers on each and every page. This is such an awesome creation!
"Hi! Today I’m happy to share with you my not usual and a really rare travel mini album. I love the idea of making an album about a trip to a miracle or to a fairy tale. I made a wardrobe on the cover of my album and as soon as you open the album you appear in a little fairy tale. I’m going to add my Halloween Disneyland pictures and fill the album with my memories.
Hope you enjoy the idea of making a cardstock wardrobe on the cover. It’s really easy and looks like a little shadow box. Let’s have a look!" ~Tanya
Now, Ginny shows off her love for all things spooky with this extra amazing Rare Oddities wall hanging. Wow! So fun!
"Oh boy do I love Halloween so I was especially excited to see Rare Oddities! So many fabulous elements to trim and layer and the background patterns are so fun and festive! I’m not sure when purple and green became a traditional Halloween color scheme..but since it did I have been so in love with it...really a nice upgrade from just orange and black. I’m currently working to fill a bookcase by my living room fireplace with all sorts of handcrafted Halloween treasures...I can’t wait to have an all G45 holiday display!" ~Ginny
Graphic 45 Rare Oddities~Rare Oddities Graphic 45 Rare Oddities~Brews and Potions Graphic 45 Rare Oddities~Random Relics Graphic 45 Rare Oddities~Article of Antiquities Graphic 45 Rare Oddities~Cabinet of Curiosities Graphic 45 Rare Oddities~8x8 Pad Graphic 45 Rare Oddities~Decorative Chipboard Graphic 45 Staples~Ornate Metal Key Holes Petaloo Flowers Dusty Attic Chipboard Tim Holtz ~Metal Clip Tim Holtz Distress Ink~Black Soot Glittery Spiderwebs Cricut Cartridge~Fancy Frames Black and White Striped Straws Large Glittery Spiders Really Reasonable Ribbon Polka Dot Trim
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First, Jane shares two incredible double layouts. We'll let Jane take it from here:
"July was month of reflection and reassessing just what I am going with my life after hearing the sad news of the passing of Heidi Swapp’s beautiful son Corey.
I came to know Heidi after she stayed with me for a few days when she was teaching in Adelaide in 2013. I had 3 very enjoyable days in her company. We talked about all kinds of things including our families and just our special all our children are to us.
So I was very sad to hear about Corey’s passing. It was very moving to read Heidi’s tribute to her son and to see the photos she posted. Her comments about why we scrap and how important it is record the everyday events in our lives is so true.
Corey’s passing reminded me just how precious life is and not to take it for granted. You never know when your time here will be over. Each day needs to count and not just be wasted. At the end of my time I want to be able to say that I made my life count rather than just having flitted it away.
During our life events happen that make us reflect on how we are going and gives us the opportunity to change our ending. It is up to each one of us to make our life the best we can, not in a selfish way - only thinking of our wants and needs, but rather how we can affect and can help those who come into contact with us in a positive way.
One of my daughters is expecting our first Grandchild, and with Corey in mind I decided to do a layout for Leah and Stuart – my daughter and son in law who are expecting their first child.
It is a very exciting time for our family as we watch this little “bump” grow and count down the weeks until our bub is here. Lots of preparation is going into getting everything ready. I have even been doing some knitting. I am so grateful to Leah and Stuart for giving us the chance to be grandparents and can’t wait to be able to hold and love our grandchild. So our family story continues and the next stage in our life is nearly commencing." ~Jane
3x G4501041 July Cut Aparts 1x G4501042 July Flourish 2x G4500883 Herbal Infusion 6x Black cardstock Black photo corners, metal filigree corners, brads from Seriously Scrapbooking
"August is going to be a special month for me.
My Eldest daughter and her partner are getting married after being together for a few years now. We were very delighted to receive a phone calling telling us of their engagement. The wedding is being held in Sydney so we are all flying there to share in their special day. It is at the end of the month, so I have made the layout for them and will add the photos after the wedding.
I am so grateful for my wonderful sons in Law. After this wedding I will have three of them in my life. I have four daughters and only one son. So having three more beautiful “sons in law” is just amazing. Each of their mothers has done an amazing job of bringing them up. They are all so different and come from different walks of life. The one thing they all have in common is that they each love, respect and cherish one of my precious daughters. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that. To have your daughters married to men that treat them well, love them and respect them is a real blessing. To be able to share in their lives and watch them grow closer together is a delight. For some this is not the case and my heart goes out to any woman in a relationship that is harmful to her and her health. Whether it is domestic violence or mental torment no one should have to face that. Easy to say, but so hard to change. I am so grateful that my girls at this stage in their lives are not facing this trial and hopefully never will." ~Jane
3x G451043 August Cut Apart 2x G4501044 August Flourish 2x G4500916 Globetrotter 4x Black Cardstock 2x Dark Teal Cardstock 2x Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Corners IDC0002 Black Photo Corners and lace from Seriously Scrapbooking
Now, check out this World's Fair layout and tutorial from the brilliant Robin! Amazing!
"This quick and easy layout is simple to create, yet packs a beautiful punch. I used a die cutting technique to create a pretty focal point for my page. Adding a large decorative image really brings interest to my page design. Embellishments are easy to create by cutting images directly from the gorgeous designs found on the pages of this collection." ~Robin
Many of our G45ers have friends and family heading back-to-school in the past month or next month, so we wanted to share more great ideas from our amazing designers. Danielle Copley and Ginny Nemchak have thoughtful ideas for around the house and for gifts this time of year.
"My baby girl is starting kindergarten this fall! She attended pre-K last year, but this year is super special because she will be going to school with her three older brothers! I altered this frame to be the perfect spot for the memorable first day when they all attend the same school for the first time! I can’t get enough of this classic ABC Primer Collection!" ~Danielle
Ginny has such a thoughtful gift idea below. We love this treat bag idea!
"I have to say without a doubt my favorite person to see in the morning at my Son’s high school is Karin AKA Cool Safety Mom. She has the most important job of directing traffic so all the kids stay safe. Unfortunately for her..she has to see me with no makeup,my hair pulled up and driving glasses on. She always greets us with a smile on her face even when it’s 30 below and her hair is frozen to her head. I try to bring her cups of coffee to warm her up when I can get my kiddo out the door early. This essentials treat bag created with layers of patterned papers and vintagy images from An ABC Primer. So great for back to school. I filled it up with things she will need like sunblock, lip balm, hand sanitizer and tissues. I hope she will see how much I appreciate all she does for our kids!" ~Ginny