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November 14, 2011

Altered Art With An ABC Primer!

Hello G45ers!

We're wishing you the very happiest of Mondays! Thank you all for joining us on this fabulous day. We have some gorgeous crafts to share with you today along with a new blog contest! It's going to be superb! Robin Shakoor and Melanie Forbes of our design team have created the most stunning crafts with our collection An ABC Primer. There's even a fun tutorial by Melanie Forbes! Yes, today is going to be a lot of fun. Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner we thought we'd gear this week's blog contest towards the idea of being grateful. There are so many things to be grateful for this year. Here at Graphic 45 we're grateful for another fantastic year of creativity, inspiration, and togetherness. We are so happy to have such a vibrant and wonderful crafting community that continue to inspire us with new ideas. This week we're asking you to leave us a comment letting us know about something that you're grateful for. You can leave your comments on our blog or Facebook page any time this week. A random winner will be chosen from the comments and announced this Friday, November 18th. You could win An ABC Primer 12x12 Paper Pad, Metal Hinges, 5x5 Altered Art Box and Alphabet Sticker Staples! Wow!


This first fabulous craft was created by Robin Shakoor. It's a beautiful altered photo shadowbox tray that you are going to adore! This has all the elegance and classic style that Robin is known for! You can feel the love emanating from this wonderful work of art! Here is what Robin had to say about this fabulous creation!

"I can't think of a better way to showcase photos and embellishments than in a photo shadowbox tray.  I used this 7 Gypsies tray to display my daughter's elementary school photos adorned with the An ABC Primer collection.  I used various Graphic 45 staples to give texture and dimension to each section of my tray.  I made the ornate metal door plate my focal point and layered it with a velvet flower, metal flower, die cuts and twine.  Try mixing metal with your papers and flowers on your next project.  You will be amazed at what you can create." -Robin Shakoor

Painter's Tray


Graphic 45 Papers: An ABC Primer 12x12 & 8x8 Paper Pads
Graphic 45 Chipboard: An ABC Primer Die Cuts 1 & 2
Chipboard:  Imaginarium Designs
Core'dinations: Signature Series Graphic 45 cardstock
7 Gypsies:  Photo Shadowbox Tray
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares, My Stick Tape Runner
Spellbinders: Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large, Fleur de Lis Rectangles
Fiskars: Scissors, Paper Trimmer
Flowers:  Petaloo, Prima
Maya Road: Twine
Ranger Industries: Distress Ink (Black Soot); Paint Dabber (Pitch Black)
Pearl Pen:  Viva Decor (Black, Red, Cream)
Pearls:  Prima E Line
Zip Dry

Next we have three brilliant craft creations from Melanie Forbes. Each of these projects is a wonderful piece of altered art that comes with its own mini tutorial! There are some fantastic tips here that are fun and easy! And with the holidays looming, now is the perfect time to start thinking about some wonderful handmade gift ideas for your loved ones! Take it away, Melanie!

Set of 3

ABC Primer Jumping Joan, School Days, Happy go Lucky, The Three R’s, Alphabet Soup, An ABC Primer, One Two Buckle My Shoe, Calico Kids, ABC primer chipboard
Staples – Metal Flowers, flowers, metal buttons
Colorbox G45 Decades Dark Cashmere
Scrapbook Adhesives – 3D foam squares black
May Arts – Cream & Red Cord Burlap SP09 & SP14
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard
Martha Stewart border punch
Flourish with a Bling – red pearls
Kleenex tissue box, paper Mache pencil case, recycled Prima naturally daisy wooden box.
Black Gesso
Mod Podge
Unknown metal flowers

Due to the flu my brain was not in a creative mood when I sat down to create this months projects so I decided to keep it simple and demonstrate something that you can all do very easily!

Tissue box

I kept the Kleenex tissue box as I thought it would be perfect for holding all my paintbrushes in. Simply cut 2 rectangles to fit either side and then attach your “feature” block to each side before tying some twine and a tag on it. I used foam dots to highlight the feature block.

Cover TB with paper

Foam dots

Back view of TB

Neat knot

Front view of TB

Pencil Case

Simply measure each side and cut out selected papers to fit. Due to the bend in the lid I have used Mod Podge as a glue/sealer to attach the paper to the pencil case. Remember to INK all your edges for a more professional finish.

Tracing paper on pencilcase

Inking edges

Mod podge pencil case

Pencil case

Lastly Trinket box

Recycled from a Prima Naturally daisy container I simply painted it all black to match in with my other pieces in this set. Then once again used modpodge as a glue sealer to attach all the paper inside and out. A few embellishments were then added to the corner just to finish it off

Trinket box 1

Trinket box inside


Easy projects but the attention to detail is what will make them stand out.
Make sure you INK every single edge of cut paper including tags, flowers, chipboard.
Ensure patterns or words on paper are the correct way “up” when looking at your projects.
Bend or shape paper flowers (and metal ones) to make them appear more life like.

Thank you all so much for joining us today. And big thanks to Robin Shakoor and Melanie Forbes for their amazing creations. We look forward to reading all of your blog and Facebook comments this week. We hope you have a marvelous Monday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45


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Fabulous projects!! Personally, I'm thankful for my family and for the fact that my father didn't hurt himself any worse than he did when he fell a few weeks ago.

Awesome projects! Thanks for the tutorial, I love upcycling projects. I'm so grateful and blessed for my wonderful and supportive family.

Such inspiring projects! I am grateful for my wonderful husband!

These projects are wonderful! Love the collection! Thanks so much for a chance to win and have a great day!

I am thankful for my family.
Great projects once again!

Great projects! I am grateful for family and friends.But also for the wonderful hobby of scrapbooking and all the inspiring people who participate in it

Beautiful projects! Today I am grateful that I have a such an amazing extended family who I can call on at any time for help!

I am grateful for my daughter and my creativity.

Beautiful projects. Lots of talented artist out there.

I am grateful for so many things, but I would have to say first and foremost would be our Lord, without him I wouldn't have the rest! Thank you for the chances.

Great projects and so inspiring! I love looking at all of them! As for being grateful...for my husband who is recovering from a heart attack on Sept 4th and for our new grandson born on Nov 6th, who was born just so perfect, even though his Mother had to undergo gall-bladder surgery during the 7th month of her pregnancy! All is well, all is well!

Wow I love the work of Melanie she dose great work. I am thankful for my health and family as well as the ability to learn all these great crafts and to teach them to my children.

More amazing beautiful projects!!! Thank you for the tutorial. I am always thankful for God who sustains me and gives me hope. And for my loving and supportive husband of 39 years!! And so many more things too much to list!! It is wonderful to feel grateful!!!

Oh my goodness, you ladies are so amazing! I ALWAYS leave this site inspired, so thank you!!

These are wonderful projects. I am so very thankful to have my amazing parents. They are my inspiration.

I am greatful for my grandchildren. They make me smile just thinking about the things they do and say.

The Kleenex altered box is so fantastic -- I'm going to go blow my nose right now so that I'll have an empty one to play with soon. I'm so grateful for all the wonderful blogs and people's sharing of their ideas. I've learned so much about paper-crafting from everyone's generosity.

Wonderful projects! I am thankful that I am alive everyday to be with my family and friends and that I have been blessed with the most beautiful grand daughter. Her energy and spirit breathes life into me everyday.

Beautiful projects! I am so very thankful for my loving family.

we are grateful for the food, shelter, our cats and each other. wonderful projects, by the way.

I am very grateful for my husbond who allways stand by me.And for all my family and friends. And my great hobby Scrapbooking.

Wow these are some of my favorites to date! Robin always does the most gorgeous projects and this one is right up at the top! I just love how you turned a kleenex box into a paintbrush holder that is just adorable! I am grateful to Graphic 45 for all the wonderful inspiration!
Crafty Hugs,

Beautiful projects! I love this paper collection!

Beautifull projects, lots of inspiration! I am grateful for my husband and my two beautifull children.

I am grateful beyond words for my health. I have all of my senses in tack and walk in health divine health daily. God has blessed me abundantly.

I could be silly and say I'm grateful for the wonderful inspiration I get from the amazing blogs I follow everyday but to be honest it's my fabulous husband who loves and adores me and our two beautiful children who provide endless inspiration!!!

I am grateful for my beautiful baby boy who gives me inspiration everyday...and who makes my life complete.

Today, I'm very grateful for the scores of women who are designing for amazing companies out there. You give me inspiration, you show me new and fun ways to use my products and encourage me to try new techniques, to cut up that precious piece of paper. You create out of random everyday household items and are left with elegant treasures. I enjoy opening my favorite blogs and having you enter my world for a few moments..and then leaving me charged and inspired for the day! Thank you!

Those projects looks great. I love them. Those papers are amazing. Thanks for the chance

What great projects. I love the photo tray that Robin did. What a great way to display your childs pictures for school

I am most grateful for a wonderful family! Gorgeous and inspiring projects today as always!

I am grateful for my family and friends who are always there whatever may happen at any time of the day or night.

grateful that i have enough pattern papers... :D

I am grateful for good health, Family and this site that is so inspirational

The ABC Primer is perfect for a school page layout. And I love, love, love the last 3 projects! Graphic 45 projects are always so beautiful! (Maybe it's because I love the papers so much!)

I was enjoying the projects so much I totally neglected to mention what I most appreciate - and that is my family!

Great projects! Love them! This collection is awsome!

Such great projects! I have had so much fun with my ABC Primer pad...but this gave me some new ideas!

Great projects, the pencil case is fab. I am most grateful for my wonderful wife and daughter. They are my inspiration to live in the light and be open to love.

I always love Graphic 45's amazing collections, and these projects are fabulous!!
I am especially thankful this year to have my mother living near me and able to spend another year with her family.

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