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October 31, 2012

Enjoy a Fun & Festive G45 Tutorial To Brighten Your Halloween!

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Hello G45ers,

Happy Halloween! This fabulous holiday is finally here! People of all ages (and a few lucky pets) are dressing up in fun costumes, candy is being handed out and fun is being had by all. We adore Halloween and so we thought we'd share a very special Happy Haunting tutorial with you on this fine day. It's a gorgeous altered matchbook box that is just perfect for displaying your favorite Halloween snapshot! This is such a great project and so much fun to make! It's just the thing to get you in the Halloween spirit! So sit back, relax and enjoy today's very special Halloween blog from Graphic 45! First up we have a special announcement for all you G45ers in Washington State!

Attention all Washington State residents, we have special news for you!  Click here to see:


And here we have the fabulous Happy Haunting Matchbook Box tutorial by Lynette Carroll. This fun tutorial is available for both the 8x8 and 12x12 Matchbook Boxes. You can download either tutorial below or simply follow along with Lynette's great instructions here on our blog! Have fun and enjoy!


by Lynette Carroll

Download Happy Haunting 8x8 Matchbook Box

Download Happy Haunting 12x12 Matchbook Box

Happy Haunting Altered Art Matchbook Box


12 x 12 Altered Art Matchbook

Happy Haunting Trick or Treat 12 x 12 Paper

Happy Haunting Enchanted Garden 12 x 12 Paper

Happy Haunting Pumpkin Time 12 x 12 Paper

Happy Haunting Midnight Magic 12 x 12 Paper

Happy Haunting Word Play 12 x 12 Paper

Happy Haunting Jolly Jack-O-Lantern 12 x 12 Paper

Happy Haunting Jeepers Creepers 12 x 12 Paper

Happy Haunting Bewitched 12 x 12 Paper

Happy Haunting Fright Night 12 x 12 Paper

Happy Haunting Alphabet Stickers

Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Stickers

Geometric Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples

Metal Button Staples

Stamped Metal Brads Staples

Misc – Dry Adhesive

Misc – Foam Mounting Tape (Optional)

Misc – Distress Ink (Optional)

Misc – Black Sharpie Marker



Many of the decorative elements in this album can either be adhered flat or with foam mounting tape for dimension.  If adhering these pieces with foam mounting tape, adhere a piece of scrap cardboard to the back first to strengthen the paper (this is a great use for you paper pad covers).  Many of the stickers on this project have also been adhered with foam mounting tape for dimension, to complete this step, brush some powder the back of the stickers first to remove the adhesive and then add a strip of foam tape.




Turn a piece of the 12 x 12 Midnight Magic paper over so the clocks are facing down and the side with the fences are facing you.  Find the center of the page and cut out a square 8 ½” x 8 ½” from the center of the paper and set to the side.  Ink the edges of the black paper to remove the white core (or you may use the black sharpie marker to color the black paper edges).  Cut 5 strips from the Word Play paper 12” wide x 1” high.  Cut one of the strips in half and join the two pieces onto the ends of two of the remaining strips – matching up the lines on the paper.  This step extends two of the paper strips long enough to go around the two long sides of the Midnight Magic paper.  Adhere one of the 12” long strips of stripe paper to the top of the black Midnight Magic Paper (on the back of it) and the second one to the bottom of the Midnight Magic paper showing ¼” of the stripe paper.  Now take the two strips that you made longer and adhere one strip to each of the two sides of the Midnight Magic paper and trim the edges.  This step forms a stripe border all the way around the Midnight Magic paper.  Adhere this paper frame you have just made to the top of the Matchbook Box.

To complete the box, cut three pieces measuring 12” wide x 2” high from the Fright Night Paper.  Cut one of the pieces in half and adhere each of these two new pieces to the two remaining 12” wide pieces, once again you need to make these strips longer than their original 12” to cover the bottom and top ends of the box.  Cut these two new pieces to fit the length of the top and bottom of the box and adhere them in place.



Cut-out pieces

Using the photo as a guide, cut out three clocks (one medium and two small) from the Pumpkin Time paper, the large pumpkin hanging from the largest clock on the paper, the little girl sitting on a pumpkin and an additional sunflower and leaves from the Jolly Jack-O-Lantern paper and the witch with the green dress on and the witch with the white dress on from the Trick or Treat paper.

Powder the back of four Halloween postage stamp stickers from the sticker sheet and place foam mounting tape on the back. 

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Using the photo as a guide, lay out all the decorative pieces (the additional sunflower and the witch with the white dress are for the inside of the box).  Once you are happy with the layout, begin by adhering each piece one at a time.  Some of the elements have foam tape on the back of them to give the project dimension but this is an optional step.  Cut one of the small clocks in half vertically down through the 12 and 6 and adhere it to the right side on the top of the box on the Midnight Magic paper and cut the second small clock in half horizontally between the 9 and 3 and adhere this clock to the Midnight Magic paper at the top edge of the box.  Remove the back prongs from a Stamped Metal Brad and adhere to the center of the large clock in the bottom left corner of the box.



Box Layout

To complete the inside of the box make a layout following the instructions below and then adhere the layout into the box.  Cut the top strip from the piece of 12 x 12 Jeeper’s Creeper’s paper.  This will form the background of your layout.  Cut a piece 6” wide x 9” high from Enchanted Garden paper.  This piece of paper is adhered to the Jeeper’s Creeper’s paper approx with either adhesive or foam mounting tape.  Center this piece top to bottom on the background paper and then bring it in approx the same amount of space from the right edge the background paper.


Cut a piece from the Trick or Treat paper 8 1/2” wide x 8” high.  Cut a strip of the “Halloween” sentiment from the Midnight Magic paper and adhere it to the bottom edge of the Trick or Treat paper.  Trim off the edges.  Adhere the Trick or Treat paper to the layout, centering the right side on top of the green Enchanted garden paper and once again bringing it in from the right edge approx the same amount.  Cut a piece of Jolly Jack-O-Lantern paper 8” wide x 5” high and adhere it to the Trick or Treat paper.  From the Bewitched paper, cut a strip 3” wide x 6 ½” high and adhere it to the right side of the layout on top of all the previous layers.  Cut a piece of Word Play 6” wide x 5 ½” high and adhere it to the layout with regular adhesive or foam mounting tape for dimension.



Door Plate

Cut a strip from Enchanted Garden 1” wide x 5 ½” high and two small pieces approx ¼” square.  Adhere these pieces to the center of the door plate to cover it.  Using a sharpie marker, color the four metal brads that came with the door plate black.  Once they are dry, insert them into the holes and bend back the prongs.  Adhere the metal door plate to the layout with foam mounting tape.  Remove the back prongs from three Metal Button Staples.  Adhere the letters to spell out “BOO” from the Happy Haunting Alphabet Sticker sheet with a stronghold adhesive after you have powdered the back of the stickers to remove the original adhesive.   For this step use the capital B and the two lowercase O’s.  Once the letters are dry on the Metal Buttons, adhere them with a stronghold adhesive to the Metal Plate.  Adhere the metal Door Plate to the layout with two layers of foam mounting tape for extra dimension.  Adhere the round clock sticker from the Happy Haunting Sticker sheet to the Door Knob in the same way you adhered the “Boo” letters.  Once this is dry adhere it to the layout with a stronghold adhesive.  Add the small witch cut-out and sunflower to the bottom right corner of the layout as shown.

Wow, thank you Lynette Carroll for that fantastic tutorial. We hope you all enjoyed today's fun and festive Halloween blog. We also hope this Halloween brings you fantastic memories that will last a lifetime! Don't forget to take some photos! Please join us again tomorrow for more exceptional crafts right here on the Graphic 45 blog. We wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


October 30, 2012

Fun and Inspirational Book Tutorial By Jane Tregenza: Part 4!


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another super day here at the Graphic 45 blog! We are so pleased that you are joining us! Today's blog is packed full of incredible inspiration. We've got Part 4 of Jane Tregenza's beautiful book tutorial. You'll learn incredible techniques to create the 4th page of her fantastic book. Plus Denise Hahn has a fabulous project on today's Craft-e-Corner blog that you're going to love! Today is also very special because we have yet another Graphic 45 birthday! Wow, October sure is an action-packed month for Graphic 45 design team birthdays! Today we're celebrating Maiko Miwa's birthday! We wanted to take this opportunity to wish Maiko a very happy birthday. She is a very talented and valued member of our design team. We adore her gorgeous designs and enchanting imagination. We hope she has a wonderful happy birthday filled with joy and fun! Happy Birthday, Maiko! 

And now it's time for Part 4 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 4 of the book with corresponding bookmarks. 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

Jane's Book Tutorial: Part 3

And now it's time for Part 4 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.


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.


Completely fill in the one inch seam with strong tape.


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.


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.


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.


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 4

By Jane Tregenza

All artwork, images, instructions and design is copyrighted 2012

Download JT Page 4 With Photos

A lovely child’s page, this page has an element of surprise with a flap that opens up to show what is hidden beneath! This page can be used for one person or many, as you can add bookmarks for each person under the flap. If you wish to do this page for more than one person, then use a group photo for the main photo rather that a single person photo.



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 black. All papers have had their edges inked using Tim Holtz –Vintage and 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

An ABC Primer Collection
2x The Three R’s 1x Grammar School 1 x An ABC Primer
1 x Calico 1 x One, Two Buckle My Shoe 1/3x Building Blocks 1/3x Games and Playtime 4x Black Cardstock and 1 Cajun
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard phrase and Small Alpha’s

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

The instructions for creating your 4th page:

From your first sheet of The Three R’s print paper cut a piece 8 1/4 x 10 3⁄4 inches. You will need to place the print paper into your trimmer with the print sideways. Please cut the 10 3⁄4 inch measurement first then cut it back to 8 1⁄4 inches. Keep the leftover pieces for your Bookmarks.
Cut your second sheet of The Three R’s print paper to 9 1⁄4 x 10 3⁄4 inches. Again you will need to put the print paper sideways into your trimmer. Please cut the 10 3⁄4 inch measurement first then cut it back to 9 1⁄4 inches. Keep the leftover pieces for your Bookmarks.

You need to completely cover the back of both pieces of The Three R’s 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


Adhere the 9 1⁄4 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.


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.



Now you need to adhere your 8 1⁄4 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.


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.




Your finished page should look like this. Don’t worry about the middle of your page not lining up. It is too hard to line the papers up.



From your sheet of Calico Kids print paper, cut 8 strips of the box print, each strip needs to be 1 box wide and the full length of the sheet.



Place one of your strips along the left edge of your page. Try and make the border fit so that you have the same pattern at the top and bottom of your page. Mark the edge of your page on the border piece and trim the excess off at each end of the page. Adhere it to your page. Repeat with another border on the right side of your page.



Start at the bottom of your page in the left corner. Attach your first border across the page. Make sure you start in the bottom left corner with a complete box. The strip needs to go over the fold in the page for about an inch.

Repeat at the top of your page.




Now you can do the border on the right side of your page. Start at the bottom. Line up one box in the bottom right corner and lay the border along the bottom of your page. In the middle of your page, overlap the top border onto the bottom border. Trim the top border strip to finish with a complete box. Make sure it does not go over the join in the middle of your page. Don’t worry that the boxes don’t line up in the middle. You also need to make sure that the top border does not go over the fold in the middle of your page. Repeat at the top of your page.

Your finished page should look like this.


Cut your sheet of An ABC Primer, to look like this. You need to cut the equation strip first. Then cut the bottom ruler, then the side ruler. Cut the middle piece (the one with the images of the children) to be 7 inches wide. Trim it back to 7 3⁄4 inches high. Keep all the pieces as you need them later on.


Cut one of the equations from the strip you cut of The ABC Primer. Add it to your page, it will fit inside the border.



Cut a square from your Grammar School print paper. It needs to be 3 squares wide and 7 squares high. Adhere it to a piece of black cardstock so you have a bit of black showing all the way around. Cut a piece of Cajun cardstock 5 inches x 8 inches. Adhere the Grammar School print to the middle of the Cajun.


Adhere it to your page and over your equation piece of print paper.



Cut a piece of black cardstock 4 1⁄4 x 6 1⁄4 inches. Cut a piece of Cajun to be 4 3⁄4 x 6 3⁄4 inches and adhere the black cardstock to it. Add it to your page; use the photo as a guide. You still need to work on this side of the page, but you will do it later. Now I want you to work on the right side of your page.



Cut a piece of black cardstock to 7 1⁄4 inches wide by 8 inches. Adhere your square from An ABC Primer with the same amount of back showing all the way around. You are going to use this for a flap on your page.


Use one of your rulers and adhere it to your flap with the extra bits hanging off each end.


Wrap the each end of the ruler around to the back of your flap.



Place the flap into your trimmer and use a bone folder to score a line along the edge of the ruler; it should be about 1 1/8 inches in from the right edge of your page. This will let you fold the page over.



Place your piece of One Two, Buckle My Shoe, in your trimmer sideways and trim it back to

7 3⁄4 inches high, then trim it to 5 3⁄4 inches wide. You need two pieces the same.


Add one of the pieces to the back of your flap.



Cut a piece of your Calico Kids to 7 boxes wide and 10 boxes high. Add it to the back of your flap with the same amount of cream showing all the way around. Cut a black cardstock mat to be 4 1⁄2 inches x 6 1⁄2 inches. Add four photo corners and adhere it to the middle of your Calico Kids. Add a photo to finish.

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Add tape to the 1 1/8 inch wide part of your flap.


Add it to your page, with the same amount of background print showing at the top and bottom. You will only have a little bit of background print showing on the right of the flap.


Find the middle of the ruler width and length. Make a mark in the middle, then make two marks each side of the middle mark. Each mark should be an inch apart. You need five in total. Make a small hole and add a large brad to each hole. Push each brad through the page. This will make sure that your flap will not full off.


Adhere your tartan print to the black cardstock. You should have some black showing at the top and bottom of your tartan print.



Lay it across your print paper, don’t adhere to the One Two Buckle My Shoe print paper. This is going to be a band that you can tuck bookmarks into. You will need to wrap each end of the tartan print to the back and adhere it down.



Adhere the square to your page, it needs to fit under the flap, you should not see any of it showing when the flap is closed. Cut a piece of The Three R’s to 1 1/8 inch high x 4 7/8 inches long. Adhered it to your tartan print. Add four brads, they need to go through all the papers and the foundation page as well.


Cut a piece of Calico Kids, it needs to be two blocks high and 8 blocks long. Adhere it to your flap about an inch up from the bottom. Cut a piece of Grammar School, it needs to be two squares high and 3 squares long. Mat it onto a piece of black cardstock. Cut a piece of Cajun to 2 1⁄2 x 4 7/8 inch. Adhere the finish piece to your flap over the top of the Calico Kids strip.


Cut a piece of black cardstock to 1 5/8 inch x 3 3/8 inches. Cut a piece of One Two Buckle My Shoes, to 1 1⁄2 x 3 1⁄4 inches. Adhere it to the black cardstock and add it to the middle of your piece of Grammar School. Add a chipboard title to finish your flap.


Find your second printed ruler. Cut it to 6 1⁄2 inches long. Add a photo to your page. Adhere the rule over your photo. Add a brad to each end of your ruler, through your page. Cut the stack of books from you’re an ABC Primer and adhere them to your page. Use chipboard letters to spell your name. Ink them black before sticking them down. To finish your page, add a large brad in each corner of the borders around your page. Keep the left over bit of ruler, you need it for a bookmark.


Now it’s time to make the bookmarks to be added to your page. The band that is under your flap allows you to add bookmarks, more photos or even a sample of your child’s hand writing or even a picture that your child has drawn.


Bookmarks Tutorial - Page 4

By Jane Tregenza

All artwork, images, instructions and design are copyrighted 2012

Instructions for creating the Bookmarks.

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 bookmark.

Bookmark 1:

Cut 3 piece of black cardstock to be 2 ½ x 7 inches. You are doing to use these to make the bookmarks.

For your 1st bookmark, cut a piece of Games and Playtimes to 2 3/8 inches x 6 7/8 inches and adhere it to your tag. Cut a piece of Calico Kids 1 1/2 inches x 6 inches and add it to the middle of your check. Cut another piece of Calico kids to ¾ inches high and 2 3/8 long. Adhere it to your tag about one block up from the bottom. Add a photo and personal details


 Bookmark 2

Use one of your black cardstock bookmarks. Cut a piece of The three R’s, you should have some left over from your foundation page. It needs to be 2 3/8 inches x 6 7/8 inches and adhere it to your bookmark. Cut a piece of Building Blocks print paper to 2 inches x 6 ½ inches. Adhere it to the middle of your Three R’s. Add a photo, find your left over equation and  the piece of left over ruler. Trim the ruler back to fit onto your bookmark and place the equation over the top.



Bookmark 3:

Find your last black cardstock bookmark. Cut a piece of  The Three R’s print paper to 2 3/8 inches x 6 7/8 inches and adhere it to your bookmark. Cut a piece of  Games and Playtimes to 1 ½ inches x 5 inches. Mat it onto a piece of black cardstock. Add it to your bookmark leaving enough room for an image from Gramm ar School. I used one with the letter that matches my daughter’s name.

Add a photo and personal details to finish the bookmark.


Photo Mat:

Cut a piece of black cardstock to be 5 inches x 7 inches. Cut a piece of The Three R’s to be 2 ½ inches x 4 ¾ inches. Cut a piece of One Two Buckle my Shoe to be 4 ¼ inches x 4 ¾ inches. Add it to your black cardstock at the top. Adhere the bottom print to your cardstock. Cut a piece of Calico Kids to

3 ¾ inches x 5 ¼ inches. Adhere the piece to the middle of your photo mat. Add 4 photo corners to the print paper. Cut a piece of black cardstock to 3 inches x 4 ½ inches.




Add your bookmarks and photo mat to your page. Tuck them under your band and under the flap on your page.


Wasn't that great, G45ers! There's even more fun happening today! Be sure to stop by Craft-E-Corner's blog today to check out Denise Hahn's incredible creation! Here is a sneak peek of her gorgeous craft. Hop on over to Craft-e-Corner's blog to see the full project. A portion of all of Craft-E-Corner's October proceeds goes towards breast cancer research. Hop on over to discover how you can help this incredible cause!




Denise Hahn Craft E Corner Pink Project A Ladies Diary Appointment Book - 8-imp

Thank you all so much for joining us today! We hope you enjoyed today's incredible tutorial by Jane Tregenza as well as Denise Hahn's project for Craft-e-Corner. We want to thank them both for their amazing work. Remember, Jane Tregenza's next book tutorial will happen right here on the Graphic 45 on the last Tuesday of every month. The next tutorial will be on Tuesday, November 27th. Once again, we want to wish Maiko Miwa a very happy birthday. We also wish you all a wonderful day! Please join us tomorrow for more fun, inspiration and smiles here at Graphic 45!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

October 29, 2012

How To Add Pizazz To Your Halloween Crafts With Graphic 45!


Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday everybody and welcome to another grand week here at the Graphic 45 blog! Things are getting so exciting as Halloween is just around the corner! This is such a fun time of year! There's costumes, candy, festive decorations and lots of great reasons to get crafting! Today we're going to share a very special tutorial by Arlene Cuevas! She's created a gorgeous Happy Haunting altered art box that's just perfect for housing Halloween treats! This tutorial is so much fun and it's just the thing to get you in the spirit of this jubilant holiday! Plus it's Arlene Cuevas's birthday! Hooray! So get ready to party in Graphic 45 style with today's heaping dose of inspiration!

We also have a new blog contest this week and it's a really good one! We're giving you the chance to win this amazing Happy Haunting prize pack that contains an altered photo album created by the one and only Diane Schultz! This prize pack also includes a Happy Haunting 12x12 paper pad, both coordinating chipboard die-cuts, Happy Haunting Cling Stamp 1 and Ornate Metal Key Hole Staples. This prize pack is out of this world! All you need to do to enter to win this fabulous prize is leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week. We will be choosing one random winner from this week's blog or Facebook comments and announcing them on our blog this Friday, November 2nd. Yay!

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Today's gorgeous Happy Haunting creation was made by a very special birthday girl, Arlene Cuevas. We are so lucky to have Arlene's unique and beautiful talent on our design team. We love each and every one of her Graphic 45 creations! Her style overflows with beauty and impeccable technique. We hope her birthday is filled with love, delicious cake and happiness! Happy Birthday, Arlene! You are terrific!

In honor of Arlene's birthday we thought we'd share this wonderful Happy Haunting altered Matchbook Box that she created! Arlene used the new Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box and Happy Haunting papers to create this adorable treasure. It is just perfect for storing Halloween treats! Follow along with Arlene's fun and informative tutorial to create one of your very own! It's guaranteed to get you in the joyful spirit of Halloween! Take it away, Arlene!

Video Tutorial: http://youtu.be/ePl-NyxWvrw







Happy Haunting Altered Treat Box Tutorial

By Arlene Cuevas

Hi there! I had so much fun creating this little altered Happy Haunting treat box, I thought I’d share some of the steps while it was coming together. Let’s start off with altering the Small Matchbook Box. Here we go!


Happy Haunting Stickers
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray - Toto's Tornado Black & Midnight Rendez Vous Raven
I Am Roses Flowers
Memory Box Mini Iron Gate die
Memory Box Spider Web die
Cheery Lynn Designs - Pine Branches die
PaperTrey Ink Black cardstock
Martha Stewart bat stickers
Ranger Distress Ink - Black Soot
3M dimensionals
E6000 glue
Glossy Accents

To ensure the box that slides out of the matchbook box continues to slide smoothly in and out, I decided to stain the box in lieu of painting it. Any stains will do, but I used my Lindy’s Stamp Gang starburst sprays.

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Spray the stain generously to both the match box insert as well a the outer “shadow” box.

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Here’s what the completed stained box looks like when complete.

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Select your papers and embellishments. You may not use all of them, but it’s good to have them within reach in case you need that extra something while you’re pulling the altered box together.

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Measure the width and length of the inner part of the box so you know what measurements to use to trim the design paper. 

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Use a pair of needle nose precision scissors to fussy-cut images from the paper collection to embellish your box.

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Here’s a peek at the completed “inside” of my treat box.

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Measure the width and length of the outer trim of the matchbook box. This will tell you what size strips you’ll need to embellish the front of the box.

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Here you can see 2 strips that I’ve cut to cover the front of the box. I’ll also be cutting strips to cover the longer length of the box. It’s okay that the strips will overlap on the corners of the box. Once the box is embellished, you won’t even notice!

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I use Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot to finish off the edges of the strips before adhering down to the box.

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Use ScorTape or a strong adhesive to adhere the strips to the box. I used ScorTape on my box.

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Here’s a peek at the completed “front” of my altered treat box. As you can see, the multiple embellishments will cover the corners, so even if you layers strips that cross over each other in the corners, no one will ever know!

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What’s a treat box without treats?! I like to finish off the treats to match the box. I took some treat size Hershey’s bars, and measured them to determine what size pieces of design paper I needed to wrap the bars.

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I cut pieces of design paper and finished off the edges with Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot. I wrapped the candy bars with the design paper and used ScorTape to adhere. Then I embellished the wrapped candy bars with the “ticket” chip pieces from Happy Haunting Chipboard tags set #2.  Here’s what the finished treats look like…

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Here’s a picture of the completed elements for this project…

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Hope you give one of these altered treat boxes a go. They are quite fun to make and not so difficult to create with a little imagination!

That's all for today, G45ers! We hope you all had a great time exploring today's wonderful craft inspiration. We want to thank the lovely birthday girl, Arlene Cuevas, for her exquisite work today. Once again we wish her a marvelous birthday! Don't forget, G45ers, the only way to enter this week's blog contest is to leave us a blog or Facebook comment! Share your thoughts and maybe win a terrific prize! We wish you all a very happy day. Come back and see us tomorrow for more delightful craft inspiration from your pals at Graphic 45!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

October 26, 2012

Join the Graphic 45 Birthday & Crafting Extravaganza!

Hello G45ers,

Happy Friday and welcome to our happy blog! We've got a lot of fun planned for you today! We're celebrating two Graphic 45 birthdays today! Clare Charvill and Jane Tregenza of our design team are both celebrating birthdays! What fun! We thought we'd wish them a very happy birthday by sharing some of their gorgeous crafts with all of you! Clare has created an exquisite tag using A Ladies' Diary, while Jane has made a magnificent card with Nutcracker Sweet! Both of these creations are simply delightful! We also are going to share some highlights from the Graphic 45 Ning gallery! That's right, you'll get to see some fabulous crafts that have been posted by G45ers just like you! Plus we've got a winner to announce for this week's blog prize! Could this day get any better?! Lets begin with this week's randomly chosen blog prize winner! This week's winner was chosen from comments left on our blog. And the winner is...

-Kathy Waxler: "Wow! Can't wait to see Place in Time in person. I'm going to need about 6 of those 8 x 8 pads. Ha!"

Congratulations, Kathy! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the great Tropical Travelogue prize that Kathy won! Many thanks to everyone who left us comments this week. There will be a brand new blog contest on Monday so stay tuned for your chance to win some wonderful Graphic 45 goodies!


Today's first craft was created by the birthday girl, Clare Charvill. It's an amazing tag featuring A Ladies' Diary and Graphic 45 Metal Clothespins! Clare's work is always filled with elegance and style. We always look forward to seeing her next incredible work of art. It is such a joy to have her on our design team! We want to wish Clare the very happiest of birthdays! May this year be blessed with lots of beautiful papers and an endless supply of inspiration! Happy Birthday, Clare! Here is what she had to say about this splendid creation. 

"I made this tag for a bit of fun one sunday afterrnoon.  I just had to use this Edwadian Lady, she's a real favourite of mine. I kept the background simple so that she stood out,  added a little of the staples trim around the stamped sentiment and a couple of pearl hat pins too. To finish the tag I added a little glossy accents to the centre of the flowers and then while it was wet sprinkled a little dark pink art glitter over them for a hint of sparkle." -Clare Charvill






Metal Buttons 
Other Supplies 
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo 
Coffee Archival Ink 
Pearl Hat Pins 
Artistic Outpost Stamps - London Elements 
Trim - from my ribbon box

Next up is this incredible collection of crafts featuring Nutcracker Sweet! These were created by Jane Tregenza, another beloved birthday girl! Jane's crafts are always awe-inspiring and informative. Her love for crafting and teaching is evident in every one of her stunning creations. We are so lucky to have her expertise on our design team. Her talent is just incredible! We want to wish her a super birthday filled with lots of joy and love! Happy Birthday, Jane! Here Jane explains the inspiration behind these amazing Nutcracker Sweet creations.

 "I decided to try my hand at card making. I was asked to teach some Graphic 45 Christmas Cards at my store. I have been wanting to use the new Nutcracker Sweet collection for a while now, so this was the perfect excuse. I had 20 ladies join me for my first class and I am still teaching them.  I decided to make three cards for my class, a simple one (tag), a  second one with a tag, the tag as a pocket for money for a gift voucher and the last card is my fancy one. The tag is quite easy to make and would be perfect for some simple cards. The Gift Voucher card is also quite easy and is perfect for those who still want to hand make a gift to place money or a voucher in.  The easel card is a little bit harder with some fussy cutting required. It is not hard to make just a bit fiddly. The ladies in my class quite enjoyed making them and I have been teaching them ever since." -Jane Tregenza

JT Christmas card

JT Christmas card 2

JT Christmas tag

JT Gift voucher front

JT Gift voucher inside with tag

JT Gift voucher inside


Graphic 45 papers

Nutcracker Sweet Collection

Land of Sweets

Holiday Magic

Gingerbread Delights

Festive Fairytale

Endearing Sentiments

Enchanted Journey

Clara’s Dream

Christmas march

Christmas Emporium – A Christmas Carol

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard – Merry Christmas


3L Classic Photo Corners – Black

3L Foam Squares

Black Cardstock

Colourbox Dark Brown fluid ink chalk

Now we're going to keep the party going with some highlights from the Graphic 45 Ning gallery! We like to take the opportunity to honor the incredible crafters who share their Graphic 45 creations with us! We adore seeing what's being made with our products! We deeply admire the talent and imagination that goes in to each and every one of the crafts we see on our Ning gallery. We encourage all of you G45ers to share your Graphic 45 creations on our Ning site. It is a wonderful way to connect with your crafting community, get ideas for amazing projects and let your unique talent be seen!

Graphic 45 Ning:


Here we have a gorgeous Bird Song altered tissue box by Steph D. This unique creation was made using the Cherry Blossom paper from Bird Song and some very pretty embellishments. This is such a great way to add some true beauty to your home or office! We love it!


Here is an astonishing Nutcracker Sweet 3-D house by Lyn Bernatovich. Wow, this creation is out of this world! This is a great example of how some patient fussy cutting and a lot of imagination can yield stunning results! This is a fantastic idea for holiday home decor! This super impressive piece has amazing dimension and lots of joy. It's a true work of holiday art!


And last but certainly not least is this incredible Ladies' Diary 12x12 canvas by Nikki Brown. All the elegance of A Ladies' Diary is captured in this magnificent creation. Nikki combined unique inking and paper distressing techniques along with magnificent embellishments to create this gorgeous card. We couldn't help but fall in love with this charming work of art. Nikki definitely captured the essence of this lavish collection. It's just amazing!


Don't forget, G45ers, our 15,000 Facebook Fans Celebration continues until Saturday, October 27th at Midnight EST. We are giving away 3 fantastic Graphic 45 prize packs a day on Facebook! It's our way of thanking all of you G45ers for bringing us to a new milestone of 15,000 fans! Wow! So stay tuned to our Facebook page to find out how you could win some amazing Graphic 45 prizes!

Graphic 45 Facebook:


Thank you all so much for joining us today! Huge happy birthday wishes to the incredible Clare Charvill and Jane Tregenza! We want to thank them for their gorgeous work today along with today's featured artists from our Ning gallery! We will have more incredible crafts to share with you all next week on the Graphic 45 blog! Stay tuned for more fabulous inspiration and Graphic 45 prize opportunities! We wish you all a very happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

October 25, 2012

Two Unique Ways Be Creative With Olde Curiosity Shoppe!


Hello G45ers,

We want to welcome you all to our happy blog on this fine Thursday! We hope you are enjoying your day so far. There's more joy and inspiration headed your way with today's fantastic crafts! Kristin Wilson and Maiko Miwa of our design team are going to show you two clever ways to craft with our gorgeous collection Olde Curiosity Shoppe! Kristin has created a beautiful banner and Maiko has made an amazing card! Both of these projects are perfect for this festive time of year. Get ready for a real treat because today's Graphic 45 blog is super sweet!

Don't forget that today is the last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's awesome blog prize! We are giving away this fabulous Tropical Travelogue prize pack to one randomly chosen winner from this week's comments. Be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment while there's till time! We will be announcing this week's winner on tomorrow's blog, so stay tuned!


Today's first craft creation is Kristin Wilson's wonderful Olde Curiosity Shoppe banner. This is a perfect project for Halloween time! The "Wicked" sentiment and dazzling designs would look amazing as a piece of Halloween home decor. But since it's also not holiday specific so it would look great year-round! Check out how Kristin combined paper layering and distressing to add some fabulous texture to this great banner. She also added lots of beautiful Graphic 45 Metal Staples to give this banner some added weight and dimension. Both Kristin and Maiko's creations display some fabulous uses for our new Ornate Metal Key Staples. These gorgeous new Staples make any craft a true work of art!











Graphic 45: Old Curiosity Shoppe Collection Papers, Stickers, Chipboard, Steampunk Debutante Collection,  Metal Keys,  Metal Brad,  Metal Plate,  Trim, Metal Hinge
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Pinwheel Die, Twine
Tim Holtz: Hinge Clip, Swivel Clasp, Ruler Ribbon, Mini Gears, Wire Pin, Muse Tokens
Industrial Chic: Charms
May Arts: Ribbon, Bakers Twine
Martha Stewart: Leaf Punch
Craft Store: Flowers, Eyelets

Next up is this vibrant and beautiful card by Maiko Miwa. She has used Olde Curiosity Shoppe as the base and some of her left over scraps from our Hallowe'en in Wonderland collection.  What a fun and creative way to use Graphic 45 scraps! The colors in this card are simply gorgeous! Maiko fussy cut some of the characters from Hallowe'en in Wonderland and added decorative chipboards and embellishments to give this card an amazing 3-D look. Happiness radiates from this fabulous card! It just goes to show how much fun you can have when you combine different Graphic 45 paper collections!








PP:Graphic45(Olde Curiosity Shoppe,Hallowe'en in wonderland)
Acrylic Board :Grafix
Metal Enbelishments: Graphic45 ,Prima,TimHoltz,other
Mist :TatteredAngeles

We want to thank you all for joining us for today's blog. We hope you enjoyed Kristin and Maiko's wonderful creations. We want to thank them for their beautiful work today. There is more splendid craft inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll come back and see us! Plus we'll be announcing this week's blog prize winner! It's going to be a lot of fun! We hope you all have a very happy day, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45