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March 27, 2013

DIY Ideas For Fun Easter Crafts!

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Hello G45ers,

Easter is just around the corner! Can you believe it?! Easter is such a grand holiday of family togetherness and celebration. Today we thought it would be fun to get you in the Easter spirit with some bright and cheerful DIY crafts and tutorials! We will be sharing a gorgeous Secret Garden card and sketch by Kristin Wilson. Plus we have a very special Place in Time Easter layout and tutorial by Clare Charvill! Inspiration is blooming like Easter lilies on today's Graphic 45 blog! But first we want to remind you all about this week's blog contest! You can enter to win this fabulous French Country prize by leaving us a blog or Facebook comment this week! A random winner will be chosen from this week's comments and announced on this Friday's blog! So stay tuned!

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First up we have this beautiful Secret Garden card and sketch by Kristin Wilson. True, this is a birthday card. But like all cards you can use the marvelous Sentiments page from Place in Time or Alphabet Stickers from Secret Garden to create your own custom Easter or springtime greeting! And of course this card is the perfect way to brighten a loved one's birthday! Secret Garden gives you endless possibilities for incredible spring-inspired crafts! Create a pretty handmade card for someone you love this Easter by following Kristin's fun and easy sketch!





Graphic 45: Secret Garden Collection Papers, Cardstock Stickers, Metal Brad
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Punches, Stamp
Melissa Frances: Key Hole
Jenny Bowlin: Butterfly Stick Pin
Craft Store: Doily

Next we have this superb Place in Time Easter creation by Clare Charvill! She has made a magnificent Easter layout that is just perfect for immortalizing your joyful Easter memories! Follow along in Clare's step-by-step tutorial to create this incredible LO that will last a lifetime! Take it away, Clare!

  Place in time Easter Layour Graphic 45 Clare Charvill


12 x 12 April Foundation Page & April Cut Apart - Place in Time

12 x 12 Butterfly Kisses and Enchanted Forrest - Once upon a Springtime

12 x 12 Parlor Wall - Olde Curiosity Shoppe (for blue butterfly)

A Place in time Sticker sheet

A Place in Time chipboard piece

Stamped Metal Brad & Ornate metal key – Graphic 45 Staples collection

12 x 12 Easel Album from the Graphic 45 Staples range

Card stock moss green

Distress Ink - Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain

Imaginarium Designs flourishes, bird cage, butterflies and alpha pieces

Dylusions Spray Ink - Melted Chocolate

Cosmic Shimmer Mist - Ocean Sunlight

Want2Scrap green bling & green silk MayArts ribbon

Movers and Shapers mini bunny and bow

Art Glitter copper and pale green

Tacky Glue,Foam Tape, Glossy Accents & Double sided tape


April is a lovely time of the year when all the little animals wake up from their wintery slumber, birds charm us with their cheerful songs, the greens on the trees are fresh and bright, spring is in the air, and we almost always celebrate Easter. These are the thoughts that inspired my 12 x 12 layout.

I used the April Foundation and April Cut Apart papers from a Place in Time, Butterfly Kisses and Enchanted Forrest from Once upon a Springtime and Parlor Wall from Olde Curiosity Shoppe (butterfly).  All paper edges are inked with vintage photo distress ink before being stuck down. 

Taking the 12 x 12 Butterfly Kisses paper, and with the stripes running towards you cut ¼” off each side and 1/2 “ off the bottom. Put double sided tape around edges on the reverse side, remove backing paper and stick down to calendar page positioning it with an even border around all edges.

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 The take the April Foundation page and using a ruler and craft knife carefully cut a 1” border starting from the “l” of the April to the top right hand corner, down the right hand side to the point that the detail starts in the bottom right hand corner.  The start again from the little blue butterfly (bottom right, to the left hand corner and up to the start of the page detail top left. 

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Then take a pair of small scissors and carefully cut around the page detail in the top left and bottom right corners leaving a 1/8” border.

Fold top right and bottom left corners diagonally and cut along fold line. 

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Put double sided tape on the reverse side of the two foundation page pieces.  Working with one of the pieces, remove backing paper to within two inches of the corner. This gives space to work on mitering the corners before sticking them down.  Repeat for the second piece and then stick both pieces over the top of the base paper leaving ¼” border around all edges. Take a ruler place it diagonally across the overlapping corners and draw a pencil line. 

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Cut along line and then cut off the triangular edge sticking out to make your neat corner.

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Now cut two corner borders from 12 x 12 Enchanted Forrest paper.

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The first, for the top right corner of the layout should measure 6” by 6”.  Put double-sided tape on the reverse side, peel off backing paper. Cut into the foundation border, ½” up from the “L” in the word April, and tucking the end of the border underneath stick over the top of the foundation border ¼” in from the border pattern.

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To finish corner add green corner from sticker sheet.  Cut the second border piece for the bottom left of the page 5” high and 7” wide.  Put double sided tape on the reverse, remove backing paper and stick down ¼” in from the border pattern on the foundation border. Add second green corner from sticker sheet to finish.

Next make the mounts from the 12 x 12 April Cut Apart paper. 

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Cut out the postcard, fold in half and cut in two.  Cut out the blue flower boy. Cut a piece of white cardstock 2 3/8” x 2” and ink with walnut stain distress ink.  Turn the cut apart sheet over cut a blue spotty mat 2 ¾” x 2 ¼”.  Layer pieces together.

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With green stripes horizontal trim down the mat to 2 ½” high.  Stick down the blue flower boy mat leaving ¼” border on right hand edge.

Then stick down the section lining up the right hand edge with the edge of the cream foundation border and covering the end of the green floral border. 

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For the photo mat in the centre of the layout cut a 7” x 5” mat from Butterfly Kisses, 6 ½” x 4 ½” from green card stock and 4 x 6” from the discarded centre of the April foundation page.

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I used my photo corner slot punch to make slots on the middle-sized mat.  Use double sided tape to stick the three pieces together.  Put double sided tape on the back of the larger mat and stick down 2 ¾” from the top of the page and 3 ½” in from the left hand edge, tucking the bottom mat under the A and P of the word April.

Stick the darker Place in Time file tab sticker to the right side of the larger mat.

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 Cut out two chipboard bunnies and bows from the mover and shaper mini bunny & bow set. Putting the bows aside spray the bunnies, birdcage, flourishes and alpha pieces with Dylusions melted chocolate spray ink and leave to dry thoroughly. Stick the large flourish over the centre photo mat, the small mat over the blue flower boy mat.

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Spray two chipboard butterflies with Ocean Sunlight Cosmic Shimmer Mist. Set aside to dry.  Cover the bunny bows with a thin layer of tacky glue and sprinkle pale green glitter over both. Leave to dry. Work some Walnut Stain distress ink to the back edges of both bunnies, and stick the bows in place.

Cut the blue border from the cut apart 12 x 12 paper, put double sided tape on the reverse side, remove the backing paper and stick across the bottom of the layout at 3 3.4” from the left edge, and ¼” up from the bottom. Place alpha pieces into position and stick down and then add a bunny at each corner of the layout.

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From the cut apart sheet cut a 31/2” strip of the bunny border and the whole April border. Cut the April border in half and punch decorative edge along one side of each piece. Put double sided tape on reverse side of the bunny border and stick the two blue border pieces to it. Turn over and stick to layout 6” up from the left hand bottom edge, covering the end of the green border.

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Take the bird chipboard piece and stick to the back of the birdcage. Cover the swirls on the birdcage with a very thin layer of tacky glue and sprinkle over bronze glitter. Leave to dry.  Punch a hole through the bottom of the birdcage and chipboard piece, and using a jump ring add an ornate metal key.  Put tacky glue on the back of the chipboard piece and slide the birdcage under the April wording and flower spray, top left of the layout, lining the bottom of the cage up with the bottom of the border you’ve just added.  Stick a tiny ribbon bow to the daffodil stems and then put a little tacky glue under the stems and the bottom of the A, hold down until paper is stuck down.

Place in time Easter Layour Graphic 45 Clare Charvill tutorial

Take the little boy and girl stickers, stick pink over blue as shown in the picture, put strips of foam tape on the back, peel off backing paper and stick down on layout, over the bottom left corner of the bird cage and bunny border.

To finish off the layout, cut a tiny blue butterfly out from the 12 x 12 Parlor Wall paper and stick this, and the two chipboard butterflies to the floral decoration in the top left of the layout.  Add glossy accent detail to the April word and swirls. Add bling around the page and to the large flourish and a stamped metal brad to the small flourish.

Place in time Easter Layour Graphic 45 Clare Charvill tutorial

I hope you have as much fun as I did making this page layout yourself!

We want to thank all of you G45ers for joining us today! We hope you got some great ideas for your Easter crafting! We will have more fabulous ideas and fun for all of you on tomorrow's Graphic 45 blog! We hope you'll come back and see us! Big thanks to Kristin Wilson and Clare Charvill for their beautiful work today! Thank you all so much for stopping by our blog today! Enjoy your day, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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Gorgeous projects! Thanks for the inspiration. I just purchased "A Secret Garden". Love , Love, Love it!!!


So cute, everyday the art gets better and better.

My son is counting down the days for Easter. Kids are what keep holidays like that so much fun. Great projects.

Wow wow wow!! These are all gorgeous!!

Great projects!!

I love the birthday card and oh of course Butterfly Kisses project. She is always outstanding!

Grogeous projects

A Secret Garden is a versatile collection, I'll be buying a couple of papers to combine with another couple of Little Darlings papers for a new born project (if I ever get it done, lol). Happy Easter to you all, please let it be the end of snowy weather!! Thanks once again :)

Love the bird cage with the key!

especially love the easter fun page; the chocolate bunnies make this rock!

Such beautiful designs.

I kove all of the inspiration!! Thank you!!

Oh so lovely. Thanks for the daily inspiration!

Thank you so much for the inspiration.

very creative, inspiring and beautiful; love the versitilty of the Place in Time papers and the fresh feminine feel of the Secret Garden

Great projects today! Thanks for the inspiration!

Two fabulous projects, beautiful papers, fantastic designs xx

Wonderful projects today... that layout is egg-ceptional! :)

Gorgeous layout and card!

Great card, Awesome layout and tutorial!

Secret Garden is a versatile collection as is all of Graphic 45 collections. Love the wonderful inspiring projects.

Love these projects...so creative!!

Great projects. Love Graphic 45!

The layout is just too cute. Clever cuts and the bunnies are sweet! :)

Excellent tutorial and inspiration! Graphic 45 has the best designers on the planet! Thank you for the bright spot in my morning!

This really sings of springtime.

Wonderful Easter inspiration.

lovely ideas

Beautiful projects

Gorgeous! Forget Easter, I can't believe April is almost here!

Thankyou. Thank you! You give me hope that Spring is coming. Love both of the lo. I will get my papers out and think Spring this afternoon and make the snow on the ground disappear!

Fabulous projects, thank you for the inspiration using these beautiful papers.

Absolutely stunning projects ,love the corners and how the layouts finished .thanks for chance to win some easter Graphic 45 goodies just love them!thanks

Gorgeous card and layout! So happy that there's a tutorial. I love step by step instructions.

French Country is my very favorite!

Wonderful projects!

Lovely card and beautiful layout today! Judy D.

I seriously love the inspiration I find here each day!

More fabulous projects!!!

so pretty

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