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May 04, 2015

A Monday Full of Altered Art!


We love the amazing altered art filling the blog today! We have two stunning projects from the amazing Nichola Battilana and Donna Espiritu. Stay until the end of the blog for this week's awesome giveaway. It's Monday Funday!

First, we have an incredible piece from Nichola using French Country. Amazing!

"When I was a child my father would often take me all sorts of museums. Perhaps that’s where my love of old dusty things was sparked. I still love visiting those places, pressing my nose against the glass of artifact filled cabinets. I’ve created my own display of neatly presented everyday artifacts, appropriately labeled “Miscellaneous” and embellished with some lovely French Country paper that I’ve been hoarding. I’ve kept things simple here and have been reserved in my adornments, which I think compliments the organization of the bits and bobs inside my little curio." ~Nichola

A French Country curio cabinet by the fabulous Nichola #graphic45

Amazing details in this French Country curio cabinet by the fabulous Nichola. What fun buttons and baubles! #graphic45

A French Country curio cabinet by the fabulous Nichola #graphic45

A French Country curio cabinet by the fabulous Nichola #graphic45

How fun is this French Country curio cabinet by the fabulous Nichola? Display your favorite buttons and baubles with this awesome idea! #graphic45

Supply List

Graphic 45 FRENCH COUNTRY Rendezvous
Graphic 45 FRENCH COUNTRY Montage
Ornate Metal Keys
Ornate Metal Label Holder
Antique Metal Door Pull
Wooden Box
Misc Items for box (clothes pegs, twine, buttons, small scissors….)

Then, Donna uses our Deluxe Collector's Edition Times Nouveau to make a brilliant altered Mixed Media Box and mini album. This is just smashing!

"Times Nouveau is such a fun and beautiful collection! I love the bold colors and pretty patterns. I created the mini-album with fashionistas in mind. I can picture the mini with some Instagram photos in it. I kept it pretty simple and focused the bulk of embellishments on the box cover. I love how pretty it turned out." ~Donna

A beautiful Times Nouveau mixed media box by Donna. Gorgeous florals and ribbon in this! #graphic45

A beautiful Times Nouveau mixed media box by Donna. Gorgeous florals and ribbon in this! #graphic45

A beautiful Times Nouveau mixed media box by Donna. Gorgeous florals and ribbon in this! #graphic45

A beautiful Times Nouveau mixed media box by Donna. Gorgeous florals and ribbon in this! #graphic45

Awesome album in this beautiful Times Nouveau mixed media box by Donna. Gorgeous florals and ribbon in this! #graphic45

The fabulous mini in this beautiful Times Nouveau mixed media box by Donna. Gorgeous florals and ribbon in this! #graphic45

Supply List

Graphic 45 Times Nouveau deluxe collection
Graphic 45 staples - ornate brad
Graphic 45 mixed media box
Petaloo blooms
Kaisercraft flowers
Other flowers from my stash
Trims, metallic string

Now, how about a giveaway for this week? Seeing Rare Oddities Sneak Peeks put us in the mood for a Steampunk Spells giveaway! Enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Who won our National Scrapbook Day blog contest? Our randomly chosen winner is....

-Eileen Barton

Congratulations, Eileen! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize.

Thanks for joining us today! We hope you enjoy these fantastic altered art ideas. See you tomorrow!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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I love all things vintage so Nichola's project is very inspiring to me. Donna's project is awesome as well.

Awesome, Awesome!!

I love working with Graphic 45. I feel it takes my work to another level!

Incredible projects!!

Great ideas today! Love the products. Love the inspiration.

love all of the inspiration with this sunny weather we've got here, makes me wanna craft ;)

YES! Love the new collections and all of these fantastic creations! Vintage rules!

I love both those projects!

Both are really well created & altered. Tfs

Thanks to Nichola and Donna for sharing these beautiful projects! And congratulations to Eileen!

Beautiful creations! Nichola never ceases to amaze me with her gorgeous creations!

I'm ready to start a mini album with Steampunk Spells...please send this collection my way!

OH, my two favorite collections!! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for this giveaway! I love the altered projects today....just goes to show that you can create anything using G45 paper collections and staples. What a versatile company!

Great projects! Nichola's is very cool with that antique feel to it while Donna's is bright and vibrant!

And Holy Smokes...just noticed that I won the NSD blog contest! Thank you! :)

Bright and bold colors! love Donna's project ... great inspiration! thanks.


Love the two items above. I am having a hard time finding FRENCH County paper. I so wish I had bought up a huge supply of that paper and other findings. Love, love, love it. I am in the process of moving so I haven't been able to do much crafting. My dear hubby has designed an amazing Craft Room For me. I can hardly wait to get in there and start working. Lots of shelves and other containers to keep everything organized.

Is very great project! Love it paper!

Thanks G45 for this special giveaway. Love this retired collection.

Love both projects - Nicola's speak to my heart and the Times Nouveua has some my most favourite images. Would love to win this time! Continue coming up with these wonderful collections please!

Love both "boxes". They are so creative and detailed. Makes the paper line pop and show its versatility. Thanks.

May the 4th be with you all.

Steampunk is one of my all time favorite collection!

What a gorgeous mini album! I love all of the details and layering.

I love the box and mini album - so chic! :)

And more G45 loveliness!

I just love the two vintage looking projects done. They both are beautifully and creatively done! Thank you for sharing!

Both projects are so creative and inspiring. Keep the ideas coming G45!!!

Wonderful, creative projects! So many inspiring ideas here! And I especially love Nichola's box.

Amazing projects!!!


I am currently making a "Steampunk" theme wedding card. Perfect for the young couple I am making it for.

Nichola & Donna your projects are wonderful! You both have great talent. TFS those talents with us. Thank you Graphic 45 for choosing them to be on the design team.

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