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April 15, 2017

April Challenge: Upcycle to Win!

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Hello G45ers!

This month's challenge is up and running!  Be sure to join in the fun for your chance to win big!  

Join our #UpcycleG45 Challenge!

  • Create a Graphic 45 project using an unused item (ex: packaging, box, old home decor piece, frame, etc.) 
  • Upload your project to our Facebook page using #UpcycleG45
  • WIN a $100 prize pack, one winner will be selected randomly 
  • Deadline: April 30th, 2017 
  • You can enter multiple times
  • Winner will be announced in the May 4th, 2017 newsletter

 

 

March Monthly Challenge Winner Romy Veul Graphic 45

 

Romy Veul is the randomly chosen winner of our March challenge. Please email info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who shared their beautiful #splashofcolor projects!

 

 

G45 Pinterest Upcycle Board

 

Have fun taking part in our April Challenge to celebrate Earth Day. We can't wait to see your upcycled projects! 

 

Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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April 12, 2017

Shadow Box + Mini Album + Botanicabella = One Perfect Project by Marina Blaukitchen

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Hello G45ers!

Welcome to another creative installment on the Graphic 45 blog.  In this post, you will find a hybrid project that will amaze and delight any artist, along with tips, a Snapguide step by step tutorial, and a video!  Introducing Marina Blaukitchen's shadow box and mini album using the fabulous Botanicabella - Deluxe Collector's Edition.  Also be sure to leave a comment here as well as on Facebook to be entered to win this week's contest.  

 

Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 

"My two favorite crafting techniques are fussy cutting and layering and I have combined a little of both in this shadow box.

It is very relaxing for me to fussy cut, I can spend hours and hours doing it! Then I love to play with the little pieces and try to create a scene with dimension and depth.

Shadow boxes are ideal to try these techniques, they give a proper and delimited space to create different compositions, and they are more versatile than you might think. This is an example of that using a shadow box to decorate an album cover. " ~ Marina BlauKitchen

 

Shadow Box Graphic 45 Botanicabella Square Album Show from Marina Blaukitchen on Vimeo.

 

Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 

Black Butterfly Pockets & Tags Square Album Graphic 45

 

Marina transformed the Butterfly Square Pockets & Tags Album into a breathtaking shadow box and mini.  

 

Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

  


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 

Tips:

  • Use the scissors you feel most comfortable with. Fussy cut should be a pleasure, not a martyr! Try different scissors until you find “the ones made for you”.
  • Cut apart the piece you want to fussy cut, then try to move the paper instead the scissors while cutting.
  • I recommend using a precision cutter(x-acto knife) to cut small spaces inside the piece you are cutting.
  • Layering is a very interesting and entertaining technique. Try more than one possibility before making a final decision for your design.
  • Add cardstock or cardboard little pieces to raise the figures and make them stand out from the other figures and from the background.


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 

Check out How to Make a Shadow Box for an Album Cover by Marina Blaukitchen on Snapguide.

 

 

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Botanicabella Deluxe Collector’s Edition
Nature Sketchbook Patterns&Solids
Black Butterfly Square Tag&Pocket Album
Square Ivory Tag Album
ATC Black Policy Envelopes
ATC Red Policy Envelopes

 

Looking for more great ideas on how to use the Butterfly Square Tags & Pockets Album? Check out this printable Safari Adventure Album project sheet. 

Safari adventure

Download and Print the Square Tag & Pocket - Jungle Mini album instruction.

 

(0%2F1) Vintage Hollywood National Craft Month Prize $135+

Looking to win big?  This week we are giving out a $135+ prize package full of Vintage Hollywood goodies, a 5x5 Mixed Media Box, Square Tags and Pockets Album, Black ATC TagsDrawer Pulls, and Door Knockers.  Wow!  To be entered to win just leave a comment here on our blog and/or our Facebook page.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 14th, 2017.  

Now go out and find your perfect fussy cutting scissors and let the paper guide you on your next creative adventure.  What are you favorite tried and true tips?  Be sure to share with us here!  


Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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April 11, 2017

DIY Spring Home Decor: 2 Projects from Aneta Matuszewska

Spring Home decor aneta graphic 45

 

Hello G45ers!  

Welcome to another creative day on the blog.  We have two gorgeous Spring home decor projects to share with you, both created by the queen of shabby chic, Aneta Matuszewska.  First up we have a table top centerpiece perfect for Easter brunch and great to add a pop of color and charm.  Aneta has combined two Graphic 45 collections, Botanical Tea, and Sweet Sentiments, to make this stunning centerpiece.  So don't be afraid to mix and match your collections and get busy creating!  

 

Sweet Sentiments and Tea Party Easter decor for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 1

 

“Sweet Sentiments” spring home decor

 

Sweet Sentiments and Tea Party Easter decor for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 1

 

Pearl Pens add a touch of dimension and shine completing this project.  


Sweet Sentiments and Tea Party Easter decor for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 1

 

Add movement with your sentiments by adhering the ends down, making sure to leave the center popped out.  



Sweet Sentiments and Tea Party Easter decor for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 1

 

Fussy cut flowers to add to your projects as embellishments.  

 

Sweet Sentiments and Tea Party Easter decor for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 1

 

  

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes
Sweet sentiments
Botanical Tea

 

Time to Flourish spring banner for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 2

 

Next, we have a springtime wall hanging.  Look forward to Spring each year with fun home decor pieces to bring your walls to life.  Aneta has used our Time to Flourish collection to create this stunning project.  

 

 

Time to Flourish spring banner for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 2

 

TIP 1: Use some sort of frame to highlight your image. 

 


Time to Flourish spring banner for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 2

 

A Metal Label holder, buttons, felt and lace brings this wall hanging together to take it to the next level.  


Time to Flourish spring banner for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 2

 

TIP 2: Use matching sequins to decorate your project. 

 

Time to Flourish spring banner for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 2


Time to Flourish spring banner for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 2

 

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Time to Flourish - April
Café Parisian
Sweet Sentiments
Ornate metal label holder

 

(0%2F1) Vintage Hollywood National Craft Month Prize $135+

Looking to win big?  This week we are giving out a $135+ prize package full of Vintage Hollywood goodies, a 5x5 Mixed Media Box, Square Tags and Pockets Album, Black ATC Tags,Drawer Pulls, and Door Knockers.  Wow!  To be entered to win just leave a comment here on our blog and/or our Facebook page.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 14th, 2017.  

 

Pull out your Graphic 45 papers and your button tins and create your own shabby chic home decor.  Remember layers and lace our a crafter's best friends.  Share your home decor ideas here to keep the inspiration flowing.  

 

Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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April 10, 2017

3 Tips on How to Create Stunning Vintage Mini Albums

  Three tips on creating vintage mini albums tati scrap hollywood graphic 45

Hello G45ers!! 

We are thrilled that our Vintage Hollywood collection has hit the shelves.  Projects using this collection have started pouring in on Instagram and Facebook. We are loving all of the beautiful inspiration so we thought we would keep the train rolling with a gorgeous interactive scrapbook album by Tati Scrap, Graphic 45 Grand Ambassador.  In this project, Tati will showcase genius ways of using our Policy Envelopes, fine tip scissors, and some dazzling Vintage Hollywood papers to create a stunning album.  

(0%2F1) Vintage Hollywood National Craft Month Prize $135+

 

First things first, let's kick this week off with our weekly blog contest.  This week we are giving out a $135+ prize package full of Vintage Hollywood goodies, a 5x5 Mixed Media Box, Square Tags and Pockets Album, Black ATC Tags,Drawer Pulls, and Door Knockers.  Wow!  To be entered to win just leave a comment here on our blog and/or our Facebook page.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday the 14th, 2017.  

 

Tati  Vintage Hollywood Album  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 17

"I absolutely love the new Vintage Hollywood collection!

The rich colors and vintage imagery make this collection one of my favorites.

Today I’ve created a beautiful album. It has lots of room for photos, journaling notes, envelopes, Vintage Hollywood ephemera cards and notebooks." - Tati Scrap

 

Tati  Vintage Hollywood Album  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 17

Tip 1:

Enhance the papers you are using on your project with flowers that closely match the color palette of the paper. I love the blue and orange colors of this collection!!

 

Tati  Vintage Hollywood Album  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 17 

Tip 2:
To give your project a vintage look, adds metal embellishments and gold elements to the album.

  

Tati  Vintage Hollywood Album  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 17

 

Kraft ATC Tag Album copy

ATC Tags are the perfect addition to any mini album. 


Tati  Vintage Hollywood Album  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 17

Interactive flaps and folds add whimsy and delight while flipping through albums.


Tati  Vintage Hollywood Album  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 17

Policy Envelopes black numbers all png

Policy Envelopes are great for storing memorabilia.  


Tati  Vintage Hollywood Album  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 17


Tati  Vintage Hollywood Album  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 17


Tati  Vintage Hollywood Album  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 17


Tati  Vintage Hollywood Album  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 17

Tip 3:
I cut some pieces of chipboard to give a 3D effect to the cover images.

 

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Vintage Hollywood 12x12 Pad
Vintage Hollywood 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad
Vintage Hollywood Ephemera Cards
Policy Envelopes-ATC Red
Policy Envelopes-ATC BlackArtist Trading Tags-Kraft
Stamped Metal Brads

Other Supplies: 

Petaloo Flowers
Metallic chain
Stickles- gold
Kraft paper

 


For more Vintage Hollywood Inspiration, check out our Pinterest Board.  On Pinterest we have a board for each collection, type of project, and for Staples so you are never without inspiration to get your next project started.

 

 

Vintage Hollywood Pinterest Board


We can't wait to see what you do with these tips and tricks on your next Graphic 45 project. Please be sure to share the G45 love when you post your projects using the #Graphic45 hashtag.  Let us know in the comments what your favorite tips are when creating mini albums, and be sure to come back each day this week to leave a comment to increase your chances to win!  

 

Happy Paper Crafting!  

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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April 03, 2017

Thoughtful Projects with Graphic 45

  Feeling Run Down Get Well Pop Up Card  Olde Curiosity Shoppe  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 1

It's another beautiful week here on the blog! Are you ready for some awesome inspiration? We have some incredible projects to share all week long. Today, Kathy Clement and Pam Bray share thoughtful projects that are great to send to friends and family. Kathy made her "Get Well Soon" card this winter, but with Spring colds and allergies, we're sure this card will be useful past the Winter season! And stay for Pam's great gift set using Cafe Parisian

  Feeling Run Down Get Well Pop Up Card  Olde Curiosity Shoppe  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 1

"Winter brings with it a flurry of colds, flus and viruses. You might not be able to send chicken soup to a friend who’s knocked out with a nasty bug, but you can let them know that you care and lift spirits with a handmade get well card.  

I’ve always loved the whimsical wind up lady from Olde Curiosity Shoppe.  Every time I see her, I think, “Feeling run down?”  That’s why I chose her as the focal image for this interactive pop-up card.  It’s so much fun to open this card and find a pop up panel of mini envelopes decorated with fussy cut butterflies.  It’s the perfect pick me up!" ~Kathy

Feeling Run Down Get Well Pop Up Card  Olde Curiosity Shoppe  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 1

Feeling Run Down Get Well Pop Up Card  Olde Curiosity Shoppe  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 1

Designer Tips

  1. Glossy Accents is a great adhesive choice when you are gluing metal to paper.  
  2. To alter metal staples, place a small pea sized puddle of paint onto your craft sheet or waste cardboard.  Dip your index finger into the paint, then tap off most of the paint before tapping gently over the raised surfaces of your metal staples.  
  3. Cut mini envelopes from designer paper.  Tuck a little note or treat into each envelope for extra fun.  Hold the envelope flaps shut with small magnets.
  4. Add a neat design element to your composition by using a Staples Tag as a layer .  Cover partially with designer paper and tuck beneath your paper layers.  
  5. Staples ATC cards are just the right size for sentiments.  Add a handwritten or stamped sentiment and tuck in place.


Feeling Run Down Get Well Pop Up Card  Olde Curiosity Shoppe  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 1


Feeling Run Down Get Well Pop Up Card  Olde Curiosity Shoppe  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 1


Feeling Run Down Get Well Pop Up Card  Olde Curiosity Shoppe  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 1


Feeling Run Down Get Well Pop Up Card  Olde Curiosity Shoppe  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 1



Supply List

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector’s Edition
Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Apothecary
Genuine Article
Optical Oddities
Mercurial Masterpiece
Counting Down
Race for Time
Butterfly Specifics
Exquisite Motif
Staples Regular Kraft Tag
Staples Ornate Keyhole
Staples Brads
Staples Clock Key
Staples ATC Kraft Tags
Spellbinder Tammy Tutterow Mini Pocket Dies
Petaloo Textured Elements/ Denim Blue Burlap and Canvas
Vintaj Patina Moss Paint
Glossy Accents
Burlap String
Small Magnets

Pam shares the most clever and gorgeous gift set with us now! Don't you love these bright colors?

  Graphic 45 Café Parisian Gift Box and Card by Pam Bray Photo 1_3974

“I created a fun card to give as a gift recently for a friend.  I used Graphic 45 Altered Art Matchbox along with adding an easel card to the top and a tag with her gift card inside. She loved how interactive the gift box was and it also gave her a sweet trinket box for her to use.” ~Pam


Graphic 45 Café Parisian Gift Box and Card by Pam Bray Photo 1_3974


Graphic 45 Café Parisian Gift Box and Card by Pam Bray Photo 1_3974


Graphic 45 Café Parisian Gift Box and Card by Pam Bray Photo 1_3974


Graphic 45 Café Parisian Gift Box and Card by Pam Bray Photo 1_3974


Graphic 45 Café Parisian Gift Box and Card by Pam Bray Photo 1_3974


Graphic 45 Café Parisian Gift Box and Card by Pam Bray Photo 1_3974


Graphic 45 Café Parisian Gift Box and Card by Pam Bray Photo 1_3974


Graphic 45 Café Parisian Gift Box and Card by Pam Bray Photo 1_3974

Supply List

Graphic 45 Altered Art Matchbox
Graphic 45 Café Parisian 8 x 8 Papercrafting Pad
Graphic 45 Café Parisian Tags and Pockets
Graphic 45 Café Parisian Chipboard
Graphic 45 Café Parisian Journaling & Ephemera Cards
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Label Holder
Kraft Card Stock
May Arts Silk Ribbon
Xyron Adhesive
Glue Dots

This week we are giving away a $40 prize pack with Off to the Races, ATC Book Box, and Metal Door Pull Staples! What a great pack! Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! Make sure to enter today!

$40 Off to the Races Prize Pack

Another week, more awesome inspiration, and a new blog contest! What could be better? Thanks for joining us today, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family

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