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Apr 16, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Craft Tutorials Made Simple with Snapguide


Good morning G45ers!

We have a new obsession here at Graphic 45. Snapguide! We have been sharing Snapguide tutorials a lot the past couple of weeks because we love this site so much and have lost so much time to getting great ideas and saving guides to try. Today, we're going to give you a fun introduction to Snapguide and then remind you we are sponsoring a great Upcycling Contest with them. We will share some of our Design Team entries and then some of our favorite other Upcycling guides. It's going to be a great day, and we totally understand in advance if some of today is lost to the fun of Snapguide. ;)

You may be wondering "What is Snapguide?" Well on their FAQ page, they have a great answer: "Snapguide, is a free iOS app and web service for those that want to create and share step-by-step 'how to guides'. We host easy to understand instructions for a wide array of topics including cooking, gardening, crafts, repairs, do-it-yourself projects, fashion tips, entertaining and more. Everyone is welcome to create their own guides, so that they can share their passions and expertise with the Snapguide community."

Snapguide is a perfect fit for the papercrafter. We love tutorials here at Graphic 45, and Snapguides are so extremely user-friendly and fun. When Snapguide contacted us to sponsor a contest with them, we jumped at the chance!


Read about the Upcycling Contest Here!

You read that image right! $900 in prizes is the grand prize. Wow! Not sure how to enter a contest through Snapguide? They have a great guide to take you through the steps.

Check out How to Enter a Contest on Snapguide by Snapguide Team on Snapguide.  

How to Enter a Contest on Snapguide

But first, you may be curious, how do I make a guide on Snapguide? They have a great guide for that too!

Check out How to Create a Guide on the Web by Snapguide Team on Snapguide.  

How to Create a Snapguide on the Web

They also have great guides of how to make them via your iPad or iPhone, if you're like us and use those more commonly.

Now, let's share some of the fun guides we love from our Design Team. So many great ideas, so many fun tutorials!

Miranda makes the best Easter decor using old plant pots. Love this idea!

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Check out How to Upcycle Clay Pots Into Easter Votives by Miranda Edney on Snapguide.  

Miranda's Easter Votive Snapguide

Do you notice in the Snapguides, there's always a tab with the Supply List? We love that handy feature!


Next, we have Annette Green's By the Sea picnic caddy made with By the Sea! Adore this.

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Check out How to Create a Beach-Themed Picnic Caddy From Frapp Box by Annette Green on Snapguide.  

Annete's Picnic Caddy Snapguide

What about upcycling those materials we always having lying around: envelopes! Susan makes this upcycled envelope shine. And anyone can try this one.

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Check out How to Upcycle an Envelope by Susan Lui on Snapguide.  

Susan's Upcycled Envelope Snapguide

Lastly from our Design Team, we have Maria's upcycled salt and pepper shaker to use as storage in the craft room. Beautiful organization is one of our favorite things, so we are inspired by this idea.

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Check out How to Make Craft Storage With Salt & Pepper Shakers by Maria Cole on Snapguide.  

Maria's Salt and Pepper Shaker Snapguide

We are loving the entries for this contest! This guide by Denise Corcoran using cereal boxes and old CD cases is such a fun project to use supplies we seem to always have around.

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Check out How to Make Art Using Cereal Boxes & CD Cases by Denise Corcoran on Snapguide.  

Denise Corcoran's Upcycling Entry

Also, who loves beautiful, DIY furniture? We love it! Enjoy this coffee table upcycling entry by Andree of HomeShows using an old door.

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Check out How to Make a Coffee Table From a Door by Andrée of @HomeShows on Snapguide.  

Andree's Coffee Table Snapguide

Are you hooked on Snapguide like us? Well, take part today and win big! Take another look at the Contest Details and make a guide today! What do you have lying around that needs some upcycling?

**Update: Many people were saying they love PDFs for printing tutorials out. Did you know you can print guides from Snapguide? Here's a little peek at how!

See the print button right below the photo guide?


Then, it will take you to a screen with all the steps which you can print from!


Snapguide thinks of everything!

Euphorically Upcycling,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


Apr 15, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Two Great Cardmaking Ideas with Graphic 45


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to the blog this wonderful day! We have two terrific card ideas this fine Tuesday. Nichola Battilana has a whole Bird Song card set for her son who trains in karate. Then, Anne Elisabeth Rostad shares a great Congratulations Good ol' Sport card tutorial. Enjoy our day of cards!

Before we jump in, we have an extra special share from our Facebook. We adore seeing our G45ers work each and every day. It really is a great place to get so many great ideas all made by you! Today, we are sharing this beautiful Spring home decor piece by Melissa Torres Divelbiss that really blew us away when we saw it! Melissa uses a mixture of Sweet Sentiments, Secret Garden, and Nutcracker Sweet stamps with paper-pieced dresses for this gorgeous creation! Wow!


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We love how Nichola challenges herself with new and fresh ideas for papercrafting. We love her inspiration for the cards below. 

"While I am usually very easy going, and tremendously laid back, there is a spark of determination that is that is set alight when I am challenged. So, when my son’s sensei mentioned creating a karate theme craft, my mind raced. Using the beautiful papers of Birdsong I’ve created a series of cards inspired by the belt colours yellow, orange, blue, green, brown and black. The cards are simple and restrained, reflecting some of the principles of martial arts: to be humble, outwardly gentle, and display courtesy. I thought these might be an ideal way to commemorate the important milestones of belt achievement." - Nichola










Supply List:

 Birdsong - Birdsong
Birdsong - Tranquility
Birdsong - Jasmine Dream
Birdsong - Pearls of Wisdom
Birdsong - Longevity
Birdsong - Good Fortune
Bird Song 8x8 Pad
Bird Song Chipboard Die-Cuts 1
Bird Song Chipboard Die-Cuts 2
Flower and Leaves Dresden Borders
Black Zig Zag Dresden Borders
3mm Brass Flat-Back Rhinestone Studs
Black cardstock

White writing paper (inside)

Anne is such a great teacher of beautiful creations. We love this Good ol' Sport card below, and her fantastic tutorial! Enjoy making this handsome card.

"Here is a tutorial on this 6 x 4 card made with the beautiful and colorful Good OL Sport collection from Graphic 45." - Anne

Start with 12 x 4  black cardstock and score at 6". Cream cardstock 5 3/4 x 3 3/4 and distress with black soot and vintage photo.

Cut at the frame and glue over the postcard and cut around. Here are some suggestions for decor.


Glue on the bottom, top and left side so the cards can slide under.


Glue on a ticket and a little stamp just on the sides and place the golf player over.



Some suggestions for the inside. The stamp is from papyrus and I love that I can stamp the words I need :-)


Glued the golf player only in top, bottom and left side so I can slide something under. May be a gift card.


Also decorated the backside to finish the card up.


Decided to have the congrats in front and pop it up with 3D foam.



Supply list:

Good ol' Sport collection, Scor buddy, glue,black and cream cardstock. Distress ink, 3D foam and stamp tool.

Check out Anne's Snapguide tutorial to follow along as well! We love this card.

Check out How to Good Ol Sport Card Tutorial by Anne rostad on Snapguide.  

Anne's Good ol' Sport Card Snapguide

We love celebrating cards on the blog. Not only are they fun to make, but so fun to give! What's your favorite card you've ever received? We hope this has inspired you to send a special treat in the mail today!

Enjoy Creating Cards,

Graphic 45

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Apr 14, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Craft Fashion with Couture


Happy Monday, G45ers!

We hope you are doing wonderful this fine Monday morning! Who is already thinking about Mother's Day and wracking their brains for ideas? Well, we have a great idea from Susan Lui using Couture today! We also have a stunning set of ATCs by Romy Veul using Couture. Also, it's Monday, so it's time for another great blog giveaway!

It's giveaway time! Who loves Typography? Well this great prize pack can be yours! A Typography 8x8 pad, Chipboard, Tags & Pockets, and Ornate Metal Keyholes! Woo hoo! Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page. What a great contest!


Susan provides a great idea for Mother's Day! Enjoy this Couture jewelry box tutorial below. A brilliant idea to surprise your mom with handmade jewelry and a gorgeous gift box. Have you used our ATC Book Box? Perfect for those special gifts.


"This is a jewelry box I created for Mother’s Day using Graphic 45’s Staples ATC Book Box and Couture collection.




This is a beautiful handmade pendant my daughter made. Isn’t it exquisite?

Couture Jewelry Box Tutorial

I’ve written up a tutorial for it. It’s not difficult and can be done in a few hours, once you gather up your materials.

To begin, here’s a list of what you’ll need:

List of Supplies:

Graphic 45 Staples ATC Book Box
Graphic 45 Couture patterned papers – Accessorize, Gorgeous, Elegant, Couture
Graphic 45 Couture Chipboard 2
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key
Black lace
Prima Flower

1. Paint the edges of your Staples ATC Book Box black. There’s no need to paint all of the box. Just the edges that won’t be covered by patterned paper.

2. Cover the walls of the book box with the striped Accessorize patterned paper.


3. Select some patterned paper and embellishments you’ll want on the top of your book box. This is what I’m going to use.


4. String black lace through a Graphic 45 ornate metal key.

5. Cover the top of the book box with Classy patterned paper and adhere the key with lace to the box. Allow the key to dangle over the front of the box.

6. Carefully cut out the inside of the Elegant patterned paper, leaving just the border. Line the inside of the border with doily and adhere this to the top of the box, over the black lace. 

7. Stick on a Couture chipboard element to the centre of the collage as shown.


8. Layer the metal embellishment and flower over the chipboard element.


9. You’re almost done. Here’s the view from the side.


10. Cut some flowers and coupons from Gorgeous and Beautiful patterned papers, select your favourite Couture chipboard and layer them on to the front and sides of the box as shown. And you’re done!




Romy shows off our ATC Staples with these great Couture ATCs! These are so beautiful, just like Romy and her fantastic style.


"I simply love the new Staples ATC tags, because they are such an adorable size. I used the ATC tags as a template for these two tags that were made from the gorgeous Couture collection." - Romy





Supply List:

 Couture 8x8 Pad
Couture Tags & Pockets
Couture Chipboard 2
Staples Artist Trading Tags - Kraft

Who's going to make something fabulous with Couture today? We love these ideas, and we're excited to get a jumpstart on our handmade Mother's Day! Thanks to Susan and Romy. And don't forget to take part in our contest! 

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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Apr 12, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Graphic 45 Presents our April Challenge & Mother Goose Project Sheet

Hello G45ers,

Welcome this bright Saturday morning. We wanted to share with you our April Challenge and corresponding project sheets. There's still lots of time to take part, so join in the fun today!

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Download the Mother Goose Mini Album Project Sheet


Download the Book Base Instructions

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Upload your submissions to the Graphic 45 Facebook Page

For great ideas to take this mini album further, check out the great video from Denise Johnson!


Mother Goose Mini Album Video

Have a great Saturday, and we can't wait to see your minis!

Happy Mini-Making,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

Apr 11, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Out-of-the-Box Ideas with Botanical Tea


TGIF G45ers!

Have we got a fantastic Friday blog for you today! Clare Charvill shares a great set of Botanical Tea Easter eggs with a tutorial. Then, Denise Johnson shares an easy and beautiful Botanical Tea card. It's going to be a fantastic start to a crafty weekend.

But first, who won our contest? Our randomly chosen winner from our blog comments is....

-Wendy Wakefield: I totally know what Denise is saying. I tend to hoard all of my Graphic 45 papers. I would so love to win this week's prize package and maybe just dive in and make something beautiful - just maybe!! :0)

Congratulations, Wendy! Please email [email protected] to claim your prize. Many thanks to all who took part, there will be another contest next week, so stay tuned!


Clare shares a wonderful idea filled with fun memories for her. You're going to love it!

"Egg rolling was an annual tradition when I was at school. We used to take our decorated eggs in on the last day before the Easter Holidays and then have a class outing to the top of the largest hill in our local park and have our annual egg rolling competition. It was great fun. I thought I’d revive the tradition this year and decorate some eggs using the Botanical Tea stamps." - Clare

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Botanical Tea Egg Tutorial

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First hard boil or blow your eggs. (It’s the hard boiled ones that we used for rolling) and dry them off with a heat gun.

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Then put two or three coats of paint on each egg, drying each layer as you go with your heat gun. I used chalk acrylic paint on mine.

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Stamp your choosen images on two ply paper tissues or napkins with memento ink. Cut out each image and peel away the bottom layer of tissue/napkin ready to add your images to your eggs.

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Use matte medium or pva solution to coat your eggs where you want to add you image and carefully position and stick down your tissue/napkin image. Use a paintbrush to ease out any creases as best you can. Dry off with your heat gun again.

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To finish off your eggs use light coloured marker pens to add a hint of colour to your stamped images.

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The basket for the eggs was made from a 4 x 4” square of chipboard for the base and four 4” x 1 ¾” sides all covered in woven ½” strips of green 6 x 6 Botanical Tea patterns and solids paper. I chose co coordinating paper from the same pad for the die cut doilies and edging and scrumpled up white tissue paper to sit the eggs on. I added a few chocolate eggs in there too. The corners of the basket were tied together with May Arts green silk ribbon.

Supply List

Botanical Tea 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids
Botanical Tea Cling Stamps
Acrylic Paint
Matte Medium
May Arts Ribbon
Martha Stewart Edge Punch
Sizzix Doily Die
Vintage Photo Ink
Memento Ink
Tacky Glue
 Chipboard off cuts

Denise Johnson's card contains a tutorial for not only the card, but we also have a tutorial on how she custom dyed her ribbons to match her Botanical Tea card. How amazing is that idea!



See Denise Johnson's Botanical Tea Card Tutorial



See Denise Johnson's Custom Dyed Ribbon Tutorial


 Botanical Tea Paper
Botanical Tea Chipboard Accents
Botanical Tea Stickers
Botanical Tea Custom made ribbons and buttons
Staples Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brad
Staples ATC Tag (Ivory)

So many amazing projects to try this weekend. Thanks for the great tutorials, Clare and Denise! We hope you have a creative weekend, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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