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Feb 21, 2017 5:00:00 AM

"Decide to Be Yourself" Album Idea

  Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2

We've already seen a few of you share your Portrait of a Lady projects on Facebook now that it's hitting stores. What gorgeous work! Today, Kathy Clement shares a swoon-worthy album that is a stunner on each and every page! Let's take a tour of this gorgeous project:

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1

"I have never seen a more beautiful paper collection than Graphic 45’s Portrait of A Lady.  I love every itty bitty detail from the color palette, to the printed patterns to the amazing images and even the typography.  I literally gasped out loud when I first laid eyes on it and could not wait to work it up into an album.

I wanted to make something that could showcase photos, but also wanted a format that would lend itself to display on a bookshelf, desk or side table.  That’s why I chose to work with the Graphic 45 Staples 8x8 Easel Album.  It stands all on its own, which is wonderful.  If I want to be inspired by a fresh view, I simply have to flip the page and there it is!  


I also create the album to be “reversible”.  By that I mean it can be viewed from front to back or back to front as all pages are decorated on both sides.  I had such fun creating this jewel of an album, and I hope you enjoy viewing it as well." ~Kathy

 

Kathy's Be Yourself Easel Album Tour

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2

Tip: To create paint spatters like the ones on the cover, do as follows:

    1. Cover the face of the image with a Post-It Note.
    2. Dilute a dime sized portion of acrylic paint with water.  Dip a paintbrush into the diluted paint.  Hold the paintbrush loosely as far back on the handle as you can.  With your dominant hand, tap the bristle end of the brush lightly to create spatters.  Move to another area, dip into the diluted paint again and repeat until you are satisfied with the results. Remove the post it from the face and let the paint dry on its own.

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Tip: To create titles for your pages, use dies or freehand cut blocks of text from the typography pages in the collection.

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7

Tip: Cover Kraft Staples Tags with designer paper to create fun, interactive photo mounts and journaling spots for your album.

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 8

Tip: Save time by fussy cutting and inking all your images before you begin designing your album.  This way you’ll have a pile of them on hand to use as needed.

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 9

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 10

Tip: To create unity in your album, use the same colors of matting cardstock and the same embellishments throughout.  All my pages are matted on pale pink and deep green cardstock.  I also used the die cut banners, doilies and fussy cut roses throughout the album.

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Tip: Die cut all banners and doilies before you begin.  Once again, it will save you time in the long run.

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Supply List

Portrait of a Lady 12x12 papers
Portrait of a Lady
Diana
Josephine
Catherine
Sophia
Grace
Isabella
Elizabeth
Blanche
Victoria
Maria
Graphic 45 Staples 8x8 Easel Album (retired)
Graphic 45 Staples Regular Black Policy Envelopes
Graphic 45 Staples ATC Black Policy Envelopes
Staples Kraft Alphabet Banner Tags
Cardstock (several sheets each for photo mats) pink, green, kraft, white
Petaloo Flowers
White Botanica Blooms x4
White Hydrangea Blossoms x24
DIY Ivory Burlap Picks
Tim Holtz Ribbon Flags Strip Die
Prima Doily Dies
Ribbons and vintage lace
Vintage buttons
Small ornate frame (Prima)
Small magnets
Thinned down white acrylic paint
Foam dimensionals or cardboard packaging to back images

This week we are giving away an amazing prize pack filled with our retired collection A Proper Gentleman!  Also, it has some great Tag Staples and Stamped Metal Brads. Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! This is a super fun prize pack, so make sure to enter today!

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We love that gorgeous album and all of Kathy's great tips and tricks. What an amazing project! We cannot wait to continue seeing your projects with this collection, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

Feb 20, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Terrific Ideas with Tag Staples!

  Tag Mini Album, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, by Einat Kessler, product Graphic 45, photo 1

Get great ideas with our Tag Staples this Monday! Einat Kessler and Magda Cortez share creative and awesome ideas today using the amazing Olde Curiosity Shoppe (our Deluxe Collector's Edition hits stores very soon!) and Magda has incredible non-traditional Spring tags with wonderful sentiments! Take a look at this great interactive tag album by Einat

Tag Mini Album, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, by Einat Kessler, product Graphic 45, photo 1

"I’ve wanted to create an interactive mini album from these tags from the moment I saw them. But only when Olde Curiosity Shoppe paper collection came back I felt ready. This is the perfect collection for this type of mini album. There are so many images and details to fussy cut into embellishments and interactive mechanisms that fit the tags size exactly." ~Einat

Tag Mini Album, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, by Einat Kessler, product Graphic 45, photo 1

Tip #1: Use dimensional foam tape to make the images pop out of the page. Cut two or three identical images and layer them with the tape.

Tag Mini Album, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, by Einat Kessler, product Graphic 45, photo 1

Tag Mini Album, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, by Einat Kessler, product Graphic 45, photo 1

Tag Mini Album, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, by Einat Kessler, product Graphic 45, photo 1

Tip #2: Each G45 has a words page that is great for adding text. Change the order of the words or even the letters to create your own words and quotes.

Tag Mini Album, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, by Einat Kessler, product Graphic 45, photo 1

Tag Mini Album, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, by Einat Kessler, product Graphic 45, photo 1




Tag Mini Album, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, by Einat Kessler, product Graphic 45, photo 1

Supply List

Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12x12 papers
Regular Tag Album Kraft, White, Black

We love these "Friends" and "XOXO" Spring tags from Magda! Check out her great process tutorial video below and make your own: 

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"Hi All.. I want to show you this beautiful tags I did ..  and as I said.. Non Traditional Spring Tags.. why non traditional? Well..  Why always Spring has to be pastels? I love work with black so I decided to make my spring project in black oranges and greens.. also I fussy cut the edges of the Cardstock Die Cut Flowers and I love the dimension they give to the tags.. a lovely seam binding and voila! A Spring Tag.. what to you think.. Traditional pastel or Crazy Magda’s Spring tags?

Have a wonderful day!"

Magda

Non-Conventional Spring Tags Video Tutorial

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Tip: Cut the edges of the flowers to make another beautiful flower and use a button or pearl as a center of the flower!


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Supply List:

Natural Sketchbook 12x12 Paper
Natural Sketchbook Patterns & Solids
Natural Sketchbook Cardstock Die Cuts
Natural Sketchbook Ephimera Cards
Alpha Banner – ATC Kraft
Embellishments from my stash

This week we are giving away an amazing prize pack filled with our retired collection A Proper Gentleman!  Also, it has some great Tag Staples and Stamped Metal Brads. Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! This is a super fun prize pack, so make sure to enter today!

Proper Gentleman 12x12, 8x8, Staples Graphic 45 Prize

What do you like to create with our Tag Staples? 

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

Feb 19, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Altered Art that sings "Do Things with Passion or Not At All"

  February assigments Olga  alterered quote tray communique and off the races  (6)

We have been so inspired to see your #Words2CraftBy projects! Today, we have some great ideas from our Design Team using their favorite quotes. Olga Heldwein has an incredible altered tray and video tutorial for us. And Sandy Trefger shares a stunning altered frame and tutorial. You will leave here ready to enter our February Challenge with some great ideas! First, let's see Olga's great altered tray:

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"Its altered baking tray. All steps and mediums you may check out in Video. I love to re-use old stuff that other people may see as junk. Baking trays, old plates  and muffin trays can turn into very decorative objects. I love those Lion head staples. On the ring you can hang some trinkets to make it even more decorative and to add more elements to your work." ~Olga

 

Olga's Tray Video Tutorial


February assigments Olga  alterered quote tray communique and off the races  (6)


February assigments Olga  alterered quote tray communique and off the races  (6)


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Supply List :

Communique-DCE
4501253
Door Knockers
4501028
Off to the Races 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad
4501458
I also use scraps of Alice in Wonderland collection but it was just a scrap ( I save all scraps to make the most use from each paper)
alphabet stickers from different g45 collections

Take an old, worn frame and turn it into beauty! Sandy shares a gorgeous altered frame using beautiful butterflies: 

Follow Your Butterflies Wall Frame, Botanicabella, Tutorial by Sandy Trefger, Product by Gralphic 45, Photo 001

"My assignment with Graphic 45 was to design a framed piece using my favorite quote.  I have many favorite quotes but I love butterflies and when I saw the quote “Follow Your Butterflies,” I knew it would be my favorite for this project.  There are lots of wonderful butterflies in so many of the Graphic 45 paper collections that it was hard to choose.  While I could have gone with a mix of all of them, I decided to focus on the beautiful Deluxe Collector’s Edition of Botanicabella. You could easily make this project with any of the wonderful Graphic 45 collections and I hope I’ve inspired you to take your favorite quote and create a beautiful wall frame.  Happy Crafting"! ~Sandy

 

Sandy's Butterfly Frame Tutorial


Follow Your Butterflies Wall Frame, Botanicabella, Tutorial by Sandy Trefger, Product by Gralphic 45, Photo 001


Follow Your Butterflies Wall Frame, Botanicabella, Tutorial by Sandy Trefger, Product by Gralphic 45, Photo 001

Tip: While shopping, always look at frames that might work for a project such as this one.  You could do a desk framed piece, large wall frame or one like mine with several “photo” areas.  Any and all frames have potential for a beautiful project showcasing your favorite quote.  I found it easier to create the piece without the glass (save that as a possible cutting mat) and work in the fussy cut elements and embellishments with the backing in place on your frame.


Follow Your Butterflies Wall Frame, Botanicabella, Tutorial by Sandy Trefger, Product by Gralphic 45, Photo 001

Supply List:

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Deluxe Collector’s Edition
Graphic 45 Colorbox Decades Ink – Photogenic & Dark Cashmere
White Frame
Sanding Tool
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Petaloo Flowers – Tea Stained Spice Dahlias
Natural Burlap Jute or String
Butterfly Charm
Charm Pin
Beacon’s 3-in-1 Glue
Clear Wink of Stella Brush Pen
Glossy Accents
Crackle Accents

Thanks for joining us for these great ideas! Will you take part in our #Words2CraftBy Challenge?  

Happy Papercrafting!

The G45 Family

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

Feb 18, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Graphic 45 Presents a Cityscapes Tags & Pocket Travel Album Project Sheet

Cityscapes Suitcase Album Project Sheet

 Get to the craft table this weekend! Make this amazing suitcase album using Cityscapes and our Square Tag Album - Red Numbers. It's perfect for travel photos! 

Cityscapes Suitcase Album Project Sheet

Download our Cityscapes Suitcase Album Project Sheet

Get more ideas for this awesome collection over on Pinterest! 

Cityscapes Pinterest Board

Cityscapes Pinterest Board

We hope you try this great printable, step-by-step tutorial! Enjoy creating!

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family

Want to try this project out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

Feb 17, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Create Jewelry with Graphic 45!

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Today, we have an extra special blog in store for you. Did you know you can make beautiful jewelry with Graphic 45? The possibilities are endless! Joanne Bain and Katelyn Grosart give stunning jewelry ideas with Graphic 45 Staples, papers, and chipboard. How fun is this? Let's take a look at a breathtaking Steampunk necklace from Joanne:  

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"To create my steampunk pendant I used the larger Graphic 45 Metal Clock Keys as the base and then added other smaller metal cogs and flowers. To create more interest on the pendant I layered in more of the smaller Graphic 45 Ornate Keys and then added some of the screws that normally would screw into the back of the graphic 45 Door Knockers for added interest. Once dry I painted the entire pendant with Finnabair Ancient Coin Metallic Paint, I added some Finnabair Light Patina Metallic Paint highlights and then dry brushed again with Ancient Coin paint." ~Joanne


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Supply List

4500545 Ornate Metal Keys
4501293 Metal Clock Keys
4501028 Antique Brass Door Knockers - Screws only

Who doesn't love a chunky bracelet? Katelyn uses Communique, our Metal Staples, and chipboard to make a stunning statement piece!

Vintage Chunky Bracelet, Communique DCE, Tutorial By Katelyn Grosart, Product By Graphic 45, Photo 1

"Have you ever thought of using your scrapbooking supplies in another craft, such as making jewelry? Some of us were challenged to create a jewelry piece using the Staples and or paper from Graphic 45. So today I’ve created a fabulous Vintage Chunky Bracelet using a variety of Staples and the Communique Deluxe Collectors Edition. You’ll want to read the tutorial below and learn how to recreate your own Vintage Chunky Bracelet at home." ~Katelyn

Check out How to Create a Bracelet Using Graphic 45 Products by Katelyn Grosart on Snapguide.

Vintage Chunky Bracelet, Communique DCE, Tutorial By Katelyn Grosart, Product By Graphic 45, Photo 1

Tip: Mix and match your staples to create different interest on your bracelet.

Tip: When using chipboard pieces, make sure to cover the back of the pieces so that you don’t see raw chipboard.


Vintage Chunky Bracelet, Communique DCE, Tutorial By Katelyn Grosart, Product By Graphic 45, Photo 1

Tip: Add fussy cut paper images to the keyholes, door pull and keys to dress the pieces up.


Vintage Chunky Bracelet, Communique DCE, Tutorial By Katelyn Grosart, Product By Graphic 45, Photo 1

Supply List

Communique Deluxe Collectors Edition
Staples: Metal Brads, Ornate Metal Key Holes, Antique Metal Door Pull, Ornate Metal Keys
Wire Cutters & Pliers
7mm Jump Rings
Bracelet
Eyepins
Clear Bauble Beads
Black Soot Distress Ink/Blending Tool
Sookwang Tape
Glue Dots
Scissors

Now, let's announce this week's blog winner! Our randomly chosen winner is...
 
-Jackie P: Beautiful projects and I am in love with this collection! This prize pack is amazing and would be so excited to win! 
 
Congratulations, Jackie! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Many thanks to all who entered this week!
 
$85 Graphic 45 Prize Pack
Who wants to show off their Graphic 45 by wearing it? We know we do! Try these great ideas for gorgeous statement pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind!
 
Happy Jewelry-Making,
 
The G45 Family
 
Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here