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June 13, 2011

Monday Metal Mania: Metal Staples Creations & Blog Contest!

Hello Crafters,

Happy Monday and thank you for joining us! Are you ready to put the pedal to the metal? Today we've got a new blog contest that's all about our amazing Metal Staples, and today's crafts all feature beautiful ideas for Metal Staples creations. Check out this week's awesome blog prize! All we ask is that you leave us a blog comment letting us know what kinds of creations you've made or would like to make with our Metal Staples. Today's projects from our amazing Design Team should help give you some ideas. Let us know what comes to mind and you could win this gorgeous prize! Our beautiful new 12x12 paper pad for The Magic of Oz and all three Magic of Oz Cling Stamps! Awesome!


If you've ever crafted with our Metal Staples, you know that they're the perfect accessory for any creation. They look perfect with all of our paper collections and have superb versatility and elegance. Today we've got a stunning mini album from Robin Shakoor, and an out-of-this-world jewelry design and tutorial by Jack & Cat Curio. Both of these stellar projects feature our Metal Staples and are sure to capture your heart and imagination. First up is this astonishing One Upon a Springtime mini album by Robin Shakoor. This mini is filled with so much love, radiant color, and stunning techniques, it's a real craft jewel. Have a look at this amazing work of art!

"The Once Upon a Springtime collection is my favorite for preserving childhood memories.  I  used the collection to create this altered mini album with a few select photos of of daughter.  My daughter will turn 20 this month and going through old photos of her was wonderful.  The cover is adorned with flowers, ribbon and beautiful detail cut images from the collection.  I also added a beautiful Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob that I painted ivory and sprinkled with glitter.  Adding this beautiful metal embellishment to your projects will give them a one-of-a-kind look that will last through the years.  I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane with me." -Robin Shakoor

Mini Page 1

Mini Page 2 Close Up

Mini Page 2-3

Mini Page 3-4

Mini Page 5-6

Mini Page 6 Close Up

Mini Page 7-8

Page 7 Close Up

Springtime Mini

Look at Robin's amazing use of our Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob. It looks absolutely perfect painted ivory and set against Once Upon a Springtime! This is such a clever and beautiful way to use the Metal Staples. The Metal Door Plate and Knob is especially great for books or mini albums. You can open the door to memories!

  Door Knob Close Up


Album:  Bo Bunny 3-Ring Bare Naked Binder 9"X9"-W/6 Chipboard Pages
Patterned Paper:  Once Upon A Springtime
Flowers, Leaves and Stems:  Bazzill and Prima
Bling:  Prima
Ribbon:  May Arts
Chipboard Word Titles:  We R Memory Keepers
Pearl Pen:  Viva Decor
White Opaque Pen: Uniball Signo
Punches:  Martha Stewart Crafts
Bloomers:  Webster's Pages
Dies:  Spellbinders
Die Cutting System:  Spellbinders
Resin Swag:  Melissa Frances
Inks: Ranger Distress Ink
Pearls:  Kaisercraft
Doily:  We R Memory Keepers
Card Bib Overlay Kit:  The Paper Cut

This next craft is so clever, I just can't believe it! Jack & Cat Curio are well known for their stylish and innovative techniques and today's craft is no exception. Take a look at this amazing cuff bracelet made out of Metal Staples! Truly, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating with metal. This wonderful accessory even comes with a tutorial! Yes, Jack & Cat were kind enough to show us how to create this wonderful cuff bracelet! Thanks, Jack & Cat!

"As soon as we saw the size and dimensions of the G45 Staples Ornate Metal Door Plates... we were obsessed with trying to turn it into a jewelry piece. It is the perfect size needed to create a cuff bracelet. We have seen spoon rings...domino pendants...gears and widgets...bottle cap charms and pendants. Why not a door handle bangle? We love the end result." -Jack & Cat Curio


Graphic45 Staples: Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob, Metal Flower, Metal Button, Trim
Tools: rolling pin, rubber mallet, pliers
Vintage pin
Adhesive: E6500 glue

We want to thank Robin Shakoor as well as Jack & Cat Curio for their stunning craft creations. We are super excited to read everyone's blog comments this week. Join us tomorrow for more glorious ideas and craft love. We hope you all have an excellent Monday!

Happy Metalcrafting,

Team Graphic 45


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The sticker staples and the metal hinges...perfect for my mini-album. Just so fun! Thank you!

I LOVE the way Robin painted the door plate and knob! I love the shabby/chic result and would really like to use those products in the same way on my own project. Thanks for the inspiration Robin!

Robin, that mini is amazing. Howerver, you cannot be old enough to have a 20 year old dd! I know, because my son will be 20 and there is NO WAY I am old enough!!

Jack and Cat - wow and double wow. That is one fabbie project!!!

OMG!! What a FABULOUS DAY of G45 Show and Tell!! =)
THANSK for sharing I LOVEd the sweeetness of Robin's Mini what a cute daughter!! =)
That cuff from Jack & Cat is AWESOME!! It is so funny becuase I too have been making something fun with the bookplate, I can't wait to share this week!! =) It is PERFECT for the CHALLENGE!! =) LOVE~LOVE~LOVE~LOVE~LOVE~ I look forward to the rest of the inspiration this week!! Have a FABULOUS DAY!! =)

Jack & Cat do it again! WOW - stunning!!!!! I soooo wish I lived where I could take one of their classes and find out in person how they come up with these fabulous creations!

I love the projects. I love the new paper so lovely so many ideas!

Holy Lord! I cannot even believe how gorgeous both of those projects are! I am currently embarking on a huge project as I am creating the album for the entire summer I spent in Paris, France and the Metal Staples (especially the metal flower staples!) have been the PERFECT addition to the style I am scrapbooking in. Seriously, they have made the total difference in bringing my artwork together to a fulfilled piece of creativity. I also procured a new love for vintage-style jewelry, and I absolutely cannot wait to begin making jewelry with the Metal Staples. I think it is amazing that you have created products that can be used in more than one art style! Ahhhhh! I get excited just thinking about it!

LOVE IT! G45 is always the best read of my day!

These metal pieces would be ever so much fun to craft with. I am thinking home decor. Thanks everyone for sharing their projects today. They really are inspiring.

Gorgeous!!! Everytime I browse your blog I'am blown away with all the creativity. I love it and I LOVE YOUR PAPER LINE!!

Wow, Alice in Wonderland collection.
My kids and I absolutely love that movie. Have watched it over and over!
Would love to win this fabulous prize.
I would definitely add your metal collection to my scrapbook pages and
shadow boxes. Love how they are 3D and almost the very real thing! Well done Graphic 45!!!!

I recently purchased two of the door knobs and escutcheon plates. I plan on covering a cigar box and using the back plate and handle on the lid of the box as a means to open it. Inside? Treasures yet unamed!


Those are some AMAZING creations! After seeing that mini album I want to grab my unused Once Upon A Springtime papers and start creating! Also since I first saw the doorplate and knob I thought it would look great on the altered canvases I make. I'm thinking maybe create a faux wood grain look and then attach the plate/knob and then feature some fussy cut images from a paper collection and a nice quote.

I have an old wooden window that I was going to put old pictures in and decorate for a wall hanging and the door knob and escutcheon plate will be perfect for this. It is so beautiful.

I love how the metal was painted! The album is beautiful, such details! LOVE IT!

The cuff amazing!

The Wizard of Oz out of this world!

Metal use? I use it on my shadow boxes and in albums and on boxes.

Oh my stamps also! Sorry I just keep thinking how wonderful this new set is! Can't keep my mind on task.

Seriously? Jack & Cat, your project is above and beyond AMAZING! You two have done it again!

I love the painted door nob as well. I've been thinking of using the doorknob plate with a book or on a box. I've been thinking of ideas. And seeing the Oz papers and the doorknob it made me think of the storm cellar that the Dorothy's family hid into when the tornado was coming. Hmm... Lions and tigers and bears.. Oh my! I think I've got it.

I love the door knob and plate painted white. Its beautiful. I have used the door knob and plate on the front of a junk journal I made for a a swap I participated in. The recipeint of the jjournal loved the cover.

Love your ideas!! My mom is almost 60 years old and the album is the best idea to put a few beautiful young pictures of her. I just need buy the door knob to start, the entire collection I already have it and LOVE IT!!! Tks girls for the opportuny to win this amazing prize and for share all your talent!

OMG I love using the metal in my projects. I have several mini albums that I have used the door plates and knobs for opening the books. I have also used them on pages ornately such as show in the layouts above. I love using them especially with altered art!!! It just sets it off perfectly. And of course, once I have the Wizard pad and stamps....I will be making that album for my brother (you remember the one that is afraid of the flying monkeys, and they will look amazing on that album, painted and unpainted. Ohhhh I just can't wait!!!!!

Those are some of the most beautiful projects I've ever seen. Someone has such a talent...! I like to use metal on not only my card projects to give it some texture and oomph, but I also use them on decorating projects, like little display cases. They make every project more "important".

YIKES, those are amazing! Just amazing! Anyway, let me get back on track--I would like to use the metal tag staples on the front of a scrapbook. I don't make many scrapbooks, but I would like to make one for my daughter (she just graduated from college). It would make the cover gorgeous!

Your metal flower staples are so so so cute! I would love to use them for a display on my corkboard. It needs to be dressed up. I would use the metal flowers in amongst some decorative cardstock paper flowers. By the way, the Wizard of Oz collection is my all time favorite. You really chose wisely!!!!!

Wow. That mini-book is fabulous. But that bracelet is pure genius. Thanks for the video. I never would have even known how to begin to do that. Now I do and might try it for myself!

I love using metals in my paper crafts. They're such a great way to add texture and interest.

I don't know where all this talent comes from but WOW Totally amazing I love all the metal and would really love more of it for my pages and curios. Pick Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ha Ha

Ohhhhhh I lurve alternative style jewellery and that cuff is so up my street :D I think if I had some of those fabby metal staples I would alsoturn themin to jewellery - that gorgeous swag would make a stunning necklace centre piece!!!
Julie xx

oooh these creations are fabulous ! I love the bracelet.

I've already used staples in my projects.
- The metal flowers on a layout with steampunk debutante papers.
- The brads on severals creations.

I've got a door plate and a knob I have not used yet. Why not a bracelet ?
I also wished to create a cabinet with treasures and curiosities inside... perhaps with "wizard of Oz" papers...

But who knows ? Inspiration is so mysterious...

WOW, lots of amazing talent!!! The LO with the ornate door plate painted white is beautiful, as is the mini album. I have altered cigar boxes and trays before, but never thought of adding "chunky" elements, so I would try those again... i would love to do a box, to be used as a box, and add fancy feet (Tim Holtz), your metal hinges, buttons and that flower. Thanks for the great giveaway this week :)

As always the inspiration which comes from the design team is awesome. I work in a machine shop and have a love for all metal and what it can be used for other than the purpose it was meant for So I am amazed at what they come up with .
I use metal objects and trinkets in a lot of my layouts as with 3Grandsons it really kicks it up a bit to complete the man look

Metal staples are perfect for minis and even on small canvases!!

Wow!! Fabulous creations!! Loving that bracelet! I'd like to get the door plate and knob and use it on an altered box to keep curios/love letters, etc. in it!

I'm thinkin a mini book about growing up in Kansas would be good!!

I LOVE these. I'm thinking turning my printer's drawer into a papercrafted showcase would be perfect. PLEASE pick me. I would LOVE to have these early. =)

Wow great post today. I live in a town that has a huge Wizard of Oz festival in September. I would love to make a mini album and use the door knob and plate on the cover. I'm thinking of adding hinges to it also. Can't wait to get my hands on the Oz paper line so I can have this all done by September and then just put my photos in!!!

First I want to say what awesome art that Robin, Jack & Cat created! The album is beautiful and OMG...the cuff bracelet is wonderful!

I have been making dimensional art lately from your Alice in Wonderland paper. I am especially inspired how Graphic 45 make their paper projects so dimensional. The metal staples, door knob and escutcheon are exciting additions to your product line.

It would be beyond amazing to make a Wizard of Oz curio box and use the door knob/escutcheon to open the secret passage......to Oz of course!

Thank you for the opportunity to win!

WOW! Amazing talent your team has. It is great to see all the options available for your products. I am dying to get my hands on the Wizard of Oz collection. I would like to use the door knobs on a fence album I am working on. I think it will be a great addition.

ilove love love these metal staples altho i think they need a better name. i would use them on my family heritage album, both on the cover and inside pages. they are the coolest things ever. that cuff bracelet is calling my name.

I love both projects but I really love the baby one. We just found out we are haveing our first grand baby and i would love to use the metal on a book for my Daughter. You all have the best stuff.

I'm relatively new to papercrafting and haven't really made much in the way of dimensional projects, such as minibooks, home decor, etc. But I'm really intrigued by the possibilities of the doorplate and knob and the metal hinges. I imagine making a magical box for my daughter that was like something right out of a storybook. . . :-)

The door plate and knob are just beautiful - I can imagine creating doors to many beautiful worlds... Thanks for the chance to win!

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