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November 11, 2011

Fun and Beautiful Metal Film Canister Ideas!

Hello Fabulous G45ers!

A very happy Friday to you all! Welcome to our very special blog today. It's also 11/11/11 which is pretty exciting! In honor of this day wouldn't it be fun to create 11 tags, or 11 cards? Or maybe buy yourself 11 flowers? Or maybe give 11 hugs throughout the day? We love to find any excuse to get creative and be good to each other! Today we've got some craft inspiration that you are sure to love. We also have a winner to announce for this week's blog contest and 3 winners to announce from our Thank You Card Challenge! We asked you to let us know about your holiday crafting plans. We got so many amazing responses on our blog and Facebook this week. Our winner, chosen randomly, is...

-Deb Vanek

Our 3 randomly selected winners from our Thank You Card Challenge are:

-Barbie Sanchez

-Jeyatha Thangamani

-Jennifer Ferrell

Congratulations to all the winners! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize!

Today is all about having fun with our Metal Film Canisters! You're going to see fantastic ways to create beautiful and clever crafts with these awesome film canisters. We've got an all-star cast of creativity as Jack & Cat Curio, Jane Tregenza and Nancy Wethington share some marvelous tips and inspiration. Check out this jolly Christmas Emporium tin by Jack & Cat Curio. Inside the tin you'll see some gorgeous ornaments that sparkle with Christmas joy. Here is what Jack & Cat had to say about this holiday gem!

"With this project we decided to put to use one of our favorite techniques glitter and double sided tape. Apply your double sided tape to your desired parts of your tin. Then apply your glitter to your tape. It’s a simple but great way to get a little shimmer.  For a two color effect with glitter, try it with a touch of polyester lace attached to the tape. Apply one color, then remove the lace from the tape, pour second color of glitter. Happy Crafting!" -Jack & Cat Curio

G45 Film Tin & Ornaments 1

G45 Film Tin & Ornaments 2

G45 Film Tin & Ornaments 3

G45 Film Tin & Ornaments 4

G45 Film Tin & Ornaments 5


Graphic 45 Metal Film Canister With Album
8 x8 Christmas Emporium Collection: Christmas Emporium, Believe!, A Christmas Carol, Joyous Noel, Happy Holidays, Special Delivery
Christmas Emporium Chipboard Die-cuts 1
Leaky Shed Studio: XMAS Ball #1, XMAS Ball #4, XMAS Ball #5, Large Snowflake Ornament, Large Photo Ornament, Large Poinsettia Ornament
Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue, Stampendous Fran-ta’ge Silver Crushed Glass Glitter, Art Glitter Copper, Assorted ribbon and Seam binding, Crepe Paper, Vintage knob, Double sided tape
Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Classic Scalloped Circles Large

Next up is this brilliant tutorial by Jane Tregneza on how to create a beautiful and educational craft that teaches kids about fractions! Wow wow wow! Plus she used An ABC Primer in this fun creation. How perfect is that?! Leave it to Jane to come up with something so clever! Check out this fantastic creation that is sure to knock your socks off as Jane explains her creative process!

"I love the new boxes and tin from Graphic 45. I have always had a fascination for boxes with things inside. I think it’s the surprise element of not knowing what’s inside that gets me every time. I also have lots of children, 5 in fact, one with a disability and one with learning difficulties which she has inherited from me!. So when I saw the tin with the album inside I decided to make an educational game which will help children with fractions or fractious fractions as I call them." -Jane Tregenza

Tin Lid
For the outside of the tin I used an image from Bedtime Stories which I adhered to one of chipboard album circles. I inked a black clock from Imaginarium Designs and glued it to the lid. I added ribbon to the rim of the lid. A strip of the alphabet from Building Blocks adhered to the rim of the bottom of the tin finished it off nicely.

One whole
Two halfs
Four quarters



I used the album circles as a template to cut circles out of chipboard. I covered each chipboard circle with pattered papers from the new” An ABC Primer range from Graphic 45. I then worked out which  one I wanted to cut in half, quarters, eights and sixteenths. I cut the cardboard album in the tin  into circles to use as a base for each fraction set. Graphic 45 now has stamps to match each collection. I stamped images onto the chipboard album circles first. I printed  prompts onto cardstock and using the printed cardboard circle from the lid as a template, cut them out and adhered them to the cardboard album circles. I always ink my papers to get rid of the white cut edge. I am loving the new line of ink pads from Graphic 45. They work wonderfully with a sponging block, so I will have to do a tutorial on using them next time.

Mixed up
So now when teaching fractions your child can see how it all fits together. You could make some cards with fractions sums on them for your child to work out like ½ + ¼ + 1/8 + 2/16 = 1

When I teach I used inches. In Australia we use metric so some of my students struggle with the 8ths of an inch or  16ths of an inch measurements.  I think I will have to loan out my tin to some students to play with!


Building blocks
Bed Time stories
Grammar school
An ABC primer
Jumping Joan
Games and Playtime
ABC Primer 3 Stamps
Graphic 45 ink pads.
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard – Clock without Hands.

Next up is this gorgeous Metal Film Canister by Nancy Wethington. Nancy used A Proper Gentleman to give this project a more masculine look. This creation is perfect inspiration for a wonderful gift! Nancy even created a fun video tutorial for you all to enjoy! Thanks, Nancy! Here is what she had to say about this awesome piece!

"This film canister has so many possibilities. For this project I used A Proper Gentleman to decorate in a bit more manly style.  Each page reminds me of my Dad, who was indeed a proper gentleman. I left the back of each page blank so that I would have plenty of room to write stories and show photos about how much my Dad loved cars, golfing, sports in general and, of course, his family. It will make a great tribute to him and a heartfelt gift for my son at Christmas." -Nancy Wethington

Canister 18



Graphic 45 Papers: A Proper Gentleman: A Proper Gentleman; Man About Town; Dressed to the NinesSporting Aristocrat; Haberdasher; Timely Point of View. Transatlantique: Meet Me In St. Louis
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Film Canister with Album; Envelope Tags; Flower Staples

Partner Products: Decades Colorbox Inks; May Arts ribbon; My Stik tape runner
Other supplies used: Metal Effects Paint; Bazzill chipboard; Tim Holtz background stamp; miscellaneous ephemera; miscellaneous airplane stamp; EK circle cutter

Big thanks to Jack & Cat Curio, Jane Tragenza and Nancy Wethington for their amazing work today. We hope you all got some great inspiration from today's projects. Thank you all for joining us. We will have more fabulous crafts to share with you in the days to come. We hope you have a terrific weekend!

Happy Papercrafting

Team Graphic 45



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just fabulous ideas I have 2 now one from the class in Sydney and won I was lucky enough to win they are brillant


I won!! I am so excited!!!!

Congrats to the winners of the Thank You Challenge. WOW love ALL that glitter!!!! Beautiful ornaments and canisters!

I purchased a canister. Haven't done anything with it. I love its look sitting with my antique cameras in my craft studio. Love your projects.

Oh my goodness! I pick one of these up and hold it everytime I go to Artco and I try to be inspired just by holding it in my hand. But nada... TODAY, I buy a film canister...

What wonderful projects by such talented artists. I love them all!

Elaine Allen

The inspiration to create is always so fabulous with the crafts from the design team and other artists! Thank you so much for what you do everyday!!! I'm thrilled to be picked as one of the winners of the Thank You Card Challenge!!! There were so many stunning cards! I promise to make you proud of what I make with my goodies!
Kindest regards,

These are so elegant! I had no idea that a film canister could look this way! Wow!

What a great teaching tool. And gorgeous!

What an amazing way to teach kids about fractions. I'm going to pass it along to my homeschooling friends (I don't do it, I just know a bunch who do).

WOW, I love the ABC Primer project. She's a genius!

Awesome fractions project!!! Very creative and useful :)

wow!! those are really some creative projects Ladies, you are magical creative artists..........

These film canisters albums are amazing. I am just sitting here with my mouth open looking at the Christmas canister with the ornaments inside. I would love to get step by step instructions for that. It is possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, when it comes to Christmas. It's truly amazing.
The ABC primer canister is absolutely adorable and teaching every minute. I love it and the creativity is amazing.
The last cannister is so wonderful. I love the papers and the Perfect Gentleman look to it. Just wonderful. All three of these are amazing.

I am so excited about the ABC Primer idea. I'm going to need to scraplift that one. Thank you so much.

Absolutely incredible.

Great projects.

Beautiful Projects!! Love them Thanks for the inspiration!! Hugs.. Maggy

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