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February 29, 2012

Leap Into Inspiration With Graphic 45!

Hello Glorious G45ers!

Happy Leap Day to you all! This wild and wacky day only happens once every 4 years so we thought we'd make the most of it by showing you some gorgeous crafts from our latest collection Olde Curiosity Shoppe! There may be some of you out there who as asking, "What is Leap Day and why is it so wacky?" It's an interesting story! The common perception is that the earth revolves around the sun every 365 days. Well it actually takes 365 days and 6 hours for the earth to revolve around the sun each year. What happens to those extra hours? Good question! Every 4 years we lump those extra 24 hours together to form Leap Day! As a result the month of February has 29 days instead of the usual 28! It's pretty cool! Today you will see some extraordinary creations from Yuka Hino, Melanie Forbes and Jack and Cat Curio using our eclectic and stylish collection Olde Curiosity Shoppe.  So lets get to it!

This first amazing craft was made by Yuka Hino. It's a fabulous layout that is full of all the wonder and magnificence of Olde Curiosity Shoppe. You can see some stunning uses of the Graphic 45 Metal Button Staples, Metal Hinge Staples and Geometric Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples! There is so much movement and charm in this lovely LO. It really captures the imaginative spirit of Olde Curiosity Shoppe!

Graphic 45-Olde Curiosity Shoppe-Layout-YukaHino-1

Graphic 45-Olde Curiosity Shoppe-Layout-YukaHino-2


Graphic 45 Papers
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Counting Down, Exquisite Motif, When Pigs Fly, Optical Oddities, Race for Time, Butterfly Specifics, Apothecary, Bazaar of Wonders
Tropical Travelogue: Tropical Travelogue Alphabel StickersGraphic 45 Staples: Geometric Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples, Metal Button Staples, Metal Hinge Staples, Alphabet Sticker StaplesScrapbook Adhesives By 3L: 3D Foam Squares - Black, Small
Want2Scrap: Black Rhinestones
Petaloo: Flowers, Leaves
The Dusty Attic: Chipboard
We R Memory Keepers: Crop-A-Dile, Eyelet

Prima Marketing: Pearl
Ranger Industries: Stickles, Crackle Accents, Ink
Tattered Angels: Mist

Tsukineko: Ink
Acrylic Color, Sewing Machine

Next up is this fantastic altered bird house by Melanie Forbes. You are going to love what she's done here! This is an amazing example of taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary! With Olde Curiosity Shoppe the sky's the limit! Take a look at this plain old birdhouse. Then behold the magical transformation it underwent! Here is what Melanie had to say about this fabulous work of art!

"When I saw this birdhouse in my local hardware store I knew exactly what I wanted to do to it – make it into an odd Olde Curiosity Shoppe!! Using up all of my precious stock of Olde Curiosity Shoppe I have nearly finished it – just waiting on some more paper to finish off the towers on top!!!" -Melanie Forbes.

Before photo Olde Curiosity shoppe birdhouse

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe birdhouse FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (1 of 16)

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe birdhouse FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (3 of 16)

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe birdhouse FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (10 of 16)

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe birdhouse FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (16 of 16)


Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe
         Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Mercurial Masterpiece, Counting Down, Exquisite Motif, Optical Oddities, Race for time, Apothecary, Genuine Article, Bazaar of Wonders
Tim Holtz metal feet, assorted metal embellishments, clock hands, seahorse, emu feathers, pocket watch, light bulbs, florist grass, zip, chain, metal hooks, pen nibs, chipboard bird, german scraps, wire, gauze, cotton reel.
Mod Podge
Birdhouse from Bunnings

Next up is this stunning tag creation by Jack and Cat Curio. This tag has so many gorgeous details. Using Graphic 45 Metal Hinge Staples, this tag opens like a book to reveal a beautiful world inside. It is of course decked out in Olde Curiosity Shoppe and has all the fun and clever style that is pure Jack and Cat Curio! This tag is a great example of the fun and beauty that can be created with Olde Curiosity Shoppe!

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Tag

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Tag

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Tag

J&C~ G45 Package Tag 3.


Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection: Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Mercurial Masterpiece, Optical Oddities, Butterfly Specifics, Apothecary, Bazaar of Wonders
Geometric Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples package, Metal Hinge Staples and package, trim
Leaky Shed Studio Ornate Frame, Mica Sheets, Art Institute Glitter, Art Institute Glue, 3L Mini Squares, Ranger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue – Icicle, Distress Ink-Vintage Photo, Embossing Antiquities-Rust

We hope you all had fun today exploring these Olde Curiosity Shoppe Crafts. May your Leap Day be filled with wonder and excitement. We hope you'll join us tomorrow for more fabulous crafts from our design team. We want to thank Yuka Hino, Melanie Forbes and Jack and Cat Curio for their marvelous work today. Thank you all so much for stopping by! Remember that that you can leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win this week's wonderful prize pack! Have a great day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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I can't wait to getmy hands on this stuff! Please come today...

These are all stunning! I just loveeeeee that birdhouse! Wow!

Beautiful! I especially love the bird house. Excited to get this paper!

Great projects! I love you supplies!

Loved all of these projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

I love all the projects today. I really like when the designer use hinges and doorknobs on layouts,makes them extra special.I would love to do a birdhouse like this one if I could find one. Can't wait for Fri. the big announcement. Have a great day

Just beautiful! Love the tag!

Wow!!! That bird house is awsome! Never would have thought to add all the little things.

The birdhouse is fantastic! So creative and so much detail. Really like all the projects. Love another inspirational day with G45.

That layout is I think the best I have ever seen! All the other projects are just as wonderful!

I love that birdhouse, I might give it a try!

Yuka Hino never fails to amaze me. One of the most beautiful scrapbook pages I've ever seen. And the birdhouse by Melanie! Stunning, whimsical and magical. The tag by Jack and Kat is so much fun, and loaded with sweet surprises. Just amazing!!!!!

Beautiful work, loved them all, but getting to Jack and Cat Curio's piece was a treat, amazing! Thanks for sharing them.

Your design team is tops! Good luck to all the hopefuls!

I just got my paper & I can't wait to finish my project...I gonna be stunning! The work shown by the artist on your site are top notch! Gorgeous work!

Gorgeous projects! I love the hinged tag! The colors are breathtaking!

There is no way I would put that bird house out for the birds to use! Makes you want to shrink down to see the inside! Yuka, that is incredible and Melanie, another stunning piece of work. Love you for sharing.

"I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!" (paraphrasing Wayne and Garth!) These projects are all so stunning! I hope I get to have a percent of a percent of the talent that the DT has!

I really like the idea of the hinged door on the tag. I've got to try that one. Hadn't thought about decorating wooden objects (like the birdhouse) with papers. Looks great.

love the bird house!

The bird house is incredible! Please don't put it outside.

I'm going to look at wooden structures more carefully now when I go to garage sales. I'm going to have to pick up a house to re-do.

Yuko Hino...your LO is amazing!! Absolutely gorgeous!! Melanie...Seriously?! Just stunning! I have always wanted to alter a birdhouse or some other dwelling and this is outstanding!! Jack & Cat....WOW...absolutely love this tag!! Well done everyone!!! Well done!

These DT projects are ASTONISHING!! I'm in awe :)

As usual, your projects are just amazing. Seriously, they are the best I've seen on any blogs---Graphic 45 is the cream of the crop.

Amazing! This line is out of this world. Love the tag. The talent never ceases to amaze : )


Wowzers! Love all of these, they totally bring this paperline to life! This is truly your most whimsical paperline and it has sooo many possibilities! And thank you for the fun fact about Leap Year -- I had no idea about the extra 6 hours and that that is the reason for the extra day!!

WOW, WOW and WOW ... so amazing, great projects, love that new paper ...those colors are yummy !!!

My son is 17 years old tomorrow and I had to apologize to him for the fact he had to wait an extra day this year to celebrate! Happy Leap Year Day!

What gorgeous papers you chose. I like the old fashioned look.

Wow just love the gorgeous DT creations there so very pretty love it...........hugs Amy :)

Coucou, toutes ces créations sont splendides, c'est trop beaux, bises

absolutely gorgeous projects !

OMG Melany I love your birdhouse!! It is out of this world beautiful!!

These papers are gorgeous. Love the quirky tag and beautiful layout. The inspiration from the DT is fab! Thank you! Best wishes Karen x

Incredible projects! I love the paper soooo much, I am counting days till I can order it!

Wonderful Olde Curiosity Shoppe creations today! Love this paper!! Judy D.

More outstanding creations! Happy Leap Day!

Wow, I can't believe all of the beautiful projects that people keep desiging. Always stunning and original. well done!

This collection is so amazing and so perfect for vintage layouts. These layouts and altered items are really jawdropping!

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