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October 17, 2012

Genius Tips For Stunning Crafts With Bird Song & Graphic 45 Staples!

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Treasure Box 7

Hello G45ers,

Happy Wednesday and welcome to another happy day here at Graphic 45! We've got some stupendous crafts to share with you today. We're highlighting some fabulous ways to create amazing crafts by combining our Bird Song collection with Graphic 45 Staples! There's a gorgeous altered 8x8 Easel Album by Sharon Ngoo. She's created a fabulous recipe book and tutorial that is out of this world! We've also got a brilliant altered 8x8 Matchbook Box by Susan Lui that is simply darling! Both of these crafts feature our stunning Asian-inspired collection Bird Song. Plus a sneak peek image of Laura Denison's genius Rickshaw Mini. The incredible colors and dazzling designs are just perfect for any altered art project. Get ready for some incredible inspiration and fun!

First up is this marvelous recipe book by Sharon Ngoo. She used the new Graphic 45 8x8 Easel Album to create this super sweet book. This is such a clever way to use the new Easel Albums! This heartfelt craft is filled with gorgeous pages that are just perfect for storing family recipes. Just imagine what a great gift this would make! Follow Sharon's fun tutorial to create one for yourself or someone you love! Take it away, Sharon!


Don't you just love the new Easel albums from Graphic45?  Well, I have been planning to make a calendar from them ever since I saw them and use the Bird Song collection to make a calendar for my mom for 2013 (I do this every year so she has a calendar with the grandkids' latest photos).  BUT! Now that the "Place in Time" collection is coming out, you know I just HAVE TO wait for those papers to make a calendar for mum.

So, instead, I decided to see what else I could turn the little 8X8" easel album into.  And when you need a creative kick start, take things apart! :)  So, I dismantled the whole thing and turned it into this:

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Easel Album Recipe Book BirdSong

It's a recipe book!  For my mum's other love (besides the grandkids) - cooking!  She's got loads of awesome recipes passed down through the generations. And hopefully she can store them in here.

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Easel Album Recipe Book BirdSong inside

I thought you'd like to see how I disassembled and reassembled the Easel album, so here's a tutorial so you can have some deconstructive fun too!
Stamped Metal Brads - large
Bird Song 12x12 Pad - I used all the different designs of pattern paper in the pad so that each page in the book is different
Bird Song Stickers
String - May Arts
Dimensional Pearls - Ranger
Graphic45 sharon ngoo easel album recipe book birdsong tutorial

Next we have another gorgeous Bird Song creation. This one is an altered 8x8 Matchbook Box by Susan Lui. She created an absolutely magnificent treasure box by combining the fabulous Bird Song papers and other lovely Graphic 45 embellishments. With such a dynamic range of colors and designs in the Bird Song collection, there's never a shortage of inspiration! This is another fantastic idea that would make a wonderful gift for a friend or loved one! Or create one for yourself as a gorgeous piece of home decor! There are so many ways to create a timeless treasure with Graphic 45 papers and Stapes! Here are some fun tips from Susan on how she created this amazing treasure box!


I wanted to create a Chinese-inspired treasure box and Graphic 45's new 8x8 Matchbook Box and Bird Song collection were the perfect choice for materials.

I started off by converting the matchbook slip cover into a hinge cover for the treasure box. I added an acyclic piece to the square opening so that the treasures inside the box would be safe from the elements and could still be seen from the outside.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Treasure Box 1

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Treasure Box 2
I embellished the box with hand-cut details from the Bird Song papers, as well as a black ruffled trim from May Arts and flowers and leaves to form a pretty garden.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Treasure Box 5

Graphic 45's new Antique Metal Door Pull does double duty as a beautiful embellishment as well as a functional pull.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Treasure Box 3

Metal Hinges from Graphic 45 attach the newly-altered cover to the matchbook box, fitting in nicely with the oriental them.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Treasure Box 4
A peek-a-boo of what's inside the box through the looking glass.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Treasure Box 7

The inside of the box.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Treasure Box 8

Graphic 45 8x8 Matchbook Box
Graphic 45 Bird Song Collection - Bird Song, Harmony, Jasmine Dream, Shanghai Girls
Graphic 45 Staples - Antique Metal Door Pull, Metal Hinge Staples
Graphic 45 Bird Song Chipboard Die Cut 1
May Arts Ribbon
Prima Flowers and other flowers

Want to see a beautiful altered art project by Laura Denison?  She is being featured today on the Papercrafter's Library blog. Here is a little sneak peek of the wonderful Bird Song creation she has made just for today's feature! Hop on over to the Papercrafter's Library blog to see the complete project and make sure to leave a comment to be entered to win a Graphic 45 - Happy Haunting Prize Package. You're going to love it! 

Rick shaw sneak peek copy

We hope you all enjoyed today's lovely crafts. We want to thank Sharon Ngoo,  Susan Lui and Laura Denison for their gorgeous creations today. There is still more fabulous inspiration in store for you all this week! We hope you stop by and see us tomorrow for your daily dose of craft bliss! Thank you all so much for joining us today. We hope you have a beautiful Wednesday!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Beautiful job(s) once again. I'm now inspired to "steal" Sharon's idea of a cookbook - just happen to have all the stuff - LOL. What a wonderful gift for cherished recipes! And Susan's matchbook project is outstanding. I like the clear window to "peek-a-boo" the contents. Thanks for sharing!

Happy Hump Day!

Beautiful projects such beautiful inspiration with the best of paper line ... Love it ladies ...

Great tip on the easel book, thanks.

What a great idea for the Easel Album. I would have never thought of taking it apart to remake it into something else. Love the matchbox design also. Your designers do such works of wonder!

Great ideas! Thank you!

Very pretty! Love the recipe book!

Very nice. Love the idea for the recipe book!

These are just so beautiful!! I loveeeeeeee the colors and their attention to detail is amazing!!

Sharon, the recipe book is outstanding. Looking forward to seeing the calendar you make for Your mum. The treasure box is beautiful Susan. Thank You Ladies.

Bird Song is a perfect line to make wonderful projects like these!!! Great job!


I think I've run out of adjectives to describe what I think of the G45 projects I see every day. They literally take my breath away!

Such a wonderful idea...I love that recipe
book !

I just purchased the Bird Song collection and I love it! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

gorgeous projects. Might just have to make the treasure box for my daughter who just loves everything (except the food) about Japan.

Gorgeous!! I have a couple people on my Christmas list that would love something like this. I need to get to work :-)

Those are so cool. I would have to have at least 4 recipe books. I am constantly trying new recipes and I don't think one book would hold very many recipes for me.

I really love the projects today. The recipe book is something I would like to do. and the match box was so pretty.

Great projects as always.

Great idea to make a mini album/book with the easel. Will be making a planner with this tutorial. Thanks!


Omg all your projects, are amazing.

Nothing more to say than beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. :)

Amazing. I love these daily posts. Such creative ideas. Thanx

Great idea for the recipe book.

Every project is so wonderful. Keep up the good work.

Really great projects today. Love the Easel book. I was thinking of doing the very same thing but wasn't sure how well it would work. So glad to see it is as easy as I thought.

Definitely going to save these two. It just gets better and better...

Great projects both. I like how Sharon used the easel back to make the wrap cover.

Stunning. I love boxes so much. I will have to try this for sure. Thanks so much for sharing this one.

I love the bird song papers, and the cookbook is such a good idea. Although I am a rather messy cook....

Great project and wonderful gifts! The Bird Song collection is sooo beautiful!!!

Lovely, both of them x

Gorgeous. gorgeous, gorgeous !!

I wonder if there is anything this paper will not make look gorgeous? I think not!

Super ideas. I must do on of these boxes.

Gorgeous projects, thank you for sharing.

simply INCREDIBLE!! thank you for the inspiration ladies

Beautiful as ever

Those works are stunning. I really love the design and the gorgeous papers.

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