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November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Wishes & Crafts From Graphic 45!

Gloria Stengel Place in Time Tag

Hello G45ers,

Thank you so much for taking time out of your Thanksgiving holiday to pay us a visit here at the Graphic 45 blog! We want to welcome you to today's blog which is so full of joy and gratitude! We cherish this splendid holiday when friends and family come together to mutually appreciate the gifts in their lives. This is such a lovely holiday that we look forward to every year! The Graphic 45 family has prepared a special message just for you on this wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

To Our Wonderful G45ers,

We are so thankful this time of year. For our amazing followers who make each and every day a joy! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations, your kind words, and for making what we do so much fun. Enjoy this day wherever you are. May we all remember all we have to be grateful for!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Diane, Aimee, Charee, and the G45 family


We have some spectacular creations to share with all of you! Today's marvelous crafts were created by the super talented Gloria Stengel! These are such beautiful ideas for Thanksgiving or Autumn. There is a gorgeous and fun decorative bag that's a cinch to create! There's also a breathtaking Autumn tag that's just perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday! First up is this lovely decorative bag and tutorial that Gloria has created! This is a wonderfully fun way to add some pizazz to an ordinary brown bag! Decorative bags like this have so many great uses! Here Gloria explains the inspiration behind this sweet handmade treasure!

"During the fall and winter holiday season it is nice to have some quick and easy gift packaging on hand. I keep a stack of inexpensive brown paper bags, with handles, in my stash for easy gift giving. These bags cost just a few dollars for a bundle of 12 and are easy to decorate in any theme or style. The size is perfect for holding candles, food treats, and other holiday gifts. To decorate your bag, follow the steps below." -Gloria Stengel



1. Measure your bag. I measured the front and the sides of my bag since I wanted to cover all surfaces. My bag is 5 1/4 inches wide, 8 1/2 inches tall (not including the handles), and 3 1/4 inches deep.

2. Trim four pieces of paper to slightly smaller than the bag measurements. Ink the edges. Attach the paper to all four sides of the bag.


4. Trim a contrasting paper to 2 3/4 x 5 inches to make a band on the front of your bag.

5. Decorate a tag to match your bag. I used a Graphic 45 packaging tag decorated with images from the NEW Place in Time collection, paper leaves, and ribbons. Spray the paper leaves with spray mists to alter the color.


7. To make the bow, create three bows in different colors and widths of ribbon. Use fabric glue to attach them together. Add a decorative pinecone and attach the bow to your tag.

8. Use a bit of twine to attach the tag to the handle of your bag.

Your gift bag decor can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. With Graphic 45 papers, your options are unlimited!


Supply List:

Graphic 45 Papers:

Place in Time: November Cut-Aparts, August Cut-Aparts, Sentiments

Times Nouveau: Bee's Knees, Copacetic, Hey You

Tag: Graphic 45 Button Staples packaging

Bag: Michael's Crafts

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Leaves: Recollections

Pinecone: Michael's Crafts

Spray Mist: Ranger Adirondack Color Wash Cranberry

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Chestnut Roan

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Heidi Swapp Scrappy Glue, Beacon Fabri-tac

Next up is another gorgeous Autumn-inspired creation by Gloria Stengel. This is her wonderful fall tag created with our new collection Place in Time! You can see how perfect Place in Time is for creating seasonal or holiday crafts! All the beautiful fall colors come alive in this sweet tag! Gloria added sweet embellishments and ribbons to make this tag even more festive! It is fun and easy to create a marvelous seasonal creation with Graphic 45! Here is what Gloria had to say about the inspiration behind this beautiful tag!

"I love the various cut-outs in the Place in Time Collection. There are so many to choose from, meaning you can stretch the paper collection over a number of projects. The cut-outs also coordinate with other Graphic 45 collections! I created this large tag which can be used for table decoration or, you could add a name tag and use it as a place card. I plan to use it to decorate the table in my entryway." -Gloria Stengel

Gloria Stengel Place in Time Tag

Gloria Stengel Place in Time Tag

Gloria Stengel Place in Time Tag



Graphic 45 papers:

Place in Time: November

Botanicabella: Summer Sonata

Graphic 45 Staples:

Packaging tag from Metal Door Knob Staples

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Rose Chestnut Roan

Die cuts: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax; Spellbinders Asian Accents border

Flowers, Leaves, other Floral: Petaloo, Craft Store

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Tools: Bow Easy

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Heidi Swapp Scrappy Glue; Beacon Fabri-tac, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares

Just a reminder, G45ers, today is the last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this incredible Bird Song prize pack! We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments and announcing them on tomorrow's blog! So be sure to leave us a comment for your chance to win! Hooray!

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That's all for today, G45ers. We hope you enjoyed today's fabulously festive creations by Gloria Stengel! We want to thank Gloria for her amazing work today! We hope you'll all stop by and see us tomorrow for more craft inspiration and fun! We wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! 

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Love this line. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Thanksgiving. Great Thanksgiving treat today.

The bag idea and lovely tag are inspired. Thank you for sharing your talent, Gloria. The Bird Song collection would be an ever so lovely addition to my paper for some future projects. Thank you for sharing your beautiful product.

Happy Thanksgiving thanks for the cute bag and tag.

Beautiful projects this week and as always, love the tutorials. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Beautiful projects! Love the graphic 45 papers !!

I had to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving preparations and visiting my favorite Website was exactly what I needed to refresh my mental batteries. Thanks G45 for providing a constant source of inspiration. You are the best.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Your paper packets are just wonderful! Bird song is one of the few packets that I don't have. Thank you for the inspiration and also for the wonderful papers you create!

Happy Thanksgiving to all G45ers! Thanks for sharing the creativity and giving me the inspiration to make beautiful pieces of art.

I loved the gift bag inspiration. And the tag was gorgeous. Hope everyone had a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving.

I love the tag! It is really unique.

I love the bag and the tag. What an awesome way to decorate an old ugly brown bag. Beautiful!

toutes vos réas sont sublime et nous enchantes

We crafters give thanks to all at Graphic 45 - what would we do without your beautiful products. Again, you're featuring two beautiful creations buy talented people. The Christmas treat bag and tag are lovely.
Thanks again

What a truly beautiful gift bag, I love everything about it, and the tag is simply gorgeous. You are such incredibly inventive people, thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us all.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

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Gorgeous tag. Love the colors.

easy to make gift bag, so much fun. Thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving! Survived another 2 weeks of Turkey Day Preparations, and still managed to find time to Scrap....with my 5 year old Granddaughter too!!! Thankful for her and all my Grandchildren and all of my family....We are truly blessed!

Gloria, thanks for sharing the deets, adding to my bucket list. Great showcasing of G45 and RRR
ava g

oh I so need this Birdsong paper set its so delicate and elegant ! Happy Thanksgiving and keep wowing us with your papers :)

Happy Thanksgiving. Love the bags.

Beautiful! I love how the bag is decorated! So much inspiration!

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