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January 24, 2013

How to Create Dazzling & Unique Crafts Using Graphic 45 Staples!


Hello G45ers,

We are so happy that you've stopped by our blog today! We want to welcome you to another lovely day here at the Graphic 45 blog! We have so many gorgeous projects to show you! Today we're celebrating all the fun and beauty of Graphic 45 Staples! You're going to see a wide variety of creations, all featuring gorgeous products from our Staples line! There's a gorgeous 12x12 Easel Album by Kristin Wilson, featuring our new collection French Country. Maiko Miwa has made a dazzling keepsake box with the Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box and our new Secret Garden collection. We also have a wonderful tag tutorial by Clare Charvill that is just perfect for the new Graphic 45 Tag Album Staples! There is so much inspiration to behold on today's blog! So lets get to it!

First up we have this magnificent 12x12 Easel Album by Kristin Wilson featuring our new collection French Country. This is such a great project for so many reasons. Each page displays a different mood such as happy, creative, sad, loved, etc. You can flip the pages to choose your mood for the day! This is so wonderful. How often do we stop and ask ourselves how we're doing at any given moment? This is a wonderful way to check in and see how you're feeling. Turn your daily moods into a divine work of art like this one! You can see how splendid our new French Country collection looks in this 12x12 Easel Album! A project like this is sure to turn any bad mood into a happy one!








Graphic 45: French Country Collection Papers, Alpha Typewriter Stamps, Alphabet Sticker
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Twine, Punch
May Arts: Ribbon
Craft Store: Circle Tags

Next up is another fantastic creation using Graphic 45 Staples! Here we have Maiko Miwa's Small Matchbook Box that's all decked out in our new Secret Garden collection! Maiko used lots of different Graphic 45 Staples in this amazing box. She layered beautiful Secret Garden papers with Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys, Ornate Metal Key Holes, Metal Butterflies and more! This is such a fun and sweet craft! This Small Matchbook Box is just perfect for little treasures, notes or as a gift! You can really let your imagination run wild with pretty Graphic 45 papers and Stapes! 








stickles and riquid pearl :Ranger

Next we have another superb work of art! Here is a gorgeous Place in Time tag by Clare Charvill. She used recycled Graphic 45 Staples packaging as the backing for this beautiful tag. Did you know that the new Graphic 45 Tag Album Staples are inspired by the gorgeous packaging of Graphic 45 Staples?! We saw so many amazing tags and minis being created with upcycled Staples packaging. This inspired us to create our new Tag Album Staples! Here Clare layered Place in Time papers and added pretty Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys to create this colorful tag that celebrates the month of March. Spring might be a ways away at this point, but its never too early to start dreaming about those Spring blossoms and sunshine! Join Clare in this fun and easy tutorial to create this tag for yourself or someone you love! Take it away, Clare!

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This little tag was inspired by the fresh greens that start budding through in the garden at this time of year.  I combined the bright green of the Enchanted Garden paper from the Happy Haunting collection with the pretty cut a parts from the 12 x 12 and 8 x 8 March Place in Time paper and along with the 12 x 12 Foundation page for the same month designed this tag.  I used one of the backing cards from the Staples metal keys as the base

You can also use the new Graphic 45 Tag Album Staples in the Large size to create this same tag.

This is how I put it together. 
Cut out the following elements:

12 x 12 Place in time March Cut Aparts 
Bird and nest image
floral cream/violet matte 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" 
One stamp
Green Betty Jane Border 
Large lavender tag
Flower girl image 
Bonne Fete border 
From the 8 x 8 March Cut Apart paper 
March notelet
Pansy Border 
Two small stamps 
First I Remove the plastic packaging from the backing card and ink edges.  

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Staples Ornate Metal Keys packaging 
Vintage Seam Binding 
Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo Distress ink 
Tacky glue, foam tape, glossy accents 
Art Glitter - Simply Medallions pee wee pot 
2" hole punch
The back of the tag: 
Cut a matte 3 5/8" x 7 1/4" from the bottom right hand corner of the March foundation page (with the word March facing down).  Stub cut all four corners and ink edges with vintage photo distress ink.  Take the large stamp Betty Jane border, ink  all edges and wrap the border around the green matte at an angle, ink folded edges and stick ends down to the back of the paper. Add the stamp to finish before sticking the matte to the back of the tag base.

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Tag Front 
Cut a matte 3 5/8" x 7 1/4" from the Enchanted Garden paper.  Stub cut the bottom two corners, cut a semi circle out of the top edge to fit around the Graphic 45 logo and
ink edges with vintage photo ink. Then take the Bonne Fete border,  fold it around the green paper so that it sits just level with the top of the stub cuts at the bottom of the tag and stick the folded ends to the back of the tag with tacky glue. 

Take the bird and nest image, mount it on the floral background paper, put tacky glue 1/4" down the top left edge,the bottom edge and 1/4" in from the right hand edge and stick down to the green matte 1 1/4" from the top and 1/8" in from the left hand edge. 

Not take the March notelet, ink the edges stub cut the top two corners and slide down behind the bird image from the top.  Stick the pansy border across the tag between the top of the bird picture and the bottom of the semi circular cut out, fold the edges over to the back of the green matte and stick them down.
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Take the postcard, fold in half wrong sides together, ink the fold line and the edges, and then curl over a pencil to give a wavy effect.  Then take a craft knife and cut up the fold line 1/2" from the bottom.  Put tacky glue on the back of the bottom right hand quarter of the postcard, slot the right hand lower edge of the postcard under the Bonne Fete border, Twist the postcard so it's at an angle and stick down.  Catch the bottom left corner down to  the matte with a spot of glue.

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Now put two strips of foam tape on the back of one of the small stamps, ink the edges and stick at an angle to the bottom right of the postcard and Bonne Fete border. 

Take the purple tag, ink edges and punch out hole.  Cut around the cream border on the flower girl cut apart, ink edges and stick to the tag.  Cut a 1/8" strip from an oddment of the green paper that matches the back of the tag, thread through a staples ornate metal key, and then leaving about an inch showing, thread both ends through the hole in the tag from the front and secure on the back with tacky glue.

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Now take the last stamp, ink the edges, put two strips of foam tape on the back and stick at an angle across the pansy border at the top right of the matte. Attach to the staples packaging so that the the top edges of the matte just touches the black line across the top of the packaging. 

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To finish off the tag edge the two stamps, postmark on the postcard and the bird and nest image with glossy accents.  Put tiny dots of glossy accents over the violets on the postcard and sprinkle mauve glitter over, and then over the frame around the bird and nest.  Leave to dry. 

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We hope you all had a great time exploring today's amazing crafts featuring Graphic 45 Staples! We really enjoyed getting to share these amazing creations with all of you. Remember that there's still time to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win this week's prize pack! We will be announcing our randomly chosen winner tomorrow so stay tuned! We want to thank Kristin Wilson, Maiko Miwa and Clare Charvill for their superb work today! We hope to see you all again tomorrow for more amazing Graphic 45 inspiration! Don't forget that today is the last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's prize! We will announce our randomly chosen winner tomorrow! Have a terrific day, G45ers! Thanks again for stopping by!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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Love the projects today. Great job everyone. Beautiful papers.

OH my gosh!! Love these projects today!! So many wonderful ideas!!

The matchbook is a beautiful little gem. And the tag is stunning. TFS.

all 3 projects are so creative and rightfully so with such beautiful products to work with...I especially like the Mood Album...very clever

Love these projects! I look forward to seeing them everyday :)

I love it all! Thanks!!

Beautiful projects! I especially love the tag by Clare Charvill. It reminds me that spring really is just around the corner. It's beautifully done and the colors are gorgeous.

WOW, beautiful products and projects.
I'll being on the lookout for these at my craft store for sure!!! tks.

what beautiful creations today well done everyone

I love the whimsy in Kristin's piece...so fun! And beautifully executed, too. Maiko's altered box is so delicate with those soft colors and itty bitty pearls! And Clare's tag is fresh with those lovely spring colors...and nice shot of cheer in the midst of a cold, bleak winter day. Such talent!

Hi I love the keepsake box and the tag, very clever amalgamation of papers.

More great projects - such a talented bunch!

Wonderful inspiration today! What a great idea the moods album is-I need one of those on my desk at work. Just saying it may keep people away on those anxious days.

Can't wait to get the new lines! These projects are wonderful. The tags would make a great class! Your blog is always so inspiring!

Gorgeous projects once again and filled with inspiration!

Beautiful projects, love the box.

In love with Tags!! Love the paper!

WOW!! These are amazing

Love both projects and thanks for the instructions!

I'm so inspired by all of today's projects. Thanks for the great tag tutorial.

All so beautiful and so very inspiring :)


i love the little matchbook and would love to see how it was made. The "I feel" is so cute. I have a magnet on my fridge just like this. cute ideas!

Beautiful projects today! I especially love the tag and the little matchbox. So cute!TFS

I love all the projects today, especially the tag and little matchbox, great tutorial by Clare, and the easel album with all the 'mood' days is stunning xx

LVOE the little treasure box!

Beautiful projects!! Love the tags!!

WoW, I just love all of these. TFP

i am looking forward to getting the french country collection. i'll need two for the projects i plan to make. being a country gal and having chickens, this is the collection for me! love!

Gorgeous projects! I love that your packaging is beautiful and fun to use! Bravo!

These projects are just so beautiful. The calendar is so amazing. Thank you for the inspiration. WOW

Todays projects are just out of this world! I love them all.

these are so pretty!

I'm dreaming of those little green shoots poking up through the ground. We just received a few more inches of snow - no green for awhile, except on the beautiful creations at G45's blog. Awesome stuff designers! Thanks for the peak at Spring time.

The little match box is just too cute!

Seriously, how does your team come up with all of these fantastic projects? Kudos to the G45 Team! You are all great. :)

Beautiful tissue box and ingenious use of old packaging :-)

Lovely . . .

In love with the daily mood flip album/calendar! TFS :)

Kristen: Fabulous Fabulous idea!!! I NEEED that as my arthritis and need a hip & knee replaced and am miserable..this would remind me to NOT be like that!!! Maiko..Gorgeous work!! Love the colors and that you can open the top or take OFF the top! Love the key lock in front! Love Claire's tag!! Gorgeous!

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