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April 02, 2013

Staples Spotlight With Minis and Mixed Media!

May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 3 Clare Charvill

Hello G45ers,

To quote the classic writer Leo Tolstoy, "Spring is the time of plans and projects." We couldn't agree more here at Graphic 45! We love the renewal of creativity that comes with the spring! Today we wanted to share two gorgeous Secret Garden crafts that will definitely invigorate your imagination! Both of today's beautiful crafts have a special focus on how to use Graphic 45 Staples to add even more charm and sophistication to your creations! You will see a stunning Secret Garden mixed media canvas by Sharon Ngoo and a fabulous Secret Garden tag mini album by Clare Charvill! There's even a fun video by Clare that is filled with lots of great tips for creating with the new Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album Staples! Today's blog has everything you need to bring some inspiration to your day! So lets get to it!

First up we have this incredible Secret Garden mixed media canvas by Sharon Ngoo. This superb canvas is just perfect for springtime home decor or darling handmade gift! The cheerful colors of Secret Garden bring life to this joyful creation! We also love how Sharon altered the Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples to add elegance and dimension to this dazzling work of art! Sharon even gives some fun tips on how she created this mixed media marvel!



Graphic 45 papers are great for working with mixed media because there are lovely images to work with as well as awesome simpler patterns that make it easy to match whatever colour scheme I am working on.  In this case, its a blue / yellow / lime green canvas.

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Mixed Media Secret Garden canvas home decor
And the beautiful flower and foliage prints are great for fussy cutting to create texture - which always looks great with mixed media:

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Mixed Media Secret Garden canvas home decor
And the awesome lettering stickers and chipboards with words are great for adding words for the finishing touch.

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Secret Garden canvas detail 2 copy

2.  Metal butterflies
3.  Mini metal keys
4.  Metal hinges
Papers from Secret Garden Collection:
Other Papers:
1.  Place in Time April Cut-Aparts
4.  Secret Garden Chipboard 1
6.  Secret Garden Stickers
1. Secret Garden Cling Stamps 1
2. Secret Garden Cling Stamps 2
Other Supplies
1.  Canvas 
2.  White Gesso - Dervan
3.  Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-medium (matte)
4.  Studio Calico Mister Huey's - Bonny Blue
5.  Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Mustard
6.  Ribbon - May Arts, American Crafts, Creative Impressions
7.  Ink - Tsukineko VersaColor 

Next we have another darling Secret Garden creation. This is a magnificent mini featuring the new Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album Staples. Clare Charvill took the beautiful papers and embellishments from Secret Garden and turned them into a sweet mini that's just perfect for this joyful season! With the new Regular and Large Tag Album Staples from Graphic 45 you can create a bounty of clever crafts! They have so many uses! Join Clare as she takes you on a guided video tour through this splendid mini. Learn some fun tips and techniques to create one of your very own! Take it away, Clare!

Graphic 45 products 
Secret Garden Patterns and Solids 6 x 6 paper pad 
Secret Garden Banners 
Secret Garden Pockets and Tags 
Secret Garden Stamps
Other Supplies 
Milled Lavender and vintage Photo Distress ink 
Cream Card 
                                                                             Connies Crystals  
Art Glitter Foam Tape 
Tacky Glue 
Antique Chain and rings 
Vintage Seam Binding
Eggplant Adirondak ink for stamped images
I love the new Staples Tag Albums and made this one using five tags, lavender papers from the new 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids papers, flowers tags and banners that compliment the Secret Garden paper collection and some of the pretty stamps

I started off by inking the edges of on both sides of each tag with Vintage photo ink and then using the tag as a template cut out 6 lavender mattes from the new patterns and solids paper pad. I also cut out 4 mattes from cream card to give some space in the album for journalling.

Secret Garden Tag Album Staples Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Mini Album

I used two chip board pieces on the front cover, blinged up the frame with a little lavender art glitter and then mounted them both over lavender and cream mattes stamped with the gorgeous lily of the valley stamp.  I added a little cream art glitter to the lily of the valley flowers on the stamp for a little bit of sparkle. Two butterflies and some petaloo flowers finish off the cover.  

Secret Garden Tag Album Staples Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Mini Album

I bound the album ring with vintage seam binding inked with milled lavender distress ink and added three chipboard pieces and three Connie's crystals to a chain to make the charms. 

May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 2 Clare Charvill
Then I built up the pages using the banners, pockets, tags, flowers and stickers from the collection and stamping the images on the journalling pages with eggplant Adirondak ink to make this cute little album in spring colours 

May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 4 Clare Charvill

May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 5 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 6 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 7 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 8 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 9 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 10 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 11 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 12 Clare Charvill

We hope you got some inspiring ideas from today's Graphic 45 blog! The fun never stops when you combine Graphic 45 Staples with your favorite Graphic 45 paper collection! Huge thanks to Sharon Ngoo and Clare Charvill for their incredible work today. There's more fun and inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's Graphic 45 blog. We hope you'll come back and see us. Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a terrific Tuesday, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Such beautiful projects!

Love all the mini books. They are so much fun to make.

Love the projects today. Super!


Soooooooooo gorgeous!! I loveeeeeee these!!

I absolutely love the tag album, the colors are all great, and the stamps used are terrific. I can't say enough good things about this mini album. Thanks for the inspiration.

Inspiring as usual.

Sharon is the fussy cutting queen! I love her fun layout. It's like confetti...and that's always a good thing. Clare's album is magnificent. I so love her style. Everything she does is refined and finished. Darling!

Stunning works!!!

I love todays projects especially the tag mini!!! Beautiful.

I so love the tag album. Love Clare's work. Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for the tutorial.

awe spring and nothing reflects it more than the Secret Garden line...love the the tag album

The Canvas altered art project is Beautiful.

Love the mini tag books!

I love both projects! The Secret Garden cover makes me think of a spring hat!

Lovely spring projects.

both of these projects are absolutely gorgeous! you have the most talented designers here. :)

how lovely such wonderful ideas

Wonderful projects! I love the tag album!

Love the projects for today. The Tag album is my fav. Very nice work.

Fab projects today! love the fussy cutting on the layout and the mini album is so pretty. Great stamping!

Two great projects today! The LO is amazing - so much fussy cutting, but it adds greatly to the design. Clare's tag album is so sweet too!

Cute little tag mini, like it!!

Wonderful spring projects. Love the tag book, and the altered art is very pretty. Love inspiration.

Both wonderful projects, but I'm giving my ^5 to the Secret Garden Tag Mini...

My morning visit to Graphic 45's blog is as good as it gets. What a way to start my day. Awesome inspiration by wonderful designers. Thanks for the boost!!!

Such cool projects today! I love them both both so much fun to be had!

The mini tag album is fantastic! Perfect way to use up all the treasured scraps from my Secret Garden paper.

Buh-eautiful :) love all the ideas. G 45's site always makes me smile!

the tag album is so sweet, great colors!

Such nice projects...very pretty and creative. Thanks for sharing with us.

stunning canvas and great minis. Love G45

Wow! Amazing creations.

Fab projects again - the tag album is divine!

Gorgeous!! Love the mini!!! Always love Clares albums they are so fantastic!!

i'm in awe everytime i visit. great projects. great company, great designers.

Loved everything about the projects, especially the mini album. The papers are so beautiful, and the colors were perfect! Love this site!!

Your projects are beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing.

OMG! Stunning! I love coming here every day to see all of the gorgeous projects! Thanks for being YOU!

Beautiful projects. Thanks!

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