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May 17, 2013

Bright Ideas For Spring & Summer Crafts!


Hello G45ers,

Happy Friday! Get ready to jump-start your weekend crafting with today's gorgeous spring and summer-inspired crafts! All this sunshine sure is energizing our creativity! We thought it would be fun to share some sweet ideas for fun seasonal crafts! First we've got a bright and beautiful Bird Song layout by Alberto Juarez! Then Denise Hahn has a splendid video tutorial that shows you how to make a Secret Garden gift box! Inspiration is in full bloom on today's Graphic 45 blog! Plus it's Friday and that means it's time for a new blog contest winner announcement! Chosen at random from this week's Facebook comments, this week's winner is...

-Rosann R. Barnes: "Cool idea!!"

Congratulations, Rosann! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. This is the fabulous French Country prize that Rosann won this week! We have a new contest each week on the Graphic 45 blog so there's always a chance to win something wonderful! Stay tuned for another chance to win some Graphic 45 goodies!

French Country Blog Prize Contest Graphic 45

First up for today's sunny craft inspiration is this vibrant Bird Song layout by Alberto! He used bountiful layers and delicate fussy cutting to create this colorful work of art that commemorates blooming cherry blossoms. This is the perfect project for this warm and sunny season! Take a look at the blooming flowers all around you! It could be the perfect inspiration for your next Graphic 45 craft treasure!





Bird song

Good fortune


Shangai girls



12x12 Easel Album


Next up is this delightful spring-inspired gift box by Denise! She used our Secret Garden collection along with pretty Graphic 45 Staples to create this marvelous little box. This is the perfect way to add a personalized element to any gift card! Follow along with Denise's fun and easy tutorial to create one for someone you love! Add some spring sunshine to any gift with Secret Garden from Graphic 45!





Denise-hahn-Graphic45-Secret Garden-gift-box-tutorial - 1-imp


Denise-hahn-Graphic45-Secret Garden-gift-box-tutorial - 2-imp


Denise-hahn-Graphic45-Secret Garden-gift-box-tutorial - 3-imp


Denise-hahn-Graphic45-Secret Garden-gift-box-tutorial - 4-imp



Secret Garden 12x12 paper pad

Chipboard tags

metal staples key

mayarts silk ribbon

clearsnap premium dye ink celery

Xyron mega runner 

hot glue 


We hope you all got some great ideas for your weekend crafting! Come on back and see us for more splendid inspiration all week long! Big thanks to Alberto and Denise for their amazing creations today. We hope you all have a fun Friday and a great weekend! Thank you so much for visiting us today, G45ers! 


Your Pals in Paper,


Team Graphic 45


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Oh my...such beautiful projects today. Always inspiring with Graphic 45!!

Very nice gift box tutorial! Thank you! Such pretty paper, too...

Congrats to the winner........loved the work by the DT you guys are amazing xox Amy :)

I can't wait to craft all weekend. What fun inspirations! TFS

Gorgeous projects!

As always... so inspiring and so gorgeous!!

Beautiful as usual.

As always, you inspire us. Thank you!

Gorgeous. TFS

Great creations today, especially like the Via gift box, that's awesome! Judy D.

Congratulations to Rosann!
Love todays creations :) thank you so much for sharing.

Denise made the gift box look so easy. It turned out beautiful! Can't wait to try this! G45 paper, here I come!!!

Love the up close photos of the Secret Garden project. It is so nice to see the details.

Great projects, lovely creations.

Such wonderful creations with a beautiful romantic feel. Love them!

Really like the composition of Alberto Juarez's layout and Denise Hahn's gift bag looks so sweet. Thank you for the inspiration!

Two beautiful ideas! I really enjoyed seeing both of them. Thank you for sharing them with us!

Love the gift bag that Denise made.

I really like the box but alas no Starbucks here.I'm going to try and wing it!

awesome idea! love the box!

Interesting box...lovely papers!

Beautiful projects! Love that little gift envelope box. TFS. ; )

Preciosa!! Me encanta!!
Beautiful!! I love it!!!

Love that gift box!

This is lovely, fresh and springlike...

What an adorable box...but now I will have to start saving boxes and my hubby is going to thrash me! LOL

what a clever idea...thanks for the demo...beautiful work!

Happy to be this weeks winner... THANK YOU G45 !
Love Alberto's layout, he rocks those fussy cuts, and love the print mixture in his banners ! Denise's gift box is gorgeous, may have to scraplift this one , love the colors !

Denise...I love the way your crafty little brain works. Always inspiring. Thank you!

Great tutorial, for a cute little box. Thanks for the creative inspiration.

Brilliant tutorial and gorgeous projects, as always with Graphic 45, never-ending talent.

Ohhh that is so pretty =)

Hugs from Lilli =)

love the bird song layout with the cherry blossoms

That is such. Good idea.

When I click on the video link I get error code 404. Not found! :-(

Beautiful and fun. Sending husband to
Starbuck right now!

Denise, thanks for such a great gift card box video. The project is so clever, and I am happy you did not over-complicate the tutorial, yet made something beautiful.

Sublime! Gotta love these papers! Nicola x

WOW beautiful layout and gift box! I enjoyed the video tutorial so much. I just may have to try altering a box or bag of some sort. TFS!!


inspirational! Thanks!!

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