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May 16, 2013

How To Upcycle In Style With G45!

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Hello G45ers,

Upcyling is definitely where it's at! Taking something ordinary and turning it into a stylish and functional item is both fun and earth-friendly! Today we've got some beautiful ideas for upcyling with Graphic 45! First we will share an upcycled tray that Denise Hann has turned into a beautiful Place in Time calendar magnet board! Then we have a very special Steampunk Spells creation to share with you! We will take you on a photo journey through the creation of one of Diane Schultz's famous altered clocks! Upcyling has never been so beautiful! There are so many fun ideas on today's Graphic 45 blog! Get ready for a mega dose of happy!

Don't forget that there's still time to enter to win this week's fabulous French Country blog contest! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment today! We will announce our randomly chosen winner on tomorrow's blog! Here is this weeks wonderful prize! It's a French Country 8x8 and 6x6 paper pad, Chipboard Die-Cuts and Flower Staples! That's a $30 value! Wow!

French Country contest prize Graphic 45

First up in today's upcycle celebration is this amazing Place in Time calendar magnet board by Denise. She took an old tray and converted it into an elegant piece of home decor! You can find little treasures like these at yard sales, thrift stores or even in your own home! Upcycled objects are fun to create and they also make perfect gifts! Get inspired by Denise's marvelous magnet calendar and just imagine what kind of upcylced work of art you'd like to create with Graphic 45 papers and Staples!

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Graphic 45 Place in Time April Cut Aparts
Graphic 45 Place in Time Stickers and Alphas
Graphic 45 Metal Staples Clothes Pins and Keys
Xyron Magnet Tape
Xyron Mega Runner
Petaloo Darjeeling Flowers
Vintage Buttons
Twine - May Arts
Re Purposed Silver Tray
Chalkboard Paint

We love to share sneak peeks of projects that we are working on for our booth at CHA. Whenever we post a project from Diane's workshop on the blog we get tons of comments and questions about how they were created or where they came from. Right now the Graphic 45 team is preparing some gorgeous Steampunk Spells altered art for our booth at CHA Summer in Las Vegas! Here is a photo journey through the creation of one of Diane's famous altered clocks! You can find pretty clocks like these at thrift stores, consignment shops or even TJ Max or Marshalls! They are so pretty, inexpensive and they're just perfect for altering with your favorite Graphic 45 papers and Staples! This clock was made by James Schultz and it's a true Halloween dream! Take a look at how it was made!

Steampunk Spells altered clock Diane Schultz workshop upcycle

Steampunk Spells altered clock Diane Schultz workshop upcycle

Steampunk Spells altered clock Diane Schultz workshop upcycle

Tips and Techniques:

James started by disassembling the clock as much as he could to be able to reach all the surfaces. If you have never taken a clock apart, he suggests taking pictures as you go so you can easily put it back together. Or find a brave friend who is willing to risk it! The outside of the clock had decorative trim pieces that were removed with a putty knife and replaced after the paper was on.  Then the clock was painted black along any edges that might show when the project was finished.

James is the master pattern maker. He uses cheap printing paper to make the patterns to avoid ruining the crafting paper. Don’t worry about getting the pattern right the first time, it can be changed by adding paper or cutting paper as you go to make it the perfect fit. James takes his time when making patterns. That is why when you see a finished project of James’ it is so perfect!

If the surface you are trying to cover is larger than a 12 X 12 piece of paper, then you are going to need to seam (over lap) the paper as you go. When seaming the paper do not make straight cuts because they are easy to see. If you can follow the line of the pattern of the paper it tricks the eye and you don’t notice it! On the clock, James cut along the edge of the balloons. Be sure the edge of the seam is inked the same color as the image on the paper. And as always ink your paper edges as you go.The actual clock face in this project was altered to show the gears so the project fit better into the Steampunk genre. The gears were originally a brass color. James spray painted the gears with American Accents, Terra Cotta, and a mixture of Rustoleum metal colors to make them more rustic. There are many different colors you could use. Just experiment on paper before you spray your project. That is the fun of altered art!





The Clockworks paper from Steampunk Spells is the perfect choice for the inside of the clock. Just look at those beautiful clock gear designs! It's a Steampunk dream!




The outside papers on the Steampunk Clock are Pumpkin Power #4500688, Frightful Folly #4500689 sides A and B. The top of the Arch and the base shelf of the door is side B of Fanciful Floral # 4500681. The inside is covered with Clockworks #4500682 side A. The pendulum is covered with a fussy cut of a hot air balloon from Pumpkin Power. The face has been replaced with a crescent shaped piece of foam core covered with Pumpkin Power.

We hope you all had a lot of fun exploring today's Graphic 45 blog. Come on back and see us tomorrow for more splendid craft inspiration! Also be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win that wonderful French Country prize pack! Big thanks to Denise and Diane's workshop for all the amazing ideas on today's blog. We hope you all have a very happy day! Thank you again for stopping by and seeing us!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Oh my gosh. I love this clock!!!

The calendar idea is awesome too!

Great, you have enabled me. i know HAVE to find a tray to alter. I'm sure my husband will want to thank you as well-- said no husband ever!! Lovely!

Wow!! Such great minds!!!!

The calendar is stunning - such amazing talent and beautiful pairing of form and function. Just Wonderful!

Wowwwwwwwww! These are amazing! GORGEOUS!!!

Absolutely STUNNING!!! Fab inspiration you never Fail to InSpire!!!

I love the clock.

Love the altered projects! LOVE G45!! Always amazing and beautiful ideas!!

I love both of these artistic creations!

WOW what a fantastic idea and loving the tutorial on the upcycling of the clock.

Linda xxx

Wow. Creative projects indeed!! Love them both.

This clock is going to be amazing! The tray is beautiful. I like to have new ideas for upcycling! Thanks

This clock is such an interesting project. I love the way half of the face is missing, revealing the "works" behind it!

Just beautiful....right down my alley....repurpose.....repurpose....repurpose....

Terrific projects..I see a trip to the Goodwill store in my future!!

Love both today's projects but especially Diane's tray. I have an old tin tray lying around - it never occurred to me to make into a calendar. I'm off to find some magnetic tape!!

What a beuatiful examples are you showing every day!!
The papers are all so pretty on their one!
I'll love all your papers!

Love the clock and love love Steampunk

Love all the beautiful projects! I can see I'm going to have to find something to alter! Thank you for the chance to see them all!

I love all the projects you put on g45s

Wow!! Denise and Diane's creativity is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration! I'll be looking for some items to upcycle this weekend:)

WOW! Fantastic projects, thank you.

WOW! Love the altered clock! I have already pre-ordered Steampunk Spells <3

The minute I saw that gorgeous altered calendar I knew Denise had been busy! How fabulous!!!! And the clock is gorgeous and fun and whimsical. OK...got my inspiration for the day...off to craft!

great upcycling!!!! TFS!

What wonderful projects and imagination! (I definitely need to go "yard sale shopping" soon!) Thanks for sharing and offering such wonderful prize packages.

The clock and tray are amazing! So inspiring! TFS

The chalkboard tray was a neat idea but the clock is amazing!

You never fail to inspire me. The calendar is fantastic! I'm not sure I could do without G45 in my life now. I'm spoiled forever! Thank you!!!

Love the clock and the paper James chose--what inspiration!

Love the clock! Love the new papers! Can't wait to get them, I have them on order. Keep them coming. I need to do some shopping for something to alter and up cycle, your spirit is moving me.

Wonderful insirations


love the creations and would love to win the paper thanks for the opportunity and G45 generosity

Wow! Love these projects!

beautiful project! The project that I am working on is just screaming for the FRENCH COUNTRY paper....and I cannot find any. So this would be super awesome if I won the paper pack. And the screaming will be replaced with a contented sigh! Thanks!

At the start of lunch every day, I hop onto the G-45 site to see what the design team has completed. Every day I am impressed with their creativity! Today's two projects are no different!

Thanks, G-45!

Wonderful projects. I'll be looking for ways to incorporate these ideas in my projects.

I am a clock lover! This one is right up my alley!! Love the tray! Thanks for a great blog today.

I actually just altered a clock because of all the inspiration I get from G45 Blog and designers. Thank you and thanks for the chance to win!!

Love todays projects .. love these papers .. love Graphic 45 .. thank you for another beautiful start to my day!

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