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July 23, 2013

Cherish Your Memories With Minis & Altered Journals

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Hello G45ers,

A famous philosopher once wrote, "The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." This lovely statement really resonates with us, especially when it comes to creating nostalgic crafts. Today we are going to share some beautiful ideas for creating flawless mini albums and journals. Many of us have boxes filled with old photographs, letters and keepsakes from precious times in our lives. Why not express your love and gratitude for this joyful memories by creating a breathtaking mini album or journal?!  Today we've got two gorgeous ideas from Denise Hahn and Denise Johnson of our design team! Denise Hahn has created an elegant French Country mini album that's filled with lots of cute photographs! Denise Johnson has made a colorful and fun Bohemian Bazaar altered journal that's just perfect for housing happy memories! You're sure to find the perfect style of mini that's just right for you!

We are having a blast at CHA Summer in Las Vegas right now! CHA is always such an adventure and we look forward to it all year long! In honor of this fabulous event we're giving away a very special prize everyday for the next three days! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win this very special Steampunk Spells altered shadowbox from Diane's workshop! Today's prize will also include a a Make N Take kit, a signed catalogue from Diane Schultz and a G45 button! One randomly chosen winner will be announced on tomorrow's blog so be sure to leave us comments today for your chance to win!


Here are some fun photos from CHA that we wanted to share with all of you! Here is a photo from one of our amazing classes being taught at CHA! We had such a wonderful time!


Here is one of out lucky winners of a Typography prize pack! Congratulations!


Here is Charee holding the fabulous Steampunk Spells class project! Look at all those happy crafters working on their projects! What a great day!


And now it's time for us to say a happy hello to all of our friends on the Graphic 45 Facebook page! If you want the latest news on Graphic 45 products, daily inspiration and a way to connect with your fellow G45ers and upload your Graphic 45 creations, check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page! Here is a wonderfully inventive bag featuring Steampunk Spells that was recently uploaded to our Facebook page by Pia Baunsgaard! Isn't this clever?! We just love it! We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Facbeook page for fun and fabulous inspiration!

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We begin this day of marvelous minis with this gorgeous French Country mini by Denise Hahn. Every page of this mini is filled with pretty paper layers and fun embellishments. You can have so much fun creating minis when you make each page a labor of love! That's exactly what Denise did in this wonderfully shabby-chic mini! You can see some great ideas for uses of the French Country Chipboard Die-Cuts and cardstock Banners in this pretty mini! Let this amazing creation inspire you to create a mini album with your precious photos and keepsakes! Here is what Denise had to say about it!

"This Project is my Homage to my first CHA I attended last year. The wonderful metal box was from Kraft Klub and I knew that French Country would go great with it. As is my style with albums, I like to make the pages all different shapes and sizes, so something is always peeking out! Why not find a unique tin or box to create your next album in?" -Denise Hahn

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French Country #4500627

Grandeur #4500629

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Provance #4500636

Bonjour #4500633

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Graphic 45 Metal Staples Keyholes

French Country Stickers

French Country Alphabet Stickers

French Country Chipboard 1 and 2

French Country Banners

Petaloo Flowers

Petaloo Decorative Stick Pins

Colorbox Pigment Ink Lava

May Arts Ribbon

Daiso Fabric Tape

Michaels silk flowers

Vintage trims and buttons

Xyron adhesive Mega Runner

                                                                          Metal Tin Kraft Club

Next up is this vibrant and fun Bohemian Bazaar altered journal by Denise Johnson! Blank journals are pretty easy to find. You may even have one in your home right now! You can turn an ordinary journal book into a treasure trove by dressing it up in your favorite Graphic 45 papers and embellishments! You can also create joyful journals like this one by using simple book-binding techniques! Either way you're creating a one-of-a-kind work of art that will last a lifetime! Fill your altered journal with photos, artwork, letters or other precious keepsakes! Denise's altered journal is also a great example of an earth-friendly craft! It was made using recycled scraps and found objects! This inventive journal is also a great idea for a handmade gift! Here is what Denise Johnson had to say about it!

"This altered art smash book has a unique, found objects binding, tons and tons of recycled texture and layers, and plenty of room for 30 days of artsy exploration.The items used to create this journal consist mostly of found and repurposed treasures. I added the beautiful, color-bomb Bohemian Bazaar collection to complete and tie this piece all together.  I only used 2 full sheets of paper and then used up all my scraps from a previous project...this is a GREEN project through and through!!" -Denise Johnson


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Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazzar 8 x 8 Papercrafting Paper Pad

Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar Chipboard

Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar Tags and Pockets

Graphic 45 Staples- Ornate Metal Label Holder, Keyholes, Keys

Graphic 45 Staples-Alphabet Stickers

Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary Stamps

May Arts Ribbon Scraps

Petaloo Flowers

Stickers and Ephemera tags (7 Gypsies)

Altered Tag, Trinket Pin (Tim Holtz)

Mini Market ABC (October Afternoon)

Distress ink and tool (Ranger)

Chipboard (for book covers)

Misc insert pages- I used a variety of paper goods for my pages; music sheet paper, old file folders, graph paper, paper bags, Bohemian Bazzar papers

Misc. bits- bingo game piece, round bottom safety pins, altered Scrabble tile, mini tag, crown charms, metal corner, brads

For Binding- re-bar wires (as found), coffee cozies, metal plumbers’s tape

Misc. page tabs made from- ribbon and fabric scraps, transparency sheets, coffee cozy scraps, stickers, paper scraps, canvas scraps.

We hope you all enjoyed today's marvelous minis! We encourage you all to create your own pretty mini for yourself or a loved one! They are so much fun and they will definitely fill you with gratitude for the special moments in your life! We want to thank Denise Hahn and Denise Johnson for their gorgeous inspiration today! We have some very special inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us again! We wish you all a very happy day!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45




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Good ideas for mini books and bindings. I love to make them.

WOW! Great designs and ideas as usual...over the top!! And the chance to have a Steampunk Spells altered shadowbox from Diane's workshop! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!

I wish I could be there! Great projects today!

WOW - what a beautiful mini album. I would LOVE to be able to have this one - it's perfect! Wish I could be there in Vegas with y'all!

Sooo many gorgeous new altered projects. Wishing Graphic 45 great success at CHA this year!

I love French Country

I would love to win anything from Diane. Your #1 Fan. Amy

I look forward to all of the inspiration every day on the G45 blog. Can't wait to see more pics from Vegas!
I'd love to have that shadowbox for my very own!

Glad your having fun at CHA in Vegas. Love all the inspiring projects today.

Love today's shares! So many inspiring projects, thank you G45

Good afternoon from "across the pond" and thank you for bringing us such wonderful inspiration each and every day. I'm just about to tune in to Create & Craft (the only UK crafting channel) which is coming from the CHA today. Hopefully we might catch a glimpse of some of you G45ers. Enjoy the rest of your day

It's amazing how if you give several people the same paper what different and clever ideas that they come up with, just love the papers and the great ideas on which to build some of our own.

all the fabulous projects. I really like the purse so many ways to use that idea.
thanks for sharing
stamping sue

Wow so talented! I love the binding on the last book.

What a special giveaway today. I have some red orange in my living room so the shadowbox could be highlighted in my home!

Wish I could be at CHA. It looks like so much fun. I would LOVE to win the Steampunk Spells shadowbox. What great inspiration you always provide!


wow..this is so exciting..thanks for the giveaway

Lovely projects today! Thanks for sharing such wonderful inspiration!

Such fun projects and the classes look great! Thanks for the inspiration!

Love all the projects you show us. I really like the mini. thanks for the ideas.

The projects look like so much fun! Just bought three G45 pads on Saturday...can't wait to use them!

I wish I was there

What wonderful projects and what a fantastic give away. Hope I win!

Very cool projects! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

Terrifically creative! Thanks for sharing and another opportunity to win an amazing collection!

Beautiful! Great use of embellishments.

Love, love, love that album. It's absolutely amazing :)

I wish I could be there.. looks like so much fun. Thanks for the project ideas.

Love the giveaway, what a wonderfull piece of art. And such inspiration from all the projects shown, keep them coming!!

I live the mini albums! What great creative mind you have!!! Great products help also!!

Love all the new projects. Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures from CHA!

Thank you sharing with us, not just the projects, but Vegas and the CHA too. Paper Art is so much fun to see and do. The albums are amazing and out of the box, anything goes. Would love to win the shadowbox!

Love all the projects especially the Steampunk Spells purse-have to make that!!

Wonderful inspiration from CHA! Tfs

CHA + Graphic 45 - a winning combination! Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize! Have fun in Vegas!

Wow....lovely minis!! The G45 papers MAKE them. Gorgeous!!
<3 J

The projects are all fantastic as always!! Love the kit from Diane!! Wow a chance to win it and autographed as well is amazing!! Thanks!

Have a great time in Vegas. Thanks for not living up to the old saying, What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas. Thanks for sharing.

The projects are outstanding -- I wouldn't expect anything less.

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