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October 01, 2013

Festive Fun With 12 Days of Christmas


Hello G45ers,

It's getting chilly outside and we're already dreaming of cozy holiday crafting! We love the holiday season here at Graphic 45 and we're making it our mission to bring you the most fabulous and festive craft inspiration! Today we're going to share two gorgeous ideas featuring our new collection, 12 Days of Christmas! This elegant collection offers endless possibilities for pretty cards, gifts, layouts, mini albums and so much more! Today we're going to share a fabulously festive tag by Denise Johnson. Then you'll see a magnificent altered book by Rhea Freitag. Both of these gorgeous creations are perfect for holiday gifts and decor! Get ready to deck the halls with Graphic 45!

We begin by saying 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 gorgeous French Country layout that Mary Longberry uploaded to our Facebook page recently. Mary definitely captured all the beauty and rustic charm of this fabulous vintage-inspired collection. This layout is so pretty! We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Facbeook page for fun and fabulous inspiration!

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French Country layout Graphic 45 Mary Longberry

And now it's time to get in the holiday spirit! We begin with this wonderfully festive tag by Denise. This tag would look amazing on a Christmas tree! You can also give tags as gifts, use them as gift toppers or string a bunch of tags together to create a decorative banner! Tags have so many uses and they are so much fun to create! You can gather the family together to create fun and beautiful tags this season. The Graphic 45 Large Tag Album Staples make the perfect base for any holiday tag creation. We love how Denise used strips of the 12 Days of Christmas papers to create the shape of a Christmas tree! That's such a clever technique! Top your tag with some pretty ribbon to give it some extra elegance. With 12 Days of Christmas there's so many ways to create the perfect holiday craft! 






Graphic 45- 12 Days of Christmas 12 x 12 Papercrafting Paper

Graphic 45- Staples- Large Tag

Graphic 45- Staples- Metal Ornate Label Holder

May Arts Ribbon

Vintage Sheet Music Paper

Handmade Crackled Glass Star

3D Adhesive Tape

Distress Ink and Distress Tool (Ranger)

Here is a gorgeous altered book that Rhea created with 12 Days of Christmas. This is such a wonderful idea for a personalized handmade gift. Altered books and mini albums are also perfect for housing your precious photos from your holiday festivities. With all the vibrant colors and enchanting designs from 12 Days of Christmas, you'll never be without inspiration this holiday season! Have a look at this joyful book and think about what kind of holiday craft you'd like to create with 12 Days of Christmas! Here is what Rhea had to say about this exquisite creation.

"On this project I decided to buff up my fussy cutting skills.  I simply layered imagery from this lovely new paper line to create a page for each number in the song.  To soften the look I bound the book with ribbon instead of using the rings that were provided.  Don’t forget to ink the edges of your fussy cut images, this helps to create a finished look every time!" -Rhea

12_Days_of_Christmas_Altered_Book_Rhea_Freitag_mini, gift, holiday










12x12 12 Days of Christmas

May Arts Red Ribbon

Staples: Keyhole

Distress Ink and Stain in Tea Rose

Maya Road Tabbed Book

Scor Tape

Silver Eyelets

We hope you all had a lot of fun today! We've got more fun and festive crafts in store for you tomorrow on the Graphic 45 blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us. Big thanks to Denise and Rhea for their fabulous work today. We also want to thank all of you for joining us! We hope to see you again tomorrow for more inspiration, fun and happy times here on the Graphic 45 blog. Have a fantastic day, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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As usual I love the today's projects!

Love the cute creative tag by Denise!! Rhea's 12 Days of Christmas Mini is gorgeous!!! Thank you G45 very much for taking the time to show my French Country layout. It truly means alot to me. I so love Graphic 45 and all their beautiful collections. This blog is so inspiring.

Great projects. Christmas is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

I LOVE the tag - another great idea for the 12 Days papers. The tabbed book is fantastic. Great work.

Amazing projects. I love the tag!

Absolutely gorgeous projects today! I just picked up The Twelve Days of Christmas papers at my LSS and I can't wait to play with it!

I love the beautiful tag!!!

Oh, how lovely! Thank you!

Stunning projects, as always with Graphic 45, I especially love the keyhole over the lady's face, stunning !!

Lovely projects today as always. My mind is filled with ideas for these awesome papers.

Fabulous projects!!!

I would love to have the chance to be, "Dashing through the wonders of Graphic 45 on my one horse open iPad"! Unfortunately, in my little part of the US, it seems that we have missed the message that Fall arrived. Rather than having Jack Frost nipping, we have perspiration dripping with our temps reaching over 95* by this Saturday. Luckily, with Denise's and Rhea's designs, I am able to once again, slip into the magical, and beautiful world, that is Graphic 45!
Denise's tag design is the perfect answer to the question, "What do I do with all of the beautiful bits of ribbons that I have in my stash of goodies"? This tag can be a beautiful ornament or the perfect tied on addition to a special package that then becomes a second gift for the lucky recipient.
With Rhea's beautiful book, I can see it prominently displayed throughout the holiday season. It's design lends itself as the perfect safety net to record all of the season's special moments that can easily get lost in the busy, hustle bustle that occurs in all of our homes. You can tuck the ticket stubs on a page from the Christmas performance that you attended. You could have a blank, lined page reserved to record all of the precious questions and observations that a child makes during this season of wonders. Rather than waiting till the end of the holidays, keep printing all of those special photos such as, your little one baking their first batch of cookies with you. Why not include another blank, lined page that allows guests to record a special message to your family. Wouldn't it be fun to have a note fron one of Santa's elves 'suddenly appear' in the book letting your child know that Santa is proud of their efforts to be good?
Time slips by so quickly, with Rhea's book at your side, some of those special memories will have a safe place to be preserved and be enjoyed for years to come.
As somene who has spent way too much time in the hospital this year, giving a book such as this to a loved one in a hospital or in a nursing home, would create the perfect place to diplay their: Get Well cards, drawings from little ones, or even a photo of thir deeply missed pet. By adding some blank, lined pages, you could record some of the special memories, including a joke or two, that were shared during your visit. When visiting hours are over, and you loved one is alone in their bed, your visit can be remembered, and bring much needed comfort by simply turning the pages.
My deepest thanks goes out once again to the Graphic 45 family for your understanding, support and friendship. As I have shared with you, with each of your beautiful design collections, you help to create a magical world that I can escape to as a mini 'stay-cation'. Even when facing a truly challenging health day, your collections give me the tools that I need so that I can immerse myself in the joy of creating something beautiful.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the inspirational world that you create for all of us, with one, beautiful collection at a time!

What a beautiful project. Thank you so much for sharing.

Fantastic projects today. Love the 12 days of Christmas. Love Graphic 45!

I am so loving the Twelve Days of Christmas collection! The DT projects really show off the beauty and fun of the collection!

Another MUST HAVE collection! Will be purchasing the full collection on Friday! Also ordering a full collection of Mother Goose on Friday to start decorating my grandchildren's room at my house!! LOVE today's projects!!!

...gotta know -- this is the place to be..


This is the prettiest Christmas book I have ever seen, thanks for sharing.

The twelve days of Christmas!--PERFECT idea for my scrapbook this year!

I am surprised everyday with your beautiful designs...just gorgeous. Thank you so much.

lovely tags they are beautiful!!!!

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