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October 11, 2013

Festive Tips & Techniques With Steampunk Spells

Maiko Miwa Steampunk Spells Layout #3

Hello G45ers!

We just can't get enough Halloween inspiration! Get ready to bring some fun to your Friday with some amazing ideas from our Steampunk Spells collection! The word is out that Steampunk Spells is the must-have collection for Halloween crafts! Today we're going to share some gorgeous ideas that you're sure to love! There's an amazing upcycled tin by Denise Johnson. Then Maiko Miwa will share her heartwarming layout that includes a downloadable tutorial! We also have a big announcement to make! Today's Graphic 45 blog has everything you need to bring some festive fun to your day! Lets get to it!

We have a winner to announce for this week's blog contest! Chosen at random from this week's Facebook comments, the winner is...

-Jackie Thompson: "Would love to win this prize have a project this would work great with."

Congratulations, Jackie! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. This is the beautiful Bohemian Bazaar and Mother Goose prize that Jackie won this week. There's always a chance to win something wonderful on the Graphic 45 blog. Stay tuned to our blog for your next chance to get your hands on some fabulous Graphic 45 goodies!

Graphic 45 prize Mother Goose Bohemian Bazaar contest

We begin today's happy Halloween inspiration with this amazing upcycled tin by Denise! Can you believe that she made this gorgeous creation from an old mint tin?! It just goes to show you what you can do with Steampunk Spells and a great imagination! This would look great as a festive piece of Halloween home decor. It would also make a perfect gift! Make your Halloween fabulous this year with some fun handmade crafts featuring Steampunk Spells! Here is what Denise had to say about this sweet creation!

"Alter an empty mint tin into a spooky treat complete with it’s very own coordinating mini-book.

Tip: Sand your tin really well, then paint with a good quality black paint (I use Golden Paints), being careful to NOT paint the lip of the tin that the lid closes onto (it might stick shut).  

Let dry completely, then alter and embellish away!" -Denise













Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells 8 x 8 Papercrafting Paper Pad

Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells Cardstock Stickers

Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells Chipboard

Graphic 45- Staples- Metal Key

Core’dinations Cardstock

May Arts Ribbon Scraps

Empty Mint Tin (sanded and painted black)


Misc bits- beads, trinket pin, rhinestones

3D Adhesive

Crackle Medium

Distress Ink and Tool

Halloween is definitely a time for taking photos. Why not use some of your fun photos to create a gorgeous and memorable layout! Layouts are such a great way to commemorate your favorite moments! Here is Maiko's fantastic Steampunk Spells LO. You can see how Maiko blended lots of different Steampunk Spells papers and added lots of beautiful embellishments and sentiments. Steampunk Spells offers so many delightful embellishments such as Stickers, Chipboard Die-Cuts and cardstock Banners like Maiko used in this amazing layout. With so many options, you're sure to find the perfect combination of goodies to bring your holiday crafts to life! If you love this layout as much as we do, then click on the link below to download Maiko's wonderful tutorial. Have fun!

Steampunk Spells Layout Tutorial:

 Download Vintage Halloween layout instruction by Maiko Miwa

Maiko Miwa Steampunk Spells Layout Graphic 45 Halloween holiday gift home decor

Maiko Miwa Steampunk Spells Layout #1

Maiko Miwa Steampunk Spells Layout #2

Maiko Miwa Steampunk Spells Layout #3

Maiko Miwa Steampunk Spells Layout #4

Maiko Miwa Steampunk Spells Layout #5

Maiko Miwa Steampunk Spells Layout #7


                                                                                Steampunk Spells
                                                                                 Vintage Voyage
                                                                                      Nevermore                                                                                    Frightful Folly
                                                                        Steampunk Spells Banners                                                                 Steampunk Spells Alphabet Stickers
                                                                      Ornate Metal Label Holder                                                                                 Ornate Metal Keys

We hope you all had a lot of fun today, G45ers! Thank you so much for joining us. Be sure to stop by our blog on Monday because we'll be starting sneak peeks of our brand new collections! That's right, brand new Graphic 45 collections will be unveiled all next week! You'll also get a chance to win them before you can buy them! It's going to be so much fun. Don't miss out! Big thanks to Denise and Maiko for their beautiful creations today! We hope you all have a fabulous Friday and a terrific weekend! 

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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I just love that layout!!
And everything else!!

Again - beautiful artwork

Love the way Maiko Miwa did with her wonderful Layout. It just adoreble. Thank you for inspiration.

The tin and layout are great! Love Steampunk Spells

love them all, so creative :)

Cool up cycled tin. The layout is so cute. Love the kids wearing the hats. Thanks G45 and team for all the inspiration.

I just love Maiko's layout. I'm always trying to find ways to get lots of pictures onto a page. This idea is just stunning and I can't wait to try it.

I don't do Halloween projects much, but I had to have steampunk spells, so I am interested to see what you are doing with it. Actually, I've been using it for boy-school pages - all the gears on the back are perfect for that. Love this collection!

I love the mint box idea. Will try it soon for sure :-) and the layout is amazing!!

Steampunk rocks for sure! Another couple of wonderful pieces today. Congrats to the Lucy winner & can't wait till Monday as email link didn't work... Gosh, another collection?! :))

Fun indeed...in buckets! Thanks you Denise and Maiko for your Steampunk Spells inspiration!

Love the busy layout - lots going on and lots to look at! Fab!

the Halloween layout is wonderful with the vibrant colors; and I especially love the altered tin! The Steampunk colors and designs inspire so much creativity!

Love the tin mint box. That could be done for other seasons, like Christmas.. The layout is great too. I like the Spell book. Thank you all.

Steampunk Spells is Fabulous!!! Love the projects today!! The pictures of the kids in the layout is soooo cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

Love every detail of Maiko Miwa's festive layout; her intricate work always makes my eye linger, absorb, and learn. Altering a tin is something I have not yet attempted but Denise's fun project gives me some ideas for new ways of using my much-loved Steampunk Spells papers. Thank you to both designers!

New collections next week?! Bring on Monday!!

great crafting everybody...love the layout and the mint box makeover.

The recycled tin is an interesting Halloween decoration. Thanks for the idea. Tried to download the page tutorial, but not of the printing could be read. Very busy page! Love everything Halloween!

More Steampunk Spells fun ... got tickled with the tin ... too funky !!
So much fun inspiration in the layout... see you later I'm going to go play ...

I am dying to get my hands on some Mother Goose papers..haven't seen them 'in person' yet...PLEASE PICK ME!!!! lol Thanks for the chance G45!!

Love the creative tin and the layout is so spooky cute.

These are all wickedly fun!!!!

Steampunk Spells is a favorite of mine and the projects today are so clever.

Congratulations to the lucky Winner !!
These projects are stunning, love them !! love them !! love them !! xx

I have been too chicken to try the Steampunk look but I love that little altered tin idea.
The LO is beautiful. The colours are so bright and so many fun ways to add photos.
Thank you for sharing these great ideas! :)

Great tag and super great layout. Love the way it was personalized.

Congratulations to Jackie! I am green with envy! LOL Enjoy!!!

Loved the projects - such talent.

Beautiful, love the elegance of the women and their fashion. Gorgeous, gorgeous, you never fail to disappoint me.

what cute children!

The Couture collection stamps look like a must-have, although I can usually create with the papers alone!

I think this paper is gorgeous! Can't wait!

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