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November 12, 2013

Heartfelt Handmade Gifts On A Budget


Hello G45ers,

It's that time of year when we start thinking about holiday gift-giving. With so many people on our gift list, this can sometimes feel overwhelming Well don't you worry because we've got some amazing gift ideas to share with you today! What could be better than a beautiful and heartfelt gift created with your favorite Graphic 45 papers and Staples?! Handmade gifts are the perfect way to show how much you care! And you don't have to spend a lot of money to create the perfect gift! Let today's marvelous creations inspire you! We've got a fun and easy Staples bookmark by Susan Lui that would be a perfect stocking stuffer! Then Arlene Cuevas is going to share a marvelous mixed media altered spatula featuring our Secret Garden collection! Lets get into the creative spirit with these wonderful ideas for gifts on a budget!

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, then check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page! Here is a breathtaking altered frame featuring 12 Days of Christmas that was recently uploaded to our Facebook page by Debby Lewis. This is such a wonderful idea for a heartfelt handmade gift! It's so festively fun! We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Facbeook page for fun and fabulous inspiration!

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Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Altered Frame Gift Debby Lewis

Here we have a wonderful and easy idea for a pretty handmade gift! Here is Susan's stupendous bookmark that features pretty ribbon and Graphic 45 Staples! This is the kind of gift that you can create for all the people on your list! It also makes a great stocking stuffer! Check out Susan's fun tutorial to create this gorgeous gift for your friends and family! Take it away, Susan!

Here’s a pretty yet practical gift you can make for friends who love to read. It’s a bookmark made from ribbon and some Graphic 45 Staples, chipboard and diecuts. The best part – it’s easy to make and you can get one made really quickly.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Key Holes

Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Keys

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Chipboard 1

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Flowers

May Arts ribbon

Jump ring

Stud or brad


  1. Cut your ribbon to desired length and thread it through the top of your Staples Metal Key Hole.


                2. Attach the Staples Ornate Metal Key to the Ornate Metal Key Hole using a jump ring.


3. Secure the end of the ribbon using a brad or a stud. I added a Steampunk Spells Chipboard and Flower to the stud. Done!


Here's another fabulous idea for a great gift on a budget. Check out Arlene's amazing altered spatula that's all decked out in our Secret Garden collection! You can find these basic items in any thrift store or even in your own house! Don't let an old spoon or spatula go to waste! Make it pretty with your favorite Graphic 45 papers and Staples! It's fun, easy and it makes a heartfelt piece of home decor! Here is what Arlene had to say about it!

“I always look for fun ways to alter unique things that are laying around the house. I found this wooden spoon and spatula set in my pantry and thought it would be fun to alter the spatula. I created a mixed media base and layered lots of metal, some lace, and elements from Graphic 45’s Secret Garden (my forever favorite collection!) I’ll be gifting this to my Mom for Christmas. She just adores gardening and cooking. I think this altered art would look lovely in her new kitchen! Tip: Once you’ve completed your project, before adding charms and key, spray entire altered wooden spatula with Mod Podge spray sealant. This will ensure a tight seal so moisture won’t damage your creation! Hope you give one of these altered wooden spatulas a try for your next handmade gift from the heart!” -Arlene



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Secret Garden 8x8 paper

Secret Garden Chipboard

Staples: Ornate metal key, Ornate metal key hole, Antique metal door pull, Stamped metal brad

I Am Roses flowers

Tim Holtz Ideology hinges, plaque

Prima Junk Yard Findings

Prima Resin

Findings from Sky Blue Pink

Findings from Sa Crafters


Mod Podge

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays: Sea Grass Green,


We hope you all had fun today and got some great ideas for your holiday gift-giving! There's more fun and inspiration in store on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us! Big thanks to Arlene and Susan for their wonderful ideas today! We've got a great blog planned for you all tomorrow! We hope to see you again very soon, G45ers! Have a lovely day!


Your Pals in Paper,


Team Graphic 45


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Love the bookmark idea! Wish I had thought of that! Awesome projects today :)

Love those projects. They're very beautiful.

Love the new ideas. Keep them coming.,

can't wait to see what's in store for us tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beautiful projects and great ideas! LOVE G45!!

'Heartfelt & Handmade' is a perfect theme for this year. The chemo nurses just love receiving a treat in a homemade little box or wrapper and g45 papers are simply perfect. Big on thoughtful with little expense, to say thank you is awesome and so appreciated!

Wonderful ideas!!!!

great ideas. thanks for sharing..

Debby, your fussy cut work is stupendous. I can't imagine how long it to you to create this beautiful artwork.

Love the bookmark!

Such thoughtful creations. Really enjoy seeing them every day!

You all give us such inspiring ideas! I enjoy seeing what will come next.

Great ideas. I've got several people in mind for that bookmark.

Great inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

The altered Secret Garden spatula is unique and pretty! Love the bookmarks! Great item to make and keep on hand or last minute gift giving! TFS!

Great gift ideas! Love them all. Thanks for the inspiration.

I have been in Economically-friendly gift making mode for the last two weeks thanks to all of the inspirations from G45. Please keep the designs coming.

The bookmark project tempts me to drop everything & go with this beautiful idea. Thank you

Love the bookmark, and so easy to make.

Beautiful, love all the ideas and thanks for the inspiration. I'm planning some handmade gifts already and I'm going to add some of these to them for sure.

I love all the projects. That wooden spatula I would have never thought to do. I want to make one for my kitchen ... even one for each season.

Thank you Graphic 45 for the feature from Facebook. You always bowl me over with your encouragement.

Great projects as usual...I'm dying to 'hold' some of this '12 days of Christmas' paper.....''I've been a VERY good girl !" Thanks for the chance to win G45!!

Cute ideas. Love to win and try them.

Yay, Debbie! Great job!

As always great inspiration. Thank you.

I just received the French Country collection and I think I'm going to use Arlene's idea. Thank you for sharing.

Beautiful projects today! Very creative as usual.

Love the bookmark. Thank you.

Wow, Debby, what a beautiful frame. Everyone else did a great job too.

So sweet and beautiful. Great gift project tides! Thank you, Team! :)

Ornate and elegant!
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How do they do it? They just keep coming up with new ideas. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

how very creative! altering a spatula! *.*

Way cool gift ideas love the bookmark !

Absolutely wonderful share today :))

Wow! I am amazed at these ideas! Awesome gifts!

Wow, this is fabulous!

Wonderful Ideas love the bookmark and spatula. Thanks for the tutorials.

Very fun crafting ideas! Amazing all the different things that can be altered!

Wonderful ideas! Creative and inspiring. Thanks!

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