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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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Many thanks to G45 designers for all their wonderful inspiration and ideas ! The wooden pieces are beautiful !

Both projects are beautiful. You couldn't have posted the bookmark at a better time! I'm currently working on a mini album that would look fabulous with this bookmark. And of course the mini album is being made with Graphic 45 papers!

The bookmark is such an easy, practical, & beautiful gift to make!

I am amazed at so many ways to alter things. Great projects today. I am excited for more. I love graphic45. Thanks for sharing.

Pretty,pretty, pretty. Loved them both.

Gorgeous projects! Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful projects - such a great way to use the embelishments.

Absolutely amazing!! The DT never ceases to amaze!!!!!

Love today's projects! Thanks for sharing.

I would love to give and receive gifts like these! Beautiful♥

wonderful ideas! thanks so much for sharing!

Awesome ideas as usual from our favorite collections. Graphic 45, best ever.

Practical and pretty bookmark idea. These would be a wonderful bonus gift along with a good book. I'm going with this idea for a few friends...thanks!

Amazing gift ideas, especially Arlene's spatula, what fantastic 'minds' your designers have, I am always amazed at their inspirations xx

Probably my favorite day on the G45 blog. So thrilled to see my friend Debbie's beautiful creation here. She is so talented-now a whole lot more people can see her artistry!

What great and beautiful gift ideas!

Beautiful! I love project shown today! Thanks for sharing all this creativity with us!!!

Super bookmark, thank's for the tutorial and that spatulum isso nice and romantic with all the stunning details!
Greetings Maia

Wow! Amazing fussy cutting and beautiful projects. Great work.

What beautiful projects! I love the bookmark as a stocking stuffing. Great work!

I love the bookmark!!!!!!

lovely projects

Love the spatula so super creative....and the paper line rocks

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