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November 28, 2013

Home Decor & Minis to Customize Your Holiday


Hello G45ers,

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the day when we take a moment to reflect on all of the wonderful things that we have to be grateful for this year. It is a very special holiday when friends and family come together to enjoy delicious food and drink, honoring the multitude of gifts that this year has brought, while looking forward to a brand new year of possibilities. Thanksgiving is happening today in the United States but many countries have their own wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations throughout the year. We just wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. We are so deeply grateful to all of you G45ers! You continue to inspire us with your incredible support and boundless creativity! From all of us at the Graphic 45 family, we want to wish you and your family a wonderful day and a joyful holiday season! We've got big plans for the new year and we can't wait to share them with you! So grab a cup of hot cocoa and settle in for an extra special day of cozy crafting fun! Today we're going to share a gorgeous Steampunk Spells Autumn banner by Denise Johnson and a stunning 12 Days of Christmas mini album by Annette Green! Let the holiday crafting bliss begin!


Just a quick reminder about this week's blog contest! We're giving away this ultra-exclusive prize this week that includes a 12 Days of Christmas 12x12 paper pad, cardstock Flowers, 6x6 Patterns & Solids paper pad, Cling Stamp Set, Nutcracker Sweet 8x8 paper pad, Christmas Emporium Chipboard Die-Cut, Place in Time Stickers and Alphabet Stickers, Antique Metal Door Pulls and Large Tag Album Staples! That's a $75 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win this gorgeous prize! A random winner will be announced on tomorrow's blog! Stay tuned to see if you've won!


Graphic 45 contest prize 12 Days of Christmas


Lets get in the holiday crafting spirit with this gorgeous and fun Autumn wreath by Denise! This is a wonderful idea for festive holiday or seasonal home decor. It also makes a wonderful and inexpensive handmade gift! Denise has some great tips for how she created this darling work of art! Create one for yourself or someone you love this holiday season! You can also customize your wreath with any of your favorite Graphic 45 papers and Staples! Take it away, Denise!


Welcome in the Fall with this beautiful, festive wreath. I found this twig wreath at a thrift store for $2.99 and crafting the handmade embellishments from scraps and miscellaneous supplies found in the junk drawer really helps the pocketbook too! I handmade a variety of paper and fabric flowers using multiple techniques. Ideas for making flowers are so plentiful on Pinterest...take a look at my “Flower Fix” board for literally 100’s of ideas!! http://pinterest.com/junque/flower-fix/ I love to have tray of supplies, at the ready, sofa-side. Flower making is a great TV watching-multi-task project, and having the supplies ready and in one place really helps get it done. Because most handmade flower making tends to be a little tedious and time-consuming, I find when I’m in the mode of creating a project, I rarely want to stop that thought process and craft flowers. After putting together my tray of supplies and leaving it in the TV room, I now always have plenty of flowers for my projects that I can just grab and go!

To craft my wreath, I gathered up a pile of my handmade flowers in a neutral color story (canvas, gray silk, black and white ephemera papers).  I layered 4 Steampunk Spells flowers (all orange). I punched 4 black and white houndstooth patterned flowers and added button centers. I also hand cut black and white dot patterned leaves and added a few Petaloo flowers for a nice pop of warm yellow to compliment my banner. I laid my wreath flat and placed all my pieces, adjusting for balance and a harmonious color story, after I liked the look, I hot glued everything in place. I made the Autumn greeting banner by hand-cutting banner pennants from the yellow and black dot pattern from the Steampunk Spells 6x6 papercrafting pad and added Staples









Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Cardstock Flowers

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells 6x6 Patterns and Solids Papercrafting Paper

Graphic 45 Staples- Alphabet Stickers

Petaloo Flowers

Misc. scraps for handmade flowers- canvas material, gray silk fabric, music sheet paper scraps, dictionary pages

Buttons and pearls for handmade flower centers

Large flower punch (EK Success)


Distress Ink and Tool

Hot glue/gun

Thrift Store Twig wreath

Once your Thanksgiving dinner has been eaten, the leftovers filling the refrigerator to full capacity, we start to turn our thoughts to the next round of holiday festivities. We thought it would be fun to help get you in the holiday spirit with a beautiful idea for a Christmas tag mini album by Annette. Minis are perfect for commemorating this special time of year. Our collection 12 Days of Christmas has everything you need to create your perfect custom mini album! Enjoy this gorgeous mini that Annette made and check out her fun video tour! Holiday crafts are a perfect way to have fun, get festive, and try to ignore all that leftover pumpkin pie that's calling your name right now. Here is what Annette had to say about this fabulous tag mini!

"While I enjoy traditional scrapbooking of my holiday memories, I especially love to make mini albums. You can fill a pretty holiday basket with them and pull them out each season to reminisce. Or they make wonderful gifts for loved ones too. I love the Graphic 45 Staples Tag Albums and playing with them in different, unique ways. This one expands into a long album with growing pages! It’s going to look great on my coffee table this Christmas." -Annette

Video Tour:











Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas 8 x 8 and 12 x 12 papers

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids

Graphic 45 keys Staples

Graphic 45 Regular Staples Tag Album

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Chipboard 1

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Flowers double-sided cardstock

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Banners double-sided cardstock

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Tags & Pockets double-sided cardstock

Core-dinations Signature Series Graphic 45 Cardstock

Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia dies

Spellbinders Fall Foliage Die

Gina’s Designs Flourished Open Frames, Medium

Gold Stickles





Hitch Fasteners

Vintage Photo Ink

That's all for today, G45ers. We hope you all had a wonderful time exploring these amazing ideas for festive holiday crafts. Get inspired to create your own customized holiday crafts this season! They make perfect gifts! Huge thanks to Denise and Annette for their wonderful inspiration today! We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you so much for taking some time to visit us today. We hope you'll stop by tomorrow for more fun and inspiration!

Happy Holiday Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Nicely Execute your post. I am quite impressed to read your innovational thoughts. I think you spread some useful and interesting point of view for home decor.

You are very talented, indeed!
Do you have a tutorial available for your 12 Days of Christmas album by any chance?

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