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November 26, 2013

Pages Of Fun With Journals & Cards!


Hello G45ers,

Get ready for a whimsical day of fun with gorgeous inspiration from our Steampunk Spells collection! Today we're highlighting some very clever ways to create stunning handmade journals and cards! You'll see a wonderful handbound journal by Susan Lui that would make a great gift idea! Then Nichola Battilana will share a fabulous handmade envelope and card! There's even a great step-by-step tutorial that Nichola created! There is so much fun and inspiration to behold on today's blog! Lets get this party started!

We begin by giving a quick shout out 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 an adorable French Country layout that was recently uploaded to our Facebook page by Rexene Lockyer.  This is such a super sweet layout that captures such a precious moment in time! 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 Facebook

You know, G45ers, Steampunk Spells isn't just for Halloween. It's a bright and beautiful collection that offers endless possibilities for vibrant crafts for any occasion! Here is Susan's gorgeous handbound journal! This is such a fun creation that would also make a perfect gift! You can have such a great time mixing and matching all the gorgeous papers from Steampunk Spells with your favorite Graphic 45 Staples! Here Susan explains some helpful tips for how she created this lovely journal!

"I had a great time creating this Steampunk Spells handbound journal from scratch. The signatures are stitched onto the spine in a buttonhole bookbinding method, using two-toned twine. The Steampunk Spells patterned papers from the inside pages peek out through the buttonhole on the spine, while a Staples ornate metal key and chipboard dangle from the stitches. One of my favourite parts of the journal is the closure I created using a Staples Ornate Metal Key Hole, through which I threaded a couple of strings of suede which end in two little Staples ornate keys. These suede ties hold the journal shut and can double up as bookmarks as well." -Susan







Steampunk Spells Patterned Paper - Totally Wicked, Frightful Folly, Tick-Tock

Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2

Steampunk Spells Alphabet Stickers

Graphic 45 Staples - Ornate Metal Keys

Graphic 45 Staples - Ornate Metal Keyholes

Timeless Twine

This is a really fun and easy craft that you're sure to love! Here is Nichola's wonderful Steampunk Spells card and envelope made with Graphic 45 Large Tag Album Staples. This is such a sweet creation that's sure to brighten anyone's day! Create one for someone you love by following Nichola's super fun tutorial! Take it away, Nichola!

"Some kids love school... mine does not. To brighten his gloomy weekdays I sometimes put a terrible joke in his lunchbox. I’ve always just scribbled something on a post-it note but I’ve decided that this year I will pull up my fancy pants and create a proper means of delivering those bits of hilarity. So I’ve created a sturdy envelope from a Graphic 45 Staples Large Tag Album along with a little card. It might seem a little strange to make a back to school card with the Steampunk Spells collection but what 10 year old boy doesn’t think returning to the desk is dreadful and truly horrific?" -Nichola






Steampunk Spells:

Frightful Folly

Witching Hour


Vintage Voyage

Steampunk Spells Alphabet Stickers

Steampunk Spells 6x6 Patterns & Solids

Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2

Graphic 45 Staples: Large Tag Album

May Arts Ribbon

Scor Tape


Ink pad





Step 1: Using a large tag as a template cut two coordinating papers from the Steampunk Spells collection. Here I’ve used Witching Hour and Tick-Tock. Affix the papers to the front and back of the tag.



Step 2: Score the tag at 3.25” and 7”. To make folding easier do this to the front and back of the tag.




Step 3: When the tag has been folded you may find that, due to the thickness, the paper ‘cracks’ slightly. Sand these edges smooth with fine sandpaper and then ink all of the edges.




Step 4: Place ⅛” Scor Tape on the two side edges of the tag and press closed. 


Step 5: Adhere a 10” length of ribbon and a button to the envelope pocket where the tag hole meets.


Step 6: Create the card by cutting a 6” x 3.25” piece of paper from the Steampunk Spells 6x6 Patterns & Solids and fold in half. Cut pieces from Frightful Folly, and Vintage Voyage and Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2.



Step 7: Adhere all of the design elements on to the front of the card and add stickers from Steampunk Spells Alphabet Stickers.



I’ve added an area inside to write a horrible joke...



That’s it! Just pop the card inside the envelope pocket...




… fold the top flap over, pull the ribbon through the hole and tie with a bow.




Well, G45ers, we hope you got some great ideas today for crafting with Steampunk Spells. We encourage you all to make some time for yourselves to get creative this week. Even if it's just an hour, you would be amazed how wonderful you'll feel after creating a special treasure with your favorite Graphic 45 collection. Big thanks to Susan and Nichola for their gorgeous work today! We've got more fun and inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll join us! Thank you so much for stopping by our blog! It's always such a pleasure for us to share this beautiful creativity with you! Have a lovely day, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Steampunk Spells is probably the most versatile collection ever! Thanks for the projects!

cool projects!

Love Steampunk Spells and I am always impressed at what the DT creates with it. Cute French Country layout with one adorable kid!

As usual wonderful projects with great paper.

Amazing projects!!

Adorable projects today. I like Steampunk Spells for so many reasons: colors, patterns, sayings....

Love the decorated tag envelope; clever!

Steampunk Spells lends itself to endless possibilities! Thanks for the inspiration!

Although the photos & supply list are present with the words "Create one for someone you love by following Nichola's super fun tutorial! Take it away, Nichola!",------I could not find a tutorial. Hope to see one, this project looks delicious.

Love it all!!

I love them all, Steampunk Spells is one of my favs, thanks for the great ideas

Wonderful projects and so funny to me that I created a quick tag this am with Steampunk Spells too before seeing today's blog post!

Absolutely a fantastic layout! Such and adorable baby!

What an adorable layout! love the progression from large to small of the pics.

What cute projects. The joke book would be a great idea. My nephew would love that. The journal book is awesome. That is such an adorable picture on the layout. Great job.

Two awesome projects! Very inspiring!

Adorable layout and a "wicked" journal. Love them.

I love all things "Steampunk". Thanks for the awesome ideas.

Beautiful projects again. :-)

ADORABLE LO with the toddler licking the beater!! Cool minis, too.
<3 J

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Great ideas for thinking outside of the box with Steampunk Spells!

Sometimes after a busy day at work, just a few minutes spent at my crafting table lowers my blood pressure. I also appreciate Graphic 45's blog to get my day started. Thanks for the inspiration!

Everything is gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeee that book!!!

Great projects! Would love a tutorial for Susan's journal! TFS!

Great inspiration and awesome projects! Just love Steampunk Spells!

The French Country Chef baby is such a precious LO. Love the multiple photos all cut out.
The little mini album is gorgeous and so meticulously well done. Awesome work!
And the little lunch box note and envelope from the tag is such a perfect idea for a 10 year old boy. What fun to open your lunch and find a treasure like that! He wouldn't even be embarrassed to share the joke with his envious friends!
Love the work and ideas put into each project. Thank you for sharing them! :)

Wonderful projects!! The Mini Album is really cute.

Love all today. The tag made into the envelope with the card is so great Thank you!

Great projects!

This is an amazing collection! Thanks for the chance to win.

totally loving the Journal and such a cool idea for the Steampunk Spells card.

OMG! Absolutely stunning pieces of artwork!!

Awesome journal love the binding and the closing great idea! Card and envelope is too cute !

Such a fabulous journal x x love it x

Gotta make that journal! <3

I looooooooooove all of the papers and stuffies! I love the journal, it is gorgeous!
Thank you for beautiful papers, accessories and ideas! Very talented artists!!!!!

Love the journal :)

Beautiful projects, and I adore that layout by Rexene!!

Great projects!!!

seriously obsessed with all the steampunk spells projects! i just love it! cant get enough!

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