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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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Love the tiny chef!!!

Thank you for your great blog, showing us how to use your beautiful products...just add imagination.

More awesome projects!!!!!

So kool!!!
Would love to win the new package of goodies!

I think you can do everything with Graphic 45! There is a wide range of collections♥

Beautiful! So many creative ideas!

The book is awesome, and the tags are so cute. Thanks for the inspiration!

I love Nichola Steampunk Spells version on card and envelope for her child. So whimsical and funny.

Love this collection! Enjoyed the CHA class this past summer using it!

When is a tag not a tag? When it gets into the hands of a G45 team member and they let loose with their creative mind!! Beautiful.

I love the twelve little box houses, such a great garland for your Christmas Tree

This would be too cool to play with.

Love this collection.

love this

Truly wicked and awsome projects!

<3 <3 <3 all this!!!

Oh love those ideas! Thanks for the inspiration.

Wow.... You people sure do get the creative juices flowing with the samples that you have shown. They are marvelous.

I like the Christmas set. Very nice.

Stunning projects, as always Graphic 45 give us fantastic inspiration from their brilliant designers, and I would love to WIN this fabulous collection, please !!

Wow these are Fabulous!! I am so obsessed with Graphic 45, you make the most amazing papers & embellishments... <3 <3 <3

Those are great projects!!

Beautiful projects! Can't go wrong with Graphic 45!

Obsessed with Steampunk anything......so naturally I am in love with this one.

Such awesome projects once again. It's getting harder to find some of your papers around this area. I keep looking though :)

I'm always inspired! Thanks for the share on this project guess I better get working on this scraplift! Thank you again!

Love the little book. TFS Jess

Looking again at these creative ideas. Love the journal and Steampunk pocket.

I just love the Steampunk Spells collection! The book is beautifully made and the lock and key closure is cool. The tag card is so enticing and delightful to the eye!

Love your paper collections. They are so gorgeous.

Gorgeous projects ! i love them all. :)

I had so much fun creating with the steampunk papers I made some really wonderful coffins that I lined and embellished using Steampunk papers. G45 you have the best products. Thanks and have a wonderful peace filled Thanksgiving.

I love Graphic 45 all of it --I use it in mini albums and painters trays --and scrapbooks love it---

I Love Graphic 45!

I don't belong to FB so am glad you posted Rexene's LO here. It's as cute as the projects of your designers!

I need another project like I need a hole in my head, but this looks amazing! I'd love to give it a try!

Awesome projects, One can't go wrong when you have Graphic45 in your corner, Love !!!

Of course I love this! It is G45!

Love this line SO much!

I love the journal. Love G45.

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