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November 26, 2013

Pages Of Fun With Journals & Cards!

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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

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Supplies:

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

Large-Tag-Album

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Supplies:

 

Steampunk Spells:

Frightful Folly

Witching Hour

Tick-Tock

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

Button

Sandpaper
Ink pad

 

Tutorial:

 

 

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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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

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

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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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What wonderful things I could create with this, G45 truly inspires me. Thank-you!

Fabulous inspirational creations!

Impressed as always. The LO had me chuckling....love it along w/the journal and tag card/envelope!!

WOW!!!! Amazing projects once again from the very talented Graphic 45'ers!!!!!! Thanks sooo much for sharing :-)

Love this book! Just got some typography papers! Maybe I'll try those for my book!

the hand bound journal is beautiful!

Beatiful !

So gorgeous, like everything else! :) The creativity doesn't have a limit, it seems. And also thank you so much for the chanse to win. :)

Beautiful projects love Graphic 45 !!

Love it!!

I love the pirates, and the owl!!

Cute project, just love Halloween!!

I totally love Steampunk Spells! Brilliant!!

Just WOW! Thanks for always sharing your ideas.

these are soooooooonice i love it all

I love all the projects and papers!

So many beautiful things I could do with these! Love them all!

Great projects!

I love the book. Thumbs up to the designer of the book, it is my kind of mini album.
It also compliments your products wonderfully.
I was just doing a page layout of my grandmother back in the 40's and found a very vintage looking page to do it on. When I looked at the bottom of the page, it was one of yours. Love your paper

Fantastic designs... so talented designers.

Love the projects!

Pick me. I love allllll graphic 45

Love all the collections. Colors are beautiful.

Inspiration from all three projects! Great ideas!

I am really loving the tag pocket!! That is so clever and uh-mazing!

I love this! So many different projects you could make!!

I love this collection! The key & locket on that journal are awesome!

Great projects today, and I love Nichola's card idea for her son! G45 papers are so versatile!

So love everything you bring out , keep it up. Love your tutorials also X

fab ideas need to try them out

All Super great ideas!

Awesome work!

Wish we had an outlet to purchase!! I love mini books! They are perfect gifts for people who don't want to scrapbook an entire year.

Those papers would look great under my Christmas tree.

Love steampunk. Interesting all the way~

Love handmade journals, as always what great projects shares, very talented design team

very cool journal!

Oh my ... wonder wells from Steampunk Spells ~

Great projects! Thanks for the chance to win.

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