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February 27, 2014

3 Ways to Update your Home Decor with Graphic 45



Good morning G45ers,

Have you been in the mood to update some things, recently? It's the time of year where you've either had lots of snow days or the holidays have slowed down and you finally have time to re-imagine some of those spaces that have been on your to-do list. We have some great items to inspire your space! We have a jaw-dropping altered Botanical Tea coffee grinder from Miranda Edney. Then, a great set of Good ol' Sport altered blocks by Nichola Battilana. To close out the blog, we will share a great chalkboard using French Country by Olga Struk! You will run from your computer to do some sprucing!

First, here's a little reminder of the incredible contest going on this week...and they're some retired collections! That's truly the best part. How fun! All you need to do is comment here on the blog or on our Facebook to win. We'll announce the winner tomorrow, so comment today! Here's another peek at the goodies up for grabs...

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This next Botanical Tea project by Miranda is perfect for a centerpiece, for display, or decor for your next tea party. This is just an amazing piece of altered art. 

"I found this old timey coffee grinder in a thrift shop awhile back. I knew G45 paper was in order, but wasn’t sure which line. Then ….. BEHOLD…. Botanical Tea!  Swoon! I just can’t stop using this one! It very well may be….my favorite line to date! There , I said it :)

Anyways I crackle painted the top rounded bowl grinder. The rest was covered with paper! Add some spanish moss to the top and decorate your nest however you want! I had a start to finish on this, unfortunately the video file was 'corrupted.' If you have any questions , I’d be glad to help :)" -Miranda


Love the way Miranda let some of the coffee grinder still peek through, but covered with strips of paper. What a great shabby chic touch!





Supply List:

Botanical Tea-Botanical Tea
Botanical Tea-Flora
Botanical Tea-Fauna
Botanical Tea-Hello Friend
Graphic 45 Staples
Shabby Chic Door Pull
May Arts Ribbon
Spanish Moss
Resin Frame
Ginas Designs Chipboards
Prima Flowers

Nichola created some great Good ol' Sport altered blocks that would be perfect for a masculine study, a child's bedroom, or a game room! The possiblities are endless!

"Recently I joined a swap exchanging Artist Trading Blocks. These blocks of wood measure 2.5” x 3.5” x 1.5” and are embellished and traded just like ATC’s (artist trading cards). It’s great fun to create these tiny 3 dimentional works of art and I thought it would be a fabulous medium for the Good ol Sport collection. How great would these look in a masculine den or sports lovers room?

A few tips for making your own: The top finials and bottom stands are simply miscellaneous wooden pieces adhered  together. Old wooden knobs and pulls, chess pieces, crafting pieces pieced together until they look just right. Once painted or stained they look as though they are one piece. Add some age to the pieces by grunging them. Sand all of the edges and then staining them with dark brown, watered down acrylic paint. To protect the finished project, coat with a light sealant." ~ Nichola

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Love the distressed look of these great altered blocks. Amazing work!





Materials List:

 Good ol Sport
Number 1 Fan
Cheer On
Play Ball
Game Day
Big Score
Ornate Metal Keys

Wooden Block
Rusty bits and bobs
Wooden Egg Cup

Small Wooden Finial

Miscellaneous old wooden knobs, pulls and pieces
Acrylic paint

There are so many opportunities to find a way to emulate this French Country project by Olga! It only uses a few supplies with AMAZING results! Great for: the kitchen, the study, your mud room to remind the family of their to-dos, and a sweet idea for love notes throughout the house! What room do you need a chalkboard the most?




A new great idea for our Antique Metal Door Pull - a chalk holder! So smart!


What a clever and simple way to show off the chipboard button. Genius!



Chalkboard Memo board Supplies

• French Country French Country 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad
• French Country Chipboard Die-Cuts #1
• Staples Antique Metal Door Pull

Is there going to be a project you try after seeing these today? Tell us below in the comments - we can't wait to see how you update your home with some fresh and handmade projects!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45



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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE :) I love these awesome ideas especially with french country! How great it would be to win this lovely prize pack as well! Have not had a chance to play with either of these paper collections yet! :)

The coffee grinder is spectacular. I even have on in a box of stuff somewhere!

Very very nice!!

Beautiful! Looking forward to altering some blocks now. Thank you G45 designers for giving us so much inspiration!

Great ideas! Beautiful creations. LOVE G45!!

Always LOVE everything G45 and these creations are over the top as usual! I never cease to be amazed!!

I always look forward to your blog for the day's inspiration. G45 never let's me down.

I love everything! The thing that gets me going is the coffee grinder. And I have one!!! It doesn't look exactly like that but it's darn close. I can't wait to do something with it. Also I found an urn of some kind that my mom had that she didn't like the color so she tried to paint it. It's just awful though. So I will be thinking of things to do with that as well. Thanks loads! Sandy

I just love everything Graphic 45. All of it!

I can't wait to get my hands on Good Old Sport! Love all the colors and images. Such a wonderful ATC project! And the door hanger is adorable doable and darling!

Love the door hanger. Cute idea!

As always, lovely projects!
I love the chance to win the wonderful papers!

GORGEOUS!!! Love the new botanical tea paper. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Great ideas. I'm going to alter some children's blocks with By the Sea paper. Thanks for the cool inspiration.

Beautiful projects today! And they could be even more unique if made with the retired papers in the winning collection! I would love to have the chance to play with them and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

I don't know what to say except....FABULOUS! What great ideas...You have inspired me to do a project of my own....Thank you.

I love that "chalk holder"...very clever!

Great ideas!

Love all things G45. But I need to stop drooling and create.

Awesome ideas! Love the coffee grinders, it turned out AMAZING!!!

All of these projects are just stunning! I love the door knob hangers! G45 your staff is so talented! :)

Beautiful projects!

Wow, love the ATC blocks using Good Old Sport. So many neat ideas!

What sweet, inspirational projects! I love the blog today. (Of course, I love the blog everyday).

Such beautiful
creations. The
box and blocks
are great and
the chalk boards
are neat!
Carla from Utah

What a great ideas today! I love the ATC blocks.

These are all fantastic projects! And the chalk holder is ingenious!

The inspiration I get from here is amazing... and the products are so stunning.

Always gorgeous work!!!!

Such beautiful Home Décor! I want to make it all! Definitely redecorating some rooms. :D Great Job Miranda and Nichola.

Such beautiful Home Décor! I want to make it all!! Definitely considering redecorating some rooms. :D Great job Miranda and Nichola.


All these creations!
But my very fave is the Sports One!

The little chalkboards are fantastic. I think I will make one for my daughter with the French Country collection as she keeps hens and the papers will delight her. Maureen

WOW, just love it all. What great ideas for home decor! Amazing. Thank you.-Holly goodman

Love these awesome projects!! So inspiring!!

Almost did not have time to leave this comment I was so eager to try out one or two of these wonderful projects!

Always inspiring! Would love to win the retired collection of goodies.

WOW! LOVELOVELOVE the Botanical Tea altered grinder!! AMAZING!! TFS!

Beautiful creations and great ideas. Thanks for sharing them.

I'm really enjoying those Artists Trading Blocks...what a great way to use those little wood pieces. I can just see some of these on a shelf. Thanks for today's projects! And for this opportunity to win a product package!

Wow! What amazing home decor projects. I'm off to see what I can make with my beautiful G45 papers. Thanks for the inspiration. Theresa x

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