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February 04, 2014

Gifts of Love With Tags & Mini Albums


Hello G45ers,

Get ready to discover the joy and versatility of tags on today's marvelous blog! We're exploring some gorgeous ideas for working with the Graphic 45 Tag Album Staples to create elegant tags and tag mini albums! Tags and minis are perfect ideas for handmade gifts. Today we're got a bright and sunny By the Sea tag by Rhea Freitag to share with you. Then we will show you a fabulous tag mini album by Denise Johnson that features Sweet Sentiments. Denise's mini is also perfect for a handmade Valentine's Day gift! There's so much to discover on today's amazing Graphic 45 blog! Lets have some fun!

We begin by saying a happy hello 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 a dazzling Couture layout that was recently uploaded to our Facebook page by Chris Lim. All of the elegant vintage-inspired style of Couture comes to life in this dazzling creation! We love all the gorgeous fussy cut elements and pretty embellishments. The central photo is also completely dazzling! We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Facbeook page for fun and fabulous inspiration!

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Graphic 45 Couture layout Facebook Chris Lim

And now it's tag time! Here is a fabulous mixed media tag by Rhea that features our new collection, By the Sea. This fabulous new collection will be in stores in later this month. Until then, get inspired to create your own summery work of art with this joyful new collection! Here is what Rhea had to say about this remarkable gift idea!

"Since I absolutely adore mermaids I knew I had to make this image the focal of my first project with this lovely new paper, By the Sea.  I chose a contrasting background that would make the blue imagery of the “My Anchor” sheet pop.  Once I glued down the background and my layered images, I decided to get fun with some ocean themed stuff I had around the house.  I started by gluing down the starfish with matte medium.  At this time I also layered in some netting that went with the aquatic theme.  Then I got crazy with the shells, layering and layering.  Finally I dusted it with sand, even adding some matte medium in areas to build up my drifts.  I love how the sand added texture.  The “mermaid wanted” sign is sandwiched in between two sheets of mica to five it a reflective quality.  I finished off the piece with a plastic anchor that I think was intended for a fish tank.  I find lots of cool stuff at garage sales.   I hope you are now inspired to add a bit of mixed media collage to your next project!  Cheers!" -Rhea

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My Anchor

Gathering Shells

Regular Tag Album

Shells and ocean junk

Matte Medium


Tim Holtz Memo Pin

Mica Sheets

Distress Stain in Red Barn and Faded Jeans

Ribbon from May Arts

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's a great time to start thinking about the perfect way to express your love. Here is a fabulous idea by Denise that features a beautiful Sweet Sentiments handmade tag for every day leading up to Valentine's Day. There is a place to journal on each tag so you can tell your sweetie 14 reasons why you love them! This is such a lovely idea! You can express your love while giving a beautiful handmade work of art at the same time! This exquisite creation also features the new Regular Tag Album Staples in Ivory! They coordinate perfectly with the elegant papers from our Sweet Sentiments collection! Let this fabulous idea inspire you to create a heartfelt work of art for someone special in your life this Valentine's Day!


Sweet-Sentiments-Tag-Album-Graphic45-Denise-Johnson-mini, valentine's day, gift, holiday



















Regular Tag Album Staples -Ivory

Sweet Sentiments 12x12 paper pad

Sweet Sentiments Chipboard Die-Cut

Sweet Sentiments Tags and Pockets

Shaby Chic Ornate Metal Keys

Alphabet Sticker Staples

Petaloo Flowers

May Arts Ribbon

It was such a joy for us to share today's marvelous ideas for tags and tag mini albums! We hope you had a lot of fun exploring these stunning crafts! Big thanks to Rhea and Denise for their gorgeous work today! We hope their crafts helped to inspire you to create a pretty tag or mini album for someone you love. We've got more fun and fabulous craft ideas planned for you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us. We wish you a very happy, crafty day! Thank you for stopping by our blog!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Beautiful fussy cutting on the Couture layout.

Fabulous projects!!!

Hard to call Rhea's amazing piece a "tag". Holy sea cows!!! It's a masterpiece of marine mixed media mania!!! Absolutely stunning and gorgeous. This doesn't just transport us to the beach, it brings the beach to us!!!! Wow!!!

LOVE Denise's Let Me Count the Ways mini! Such sweet colors and embellished so well all the way through. Love the Sweet Sentiments collection. Beautiful project!!!
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Love the sea tag!!! Want to make one.

Amazing artwork today! By the Sea collection is going to be so fun to work with.

Gorgeous tag today . . . a work of art, and so inspiring! Cannot wait for By the Sea!

Beautiful, I love the mini album.

Both gorgeous!

love the tag mini...what a great idea to use in place of a card for any occasion!

Love the Sweet Sentiments mini tag album!! ADORABLE!!! TFS!

OH, Rhea's tag makes me weak in the knees. I can't wait to get my hands on this paper collection! And Denise's gorgeous tag album is so fresh! What a great idea!

It's always such a fun change of pace to work on tags. Thanks for some beautiful inspiration!


Fabulous! Particularly adore tag book but great mixed media mermaid too. Tfs :))

Great work, great paper, too bad we can't get our hands on it yet.

Love it all! Thank you for entering me in this week's draw!

Love today's projects, especially the By The Sea tag...it is so artsy fartsy! Very creative. I can not wait to start creating myself with the By the Sea collection.

I love them all. Great inspiration and I can't wait for the paper to come out.

Inspirational projects all, from the elegant layout and the cute album to the siren's call anything done with By The Sea represents to me! Thank you!

Oh my, what gorgeous inspiration!!

Love the tag book!

OH MY ! I LOVE, Love, love these projects- it's another snow/ice day so I believe I just figured out how to fill my day...

Such inspirational projects! I love them all.

Awesome layout, amazing tag and the Album OMG too cute . Great Inspiration!

both projects are great, but the 14 reason tags are inspirational

Love the projects, especially the tag album. Sweet Sentiments is such a beautiful line!

Love the mini tag album. Gorgeous!

Chris, such a stunning layout, Couture perfection. The use of the By the Sea collection by Rhea is pretty with all of the beach related embellis. Denise, I <3 this inspirationial tag idea.
Thank you so much for creating and sharing them.

Amazing tags today! They are just beautiful! Of course they would be, using Graphic 45 papers! Gorgeous!

Beautiful tags. I love the nautical tag.

I love the Valentine mini album. I'm thinking I may be making one. Thanks for the inspiration!

Love the variations of the tag creations today - so many different possibilites!

Oh, my! That Couture page is absolutely gorgeous...takes my breath away! And tags are my new favorite. Thanks for today's projects!

Love today's projects!

Love the tag album - I think I need to go shopping!!

Fun with tags! Love the dimension of the by the sea tag. The 14 reasons mini is a perfect gift and could be translated to any occasion.

Love the Love tag album!! Beautiful!!

Awesome projects. Couture project is fabulous!

Tags are so much fun! Thanks for the inspiration.

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