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March 06, 2014

A Terrific Tag Tutorial & More Bright Ideas


Happy Thursday,

What a fun first week of National Craft Month we've been having! Today is no exception. Maria Cole provides an incredible By the Sea tag tutorial that will fill your day with sunshine! Then, Arlene Cuevas shares a brilliant Bohemian Bazaar tag. Have you tried any of these great tutorials we've been sharing?

Don't forget this week's giant giveaway! So many great products from some really excellent companies. This prize pack includes Graphic 45 product including Typography and French Country AND product from ClearsnapCore'dinationsPetalooSpellbinders, and Tombow! Just comment here on our blog or on our Facebook page to WIN! Deadline is tonight, so comment now!



We got a great question on Facebook, and wanted to share a fun tip to help with this inquiry! Does your G45 paper ever crack when you fold it? Our papers are quite saturated with ink, so we have this great tip below!


Let's get to this fun tutorial - Maria brilliantly uses our new By the Sea collection and our Regular Tag Album Staples. What a dynamic duo!


 "As a former coastie, I can’t help but love By The Sea! And I just adore the new ivory-colored tag albums by Graphic 45. For this project, I wanted to try something different with tags: a home décor piece! I was really inspired by the 'Beach Rules' from the Set Sail paper, so I instantly thought of another coastal wall hanging project. There isn’t much driftwood in Portland, so I opted for a thin tree branch to 'frame' my project. To mount your tag décor piece, you can either place it in a larger frame or attach ribbon on the back to hang." ~Maria








Tag Tutorial


Step 1. Take Set Sail paper and fussy cut the “Beach Rules” image. Trace the shape of your tag on the other side of your paper, then cut it out.


Step 2. Take Gathering Shells paper and fussy cut an orange starfish. Take My Anchor paper and fussy cut a blue starfish. Take Sand and Surf paper and fussy cut some shells from the “Gathering Seashells” image. Cut (2) stamps from Splash paper.


Step 3. Take Beachcomber paper and cut off a 6.5” x 8” piece. Flip over to reveal red side and set aside. Take remaining Beachcomber paper and fussy cut some shells. Locate (2) blue flowers such as these Petaloo Dahlias in Aqua. Locate the following By The Sea chipboard piece.

Step 4. Adhere Beach Rules tag shape onto your tag. Adhere to burlap.


Step 5. Arrange fussy cut pieces and flowers per photo then adhere.


Step 6. Adhere 6.5” x 8” Beachcomber paper behind burlap, then tan cardstock. Take your branch and trim off pieces to fit each side of your tan paper. Adhere. Apply Stickles to shells.  Insert your wall hanging into a larger frame or attach ribbon to the back for hanging.  

 By The Sea Tag Supplies

  12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Set Sail
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea My Anchor
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Gathering Shells
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Splash
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Beachcomber
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Sand and Surf
Graphic 45 By The Sea Chipboard
Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album – Ivory
Petaloo Dahlias – Aqua
8” x 9.5” Tan cardstock
5.75” x 7.5” burlap
Stickles – Diamond, Copper

Thin tree branch

Arlene made this Bohemian Bazaar tag, and it's so bright and beautiful, we cannot wait to share it with you!

“The Staples Large Tags are very vesatile. For this project, I turned one of the large tags upside down and created a fun 'tail' accented with chipboard pieces from the Bohemian Bazaar chipboards set. The Bohemian Bazaar papers are very festive and colorful. I’ve always stayed on the 'safe' side and created with neutral, earthtone colors. But after playing with these gorgeous Bohemian Bazaar papers, I’ve traveled outside my norm and I’m in love!” ~Arlene Cuevas







 Product List:

Bohemian Bazaar papers
Bohemian Bazaar Chipboard
Staples: Large Tag Album (1 tag), Ornate Metal Key Hole, Ornate Metal Keys, Stamped Metal Brads
White Doily
May Arts Ribbon
Petaloo flowers
Tim Holtz Wire Pins
Making Memories Garment Pins
WeR Memory Keepers eyelets
Ranger Distress Ink - Broken China
Stickles - Dazzling Diamond
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Glossy Accents
Hot Glue

Don't forget to check out our Graphic 45 Tag Staples Pinterest board for more great tag ideas!


Graphic 45 Tag Album Staples Pinterest Board

Another great day this March. Tomorrow, more tutorials are on their way! Many thanks to Maria for providing her talent and tutorial with us and for Arlene brightening our day with her beautiful tag.

Happy Tag-Making,

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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So love these tags. Love the inspiring Graphic 45 blog and all the creativity it brings every day!

Gorgeous tags!!!!

That is an amazing prize. Maybe she says but why did Arlene turn her tag upside down? Guess I should go look for her video. lol Love Pinterest and Tags. Off I go......

Beautiful tags.

This make a great home decor item

Thanks for the great tip for cracked paper. Sometimes I just stare at the paper and try to count all the layers of ink.

Love the By the Sea project! I am working with this paper right now, it is so beautiful and fun the use. Thanks so much for the creativity.


I love the tags - fussy cutting is my favorite thing to do! The giveaway is truly amazing and I wouldLOVE to win! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

Great tags today! I love the By the Sea tag as we live near the ocean, and the Bohemian Bazaar is so bright and colorful! Thanks, G45 folks, for bringing them to us today.

LOVE making tags! Can't wait for beach weather to make some great creations with the new By the Sea Collection! LOVE IT!!

Always great projects and inspiration on the blog each and every day! I love making the as much as I can!!

Very Nice, love this.

Crazy about the By the Sea tag!

Love Maria's use of twigs and burlap for a great wall decor! Thanks for the inspiration!

Love these tags. Thank you so much for the inspiration and chance to win.

Tags are my favorite projects to do! I really like the Beach Rules tag with the rustic frame. I never would have thought to turn a tag upside down...I'll have to try that!

Love these tags! So different but both gorgeous! Can't wait to start using By The Sea!

Love all the beautiful tags! Thanks for the great tip on cracked paper! I had a whole pad of paper that cracked whenever it was folded across the grain. I decided I didn't love it enough to keep it when it did that with every thing I made. Now I know how to work with it.

I look forward to my visits to the Graphic 45 blog. This is one of the best DT in the industry. I wish I could find your products locally because I hate waiting for things to ship.

OMG I have become addicted to Graphic 45 papers! Love love love the colours! Thank you to your design team past and present for so many ideas which inspire creativity!
Cheers, Tessa!

Thank you for the great tip!!! Would love it if you gave us a tip every day during National Craft Month!! HINT HINT.
Great tag projects today! Can't wait to get By the Sea! I have a stamp set that is going to go perfectly with this paper and I can't wait to make a diorama with them!

Thanks for all the great tips, inspiration, and give-aways. Love G45!

Great tags and thanks for the tutorials. Can't wait to make my own!

Love the tags very beautiful. Keep up the good work as always to inspire us.Thanks for the tip,keep the tips coming.thanks for the opportunty for a chance to win

Wow! Beautiful tags! Fantastic ideas! Tanks so much for chance to win!!

Wow! These tags are so beautiful.

It has been a long hard winter, but both of these tags have have helped brighten my day. One with color, and the other with the sun and sea. Thank you to all!

Graphic 45 always has such great products, and can be used for so much. This is a blog I visit daily for inspiration!

So many wonderful products to win to make beautiful projects!

Beautiful tags ladies!!! I am crossing my fingers and toes in hopes of winning this uber-fabulous prize so I can make some of my own!

What an amazing giveaway, Yes Please!!
Lovely home decor & tags today. I am still hoarding my tags, can't bear o use them... Bit like the pprs I have. I totally blame G45 for producing such wonderful products? Lol...
I follow all your boards on Pinterest! Tfs :))

Today's tags are terrific! The By the Sea one is fabulous in it's frame - I'd love to make this! I am keeping my fingers crossed that it might be my turn to win your lovely package of crafting goodness too :)

So much tag-a-lishous-ness for today. Lovely work ladies, thank you for sharing.

Oh, I so want to win! Thanks for thowing my name in the hat! Happy Day!

Since I like your papers!!!! The labels have remained precious

Amazing! Thank you for sharing and giving us the chance to win these wonderful products!

Everything is lovely - as usual!!! Thanks for the tip about sanding the edges of folded paper, that will be very helpful!

Wow! This great, I would love to win this amazing gift pack!

Love the projects. Would love to win!

Course anyone would love to win this prize, looks amazin!! Loving all the posts on your blog. Great Inspiration. :)

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