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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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I go down the shore a lot, the beach paper would be wonderful!!!! Love it!

Would love to win

love the give away!
hanks for sponsoring it!

Thank you for the chance to win, I am in love with your papers, they are so beautiful!!!

I'd love to win the contest!!

Great prize. Love G45. Good luck everyone.

Sweet Beaches!! Love the surprise!!

so cool would love to win!!

Thanks for the great tip about cracking! I absolutely love the Bohemian Tag! I bought the papers because they were so bright and glorious!! Thanks G45!!

Excellent products...love all your papers

What fun this tutorial is...whimsical !

Wow I love the tags. I sure would love to win this prize pak. It is awesome!

I cant wait till I can get my hands on all the new G45. I am so in love with all of the new staples.

I love these tags . The colors are amazing. I just bought the Mother Goose paper stack and hope to see more ideas using this paper. I am about to be a grandma for the first time and I am so excited to start making projects with photos once the baby is here. YEA!!!!

Thanks for the chance to win! The goody prizes look amazing, as do the projects shared today.

I'm in awe of the fabulous projects created by the DY. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing with us.

I'm new to this blog and FB group so can only comment on recent projects. I've been inspired, surprised and amazed at all the work put in by everyone. The products are brilliant and I'd love to win some to get creating myself.

Love love G45! Can't wait to get my hands on By The Sea!

Love your products. Thanks for the chance to win.

Beautiful projects! thanks for the fantastic give away.

Always such amazing products and projects!

Very nice!

Amazing prize, pick me, pick me!

Tags are doable for those like me who want to be creative but don't have much time. Your examples and tutorials are always uber inspiring!

I so love this line. I want to make that frame for my brother and sis-in-law who live at the coast. Oh yes, the beach life!

Wow and wow!! What a ginormous giveaway from some of the best companies!! Love the 2 tags displayed here, the "Beach Rules" are so cute and love the added touch of the trinkets and ribbon to the Bohemian Bizarre Tag. Great projects and shall attempt to Pin them to my favourites! :)

Making tag albums is a favorite crafting venue of mine. The ideas I get using G45 papers are never-ending. My creativity has blossomed because of the uniqueness of these products. It's an awesome prize that anyone would love to win. Good luck everyone!

Love the beach rules!

Amazing prizes. Very generous. fantastic By the Sea collection too I love it.

I love the tags and really appreciated the tutorials...The prize looks amazing

So cool! From Russia with LOVE!

Love this paper. Love the patterns and colours.

thanks so much for all the info and inspiration :D

Love the new "by the sea"...great tags, love to make tags myself, so fun seeing these!!! I don't usually enter these things, but wow, what a prize I couldn't resist..lol!!

Love the "By The Sea" Collection!
I have so many projects in mind to do with this set, especially since I live by the sea! Thanks for the tips and the opportunity to win wonderful products from some of the greatest companies in the crafting world!

Amazing prize, so many gorgeous products. Thanks for the chance to win.

WAUW these tags are really gorgeous. The girls did some really great jobs on these projects, but these amazing papers do make it pretty easy to make beautiful projects, as they are the beauty itself LOL. I absolutely LOVE this new Beachcollection and really hope, they´ll soon show up overhere too. That´s the worst part, that we always have to wait for many months, before we get anything and even not always all of it, when we get to see these new collections.

What a fantastic package of goodies! It would be the best day ever to win!

So cute! I do love the beach and these products are FAB!

Wow there are some awesome Examples like always made by this awesome Design Team, thanks so much for sharing with us....

Rhonda A

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