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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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Ever since I discovered Graphic 45, I have been in love with your papers! They are just right for my personality. Thank you so much for all of your unique and beautiful papers, etc.

Lovely papers! Lovely projects!

Great tags! Thank you for the tutorial.

Wow! These tag projects are amazing! TFS!

The projects are wonderful as always! Thanks for another chance to win great G45 and coordinating supplies!

Both tags are beautiful! I really love the way Maria incorporated burlap and branches into her beach-themed creation. Thanks for the inspiration!

The examples are amazing as always. I might need to start a resale shop so I can buy everything! I'm not sure my husband would agree to the arrangement. I would be tickled pink to get some supplies that I can no longer get in Kentucky.

Gorgeous tags!!

L really like how they turned the tag upside down and finished it. the colors are soooo spring and we all know it has been a long winter.

Love the new collection By the Sea and the tag is so inspiring.

Love all the papers and inspiration from the designers!

Nicely done projects!!! Happy Crafting Month!!!

What a great project and I just adore those "rules".

More great projects!

Beatiful tags! Just love by the sea paper!! Must be my favorite!

Still wishing I was at the beach

Love the paper cracking tip! Pretty projects today :) I love flipping my tags upside down. Great twist ;)

Wonderful and
fun tags!
Carla from Utah

Great projects all! Love the Beach rules!!! TFS!

Hello!!! I Love making tags and cards! Your By the Sea paper and Beach Rules tag are awesome! I have tons of seashells and a beach theme in two of my rooms. But I love so many of your papers. I would love winning this package and then the fun will begin!!

Great paper cracking tip -- thank you!

Followed the link to the Pinterest tag site...WOW! I had to closely examine each and every tag. Love the tags with dangles. Thanks for this opportunity to win a product package.

Love these projects! I am so in love with both the By the Sea and Bohemian collections that I had to have duplicates! They are gorgeous!

I love love love your papers, tags, embellishments....all of it. It simply makes me happy when I'm creating with G45! Your design team, and guest designers always give me amazing inspiration.

Thank you for the tutorial for the By The Sea project! I happen to have lots of twigs and sticks...so, off to the studio I will go if I am the lucky winner!!!

I am so in love with all your papers, but now I can hardly wait to play with your new"By the Sea" collection. I live in the beautiful state of Florida, yes I have taken much grief from family and friends for living by the water, so the new collection will let me showcase the stunning beaches.

Gorgeous projects, beautiful papers, fabulous Designers.
I really want to be on that Beach, takes me back to my childhood xx

The tags are GORGEOUS! I love how Arlene turned her upside down!

What a great gift to win.

I love the bright colours of the By The Sea collection! Can't wait to buy them at my favourite scrapbook store. Would love to win this collection of products.

Once again I'm amazed at such a great prize package for this week. Yeah! Nat'l Craft Month.
Then I was amazed by the lovely By the Sea project and had to pin it to my collection of all things Nautical and Beachie that I love, plus to my Graphic 45 pins.

Great projects! The Bohemian tag is bright and cheery and the beach tag décor project makes me yearn for a trip to the beach. LOVE your papers! Thanks for this opportunity. :D

I have got to get "By the Sea" I have so many projects to use this on. Thanks for a chance to win it! You guys ROCK!

LOVE all the little beach embellishments on the seashore tag and the brights on the Bohemian! Your DT is so darn talented

Maria's "By the Sea" tag is really cool! I would love to win one of your prize pkgs.

Thank you for all the beautiful papers and the INSPIRATION to use them with !! I love G45 and the new "By the Sea" collection will be so useful this summer !

Maria's By the Sea project is fabulous! I just love it.

So many fabulous goodies! Thank you for the chance to win!! Love all the projects!!!

Awesome projects!! Love them ALL!! The talent on this blog is so Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Great projects and wonderful giveaway! Fingers crossed!

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