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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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GreAt projects! Thanks for the chance to win!

Thank you for all this fabulous "By the Sea" collection!! The projects are perfect for the beach theme I have going on in my house. Love it, love it!!

What fantastic projects! And what an awesome prize package you are giving away! I have my fingers and toes crossed. I could really use a punch in the craft box right now! ;)

Nicola, we would love to see your journal when you complete it! Be sure to share with us on the Graphic 45 Facebook page. Also be sure to stay to for sneak peeks for future collections!


Such amazing projects!! Amazing prize too, thanks for the chance to win!

Awesome projects. I want the great stuff!

totally awesome tip and what a giveaway, wonderful tags

Love Graphic 45 products! Need to get some By the Sea papers!

I'm sure everyone who enters would love to have this prize coming in the mail . Great products. Love the projects and I have never yet had any project crack but then again I have never tried some of these techniques either, Will have to give it a try. Thanks for sponsoring such a great giveaway and all the other sponsors as well . GREAT!!!!!

Terrific giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Great projects and the prize isn't too shabby either.

Very cool?

Love this!!! G45 makes the best paper and embellishments...

fantastic tags! love both of those paper collections!

Just love all your projects. Such great and inspiring ideas.

Awesome tags. TY for posting their work.

I'm new to this art form and would love to win this prize. Everything looks so fascinating and wonderful. Winning this would help me get a great start!

What beautiful creations! You also have some beautiful, wonderful prizes to give away to one lucky winner and I hope it's me!

Awesome projects as always! Can't wait to use this inspiration to make a few projects of my own.

Wow...what fabulous looking tags! Love all of the wonderful embellishments used on each...really makes you feel ready for summer and the beach :D Thanks so much also for the chance at winning this incredible prize.

I love all your products and your blog is great. Would love to win some of your wonderful products.

Cute project! Also, thanks for the chance to win!

I can't wait to do this

Beautiful projects today!

Love your craftability!! :)

Everything is so beautiful! Love the tags, bright colors and the giveaway!

I so want to win this would be awesome!

I would love to work with all these items

Lovely tags and great tip about the paper. Fortunately, I haven't had to do this.

Awesome gifts to win!!!

Love the projects and products!

Thanks for the amazing ideas and tutorials and the fab tip on sanding the cracked edges and staining.
The giveaway is awesome and there are so many goodies.

Graphic 45 is such a great line of products for any and all of my papercragting adventures. I love the ideas and the creativity of the projects. THANK YOU!

Love the tags very beautiful!!!

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the great giveaway!

What a wonderful package! I'd love to play with it all. :)

Awesome project!! Thanks for sharing!

Love the little tag albums.

Love the new projects, By the Sea is wonderful.

Please count me in to win! Love the tags!

Awesome projects and products

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