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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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Love, Love Love the tag albums. Thank you for sharing all your creativity and the chance to win that fantastic gift.

What beautiful creations.
Thanks for the chance to win your amazing gift pack!

As always this is absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing :)

Beautiful! Bright colors, making me ready for spring.

Adoro os vossos materiais, não me importava nada, mas mesmo nada de ganhar :) Ontem recebi 3 das vossas colecções e simplesmente AMEI :) Muitos Parabéns!!!

It was seeing some Graphic 45 paper that introduced me to paper crafting - such beautiful designs you could almost eat them! Love "By the Sea" paper and I cannot believe how a warm and generous people are at sharing their expertise. I am so excited at having found you all!

Those tags are so fabulous!! AND what a great give-away!

I love those papers. And I have a friend that loves beach stuff.. how perfect, if I won, I could make her a card. Thanks for the give~away... love your stuff!

Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win!


love love love your colors! the beach set is my favourite! thanks for the great contest

Just beautiful! I need another job so I can just buy it all!

Would love to win these beautiful produts!

What a great giveaway !!

Love those projects. They're very beautiful.

I am loving the tags and the amazing detail on them!

Awesome Prize... Fantastic tips that I didn't even consider... I am still a newbie to the scrapbook world... Thank you for putting this all together...

Awesome crafting goods and ideas. Makes me want to roll out the stuff and get to work. I haven't had time to craft in ages.

I could virtually spend the morning just reviewing the Graphic 45 ideas/projects. Thank you again for the opportunity to win various projects. I've just ordered some of the newest papers, but I can never have too much of your line of products!

I love the tip on cracked folds. The tags are beautiful, I have got to try this!

Love Graphic 45' CS sent me

Love it all...

Gorgeous tags and brilliant tip!

Gorgeous creations! Such beautiful ideas!

Excited to try the by the sea collection!

GREAT work once again. I just love that you share so much with us readers.

In answer to your questions: YES, I have tried some of your tips. Keep 'em coming, please.

The beach rules card makes me long for summer.

These are amazing projects!

Great ideas for spring and summer. Thank you as always for the daily inspiration.

Love tags, they are small pieces of artwork and usually pretty quick to make unless you go nuts like most of us do. Thanks for the opportunity to win, I do love G45! Thanks for all you do and the people you have on your team!

Great prize pack and alot of inspriration! Thank you so much!!!

looks like lots of fun stuff!

Wow what a generous prize to win from all these great companies. The tags are beautiful. They are so nicely layered and embellished. Nice to see the step by step instructions

Love all this gorgeousness! Would love to win and get my groove on with this pile of goodies1

Wow what great products!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Good Luck EVERYONE!!!

I absolutely LOVE this stuff!

Really nice gifts. Thanks for the chance.

Love by The Sea, having just returned from sunny Florida, it was better than we had up in the north. But I could really use that for my trip pictures.

What a wonderful give away. I'd love to have it!

Love the tip. I really needed that!

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