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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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Both projects are gorgeous.

Thanks for the chance to win a fabulous prize for National Craft Month!

Love all these projects...they give me some great ideas.

Would also love to win, your prize...G45 always looks good on my stuff.

Love this project and can't wait for sunny beach weather! Thanks for the chance to win! ♥

Can't wait to get my hands on this paper! Love the "Beach Rules"!

wow so many awesome goodies, what a great prize pack. Those tags are amazing.

Beautiful! What talent and inspiration! Can't wait to get my hands on the new paper!

Love the tips!

Oh La La! I love love love your design team.. all so talented and insiring. .. thanks for the chance aswell for such a fun giveway..


Love all the projects!

Great prize pack!! You guys are always so generous!! And the cracked paper tip is awesome!!! <3

Nice I love the Beach!! thanks for the offer of those awesome items!

Wow!! These are amazing!!

Such gorgeous products!!

Oh my goodness! So much glorious paper - so pretty and it goes together so well. Love, love, love!

I love anything to do with the sea, these are gorgeous!

LOVE and use products from all these great companies!! LOVE G45!! WOOHOO!!

I tell ya I would be one happy girl if I won.

I would LOVE to win this!!!

Outstanding and creative projects!

Fun tags and projects and that prize pack looks pretty great too!

Love the projects. The colors are fantastic!!!!!

Love these bright colored tags! Beautifully done!

Great ideas. Love this collection.

Great page and information. I especially like the paper cracking one - happens all the time. I'l be checking back again!

This newbie would love all those wonderful goodies :) Thanks for chance to win :)


What a giveaway, thanks for the chance to try to win

Beautiful tags. The designers are so talented. Michelle t

Awesome projects!!!

Great Projects! Love all the beach embellies.

Bohemian Bazaar may be my new favorite collection if I'm not liking By the Sea more, hard to choose. And then you have the generous give-away, it's all good!

Love the pretty frame and tag. Can't wait for warm summery days and strolling on the beach.
Thank you for the tip and sharing the awesome scrappy pack.

I love Graphic45 - i love the colours, texture everything... Im working on a Travelogue Journal at the moment - would love to see a Journey Collection..... would make it all that more special :)

Thanks for the chance to win this superbe kit!!!!

thank you for the chance to win. I love it.

This is a beautiful prize. Thanks once again for a chance to win. Sigh. Maybe one of these days.

Gorgeous papers, would love to win!

An absolutely splendid prize! Fabulous goodies from awesome companies!
How amazing would it be to find this in the mailbox?
Thanks to all.

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