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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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Inspiring projects. Love the prize pkg. too.

The tags are so creative

Great inspiration...and the prize package isn't so bad, either! :)

Can't wait to get my hands on Love By the Sea! Thanks for all the inspiration and the chance for some awesome products!

Beautiful projects!!!

So pretty! Where to start, I can't decide!

I don't know how I almost missed this! Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this awesome giveaway. Have my fingers and toes crossed. :)

I Love Graphic 45 , It would be amazing to win this package,

Projects are always beautiful. Love G45

Great work and a great giveaway!

I'm loving these tags. The Beach Rules tag makes me think of my childhood days playing at the beach and the Bohemian Bazaar tag just explodes with color. Great job ladies. Awesome giveaway!

I'm always amazed how inspiring G45 papers are. I can be in the middle of a creative drought, but give me a little G45 and all of the sudden I have more ideas than paper. Thanks G45!

Love this!! I'm drooling....lol

Beautiful creations! I Love Graphic 45!

Love these tags and great tips too!! And what a great looking giveaway!!!

Amazing projects!

These are beautiful, I love making tags. There's so much you can do with them and all within a short amount of time if you so choose. The possibilities are endless. It's lovely just having little pieces of art hanging about or displayed where ever I need them. Tags are the best!!!! :)

Thanks so much for all the tips! Everything is so beautiful. Thanks also for the chance to win!

Absolutely beautiful tags. I just love the beach rules with the canvas and twigs. Thank you for a chance to win such an amazing give away!

So nice !! Love the products

Gorgeous projects as usual from an amazing design team. Thanks for another opportunity to win some great products

So much good stuff. And I could do such wonderful things.

So much beauty on one page! Such generous prizes! Such a great company.

What great colors and ideas! It would be great to win this prize!

These tags are absolutely fantastic. I love the 'By The Sea' tag. The ocean is my favorite place to be. The 'Bohemiam Bazaar' tag is simply striking. I love the colors in this line of paper.
Beautiful Tags.

I love the by the sea collection and tags!

I love the creativeness on this site.n gives me such inspiration.

So many ideas...I wanna try them all! So many pretty papers...I wanna collect them all!
So little time...to do it all!

Oh the cuteness! Please, pick me!

G45 starts my mornings off with always wonderful ideas. I love your products and thanks for all of the chances to win some of them. It's nice to know one of us will get a surprise that they can have hours of fun creating with.

I would love to win your great prizes !Thanks for a chance to win !!!

So love this prize pack and my birthday is coming up and I have to take a three day training course for work and my hubby is working and a great Bissau would make that so much better lol

very pretty, love by the sea paper.

Would love this!

That's a great tip about sanding and inking the edges of the paper. I will definitely use that next time!

I often have a problem with my paper cracking. Thank you for the tip.

Beautiful tags and a wonderful prize. Thank you G45 for a chance to win!

Beautiful tags!

The upside down tag is my fave. What a vibrant blue hue.

These tag colors and designs are stunning!

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