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May 15, 2014

Gorgeous Tags & Tutorials with Graphic 45


It's a beautiful Thursday for tags! Tags are the perfect canvas when creativity strikes. They are the perfect gift, addition to a mini, and fun for trading! What is your favorite use for a tag? Today, we have a gorgeous Couture tag and tutorial from Arlene Cuevas. Then, when you need to surprise a friend with joy and confetti, Maria Cole shares the perfect tag tutorial. To close out, Maiko Miwa has a beautiful Secret Garden tag idea just for you.

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Arlene is a true tag artist. We love this Couture tag! She even provides a Snapguide tutorial below so you can try it yourself!


Check out How to Create an Upcycled Tag Using Graphic 45 Packaging by Arlene Butterflykisses on Snapguide.  

Arlene's Couture Tag Snapguide Tutorial





Product list:

Couture 8x8 paper pad
Couture 6x6 Patterns & Solids
Couture Banners
Couture Chipboard
Couture Stickers
Graphic 45 Staples packaging
May Arts ribbon
Recollections & I Am Roses flowers
Lace and Pearl Trim
Ranger Distress Ink - Black Soot
3M ATG Adhesive
Hot Glue
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares

Maria comes up with the most creative ideas. We just love this shaker Couture tag. Read about the great idea behind it. Shower your friends with confetti!

"Do you know a lovely lady or two who goes over and beyond for her friends? I’m blessed to know several ladies like this, and for one particular friend, I wanted to celebrate how awesome she is with something pretty and fun. When I saw one of my Graphic 45 Staples packaging lying around, I was instantly inspired to create a shaker tag! I used Couture and Botanical Tea to decorate my upcycled G45 packaging, along with some fun feathers for some added flamboyant flair. This shaker tag was so easy to make and can be modified however you like! I hope you’re inspired to brighten up a special someone’s day with this fun random craft of kindness. " ~Maria




Maria's Couture Shaker Tag Tutorial


Step 1. Locate some Graphic 45 Staples packaging in the regular tag size. Carefully remove the clear plastic covering.


Step 2. Take your 8” x 8” Stunning paper and cut a 3” square. Round each quarter.


Step 3. Spray Stunning paper with Glimmer Mist, then apply Stickles to the pink part of the ladies’ dresses. Allow paper to completely dry.


Step 4. Take Couture Flowers and pop out a bunch of small dots. Grab a small handful of gold sequins. Place pieces inside the clear plastic covering.


Step 5. Place adhesive on the outside edges of the clear plastic covering. Then, take the 3” x 3” Stunning paper and place behind plastic, creating a shaker. Adhere to the front of the Graphic 45 Staples packaging.


Step 6. Locate the following pattern from the Couture 6x6 Patterns & Solids pad. Cut a 3” square and round each corner.


Step 7. Take some scrap paper and cut out a 2 ½” square. Round each edge of this square. Place the 2 ½” square on top of the 3” square. Use a pen to trace the shape of the smaller square onto the larger square.  


Step 8. Remove the smaller square. Cut into the upper right corner and continue cutting out the shape of the smaller square.


Step 9. Adhere paper from step 8 over the shaker. Locate an “Ooh la la!” piece from the Couture Banners sheet and adhere to the center of the shaker.


Step 10. Locate lace border from Couture Stickers. Trim off a 3 7/8” long piece and attach to the bottom front of your tag.


Step 11. Tie 1 foot of 1 ½” wide black May Arts ribbon through your tag.


Step 12. Locate the following pattern from the Couture 6x6 Patterns & Solids pad. Cut a 3 ½” wide x 4 ¼” tall piece. Round each corner.


Step 13. Adhere piece from step 12 to the back of your Graphic 45 packaging. Cut out the flower and stamp image from your Couture Elegant paper and adhere.


Step 14. Locate Botanical Tea Just Because paper and Spellbinders Rose Creations die. Cut 2 each of the second and third largest flowers. Cut 2 each of the smallest and second smallest sizes.


Step 15. Take the 4 larger flowers and crinkle the edges. Adhere layers together, then adhere a Michael’s paper rose to the center.


Step 16. Take the 4 smaller flowers and crinkle the edges. Adhere layers together, then adhere a Prima mini rose to the center.


Step 17. Adhere flowers to the upper right corner of your shaker tag. Adhere some feathers behind your tag.  


Step 18. Turn tag over. Attach “Hello Gorgeous” piece from the Couture Tags & Pocket sheet with foam dots. Then, attach “You are amazing” from the Couture Stickers sheet.

 Couture Shaker Tag Tutorial Supplies

 8” x 8” Graphic 45 Couture Stunning
8” x 8” Graphic 45 Couture Elegant
12” x 12” Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Just Because
12” x 12” Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Sweet Chamomile
Graphic 45 Couture 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad
Graphic 45 Couture Tags & Pockets
Graphic 45 Couture Stickers
Graphic 45 Couture Banners
Graphic 45 Couture Flowers
Graphic 45 Staples package (regular tag size)
Spellbinders Roses Creations Die
May Arts Ribbon – black
Teresa Collins gold sequins
Michael’s flowers, Prima mini roses
Stickles – Star Dust
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Diamond

Maiko can maximize a small canvas. So, she really makes tags shine! We love all the layering, texture, and composition on this great Secret Garden "4U" tag!





Secret Garden Collection
May Arts Ribbon
Stamps and Ink

Do you love making tags? We hope we've inspired your next project today. Thanks to Arlene, Maria, and Maiko! Join us tomorrow for the contest winner announcement and more fun.

Happy Tag-Making,

Graphic 45


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Graphic 45 Designers ROCK! Thanks for making these tutorials

Oh my soo many gorgeous tags here today, really beautiful creations all of them.

The tags are beautiful; love using the packaging!

Gorgeous tags I will be sad to see these lovely ladies leave the graphic 45 team your work is truly inspiring

Hmmmm...Tags AND Boxes....Oh yeah!

I LOVE how the G45 packaging can be used to make tags! I LOVE making tags and these are just beautiful!!

Beautiful, Lovely tags. Love them.

Such gorgeous tags...so many ideas!!!

Wow, these tags are absolutely gorgeous!

...its a beauty... and so are all the projects..

I love the Couture Collection. These tags are outstanding, beautiful just the best.

I absolutely love tags and these are just beautiful!!

Oh my gosh...using the G45 packaging for the shaker element is brilliant!!

Great inspiration, Love all of these!

Wish I had thought to use the packaging materials! Such a great way to make tags & save waste! Gorgeous designs!

Wonderful amazing tags!

Tags are my favorites and using the packaging is a great way not only to recycle (upcycle) but to a variety of shapes for your tags. These projects are fantastic!

Stunning tags! Really enjoyed today's blog posts.

These tags are awesome! What wonderful ideas! Thanks SO much!!

Beautiful tags all around!

I have also save one of your packages do do the very same thing. This tags are all gorgeous! TFS! Graphic 45 thanks all your great products! We couldn't make these gorgeous things if we didn't have you, thank you!

Awesome tags! These ladies have given me great ideas!

You know what I like about visiting the G45 blog every day? The product, the projects and the design team. :)

Thanks for always being so inspiring!

Tags are my favorite things to make, and these are wonderful! I like to see the backs of them decorated, too.
Tutorials are much appreciated!

Love the tags!

Love Couture! Love the tags!

Absolutely fantastic reuse of the packaging!! Cannot wait to use this idea!

Love them! Thanks for sharing tutorials!

Gorgeous tags!

Tags have to be my favorite projects.
These tags have so many elements incorporated into the design. Thank you for all these ideas.

So many pretty tags! Love the Secret Garden tag!! TFS!

Absolutely gorgeous projects today - makes me want to sit right down and start creating!

Wow, beautiful
tags and thanks
for the instructions.
Carla from Utah

Such amazing creations. Luurrve the idea with recycling packaging, many possibilities. The flowers are beautiful with Botanical pprs. The fussy cutting on Couture tag is incredible & how pretty is the Secret Garden tag? Very! C :)))

Oh how I Love the Couture stuff! yummy yummy! I bought this right away...I still don't have Botanical Tea...how sweet this paper & images are! Its certainly on my wish list! Love the Couture projects here and oh those tags are just Lovely! Thank you G45 for such inspiring works!

What a gorgeous, upcycled, shaker tag. I always wonder what I could do with all of the plastic packaging. Love it! <3

Tags are must wonderful. They're tiny but mighty :)

Love the idea to use the packaging on a tag! So clever, Thanks for all the great ideas!

I love the G45 blog for the awesome inspiration it brings me. Thanks for these wonderful projects!

Oooo Lala says it ALL!! So much gorgeousness today!!! I'm so very inspired! Thanks to all you talented G45 peeps!!!

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