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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.

Don't forget! Tomorrow, we announce our blog winner, so comment here on our Facebook page today to win the Good ol' Sport prize pack below.



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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Very clever ideas!!!

Fantastic tutorials! I think they are all ooh lah lah!

What a great idea to use the card from the packaging, this old dog learned something new today. Lots of great ideas always.

Stunning creations !! Fabulous inspiration !!

Fabulous tags!

I even have peacock feathers. Love the card.

Gorgeous tags! These ladies and gents are so talented!

Fun, beautiful tags!

The tags are all so very beautiful.

Lovely tags!

So amazing!!!

Loving the tags xx

Wow beautiful artwork! I so love the tqgs!

Beautiful tags! I've been looking for a small project since I had back surgery, and making a tag sounds just right! Thanks for the inspiration!

While I enjoyed seeing all of today's projects, my favorite was the Secret Garden tag. Thanks for these ideas, and for the opportunity to win a product package.

Wow! Such great tag ideas! This was another great tutorial. And so excited for the very dashing Old Sport. Thanks G45!

Thanks for sharing! Love everything!

Beautiful tags!

Wow, what gorgeous tags! All spectacularly beautiful!

Beautiful tags, I love all of the details.

So AWESOME Tags !! great inspiration!
I've often thought about making a shaker box with the packaging ... just hadn't done in...
Great upcycles !!

Super cute tags! And great use of packaging!

Tags are so versatile and always so beautiful.

Удивительные потрясающие тэги!

Absolutely fabulous projects today love all the tags and the inspiring creations!!Thank you graphic45, the best design team, designer paper and embellishments hands down in the world of scrapbooking. I am so glad that I found this company, thank you thank you.

Wow! Gorgeous tags_ Love them!!!

Great tags! You know you're working with great G45 products when you can use the product packaging in your craft creations, LOL!

Lovely tags. I just love the tutorials, lots of inspiration. I would be delighted to win the prize.

How outrageous are these ideas!! Thanks for some creative and innovative projects once again!!

Oh so much inspiration. I am grateful for all your G-45 papers it is with great pleasure to use. Love all your sampels. Can't wait to make these tags.

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