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August 19, 2014

Blissful Botanical Tea


It's always a good day to share Botanical Tea! We have two wonderful projects from Yumi Muraeda and Nichola Battilana today. There's even a tutorial. What a terrfic Tuesday!

We love when our G45ers share on our Facebook page. Seeing your beautiful projects make our collections truly come alive. Dolly LaBelle‎ made this beautiful set of cards using mainly the signature page of By the Sea. What a great idea to use the image-heavy pages!


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First we have this luscious Botanical Tea house from the amazing Yumi. What a treasure.

"I love afternoon tea. I want to make the Tea House when I saw the paper of Botanical Tea. I made such a fun on the back of the Tea House and I think that I had a good time over a cup of tea with my friends, in such a case, that it might be more fun if there such as Tea Fortune-Telling.  You should also take a single stick Please!" ~Yumi




Loving those paper teacups!



The hidden tea storage is such a fun touch. What a perfect gift idea.



Fortune telling! How fun.







Download Botanical Tea House Pattern

Supply List

Botanical tea 12’ paper pad
Botanical tea Cardstock Alphabet Stickers
Botanical tea Cardstock Stickers
Botanical tea Cardstock Tags and pockets
Botanical tea Cling Stamps2
Acrylic Board
Metal Butterflies
Metal Clothespins
Plastic Stick
Dew Drops
My Favorite Things STAMPS
(Sentimental about Audrey Hepburn)
Ranger Archival Ink Black

Now, we have the most wonderful wedding guest book by Nichola. What a handmade treasure for a memorable day. She has a great step-by-step tutorial below for this fun project.

"It used to be that weddings were ginormous events and huge tomes with pages and pages were necessary for all of the well wishes from wedding guests. Today however weddings are often smaller, more intimate affairs and perhaps a little handmade book would be more fitting. I know a lovely couple trekking off to Vegas to get hitched soon and this little book made with Botanitcal Tea and Large Staples Tags will be the perfect little book to toss into a suitcase and collect congratulations from their guests." ~Nichola





Guestbook Tutorial


Step One:  Cut several sheets of paper to 3.9” x 8”, the same size as the large tags. You could use regular bond (printer) paper or splurge and use better quality for something a little more special. Use a corner punch to round the edges of your paper so that they align perfectly with the tag edges.


Step Two: On ONE of the large tags, create a score line at 1.2” from the bottom, short edge.


Step Three: Cut four pieces of Graphic 45 paper to cover your tags. (I’ve chosen Spring Duet for the outside covers, and Fauna to line the inside.) At 1 ⅛” from the short bottom edge, cut a 1/4” strip from the papers that will embellish the front and back of the cover tag.


Affix your papers to the tags. Leave the fold line free on the front cover like so:




Step Four: Wrap a length of Washi Tape around the front cover where the exposed fold line is located and burnish into place.


Step Five: Puncture small holes in your covers and papers using a small punch, awl or nail. Mine are located .5” from the edge and there are 5 holes evenly spaced apart.


Step Six: Bind all of the pages together using thread, ribbon or yarn. If you look up Japanese Stab Binding, there are many tutorials available demonstrating this very simple binding technique in a variety of patterns.


All of these steps will help your book to lay flat when opened, avoid cracking paper, and provide stability to your fold line.


Step Seven: Now to embellish your cover! I begin with Botanical Tea Stickers...


… add some Botanical Tea Banners ...


… and a fussy cut butterfly.



Step Eight: Finally I add a Botanical Tea Chipboard tag, and Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key with a length of pretty ribbon pulled through the tag grommet holes and finish the whole thing off with the lucky couple’s initials using Botanical Tea Alphabet Stickers.




That’s it! Your book is now ready for notes of congratulations!



Supply list:


 Large Tag Album-Ivory

 Washi Tape
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key
Botanical Tea Stickers
Botanical Tea Alphabet Stickers
Botanical Tea Chipboard
Botanical Tea Banners
Spring Duet





Will you try Nichola's tutorial? These are such fun ideas from Yumi and Nichola. Beautiful projects today, we hope they brightened your day.


Your Pals in Paper,


Graphic 45

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The tea house is just fabulous! Ilove all the different components....even the backside has interest!!

Wow that house is just stunning!!!!! Such creativeness went into it!!!!!

Amazing work! The cards are so pretty and well designed. I am sometimes at a loss over what to do with a page if you have cut an image out. Great ideas.
The guest book is a beautiful keepsake for any special celebration. Very clear tutorial and how to instructions. Thank you!
And who wouldn't love the tea house!!!?! What an awesome and well crafted beauty! The little pockets and drawers and the sweet little tea cups. Thank you as well for sharing the tutorial! :)


Seriously! WOW!!!

LOVE both of these!! The Tea House is so unique and I LOVELOVELOVE the binding on the guest book! Thanks for the inspiration!

Wow, what incredibly detailed projects today! Absolutely fabulous!!

Outstanding creations! What beautiful crafting these designers have done!

The tea house is amazing! The guest book is lovely. I made my guest book for my wedding and left pages blank for pictures too. They will love this book more than some store bought one!

Great work as usual...I never cease to be amazed by the artistry of everyone!

Amazing Tea House. Wow. So creative. Love them both.

The Tea House has it All! It's so cute and I bet it was fun to make.

This is just precious! No words to describe how beautiful it is....love the little teacups.

All the projects are wonderful. I especially like the guest book and greeting cards.

Love the tea house!

Love all the projects. Although all your collections are amazing,I think botanical tea is the best.


What wonderful creations! Both unique and detailed! Love them!

Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

One word,,,WOW!

Beautiful creations!

What gorgeous projects and I love Botanical Tea!

Both projects are beautiful. Love the teahouse and especially the paper cups!

Beautiful projects!

Great projects. Love the tea shop

As always your papers are stunning and the projects shown are breathtaking.

The tea house is gorgeous, the tags with messages are a nice touch and the wedding guest book is so lovely with those little details that make it unique, I like book binding tutorials, this is a must try.

Graphic 45 designers always create stunning projects with such attention to detail. So inspirational!

Love today's projects! Botanical Tea is beautiful!

Botanical Tea is lovely and so are the projects :)

Botanical Tea projects are all amazing especially love the Tea House !

Both projects today are Outstanding, G45 has such a creative DT this year.. Yeah! Keep up the great work Team members you all rock :)

Great projects, and thank you for the tutorial!

love the guest book

I just love the Tea House !!!!!! Boy what a hit with this paper line.

Just look at all the details on that tea project! Love the Botanical Tea collection...so many ideas come to mind. Always love seeing the projects of your talented DT!

Botanical Tea is such a lovely paper collection. Love the projects.

Wow, love the tea house. What a wonderful idea and Project. Lovely.

I am definitely going to make this beautiful wedding book!

The Tea House is AMAZING! The acrylic shelves and sign are a neat idea. That would make a wonderful gift for Christmas.

Those creations are absolutely beautiful! Such creativity exists in the world.

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