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October 02, 2014

Unique Altered Art with Shabby Chic Staples & More

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We love when our designers provide unique ideas for papercrafting. They see so much more than the paper, but a world of possibility. Nichola Battilana and Rhea Freitag are masters of thinking outside the box. Today, they will share two amazing ideas and two great tutorials to try yourself. These are great ideas for home decor, for parties coming up, or for fun gift ideas!

Also, we still have this Good ol' Sport $35 prize pack up for grabs until tomorrow! Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to win. We will announce our winner tomorrow, October 3, here on the blog!


First, we have these whimsical and fun frames from Nichola. We love the techniques she used on the frames and the fun way she used our paper as background. It truly sets the scene for these amazingly fun frames. Take a set of frames, get a world of ideas!

"It never fails. As soon as I see a cool altered object project, the object in question becomes impossible to find. While looking for something entirely different the other week, I saw bag of small frames at a very reasonable price. I snagged them and set to work creating a pretty little set of altered art. With a little love, Come Away with Me, and Shabby Chic Staples, you can turn those sad little frames into tiny treasures. How fun would they be as party favours, small thank-you gifts, or abandoned as random acts of kindness for strangers to find?"~Nichola

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Check out How to Make Shabby Chic Altered Art Frames by Nichola Battilana on Snapguide.  

Nichola's Shabby Chic Frames Snapguide Tutorial

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Supply List:

Come Away with Me
Come Away With Me
Travel Odyssey
Vintage Voyage
Look Out World
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes
Thrift shop frames
3/8 Inch Looped Ivory Lace
7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Ivory Lace
Tintypes Collage Sheet
Acrylic paints

Next, we have a great party favor idea from Rhea - Botanical Tea fortune cookies! Take it away, Rhea:

"When challenged with the idea to make a wedding favor with Graphic 45 products, the fresh palate of the new Botanical Tea line jumped out to me as an immediate possibility. I wanted to create something that was simple yet sentimental, and I think these Paper Fortune Cookies do the trick. You could adapt this project to create party favors for many different themes. Also, try using different quotes, challenges, fortunes, or fun family sayings on the inside of each treat to make your favors really personal to your event.

It is easy to knock out a large number of these paper treats. My trick is to make an assembly line whenever making a large quantity of items. Complete each step to every element to make quick work of what seems like a daunting task. Even better: invite a crafty comrade over to share the joy of preparing for the big day. The memories made creating together will only enhance your path to celebration. Cheers!


To start I cut up my fortunes.  I found the sayings I wanted on the internet, printed them out and cut them out. 


Next I cut out each of my circles.  I chose to make mine 4 inches in diameter.  I used a cutting mat and a circle cutter.  This made this task really easy and quickly produced a nice set of evenly cut circles.


In order to add a finished edge, I used Distress Stain in Tea Dye.  I would also recommend aging them a bit more by buffing with distress ink if you have the time.  This always adds extra depth.


Fold the circle in half and “pinch and inch” in the center of the circle, scoring it only in the middle.


Add a Xyron High Tack glue dot right next to your small crease.


Here you can see where the adhesive is as well.  


ROTATE the circle 180 degrees and bring the sides together.  Your crease should now be parallel to you!!!  This took me a moment to figure out.


The crease is now your score line to create the cookie shape.  Squeeze the top and bottom towards each other as pictured. You may have to guide the paper to go where you want it.  It is helpful to use your index finger to push in where the fold is as you are squeezing the paper into shape (see arrow).  


Here is the finished cookie.  On some of them I added a second glue dot if it needed it.  I found if the glue was too close to the crease line, I needed a second application.


Try to make a few of these before adding in the fortune at the same time.  The motion needed to fold the paper properly will take a few practice tries, so make a few extra.  Once I had it down I was able to fold them up in no time.


There are tons of other cute ways to display these fun favors: think apothecary jars, baskets, bowls, Chinese take-out boxes, the possibilities are endless.  For my display I used a mirrored dressing table tray that had an unfortunate accident.  Since the mirror broke, I simply matted it with coordinating Graphic 45 paper and added a few buffs of gilders paste to add age and character.


I hope you were inspired by my little paper Fortune Cookies and I would love to see how you interpret this idea!" ~Rhea

Supply List

Botanical Tea 12x12 paper
Xryon® 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
Distress Stain, Tea Dye
Circle Cutter and Cutting Mat
Printed Fortunes

We love these awesome ideas from Nichola and Rhea. Did you get inspired to try one of these tutorials? Make sure to share on our Facebook page! Have a great Thursday, G45ers.

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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Fantastic ideas. Thank you so much

So clever!!

Wonderful projects. Love the fortune cookies!!!
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Love these outside the box ideas

What fun ideas...thanks for your creativity :)

Clever ideas for frames! Making fortune cookies will help use up all your hoarded scraps of beautiful paper!

Love the frames and the fortune cookies!

Nichola's frames are awesome and I love Rhea's fortune cookies!!! TFS!

Love both tutorials, especially with the holiday season approaching; gifts of family photos captured in little frames and fortune cookie treats for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Thanks for sharing!

Great projects, as always! The fortune cookies are such a cute idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

Love the frames Nichola. They would look great with the family black & white pictures. Thanks for sharing!
The Fortune Cookies are a great idea Rhea. So cute. Thanks for the share.
Most of all thank you Graphic 45 for producing the great papers for these great projects to get made.

Ohhhhhhh, the frames are gorgeous!! Didn't know G45 did lace? Really cool wire work & wish I could afford the metal staples you do. Shall b on look out for frames this size, definitely.
The little paper parcels are just cute, aren't they?
Really different ideas today... Tfs

Those fortune cookies are too fun. thanks for the tutorials.

I just love the altered frames. And I think the little fortune cookies are darling!

Those frames are just fantastic.

Fortune cookies - how cute!!!!

wonderful projects

Love these projects! What great ideas for party favors.

These look so cute
and would be fun to
Carla from Utah

I'm definitely going to use this fortune cookie idea...so clever!

love the frame ideas thankyou

I love the frames, and the cookies are too cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

The little framed art was terrific. I really loved the tutorial on the home made fortune cookies because they can be themed to the occasion or to match the other G45 inspired decorations, plus they can have amusing or meaningful fortunes.

I can't wait to search for the little frames in our local antique shops. This project is so cute.

Love these ideas!

Both the projects are so cute!

What great ideas.
Would love to try out the Good Ole Sports papers.

Wow I love those fortune cookies ❤ Nichola your work is truly admirable love it all...hugs from your TDL teamy Amy xxx

Both projects are BEAUTIFUL!

Super cute project ideas! Looking forward to many hours of creative fun with G45 products.

Those little frames are so cute and creative!! Love the fortune cookies, too...so pretty!!

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Such amazing inspirational project ideas! Would love to use Good Ol' Sport to document my son''s 'all sport" childhood pics

Beautiful altered frames :) the cookies are cute! tfs

very cute. such a fun idea

Two fabulous ideas!! I have quite a few mis-matched picture frames, so Nicola's project really hit home with me. I love the fortune cookie idea as well. G45 has the BEST designers!

Love this collection. We have a new cat in our family! thanks G45!

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