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March 02, 2015

10 Tips to Kick off National Craft Month

  10 Crafting Tips from Graphic 45 for National Craft Month! #graphic45

It's the first Monday in March, so let's kick off this party with 10 Tips to get you ready for this National Craft Month! We hope we all carve out more time for crafting this month and live up this fun month. Here are 10 Tips to get you ready to create. Also, stay until the end of the blog for a great giveaway this week!

1. The growing is in the doing. Put aside just a bit of time each day to get into the craft room. Even if you only have 30 minutes, working on your passion and creativity will enrich your day!


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2. Find a mentor! There are so many amazing designers and tutorials out there online and in your local scrapbook store. Choose one, even if you think you can’t accomplish what they create, give it a shot! You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!

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Graphic 45 Fun Tutorials Pinterest Board


3.Try layering beautiful imagery with fussy cutting! Nichola Battilana has an amazing video to give you great tips on how to tackle this technique:



Nichola's Fussy Cutting Video


4. Don’t have many supplies? Challenge yourself to create with one sheet of paper! Here’s a great tutorial from Keri Sallee:



Keri's 12x12 One-Page Mini album Tutorial


5. Don’t feel trapped by using one collection. Mix and match with colors and layers and you may create something amazing!

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Layout by Jane Tregenza using Typography & Bird Song. She is a master of mixing patterns and collections to create a dynamic layout!


6. Do you want your craft space to stay more organized? Annette Green has some awesome ideas in her three-video series on how to create an organized, creative space!


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7. Remember, there are no mistakes in crafting!


8. Worried about what you’re going to do with a project once you create it? Our Design Team will provide some great ideas this month for that very topic, but if you want to create and don’t have the space - give it away! Brighten someone’s day with a handmade gift.


9. Give yourself a challenge this March to use your stash! Try a project or a paper pack you’ve been scared to tackle and do it!


10. Want more tips? Visit our Graphic 45 Tips Pinterest Board!

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What tips do our amazing G45ers have to share? Comment below with your favorite crafting tips and they may get shared on Facebook this National Craft Month!

Now, we can't have a Monday without a giveaway! This week, you could win this $71 prize pack of Raining Cats & Dogs! Woo hoo, what a great prize pack! Just enter below:

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Thanks for joining us this National Craft Month! There's only more goodies coming your way. Hope these tips help you get back that crafting mojo!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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Raining Cats & Dogs collection is so pretty! Thank you for the great tips in this post!

Love Graphic 45 and all the projects shown on the blog!

Craft month? Isn't every month"craft month?" I love Graphic 45!!

Thank you for the 10 tips list. It is full of great ideas!

Great Tips !! xx

Great tips! Thanks for the ideas!

Great tips! Happy National Craft Month! And I LOVE the Raining Cats and Dogs collection! 😊

Always have some papertowels around when stamping. In that way you're prepared for "inky" fingers or excess on the block backing the stamp.

Love this paper. Have made several small scrapbooks from it. Would enjoy making more!!!

My tip is keep a couple of microfiber cloths for stamping. I have 2 that I wipe up ink, spills, and everything else. I just throw them in the washer when I run a load of cleaning towels.

Thanks for the tips!

I have a project in mind already for Raining Cats and Dogs. :)

Sometimes you get inspiration for a project from the most unlikely places so I keep small paper pads around the house where I jot down these ideas or I make a small sketch so I don't forget.

I like to store stamps in cd bins!!! thanks for a chance to win!

Love the Rainy Cats and Dogs paper!
Thanks for all the tips!

Raining cats and dogs is awesome. Could put it to good use with our Maltese all dressed up in her Sunday best!

My tip is to have a week or weekend where you don't start anything new you only finish up old projects!! Cuts down on clutter and stress!

Thanks for the tips- loved seeing Annette's crafting space!

great tips for March and every month.

Thank you for the great tips.
i like graphic 45!!!

I am so excited to see all the wonderful inspiration this month!!

As a beginner, my crafting tip would be - watch every crafting video you can find on you tube. There are tons of talented people who post hints and tips and you can learn something from every one. Watch how talented artists use their tools, watch how they combine colors, watch the process for making magic happen. It's amazing what you can learn.

Lovin' the Raining Cats & Dogs collection. I have to black kittens that are 8 months old. Lots of scrappin' I could do with this collection.
Awesome tips and tricks series.
Thanks for sharing with us!

Graphic 45 is my favorite paper! Sadly, I always have to buy 3 packs of each paper: 1 to use and 2 to hoard!

Happy craft month!

When I don't have a specific project in mind, I'll often just start cutting and pasting to get my creative juices flowing. Even if the act of playing with paper doesn't lead to a finished project, it often provides me with something nice to use at a later date when I need a quick card. And it's fun!

Thanks for the tips! Keep calm and keep on crafting!

Great ideas!

My tip: don't be afraid to cut a "pretty" piece of paper. You will not ruin it! Crafting is about exploring ideas and having fun...what fun is a piece of pretty paper that is stored away for no one to use?

Thank you for all for tips!! Love the storage ideas.

I'm looking forward to more ideas. I'm just learning to make mini books as a way of saving my graphic 45 collections. Far far better than just leaving them in the drawer to look at occasionally


I loved the videos! Thank you for sharing! Fussy cutting is my all time favorite thing to do and as my work space is very small I have to be very organized and orderly. So, all the videos were fun to watch! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

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Great tips!! My favorite tip is to take care of stuff as you finish with it that way everything is put away by the time you are finished your project!
Keep a basket, bin or tote filled with your must have tools and keep it close at hand. That way you are always ready to get started.

My tip#1 is: Always ask yourself, "What if I tried.....(to do something new, to do it differently, to use something lying around the house). Keep adding little skills here and there. YouTube is a great place to learn.

great tips - and so many great ideas!
Love your papers; Love all of it! ^_^

Crafty hugs, Laila

Love these tips. Let's see more!

oooops, my tip ran away from my comment!
Tip: Dont follow the lines! Alter images, use things for themes they were not intended for - give your imagintaion a good stretching! ^_^

Love these ideas!!! I'll be putting some to use right now...

So excited for National Craft Month. I can't wait to see your tips for what to do with projects after I've created them. I usually just give them away.

Love G45. My tip: crafting is good for you on so many levels. Enjoy!

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