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July 07, 2015

Riveting Layouts with Rare Oddities!

Rare Oddities Layout, Rare Oddities, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1

Today, we get to enjoy wonderful projects with Rare OdditiesThis new paper collection is now in stores and our Design Team is creating incredible projects with this fun collection! Take a look today and get inspired by Robin Shakoor and Maggi Harding!

First, we have this stunning layout by Robin. What stunning dimension and layers!

"Rare Oddities is one hauntingly beautiful collection!  I created this layout using two large embellishment clusters.  I love using clusters of layered embellishments to draw the eye into my projects.  I used a combination of chipboard, floral sprays and fussy cut images to create my ghostly gorgeous clusters.

Tip:  Creating layered embellishment clusters to your projects adds drama and beautiful dimension."~Robin

Rare Oddities Layout, Rare Oddities, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1

Robin and Maggi are using Rare Oddities on these fun projects today!


Rare Oddities Layout, Rare Oddities, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1

Rare Oddities Layout, Rare Oddities, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1

Supply List

Graphic 45 – Rare Oddities - Rare Oddities – 4501142
Graphic 45 – Rare Oddities – Ghostly Greetings - 4501148
Graphic 45 – Rare Oddities – Random Relics - 4501145
Graphic 45 – Rare Oddities – Cabinet of Curiosities - 4501149
Graphic 45 – Rare Oddities – Stickers - 4501156
Graphic 45 – Raining Cats and Dogs – Flowers - 4500977
Graphic 45 – Rare Oddities – Charmed I’m Sure – 4501143
Graphic 45 – Rare Oddities – Decorative Chipboard - 4501154
Graphic 45 – Staples - Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes – 4500840
Graphic 45 – Staples - Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys - 4500839
Other Supplies & Tools
Ranger – Distress Ink – Mowed Lawn, Black Soot
Fiskars – Paper Trimmer
Adhesive Foam Circles
Helmar’s – Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive
Viva Décor – Pearl Pen –Black
Detail Scissors
Flowers – Prima, Recollections
Photo - Dreamstime
Martha Stewart Crafts – Gate Punch

Next, Maggi shares an awesome layout and tutorial. Love it!

"On this layout I've combined several layers of the gorgeous patterned papers from the new Rare Oddities collection and just a little bit of cardstock.  The very bottom layer is black cardstock, so it serves as a frame as I find a simple border like this tends to hold the layout together and give it a finished look.   One way to make your layers look really great together is to chose contrasting colors as you build your layers.  Notice how I've started with the plaid background paper and then added a simple patterned green.  Then I've chosen the contrasting orange to layer over the green.  Both the green and orange are colors present in the plaid paper but they really stand out from each other because they contrast so nicely.  Then to make my photo pop, I've added a black print layer and matted my photo with black cardstock.

When it comes to embellishments, the design rule is use an odd number.  Generally, odd numbers of anything looks better.  If you look at my layout you will see 5 embellishment clusters - clockwise:  the owl, chipboard, bottles, skull and journaling chipboard.   Next time you are putting together a layout, experiment with an odd number of embellishments vs. an even number.

Tips: A simple cardstock frame often gives a finished look to your layout. Use contrasting colors for great layering looks An odd number of embellishments often looks best." ~Maggi

Halloween layout, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Check out How to Build a Layout- G45 Rare Oddities by Maggi HARDING on Snapguide.  

Maggi's Snapguide Link

Halloween layout, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Halloween layout, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Halloween layout, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Halloween layout, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Supply List

Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Collection -
  12 x 12 papers:
Rare Oddities 4501142
Charmed I'm Sure 4501143
Brews and Potions 4501144
Ghostly Greetings 4501148
Decorative Chipboard 4501154
Journaling Chipboard 4501155
Ephemera Cards 4501157
Stickers 4501156
Rare Oddities 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids 4501151
G45 Staples Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys 4500545
Black Cardstock
Creative Embellishments Spider Web Flourish Border
Creative Embellishments Halloween Witches
I Am Roses daisies
Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel
Flat black paint
Distress black soot ink

Clare Charvill met a talented G45er at her classes this past weekend. Amy Barrett is a newer G45er and makes gorgeous cards and Clare was so amazed by her wonderful spirit and wonderful talent. We love our G45ers and we love that Clare teaches all over the UK getting to meet these wonderful artists. Go Amy!


Our other newest collection Gilded Lily is up for grabs this week in this great giveaway! Enter below to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for joining us today and all our thanks to Robin and Maggi for their fabulous inspiration. Have a creative day!

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family


Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here


What a fantastic collection of designs! This is another inspired and inspiring collection from the artists of g45. I'm so sad the last LSS closed in our area, so I am now on the hunt to add this series to my personal (and growing) inventory of g45 paper products. This makes me long for fall and Halloween.

I love this paper for Halloween!! Very nice! I could make so much with it. Great job with the layout!! TALENTED for sure!

Wow! What gorgeous layouts!

Wouldn't the world be a better place if we all got along like papercrafters do? Thank you Graphic 45 for bringing us all together with inspiration and delight for all your wonderful products and talented artists!

very big thank you for mentioning me and putting a photo up off me, it really made mme feel wonderful, thank you

Thanks for a wonderful 2 days clare it was a blast and I can't wait for a day off to play with my new G 45 stash ....Amy is just thrilled to get a mention ...she is now an international superstar xx

OOO-ooo-ooo! I love both projects using this new Halloween collection! Can we be looking toward fall already?

Both Halloween layouts are to die for...heehee, pun intended! They really are both incredible and showcase the Rare Oddities collection beautifully!!!

Creepily gorgeous layouts AND a tutorial: what could be better!!!!!!!

Gorgeous projects made with the new Collection. Some of my favorite colors are in this giveaway this week!!

I'm not a photo layout kind of gal but both of these are fabulous! Guess I'm going to have to order Rare Oddities now...

Great layouts! I can see I'm going to love Rare Oddities!

Beautiful collection and creations!

What luscious colors! The projects are stunning! Rare Oddities is sure to be a big hit!

Breathtakingly beautiful

OMG! What a simply devine paper collection. I love this sooooooo much.:)

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