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January 14, 2016

Creative Inspiration with Graphic 45

  Creative inspiration wagon, Worlds Fair, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (2)

Today, we have two incredibly awesome projects from Maggi Harding and Jim, the Gentleman Crafter! We're so excited about them, we're just going to go ahead and jump into the fun!

First, Maggi shares her inspiration for 2016. What an awesome fussy cut masterpiece!

"When tasked to design a project that would remind and inspire me to grow creatively, I immediately thought of the World's Fair collection as it has so many great inspiration words, quotes, and images.  I call this piece, "Think Outside the Box, Use a Wagon".

My mind sort of wandered over to the "Think Outside the Box" idea of the words and quotes sticking out, i.e. thinking outside,  of a Staples  Matchbook box in the wagon.  I took the drawer out of the box and covered both pieces with design paper and used as anchors for my words and images that I glued onto wooden skewers.  Unfortunately, the boxes got a little lost amidst all the embellishments but you can see them and the construction in the photo I took from the back.

My tip for today:  Think outside the box, let your mind wander and don't be boxed in by what is typically thought of as "the way you should do it." ~Maggi

Creative inspiration wagon, Worlds Fair, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (2)

Creative inspiration wagon, Worlds Fair, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (2)

Creative inspiration wagon, Worlds Fair, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (2)

Creative inspiration wagon, Worlds Fair, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (2)

Creative inspiration wagon, Worlds Fair, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (2)

Creative inspiration wagon, Worlds Fair, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (2)

Creative inspiration wagon, Worlds Fair, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (2)

Creative inspiration wagon, Worlds Fair, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (2)

Supply List

Graphic 45 World's Fair Collection 12 x 12 collection:
Flower Power
Mind Over Matter
Balloon Bouquet
Inspiration Station
Wonder Works
Ticket to Ride
Tags & Pockets
Decorative Chipboard
Graphic 45 Typography 12 x 12 collection:  Imagine
Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home Stickers
Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar 12 x 12 collection:  Mystical Masterpiece
Staples Small Matchbook Box
Other supplies:
Wood skewers
Petaloo Botanica Royal Blue Sugared Blooms
Petaloo Botanica Pistachio Blooms
I am Roses daisies, carnations, lilies, apple blossoms
Claudine Hellmuth Studio semi-gloss acrylic paint:  landscape green, dab of yellow, altered orange
Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Banners die
Metal wagon from Michael's

This project was an absolute hit at the Graphic 45 CHA Booth this past week! See it here - it's a working Gentleman Fish Rider by the amazing Jim, the Gentleman Crafter!

"This is such a fun project…Inspired directly by the Gentleman Fish Rider in the paper collection.  I thought, let’s see if we can make it…then, let’s see if we can make it move…And It Does!  By turning the geared knob at the front, this turns the larger gear on the inside, which allows the Gentleman’s arms to move up and down as he is riding the fish with the reigns…Such a blast to make!" ~Jim, the Gentleman Crafter






Supply List

Graphic 45 Voyage Under The Sea Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Claw Feet
Heavy Weight Black Chipboard
Perfect Paints

Did you hear about our giveaway this week? We are giving away one of our Signature Totes in honor of CHA closing today. We will fill this tote with $100 of amazing new goodies that we are releasing at CHA! This won't be shipped for a few weeks, but will be totally worth the wait. All you need to do is comment here on the blog or on Facebook to win! We will announce a winner on Friday. *Note: These totes are actually not for sale. They are special gifts for our events. But, we love how excited our G45ers are about these! That's why we wanted to do a couple contests with these beauties.


Weren't these projects awesome? We love them! Big thanks to Maggi and Jim!

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

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



Jim, thank you for sharing your awesome art. I just love it; it's perfect!

This is a wonderful giveaway. Your artists are so talented, and the projects are inspiring.

What creative projects!

Greate projects :)

Very talented designers.

both projects are amazing!

I love the fish! Such a creative, out-of-the-box sort of project that's so whimsical!

So cool! Can't wait to see more!

I can see how Jim's (The Gentleman Crafter) project would steal the show - it's amazing! Graphic 45 has THE best designers:)

So very creative!!!

AMAZING projects today. Jim doesn't fail to impress as usual. Maggie does a great job on the wagon. So much detail and fussy cutting.

Jim's project is awesome. Can't wait to play with that paper myself.

Awesome projects! What a thrill it would be to see all of these wonderful creations LIVE at CHA!

Wow, two incredibly amazing pieces of art! I would love to have the pattern for the man riding the fish.

Definitely outside of the box today. I love both projects.

Graphic 45 is a 'new' discovery for me. I've loved a few pages, but just recently took a class and have discovered so much more to do with the product. This bag od goodies would be icing on the cake of discovery!

2016 New Years Resolution: "Use More Graphic 45 Paper!"

My favorite collection this year! So, cool.

How FABULOUS! Both of these pieces of art inspire me to "think outside the box". Thank you so much for sharing and giving away the wonderful tote!

The wagon will go on my coffee table and the fish will go to the lake house.
Both are amazing.
thanks for sharing.

Absolutely fantastic!! Such detail. I would love to make all of these.

My goodness!! Excellent projects!

Maggi totally nailed her concept of thinking out of the box. Truly her creation inspires her.
And Jim never fails to delight us with his AMAZING creations.

Totally in love with new releases and can't wait to get my hands on them :) The wagon is amazing and Jim's Fish is spectacular - Winning the tote & goodies would be incredible! Thanks for the chance - great giveaway <3

What imaginative projects. They're both so playful and colorful and FUN!

OMG Projects from the deepest caves of the mind...I'm stunned

Awesome projects!

WOW! First I was delighted and inspired by the centerpiece, it's brilliant! Then The Gentleman Crafter strikes again! Two awesome projects!!

Beautiful detailed projects made with a stunning collection of paper products.

BOth Jim and Maggi have created such magical pieces today!!! I am in love with the cart by Maggi and Jim's bucking fish is so awesome!!! FUN! FUN! FUN!!

Fun projects today and very inspiring! Thanks also for the opportunity to win an awesome prize of a G45 tote filled with G45 goodies!

That fish is awesome!

Fabulous projects! I love the new Graphic 45 papers!

These projects take a person's breath away! Thank you G45 for bringing us the best designers with the best inspiration ever!

that fishrider is amazing

WOW such amazing projects!!!!

the projects are fabulous...love the papers that were used. but love all graphic 45

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE each and every project! keep up the creative work!

Amazing talent "bring paper to life". I am inspired by your photos and need to play!! Started my own project yesterday - thanks to the coaching from your team!
Please put my name into the fabulous tote bag drawing - many thanks!!!

Very detailed and unique!

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