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June 16, 2016

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BOM Square Tag mini, Typography, tutorial by Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1) 

We are so excited to welcome back Maggi Harding to the Design Team! Maggi is a master of creativity - you can see it in everything she creates. We love her talent, humor, and fun on the team and are so excited for another year with this awesome designer. Maggi shares 3 of her favorite projects from the past year, plus shares a brand new project for our #UniquelyYou assignment! You will love her works shared today. Let's let Maggi introduce herself for Year Two:

Maggi headshot

"Hi, I am Maggi Harding, and I am so thrilled to be serving my 2nd year with Graphic 45.  The last year was an incredible experience and I am betting this year is even better!

I live in eastern North Carolina, but I claim the world as home.  I have spent most of my life wandering, as a child with my parents because my Dad was in the Army, and, as an adult, because it is in my blood.

My husband and I share our home with our two standard poodles, Nika and Tisha.  We love to travel and do so mostly in our RV so that our sweet furbabies can be with us.   We have been from Key West, Florida to Fairbanks, Alaska and from the Pacific shores of California to the Atlantic shores of North Carolina in our well travelled motorhome!

I discovered scrapbooking in 2005 when I decided to make scrapbooks for my two best friends from college.  It quickly became my passion and something that I spend hours doing and never grow tired of my efforts.

I really can't pinpoint my style as I do a little bit of everything, but two things I really love, are vintage styling and bright bold colors.  I love the rich saturated colors and bold patterns that characterize Graphic 45 papers.  They are an artistic adventure for me; I always ask myself, what can I create, how can I make this piece of paper come to life?   I love the challenge of combining those beautiful patterns with my photos to create a cohesive art piece.  Scrapbooking has awakened my “inner artist” and  satisfies the creative side of my brain that was long neglected during my career as a CPA.  These days I am a happy  retired, stay at home, crazy, paper loving scrap artist!"

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Let's take a look at Maggi's 3 favorite projects! You will fall in love with each and every one!

"I chose this tag as one of my favorites because I put so much love into it.  I made this tag for our poodles' veterinarian.  She takes such good care of our girls and is such a compassionate and caring person.  She has laughed at our poodles' antics and cried with me when their time has come to an end.  I like to make goodies for her and her staff at Christmas time and of course make a special tag to accompany my gift.

I layered several of the design papers from the 12 Days of Christmas collection and, to add interest and dimension, popped up some of the layers with foam tape.  I diecut a Sizzix frame from dark green cardstock and then added  embossing powder randomly on the frame to give it a snowy look. The chipboard poodle is heat embossed with Ranger Antiquities embossing enamel in Weathered White.  It leaves a rough surface after heating and so it worked perfectly to mimic a poodle's curly coat. I love the effect.  I finished it all off with a gorgeous Petaloo poinsettia vine and a festive ribbon.

Poodle Tag, 12 Days of Christmas, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Poodle Tag, 12 Days of Christmas, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Poodle Tag, 12 Days of Christmas, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Supply List

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas collection:
Christmas Rose
Calling Birds
Holly and Ivy
6 x 6 Patterns & Solids Pad

Green cardstock
Lace dyed with Lindy's Alpine Ice Rose mist
Petaloo Poinsettia vine
Leaky Shed chipboard poodle
Sizzix diecut frame
Stampendous aged green embossing enamel
Ranger Antiquities weathered white embossing enamel

"This altered tin is one of my favorite projects because it was just so much fun to make!  Ohh and what a fun time I had making a big mess.   Before I was finished everything in my studio had mist, glue, vand paint on it, including the poodles!

To make this tin, I started by painting it with black gesso, then I dribbled on some paint.  Next I applied a lot of different mists and sometimes dried between colors and sometimes not as I wanted the colors to bleed together.  Tip: I sprayed the tin with Krylon Fixative so that the colors wouldn't bleed any further when I painted on the matte medium that I used to glue down the paper strips, frame, and Mr. Bones.  

The frame behind Mr. Bones, is diecut and then heavily embossed with gold and black embossing powders.  I also sprayed the center to make it a darker green.  It really was cut from Articles of Antiquity paper but that's hard to see!

I made all the flowers with the exception of a few small black roses.  I used some scraps and pages from the 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids pad.  Tip:  You can make your leaves and vines look more realistic by dabbing on some mists or water colors to give them a varied colored appearance as I have done to my vines.  I dabbed on an olive mist and then tipped the leaf ends with a dark red mist."

Altered tin, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, tutorial, Graphic 45 (1)


Maggi's Alterd Tin Tutorial

Altered tin, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, tutorial, Graphic 45 (1)

Altered tin, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, tutorial, Graphic 45 (1)

Altered tin, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, tutorial, Graphic 45 (1)

Altered tin, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, tutorial, Graphic 45 (1)

Altered tin, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, tutorial, Graphic 45 (1)

Supply List

Graphic 45 Rare Oddities collection:
Brews and Potions (12 x 12) 4501144 - bat and book strips
Articles of Antiquity (12 x 12) 4501147 - diecut behind skeleton
Ghostly Greetings (12 x 12) 4501148 - flowers
Cabinet of Curiosities (12 x 12) 4501149 - skeleton fussy cut
6 x 6 Patterns & Solids 4501151 - flowers and vines
Tags & Pockets 450160
Decorative Chipboard 4501154
Journaling Chipboard 4501155

G45 Staples Claw Feet 4501027
G45 StaplesDoor Knockers 4501028
G45 Staples Stamped Metal Brads 4500422

Pepperidge Farms cookie tin
Black gesso
Izink opaline, gold
Shamrock green acrylic paint
Silks Vavoom Red
Heidi Swapp Chartreuse mist
Prima mists:  Empress Gold, Pressed Petal
Dylusions Funky Fuschia mist
Lindy's mists: Cajun Carnelian Red, Golden Lump O' Coal, Gator Gumbo Olive
Shimmerz Vibez Snow Storm
Liquitex Matte Medium
Krylon Workable Fixatif
Prima Static stencil
Art-C Gold embossing paste
Stampendous embossing enamel: aged gold, aged black
La La Land large rolled rose die
Spellbinders Romantic Vines die
Sizzix Alterations Tattered Floral die
Paper Arts Bodacious Blooms die
Tim Holtz Ideaology corked vials
Prima Glass Beads - plum
ColorBox G45 Decades Antique Moss ink
Ranger Distress Ink:  Rusty Hinge, Black Soot
Really Reasonable Ribbon green gingham check

 "I love making and altering 3D items.   Things that have a purpose really excite me, like this fun container for  Halloween treats.   This boot would easily hold a couple bags of chocolate and yum,  wouldn’t that be fun to fill and keep on your desk and maybe share with your co-workers?  You could also use it as a centerpiece for a Halloween party!

I started with a Silhouette Witch’s Boot cut file enlarged to 200%.  Then I added paper in the center such that the boot cut-outs attached to each side come together forming a boot toe.  This allowed me to add the fun lacing that really makes it look like a boot.  Now just fill it up with chocolate and you’ve got an art piece that everyone will want!"

Witch's Boot, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Witch's Boot, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Witch's Boot, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Witch's Boot, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Witch's Boot, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Witch's Boot, Rare Oddities, Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Supply List

Rare Oddities Collection Random Relics (12 x 12) 4501146
Rare Oddities Decorative Chipboard 4501154
Rare Oddities Journaling Chipboard 4501155
Rare Oddities Stickers 4501156
An Eerie Tale Collection Gone Batty (12 x 12) 4500937
Time to Flourish Collection October Flourish (12 x 12) 4501048
Other Supplies:
Silhouette Witch's Boot cut file @ 200%
Bazzill black cardstock
EK Success Pointed Flower border punch
Fiskars Threading Water border punch
ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antique Moss ink
Ranger Distress Dusty Concord ink
Offray Dashes, Dots & Checks ribbon
Hobby Lobby Black Large Daisy Trim
Hobby Lobby Black Bead Trim
Recollections Faux Pearl Stickers - black
Black feathers
Petaloo Botanica mini flowers - lavender/purple, black, grey,
I Am Roses small purple gardenias
I Am Roses small black roses
I Am Roses daisies
Prima Island Pastel flowers
Creative Embellishments Gone Batty chipboard bats
Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel

Now, how is this great new project from Maggi. We love how she used our new Square Tag Albums!

"I am so excited and thrilled to be back for a 2nd design term with Graphic 45!!  It's kind of fun to be a "seasoned veteran"  now, as I well remember how nervous I was this time last year.  Our first assignment was to design a project that describes me as a designer and include a photo of me.  Well I pondered that for a while, and finally decided to use my DT photo as a start and make a book all about me.  We often scrap photos of everyone in our families and record their stories but we often leave ourselves out of the picture.

I used one of G45's new Staples Square Tag & Pocket Album for my mini.  These little books are so fun and have so many pages; it really takes a lot of the work out of making a mini.  I picked one of my "go-to" collections, Typography, because it really represents me as a designer.  It includes my favorite color palette, black, red, and cream,  it's a little sassy and its got so many great quotes that I really can relate to.

Tips:  When making minis, gather and print a lot of photos to use, but be sure to print them small so you can easily use them in your mini.  Use matte medium on the outside of your mini to give it a really sturdy finish that will hold up over time."

BOM Square Tag mini, Typography, tutorial by Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

Check out How to Collage a Mini Album Cover by Maggi HARDING on Snapguide.  

Maggi's Snapguide Tutorial

BOM Square Tag mini, Typography, tutorial by Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

BOM Square Tag mini, Typography, tutorial by Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

BOM Square Tag mini, Typography, tutorial by Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

BOM Square Tag mini, Typography, tutorial by Maggi Harding, Graphic 45 (1)

 Supply List

Graphic 45 Typography 12 x 12 collection:
Chipboard Die-cuts
Tags & Pockets
Letter Stickers
Raining Cats & Dogs collection alpha stickers
Square Tag & Pocket Album - Black Butterfly
Ornate Metal Key Holes
Ornate Metal Keys
Black cardstock
Petaloo Mini Mix x 8 Spice 1462-108
Petaloo Dahlias Teastained Spice 1467-108
Petaloo Mini Mix x 8 Red 1462-101
Wild Mini Blossoms x 24 Paprika 1481-317
May Arts Red Ribbon

Hallowe'en in Wonderland is our giveaway this week! This prize pack is worth $30 and comes with 2 of each 12 double-sided sheets and the pictured stickers and chipboard. This will be so much fun to create with! All you need to do to win is to comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page. We'll announce a winner tomorrow on Friday, June 17. So, make sure to enter today!

(1) Hallowe'en in Wonderland Prize $30 Value

Join us in welcoming back Maggi to our team in the comments below. We are excited her great talent is back on our team for Year 2! We are so enjoying these great introductions. So fun!

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

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So creative!!

Welcome back Maggi! I just LOVE your tutorials.

Love, love, love those minis x

Oh for wonderful! Love these unique works of art. Hard to choose which would be my favorite!

Glad to see Maggie return and of course her work is beautiful.

Great projects Maggi!

Wow! So many really creative ideas. Thank you for sharing and for the tutorials. Love Graphic 45!

Maggi...just love the mini and the tutorial. I think I can do this 😉

These are all beautiful but the Altered Cookie Tin is absolutely magical!! Maggie is so talented!! TFS!

Maggi is a delight! She is absolutely as much fun as her projects are! I love her vintage style and creative approach to paper! I'm so excited to be on the team with another North Carolina gal! Beautiful work, Maggi!

Well done on being chosen to carry on at G45.
Many thanks for lovely projects.
Sue Mac

These projects are absolutely amazing! So is this week's giveaway! Thank you!!

Love the witch's boot!

LOVE Maggi's beautiful projects!!!

So happy Maggi is back on the team for a second year. She is an amazing crafter and is just the sweetest artist there is:)

That shoe is amazing!! LOVE IT! x

Totally love Maggi's work - so glad to see her here for another year......yay!!!!!!!

I love these projects especially the canister one! So creative!

Super cute! Looking around the house for tins to alter now...lol

One of my favorite collections :)

Maggi, Maggi MAGGI !!! My GOODNESS... over the top awesome ! Look forward to another year of fabuous creativity and inspiration :) <3

Autumn is coming, there's no doubt!!! That's why I'd LOVE to be the lucky winner of your Hallowe'en in Wonderland!!

Maggi's work is really fun and interesting, and full of details I love!

Fantastic projects.
Love the tin for Halloween.
The Poodle is darling.
thanks for sharing so many wonderful

Welcome Maggi
and your unique
creations are
neat to look at.
Carla from Utah

Welcome back, Maggi! You are amazingly talented and I look forward to seeing more of your projects!

So happy to see you back, Maggi! Your Christmas tag is so gorgeous it inspires me to start on my Christmas projects right away! I love mini albums the best, though, and enjoy making them, so I was happy to see your album and a tutorial to match.

Welcome back.....such great projects you've added. I love the Withces Boot. Thank you for sharing.

Wonderful projects and inspiration!

I just love your witches boot. It would be perfect to put the Halloween candy in. The altered cookie tin is amazing too.

Nice to see Maggi back for another year of G45 projects. Love that boot! Wonder what she could do with that Alice collection?

I am so in love with the Rare Oddities tin. The whole collection is just so perfect.

Wow I'm loving the Witches Boot!!! Halloween is my favorite holiday. I have never treated myself to Graphic 45 paper would love to make this boot with my Cricut and this paper pad. Thank You for the opportunity.

Maggi is so creative and precise. Beautiful work. Would be great to winn the Halloween bunch.

Fantastic projects. Would live to win, thanks for the chance.

It's so good to see Maggi and her creative genius back for a second year!!! Her "favorites" are awesome and this tutorial is perfect!!!!

Maggi's work is sooo cool! I love them!!

I really love the Rare Oddities cookie tin and witch's shoe! Maggi has such fun ideas.

Great projects, Maggi!

Maggi's boot is da bomb! Welcome back!!

I consider Maggi a friend! A wonderful gal :)

Such an awesome prize pack! A favorite collection.

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