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26 posts from March 2014

March 15, 2014

Graphic 45 Presents our March Challenge & Sweet Sentiments Mini Project Sheet!

Happy Saturday, G45ers!

Take part in our new March Make-a-Mini! We also have instructions on how to make the base of this album below. It is made with something we all have around - File Folders! How exciting. You can win by making this great project! Read below for all the challenge details. And most of all, have fun!




Download the Sweet Sentiments Mini Album Project Sheet

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Download the File Folder Base Instructions


Take Part in our March Challenge and Submit to our Facebook Page!

Get more tips and tricks from this great video!

Sweet Sentiments Mini Tips and Tricks Video

Have fun taking part in our March challenge. A great jumpstart for taking part in National Craft Month! We can't wait to see your mini albums.


Happy Papercrafting!

Graphic 45


March 14, 2014

A Fantastic Friday with Graphic 45 Mini Albums!


Happy Friday G45ers,


Are you ready for the weekend? So are we! But first, we have to leave you with some great ideas from Rhea Freitag and Betto Cesare. Rhea shares a great tutorial for a Sweet Sentiments mini album. Then we have a great project from Betto from the G45 Vault!

Let's find out who won our blog contest! Our randomly chosen winner from our blog comments was...

-Virginia Ogg: Great prize package. Thanks for the chance to win.

Congratulations, Virginia! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize. The photo below is another look at the great goodies you won. If you didn't win this week, join us next week for more giveaway fun!


To begin with the magical mini album fun today, Rhea shares an incredible matchbook album using Sweet Sentiments! This is such a great idea. Perfect to treasure all your springtime memories! Let's follow Rhea's amazing step-by-step tutorial! 

Sweet Sentiments Matchbook Album Tutorial


"This project was inspired when I scored this die at one of my local crafty outlet stores. I always strive to get my goodies at a great price!


I cut two pieces of the large matchbook, as I did not want the other side of the paper to show.


I just adore my Xyron Mega Runner. This was my glue of choice through this project and it really helps to speed things along.

I inked up the edges of the outside of the book to provide an aged look.


I cut several pieces of simple patterned paper for my inside pages.


To make each page sturdy and to ensure that both sides were prints, not images, I tacked two pieces of paper together with a little bit of adhesive from the Mega Runner. I then proceeded to frame out each page with tissue tape by folding it over each edge.


In order to bind my tiny matchbook I cut two holes with my Cropodile. If you do not have this tool, you could easily do this by measuring and using a typical hole punch.


I decided to add eyelets to the binding (after these images) because I realized how much stress I was going to be putting on the holes with the ribbon. It also gives the project a bit more of a finished look.


My trick to get the ribbon through something like this, use an awl. These little tools come in handy!


And here is the finished book. You can see I ended up changing out the ribbon too. Sometimes you just have to audition things to see what looks best. Now you can fill your tiny book with any décor of your choice. This would be darling with photos from Easter, or perhaps filled with spring love notes. I chose to finish mine out with more fun embellishments from Graphic 45, like the Sweet Sentiments Tags and Pockets and the cardstock stickers."





Download the PDF instructions to this Project


Sweet Sentiments 12x12 paper
Sweet Sentiments Cardstock Stickers
Sweet Sentiments Tags and Pockets
May Arts Ribbon
Xyron Mega Runner
Tim Holtz tissue tape
Distress Ink Tea Dye
Tim Holtz Matchbook Set die

Betto is an incredible designer from the Design Team alumni. We wanted to share his 5x5 altered box using Tropical Travelogue today from the G45 Vault. These are two retired items from Graphic 45, and we loved this project so much, we just had to share!





See this Blog featuring Betto's Project

Did you know we have a Pinterest board dedicated to mini albums? We know you'll want to check it out today!


Visit the Mini album Pinterest Board

Thanks for joining us on this wonderful day on the blog. Many thanks to Rhea and Betto for their incredible talent. And what a great tutorial! Will you be crafting this weekend?


It's Craft Time!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


March 13, 2014

Botanical Tea Altered Canvas + By the Sea Book Box = A Tremendous Thursday


Dearest G45ers,


Welcome to another wonderful day on the Graphic 45 blog! Denise Johnson and Olga Struk have incredible projects for you today. Denise shares a Botanical Tea altered canvas, and Olga has a beautiful altered By the Sea Book Box. Such incredible work is on the blog today, we can't wait to jump in!

Contest reminder! You still have today to comment here on our blog or Facebook page to win this great prize below packed with goodies from Clearsnap, Core'dinations Cardstock, Echo Park Paper, Petaloo, Spellbinders, and Tombow. Who wouldn't want to win this amazing prize? Comment today!


Also, remember that submissions for our Design Team are due tomorrow, March 14 at Midnight PST! Yes, that soon! Can you believe it?? Don't forget to send in your projects!


Find more Design Team Application Details Here

Let's begin with an altered Botanical Tea canvas from Denise Johnson! She even shares a great technique that we know you will want to try - pleated ribbons! Enjoy all the great ideas and tutorials below. Denise always comes up with such clever ideas!





Great addition with the found twig and beautiful strips of paper. Amazing!





Great idea to distress your Metal Clothespins and G45 Staples on a mixed media project!



Denise provides a bonus tutorial for these pleated paper ribbons below! What a great idea!







Denise cleverly uses the Small Matchbook Box to make the nest at the top right of her project. Beautiful!


Supply List

Botanical Tea 12x12 paper-
Botanical Tea 6x6 paper
Botanical Tea- Chipboard
Botanical Tea- Flowers
Botanical Tea- Tags & Pockets
Botanical Tea- Cardstock Alphabet Stickers
Staples- Large Matchbook Box (I only used the drawer piece for this project)
Staples- Small Matchbook Box
Staples- Metal Ornate Door Knob
Staples- Metal Clothespins
Staples- Metal Butterfly
Staples- Ornate Metal Book Label
Staples- Ornate Metal Brads
Graphic 45 Stamps (A Lady's Diary, Botanical Tea), ink for stamping
Misc. Texture stamps
Handmade Botanical Tea Pleated Paper Ribbons
Handmade Botanical Tea Buttons
Petaloo Flowers
Tiny Type words (Cosmo Cricket)
Ephemera Tag (7 Gypsies)
Distress Ink & Tool
Paint & brush
Spanish Moss
Handmade birds nest
Vintage music paper
Vintage thread spools
Vintage game pieces
Vintage Buttons
Found Branch w/handmade paper blooms

As a bonus, we will share the Snapguide on how Denise made those amazing Botanical Tea pleated ribbons! Have you used Snapguide? It's an amazing tool for tutorials. We love it!

Denise Johnson Snapguide Tutorial

Denise Johnson's Pleated Ribbon Video Tutorial






 Botanical Tea 12x12 Papers
Paper Trimmer
Sewing Machine

Olga made this incredible By the Sea Book box below. Our thoughts are with Olga as she lives in Ukraine during a tumultous time. As one of our G45ers said on Facebook for Olga " If only everyone in the world was a crafter, what a happy place the world would be!" We couldn't agree more. Our thoughts with Olga, and great gratitude for sharing this wonderful project with us.


What a great idea to turn our ATC Book Box into a clock!



Love the ATC tag mini album inside - how wonderful!






ATC Book Box 4500845
Artist Trading Tags-Ivory 4500846
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads 4500841
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys 4500839
 Set Sail 4500901
Sand and Surf 4500906
Splash 4500902
Spellbinders- Ribbon Banners (http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/products/p-77-ribbon-

So many great projects to try! How did you like Denise' pleated ribbon technique? We can't wait to try it! Many thanks to Denise and Olga. Have a wonderful Thursday, and don't forget to take part in our contest!


Sharing Thoughts of Peace and Love,

Graphic 45


March 12, 2014

A Fantastic Easter Project from Jim, the Gentleman Crafter!


Happy Wednesday, G45ers:


Welcome to another wonderful day on the blog! We have a very special project from the incredible Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! He creates a brilliant Sweet Sentiments Easter Egg. He even includes instructions on how he created the amazing flowers surrounding this altered project. Jim always wows with his creations! We will also share a great project from the G45 Vault by the amazing Melanie Forbes. Let's get to the fun!


We just love Jim's work and we were so excited he agreed to make this special project for National Craft Month. He always makes the most incredible and brilliantly unique project - where does he come up with all these great ideas?!




How great for home decor or to use as a nightlight! A genius Easter project.



Jim's projects are always bursting with life, dimension, and innovation. What a talent!




Supplies Used:


Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Paper Collection
Paper Mache Egg
Sizzix Movers & Shaper Die Set, Bunny and Bow
Sizzix Tattered Florals Die
Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Paint
White Glitter

Tea Light

Now, let's share a beautiful project from the G45 vault. This is an altered birdhouse from Melanie Forbes, a talented Design Team alumni. She uses Once Upon a Springtime, our beloved retired collection. This collection is no longer available, but we are so excited for our new Sprintime collections - Botanical Tea and Sweet Sentiments! Great collections to use to try to recreate this beauty. 


See this Project from Melanie Forbes on our Ning

Need more G45 inspiration today? Well, you're in luck! Head on over to the Paper Crafter's Library Blog and see a great project by Annette Green! She made a wonderful Sweet Sentiments project, and you will definitely want to give it a look!


 Visit the Paper Crafter's Library Blog

 Well, we're ready for Spring! Cannot wait to share more amazing altered art with you tomorrow. There's even another tutorial! Many thanks to Jim and Melanie for their amazing projects. We just can't stop the National Craft Month party. Are you celebrating?


Happy Papercrafting,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

March 11, 2014

Two Terrific Ideas with Typography and Botanical Tea


Our Dear G45ers,


Oh my! Do we have a great blog here for you today. We are in a mixed media and altered art sort of mood. How about you? Well, Nichola Battilana and Maiko Miwa have some great inspiration for us today. Nichola wows with a Typography altered printer's tray - tutorial included! Maiko shares her beauteous Botanical Tea Book Box. We also have some fun announcements about events upcoming and a great Facebook highlight!




Charee Filimoehala — Director of Customer Service and Social Media Coordinator

 “I joined the team in 2009 and haven’t looked back…what a life-changing experience this has been.  I love working with and around creative people and products (not to mention I like my co-workers quite a bit).  I spend my days working with our friendly stores and talented design team…the occasional trip somewhere warm is pretty nice too.”

Charee Filimoehala will be attending CHA @ NAMTA in Pittsburgh, PA this April 30-May 2, 2014. Attendees include retail buyers interested in seeing and purchasing art and creative supplies from manufacturers, importers, publishers and distributors. Charee will be teaching a wonderful Botanical Tea mini album workshop there.

"Discover the joy and brilliant color of springtime with Graphic 45! Join us for a fun and informative mini album class featuring our gorgeous new collection, Botanical Tea! This fabulous class will feature amazing new techniques for working with our new Shabby Chic Staples, Ivory Tag Album Staples and Artist Trading Tags! We'll be creating an elegant mini album that you'll treasure for a lifetime, while you learn stylish new methods for shabby chic distressing and dimensional layering! Get inspired for a new season of creativity with your friends at Graphic 45!" ~Charee

Botanical Tea Album


See more about CHA @ NAMTA

Let's celebrate our Graphic 45 Facebook Page! My goodness, we love seeing your beautiful creations there day in and day out. What creativity and inspiration! Have your shared your projects there, lately? Today, we want to spotlight a beautiful April card by Ginny Nemchak using Place in Time and A Ladies' Diary. Isn't this a great idea? Love her layering!


Share on our Graphic 45 Facebook Page


Now to the altered art party!


Nichola is an amazing artist, and we are so excited to share her printer's tray today. She gives you great guidance and tips all throughout this fun tutorial, so grab your cuppa tea or coffee and enjoy these fun step-by-step instructions.

Typography Printer Tray Tutorial by Nichola Battilana

"I love altering things, making assemblages and mixed media pieces. The process I go through when creating most of my mixed media pieces is almost always the same. Prep, base, gather, play, layer, finish! I’ll show you my process using Graphic 45’s Typography and a small (rather dinged up) printer style tray.


The first thing you’ll want to do is prep the object you are working with. Give it a quick wipe, sand any rough edges, and remove any hardware.


My next step is to prime the object I’m altering. The papers I’ll be using are quite dark so I’m using black. Doing this helps to hide flaws and uneven edges. You might want to use a coat of white paint, or other colour depending on the paper you use for your project. Tip: Pay close attention to the corners!


Once the base coat is dry, I’m going to cover the back of my project. Working on the reverse first might seem a bit strange, but I’ve found that doing it first saves a lot of aggravation later. I’m using Typography to give the back a finished look.


Next, I cut strips of Journey to fit the exterior edge of my piece. If you encounter a situation where you need to piece together two or more separate pieces of paper, try to use the pattern or design to your advantage to create a seemingly seamless join.



At this point I cut squares from Inscribe and Inspire that will fit in the little interior areas. I prepare more than I need so that I can experiment with the layout.


When everything looks just right, I glue it into place. Now I can decide on a complimentary paper to use on the edge of my tray. I’ve used Journey here but it seemed a bit too bright so I inked the edges and distressed with some watered down acrylic paint. Tip: Don’t be afraid to lighten or darken with a bit of paint.


Now that the base is complete I gather some goodies to begin the first layer of embellishment! Again, I gather more than I need so that I have lots of options and plenty of elements to play with.


You want to begin building interesting layers with those lovely Tags & Pockets, Chipboard and Stickers.



Once again, keep working, playing and experimenting until you have a solid base and are happy with your composition.





Now to add the junk! Gather all sorts of little things that will fit in those little spaces. Buttons, coins, rusty bits, left over letter tiles… the possibilities are endless!




But don’t stop at just junk! Make NEW junk by combining objects. Embellish a spool with Washi Tape add a turn key and button… just like a tiny little sculptures!



Consider texture, colour, depth, proximity, pattern, and height when arranging your do-dads. Keep playing and experimenting, you WILL get there :)



I added some little metal corners along with some Ornate Metal Key Holes, all of which I have dry brushed with some flat black paint. Finally, a large Typography Chipboard tag finishes off the front of the piece.




And the very last touch is to add another Ornate Metal Key Hole to the back to replace the hanging hardware that I removed at the very beginning of this project.




Prep your base really well, work in layers, and above all else… enjoy yourself!















Supply list:





 Typography Tags & Pockets

 Typoygraphy Chipboard

 Typography Stickers

 Washi Tape Set

 Ornate Metal Key Holes

 Ornate Metal Keys

 Metal Clothespins

 Small wooden printer style tray

Acrylic paint

Ink pad


Misc items for embellishing: wooden spools, wire, twine, Glass Bottles and vintage vials, buttons, miscellaneous rusty bits, old pen nibs, metal letters, Tim Holtz Clock Keys, metal brads,  Reversible Round Metal Number Tiles, Scrabble tiles, metal corners


Maiko draws you into a fairy tale world with her amazing projects. This Botanical Tea Book Box is no exception. She fills it with handmade treasures that just makes this a whimsical masterpiece!


Maiko Miwa Graphic45 Botanical Tea Altered Bookbox#2


Maiko Miwa Graphic45 Botanical Tea Altered Bookbox#3


What a clever idea to pack an altered box with a framed pictures and fun handmade stars!


Maiko Miwa Graphic45 Botanical Tea Altered Bookbox8


Maiko Miwa Graphic45 Botanical Tea Altered Bookbox#9


Maiko is a master of detail. What a great use of the Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads and Shabby Chic Door Pull (below)!


Maiko Miwa Graphic45 Botanical Tea Altered Bookbox#10



Graphic 45 Products



Book Box

Washi Tape Set

Shabby Chic Door Pull

Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads

Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys

Botanical Tea



Spring Duet

Field of Flowers

Birds of a Feather

Hello Friend

Robin's Egg

Herbal Infusion

Just Because

Love Notes



 inks-Ingvild Bolme Chalk Edgers Ink

 Modeling Paste

Riquid Pearl-Ranger


 What a great day full of dazzling altered art. Have you made a printer's tray recently? Maybe this week is the week to give it a go! Many thanks to Nichola and Maiko for sharing their wonderful creations. Have a terrific Tuesday, G45ers!


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