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Apr 17, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Upcycle Week: Starring a Camera Photo Storage & Treat Tags using Vintage Hollywood

Vintage Hollywood Upcycled Recycled Handmade Camera Photo Holder Elena Graphic 45

Hello G45ers!

Welcome to a week of upcycled fun!  We asked our Design Team to create a project from an old unused item in their house and give it new life.  Some of them selected old G45 packaging, packaging from matchbook boxes, or old home decor pieces that were in much need of a facelift.  This post will feature Elena's Recycled Camera she created using a Graphic 45 Book Box and the tube from packing tape, as well as Maggi's Recycled Tags using Staples packaging.  Both of these gorgeous projects have been decorated in our Vintage Hollywood collection.  Be sure to join in the fun and share your projects with us on Facebook using the #UpcycleG45 hashtag to be entered to win this month's contest.  

 

Upcycle definition Graphic 45

 

Camera Box by Elena Olinevich

 

Camera Box  Vintage Hollywood  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo 3

 

"I love everything about the cinema, especially when it comes to some vintage movies. The new Vintage Hollywood collection is something that I have waited a long time for. 

Several decades ago it was quite popular to collect the cards with the celebrities. Now it is a real treasure if you possess these cards. So I thought it would be great to  create something to keep some vintage movie cards and I decided to make a camera box.

I used the Book Box from the Staples, but was I really need was something to create the “lens” so that my vintage camera box looked authentic and my eyes caught the spool left from the tape adhesive. It was quite large enough." ~Elena Olinevich

 

 

I filmed the process from start to finish of how to attach the spool to the book cover. Camera Box Video Tutorial by Elena Olinevich

 

Book-Boxes-Kraft

 

Book Boxes come in two sizes and three colors.

 

Camera Box  Vintage Hollywood  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo 3

 

Camera Box  Vintage Hollywood  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo 3

This camera box can be used for any pictures or photos you may have, as an option - it is enough space inside to put mini album.
 

Camera Box  Vintage Hollywood  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo 3

 

 

Tips:

  1. First, while working with circles, be accurate with all the calculations you make. It’s important to place the spool straight at the center, so you will need a ruler and to rememember some calculations needed to find the radius and diameter to cut the paper layers precisely.
  2. If you are going to make the cover for you “lens,” score the paper first. It is a circle shape and even moving a bit will offset the paper.
  3. I also added the matchbox as a part of the flashbox. You can even open it and put something tiny into it


Camera Box  Vintage Hollywood  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo 2

I spent a lot of time searching for the belt, not a new one. I found it at the flea market, it is worn and really vintage.

 

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Book Box Kraft
Vintage Hollywood collection 12x12 pad
Vintage Hollywood 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad
Vintage Hollywood 8x8 Pad

 

  

Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5

 

Recycled Tags By Maggi Harding

 

I'm upcycling today in honor of Earth Day!  I've made two great shaker tags from Graphic 45's Washi tape packaging. I'll show you how to do that in my Snapguide. The plastic packaging is great because you can actually fit some Hershey's chocolate in the shaker. Now that's my kind of shaker!! 

Now, if you don't have the packaging from Graphic 45's Washi Tape, don't despair, you can still make a great shaker tag using any of the tags from our Staples metal packaging.  Here's a link to a previous Snapguide where I illustrated how to make a shaker from nested dies.  All you need to do is make a shaker and then glue it to your tag as I have done on the Born to be A Star tag. ~Maggi Harding

 

 Check out How to Make a Shaker From Recycled Packaging by Maggi HARDING on Snapguide.

 How to Make a Shaker From Recycled Packaging

Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5

 

Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5

 

Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5

 

Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5


Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5

Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5

Tip:

Always keep the Graphic 45 packaging tags from your metal Staples purchases.  They are just like the tags that are sold and recycle beautifully!  Many scrapbook products are packaged so beautifully; before tossing consider how you could recycle the packaging. 



Recycled tags  Vintage Hollywood Maggi Harding - 5

 

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Vintage Hollywood collection:
8" x 8" Pad
Decorative Chipboard
Journaling Chipboard
Tag and plastic covering from Staples Washi Tape
Any tag from Staples metal product packaging

 

Other Supplies:

Petaloo Botanica Anenome - Pistachio
Petaloo Botanica Sugared Minis - Pine Green
Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Mix - Teastained Green
Petaloo burlap trim
Houndstooth Ribbon
Blue rayon seam binding
green cardstock
Assorted beads to fill shakers
Cheery Lynn Designs Star Shaker Kit

 

(3 %2Freused again on april 3%2F2%2F not claimed) Off to the Races  ATC Book Box  Metal Prize $40 Graphic 45

 

To help keep the creative wheels turning we have a fun and easy contest for you.  This week we are giving out a $40+ prize package full of Off to the Races 8x8 paper pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids, Decorative Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, ATC Black Book Box, and Shabby Chic Drawer Pulls.  Wow!  To enter to win, just leave a comment here on our blog and/or Facebook page.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 21st, 2017.  

Thank you to Elena and Maggi for sharing your incredible talents and tutorials with us, and to you for joining us.  Let us know what you want to create with this Off to the Races prize package to be entered to win.  See you back here tomorrow for two more amazing Upcycled projects!  

 

Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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Apr 15, 2017 5:00:00 AM

April Challenge: Upcycle to Win!

April Upcycleg45 Monthly Challenge Image - Graphic 45 (12)

Hello G45ers!

This month's challenge is up and running!  Be sure to join in the fun for your chance to win big!  

Join our #UpcycleG45 Challenge!

  • Create a Graphic 45 project using an unused item (ex: packaging, box, old home decor piece, frame, etc.) 
  • Upload your project to our Facebook page using #UpcycleG45
  • WIN a $100 prize pack, one winner will be selected randomly 
  • Deadline: April 30th, 2017 
  • You can enter multiple times
  • Winner will be announced in the May 4th, 2017 newsletter

 

 

March Monthly Challenge Winner Romy Veul Graphic 45

 

Romy Veul is the randomly chosen winner of our March challenge. Please email info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who shared their beautiful #splashofcolor projects!

 

 

G45 Pinterest Upcycle Board

 

Have fun taking part in our April Challenge to celebrate Earth Day. We can't wait to see your upcycled projects! 

 

Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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Apr 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM

2 Easy Peasy Easter Baskets

Sandy Trefger Easter Basket Simplyg45 place in time

Hello G45ers!

With Easter coming up quickly, we thought we would share two #SimplyG45 Easter Baskets ideas.  These are perfect for crafters on the go, or if you are looking to do some kid-friendly projects to do together as a family this weekend.  First up, we have a shabby chic basket by Sandy Trefger, followed by Nico Scrap's one paper basket.  Let's hop into these eggcellent projects. 

 

Easter Basket  Place in Time  Childrens Hour  by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2

 

"Anticipation of the beautiful flowers of springtime and their many colors plus the wonderful designs of Graphic 45 papers inspired me to create this little Easter Basket.  You can either choose to alter a basket you have on hand or create a new one like I did out of cardstock paper and the patterned papers from any of the lovely Graphic 45 collections.  Because of their spring colors and images for April, I chose to use Place in Time & Children’s hour for my basket.  Add in fussy cut images, lots of spring flowers from your stash, ceramic eggs and of course chocolate bunnies!  Happy Crafting!" ~Sandy Trefger

 

Easter Basket  Place in Time  Childrens Hour  by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2


Easter Basket  Place in Time  Childrens Hour  by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2

 

Tip:

To create a paper Easter basket, first, decide on the size of your basket, then cut a piece of cardstock for the size of the bottom plus 1.5”–2” for each side.  Score all four sides of the cardstock for the height of the sides of your basket, and then make 4 cuts to create flaps.  Assemble with glue attaching the flaps to the inside.  Add a cardstock handle and decorate.  Colored tissue paper shredded or cut into strips makes wonderful basket filler.


Easter Basket  Place in Time  Childrens Hour  by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2

 

Graphic 45 Supply List:

Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition
Children’s Hour

Other Supplies:

Light Pink Cardstock
Light Blue Cardstock
Scallop Edge Punch
White Lace
Light Blue Braid Trim or Ribbon
Wood Legs
Chrome or Light Blue Paint
Petaloo & Prima Flowers, Assorted

 

 
#SimplyG45 Easter Basket Graphic 45 Nico Scrap 4

 

We feature at least one #SimplyG45 tutorial in our newsletter each month.  These projects can be done within 60 minutes, on a budget and are simply amazing! Get ready for Easter with a fun DIY Easter basket. All you need is one 12x12 sheet, paper scraps, and embellishments. Follow along with Nico Scrap's video tutorial to see how. Sign up for our weekly newsletter here.  

 

 Graphic45 DT - Easter Basket by NicoScrap

 

  (0%2F1) Vintage Hollywood National Craft Month Prize $135+

 

To keep the fun going, we would like to announce this week's blog winner! Our randomly chosen winner is...

-Cindy Velasquez‎: "My tip would be to take your time and keep all your scraps as they will come in handy for small decor on your finished project."

Congratulations, Cindy! Please email info@g45papers.com to claim your Vintage Hollywood grand prize pack. Thanks to everyone who took part this week in commenting on the blog, sharing on Facebook, Instagram, and of course to our design team members.  We are honored to be surrounded by love, passion, and beautiful art.  Make sure to schedule the time to be creative this weekend and let your imagination soar.  As always we would love to know what is on your craft table so please share with us below.

 

Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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Apr 13, 2017 6:27:54 AM

DIY Gift Tag, Bag, and Card Set with A Ladies' Diary by Pam Bray

A ladies Diary Gift Bag  Easel Card  Tag Set  Pam Bray Tutorial Snapguide Graphic 45

Hello G45ers!

We hope you are ready to party!  This post will get you in the mood to celebrate, as Pam Bray shares with us a gorgeous gift bag and tag, as well as a brilliant easel card tutorial.  These ideas would be great for invitations, party favors, Mother's Day, birthdays or a thinking of you gift.  Pam also shares her tips for fussy cutting like a pro, we have a Pinterest Board share with oodles of tutorials, and it is the last day to enter this week's blog contest so let's jump right in to this fabulous post.  

 

Graphic 45 A Ladies Gift Bag Set with Tutorial by Pam Bray Photo 14_4347

 

“One of my favorite techniques is fussy cutting. I love how easy it is to incorporate that technique with each of the Graphic 45 Collections. Fussy cutting beautiful paper not only gives your projects fabulous dimension, but also creates unique embellishments that are perfect for each project. The only thing you need is a nice sharp pair of scissors and some beautiful paper.” ~Pam Bray

 
Graphic 45 A Ladies Gift Bag Set with Tutorial by Pam Bray Photo 14_4347

 

Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary Birthday Card. by Pam Bray on Snapguide.

How to Create a Graphic 45 a Ladies Diary Birthday Card.


Graphic 45 A Ladies Gift Bag Set with Tutorial by Pam Bray Photo 14_4347

 

With fussy cutting and Graphic 45 papers your embellishment supply is endless. 



Graphic 45 A Ladies Gift Bag Set with Tutorial by Pam Bray Photo 14_4347

 

 These flowers have been adhered with foam adhesive, creating a stopper for the easel card. 


Graphic 45 A Ladies Gift Bag Set with Tutorial by Pam Bray Photo 14_4347
 

 

Mix and Match your stamp collections to create the perfect project. Pam used Graphic 45 - Children's Hour Stamps to create this card.

 

 Children's Hour Stamps

 

Graphic 45 A Ladies Gift Bag Set with Tutorial by Pam Bray Photo 14_4347

 

While you have your supplies out from making a card, take your creativity one step further by decorating a plain kraft bag.   

 

Graphic 45 A Ladies Gift Bag Set with Tutorial by Pam Bray Photo 14_4347

 

Tags can be a fun addition or a simplified version of a card for crafters on the go. Try using our die-cut tags to get you started.  

 


Graphic 45 A Ladies Gift Bag Set with Tutorial by Pam Bray Photo 14_4347



Graphic 45 A Ladies Gift Bag Set with Tutorial by Pam Bray Photo 14_4347
 

Tips:

  1. Using small sharp scissors is the best form for fussy cutting.
  2. Always move and turn the paper to glide into the blades of the scissors; don’t use a cutting motion.
  3. Before cutting any of the images or motifs from the paper, trim around the image first to remove excess paper.
  4. I like to have two of the same sheet of paper so I can cut the whole image from one piece and smaller parts from the second piece to layer together with pop dots.

 

Graphic 45 A Ladies Gift Bag Set with Tutorial by Pam Bray Photo 14_4347

Graphic 45 Supplies:

A Ladies Diary Deluxe Collection Edition
Cheers, Party, Celebrate Kraft Tags
Hampton Arts Children’s Hour 2 Stamp Set

Other Supplies:

Black Ink
Stamp Block
May Arts Ribbon: White Tulle and Pink Crinkle Ribbon
Gift Bag
White Card Stock
Sharp scissors

Xyron Creative Station
Xyron Mega Runner
Pop Dots
Glue Dots
Scoreboard

 

Looking for more Gift Bag & Card Set Ideas?  Search no further. We have you covered here with our Gift Bag & Card Tutorial Pinterest Board. 

 

Gift Bag and Card Tutorial - Pinterest Board

 

(0%2F1) Vintage Hollywood National Craft Month Prize $135+

 

Enter our contest before it is too late. This week we are giving out a $135+ prize package full of Vintage Hollywood goodies, a 5x5 Mixed Media Box, Square Tags and Pockets Album, Black ATC TagsDrawer Pulls, and Door Knockers.  Wow!  To be entered to win, just leave a comment here on our blog and/or our Facebook page.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 14th, 2017.  

That wraps up the unique papercrafting innovation for today.  We would love to hear what your favorite handmade gifts are to give and receive, as well as see your Graphic 45 creations.  Share with us on our Facebook page and on Instagram with the #Graphic45 hashtag.  

 

Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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Apr 12, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Shadow Box + Mini Album + Botanicabella = One Perfect Project by Marina Blaukitchen

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Hello G45ers!

Welcome to another creative installment on the Graphic 45 blog.  In this post, you will find a hybrid project that will amaze and delight any artist, along with tips, a Snapguide step by step tutorial, and a video!  Introducing Marina Blaukitchen's shadow box and mini album using the fabulous Botanicabella - Deluxe Collector's Edition.  Also be sure to leave a comment here as well as on Facebook to be entered to win this week's contest.  

 

Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 

"My two favorite crafting techniques are fussy cutting and layering and I have combined a little of both in this shadow box.

It is very relaxing for me to fussy cut, I can spend hours and hours doing it! Then I love to play with the little pieces and try to create a scene with dimension and depth.

Shadow boxes are ideal to try these techniques, they give a proper and delimited space to create different compositions, and they are more versatile than you might think. This is an example of that using a shadow box to decorate an album cover. " ~ Marina BlauKitchen

 

Shadow Box Graphic 45 Botanicabella Square Album Show from Marina Blaukitchen on Vimeo.

 

Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 

Black Butterfly Pockets & Tags Square Album Graphic 45

 

Marina transformed the Butterfly Square Pockets & Tags Album into a breathtaking shadow box and mini.  

 

Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

  


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 

Tips:

  • Use the scissors you feel most comfortable with. Fussy cut should be a pleasure, not a martyr! Try different scissors until you find “the ones made for you”.
  • Cut apart the piece you want to fussy cut, then try to move the paper instead the scissors while cutting.
  • I recommend using a precision cutter(x-acto knife) to cut small spaces inside the piece you are cutting.
  • Layering is a very interesting and entertaining technique. Try more than one possibility before making a final decision for your design.
  • Add cardstock or cardboard little pieces to raise the figures and make them stand out from the other figures and from the background.


Shadow box album Botanicabella Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 2

 

Check out How to Make a Shadow Box for an Album Cover by Marina Blaukitchen on Snapguide.

 

 

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Botanicabella Deluxe Collector’s Edition
Nature Sketchbook Patterns&Solids
Black Butterfly Square Tag&Pocket Album
Square Ivory Tag Album
ATC Black Policy Envelopes
ATC Red Policy Envelopes

 

Looking for more great ideas on how to use the Butterfly Square Tags & Pockets Album? Check out this printable Safari Adventure Album project sheet. 

Safari adventure

Download and Print the Square Tag & Pocket - Jungle Mini album instruction.

 

(0%2F1) Vintage Hollywood National Craft Month Prize $135+

Looking to win big?  This week we are giving out a $135+ prize package full of Vintage Hollywood goodies, a 5x5 Mixed Media Box, Square Tags and Pockets Album, Black ATC TagsDrawer Pulls, and Door Knockers.  Wow!  To be entered to win just leave a comment here on our blog and/or our Facebook page.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 14th, 2017.  

Now go out and find your perfect fussy cutting scissors and let the paper guide you on your next creative adventure.  What are you favorite tried and true tips?  Be sure to share with us here!  


Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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