I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! Mine was filled with food and family. My children enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt courtesy of Grandma Easter Bunny. My daughter found the golden egg, which was fitting since hunting eggs is her favorite game all year round, lol!
The Once Upon a Springtime Collection was the first Graphic 45 collection that I discovered and remains my all-time favorite! I love it so much that I hoarded it forever, but I have finally let myself have fun and this journal is the result. As one of my first real forays into a full-on mixed media project, I altered this premade journal with gesso, gelatos, stencils, paste and, of course, fussy cuts from Once Upon a Springtime. I absolutely love how it turned out and I hope you all do, too! If you are a beginner with mixed media like me, follow along with me and my process tutorial on how I made this project.
I have been looking forward to playing with Voyage Beneath the Sea since i first saw the sneak peeks and when I got the chance I had so much fun! I spent almost 10 years of my life growing up in the Virgin Islands and this paper just spoke to me. I found a beautiful picture of my younger sister and her beau and knew exactly what I wanted to create. A layout was perfect for emphasizing the wonderful moment in time they captured of themselves. I love adding cheesecloth to projects for subtle texture and the gesso painted lightly on the background paper made the fussy cut elements pop!
Happy Thursday! Valentine’s Day is so close, but it’s not too late to make this fum and heartfelt gift.
When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of flowers and chocolate. Mostly chocolate. Lots of chocolate. I used a heart shaped box to alter with Mon Amour papers and embellishments to hold delicious chocolate. For the top of the box, I layered fussy cut flowers to check off the flower’s box of ‘flowers and chocolate’, and I have the perfect gift for a special someone who may just be myself!
The Christmas spirit is among us this time of year and I was inspired to make a Christmas themed version of my pop up matchbook box. I love giving gift cards and a perfect way to personalize a typically non-personal gift, is with a thoughtful and handmade presentation. I absolutely love the way it turned out using Graphic 45’s Christmas Carol Collection and the bells at the top give it a fun festive jingle as you open it!
Tip 1: Fussy cut out your favorite images and start layering them with foam adhesive to create a dimensional cluster.
Tip 2: Curl the edges of some fussy cuts to add even more visual interest and dimension.
Check out my video for a tutorial on how to make your own pop-up gift box
Good morning! Today I am happy to share my newest organizational tool! The year is coming to a close (way too fast!)and soon we will be starting on our New Year’s resolutions. I thought I would get a head start on mine: organization! I have turned Graphic 45’s Mixed Media Album into my new daily-life planner. I’ve decorated it with my all-time favorite collection, Steampunk Debutante, on the cover and base pages. With the help of Time to Flourish 8×8 calendar pages, and my custom weekly and daily inserts, I am all set to plan my days in style. Each month I will plan with a new gorgeous collection to match my mood and it will be a real pleasure to keep track of all my to-do’s, tasks and deadlines! If you’d like to plan in Graphic 45 style too, download and enjoy my free weekly and daily planner printables at the end of this post. I have a walk-through video of how I organized it and how I will use it, along with a brief tutorial on how to use my printables as your own planner inserts.
I love how with this planner, I can keep it as a keepsake of what my family and I did. I can even add pictures onto and between the pages using pocket pages sleeves!
If you would like to make your own version of a planner check out my free insert below. I have the inserts for daily and weekly inserts in the vintage style I used for my planner. It has a parchment like coloring, which you can add more ink to the edges. There is also some watermarks of vintage graphics faintly showing through. For those who don’t want to use as much toner/ink, I have the same inserts available with plain white backgrounds. For the weekly, you have the option of starting your week on Monday and having your Friday and weekend on one page (like I have), or you can choose to start your weekly on Sunday on through Saturday.
Rare Oddities is a fussy cutters dream Halloween collection!
As soon as I saw some craft pumpkins in my local big box craft store, I knew
how I wanted to combine the two to make THE perfect Halloween décor piece for
my home! I carved out a large ‘window’ to reveal the hollow inside, used my Art-C Groove tool to sand the rough edges down, painted the inside black and went to
town adding all sorts of fussy cut elements to create a spooky 3D scene inside
my pumpkin! Since Halloween is best suited to celebrate in the dark of night, I
added some lights to highlight areas inside the pumpkin. I had so much fun
making this project and the best part of my pumpkin carving adventure is that
this pumpkin can be enjoyed for many Halloweens to come!
Tip #1: Want something not so dark and spooky- try a festive
orange or white craft pumpkin.
Tip #2: Love the look but overwhelmed with the space to
fill? Start by choosing larger fussy cut elements to create the main scene and
fill in the rest with finer fussy cuts; or, fill in using ready-made
embellishments to save time.
Hi, all! I have fallen in love…again! Meet my new love- the Graphic 45 Altered Art Matchbook Box. I am terrible at buying gifts, so I am mainly a money or gift card giver and I wanted a fun new way of presenting a small gift, like a gift card or similar. So, in walks the new love of my life and, boy, did we had a blast together! Throw in some World’s Fair paper and a fun pop-up twist when the recipient opens the box, and our time together was super fun!
Tip: Sometimes it’s hard to part with a handmade card for fear of its fate once given away, but the Altered Matchbook Box is a gift in itself that the recipient can use after the gift card is gone: for holding small items or re-gift it to keep the gift giving going (no shame in that). Your hard work and time will not be wasted with this fun gift box.
Hey, all! I have a super fun project to share with you all today! It’ll be Christmas in no time and I am really bad at preparing, so I am really excited that I made this awesome (if I do say so myself) decor piece.
I love all of Graphic
45’s Christmas collections and this new one is no exception! I wanted to make a fun
home décor project to display and enjoy throughout the holiday season and I wanted it to be dimensional. But being practical, I thought about how I would store it
for the other 11 months out of the year. The idea came upon me when I spied one
of my kids pop-up books- to create a 3D scene inside a shadow box that, once
opened, images would pop-up and out and then tuck back in and look like a book
when it was time to get stored, so I grabbed a Graphic 45 Book Box and the
Christmas Carol papers and started fussy cutting my favorite images and gluing
them down. Other than the ribbon and metal, all the decorations are from the
paper! That’s the beauty of Graphic 45- the paper alone can make the most
gorgeous and fun creations!
Thanks for stopping by. I can’t wait for Christmas now, hehe!
Good morning! Today is an eventful day! I have a fun project to share with you all, as well as it being my birthday and the 4th anniversary of starting this little blog! So, thank you to all who have stopped by, left comments and supported me in my love of crafting! I plan to get a give-away going soon in celebration of this milestone, so keep an eye out. I have been behind with everything since the kiddos got out of school for the summer, but I will get myself together soon!
So, on to the project! I am so happy with this and my daughter even more so! I have turned a thrift store find into something fit for my little princess!
Here is the before:
As you may notice, it was missing its glass on the left side. I used it as an excuse to get creative which you will see below in my parade of photos!
Now for the after, using the gorgeous Gilded Lily Collection by Graphic 45:
I painted the armoire with white paint, dry brushed on some gold paint and used Mod Podge to adhere the papers and seal the whole thing. I used the 8×8 and 12×12 papers from the Gilded Lily Collection to get the patterns and images just as I wanted them. It was so much fun and my daughter loves it!
I bought this jewelry armoire for $2.50!!! Can you believe it?!
I’m now a little obsessed with my local thrift store, LOL! What amazing deals have you snatched up from your thrift store? I’d love to hear about it!
After a ton of editing and mistakes, I have finally uploaded Part 1 of remaking my Graphic 45 Christmas Mini Album. Part 1 covers the base of the mini: cover, binding, pocket pages and inserts. Part 2 will cover the decorating and all the flaps and pockets.
Twas the Night Before Christmas Paper (I used a 12×12 paper pad) you may be able to get away with 2 sheets of each design
cardstock (about 20 sheets)
2 Tim Holtz ring fasteners
decorative edge punch
score board and bone folder
adhesives of choice
For those who want the measurements written out for part one, here they are:
8″ x 5.75″ (2)
2″ x 5.75″ spine
Pocket Pages and Inserts:
Original used 12×12 cardstock cut to 7 1/2″ x 11 1/2″; score at 5 1/2″ and 11″ Final dimensions once folded and glued: 7.5 x 5.5
Remake uses letter size cut to 7 1/2″ x 11″; score at 5 3/8″ and 10 3/4″ Final dimensions 7.5 x 5.375 (very similar)
Booklet Inserts: Cut cardstock to 7 1/4″ by 10 1/4, score and fold at 5 1/8″
Hinge Binding system like the Eerie Tale and Romance Binding Tutorial you will use the following:
Cardstock- 5 1/4″ x 10″ if using pages from letter size paper, 5 3/8″ x 10 would be better for 12×12 paper if making your pockets exactly 5 1/2 x 7 1/2