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Seasons of Love Crate with Tag

Posted by Graphic 45 04/19/2018 45 Comment(s) Cards,Tutorials,Videos,Tags,


Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to a blissful post celebrating our Seasons collection.  Today, Kathy Clement shares a bold and beautiful crate of tags, using our Staples - Regular Tag Album.  Not only does Kathy share gorgeous detailed photos of all the beautiful layers each tag has to offer, but she also shares 5 tips that will help take your papercrafting to the next level.  Following these tags, we have a card set with a video tutorial by Magda Cortez using our Seasons collection.  So pull out your fussy cutting scissors and let's have some fun!  


Seasons of Love Crate with Tags

By Kathy Clement


“Love is always in season, wouldn’t you agree?  Back in February, I broke out my gorgeous Graphic 45 Seasons collection to put together a sweet altered mini crate filled with lovely winter art tags. Although Valentine's’ Day is over and gone, you could easily adapt this idea for any holiday or special occasion.  Just select a different “season” from the collection!


One of the things I love most about creating with my G45 papers is that every single collection is just loaded with gorgeous elements that can be fussy cut and layered to create an amazing design.



Mini crates are a fun crafting trend right now, and readily available at most craft stores.  Dressing a crate up with the Seasons Winter pages was a fun and easy project.


Filling your altered mini crate with Staples Regular Ivory Tags takes so much less time when you create your own  “assembly line”.


Tip: If you’re lucky enough to have the new Staples Tag and Gears dies, it’s a cinch to cover your Staples Regular Tag. Simply die cut and adhere with your favorite adhesive.


Don’t have these fabulous new dies in your stash yet?  No worries! Simply cover each tag base (front and back) with a 3.75” x 4.75” rectangle of red or aqua cardstock. To give your tags a finished, professional look, round the corners with a ¼” corner rounder punch.

Tip: For a perfect color match, use the solids side of the Seasons Patterns and Solids pad. Use a ¼” corner rounding punch to add a finished edge.


Tip: Take a few minutes before you begin decorating your tags and do all your fussy cutting.  Cut border strips to the desired length and round the corners. I typically make separate piles on my work desk with images, fussy cuts, mats, embellishments and bows all neatly laid out so I can just grab and go.  



Leave the back side of each tag blank for photos.  A simple belly band cut from Seasons Patterns and Solids dresses up the backside of the tag.  And chocolate is always a welcome addition!


Tip: Use repositionable glue dots to secure an individually wrapped chocolate to the back of each tag.  


Tip: If you add fussy cut embellishments to a photo mount area, be sure to glue just one edge to the paper.  This will leave an open edge so that photos can be slipped underneath.




And don’t forget to decorate the sides of your crate!  Stickers, cut apart images and elements like this ribbon slide from Seasons Tags & Pockets are great options for this task.




Seasons Pockets and Tags fit perfectly on a Regular Staples Tag.  I paired this one up with the reverse side of an ephemera card, then added a felt heart, buttons and flowers to complete the tag design. The tag inside the pocket provides a lovely spot to write a personal greeting.


This project idea lends itself to any special occasion.  For a new baby, use Little Darlings DCE. This altered mini crate would make a gorgeous Mother’s Day gift done up with Floral Shoppe.  And your beach house would look extra festive with an altered mini crate created with Sun Kissed. Whatever the celebration calls for, Graphic 45 has a collection to match.  No wonder we all love it so much!”



Graphic 45 Supplies:


Seasons Collection

Staples Ivory Tags


Other Products:

  • Red and Aqua Cardstock

  • 5” x 3.5” x 2.25” white wooden crate

  • Paper Flowers, Ribbon, Burlap String

  • Felt Hearts, Buttons



Looking for more Seasons project ideas?

Check out this card set by Magda Cortez.

Four Seasons Card Set Gift
Video Tutorial

By Magda Cortez

Tip: Fussy cut in advance and you always will have images on hand to make quick projects when the inspiration comes!


Simply G45 - Last Minute Gift Video Tutorial


See full post here…


Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or  Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package a Sun Kissed Package. The Sun Kissed Package Includes:

  • 12x12 Collection Packs (includes 2 of each 12x12 design paper, and 1 of the 12x12 sticker sheet)

  • 12x12 Patterns & Solids pads

  • 8x8 Pads

  • Die-Cut Banners

  • Chipboards

  • Ephemera Cards

The winner will be announced on the blog, Friday, April 20th, 2018.


Thank you to Kathy and Magda for sharing these great ideas and inspirational projects using our Seasons collection!  We hope that you have pinned these ideas and tips to use in the future.  Be sure to join us again tomorrow to find out who will win this week's blog prize, and to get another daily dose of creativity.  


Happy Papercrafting!

45 Comment(s)

Kate LeBlanc:
04/19/2018, 11:09:29 AM

I love card sets, they make such wonderful gifts. Graphic 45 papers make everything extra special!

04/19/2018, 11:28:47 AM

Fabulous idea - perfect for any occasion.

Michele Lewis:
04/19/2018, 11:47:36 AM

I just love your use of color Kathy! Everything you do just pops off the page! Thank you for all the tips and tricks as well!

Vanessa LeClear:
04/19/2018, 12:02:00 PM

Kathy and Magda both created beautiful projects! Thanks for the awesome tips and tutorial!

Becca Yahrling:
04/19/2018, 12:05:18 PM

Can't go wrong with G45 papers in making anything! Every collection is beautiful in it's own right. Love the gorgeous projects shown today.

Martie Rollin:
04/19/2018, 12:47:51 PM

Very colorful project! Each tag would be a gift unto itself! Well done!

04/19/2018, 12:56:10 PM

What beautiful tags & cards-G45 makes the most gorgeous papers. Everything made comes out amazing. Both projects are great gift ideas who wouldn't want to receive them.

Regina Harrison:
04/19/2018, 01:01:58 PM

Love this crate, the cards are nice, but LOVE the crate:)

Sandra Askew:
04/19/2018, 01:30:48 PM

Just finished a mini album using black album with tags and pockets and Little Women. Absolutely love it! love the Summer Kissed. Picked up several sheets and ephemera cards to make cards. Would love to win this!

Sue MacFall:
04/19/2018, 01:32:01 PM

What great projects - love the Seasons collection - something for every time of the year.

04/19/2018, 01:32:28 PM

Beautiful tags, and I like the cute way she stores them.

04/19/2018, 02:30:10 PM

Thanks for sharing your work ans tips! They are great inspiring projects and I love the seasons collection

04/19/2018, 02:38:55 PM

I'm so in love with Kathy's Seasons of Love tag set! The colours are so vibrant. Love, love, love! Magda's cards are just as pretty. Whole different feel to them. These papers are so versatile! Magic!

04/19/2018, 02:45:28 PM

The lovely ribbons and ephemera that Kathy uses on her project bring out the beautiful colors of G45's paper. I also want to THANK YOU G-45 for your kits each month. They are so pretty and easy to do with your instructions.

Cheryl Wells:
04/19/2018, 02:46:11 PM

OH!!! I love the card set - I don't have that paper collection, but it is gorgeous!!

Ellen Haydon:
04/19/2018, 02:58:41 PM

I love to make cards for my friends and family. I not sure that I know who gets the most fun. The ones I make them for or me getting to do them. Fussy Cuts get done while I watch TV.Have a great day today. Ellen from Phoenix, AZ

Sheila Styre-Briere:
04/19/2018, 03:27:10 PM

Awesome card sets, the G45 collections are so inspiring!

Diane F:
04/19/2018, 03:36:10 PM

What terrific projects! Thank you for another day of awesome inspiration.

Jan Kennedy:
04/19/2018, 03:37:52 PM

More great projects with great papers and other materials!

Suzy Hilborn:
04/19/2018, 03:39:47 PM

That music on Magdas' video was so fun, I am still listening to it as I comment on both of these impressive projects. I especially like the way Kathy 'pulled' the rich red colors from the Seasons Collection. I am starting my Christmas shopping early this year and Magdas' Gift cards are the perfect idea for several people on my list. I will wait to buy the chocolate! Thank you both for sharing your projects in such entertaining ways. So fun!

Judy Phillips:
04/19/2018, 03:52:17 PM

Beautiful projects!

04/19/2018, 03:58:57 PM

Awesome ideas!! So neat! Love G45!!!!!

Kathleen E Capachione:
04/19/2018, 04:18:49 PM

Crate idea is awesome.... Thanks for sharing....

Pat Dunajski:
04/19/2018, 04:42:56 PM, g45

Love this collection. The cards are a great idea for this collection and the creativity that went in to these is fantastic. Great project.

Julie Wiggerman:
04/19/2018, 04:44:33 PM,

This is one of my favorite collections... I love the endearing images of children at play on the beach and the fun variety of sea life! You can almost feel the sand running through your fingers and in your toes!

Ava Gavloski:
04/19/2018, 04:44:56 PM

Lovely inspiration

Peg eckel:
04/19/2018, 04:45:25 PM

The tip about keeping the theme consistent helped a lot.

04/19/2018, 05:48:57 PM

Kathy and Magda's projects are beautiful as always! I love the little tips and Video prompts too that make us better crafters! This Sun Kissed Collection is so beautiful I have my fingers crossed to win it!

Glenda Buster:
04/19/2018, 07:01:21 PM

Both projects are awesome! Thank both of you for all of the tips and pictures.

Cathie Grenier:
04/19/2018, 07:14:47 PM

Kathy and Magda are wonderful artists. Their projects are simply beautiful. And the paper selection is awesome.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Stunning projects by both of you! Thanks for sharing!

Sandra Wilkinson:
04/19/2018, 07:32:57 PM

Love the Sun Kissed package and would love to try some projects with it!

Katherine Buchanan:
04/19/2018, 08:00:57 PM

OMG!! I'm ALWAYS amazed at the beauty of Graphic 45 papers and ephemera!! You still reign as Queens of paper crafting in my eyes!!

Karen Rice:
04/19/2018, 08:04:49 PM

Fabulous inspiration--such amazing projects! Thank you for sharing!

04/19/2018, 08:12:49 PM

I have the Seasons collection, but I haven’t used it yet. Now I have some great ideas!

Sue D:
04/19/2018, 09:10:15 PM

Great tips and love the blue gingham ribbon and flowers.

Jan G.:
04/19/2018, 09:14:56 PM

Two more terrific projects. Love both the tag set and cards and can't wait to try both. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Carla Hundley:
04/19/2018, 10:58:49 PM

These tags are gorgeous and the matching crate is a wonderful idea. Carla from Utah

Debbie Siddle:
04/20/2018, 02:55:41 AM

Love Magda's card set gift xxx

Arianna Barbara:
04/20/2018, 03:44:03 AM

Wow! Details and colors of these projects are amazing!!!

Suzy Q:
04/20/2018, 10:33:06 AM

Ladies! Ladies! Such beautiful projects to inspire us! Thank you so much! And a very awesome giveaway gift! Who wouldn't enjoy the Sun Kissed collection!

Jill McAuley:
04/21/2018, 01:45:27 PM

Kathy: I subscribe to your channel on YouTube, and am thrilled to see your talents paired with my favorite Graphic 45 papers and tags!

Sharon Gullikson:
04/21/2018, 07:17:20 PM

The gingham looks great with the papers. The papers are just wonderful. Perfect for summer albums.

Dorothy McCarthy:
04/22/2018, 06:26:10 AM,

Thank you for all the wonderful tips!

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