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From Drab to Fab - Upcycled Purse Featuring Fairie Dust

Posted by Graphic 45 05/07/2018 77 Comment(s) #SimplyG45,

Hello, G45ers!

 We have a fabulous and fun #G45Upcycle project to share with you today.  Brand Ambassador, Elena Olinevich takes a dusty old purse and gives it a beautiful makeover using our Fairie Dust paper collection.  You are going to love how adding some fussy cut embellishments and paint can take old objects to new heights.  This purse will be a fun addition to the craft room and will be great for storing all sorts of craft supplies.  But first, we have this week's blog contest to announce! 

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 includes a Ladies’ Diary - Deluxe Collector’s Edition, Portrait of a Lady 12x12 Paper Pad, 12x12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad, Chipboard, Ephemera, and three embellishments from our Staples collection, a $100+ value. The Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, May 11th.  


Fairie Dust Purse - Recycle Project

By Elena Olinevich


“For my project, I found an old purse from my daughter. She liked it a lot when she was a toddler. Well now, when she is a teenager and has almost forgotten about this old bag, it was left aside for several years.



This is how it looked before.


So I made some repair and decorated it with Fairie Dust collection.


I made some fussy cutting and focused on the purple colors.


It was fun to decorate it since I thought about fairies while creating it.


I guess this purse can be used to keep the flowers or something like that.


Graphic 45 Supplies:


Fairie Dust - Graphic 45 Pinterest Board

Wow!  What a quick and easy recycled beauty.  We want to extend our gratitude to Elena for sharing this fun off the page project, and you for joining us here.  Be sure to share your comments below to be entered to win this week's mega prize, and come back tomorrow for more great DIY craft projects.  


Happy Papercrafting!

77 Comment(s)

Pamela Haggins:
05/07/2018, 10:33:45 AM,

The Fairy Dust Purse by Elena is so sweet.So many wonderful ideas using this paper collection.Thanks for sharing!

Sharon Gullikson:
05/07/2018, 10:49:36 AM

OH MY GOSH, that is amazing. I am going to look at things differently now. Not just throw out something that is a little worn. You could put little vial of water with flowers sticking in them. Wouldn't that be a cute display for your table? I love this.

Rebecca Rosas:
05/07/2018, 10:59:44 AM

Great idea!

Beth M Beery:
05/07/2018, 11:00:33 AM

I love the Fairie Dust collection and this project is so cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

05/07/2018, 11:15:31 AM

Very cute recycled purse. I love Graphic 45 and Fairie Dust is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win a prize this week!!

Bettina Kreuer:
05/07/2018, 11:57:59 AM

It is always so amazing to see the gorgeous projects created with the wonderful G45 papers and supplies.

05/07/2018, 11:59:40 AM

A lovely idea- would make a beautiful gift for a bride perhaps? So pretty

Nancy Carroll:
05/07/2018, 12:07:21 PM

Wow, what an awesome upcycle project! Awesome giveaway too, this is one of the few collections I didn't buy and would adore it! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

Scrap by Eszter:
05/07/2018, 12:13:57 PM

It's a great idea and a good choice for paper. Little girl's fairy Bag ❤️❤️

05/07/2018, 12:16:32 PM

I appreciate the blogs re: up yclung. It stimulates me to look at things and ponder....

Glenda Buster:
05/07/2018, 12:25:09 PM

Such a cute and clever update of an old purse

Kirsty Vittetoe:

I love the beautiful designs and projects! Such sweet purse using one of my favorite collection!

Kathleen E Capachione:
05/07/2018, 12:29:38 PM

I love this idea. I have recycled children's handbags but never with G45's paper. You have inspired me!!!! Thanks I will try.

Gerry Wolfe:
05/07/2018, 12:31:11 PM

Cute idea to upscale an old purse. Love the Portrait of a Lady collection, it's so elegant & romantic.

Linda Sebrasky:
05/07/2018, 12:32:53 PM

I love love the fairy dust collection, the colors are so beautiful. There are so many cute ideas, I'm going to have to buy several more packs.

Suzy Q:
05/07/2018, 12:37:58 PM

This is a very cute idea! And your amazing prize package is very awesome! Oh and guess what ...Friday is my birthday! Hint hint! Thanks G45!

Kathleen Read:
05/07/2018, 12:39:26 PM

I love opening my emails in the morning to find the newest Graphic 45 daily inspiration. Thank You.

05/07/2018, 12:44:45 PM

This project is darling! I'm always excited to get new ideas about using paper crafting supplies off the page.

Anne McIntosh:
05/07/2018, 12:48:14 PM

Why can't I ever think of projects like this? That's why these artists are on the design team and I'm stealing their ideas - LOL. One of my favorite collections!

Tracy Steinbach:
05/07/2018, 12:48:37 PM

What a beautiful project! And this is my very favorite collections from Graphic 45! Thanks for the chance to win!

Carla Hundley:
05/07/2018, 12:49:40 PM

Looks gorgeous and the Fairy collection works wonderfully on it. Carla from Utah

Heather Park:
05/07/2018, 12:59:21 PM

This is so pretty, and so excited to see portrait of a lady. Would love to add it to the collection.

Michele Lewis:
05/07/2018, 12:59:46 PM

The purse turned out beautifully! What a fun way to transform a keepsake! I am SO excited about the prize package this week! Every time I try to find this paper collection it is nowhere to be found! This is the one paper collection I have actually dreamed about using!

Cindy Pratt:
05/07/2018, 01:00:25 PM

What a sweet purse. You did a wonderful job. It’s great.

Jodi O:
05/07/2018, 01:02:40 PM

What a great idea. Love all graphic 45 papers.

05/07/2018, 01:02:47 PM

What a fun idea! I love the Fairy Dust collection!

Barbara Daws:
05/07/2018, 01:04:25 PM

Unique idea to use Graphic 45 on the purse. Would love to win this week’s giveaway. Two of my favorite collections produced by Graphic 45.

Betty Sherman:
05/07/2018, 01:10:26 PM

It looks like a little fairy did this herself! Very sweet!

Kathy Lutter:
05/07/2018, 01:49:27 PM

What a clever idea! It turned out beautifully! There are many old things we don't use any more that could be embellished with Graphic 45 papers. I have some ideas already!

Martie Rollin:
05/07/2018, 01:49:30 PM

Talk about a wonderfully feminine prize package! WOW! Perfect for the week heading into Mother's Day> Thank you, G45!

Kelly Massman:
05/07/2018, 01:51:24 PM

what a darling idea for the purse....

Susan Ashby:
05/07/2018, 01:51:43 PM

What a clever idea! I would never have thought of decorating a purse. It is beautiful!

Cynthia Long:
05/07/2018, 01:55:03 PM

Decorating an old purse is a great idea! I love the fairypaper!! I also love the prize package!! Just in time for Mother’s Day! Thanks for the chance to win!!

05/07/2018, 02:00:48 PM

Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing. I’m looking some old things to use my Fairy Dust now. Also thanks for the opportunity of winning Portrait of a Lady. Another of my favorites!

Barbara Millar:
05/07/2018, 02:07:06 PM

Love the collection cute idea for the purse would make a great flower girl basket

Regina Harrison:
05/07/2018, 02:10:30 PM

I love these upcycle projects, especially this purse. Lovely mothers day idea.

Jan Kennedy:
05/07/2018, 02:21:34 PM

The purse is a cute idea to use many ways....

Joya Bohman:
05/07/2018, 02:29:30 PM

Love the Fairie Dust paper! Such a great collection. It really adds to the basket. Would love to win the Portrait of a Lady, another fabulous collection from G45!!

Brenda Johnstone:
05/07/2018, 02:37:11 PM

First time on this blog and I’m in love. I don’t know why I didn’t sign up before. The cute purse reminds me of being a little girl at Easter. Love it!

Holly Hatch:
05/07/2018, 02:45:22 PM

The purse is so cute. It would be a lovely way to display a dried or silk flower arrangement inside the house or where it wouldn't get wet. Would love to win the contest this week. Thank you G-45 for all the different ideas of how to use your products.

05/07/2018, 02:46:13 PM

Love the Idea and the final project!!!

Becca Yahrling:
05/07/2018, 02:52:51 PM

Such a cute project! Guess I should've kept an old purse or two to try this ... we just moved and I had to seriously declutter!

Diane F:
05/07/2018, 03:15:25 PM

What an incredibly creative project! So sweet.

Joan Howaniec:
05/07/2018, 03:47:08 PM

What a neat idea.I have a few items in my craft room that could do with an update like this. Love the Fairie Dust collection!

Sherry Brackett:
05/07/2018, 06:13:45 PM,

What an awesome idea. So pretty and new life for an old purse. Bravo!

Christina Hampton:
05/07/2018, 06:21:00 PM

Combines 3 of my favorite things! Purses,fairies and bright colors

Cindy Adams-Howe:
05/07/2018, 06:53:43 PM

Amazing...I will now look at my castaways in a different light. I love the Fairie Dust ensemble. Right up my alley, but almost everything from G45 is outstanding and I probably own most of it already. Cindy

Beth M Beery:
05/07/2018, 07:28:20 PM

Creative and inspiring project! Thanks for sharing!!!

05/07/2018, 07:45:03 PM

Elenas purse is cute and a sweet idea to upcycle something to new again for her daughter with the Fairy Dust collection.

05/07/2018, 08:08:57 PM

Elana's purse is just beautiful and such a wonderful inspiration for upcycling!! I do love ❤️ everything about G45 and one of my favourite lines has always been Portrait of Ladies!! Thank you for the inspiration and the chance to win some wonderful paper!

Lynda Woerner:
05/07/2018, 08:10:48 PM

Beautiful! I love the Fairie Dust collection.

05/07/2018, 08:46:52 PM,

Genius idea!!

Brian poteraj:
05/07/2018, 09:01:36 PM

That looks really cool. You should enter it in a contest. I'll bet you will win.

Sue D:
05/07/2018, 09:36:40 PM

Cute way to decorate this purse.

Rosanne Seig:
05/07/2018, 09:43:26 PM

This is amazing! What a creative genius idea upcycling a purse. Thanks for your beautiful work!

05/07/2018, 09:48:55 PM

Awesome love papers, but who doesn't love g45 papers...

Kate LeBlanc:
05/07/2018, 10:56:46 PM

What beautiful way to transform a forgotten purse! Fairie Dust is one of my favorite collections. Thanks G45 for kicking off the week in such a magical way.

05/07/2018, 11:22:08 PM

Such a sweet upcycled please project. I love all the ideas Graphic45 shows us. Thank you G45!!!

05/08/2018, 01:49:21 AM

lovely project and this could be altered using the portrait of a lady paper pads too, they are so elegant!

Debbie Siddle:
05/08/2018, 02:24:16 AM

Oh, what a beautiful prize xxxxxx

05/08/2018, 04:12:23 AM

Elena, your purse is awesome. I would probably fill it with all those pesky little paper punches that really cannot be stored in a cute and crafty manner. Then I would set it out in my craft space and surround it with a Fairie Dust garden made of Fairie Dust paper. Please pick me to win the 'Portrait of a Lady' and 'A Ladies Diary' collections. My Great Grandmother had ten sisters and they were all elegant and beautiful. What an outstanding album this prize package would make!

Dorothy McCarthy:
05/08/2018, 05:34:57 AM,

What a great idea! It looks amazing!

Sandra Featherston:
05/08/2018, 07:02:49 AM

I love the transformation from dull to fabulous. Graphic 45 is the best.

Susan G:
05/08/2018, 08:02:01 AM

This has to be one of the best transformations I’ve seen. So beautiful. It certainly helps that the fairy dust papers are so luxurious and so beautiful themselves. I feel a need to go dig through some old purses. Thanks for the inspiring up cycle project.

Shannon Dario:
05/08/2018, 08:29:36 AM

I am re-doing my craft room right now. Can't wait for it to be done to decorate with adorable ideas like this one!

Tory Hollenbeck:
05/08/2018, 11:27:15 AM

I just love your stuff!! I could sit and craft all day with it and never get tired of using it.

Karen H:
05/08/2018, 12:26:03 PM

What a darling project. Love the Fairie Dust papers and would love to win a Ladies's Diary and Portrait of a Lady prize. Such lovely papers!

Beth Beery:
05/08/2018, 01:49:51 PM

Fairie Dust coordinates so well with Once Upon a Springtime, one of my (many) favorite collections!!!!

05/08/2018, 01:50:11 PM

What a neat idea!

Kim Persinger:
05/08/2018, 05:45:21 PM

Such an adorable idea to upcycle a purse. Thank you very much for the information and chance to win such an amazing paper set.

Peggy eckel:
05/08/2018, 06:42:59 PM

Now if a fairy would do my fussy cutting...I am going to scrounge my old purses.

Judy Phillips:
05/09/2018, 02:22:46 AM

Fabulous project!! Thank you so much!

Sue MacFall:
05/09/2018, 08:42:42 AM

New life from old !!! A lovely idea and the paper collection is just perfect for this.

Cathy Frailey:
05/09/2018, 10:15:47 AM

Absolutely gorgeous- the colors are fantastic!

Debrah Buckalew:
05/09/2018, 06:05:01 PM

I love this, as always.

Liz Ford:
05/10/2018, 05:49:12 PM

What a great upcycle idea! Some little girl would love to carry this around while wearing her fairy wings and sprinkling some fairy dust all over! A great idea for a gift too. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us to craft more!

Kateri L. Hobson Burnett:
05/16/2018, 11:06:28 PM

What gorgeous paper. Would like to get my hands on this paper pad.

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