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Tag You're it! Tag Challenge Featuring Kathy's Times Nouveau Tag Mini!

Posted by Graphic 45 07/10/2017 116 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Cards,Tags,

Hello, G45ers!

We are going to kick this week off with the perfect inspiration for this month's Tag Challenge. Kathy Clement's lovely Times Nouveau - DCE Tag Mini is a great example of how versatile tags  can be. Through the creative assembly of a variety of tags, multiple layers, and mixed media flourishes, Kathy has designed an outstanding card. If you have not yet heard about our monthly challenge for July, we also have full details below. Before all that, we want to announce this weeks blog prize...


(3/2/ 1 claimed) PiT & HSH 12x12, Mixed Media, Metal - BIG GUY $85 Graphic 45

This week’s prize package includes a Place in Time - Deluxe Collector’s Edition set, a 12x12 Home Sweet Home paper pad, an Ivory Mixed Media Album, and two Metal Staples - Shabby Chic Keyholes and Door Plates and Knobs, a value of $85+!  To enter to win just leave a comment below here on the blog and/or on Facebook.  The winner will be announced on Friday, July 14th’s blog post.  


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The Bees’ Knees Tag Mini

By Kathy Clement


I’m a huge fan of G45 Staples Tags!  They come in many styles and sizes, which means you can use them in a near endless variety of ways.  The beautifully shaped edge and vintage metal grommet make them the perfect layering element on a card or layout.  You can string alpha tags together to make a pretty banner that spells out a special greeting, tie a decorated tag onto gift packaging to take it to the next level, or tuck a decorated tag into a card to be used as a bookmark to turn a card into a gift.  I’ve even used Staples Tags as pages in my mini albums.


These are thick, heavy tags, made from high-quality paper, which means you can layer them up with mixed media materials and use them as a mini canvas.  Add Distress Inks or paints to these tags to add that trendy watercolor element to your creation. There seems to be no end to the number of creative ways that you can put these workhorses to use during your crafty adventure time.


I’ve made a lot of tags along the way, but this time around, I wanted to try something totally different so I challenged myself to make a card using Staples Tags as the base.  I spent a delightful morning in my studio with a stack of Staples Ivory tags in various sizes and the ever fresh Times Nouveau Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  I took my Distress Oxide inks for a test drive with these lovely surfaces, and I even figured out how to add in a hidden tag pocket! I have to say, I think this tag card is The Bees’ Knees!” ~Kathy Clement


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  1. You can turn a tag into a uniquely shaped card by creating a hinged spine to join two tags of the same size together.  For these long tags, I cut my hinge to measure 7” tall x  2 ¼”  wide.  Score this strip of paper on the short side at 1” and again at 1 ¼” .  Before you add the designer papers to the insides of your tags, glue the 1” strip on each side of the scored lines between the two tags, leaving a ¼” spine.  

  2. I always decorate the insides of my cards first, and I followed that same process with this unique tag card.  This keeps the front cover of the card from being crushed as you work on the inside.

  3. If an image (like the Bee’s Knees Postcard on this tag)  is too wide for your tag base, here is a simple solution.  Measure the width of your surface, then score and fold the image.  Add a decorative image to the flap, and you’ve just turned a dilemma into an interactive element.

  4. Try using Mixed Media supplies on your tags to add an extra level of interest.  I used Distress Oxide inks to dress up the text area on both “Cheers” and “Celebrate” tags.  With ink or paints, you can add that trendy watercolor element to your creation and color match your papers every time.

  5. Use Staples Metal packaging for the back piece of your tag card.  The heavy chipboard base will allow your tag card to stand up without buckling under the weight of all the card layers.  Sand the surface lightly so that papers will adhere and then go to town creating your next masterpiece.

  6. I like to back laser cut tags with black cardstock to make the stylish font pop off the page.  


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Graphic 45 Supplies:

Times Nouveau - Deluxe Collector's Edition


Other Products

  • Petaloo Flowers

  • Blue Jay Seam Binding Ribbon

  • Burlap String

  • Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Swivel Clasp

  • Distress Oxide Inks: Broken China, Fossilized Amber

  • Gypsy Laser Cuts Doily

  • Novelty Buttons

  • Non-Stick Craft Sheet

  • Heat Tool




Join our #G45Tag Challenge!
  • Create a Tag using Graphic 45 product

  • Upload your project to our Facebook page using #G45Tag

  • BONUS! Use any of our Staples - Tags and your entry will count as two entries

  • WIN a $150 prize pack, one winner will be selected randomly

  • Deadline: July 31st, 2017

  • You can enter multiple times

  • Winner will be announced in the August 3rd, 2017 newsletter

Tags are perfect for gifts, adding interactive elements into scrapbook albums or cards, creating mini albums, and more. The possibilities are endless so get out your tags and start creating today! Share your creations here for a chance to win a fabulous G45 prize package. Also, did you know we have 27 different varieties of Tags? Check out our online shop to see them all.


Thanks for joining us for this timely Times Nouveau - DCE Tag Mini by Kathy, and thanks to Kathy for providing such beautiful inspiration for this month's challenge. We are loving the submissions so far and cannot wait to see what else people come up with. It is so inspiring to see what people create with our products and we are so grateful to all the participants. Good luck and don't forget to comment on the blog and/or Facebook to enter to win this week's blog contest as well. 


Happy Papercrafting!

116 Comment(s)

Cathy Frailey:
07/10/2017, 09:46:19 AM,

Wow - creative use of tags! Now I need to get to work so I can enter the challenge!

Dottie Sims:
07/10/2017, 09:47:16 AM

I really love the collection used for this project! Very unique use of G45 products!

Shannon Bingaman:
07/10/2017, 09:55:08 AM

I love and desperately need the Home Sweet Home pad. making a recipe book for a very special friend. I love this blog and check it everyday. Shhh don't tell work.

Janice Adams:
07/10/2017, 10:08:21 AM

Beautiful !! Love thus I've been trying to do some different things with tags, very inspiring and great ideas !!

Katherine Buchanan:
07/10/2017, 10:10:01 AM

It's so stinkin' CUTE! Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

Mathilde S.:
07/10/2017, 10:17:40 AM

What an inspiring card! Kathy, I admire your huge creative talent and love all your projects . Thanks for the great tips.

Dorothy McCarthy:
07/10/2017, 10:28:15 AM, Handmadebydorothy

Great tips!! Beautiful project!!!

Dottie in CT:
07/10/2017, 10:36:58 AM

I love the tag card. SO clever! Thanks for sharing.

Judy D.:
07/10/2017, 10:48:52 AM

What a clever idea to use tags for the card base, and what a fun creation! Judy D.

Deb C.:
07/10/2017, 10:59:24 AM

What a colorful tag and such a great idea!! Awesomeness!

07/10/2017, 11:12:33 AM

Just love the blast from the past paper! Just beautiful work! I always love Kathy's work!

07/10/2017, 11:20:43 AM

So much going on on a smallish canvas - it's a work of art! And I do appreciate the tips, especially the one about folding a too-big image!

Linda Mayer:
07/10/2017, 11:20:52 AM

This tag mini is so wonderful and I love, love, love this paper from G45. Thanks for all your fabulous ideas.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Super fun mini, when I need to make a mini album/book, G45 is where I go look for inspiration, very beautifully done!

07/10/2017, 12:05:06 PM

Love the tags. Graphic 45 gets better and better, if that's even possible

Martie Rollin:
07/10/2017, 01:50:19 PM

Tags are getting more complicated, more sophisticated and more creative! They have become a gift unto themselves! Lovely prize package for this week...looking forward to many projects!!

Jane Tyrrell:
07/10/2017, 02:11:34 PM

Great tag and an awesome challenge!

Sharon Gullikson:
07/10/2017, 02:13:15 PM

I adore that vintage look!! Oh, what I could make...:)

Brian Poteraj:
07/10/2017, 02:14:09 PM

You have the best papers in the world. And such variety--Graphic 45 is #1

shari walker:
07/10/2017, 02:15:05 PM

Love the tags and the home sweet home,,,,Lovely prize and thanks.

Diane Barnett:
07/10/2017, 02:15:16 PM

Tags are beautiful. Would would love this prize package!

Carolyn Soprych-Favia:
07/10/2017, 02:16:03 PM

I love it! I want it to scrapbook my photos of my mom. She passed away last year. Have to make her a special album!

Karen Hutzler:
07/10/2017, 02:17:09 PM

Your papers are gorgeous! Would love to create some wonderful things!

Michelle Nettleton:
07/10/2017, 02:17:14 PM

WooHoo, what a wonderful prize! Kathy's tag mini is interactive fun. Love her creations ❣❣❣

Vanessa LeClear:
07/10/2017, 02:19:43 PM

Kathy's card is so bright and cheerful! Thanks for the helpful tips!

Cheryl McMahan:
07/10/2017, 02:29:37 PM

How Awesome it would be to win! Thank you for the opportunity. LOVE Graphic 45 and this is one I don't have!

Glenda Buster:
07/10/2017, 02:31:08 PM

Love this tag card and all of Kathy's wonderful tips! Can't wait to get to my craft room and get busy. Would ❤️ to win this week's marvelous prize package!

Malin Jacobson:
07/10/2017, 02:32:41 PM,

Nice price ;)❤

Deborah Favorito:
07/10/2017, 02:32:46 PM

Thank you for this absolutely wonderful giveaway

Alexandra Trigili:
07/10/2017, 02:34:45 PM

Kathy's card is just so bright and beautiful! These colors mak me happy!

Becca Yahrling:
07/10/2017, 02:54:44 PM

Fabulous tag card, tho it's more like a book with so many gorgeous layers! And I can picture this as an actual clock as well. Beautiful.

07/10/2017, 03:15:20 PM

Home sweet home is a beautifully inspiring set for everyone!!!

Sue LD:
07/10/2017, 03:16:36 PM

Fabulous project using the tags. I like the colors.

Sheri Loatwall:
07/10/2017, 03:20:44 PM

What a gorgeous set. Those tags are fabulous!

Nancy hodges:
07/10/2017, 03:30:42 PM

I will make such fun stuff if I win this!

Susie Doucet:
07/10/2017, 03:30:46 PM

Love this collection, love them all!!

Amy Green:
07/10/2017, 03:42:47 PM

Such colorful tags! They are very pretty.

Debbie Siddle:
07/10/2017, 03:52:41 PM

Never really looked properly at Times Nouveau collection so I'll have to have a proper look tomorrow. x

07/10/2017, 03:53:11 PM

Delicious works of art!!

Rosemarie Lamb:
07/10/2017, 03:54:53 PM

What crafter in their right mind doesn't love your products?

07/10/2017, 04:06:20 PM

I love all of the Graphic 45 lines!

Jackie Weber:
07/10/2017, 04:12:07 PM

Oh my goodness - please pick me. My birthday is July 14. I will be 77 and I love G-45. I love decorated with it. I cover boxes and scrapbook with G-45. G-45 is my favorite paper. I love all the colors.

Diane Smith:
07/10/2017, 04:14:06 PM

Can't say enough good things about Graphic absolute fave!!

Marianne Gonzales:
07/10/2017, 04:22:39 PM

Fabulous tips and as always a gorgeous project Kathy. Thanks.

Deb Jestin:
07/10/2017, 04:28:12 PM

Such lovely papers and embellishments...I so enjoy reading your newsletter and blog and looking at all your ideas...would love to win this! ❤

Denise McMichael:
07/10/2017, 04:31:51 PM

Love all the projects and idea's that you share!

Kelly monnin:
07/10/2017, 04:33:24 PM

Am hoping I will get really lucky and win this ...its really cool!!

07/10/2017, 04:36:01 PM

Omgosh! This has become my favorite brand since I saw them at the expo! This would be amazing! I didn't even know there was any give aways!!

Sondra Myers:
07/10/2017, 04:36:10 PM

Love Graphic 45 and all the lines they have and keep adding!! Keep up the great work. Thanks for a chance to win!!

07/10/2017, 04:37:58 PM

I have just completed my first G45 album and i have to say, its amazing!

07/10/2017, 04:44:58 PM

Love these tags!

Frances Perkins:
07/10/2017, 04:45:26 PM

love the give away and the tags made here

Angel Thurlow:
07/10/2017, 05:22:31 PM

I love all your papers. Thanks for the chance to win!

Rose Garcia:
07/10/2017, 05:38:48 PM

What wonderful prize pack! I love your products and appreciate the chance to win :)

Cathy Osborne:
07/10/2017, 06:14:26 PM

What beautiful and colorful creations. They brighten my day. Love them.

07/10/2017, 06:22:39 PM

Love, love, love. ♥️

Jami L Wright:
07/10/2017, 06:50:23 PM

I wasn't a real big fan of tags but I have to say, the quality of the G45 tags are top quality and easy to pile on the good stuff! I have to say, I'm a fan now!

07/10/2017, 07:36:54 PM

I love this stuff! Would look so forward to using these materials in my art if I won!

Cindy Booth:
07/10/2017, 07:50:30 PM

I love Graphic45 paper and extras. I'm very happy to have found this website -- thank you!

Sarah Saghafi:
07/10/2017, 07:53:52 PM

I love the Place in Time paper!

07/10/2017, 08:01:07 PM

I'm hooked on your beautiful papers. I'm like the woman on the home sweet home cover and hang out my laundry and take a lot of teasing from my friends. What a wonderful collection of goodies. All the creative ideas are astounding.

Natalie Godfrey:
07/10/2017, 08:31:10 PM

WOW! Awesome tag! Love the G45 products.

Beth Beery:
07/10/2017, 08:51:29 PM

Great project!! I just recently started making tags, this is so helpful and inspiring!!

Kim Street:
07/10/2017, 09:01:40 PM

Pick Me! ;) This is a great prize! Thanks G45 for always being awesome.

Brenda Sutton:
07/10/2017, 09:04:08 PM

Love these papers! Beautiful

07/10/2017, 09:04:32 PM

Love graphic 45

07/10/2017, 09:40:01 PM

Love graphic 45. Lots of ideas running through my mind.

Karen Waldner:
07/10/2017, 09:48:37 PM

Such pretty tags, G45 makes the coolest projects, would love to win.

Sharon Steele:
07/10/2017, 10:44:44 PM

Love the keyhole embellishments. They are perfect for special occassions

Debbie Hallamek:
07/10/2017, 10:58:36 PM

Very good info! Love it!

Carole Effting Lohr:
07/10/2017, 11:04:43 PM

Thanks for the new idea of binding tags together and adding interactive fold outs. What fun it will be to employ this technique, using lovely G45 papers!

Beth Williams:
07/10/2017, 11:49:39 PM

Oh my-this is so happy and cheerful. Made my day seeing it. Your designers are truly amazing.

Maryann Laursen:
07/11/2017, 12:31:51 AM,

What an amazing idea to use tags as your basecard, and it turned out sooo beautiful. I really love, how you made this look here and the way you put it all together is fabulous. Thanks sooo much for some really great inspiration here. Fabulous work.

Melody rainbow:
07/11/2017, 01:08:19 AM

hi i love your blog. thanks for a chance to win the graphic 45 bundle.

07/11/2017, 02:09:42 AM

I have adored and collected your papers since the Wizard of Oz and Hollywood Papers. I miss Archiver's where I used to purchase. They are beautiful as well as high quality. Love, Live,Live!

07/11/2017, 02:42:43 AM

Cute project. Oh, I need these amazing products in my life!! Ty for opportunity once again

Olga Nemanova:
07/11/2017, 03:26:23 AM,

This card looks very beautiful!!! Thank you for inspiration!!! I'd like to join the challenge)))

Marilyn Beck:
07/11/2017, 04:33:33 AM

I LOVE Graphic 45 paper!

Dianne D.:
07/11/2017, 05:12:16 AM

Love, love Times Nouveau and all the G45 sets. I've been watching the album how-to videos on YouTube and fell in-love with the concept! I'm still getting to know you and I can't wait to start my own project using G45 kits ❤️❤️❤️

Maureen M Richardson:
07/11/2017, 05:24:42 AM

Wow, great products and such wonderful creations. Got my creative juices flowing after a bit of a dry spell, thank you

Kateri Burnett:
07/11/2017, 05:40:28 AM

Love this paper it will never get old. I'd love to make a family recipe book out of it. Thanks Graphic 45 for great papers.

Wanda Cavin:
07/11/2017, 05:54:37 AM

Please, put more of your product line in hobby lobby stores. I have to drive over 2 hours, otherwise, to be able to purchase your product. You would get soooooo much more of my money and I could enjoy your product line in a more creative envy meter is broken wishing for the beautiful things I see on your blog post and on FB.

nerdgrl (Kim S.):
07/11/2017, 05:59:14 AM

Great prize and great project. Love Graphic 45!

Charla Fleming:
07/11/2017, 06:05:23 AM

This is fabulous! I don't have this collestion yet. I could have some fun with this one! I am playing with Midnight Masquerade right now.

Sue MacFall:
07/11/2017, 06:47:48 AM

What a great looking project - love the use of tags to make a card.

Cheryl craddock:
07/11/2017, 07:27:02 AM

Great tag mini I love it!

07/11/2017, 08:01:17 AM,

What a gift to win! I can hardly wait for Friday. If you look at my website you will see how I love your paper. I made a book from secret Garden that is so beautiful just because of the paper!!

Birgitta Lundin:
07/11/2017, 08:37:24 AM

I live in sweden and it is so hard too find your paper here it's always sold out so I can't hardly ever use your paper pack and I love it so much ❤️

Kelly Massman:
07/11/2017, 08:48:06 AM

i really love the bright colors of this project!!!

Lorie Hethorn:
07/11/2017, 09:05:13 AM

I would love, love to win "Place in Time" prize package! I keep entering, one day maybe.....I can visualize a fantastic mini album using this one. Thanks for the chance to win!

Rosann Barnes:
07/11/2017, 10:02:52 AM

The Bee's Knees indeed Kathy ! What a delightful tag mini with Times Nouveau. I remember how I felt the first time I saw that collection ... of course it was after it had been out for some time ... I was new to the Graphic 45... I was looking for it every where ( just found bits and pieces). All the stores I went to would say " Oh that's an old collection we don't carry that anymore " or I've Never seen that ... Graphic what ??? Boy was I happy when I finally found some place that carried it !! Back in the day I'd drive from city to city for those collections. Oh the Memories of those fabulous Graphic 45 Collections <3 !!

Cheryl McKinney:
07/11/2017, 10:04:57 AM

The Home Sweet Home collection always brings a smile to my heart . . . as do so many other Graphic 45 collections!! How fun it would be to create again with these lovely items!!

Debralee Alexander:
07/11/2017, 11:00:28 AM

I am just now starting to paper craft others thing besides cards and G45 is the inspiration!! Just finished a note card set using Mon Amoir 8x8 papers LOVE IT!!!!

Nicola Porter:
07/11/2017, 11:16:09 AM

I hope that with enough practice I can create something this lovely!

07/11/2017, 11:33:58 AM

Love the tag! I'm new to G45, witch I think is sad because there's so many beautiful products discontinued, I'm trying to collect everything! So fun to create with the collections!

Dana Bennett:
07/11/2017, 12:02:18 PM

Awesome projects and giveaway!!! Love G45!!! Thx for all the inspirations!!

Bryana Ortiz:
07/11/2017, 12:04:26 PM

Thx for a chance to win another amazing collection from G45!!! Such projects are always great inspiration!!!

Ellen McCusker:
07/11/2017, 12:48:09 PM

These tags are so beautifully creative! Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest. Kathy, love your work.

07/11/2017, 01:50:36 PM

Wow how creative! Love anything with tags! Love being able to enter the contest also! Thanks for having me!

07/11/2017, 01:57:32 PM

Love, love, love these tags and mini album! I'm so inspired! Crossing my fingers my name is drawn!! ❤️

Hadassah DeRamus:
07/11/2017, 02:36:29 PM

This is the most influential and inspiring collection I have ever seen. Tag-a-licious !!!

Laquieta Gibson:
07/11/2017, 02:38:21 PM

Very pretty and vibrant collection. I would love this especially for its color selection!

Nefertiti Gibson:
07/11/2017, 03:04:54 PM

This is so me! I love tag making it is my absolute favorite papercrafting!

Susan Miller:
07/11/2017, 03:34:10 PM

Love all your collections! Need to use them and stop saving them!

Jan G.:
07/11/2017, 08:11:21 PM

A prize package to die for......some of my favorites in this one. As always.....great ideas on what to do with your beautiful collections. Thank you for such wonderful projects.

07/12/2017, 12:48:38 AM,

Really beautiful work! And the prize looks good also :)

07/12/2017, 12:37:51 PM

Love the projects & really appreciate the tips! Thank you. I also appreciate the chance to win the prize pack. G45's collection packs are amazing & I would live to win!

Liesbeth Sprangers:
07/12/2017, 02:09:53 PM,

So nice to see the wonderfull projects here, I just finished my first album with Graphic 45 papers, love to make another one with this beautiful giveaway.

Barbi Holzmann:
07/13/2017, 12:15:32 AM,

It would be almost impossible not to make a masterpiece when using any of the beautiful Graphic 45 collections - the designers are amazing, capturing every wonderful detail of a bygone era packed with elegance, charm and sophistication. To work with these artfully crafted pages is to enter into a time-capsule and relive a more gentleel, courteous age. This brand has it all!! Congratulations and keep delivering your fabulous products! Thank you for making them available to us - your raving fans.

Jackye Crain:
07/13/2017, 02:08:31 PM

Oh my what an awesome giveaway, but Graphic 45 is the best paper line in my opinion! Love you guys

Kris Martinez:
07/13/2017, 02:49:15 PM

Great project - love all the colors! Thank you again for a great giveaway.

Meredith bungard:
07/13/2017, 04:11:34 PM

Love these papers. Would love to win these. Thanks for the chance to win.

07/14/2017, 12:04:41 AM

Sooo beautiful. I hope to Win of course but first thank for the inspiration and the Amazing products

07/14/2017, 12:54:42 AM

Love this combination of papers!

07/14/2017, 12:49:03 PM

I just love all your collecctions!

04/04/2018, 12:52:36 PM

I will sit and stare at a tag and wonder what I can do with this other than writing To: and From" on it. Thank you so much for the inspiration you provide. Now I can actually take my tags to another level and make them part of the gift. You are all amazing!!

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