Fall Sneak Peeks Bonanza


Hello, G45ers!

  Let's keep this party going with a Fall 2019 Sneak Peek Recap, two projects from Diane Schultz's Workshop, and a Pagoda tutorial from Jim Hankins the Gentleman Crafter.  We are loving your feedback on our new Fashion Forward and Bird Song collections.  Be sure to leave your comments below to be entered to win one of our 12 Sneak Peek Prize Packages, and join us tomorrow on Facebook for a Halloween party live from the Graphic 45 HQ.  



Celebrate Halloween with Graphic 45

Facebook Live

12 pm PST – Thursday, October 31st, 2019 


  • New Collections Tour with Head Designer and CEO, Diane Schultz

  • Prizes

  • Costumes

  • Fun!






 Would you like a chance to win?  


We thought you might, so here it is… We have 12 $100 Fall Release Prize Packages!  To enter to win leave a comment on the blog, Facebook, and/or Instagram.  


Winners will be announced on the blog

Friday, November 1st, 2019!



Fashion Forward

  Graphic 45 is proud to present a stylish new calendar collection, Fashion Forward!  With the pages of this collection, you’ll be able to celebrate the entire year with imagery of glamorous ladies, timeless sentiments, and art deco florals for each season.  Featuring a vibrant color palette of sapphire blue, amethyst purple, emerald green, ruby red, and citrine yellow. 


 Fashion Forward –  Now Available 


Fashion Forward Altered Art Box

By Diane’s Workshop


  Create holiday home decor with G45’s newest calendar collection, Fashion Forward.  This G45 Box has been covered in the February paper, and layered with fussy cut images of fashionistas.  


Tip: Use those cut-a-part borders to frame your focal point.  


Graphic 45 Supply List:

Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies

Antique Brass Claw Feet

Rose Bouquet Collection—Classic Ivory & Natural Linen

Matte Pearl Gems






Fashion Forward December Daily Album

Project by Diane’s Workshop


  Document the busy festive fun with our Mixed Media Albums.  Just adhere photos and add your journal to capture each day.  This album has been created using the December paper from our Fashion Forward calendar collection, and embellished with G45 Rose Bouquet flowers and Decorative Hardware


Graphic 45 Supply List:

Mixed Media Album - Red

Antique Brass Ornate Metal Key Holes

Matte Pearl Gems

Rose Bouquet Collection—Classic Ivory & Natural Linen



Ornate Metal Corners



Bird SongDeluxe Collector’s Edition


  Step into a harmonious land of lavish decor and rich traditions with Bird Song, a new Deluxe Collector's Edition by Graphic 45!  Cherry blossoms flourish with dreamy jasmine and a myriad of delicate spring blossoms. Exquisitely dressed ladies exude strength and wisdom against a serene garden landscape. Bird Song is a celebration of joy and femininity, mixed with that unmistakable Graphic 45 vintage charm.  The richly saturated color pallet radiates with petal pinks, bamboo greens, sunrise blues, China reds, and charcoal blacks. Let your creativity soar on the wings of Bird Song!



Bird Song – Now Available





Bird Song Pagoda 

By Jim Hankins 

The Gentleman Crafter


“One of my favorite collections is back! I went back to my roots here and made another pagoda with this collection.  The original pagoda was my mother’s favorite project and if Mama Nell liked it…I hope you all would too. This time around it’s functional.   Slide back the shoji doors to find a segmented container. Open the box and there are a set of flip-flop memory books perfectly sized for those tiny printers that work off your phone and make fun little photos.” ~Jim



The Secret Pagoda

By Jim R. Hankins

The Gentleman Crafter

Copyright 2019



Supply List:

As always, please read through the entire tutorial before beginning.  We will begin by building a simple box…this time it’s in the shape of an Asian Pagoda.


Printable Pagoda Tutorial 

The Secret Pagoda Templates .SVG files


Building the Box-


Place the solid base piece down on your work surface.  Find the (2) 2-1/4 x 8-1/2-inch Left/Right Side pieces.


Apply a bead of glue down the long edge of the sidepiece and adhere on top of the left side of the base piece flush with the edge.  Repeat for right side.




Please Note:  You will want to adhere the piece all the way from under the pagoda roof midway down to the foot.


Next, find the (2) 2-1/4 x 6-1/4-inch Top/Bottom Pieces and apply glue to the left, right and bottom edges.  Adhere the piece to the top of the base piece and in between the Left/Right walls. The top piece should be level between the Left/Right walls.



For the remaining 2-1/4 x 6-1/4-inch piece we need to do a quick measure and mark.  Grab a pencil and a ruler. Measure up from the interior bottom left and right side 1-1/2-inch and mark.  Next, come up 7/8-inch from the center of the oval area on the center bottom and mark.



Apply glue to the left, right and bottom edges of the 2-1/4 x 6-1/4-inch piece and adhere down onto the base piece on the marked lines and in between the left/right sides.  GOOD JOB!


Apply glue to all the top edges of the pagoda assembly and adhere front pagoda piece down on it.  Again, aligning the bottom edge of the pagoda to be on the same level as the top of the box we just made.




Adding the Slide Pieces- 

Find the two curved leg bottom pieces.  One will be shorter than the other. Apply glue to the backside of the shorter base and then adhere the piece down on top of the larger matching the leg shapes.




Please Note:  If any glue seeps out on the top edge please clean it off with a rag or paper towel.  This will be the track that the door slides on so we want it to be free of glue “bumps.”


Next, apply glue to the front side of the shorter leg piece and adhere the matching shape on the front of the pagoda.



Find the 1/2- x 6-1/2-inch top slide piece and the ¼ x 6-1/2-inch piece.  Apply glue to the thin ¼-inch piece and adhere it on top of the larger piece making one edge flush with the other.



Apply glue to the front side of the ¼ piece and adhere to the top of the pagoda right under the pagoda roof as well as the top of the box.




The Shoji Doors-


Find the two shoji doors and the medallion pieces.  Adhere the medallion pieces to the door centered.




Install the (2) hitch fasteners to the holes in the center of the door.



Place the doors into the slide channels on each side.  Slide the doors in place. The back of the hitch fastener screw will stop the doors from coming out of the track.



Adding the Dragon Top-


Apply glue to the bottom edge of the dragon roof piece and adhere the piece down into the middle centered between the front and back roof.




Making the Interior Box-


Find the following pieces:

(1) 4-5/8 x 6-1/2-inch Base Piece

(2) 1-3/4 x 6-1/2-inch Left/Right Walls

(4) 1-3/4 x 4-3/8-inch Top/Bottom/Middle Pieces

(2) 3-1/4 x 4-5/8-inch Lid Pieces


Start by laying the 4-5/8 x 6-1/2-inch Base Piece on your work surface.  Apply a bead of glue to the long edge of one of the 1-3/4 x 6-1/2-inch Left/Right Walls

And adhere on top of the base piece plush with the edge.  Repeat for opposite side.



Apply glue to the left, right and bottom edges of the 1-3/4 x 4-3/8-inch Top/Bottom/Middle Piece and adhere down onto the base piece and in between the longer left right walls.  Repeat for opposite side.



Apply glue to the top face side of one of the 1-3/4 x 4-3/8-inch Top/Bottom/Middle Pieces and then adhere another matching piece to the top of it forming a double ply piece.  Next, apply glue to the left, right and bottom of the pieces and adhere down into the center of the box from left to right.





Cut (2) 1 x 4-5/8-inch strips from cardstock that matches your chipboard.  Score the piece down the center at ½-inch. Apply Scor-Tape or similar to each side of the score line. 



Bend the piece into a “V” tape sides together.  Place the 3-1/4 x 4-5/8-inch Lid Pieces on top of the assembly.  Pull the tape backing and adhere to lid and then bend it down onto the box top side forming a hinge.  Repeat for opposite side.




Making the Interior Box Closure-


Find the 3-1/8 x 3-1/4-inch Closure piece and the 1-5/8 x 3-1/8-inch backing piece.



Apply the glue to the backing piece and adhere to the top-matching portion of the Closure.



Apply tape to the raised backing piece.  Adhere a magnet set toward the center bottom (the lower section) and then pull the tape backing from the backing piece and the paper magnet cover.  


Adhere the piece onto the top section of the box front.  Adhere the magnet to the bottom section.




Making the Flip-Flop Books-


You will make (2) of these books to place inside the interior box. The same steps apply for both books.


Find the 2-7/8 x 4-1/4-inch covers and some cardstock that matches your chipboard.


Cut (3) 4 x 12-inch strips from one sheet of cardstock.  Place one of the pieces onto your scoreboard and score it at 2-1/2, 5, 7-1/2 and at 10-inches.  Do this for all three strips.




On the first strip find the smaller section and apply Scor- Tape to this front side section.  Accordion fold the piece up then down until the piece is completely pleated.



Again, apply score tape to the smaller section of the second strip and adhere to the backside of the larger 2-1/2 x 4-inch section from the previous strip.  Lastly, repeat the same steps for the last piece. You will end with a larger section.



Apply tape to the face of this larger last section.



Pull the tape backing and adhere the flip-flop pages to the center of the cover piece.  Repeat for remaining cover on opposite end.




Place the books inside the interior box, place the box inside the pagoda and slide the shoji doors closed.



You Did It!  Great Work! I’m proud of you…Hope you enjoyed making the project.









Happy Papercrafting!  



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