Imagine: Spring Sneak Peeks

Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to day one of the Graphic 45 Spring Sneak Peeks!  Today, we unveil our stunning soft and feminine steampunk collection, Imagine.  This collection is perfect for capturing adventurous photos, handmade cards, mixed media, and scrapbook layouts.  To go along with the images from our newest paper collection, we have two beautiful projects.  First up, we have a layout by Annette Green, followed by a cardmakers dream card by Kathy Clement.  So grab a cup of tea and let your imagination take flight.  

But first, we have two winners to announce from our Sneak Peek Newsletter Contest!  

…And the winners are… Lisa Robinson and Mary Roccanti Morel!  Please email to claim your prize.  Sneak peek prizes will be shipping late May.  Big thanks to all who participated in sharing the newsletter!  



Win it Before You Can Buy it Contest

We are giving away 3 Imagine package including two clear stamp sets, a $90+ value!  To enter to win leave a comment here on the blog, on Facebook, and/or on Instagram.  Winners will be announced tomorrow, May 1st, 2018 here on the blog.




Create your own dream… open your imagination to beautiful floral covered hot air balloons, incredible castles in the air, wondrous wings that make you fly—this magical new collection showcases a gorgeous soft feminine palette of pinks, rose gold and sky blue.  Come along this magnificent journey and spread your wings & soar!


Collection includes 8 double-sided papers, 12×12 collection pack (new format; includes 16 sheets, 2 of each 8 designs & decorative sticker sheet. Only $20 MSRP),  8×8 paper pads, 12×12 Patterns & Solids pad, two clear acrylic stamps sets, coordinating chipboard, cardstock tags & pockets, journaling & ephemera cards, and decorative cardstock stickers.


Imagine – Available Late May


Imagine Collection Pack 12”x12”

  • New 16 double-sided 12×12-inch sheets – 2 each of 8 designs
  • 356 cover weight stickers on a 12 x 12-inch sheet
  • Features easy to use cut-apart and designer papers
  • Made in the USA – cover-weight papers are acid and lignin Free


Imagine 12”x12” in Patterns & Solids

  • New 16 double-sided sheets – 12×12-inch papers – 2 each of 8 designs
  • Features easy to use cut-apart and designer papers
  • Made in the USA – cover-weight papers are acid and lignin Free



Imagine 8”x8” Paper Pad

  • 24 double-sided 8×8-inch sheets – 3 each of 8 designs
  • Features easy to use cut-apart and designer papers
  • Made in the USA – cover-weight papers are acid and lignin Free


Imagine – signature page


Beautiful Dreamer


Adventure Beacons


Futuristic Fantasy


Up and Away


Spread Your Wings


Castle in the Air


Create Yourself


Imagine Ephemera Cards

  • 32 individual journaling & ephemera cards
  • 2 each of 16 designs – (16) 4 x 6-inch & (16) 3×4-Inch



Imagine – Chipboard

  • 26 decorative embellishments
  • Sturdy die-cut chipboard – finished Size is 6 x 12.5-Inch



Imagine – Die-cut Tags & Pockets

  • 2 double-sided cardstock sheets contain 17 die-cut pieces
  • Beautifully detailed imagery on front and coordinating patterns on reverse


Imagine – 12”x12” Cover-weight Sticker

Imagine – Clear Acrylic Stamps


Imagine 12 x 12 Layout 
“Create Your Own Dream”

By Annette Green


“With a daughter in her second year of art college, it’s all about discovery and dreams for the future. The phrases and uplifting sentiments in this beautiful new Imagine collection were perfect for a layout in honor of her. The fantastical imagery of hot air balloons, teapots with wings, and steampunk butterflies connect the phrase Create “Your Own Dream” to her artsy personality wonderfully.”


Tip: Fussy cutting doesn’t always have to be terribly fussy. Try cutting loosely around images for a different effect, like I did around the golden gears in the upper and lower left corners of this layout.


Tip: It’s fun to cut apart the gears from the new Regular Tag & Gears Metal Dies to make individual and clusters of gears.


Tip: Choose a dark colored cardstock for your layout’s base, then repeat the use of that same color for photo mats and accents for a dramatic and uniform look." ~Annette 


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Imagine 12×12 Collection Pack:

  • Imagine
  • Adventure Beckons
  • Up and Away 
  • Spread Your Wings
  • (2 sheets) Castles in the Air 
  • Create Yourself 


Staples - Regular Tag & Gears Dies


Other Supplies:

  • Dark Teal cardstock
  • Decorative edge scissors
  • Border punch
  • Dimensional foam adhesive


Imagination Card

By Kathy Clement

“Clocks and Steampunk go together like peanut butter and jelly. So it was a natural choice to combine the Imagine Collection with the Graphic 45 Staples Square Tag and Clock Dies to make this fun Steampunk inspired card.


Since the Imagine Collection is also loaded with beautiful floral images, I decided to make my own flowers using the G45 Staples Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flowers Die.  



Tip: Perfectly matched flowers are just a die cut away!  I used two different patterns from the Imagine Collection to die cut my flowers.  Each layer is spritzed with Antique Bronze Mica Spray, then shaped with a stylus and foam pad.  Little pearl buttons make great flower centers.



A few fussy cut butterflies and a few Prills are all I needed to add to make the card complete.



Tip: Did you know that you can use Decades Ink to custom dye seam binding ribbon?  Simply swipe the ink pad onto a non-porous surface (craft sheet, glass mat, or even a plastic packaging will work for this) and then mist lightly with water until little beads of ink form.  Dip and drag your white seam binding through the inky puddle. Let dry overnight, or gently dry with a heat tool to create custom dyed ribbon that will match your project perfecty. For this card, I used Decades Precious Pink.

ClearSnap Decades Dye Pad Precious Pink


I die cut the clock parts twice.  Once from bronze cardstock, and once using pink patterned paper from the collection.  Mounting the pink clock face on the bronze circle really made it pop!



Tip:  This sentiment title is matted on kraft cardstock.  To make it really POP, I fussy cut just the word label from a second image, popped it up on foam dots, then adhered it over the flat sentiment.  


Tip: Adding a gift card pocket is easy!  I cut a rectangle of patterned paper to fit the inside of my card.  Then I used a circle punch in the center to create a thumb hole. Then, I glued just the bottom and sides to the card base and added an ephemera card.  You can easily slip a gift card or other small treat. Now the card is the gift!" ~Kathy


Graphic 45 Supplies:

  • Imagine 12×12 Collection

    • Spread Your Wings

    • Beautiful Dreamer

    • Imagine

    • Create Yourself

    • Adventure Beckons

    • Up and Away

    • Castles in the Air

    • Ephemera Cards

Staples - Square Tag & Clock Dies

Staples - Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies


Other Supplies:

  • Seam binding ribbon
  • A Penny Saved Prills
  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Bronze Cardstock
  • Buttons


Thank you for joining us for this extra special blog post, and thanks to Annette and Kathy for sharing these amazingly detailed projects!  We look forward to getting this new collection in stores and in your hands to see what you create late May/early June.  Be sure to leave your comments on here, Facebook, and Instagram to be entered to win it before you can buy it, and join us again tomorrow for our Spring 2018 Deluxe Collector's Edition Sneak Peek!  Until then… 


Happy Papercrafting!  

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