Spring 2018 Sneak Peek Bonanza – Prizes, Winners, & Projects

Hello, G45ers!

  We have an action-packed blog for you today!  We are having a Spring 2017 Sneak Peek Recap Party.  We will be announcing three contest winners from yesterday's contest, kicking off a HUGE contest with three $120+ prizes, sharing our Imagine collection, and Tropical Travelogue – Deluxe Collector's Edition.  To celebrate the beauty of Imagine we have a Magic Box Album by Sandy Trefger and an Easel Frame by Pam Bray.  Following those two handmade masterpieces we have a #SimplyG45 Square Matchbook Box & Tag & Pocket Album by Diane Schultz.  Let's get this party started with three winners!  



And the winners are…


From the Blog: Tiffany Brummitt “I can’t wait to get this collections. I can see my Oahu pictures scrapbook on the collection.”


From Facebook: M'Liss Trepanier White “Oh this is going to be another must have. Love this collection!”


From Instagram: the_craftier_crab “I love these colors!”


Thank you to everyone who left comments making this launch a HUGE success!  Winners, please email to claim your prizes. Sneak peek prizes will be shipped late May.  


Would you like another chance to win?  We thought you might, so here it is… We have three $120+ Spring Release Prize packages, complete with the full Imagine collection and Tropical Travelogue– DCE!  To enter to win-it-before-you-can-buy-it leave a comment here on the blog, on Facebook, and/or on Instagram.  Winners will be announced on the blog Friday, May 4th, 2018.



New Product Alert:
Clear Acrylic Stamps & Rose Bouquet Collection



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



Dream Album in a Box

By Sandy Trefger


“When I saw the new Imagine paper collection by Graphic 45, I knew that I wanted to create something that would hold notes or photos of special moments such as dreams fulfilled or dreams to come.  I had looked at different versions of an album in a box on YouTube and decided that style would be perfect for what I had in mind. I used a tutorial (with permission) that is on YouTube and I will share the link in the supply list so that you can also make this album if you wish. I followed the tutorial for the basic construction of the box album base and then did the pages more freestyle by cutting the pages to the sizes I needed and changing up the flaps. You are going to love this collection especially if you do projects with fussy cutting!


I used the new Graphic 45 metal die sets for this album to create the “metal” gears and the frame that is underneath the flowers.  I cut the pieces out of dark brown cardstock and then added two different shades of gold embossing powders for the look I wanted to achieve.  When you compare the gears to the actual metal key below, it’s hard to tell that they are really just cardstock.



There are so many wonderful elements to fussy cut from this collection.   In the photo below you’ll see that I added a hot air balloon along with the man flying with wings and the tiny butterfly with a clock.  


Tip:  To give your fussy cut elements some lift and to create a dimensional scene on your project, cut small pieces of black chipboard.  Stack as many pieces as you need with glue to get the height you need. Make sure the chipboard is cut so that it does not show on the edges of your fussy cut piece such as the man flying with wings.  I used about 4 or 5 layers of chipboard to lift him up so his wing could be glued flat onto the “Dream” piece. I also added tiny bits of chipboard layering underneath his leg and wing extension. You could use foam dots for layering but chipboard is so much sturdier.


Showcase Video:


 Dream Album in a Box



Three of the flaps on this box are held in place with large magnetic snaps.  To open you lift the front flap and two side flaps and let them fall to the side.  In the photo below, I show how it looks with the inner bottom flaps dropped down and the outer lid flaps still in place.



Once you open up the flaps all the way, you’ll see an accordion pocket with the flap in the lid and the album pages in the base of the box.




Next, are the different pages with pockets.  I’ve added tags from the cut-a-part paper in the collection and created photo mats with solid cardstock.







When you lift the flap inside the lid, you’ll find the accordion pocket that will hold lots of notes, letters, extra photos, postcards, and tags.



Tip:  You can add embossing powder directly onto areas of the patterned paper to give it a metal look such as what I did on the teapot. You can see it better in the close up photo below.  Just add your embossing powder sparingly so that it does not cover the entire piece. Use an embossing ink dabber to make it easier to apply and emboss your powder where you want it.  Be careful to not overheat and burn your paper. Gradually heat and allow the paper to cool between heat times.



Graphic 45 Supplies:


Other Supplies:

  • Prima Flowers
  • Brown Button Twine String
  • Pink Hug Snug Ribbon
  • Vintage Buttons
  • Embossing Ink Dabber
  • Embossing Powder – Different Colors of Gold
  • Brown Artisan Cardstock
  • Cream/Ivory Artisan Cardstock
  • Scrap of Black Chipboard
  • Art Glitter Designer Glue
  • Nuvo Clear Glitter Pen
  • Large Magnetic Snaps
  • Decorative Lace Punch
  • Metal Clock Charm
  • 1” Circle Punch or Thumb Notch Punch
  • 8’x8” Mini Album in a Box YouTube Tutorial by Tamra Merrill  (There are additional tutorial videos on her channel with different versions of this 8×8 Mini Album in a Box)



I think you will love this new paper collection Imagine and I think that it will be very popular and will sell out quickly.  I also hope that I’ve inspired you to create a special box or album or album in a box for your own dreams, inspiration, and creativity.  Happy Crafting! ~ Sandy Trefger



Imagine Dreams Altered Easel Frame

By Pam Bray

“As long as we are able to set goals and have dreams we will be able to “imagine” that all things are possible. Can you “Imagine” how you feel when some come true…it will be amazing!” So, Dream Dreams!” Pam

Tip:Use two sheets of same pattern paper to be able to make your embellishments when fussy cutting.


Graphic 45 Supplies:

  • Imagine 12 x 12 Paper
  • Imagine Ephemera Cards


Other Supplies:

  • Easel Frame
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun



  1. Easel Frame

Add pattern paper to center along with Ephemera Card. Fussy cut images from second Ephemera Card; add to top with pop dots.




  1. Fussy cut images and layer together with pop dots. Add to top of easel frame.


  1. Fussy cut “Imagine” from pattern paper; layer together. Adhere to frame.


  2. Add fussy cut hot air balloons to frame.


  3. Add Butterflies.


  1. Fussy cut images from Image pattern paper to add the legs of the easel.


  2. Fussy cut smaller images from pattern paper. Add to top with pop dots.


  3. Make ribbon bow and adhere under the image.


  4. Decorate the other easel leg.




Tropical Travelogue

Deluxe Collector's Edition

Introducing Graphic 45's new Deluxe Collector’s Edition – Tropical Travelogue, a bold and adventurous new paper collection that will exhilarate your senses like a warm island breeze. Inspired by stunning vintage island imagery, this unique collection features lavish flora and fauna, exotic seascapes and radiant wildlife designs. You’ll find paradise on every rejuvenating page of Tropical Travelogue. It’s lush and vibrant color pallet includes oceanic turquoise, lime green, dazzling coral, sunny yellow and coconut brown. With Tropical Travelogue all of your craft creations will shine like a brilliant island jewel!


Tropical Travelogue – Available Late May


Tropical Travelogue Box & Album

By Diane Schultz


Did you know we have two Deep Matchbook Boxes that are perfectly sized to fit our Tag & Pocket Albums in?  Here we have our Square Tag & Pocket Album nested inside our Deep Square Matchbook Box.  Housing your albums in a box is great for adding a nice home decor element while keeping your album safe for years of enjoyment.  


Tip: Wrap your paper around the edges of the Square Tag & Pocket Album cover for a polished and professional look.  


Graphic 45 Supplies:



Wowzers, that is how you do a Sneak Peek!  Big thanks to Diane, Pam, and Sandy for sharing these perfectly crafted paper crafts.  Be sure to leave your feedback in the comments to be entered to win one of the three HUGE prize packages.  Thanks for stopping by, we look forward to reading your comments!  


Happy Papercrafting!

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