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Jul 1, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Welcome our 2015 Special Project Designers: Annette Green and Gloria Stengel

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Today, we introduce our amazing Special Project Designers! Our Special Project Designers create the Graphic 45 classes that you take around the world. So, they are certainly a key part of our team. You will recognize them as past Design Team members as well! We adore Annette Green and Gloria Stengel and celebrate them today!

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Annette Green


"Hello! I’m Annette Green and although my 2 terms on the design team are now over, I am thrilled to be asked to stay on as a Special Projects Designer for Graphic 45! If you’ve attended CHA, or any Graphic 45 events or classes around the globe, chances are I’ve designed that project you made. What an honor it’s been and I’m looking forward to another year of designing for the best paper crafting company in the business.


Formerly a graphic designer by trade, I’ve spent the 15 years as a paper crafting enthusiast. What began as simple scrapbooking of our family memories has turned into a fulfilling career in the best business ever. I spend my days in my home studio creating and sharing art and inspiration through blogging, videos, and as an instructor.

I live in sunny Melbourne, Florida with my husband Paul of 23 years, our talented teenage daughter Jamie and our sweet, shy Sheltie named Suki who sometimes makes an appearance in my videos. I enjoy working out, eating healthy, and thinking positive thoughts daily. I especially enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with friends. Especially having coffee! (I’m a bit of a coffee fanatic, I’m afraid.) Paul recently retired, so life is taking on some fun changes. Who knows where I’ll end up? All I know is as long as I have my crafting hobby, I’ll be a happy, happy girl!" ~Annette

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First, Annette shares her Home Sweet Home recipe book and project sheet that we taught at this past year's CHA class for our Crafter's Home stores. This is one amazing project!

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Download this Home Sweet Home Recipe Book Photo Steps Project Sheet

Download the Home Sweet Home Recipe Book Written Instructions Project Sheet


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Supply List

Ivory Mixed Media Album
Home Sweet Home 12 x 12 Papers:
(1 sheet of each)
Home Sweet Home Signature Page
Garden Fresh
Country Life
Granny’s Quilt
Apple Pie
Handmade
Farmer’s Market
My Sunshine
Home Sweet Home Ephemera Cards
Home Sweet Home Hybrid Stickers
One Shabby Chic Metal Keyhole
Two Shabby Chic Metal Brads
Other
Core’dinations Signature Series cardstock:
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32” May Arts ⅝”    385-58-14 - RED

Annette is also an avid workshop teacher and here's another great recipe book she made using Home Sweet Home! Beautiful! Take the tour below:

 

Annette's YouTube Home Sweet Home Recipe Book Tour

Next, Annette shares some paper maché magic using Home Sweet Home! We love this handmade purse. Check out her video tutorial below!

"I love taking inexpensive alterable items from the craft store and transforming them into something beautiful for my home. I chose a simple papier maché purse that I’ve had stashed away for a while for this fun project. My favorite Graphic 45 Staples right now are the new Antique Brass Claw Feet and while planning the design for this purse, I decided to paint the feet a bright red color to coordinate with the beautiful Garden Fresh paper in the Home Sweet Home Collection. Metal Staples are not difficult to paint following some simple steps, which I share in my video. Enjoy!" ~Annette

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Annette's Paper Mache Purse Tutorial


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Supply List

Graphic 45:
Home Sweet Home 12 x 12: Garden Fresh and Granny’s Quilt
Home Sweet Home 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids, blue stripe
Antique Brass Claw Feet Staples, 4
Ornate Metal Key Hole, 1
Shabby Chic Metal Brads, 2
Other:
Antique Brass closure/clasp, Hobby Lobby
Papier Maché purse
White Gesso
Acrylic Paints
Mod Podge
Ribbon and trims
Small ivory paper roses
Petaloo Flowers:
1101002 Faux Dried Minis, Ivory/Green/Brown
1101003 Faux Dried Minis, Cranberry/Amber/Green

Now, many of you know Gloria Stengel who's been a part of Graphic 45 for years. We are so glad she's a Special Projects Designer for us!

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"My name is Gloria Stengel and I just celebrated my 10 year anniversary of living in beautiful, southern California! I am a wife of almost 28 years, the mom of three mostly grown kids, and the owner of two cats.  We are a Christian homeschooling family, having homeschooled two kids all the way to college, with the last one now in homeschooled high school. The light at the end of the homeschooling tunnel is no longer the train! 

I have been hooked on crafts all of my life, and I have been a papercrafter for 25 years! I have always loved to color, play with paper dolls, and create "stuff"!  I love all aspects of paper crafting: card making, scrapbooking, mini albums, altered art, up-cycling, you name it! I am happiest when I am making a mess! It's the cleaning up part that I don't care for!

I have been on a number of design teams over the past few years, including over four years with Graphic 45. I joined the Graphic 45 Design Team in 2010 and continued on the team until my third term ended in 2013. I became a Special Projects Designer in the spring of 2013, taking a short break in 2014 to recover from a back injury. I once told Diane that she would never get rid of me, and so far, I have been like a barnacle stuck to the G45 ship! 

I love my role as a Special Project Designer because I get to use the prettiest paper in the world in my designs! I create projects for tutorial sheets and other special events, which allows me to share my love of Graphic 45 with students all over the world! My current favorite G45 collections are: Raining Cats and Dogs, Rare Oddities, and Home Sweet Home. I have some of every collection that Graphic 45 has ever made, but my ALL TIME FAVORITE is Times Nouveau, which has been "re-booted" as a Deluxe Collector's Edition! I am blessed to be part of such a wonderful company for such a long time! May they never tire of me! " ~Gloria
 
Keep up with Gloria!

 

 Blog: Scraps of Life: http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com
 
Today, we're sharing the classes Gloria is designing for us this year. Every month she creates card and tag classes using Time to Flourish! We are sharing her May and April project sheets below. Enjoy making these fun projects!

 

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Download the May Time to Flourish Card & Tag Project Sheet


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Download the April Time to Flourish Card & Tag Project Sheet

Want to see all of Gloria's great Time to Flourish project sheets? Check out our Pinterest Board with all the links in one handy place!

Follow Graphic 45®'s board Time to Flourish Monthly Card & Tag Project Sheets on Pinterest.

Don't forget you can win A Proper Gentleman prize pack this week! Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to enter to win. Have fun!

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Also, we have yet to announce the winner of last week's blog contest! The randomly chosen winner is....

-Jane Reyling

Congratulations, Jane! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Thanks for taking part, G45ers!

Thanks for joining us today, and special thanks to Annette and Gloria for all their incredible work throughout the year!

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

 

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

 

 

Jun 30, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Introducing the Graphic 45 Ambassador: Laura Denison + a Bonus Tutorial

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We are so excited to welcome back Laura Denison to our team of Ambassadors! Laura has been with us for years and we are simply in love with her incredible designs. Laura has an unrivaled imagination and incredible brain for papercrafting and we just adore her. Also, today we have a great card tutorial from Lori Williams! It's going to be a great day here on the blog.

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Laura Denison

"From an early age, I thought outside the box. I have always followed my own path in my creative endeavors. I try to explore “what if…?” ever day.

I am honored to once again be an Ambassador for THE greatest product manufacturing company on the planet, Graphic 45. Their unique vision in the industry and the family behind it all makes them a standout. I began my journey with them in 2011 and I am humbled to be asked to continue  to share my love of the company and their products.

After a career in architecture, I was involved in the quilting and fabric industry of 10 years. In 2009, I discovered paper. …and fell in love with it’s unique properties. My passion is to create 3D projects from scratch. Give me a stack of chipboard and some gorgeous paper and my mind is off and running. Most of my projects also incorporate a unique and innovative mini album in some form or fashion.

Paper is lead my to places I never could have imagined I would go. I LOVE what I do and work to have that shine through in my work. I also LOVE to share what I do and teach others to step outside their comfort zone and create what they never thought possible." ~Laura

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Laura shared with us some of her Graphic 45 highlights! First is this Steampunk Debutante altered clock a mini album. Simply amazing!

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 Then, Laura shares this gorgeous altered Typography typewriter! So many amazing details on this.

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This is a fabulous postal box using Kraft Reflections by the amazing Laura.

 

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What a great vintage camera using Communique!

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Talk about a beautiful cradle - this is made from Little Darlings and our Metal Staples!

 

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We are so glad Laura is an Ambassador again! Be sure to welcome her in the comments below.

 Next, Lori shares two beautiful cards using Artisan Style and Gilded Lily. There's a tutorial that goes with the Gilded Lily card. Just wonderful!

"I think fancy fold cards are such a great way to make a huge impact but they are actually very easy to create.  I’ve made a simple step by step tutorial that will show you how quick this step card is to make and I’ll help you make one in no time.    I’ve made two cards to show you different styles and looks that you could do with different collections.  The new Gilded Lily collection is so feminine and beautiful and yet I adore the traditional style of the Artisans Style.  Both are equally beautiful.  I’d love to see you take your favorite Graphic 45 collection and make your own step card." ~Lori

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Lori's Card Video Tutorial


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Supply List

Graphic 45 / Artisan Style Step Card
12 x 12 Artisans Style
Artisan Style
Natural Beauty
Craftsmanship
Creative Ideal
Artisan Style Journaling and Ephemera Cards
Artisan Style card stock stickers
Artisan Style Tags and Pockets
Artisan Style Tags chipboard 2
Artisan Style Stamp 1
Other Supplies: Spellbinders/Card Creator Labels 1
Xacto Tool, Self Healing Mat and Score Board
Prima Flowers
Petaloo Flowers
Martha Stewart Punch
Black Card Stock
Dries Clear Glue
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Zip Dries Glue
Foam Tape
Gilded Lily Step Card
12 x 12 Gilded Lily Paper
Tres Chic
Her majesty
8 x 8 Gilded Lily Paper
Crème de la Crème
Golden Age
Gilded Lily
Versailles
Lavish Lifestyle
Gilded Lily Chipboard 1
Other Products Used: Dries Clear Glue
Cream Card Stock
Pearl Swirls
Rhinestone Button
May Arts Ribbon
Foam Tape
Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Who wants to win a $40 prize pack of A Proper Gentleman? Enter to win below by commenting here on the blog or on Facebook!

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Thanks for joining us today, G45ers! Have a creative day!

 

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

Jun 29, 2015 5:00:00 AM

It's the Spellbinders Summer Road Trip Partner Hop with Tutorials from Graphic 45!

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Welcome to the Spellbinders Summer Road Trip Partner Hop! We are so excited you're here. We are going to jump right into the fun because Annette Green and Gloria Stengel have 2 excellent projects for this amazing hop. There's also a fabulous giveaway! Enjoy hopping along.

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First, Annette shares a fabulous mini album and Mixed Media Box using Spellbinders dies!

"This Summer my husband and I will be traveling with friends to South Carolina and I thought it would be fun to create them a mini album and Mixed Media Box to store it in as a little “Thank You” gift for joining us. I used Home Sweet Home in particular because I also plan to collect recipes and make note of places we eat, as well as places we visit. The Spellbinders dies were fun to layer and play around with, and with my new Sapphire machine it sure made easy work of embellishing my project. Hope you enjoy!" ~Annette

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Annette's YouTube Tutorial


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Supply List

Graphic 45:
Home Sweet Home 8 x 8 papers
Home Sweet Home 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids
Home Sweet Home Cardstock Stickers
Ivory 5 x 5 Mixed Media Box
Kraft ATC Tag
Antique Brass Label Pull
Spellbinders:
Basics Set A
Mini Flower One
Sapphire Die-Cutting Machine
Other
Core’dinations Signature Series Cardstock for Graphic 45
May Arts green wrinkle ribbon
May Arts jute twine
Misc. buttons and pearls
Burlap fabric

Now, let Gloria show you how to make a brilliant Raining Cats & Dogs mini album!

"Good morning, Graphic 45 Fans! I have the amazing honor to be one of the featured Graphic 45 Designers in the Spellbinders' Partner Blog Hop!


I was given the Spellbinders Sapphire Numbers and Letters One die templates set and the Fancy Corner set to work with, plus I am using the Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Collection for my project.

 


I decided to create a little mini album from two paper bags...and to make it a brag book about my cats! This album is approximately 3 1/2" x 7" and is adorable in a black, red, and teal color scheme!

 


Here is a another view, with the cover "untucked." I just adore how this turned out. It is perfect for adding a few photos and some journaling. This is the sort of project that you can customize by changing the theme and using alternate papers or color schemes. I love the Spellbinders Sapphire letters that I used to spell out my album title. (The capital "M" is approximately 1/2" tall.)

 


The gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, paired with black accents and the black die cut shapes make for a stunning project!

 

I bet you want to know how I made this little mini, right? Well, here goes!

 

 

You need two black treat bags, approximately 3 1/2" x 6 3/4" each. You can purchase these treat bags at your local chain craft store in the gift wrap section.


Lay Bag #1 so that the bottom fold is to the left. Place Bag #2 so that the bottom fold is on the right. Score Bag #2 at 1 1/2" and 2" from the bag opening. Score lightly, as you will GENTLY fold the bag to make the right-hand "spine."

 

 

Place some double-stick tape on the back of the opening of Bag #2. Slide Bag #2 into the opening of Bag #1, up to the first score line. Use a circle die or punch to create a cut out tab into Bag #1 as shown.) I actually went back with a Spellbinders Circle Die and cut a larger opening, as you can see below.)

 

 

Gently fold the bag on the score lines. The end of Bag #2 will tuck under the left flap to form a closure. 

 

I wanted to add a bit more to my bag book, so I created a flip page from some black cardstock. Cut black cardstock to 3 3/8" x 5". Score on the short edge at 1". Place double-stick tape on the small flap. Tuck the cardstock flap into the opening of Bag #1 to form a flip page.

 


Cover all surfaces with Raining Cats and Dogs papers. I used the 8x8 paper pad for my project. The open mini measures approximately 3 1/2" x 12 1/2". 

 

 

I decorated the "flap" of the cover with Spellbinders corner dies, flowers, and Raining Cats and Dots chipboard and a sticker. I topped the chipboard tag with a twine bow. 

 

 

I decorated the cover with more flowers and chipboard, plus a few items from the Raining Cats and Dogs Banners. I spelled out "My Cats" with the Spellbinders Numbers and Letters One die cuts. 

 


With the cover open, Bag #1 becomes the fist page, and it is also a pocket page. You can see that I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Small Dies to cut out the opening on the bag to make it easier to slip in some tags. I used the Sapphire Fancy Corner Set to create corners for the journaling tag. 

 


I tucked a few Graphic 45 Black Artist Trading Tags into my bag pocket. I covered the tags with paper. I had a little fun by trimming out the word "cats" to cover the word "dogs" so that my second tag reads "raining cats and cats"! {giggle} You can tuck some photos into the bag pocket as well. 

 

 

The next page is the cardstock flap that I made. The chipboard accent holds some tags, or it could hold a photo. Place adhesive on the left side of the chipboard, then slide your tags and photos under the right edge of the tag.

 


I used foam squares to pop the cat chipboard tag off and act as a holder. 

 

 

I created another tag holder by popping the mini tag with foam squares. I tied another twine bow to decorate the tag. I used another of the fancy corner die cut shapes under the mini tag.

 

 

The last page is actually Bag #2. The bag bottom creates a flap, which I used as a journaling spot and photo holder. I "crowned" the chipboard piece with one of the Spellbinders fancy corners. 

 

 

This paper is just beautiful! I love the red and teal flowers, and the black accents. There is a lot of paper in this collection that can be used for projects not about pets! I love how versatile Graphic 45 papers are! 

 

 

The back of the album is covered with more of the Raining Cats and Dogs paper.

 

Make sure to trim a small strip of paper to cover the spine, as shown above.

 

I hope you enjoyed this little project. Thanks for looking!" ~Gloria

 

Graphic 45 Products:

Artist Trading Tags - Black

Raining Cats and Dogs 8x8 Pad

Raining Cats and Dogs 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad

Raining Cats and Dogs Tags and Pockets

Raining Cats and Dogs Decorative Chipboard

Raining Cats and Dogs Journaling Chipboard

Raining Cats and Dogs Stickers

Raining Cats and Dogs Alphabet Stickers

Raining Cats and Dogs Banners


Spellbinders Products:

Sapphire Dies: Numbers and Letters One, Fancy Corner Set

Nestabilites Dies: Standard Circles Small

Grand Calibur 


Other Products:

Paper treat bags: craft store

Flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts

Leaves: Prima

Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon red and black jute string

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon 1/4" black grosgrain

Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Scotch 3M ATG tape, Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, hot glue

 

 

Enter the giveaway below to enter to win this great $90 prize pack of Graphic 45 Deluxe Collector's Editions Once Upon a Springtime  and An ABC Primer.

 

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Keep the fun going by hopping along with Day One of this great blog hop!

 

Visit the Want2Scrap Blog

 

Visit the Avery Elle Blog

 

Make sure to read the Spellbinders giveaway rules.

Thanks for joining us today, G45ers and enjoy hopping along!

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family

 Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

Jun 28, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Introducing the Graphic 45 Ambassadors: Jane Tregenza and Jim, The Gentleman Crafter

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Today, we welcome back two incredible teachers and designers to our Team of Ambassadors! We will welcome back the wonderful work of Jane Tregenza and Jim, the Gentleman Crafter. They share such amazing projects today, and we are just so honored to have these incredible crafters on Team Graphic 45.

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First, let's welcome back the wonderful Jane Tregenza!

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"I am the mother of 5 wonderful children, who all feature in my scapbooking projects from time to time. I have been married for over 30 years to a wonderful man who supports me in my journey through life. I am also the mum to a very special young lady who has taught me so much about myself. When our daughter was born with downs syndrome, it was quite a shock. At 22 it was not something I had ever thought about or even contemplated having to deal with. How grateful I am for that special baby. It has taken me on quite a different journey to the one I had planned. Once she finished school, she needed work and so I decide to open my own scrapbooking store and employ her to work for me.  I was already teaching scrapbooking at two different stores, but the decision to have my own store was a huge step for me. I re-entered the work force after being a stay at home mum for over 15 years with no experience of running a small business.

What a journey it has been. Scrapbooking has taken me all over Australia and to the USA as well. In my own store, I teach about 10 classes a month, all with Graphic 45.  I have been invited to be a tutor at the larges scrapbooking and paper craft expo in Australia for the past 4 years. I always teach Graphic 45 projects. At this event I have met women from all over Australia and New Zealand who are also fans of Graphic 45 – fellow kindred Spirits.  

This year my goal has been to get lots of my projects and books into kits with tutorials for those unable to attend my classes. To date I have over 60 different projects in kit form, all using Graphic 45 papers.  One of my strengths are my tutorials. I send out 1000’s of kits each year and have no one who can’t work the project out using my tutorial.  It is great to be able to provide inspiration, but even better to share, and teach someone one of my projects. My tutorials allow me to do this. Even some of my harder projects still work with a tutorial, as you know from my precious time with you.

I love all forms of scrapbooking, books, altered art, off the page, cards, books and more. It doesn’t matter what I make, when I use Graphic 45,  I can always make the papers work for me.  I just love the designs, colours and patterns – it is a perfect match for my style of scrapbooking. I don’t tend to use a lot of embellishments but rather use the papers to get the effect I want or cut them to make my own embellishments.  I was so delighted when Graphic 45 introduced their own chipboards, diecuts, stickers and staples. It all got easier and everything matched.

My work is classic, (I thinks that’s the word I would use to sum my work up) and my style appeals to lots of ladies.  I love the challenge of mixing my Graphic 45 collections and I have a good eye for colour and what works well together.

I still get excited when I see the new collections arrive and my mind goes into overdrive as I look at each paper and see the potential just sitting there waiting for me to get stuck in.

I so enjoyed my three years on Graphic 45’s design team, and I can’t thank Graphic 45 enough for giving me the honour of being one of their Ambassadors.  I am so looking forward to sharing my work with you all this year." ~Jane

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Jane first shares a brand new layout for the month of May using Time to FlourishWe love her monthly gratitude layout series. 

"For my gratitude layout this month, I could not go past Mother’s day.  Although my Mother does not like a fuss made of her on this day, I am so grateful for everything she has done for me and my family over the years.  She has always been there for me, whenever I needed a helping hand. Now it is my turn to be there for her. My parents have moved and now live three houses away. My father has had a couple of strokes and needs more help as he gets older. My Mother fills her days in helping my father with his rehabilitation. In April my youngest sister visited from Perth, and we had so much fun catching up. We also took the opportunity to get some family photos taken.  It is not often we can do this and as my parents get older the times we can all be together become more precious. I love the flowers on the May flourish print paper. It was so much fun cutting everything out and working out how they all needed to go on my layout." ~Jane

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Supply List

2x G451033 March Cut Apart
2x G4500883 Herbal Infusions
1x G4501037 May Cut Apart
1x G4501038 May Flourish
6x Black Cardstock
Photo corners, Brads and metal corners from Seriously Scrapbooking

Now, see Jane's June gratitude layout using Time to Flourish! What a beauty!

"June has been a busy month for me. I was again invited to teach at the largest scrapbooking expo in Australia.  I had three classes a day, for three days and a lovely group of Ladies joined me to create their own beautiful layouts, mixed media canvas and off the page projects as well.  All the projects featured Graphic 45 – my favourite company. I had a lovely time meeting new people and catching up with some old friends, all of whom I have met at this event over the past 5 years, that I have been a teacher at this event. Some ladies had travel 1000’s of Kilometres/Miles and even from New Zealand to attend the event and classes.  

My work was on display in the Teachers area for people to look at and I even had some pop up books for people to handle.

Seriously Scrapbooking had 450 Graphic 45 kits of mine to sell, including my layouts, books, shabby patchwork and canvas. (I did a rough count of how many Graphic 45 papers that was and worked out that it was over 2000 sheets. It was pretty amazing to see that many projects in one space. They all looked beautiful hanging there, just waiting for someone to buy them. I didn’t really appreciate how many ladies find it hard to attend classes or live in isolation. The kits were a big hit, with ladies buying one of everything I had there. I have already received emails from grateful ladies delighted with the projects they have made following my instructions.  

I really do love teaching and sharing my passion for all things Graphic 45. It is a real privilege to be Graphic 45’s ambassador for this year and I do take it quite seriously.  I am grateful for the opportunity Graphic 45 has given me, as an ambassador and design team member. It has taken me on quite a wonderful journey. I just love meeting people and hearing their stories, being invited into their lives through their photos or just talking to them.  

You just never know what is just around the corner on my journey with Graphic 45. Next year I am teaching on my first cruise and have just been asked to teach in New Zealand as well. I will be teaching Graphic 45 projects off course again sharing the love around.  After that who knows.

Thanks so much Graphic 45 for all you do for me and for giving me the opportunity to share my work here." ~Jane

June Double Layout by Jane Tregenza using Time to Flourish #graphic45


June Double Layout by Jane Tregenza using Time to Flourish #graphic45


June Double Layout by Jane Tregenza using Time to Flourish #graphic45


June Double Layout by Jane Tregenza using Time to Flourish #graphic45


June Double Layout by Jane Tregenza using Time to Flourish #graphic45

Supply List

1x June Cut a Part
1x June Flourish
2x July Cut a Part
2x Globe Trotter
5 Black cardstock

Next is the incredible Jim, the Gentleman Crafter! How much do we love Jim Hankins? He is just such an incredible artist, and a wonderful human being on top of that. He is so much fun to work with and we are always honored that he is an Ambassador for Graphic 45! Jim is teaching a lot more this year, so check out his website for all the exciting classes on Jim's calendar.

Jim

Jim, the Gentleman Crafter

"Full of Southern charm, Jim Hankins is truly a Gentleman Crafter!  Jim is known for creating intricate 3-D art projects and his use of innovative mixed media techniques.

An avid blogger, YouTuber and Ustream instructor and educator at large, Jim loves traveling the country and internationally, teaching classes online and in person and reaching out to fellow crafters to share his love of techniques and album construction." ~Jim, The Gentleman Crafter

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Jim shares some of his favorite projects below. First, this incredible Artisan Style bureau made completely by Jim using chipboard and our papers. Wow! What insane talent. Amazing work!

Artisan Style bureau by Jim, the Gentleman Crafter #graphic45


Artisan Style bureau by Jim, the Gentleman Crafter #graphic45


Artisan Style bureau by Jim, the Gentleman Crafter #graphic45

Next is a favorite of Jim and a favorite of ours - his Le Cirque Ferris wheel that actually does turn with a motor! It is another incredible creation straight from the imagination of the brilliant Jim, the Gentleman Crafter!

Le Cirque Ferris wheel by Jim, the Gentleman Crafter #graphic45


Le Cirque Ferris wheel by Jim, the Gentleman Crafter #graphic45


Le Cirque Ferris wheel by Jim, the Gentleman Crafter #graphic45


Le Cirque Ferris wheel by Jim, the Gentleman Crafter #graphic45

Jim made this Home Sweet Home cupboard for our Winter CHA Show this past winter and it is such an incredible project! We love the miniatures he uses on this awesome creation. It even has a hidden mini album. (What a great project to keep your recipes in!) Another brilliant project!

 

Home Sweet Home cupboard by Jim, the Gentleman Crafter (with a hidden mini!) #graphic45


Home Sweet Home cupboard by Jim, the Gentleman Crafter (with a hidden mini!) #graphic45

We are so excited Jane and Jim, the Gentleman Crafter have joined us for another year. Welcome them back in the comments below! What immense talent these two designers have. What an honor to have them represent Graphic 45!

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Thanks for joining us this Sunday, G45ers. We hope you have a fabulous Sunday!

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family


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Jun 27, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Introducing the 2015 Graphic 45 Ambassadors: Alberto Juarez Diaz & Clare Charvill

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 We are so excited to welcome back the Graphic 45 Ambassadors this year and introduce a brand new ambassador in this email! You may be wondering what an Ambassador is....this is an invite-only program for our incredible Graphic 45 designers who teach all over the world. We are so honored to have these talented teachers and designers on Team Graphic 45!

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First, let's give a warm G45 welcome to Alberto Juarez Diaz! Many of you know Alberto from his time on our Design Team. Now, Alberto is a brilliant Graphic 45 Ambassador. We got to meet Alberto at this past winter's CHA and his exuberance and talent is infectious! We are so honored to welcome him to our tribe of Ambassadors!

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Alberto Juarez Diaz

"If I’ve to define myself, I’m an adventurer. In 2012 I started my first international adventure with Graphic45 (I’m from Spain), the two years when I was designer were incredible. This fact made Prima Marketing contact me to be part of their Educator program. The last year I started to make big workshops in big fairs and events at principal cities with my partners at Carrotcake. And now you can find me and my adventures at www.vintageodyssey.net " ~Alberto

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Alberto shares some gorgeous projects with us today. First, is a quintessential Alberto album. So classic, incredible, and dynamic. He used Artisan Style for this incredible project.

Vintage Book, Artisan Style collection, AlbertoJuarez, by graphic45


Vintage Book, Artisan Style collection, AlbertoJuarez, by graphic45


Vintage Book, Artisan Style collection, AlbertoJuarez, by graphic45

Next, Alberto wows with this incredible By the Sea printer's tray. We love the shells and embellishments he includes on this flawless project.

Frame Lo box, by the sea, Albertojuarez, by graphic45


Frame Lo box, by the sea, Albertojuarez, by graphic45


Frame Lo box, by the sea, Albertojuarez, by graphic45


Frame Lo box, by the sea, Albertojuarez, by graphic45

We are so excited to have Alberto designing for us again! Give him a warm G45 welcome in the comments below.

Next, is the incredible Clare Charvill! Clare has been creating with Graphic 45 for years now and we'll never let go of her incredible teaching and talent. She is such a true ambassador for Graphic 45 and we know many of you reading have taken her incredible classes or seen her on Create & Craft TV in the UK spreading Graphic 45 love! Clare introduces her multi talents in her brilliant bio below. You will adore the projects she shares!

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Clare Charvill

"Thank you Diane, Charee and Aimee for inviting me to continue to be an Ambassador for Graphic 45 here in the UK.  After three fabulous years of crafting with the gorgeous collections Graphic 45 create I feel honored once again to be invited back to be part of such a wonderful family and fabulous paper collections.

I’ve been paper crafting for a little over four years but have always been fascinated by colour, texture and different mediums. Influenced by Mum and Nan who used to spend hours with me sewing, kitting and making paper and wool pompoms, I’ve touched on many crafts over the years from patchwork, dressmaking, knitting, cross stich, tapestry, Trapunto, quilting and Sugar Craft which I taught in evening classes at basic and advanced level for ten years at our local college. I qualified as a further education teacher during that time too.

Inspired by the old albums of family photos I used to browse through with my Nan I made my first album with the gorgeous Curtain Call collection back in January 2011 and that’s where my love affair with the gorgeously vintage designs Diane and her team create started.  Hooked, and totally inspired by the detail in the papers and their vintage themes I used the Le Cirque collection for my next album, then Le Communiqué and, well the rest is history as they say.    

Over the last four years I’ve shared my creativity with like minded crafters all over the world, changed from a 9 – 5 corporate day job to an all consuming creative one and, over the last year launched my own range of craft products. Here in the UK I run my own workshops and retreats, teach at craft shops around the country, demo at National Craft Shows and Trade Fairs and promote Graphic 45 on national television.  I’ve got to meet so many lovely people along the way too. It’s an incredibly rewarding life style change and one I’m really enjoying too.

My design strengths cover three areas:



Designing Projects to teach on line -

I love teaching and the web enables me to teach to crafters around the world.

I love taking a paper collection and designing photograph albums/memory books, (which is where I started), creating an album in a way that appeals to other crafters and providing easy to follow video led workshops on how to make them. These can be followed no matter where you are.  

I’m sharing my latest album designed using the Precious Memories collection. It combines all the paper pads, chipboard and pockets and tags from the collection and was designed on a blue background to show off the colours in the papers.  The key feature in all my albums is always being able to add full sized photo to the pages.

Precious Memories Album 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

 

Clare's Video Tour


Precious Memories Album 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Precious Memories Album 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Precious Memories Album 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Precious Memories Album 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Precious Memories Album 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Supply List

One 12 x 12 Precious Memories Pad
One 8 x 8 Precious Memories Pad
One 6 x 6 Precious Memories Patterns and Solids Pad
One Pocket and Tags pack
One Decorative Chipboard Pack
Precious Memories Cling Stamps
25 sheets 12 x 12 cardstock
Two sheets A4 2mm chipboard

Designing projects for one-day workshops

Making something too complicated can turn what’s supposed to be a fun and relaxed day out into a really stressful one, so with that in mind I design projects that are achievable in the time we have, affordable within the budget for the class, suitable for crafters of all levels with simple variations on pages if we’re making an album. I try to keep a theme running through the pages so it can be easily remembered for cutting out too.  

This is one of my latest class projects – a mini flip flap album altered with papers from the Raining Cats and Dogs 8 x 8 pad. It has a couple of page variations, a fun closure on the front and can hold lots of those tags we all love to make.

RCD Flip Flap Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1


RCD Flip Flap Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1


RCD Flip Flap Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1


RCD Flip Flap Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1


RCD Flip Flap Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1


RCD Flip Flap Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1


RCD Flip Flap Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1


RCD Flip Flap Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1


RCD Flip Flap Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1


RCD Flip Flap Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1


RCD Flip Flap Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1

Supply List

Two sheets of 2mm chipboard for album covers
10 sheets black A4 card
One 8 x 8 Raining Cats and Dogs Pad
Raining Cats and Dogs cling stamp on shrink plastic
Black 10mm ribbon
Dies used
Ovals
5/8” punch
Eyelet die
Designing Craft Kits


Over the last year I’ve turned some of the deign projects made during my time on the Graphic 45 Design Team into craft kits and added a few new designs to my range as well.  I love taking pieces of chipboard and creating three dimensional projects that can be altered in the gorgeous papers Graphic 45 give us to craft with.

The Bureau below is the latest addition to my range, and has been altered in papers from the Artisan Style collection. I love the theme and colour combination in this collection. The bureau itself has been altered in 12 x 12 papers and the mini album inside with 8 x 8 and patterns and solids papers.

Artisan Style Bureau and Pocket Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Artisan Style Bureau and Pocket Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Artisan Style Bureau and Pocket Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Artisan Style Bureau and Pocket Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Artisan Style Bureau and Pocket Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Artisan Style Bureau and Pocket Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

 

Supply List

Artisan Style 12 x 12 Papers
Creative Ideal
Artisan Style
Craftsmanship
Decorative Flourish
One 8 x 8 Artisan Style Pad
One 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids
Door Knockers
Claw Feet
Other Supplies
One Bureau Kit My Creative Spirit
Black Paint
Masking Tape

Before I go I would like to thank everyone who’s followed me over the past four years, come along and joined me at workshops and retreats and for all the fabulous messages and comments left on my blog and you tube channel.  I’m looking forward to another creative year with Graphic 45 and you all." ~Clare

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We are also so excited for Clare to be an Ambassador for us this year. Welcome back Clare in the comments below!

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Thanks for joining as we start our introductions of our incredible Graphic 45 Ambassadors. Tomorrow, we welcome more favorites to the fold. 

 

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family

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