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Mar 28, 2015 5:00:00 AM

A Magical Mother Goose Album with Jane Tregenza

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We are so excited to share this awesome Mother Goose idea from the amazing G45 Ambassador Jane Tregenza today! Jane is an inspirational designer with her amazing mix of colors, G45 collections, and incredible imagination.  She owns her own craft store in Australia, owns a brilliant chipboard company, and still finds time to share her amazing Graphic 45 creations with us! Get to know the amazing Jane today!

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An Interview with Jane Tregenza

1. Why do you craft?

I just love the freedom and the whole creative process, I find it very relaxing. The idea of starting with no idea of the finished project, but with a wonderful collection of graphic 45 papers and embellishments in front of me, is my idea of the perfect setting to create my projects in.

2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?

I just love everything, cards, books, off the page and layouts. I suppose books are my favourite but I really love layouts. It really depends on the collection I am working with as to what I end up making.

3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?

Graphic 45 papers are the perfect inspiration for me. I love laying the papers out in front of me. I always have two of each print so I can see both sides – then I just start cutting. My favourite way to use it, is to mix the collections around and use some of my old favourites along with my new favourites.

4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?

I have 7 Graphic 45 albums full of layouts and a bookcase full of my books and cards. Because I teach all over Australia I am always packing my books and layouts up to go to shows and things. So most of the time they are on display in my store or in boxes ready for the next display.

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

I don’t really have a funniest craft disaster. I find that most of my disasters end up becoming my favourite projects. As I tell everyone I teach, there are no mistakes in scrapbooking only more opportunities to create something better.

Wow, we would love to see your 7 Graphic 45 albums - awesome! Thanks for talking with us, Jane!

Now, Jane shares the most fabulous album using Mother Goose!

"I really love this collection – all the images are perfect for cutting out. Once I saw the collection I knew I wanted to do a book. But I didn’t want to just do a book, I wanted to do a pop out or an interactive book. Each page has a pocket that contains a letter, postcard and little bits and pieces relating to each nursery rhyme in it.

A Mother Goose album by the incredible Jane Tregenza #graphic45


I always make my books from scratch. I use cardstock for the foundation of each page, then I add print paper to each black foundation page. I love using Graphic 45’s striped print papers for making frames around my pages. It’s such a lovely technique for any page; it also helps to hide my background print paper sometimes when it isn’t on straight. I use this technique for frames on layouts, books and cards. I have done a snapguide on making a frame if any of you want to have a go. At the end of the snapguide I have included some examples of frames on my work.

Some of the interactive features in my book include a tab attached to Humpty Dumpty that makes him slide down the wall. The letter in the pocket on Humpty Dumpty’s Page is a letter from Nurse Rea Rhyme telling him how to treat his broken head. It includes an x-ray of his cracked egg. There is also a postcard telling him to get better from all the kings men.



Humpty Dumpty pages of Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Humpty Dumpty pages of Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Humpty Dumpty pages of Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Humpty Dumpty pages of Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


The History of Humpty Dumpty created by Jane #graphic45


The Twinkle Twinkle Little Star page has a tab so the cow jumps over the moon. In the pocket there is a letter from the King’s astronomer confirming the naming of the star as “Twinkle” and a star chart showing where it is in the constellation. There is also a packet with a chipboard star and some star dust.



Twinkle Twinkle Little Star pages in Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star pages in Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star nursery rhyme notes and history created by Jane #graphic45

The Mary Mary quite contrary page has a garden that pops up. In the pocket is a letter from Mrs Tiggy Winkle complaining about the mud on Mary’s cloths. There is also a packet of seeds for “Pretty Maids” and a vintage postcard of a girl with a bunch of flowers.

Mary Mary Quite Contrary pages from Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Mary Mary Quite Contrary pages in Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


The great letter to go with Jane's Mary Mary Quite Contrary page #graphic45


In the pocket for the Mary Had a Little Lamb page there is a letter from the teacher informing Mary that her lamb can’t attend school again. There is a map of nursery rhyme land and a packet with some of Mary’s lamb’s wool.


Mary Had a Little Lamb pages from Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Mary Had a Little Lamb pages from Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Mary Had a Little Lamb pages from Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Mary Had a Little Lamb letter and ephemera with Jane's Mother Goose book #graphic45


The last page of the book has pockets for each of the Nursery Rhymes. There is a little booklet with the history of each Nursery Rhyme in each pocket.

I had great fun creating this book and writing the letters. I am hoping that any child receiving a book like this, will just love all the little bits and pieces that I have included to make it more interesting."

Check out How to Make a Frame With Striped Paper Technique Tutorial by Jane Tregenza on Snapguide.  

Jane's Snapguide Tutorial

Supply List

Mother Goose Collection
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard

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Thanks for joining us today, we know this album is just amazing! Thanks to Jane! Have a great day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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Mar 27, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Clare Charvill Lets Color and Texture Energize her Creativity

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G45 Ambassador Clare Charvill is an incredible designer, teacher, and creator! You've seen her on Create & Craft TV talking about Graphic 45 and many of you have taken her fabulous classes. Today, we'll get to know Clare better!

  An Interview with Clare Charvill #graphic45

An Interview with Clare Charvill

1. Why do you craft?

I love to create and always have right from a really young age. Influenced and encouraged by my mum and grandma.  I love taking a though or idea and brining it to life through my fingers be it thread, materials, sugar paste or paper. It’s a very productive way of relaxing too.

2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?

I love making albums or memory books that showcase full sized photos, altered art projects that enable me to bring flat mediums to life especially shadow boxes and flower making.  

3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?

Colour and textures inspire my creativity.  My mood influences how I see things and what I create, and often the theme of the paper pads I have to work with inspire an idea that starts my creative thought. The finished project develops as I work.  Projects are not always planned but seem to evolve which I love.

4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?

I have lots of my projects displayed in craft shops around the UK and I give many away as raffle prizes at my retreats and workshops too.

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

The funniest disaster I’ve had was starting to decorate an album and then picking it up after a few days and working on it upside down from the back cover. A real topsy turvey disaster lol! But quite unique :)

See? All "craft disasters" just turn out to be unique beauties! Thanks for this great interview, Clare!

Now, Clare provides a beautiful Artisan Style shadowbox and tutorial! We are in love. Join the fun below!

Clare's Artisan Style Tutorial

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"Tip: Recycle your offcuts of chipboard and use them as supports in your shadow box designs. Cut them into regular sized squares and lengths, stick them together in stacks of equal numbers and then stick them to the back of the paper pieces, increasing the number in each stack to build up the dimension.  Once dried they hold the paper pieces in place perfectly.

Tutorial: Graphic 45 give us beautiful imagery in their paper collections and all the elements you need to make 3 stunning dimensional scenes. Using a pair of scissors, the and a little creativity you can create dimensional shadow boxes which if you follow me you know I love doing.

I’ve used the Artisan Style papers for todays project.  Here’s how it all came together. Just follow the steps below to make one yourself:

Browse through the papers and chose a theme for your frame, finding an image for the focal point and others to compliment it. I chose the porch and doors from the signature paper, opted for a view through the doors, a flower garden and peacocks.

The finished piece reminds me of an amazing holiday we had in India before the boys were born. Peacocks were everywhere.  

Cover your frame with your chosen background paper (I used two 12 x 12 Craftsmanship sheets for mine). Cut out a variety of chipboard squares and strips and all the elements you want to use in your frame. Ink paper edges from the back of each piece so you don’t change the colour of the images.

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Artisan Style Frame 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

From two sheets of Artisan Style paper Cut out the porch from one and the roof and doors from the second. Patch two pieces of blue paper (from Artisan Style) together so they fit inside the frame of the open doors. Trim the Cut apart as shown in the picture and cut a 1” green strip of patterns and solid paper and

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Use a craft knife to Cut across the top bottom and down the centre of the doors on the full porch section. Stick the second pair of doors to the back of the first, fold and crease so they open.  Put stacks of 5 chipboard pieces on the back of the separate roof section.

At the bottom edge of the complete porch and door section cut down the sides of both pillars, crease and valley fold paper along the line of the bottom of the door and fold the top of each pillars forwards to lift it away from the door.  Support the top and bottom of the pillars with stacks of chipboard pieces.

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Curve the house Cut apart slightly and stick to the blue background paper.  Add green paper to front following lower white edge of the border.  Stick to the underside of the doorframe.

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Artisan Style Frame 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Artisan Style Frame 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

From the second sheet of Artisan Style paper cut across the bottom of the door, following line, with ½” of cream either side of the base of the pillars.  Make small cuts down the side of the pillars and trim off.  Fold and crease paper at ½” and ¾” to make step, and join with tacky glue to the paper folded forwards at the bottom of the full porch.  Add strips of chipboard under the step below the door to support it.

Cut a 7 ½” strip of border off the left of the Artisan Style paper keeping the blue edge on the right hand side. Crease along inner blue edge, and lining up right hand edges join both steps together. Put tacky glue on the reverse of the porch section and chipboard strip under step and stick section in place bottom right of the frame.



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Artisan Style Frame 8 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Now you can start to add the detail.  Start with the branch and hanging flowers, using stacks of chipboard to support them. Then add two agapanthus and more flowers working from the back of the frame forwards, adding height t the flowers as you go with chipboard pieces. 

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Artisan Style Frame 10 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Artisan Style Frame 10 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Artisan Style Frame 10 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

To finish add the peacocks along the bottom edge, the Artisan Style ironwork piece and two or three butterflies cut from Attention to Detail paper.

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Artisan Style Frame 13 Clare Charvill Graphic 45


Artisan Style Frame 13 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Then stand back and admire your crafty creation.

For more step by step pictures watch the slide show for this project below:

 

Clare's YouTube Video Slideshow

 Supply List

12 x 12 Artisan Style Papers
Artisan Style x 2
Decorative Flourish x 1
Natural Beauty x 1
Craftsmanship x 2
Creative Ideal x 1
Attention to Detail x 1
1” strip of solid green paper from the Patterns and Solids pad
Other Supplies:
Shadow box – my own kit
Tacky Glue
Chipboard offcuts trimmed to ¼” and ½” square and longer strips for larger supports
Black Soot distress ink and applicator
Black Paint for shadow box

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Thanks for joining us to get to know Clare better. She is an amazing designer! We are so glad she's a G45 Ambassador. Have a fantastic Friday, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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Mar 26, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Yumi Muraeda Finds Joy, Happiness, and Friendship with Crafting

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Yumi Muraeda makes such genius projects! Her beautiful and complex altered art always inspires and amazes us. Today, she shares with us why she loves to create and also shares a great tutorial that is just perfect for Easter! It will be a fabulous day here on the blog.

An Interview with Yumi Muraeda #graphic45

An Interview with Yumi Muraeda

1. Why do you craft?

 

Joy, happiness, gratitude, courage, friendship, I want to form a word that can not be seen

Also when I do crafting I am so happy and joyful!

2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?

 

Altered art with motion, Books, Mix-media and 3D cards.

3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?

 

Whenever I see the paper my Imagination coming up. Also from Museum, Antique furniture, old story book and my childhood memory...

4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?

 

I display new works in the class room and old one are in cabinet.

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

When I made a ’Twas the Night Before Christmas Stamp Mini Album sugar box, I used many difference glitter and it spread all over the room even in rest room too… then I found my husband foot were sparkling with rainbow color...He asked me to clean the house.

Tricky glitter! It always leaves a trail. Thanks for sharing with us, Yumi!

Now, enjoy this fabulous Easter-inspired tutorial and project from Yumi. We love these bunnies!

"Simple Rabbit Die makes cute wagon and Mini Album. Also You can make paper patch works too! Every one please enjoy!" ~Yumi

 

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Check out How to G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album by Yumi Muraeda on Snapguide.  

Yumi's Snapguide Tutorial


G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album1


G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album1


G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album1


G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album1


G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album1


G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album1

 

Supply List

Graphic45 Baby 2 Bride paper pad
Graphic45 Baby 2 Bride Cardstock stickers
Graphic45 Baby 2 Bride Chipboard Tags

White Chipboard
Paper flower Daisy  white, pink, orange
Paper flower Small Rose
Paper strawberry
Dried Baby’s Breath
Several Ribbon
Core-dinations Cardstock Heritage kraft
Sizzix Bigz L Die - Bunny
Resin Clay

Check out more great Easter ideas on our "Hoppy Easter" Pinterest Board! So many beautiful projects!

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Thanks for joining us today! We hope Yumi inspired you to get ready for Easter. Have a wonderful day, G45ers!

Happy Easter Crafting,

Graphic 45

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Mar 25, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Luscious Mixed Media Layouts with Solange Marques

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Solange Marques is a mixed media master - her creations are so vivid and incredible. Today, we get to know this fabulous designer better and see a beautiful By the Sea layout with a great tutorial. Get to know Solange today!

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An Interview with Solange Marques

1. Why do you craft?                                                                                                                             

Because I love it and I need create as I need breath. It’s is a big passion in my life.

2.  What do you feel is your crafting forte?                      

First, layouts, I love make them and I love use a lot of mediums to this. After,altered art.

3.  What inspires and motivates you to be creative?                                                                         

My Love for arts, paints, colors, textures always inspire me. I look for inspiration on the nature, films, whatever that I see.

4.  What do you do with your projects once they're complete?                                                               

Very times I give them as a gift for my friends and other times I diplay them on my atelier.  Very times I give my projects as a gift for my friends and family and other times I display them on my office.  

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?                                                                              

I left a layout on my desk to finish it later and my granddaughter took my brushes and paints and painted on the pictures. I took fright when I saw and had to redo it.

Oh no! I hope it could get fixed. How funny - she just took some "artistic license"! Thanks for talking with us, Solange!

Now, Solange shows you how you can also created a mixed media layout using By the Sea!

"March is National Craft Month and one of the things I like to create is mixed media layout. I love to use a lot of paints, textures on my works and my favorite technique is melt the photo on the background and I prepared a video tutorial  showing how I do it." ~Solange

Learn how to make this gorgeous By the Sea layout with a tutorial by Solange #graphic45

 

Solange's YouTube Tutorial


Love how the photo just floats on this gorgeous By the Sea layout by Solange #graphic45


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By the Sea layout by Solange - learn how to make one yourself! #graphic45


Gorgeous use of stamps on this By the Sea layout by Solange #graphic45


Fussy cutting beauty on Solange's By the Sea layout #graphic45

Supply List

Graphic 45 By The Sea Collection 12X12 papers:
By the Sea
Set Sail
Splash
Graphic 45 By the Sea Stickers
Graphic 45 By the Sea Chipboard
Graphic 45 By the Sea Stamps
Modeling Paste
Acrylic Gesso
Acrylic Paints
Panpastel
Tim Holtz Mask
Crackle Paste
Shells

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Get more By the Sea inspiration on our Pinterest Board. It will get your ready for Spring Break! 

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Thanks for joining us this lovely Wednesday. We hope you have a creative day! 

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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Mar 24, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Romy Veul Shares How Crafting Makes a Busy Life More Fun

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We love the beautiful work of Romy Veul. She is a master of layering, mixture of colors, and fussy cutting. Today, we'll get to know her better and enjoy a great tag tutorial using Time to Flourish.

A National Craft Month Interview with Romy Veul #graphic45

An Interview with Romy Veul

 

1. Why do you craft?

Being a student at University and a student-assistant I live a rather busy life. Although I definitely enjoy working hard and don’t mind having a lot of things to do, I’m also definitely in need of some time to just sit back and relax and do something ‘just for me’. That’s why I craft. Crafting is the creative outlet that makes life just a little bit more fun. What I also love about crafting is the fact that it allows me to preserve memories. Life tends to pass by rather fast and I find it very important to document what I do, think, feel and experience in daily life. I think crafting is a great way to make a beautiful record of your life at this moment, so that you can reflect on it later on.

2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?

I think my favourite types of projects are cards and lay-outs. I really cannot choose between these two types of creations, because I enjoy making both a lot. It’s actually the combination of different types of projects that I like the most. Some days I would really feel like making a lay-out, whereas the other day I would actually prefer making a couple of cards.

3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?

I’m inspired, first of all, by the beautiful products that I get to work with. Graphic 45 always offers such gorgeous papers and embellishments, that I often do not have to search for any inspiration. It’s already in my mind as soon as I see their beautiful products. Besides that, I’m inspired by almost everything that is surrounding me in daily life. This can be magazines, photos on the Internet, beautiful quotes, or even home accessories. My driving force to keep on crafting are all the people surrounding me, who support me and encourage me to continue being creative.

4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?

I store my lay-outs in albums, but I have reserved a frame for some of my favourite lay-outs. My parents have a couple of my lay-outs hanging on the wall next to the stairs. When it comes to my cards, I usually send them to the people that I love and of whom I know that they will appreciate a handmade card. For the cards that I cannot say goodbye to, I have a storage box where I keep them.

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

When I’m crafting, I’m often accompanied by our cat Beertje. Although she is a sweetheart and I enjoy her warm company, she has also led to several craft disaster over the years that I have been crafting. She would often walk through the mud, then come inside, jump onto the table and walk on the lay-out that I am working on. There have been quite a couple of papers and lay-outs that ended up in the trash bin because of this typical disaster.  

Cats are the best craft pals - most of the time :) Thanks for talking with us, Romy!

Now, Romy has a beautiful Time to Flourish tag set and a great tutorial for the larger tag. Enjoy!

"Although I love making all kinds of projects, I consider myself most of all a card & tag girl. The gorgeous Staples Tags and ATC Tags from Graphic 45 actually made me love making tags even more. For today’s post I made a large and a small tag with the gorgeous Time To Flourish collection. Since I’m slowly but surely getting in the mood for spring, I used two different spring-themed colour schemes on the tags." ~Romy

Love this tag set from Romy! Learn how to make the bigger tag with a step-by-step tutorial by Romy #graphic45


Learn how to make this "Pleasure" Autumn Time to Flourish tag with a tutorial from Romy #graphic45


Learn how to make this Time to Flourish tag with a tutorial from Romy #graphic45


"Happy Days" Time to Flourish tag by Romy #graphic45

"Pleasure" Time to Flourish Tag Tutorial by Romy

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Step 1:

Use the Staples Tag as a template to cut out a tag from the ‘February Cut Apart’ paper. Attach the cut out tag onto the Staples tag. Slightly ink the edges of the tag.

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Step 2:

Cut out a rectangle from a yellow sheet from the Time To Flourish 8x8 Pad. Ink the edges of the rectangle and attach it on top of the tag. Also cut out a smaller rectangle from a blue sheet of paper. Punch alongside the vertical edges of the rectangle, ink the edges and glue the rectangle down in the center of the tag.

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Step 3:

Take one of the die-cuts from the Tags & Pockets package and a tab with the text ‘Time to Flourish’ from the chipboard package. Attach these embellishments on the right side of the tag.

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Step 4:

Cut out several flowers and butterflies from the ‘August Cut Apart’ and ‘September Flourish’ sheets. Add foamtape to the backside of the flowers.

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Step 5:

Add the cut out images around the die-cut card to embellish it.

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Step 6:

Further embellish the tag with several pearls and a few small chipboard circles from the Time To Flourish chipboard package.

Learn how to make this "Pleasure" Autumn Time to Flourish tag with a tutorial from Romy #graphic45

 

Supply List:

Time to Flourish papers: February Cut Apart, August Cut Apart, September Flourish
Time To Flourish 8x8 Pad
Time To Flourish Tags & Pockets
Time To Flourish Decorative Chipboard
Staples Kraft Tags
Staples ATC Kraft Tags

From the G45 Vault, we have this amazing By the Sea tag album by Ginny Nemchak. This is such amazing tag-spiration!

By the Sea tag mini album by Ginny Nemchak #graphic45

See this Pin on Pinterest!

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Thanks for joining us today! It was so fun to get to know Romy better. We hope you have a great Tuesday!

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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