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April 18, 2013

A Very Special Birthday Blog!



Hello G45ers,


Today is a very special birthday celebration on the blog! Our very own Director of Operations, Aimee Filimoehala, is celebrating a birthday today! She is such an amazing lady and we're so glad she is one of the great leaders of the Graphic 45 Team!

We have gotten together a fun interview of Diane Schultz, Aimee's mother, and Charee Filimoehala, Aimee's sister. This should be lots of fun!


Interview with Diane Schultz for Aimee's Birthday :

1. You had mainly sons, and then were blessed with Aimee as your first daughter. Were you so happy to have a little girl?
Diane: After having four sons, I had pretty much given-up on having a girl. Because my children were born C-section (under general anesthesia back then), I got to be surprised, incredulous and thrilled three or four times as I surfaced in and out of anesthesia. When they finally laid my beautiful baby daughter in my arms I couldn't stop crying!
Aimee and Diane and the Louvre
Aimee and Diane at The Louvre in Paris

2. What is one of Aimee's defining characteristics that differs from your other children?
Diane: Aimee was born "knowing" what she wanted—even at two or three she was very determined. That trait has served her well. She has always worked hard and been undeterred in achieving her goals.
Aimee shopping for inspiration
Aimee shopping for inspiration in a local consignment shop in Portland.

3. Aimee and you were the sole employees of Graphic 45 when it first began. How was it to start a business with Aimee?
Diane: Launching Graphic 45 was hard work involving long LONG hours—but we laughed a lot and had so much fun doing it. I think we realized it was the beginning of an amazing significant journey and how lucky we were to be sharing it as mother and daughter—together.

4. What wishes would you like to share with Aimee today?
Diane: I am so proud of and grateful for my "Meemers"—she is an extraordinary woman! I wish her strength, clarity, courage, acceptance, peace and great joy in continuing to follow her own unique path.
Charee and Aimee Filimoehala (from left to right)
Interview with Charee Filimoehala for Aimee's Birthday:
1. Aimee and you are very close, and she was also your only sister in your large family. Were you such good friends all growing up?
Charee: Yes, Aimee has always been a best friend, and at times like a second mother to me.  However, when Aimee became a teen the last thing she probably wanted was having her pesky little sister following her around.  As she matured and exerted her independence she became an even greater role model to me.
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Aimee age 5, Charee age 1
2. Rumor is, Aimee had you carry her around when you both were little. Tell us a little about that funny story. 

Charee: Aimee has always been a health nut, and to get me into her workout routine she would have me give her piggy back rides up and down the stairs.  It was a sister sister strength training program.   
3. How is to work with your sister Aimee in the Portland office? 

Charee: Working with family is a great blessing.  Aimee is one of the hardest working people I have had the opportunity to work with, in the last 4+ years she has taught me invaluable skills.  Plus, we get to create new products, travel, teach and meet great new people, and we get to do it as a family.  
4. Does Henry have anything special up his sleeve for Aimee this birthday? :)
Photo 1

Charee: I wouldn't be surprised.  He's always has something up his sleeve (most the time it's kisses.) 
5. What would you like to say to Aimee in honor of her birthday? 

Charee: Happy Birthday to my sister, boss, best friend, and Auntie Mimeers!  Remembering all of the good times we have shared so far, makes me excited about the days/years to come.  I look forward to the giggle fits, the long late night talks, pedicure, and holidays filled with boardgames and green bean casserole. Enjoy your travels on this joyous day, I love you!
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Charee, Aimee, and Diane at Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
We certainly do wish Aimee the BEST birthday! She is so fantastic, a wonderful hard worker, and always with a smile and a laugh. We hope your birthday is as great as you, Aimee!
Next, we have a couple birthday cards found on Pinterest which are perfect on this blog birthday celebration!

First, we have this Secret Garden "Happy Birthday" card found on Pinterest, but it was pinned from the Scrapbook.com Gallery. This card was made by user, TheCharmedOne, and uses Secret Garden simply beautifully!


Next, we found this fun Le Cirque card on Pinterest, which had also been originally shared on the Scrapbook.com Gallery! This is by Scrapbook.com user, Asassyscrapper, and she uses Le Cirque so wonderfully and we love this sentiment!


Thank you for joining us on the blog for this special birthday celebration for Aimee! Also, thanks to our amazing G45ers who make such beautiful creations with our product! Amazing work and we cannot wait to see you tomorrow on the blog!


Happy Papercrafting,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Happy Birthday. I hope your special day is filled with love and laughter.

It was fun to read more about you!

Hippo Birdies!!!!!

Happy Birthday! I hope your day is amazing. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful mom and sister to work with! I envy you! Enjoy your weekend....you deserve to celebrate all weekend long! Hugs.

Happy Birthday Aimee!

A very happy and blessed birthday, Aimee. How fortunate you have such a close, loving family. Thank you for G45. I am totally enamored with it!

Happy Birthday Aimee!! Have a glorious day!! Hope that all of your wishes and dreams come true!! Beautiful cards, so much talent!!

Happy Birthday Aimee!

Happy, Happy Birthday, Aimee!! I had the pleasure of meeting you at Scrapbook Nook in Kent when you came up to do the Ladie's Diary tags:) Such a great day! Sure hope your wishes come true today & that there is a cupcake in your near future!

Happy birthday, Aimee! It was nice to get to know you a bit better by reading these interviews. I hope you will have a wonderful day.

Enjoy your day!

Happy Birthday Aimee. What a nice blog today. Through adoption I became the mother of a beautiful baby girl when I was 54 years old! Daughters are a wonderful blessing in our lives - no matter how you come together!

Happy Birthday, Aimee! I'll bet you get some gorgeous cards. Please share them with us.

What an interesting idea...to find other Internet photos of cards made with your fabulous papers. Many paper crafters enjoy using G45 paper collections and are equally as talented as your Design Team. Thanks for finding these cards.

Happy Birthday, Aimee, have a great day, and a fabulous year!

Wishing you a very special day! Judy D.

Once again, Happy Birthday Aimee! To have been blessed with such a wonderful loving family is so very special! Have an awesome day!

Happy Birthday Amiee

Hope you have a super day Aimee! Love the cards today, especially the line, 'If you're already walking on thin ice, you may as well dance'.

Happy Birthday Aimee. Every day is a celebration for someone, today it is yours ENJOY!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AIMEE! I hope you have a lovely day. Thank you all at Graphic 45 for the chance to win some crafting goodies.

Happy Birthday and I am so glad that you started your company. Everything you make is just beautiful. Can't get enough of your line.

Happy Birthday Aimee. Thanks to Graphic 45 for Continued inspiration.

Happy Birthday - my younger sister's birthday is tomorrow. Sisters truly are a blessing. Hugs to all.

Happy Birthday Aimee! Wishing you lots of joy, laughter and love. Thanks for all you do for the G45 fans.

Happy Birthday Aimee! and many blessings in the coming year.

Hope you have a beautiful, wonderous Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday Aimee, kisses

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Happy Birthday Aimee, and the cards are gorgeous off Pinterest.

Happy Birthday Aimee!

Happy Birthday 2 U
Happy Birthday 2 U
Hope your day is special!

Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great Birthday!

Wishing you a Very Happy Birthday Aimee! Diane, thank you for featuring the Le Cirque card that I made. What a surprise that was! Thanks to everyone at Graphic 45 for creating so many lovely products for paper crafters to use.... Patty Rogers (A Sassy Scrapper)

Loved the birthday card and minis made out of playing cards! What great ideas, and thanks for sharing!


Happy Birthday! Your art has inspired so many, this is what keeps us all young.

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