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25 posts from April 2013

April 30, 2013

Layouts The Whole Family Will Love!

An ABC Primer layout Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel back to school

Hello G45ers,

There's a beautiful quote by Maya Angelou that says, "I sustain myself with the love of family." We couldn't agree more here at Graphic 45! Family is such an important part of our lives and it plays a huge role in how we create! Today on the Graphic 45 blog we are celebrating family and how it inspires us! We will be sharing two gorgeous ideas for family-friendly layouts! You will see an adorable LO featuring our Bird Song collection by Tara Orr. Then we will share a super sweet LO featuring An ABC Primer by Gloria Stengel! Both of these magnificent projects are sure to give you incredible ideas for some precious layouts for your family!

Lets begin with Tara's perfectly layered and embellished Bird Song LO! Tara's layouts always contain the most adorable photos of her family! Do you have some sweetly nostalgic photos of your family that are just waiting for the perfect layout?! Let Tara's LO inspire you to turn your memories into a craft treasure for the ages! Here is what she had to say about this pretty work of art!

"I love revisiting older collections - especially when I am drawn to a particular theme or colour.  Spring is in the air and the cherry blossoms in these papers just screamed spring to me!! I love pairing the soft, pastel pinks with the bolder colours to really allow them to stand out." -Tara

Tara Orr Bird Song Layout

An ABC Primer layout Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel back to school



Patterned Paper: Joy Luck, Cherry Blossom, Shanghai Girls, Good Fortune: Birdsong Collection
Metal Clothespins

Next we have another family-friendly LO that you're sure to love! Gloria created this magnificent piece with our collection An ABC Primer! This layout is just perfect for school photos or other sweet pictures of children and family! Gloria created this LO to fit inside her Easel Album Art Book which we featured on our blog last week. You can see a sweet tutorial for that Easel Album here:

Get inspired with Gloria's fun tips on how she created this darling LO! Take it away, Gloria!

I cut the stand off the bottom of the Easel Album and then flipped the album sideways so that the binding spiral is on the left side. The album is now a "book" rather than an easel album.

An ABC Primer layout Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel back to school

I plan to create a title page, 12 monthly pages, and an end page. I am giving this album to my daughter as a graduation gift, therefore I will not be adding photos. I will attach the layouts with photo mats so that she can add her own photos. 

I created this page for my daughter to add a school photo. She will be attending college full time this fall. I used some of the childlike images from An ABC Primer and Place in Time, but I also added some stamps that are more "grown up math" oriented. I think this edgy page is perfect for her to use for a college photo.

I made my own custom background paper by stamping onto a sheet of An ABC Primer Grammar School. I also sprayed the paper with mists.

An ABC Primer layout Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel back to school



I included a journaling block where she can write her thoughts about the photo she chooses.



I placed the layout into the altered Easel Album. I hope to have more pages finished soon!

Supply List:

Graphic 45 paper:

Place in Time: September Cut-Aparts

An ABC Primer: Grammar School, Building Blocks, One Two Buckle My Shoe, School days

Graphic 45 12 x12 Easel Album Staples

Graphic 45 Stamps: An ABC Primer 

Other stamps: Oxford Impressions School Days, Taylored Expressions Notepaper, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mixed Media, Mini Blue Prints 2 and 3

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Mix'd Media Inx Jasmine, Graphic 45 Decades Photogenic, Triumphant Red, Dark Cashmere

Mists: Tattered Angels Beetle Black, Crimson; Ranger Colorwash Fired Brick

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Treasures Bitch Black, ColorMates Light Totally Tan

Die cut: Taylored Expressions notepaper

Staples: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Postage edge scissors: Provo Craft

Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue

 We hope you all had a lot of fun on today's Graphic 45 blog. Tomorrow we begin our sneak peeks of our brand new Graphic 45 collections! You will also have a chance to win our latest releases before they are even available in stores! So definitely come on back and see us tomorrow for an exlusive look at what's new from Graphic 45! We want to thank Tara and Gloria for their marvelous creations today. We wish you all a very happy day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

April 29, 2013

Make a Statement With G45 Altered Art!


Hello G45ers,

Your Monday is about to turn magical with some lavish spring-inspired creations! Today we have two of the most beautiful Secret Garden altered art crafts that are sure to make you smile! Get ready to put some spring in your step! Today's crafts highlight some very unique and imaginative uses of the Graphic 45 Matchbook Boxes! We will share an altered 8x8 Matchbook Box by Susan Lui that's been all dolled up to look like an adorable garden house! Then we will share a magnificent altered 12x12 Matchbook Box by Arlene Cuevas! She's created a breathtaking mixed media fame and layout that are complete with two fun video tutorials! Both of today's creations are just perfect for gifts or dazzling home decor! Get ready for some fun, G45ers, because today's blog is a crafter's dream come true!


Lets begin with this awe-inspiring garden house and layout by Susan Lui! Can you believe that she created this treasure by using the Graphic 45 8x8 Matchbook Box and Secret Garden collection?! What a fresh and clever idea! This astonishing piece overflows with beauty and love! Here is what Susan had to say about how she created this incredible work of art!

"I altered an 8x8 Graphic 45 Staples Matchbook Box and turned it into a garden house complete with a thatched roof and chimney. Lots of fussy-cut details and elements of flowers and resin figurines add to the garden home concept. The layout inside the house is heavily-dimensioned so as to draw the viewer into the house. But the layout looks just as good outside the house as details which were partially hidden inside the shadow box are now clearly visible. The house is designed such that the layouts inside can be changed easily, giving this home decor a new look with each new layout." -Susan Lui

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 1

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 2

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 3

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 4

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 5

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 6

The 8x8 layout that was inside the house looks just as good outside of it.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 7

Secret Garden Collection - Coming Up Roses, Meadow Lark, Leafy Treetops, Posy Patch
Secret Garden 8x8 Pad
Secret Garden Chipboard 1
Prima flowers
Prima resin
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard

Next we have another breathtaking craft creation featuring the Graphic 45 Matchbook Boxes and Secret Garden collection. Behold, this gorgeous mixed media 12x12 Matchbook Box by Arlene Cuevas! This is such an amazing way to immortalize your precious photos! We love how Arlene layered Graphic 45 Metal Staples on the cover of this amazing box! The soft colors of Secret Garden look perfect in this mixed media masterpiece! Want to know how it was made? Check out Arlene's two video tutorials that take you through the creative process!

Tutorial Part 1 of 2 (Mixed Media tutorial)


Tutorial Part 2 of 2 (Scrapbook Page tutorial)












Other Metal findings and embellishments from my stash
I Am Roses flowers
Recollections flowers
Prima flowers
Imaginarium Designs chipboard phrase "Lifetime of Memories"
Miniature flower pot
Pearl string
Modeling Paste
Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays (for list of colors used on this project, visit my blog: www.butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com)
Scor Tape
3M ATG adhesive
Glossy Accents
Hot Glue

We hope you all had a wonderful time exploring today's Graphic 45 blog! Remember that we begin sneak peeks of the brand new Graphic 45 collections this Wednesday, right here on the Graphic 45 blog! Be the first to see our latest and greatest designs! You'll even have a chance to win the new Graphic 45 collections before they are even available in stores! We will have more fun and inspiration in store for you tomorrow so we hope you'll stop by and see us again! Huge thanks to Susan Lui and Arlene Cuevas for their superb creations today! We wish you all a marvelous Monday!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

April 27, 2013

Graphic 45 Presents a March Place in Time "Thinking of You" Card


Place in Time March "Thinking of You" Card



Download the Place in Time March "Thinking of You" Card Project Sheet

April 26, 2013

Graphic 45 Ning Gallery Highlights



Hello G45ers,

Oh joy, it's Friday! Get ready to have some fun and be inspired by today's Graphic 45 blog! We will be sharing 5 incredible crafts from the Graphic 45 Ning site! We've got cards, altered art, layouts and more! Plus we have a winner to announce for this week's blog contest! Could this day get any better?! The Graphic 45 Ning site is a great place to find inspiration! You can post your Graphic 45 creations, get countless ideas by exploring crafts posted by G45ers just like you, and connect with a wonderful community of crafters! The Graphic 45 Ning site has it all! Once in a while we like to post some highlights on our blog from the Graphic 45 Ning site. All of today's crafts were created by G45ers all over the world! We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Ning site and share your G45 creations with this fabulous community!

Graphic 45 Ning


And now it's time to announce our blog prize winner! Chosen at random from this week's blog comments, the winner is...

-Olga Vasquez: "Omg I would love to win this giveaway love graphic 45..."

Congratulations, Olga! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the beautiful Little Darlings prize pack that Olga won this week! We have a fabulous new blog contest every week so stay tuned to for more chances to win some splendid Graphic 45 goodies!


First up in today's Ning gallery highlights is this vibrant French Country card by Vicki. Just look at those beautiful borders and lovely layering! The embellishments in this sweet card also look incredible! The colors really pop! This card is great for any occasion to show someone you care! 

French Country Card Graphic 45

Here we have a darling Secret Garden layout by Cindy Tan. Lavish fussy cutting, paper layering and flowing embellishments give this LO incredible dimension. The precious family photos only add to the allure of this joyful LO! We love it!

Secret Garden Layout Graphic 45

It's always a great time to send a pretty handmade card. Get inspired with this stunning congratulations card featuring Place in Time by Annette Green. This card has such wonderful flow with its pretty layers, borders, and perfectly placed embellishments. We want to congratulate Annette for a job well done on this super sweet card! 

Place in Time Card Graphic 45

Here we have another treasure from the Graphic 45 Ning site! Behold this French Country altered mini matchbook dresser by Lynn Stevens. This amazing piece definitely captures all the vintage charm of Graphic 45! This just goes to show you how much fun you can have creating stunning works of altered art with your favorite Graphic 45 papers and embellishments! This would make such a wonderful gift or piece of home decor!

French Country Altered Art Graphic 45

Next up in our Ning gallery highlights are these wonderful Secret Garden boxed note cards by Sabrina Radeck. Look at that sweet little box that opens to reveal a bunch of gorgeous handmade cards! This is another brilliant idea for a special gift! It combines altered art with handmade cards in one beautiful piece! Secret Garden looks so fresh and pretty in this exquisite craft creation!

Secret Garden Card Box Graphic 45



We hope you all had fun exploring today's Ning gallery highlights! Check out the Graphic 45 Ning site for even more inspiration and great ideas! We want to thank all of today's featured G45ers for their splendid work! There's a whole new week of fun ahead here on the Graphic 45 blog! Next Wednesday, May 1st  we will be starting sneak peeks of the brand new Graphic 45 collections! You definitely wont want to miss out! We hope you'll stop by and see us very soon! Have a beautiful day and a relaxing weekend, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

April 25, 2013

And the new 2013 Graphic 45 Design Team Is...


Hello Fabulous G45ers,

It's the day you've all been waiting for! It's time to announce the new Graphic 45 Design Team for 2013! We know you've all been waiting anxiously to see who made the list! So lets just get right to it!

We want to take a moment to thank you all for joining us on this very special day. It's been an amazing process of selecting our brand new Design Team for 2013. From our first DT audition announcement, to the picking of our 30 finalists, reviewing their final project submissions, and narrowing it down to the final list, from start to finish this has been a challenging and immensely enriching experience for all of us here at Graphic 45. Picking our new Design Team was not an easy task. The incredible range of talents, skills, and imagination displayed by all of our finalists was extraordinary. For those of you who made the list, we want to give a warm congratulations and welcome you to the team. For those of you who who did not make the list, we want to give our deepest and most sincere thank you for all of your hard work and your incredible talents. We can't stress enough how difficult it was for us to narrow it down the final list. We are incredibly grateful to have such inventive and accomplished artists trying out for our Design Team. Thank you to each and every one of you from all of us here at Graphic 45.

And the new Graphic 45 Design Team members for 2013 (in alphabetical order) are...

1. Alberto Juárez– Spain

Final Round Submission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVeTZqwDqZM&feature=youtu.be



2. Anne Elisabeth Rostad - Norway

FInal Round Submissions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0NFx9h1_zo &



3. Annette Green– USA

Final Round Submission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsOQKu61VKY



4. Arlene Cuevas - USA

Final Round Submissions:

Tutorial Part 1 of 2 (Mixed Media tutorial): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUX6d7panGY&feature=youtu.be

Tutorial Part 2 of 2 (Scrapbook Page tutorial): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddbUIUAOWjQ&feature=youtu.be


5. Clare Charvill - United Kingdom

Final Round Submission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McRozKrZuJI



6. Denise Hahn - USA

Final Round Submission: http://vimeo.com/63864642


7. Denise Johnson – USA

Final Round Submission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rYzibe18Zs&feature=youtu.be



8. Karen Shady – Australia

Final Round Submission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn7wZJFTNLU



9. Maiko Miwa – Japan

Final Round Submission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd9TqvQL8A4



10. Maria Cole – USA

Final Round Submission: http://vimeo.com/64284925



11. Miranda Edney – USA

Final Round Submission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SgGCKvmbls



12. Nichola Battilana – Canada

Final Round Submission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWTMEkFyCeY&feature=youtu.be



13. Olga Struk – Ukraine

Final Round Submission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSHlFziFCmg

Bonus video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr1dEnStxS8



14. Rhea Freitag – USA

Final Round Submission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsdhMhGgl14&feature=youtube_gdata_player



15. Romy Veul – Netherlands

Final Round Submission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84LemloHz-c&feature=youtu.be



16. Susan Lui – Singapore

Final Round Submission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-_so5_sYZU



We want to thank you all so much for joining us today. We hope you all had fun getting to meet our new 2013 Design Team! The future is so bright and we can't wait to see what's in store with our fabulous new team! Congratulations to everyone! Once again we want to say a very big thank you to everyone who tired out for the 2013 Design Team this year. You are all superstars!

Come on back and join us tomorrow as we bring you more stunning craft inspiration and fun. There's also still time to enter to win this wonderful Little Darlings blog prize this week! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment. Our randomly chosen winner will be announced on our blog on Friday!


Have a beautiful day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45