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May 28, 2014

A Fond Graphic 45 Farewell to Maria Cole


Maria Cole is such a talented designer. Her vibrant creations bursting with heart truly make our day every time we get to see them. She comes up with such clever ideas and wonderful altered projects. She is a truly gifted designer and we will miss her so much on our team! She definitely designs with passion and elegance and we love her wonderful work. Let's get to know Maria again today in this great post full of new projects and highlights from her time with us!

Headshot Maria Cole (1)

"My papercrafting journey began in April 2011. Back then, I was going through some hard times. On a whim one day, I decided to check out Paper Mermaids in Newport, Oregon. Let me tell you, that day changed my life! My eyes were instantly drawn to a beautiful mini album made with Graphic 45’s On The Boardwalk line. I was mesmerized by the details, rich colors, vintage designs, and how creative the entire piece was. Before this, papercrafting and scrapbooking were foreign words to me. Suddenly, I became obsessed with how artistic scrapbooking had become—and I wanted in.


Experimenting with papercrafting brought me so much joy and it restored my hope. It gave me something to put my whole heart into, something to get lost in, and something to bless others with.


I have loved Graphic 45 from the start and I truly feel like I am my most creative when I’m making something with G45 products. I love decorating the Staples albums and altered boxes with Graphic 45’s beautiful paper, as well as making my own albums using chipboard and upcycled pieces around the house. The transformation from plain tan kraft to a magnificent masterpiece is one I always strive for!


The scrapbook store I found allowed me to design a couple projects. However, life changed course soon after, and my husband and I found ourselves in the greater Seattle area in 2012. The paper fiend that I am, the first thing I looked for was the nearest scrapbooking store: The Mad Scrapper. I’ve been truly blessed to be a regular teacher there for over a year now, and have reveled at the chance to design class projects with the latest Graphic 45 products. Teaching has truly helped stretch my imagination and teaching abilities, and I am incredibly honored and over-the-moon to be teaching as a Graphic 45 Design Team member!


I love pretty and feminine styles, lots of flowers, and imaginative yet practical designs. My hope is to help inspire the Graphic 45 community with my projects and to encourage crafters of all levels to design with their whole heart—and to continue spreading the joy of papercrafting!" ~Maria


Maria Cole's Blog


This Botanical Tea tag album below will absolutely brighten your day. She uses fabulous techniques and embellishments throughout to really create a standout project!


"I was so inspired by the various birds and flowers, that I wanted to do a project that felt very much like a botanical garden. I immediately thought of a birdcage – then realized that the regular ivory tag album is shaped quite like one! To create my “cage” design, I drew (4) ¾” x 4” rectangles on two of my tags, then cut the rectangles out. After that, I adhered my birdcage covers to my lovely stash of Botanical Tea paper for a more life-like feel! Inside my album, there’s room for photos or other fun momentos." ~Maria







What a great idea to add another page by creating pages that flip open in clever ways. How beautiful!







Her fussy cut flowers throughout this mini album add so much to this gorgeous creation!








Botanical Tea Tag Album Supplies


  Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Flora

 Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Fauna

 Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Spring Duet

 Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Field of Flowers

 Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Robin’s Egg

 Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Hello Friend

 Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Sweet Chamomile

 Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Just Because

 Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Love Notes

 Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album – Ivory

 Gina’s Designs Tea Time Chipboard

 Spellbinders Dies – Ovals, Lacey Ovals, Decorative Labels Eight

 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Baubles

 Stickles – fruit punch, platinum
Jump rings


Maria can make any color palette and collection shine, just like she does below with her amazing Good ol' Sport tag banner album! This is such a fun, handsome, brilliant project.


"Good Ol’ Sport is the handsomest masculine paper we’ve all been waiting for! I love all the vintage sports designs and how so many different sports are portrayed. One of the littlest details about these papers actually inspired the shape of my mini album! I love all the little pennant images and thought it would be fun to cut my large tag album into pennant-like shapes. On one side is the 'album'; the other side can be used as a garland to hang in your favorite hero’s room!" ~Maria






What is really great about this project is that Maria really just used images and fussy cut papers from the collection and made a knock-out mini album! What a perfect project to try, G45ers!








Good Ol’ Sport Tag Album Supplies


 Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Teamwork

 Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Cheer On

 Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport All Star

 Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Touchdown

 Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Big Score

 Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Good Ol’ Sport

 Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Champion

 Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Victory

 Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Newsworthy

 Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Number 1 Fan

 Graphic 45 Alphabet Stickers

 Graphic 45 Large Tag Album

 Graphic 45 Metal Brads Staples

 Tim Holtz Idea-ology ball & chain

 Tim Holtz Idea-ology fragment charm

 May Arts navy silk ribbon

 Spellbinders Scalloped circles die

Stickles - red


We love how Maria used Petaloo flowers on this beautiful Bohemian Bazaar tag below. Don't you love this? Perfect colors for our G45ers heading into summertime!


"Graphic 45 challenged us to make an upside down tag using the colorful Bohemian Bazaar line. I’ve been so in love with cherry tomato red lately, that I knew I had to use Dazzling Delights as the base color for my tag. This paper line has so many intricate patterns, so I wanted to make sure to bring some of them out. I fussy cut two different patterns from Mystical Masterpiece and used some ZVA Crystals to accent them. To embellish my tag, I used some pretty Petaloo flowers, Ice Stickles, and Graphic 45’s matching chipboard. I love the whole red/teal color combination and I hope it shows in this tag!" ~Maria









Bohemian Bazaar Upside Down Tag - Supplies


 Graphic 45 Paper:


8” x 8” Bohemian Bazaar Dazzling Delights

 8” x 8” Bohemian Bazaar Vivid Splendor

 8” x 8” Bohemian Bazaar Bohemian Bazaar

 8” x 8” Bohemian Bazaar Mystical Masterpiece

 8” x 8” Bohemian Bazaar Lap of Luxury


 Graphic 45 Embellishments:

 Bohemian Bazaar Chipboard

 Ornate Metal Keys Staples

 Ornate Button Brads

 Regular Tag Album


 Additional Products & Supplies:

 Petaloo Mixed Textured Layers – Teal

 Petaloo Dahlias – Teal

 May Arts coral ribbon

 Idea-Ology Baubles

 Idea-Ology Jump Rings

 Ice Stickles – Coffee Ice

ZVA Crystals


This Typography card from Maria has a great printable tutorial below never shared. What a gorgeous card you can try yourself!


"Once you get your hands on Typography, you will be so amazed at all the inspirational quotes! I was so intrigued by the uplifting words, that I wanted to make a simple and easy encouragement card. This project would be perfect for the friend who needs some extra sunshine, or the spouse who just started a new job, as in my case! You can add more fussy cutting and embellishments if you like, or leave as-is for a simple yet sophisticated look. I also created a little 'belt' closure in the front, so that all the quotes and other kind messages you leave will always be there for safekeeping."~Maria






Download the Typography Card PDF Printable Tutorial



Typography Encouragement Card Tutorial Supplies


12” x 12” Typography Typography

 12” x 12” Typography Inspire

 12” x 12” Typography Celebrate

 12” x 12” Typography Dream

 12” x 12” Typography Imagine

 Typography Chipboard

 Typography Tags & Pockets

 Spellbinders Captivating Squares

 Petaloo Dahlias – greys/blacks

 Recollections Pearls


It's never too early to start creating for the holidays! This creative and gorgeous Twelve Days of Christmas "Be Merry" banner garland has a printable tutorial linked below. Make sure to check it out!


"Who doesn’t love decorating for Christmas?? I had a blast creating this lovely tag garland using Graphic 45’s 12 Days of Christmas and regular tag album! My original idea began with a tag album, but something inside of me wanted to create a bigger project to really welcome in the Christmas spirit! You’ll notice that there are 8 tags total. Even though the tag album comes with 6 tags, you can always use one as a template to create additional tags! Finally, I dressed up my tags with some gorgeous Petaloo flowers and fun little diamond pendants that I found after teaching a class at The Bee Hive in Toledo, Oregon. The beauty of tag garlands is that you can make them all your own – whether it’s adding more embellishments or changing up the papers! Have fun and don’t forget to Be Merry!" ~Maria







Download the Twelve Days of Christmas Garland Printable Tutorial


12 Days of Christmas Tag Garland Tutorial Supplies


(2) 12 Days of Christmas Swans A Swimming

(3) 12 Days of Christmas Joyeux Noel

(2) 12 Days of Christmas Golden Rings

(2) 12 Days of Christmas Christmas Rose

12 Days of Christmas My True Love

12 Days of Christmas Drummers Drumming

12 Days of Christmas Turtle Doves

12 Days of Christmas Calling Birds

Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album

Graphic 45 Alphabet Stickers

Spellbinders Labels Eight die

Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight die

Petaloo Mixed Blossoms – Antique Green

Petaloo Mixed Blossoms – Antique Red

May Arts ribbon – (12) 12” cream silk ribbon

May Arts ribbon – 5’ feet gold ribbon

Donna Salazar Fairy Dust Glitter – Mixed Berries

Tim Holtz Idea-ology jump rings

Xyron Glue Stick

(12) crystal pendants


Now, let's take a look at some of Maria's past creations. All her work is amazing and we could have shared many more. This mini is so gorgeous with the Secret Garden collection! Maria always adds brilliant detail to her work.





These are Botanical Tea bookmarks Maria recently shared for Mother's Day - what a beautiful and meaningful gift. A great idea to use for moms and friends and family alike!



Maria also makes such wonderful mini albums. We adore this French Country album covered in gorgeous cardstock flowers!



This By the Sea altered lifesaver is a popular project from Maria! Her fussy cut layering and touches of glitter and twine make this a vacation in a picture!



Oh, this beautiful altered printer's tray was created by Maria using Typography. Look at those masterful uses of Petaloo flowers!



It's a party in a box! Made with Couture, this altered project is sure to bring joy to anyone.




What a sweet puppy, and amazing layout! Love this Place in Time layout from Maria using touches from the Steampunk Spells collection. Gorgeous!




We'll end today's feature with a gorgeous altered A Ladies' Diary pencil box. The burlap and pearls make this so stunning!



We are so thankful we have gotten to delight in Maria's work this past year. What project spoke to you? Are you going to try one of her tutorials from today? How has her work inspired you? Please answer in the comments, we know Maria will love to see your words! Thank you for joining us for this fond farewell.


Feeling inspired,


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Maria cole what a fabulous creative spirit. I think I must be her number one fan. She is so inspirational, I love every creation. She is my graphic 45 favorite designer. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent. I will miss seeing your projects.

LOVE Maria's work....just beautiful creations!

So many lovely creations! Good luck and thank you for your inspiration.

Maria is so talented. And her story is so inspirational. I will go follow her blog. Thanks for sharing the beautiful projects. Love that cute layout. Michelle t

To Maria...thanks ever so much! Can't get enough of those pretty tags!

Wow! Every project is stunning & inspirational. Graphic 45 sometimes can be too pretty to cut, byt Maria's beautiful works of art have me longing to pull out my scissors. Bravo!!!

Maria has such a lovely style. I connected with her right away when we made the team together last year. She's such a sweet person and a wonderful designer. I wish her the very best in her creative journey and hope to someday actually meet her in person. She's a true inspiration and her love of Graphic 45 is very clear. We'll miss her very much on the team!

Love all the projects especially the mini albums!

Wonderful work! My two favorites are the altered life preserver and the little pennant album. Lovely!

Yet another outgoing designer I am going to miss so badly on the G45 blog! Maria Cole and Maiko Miwa have created some of my most favourite layouts ever with their lyrical yet whimsical stylishness. Few scrapbook designers have inspired me and taught me as much as these two. Deepest thanks to both and best wishes for the future :-)

I love all the projects especially the secret garden mini album and the botanical tea tag album.

If I had to pick just one of Maria's projects as my favorite...well, I just couldn't! They are all gorgeous and fabulous!

Love it all!!!!

I will miss checking out Maria's awesomeness on the Graphic 45 blog! Best wishes to you always and happy crafting! You totally rock the scrapbooking world!

Fabulous projects. Love them all.

Amazing projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

I truly am such a fan of Maria's work. I count her as one of my online scrappy pals that are just separated by miles :) Her pieces are always layered with goodness and just beautiful!

Thank you for showcasing Maria today...love her wonderful tags and banners! That Christmas banner is so beautiful...wonderful use of the various papers. She will be missed!

Maria's creations have been a great inspiration - thank you!

Magnificient projects!

What fabulous creations from Maria today!

Tremendous projects! I especially love the Party In A Box and the Pencil Box!! TFS!

LOVE the SPORTS flag banner

wow, is fantastic!

Your work is always incredible, Maria! I admire your eye for details and your amazing layering skills. I will miss your gorgeous work and your wonderful personality a lot!

Wow, Maria. One terrific project after the other. Loved them all, so much detail and so much thought went in to each one. They are all lovely.

Absolutely gorgeous!

Look how beautiful!!!!

Maria is so talented and love her work!

You're so talented Maria! These projects are all so beautiful! Love all of them. Good luck to you in your future endeavors. We will miss you!

Работы удивительные! Любая коллекция поддается золотым рукам Марии!

Wow, I was blown away by the beautiful tag mini at the top of the blog - gorgeous fussy cutting, flowers, etc. Then you take a 180 and there are those cute pennants. All Maria's creations are so pretty and well layered. Thank you for sharing your imagination with us.

Such wonderful inspiration!

great projects

Such gorgeous projects! Makes me wonder why Maria is leaving? I'm going to make the birdcage tag album since I already have the G45 supplies. I love the idea of making the rectangular cuts in one of the tags to create a birdcage:) Thanks so much for sharing these fabulous projects!

Maria, your work is so fabulous, you will be missed!!

How can you choose just one? They are all beautiful projects!

Maria's projects are always fabulous! Love her!

One thing is for sure, Noone can doubt that MAria loves tags and banners, and soooooooooo so beautiful they all are, really stunning work.

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