Albums, Layouts, and More with the Amazing Arlene Cuevas!
Today is a very exciting day, we start our 2015 Design Team Introductions! You will fall in love with this new team. Everyone is so uniquely and brilliantly talented. Today, we begin our intros with the beloved Arlene Cuevas! Many of you are familiar with the genius of Arlene, but we are so excited to have her on the Graphic 45 Design Team again! Her gift for altered art, layouts, and more are inspiring and breathtaking. We are so glad to welcome her back to the team!
"My name is Arlene Cuevas and I live in the sunny state of California! I’ve been married for 15 years and have 3 amazing, energetic boys. During the day, I’m a Business Operations Manager for an internet company. But I’m best known in the crafting world as “MyButterflykisses” on various social networks.
I’ve always had a passion for creating since a very young age. As a little girl, one would always find me on the dining room table working on a new project.
It was in 1994 when I attended my first craft party. Immediately after, I began dabbling in card-making and scrapbook layouts. I was instantly hooked on paper crafting! I found the scrapbooking community on YouTube in 2008 and grew quite fond of creating mini albums and altered art. I also enjoy stamping, Copic coloring, art journaling, and mixed media. I’m in my element when experimenting with and combining new materials on a project. I love to layer elements and marry unique products together. You’ll often see this in how I design my cards, scrapbook pages and altered pieces. I am a member of the YouTube community where I share tutorials and "how to's" on my YouTube channel "mybutterflykisses12". You can learn more about me and view my latest projects on my blog, (butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com), Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapguide. I am fortunate to design, and have designed, for several scrapbooking companies and I count my blessings for being welcomed into my 3rd term with the Graphic 45 design team. A crafter’s dream come true!"
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"Have you been putting off creating a keepsake from your wedding day? Now is the perfect time to commemorate your favorite wedding photos in a scrapbook page! I combined the gorgeous Botanical Tea papers with Time to Flourish to create this layout capturing one of my favorite moments (with my bridesmaids) on my wedding day. I love the soft pinks mixed with the vintage blue. And you never have to guess which card stock to grab, because Graphic 45 has it’s own Signature Series cardstock from Coordinations which compliments all of their paper collections!
Tip: Cheesecloth is not just used for polishing your silver! use it on your cards and layouts to add texture and dimension. On my layout, I use the cheesecloth to “fill in” space around the cluster of flowers." ~Arlene
Time to Flourish 12x12 paper pad
Time to Flourish Journaling Chipboard
Botanical Tea: Botantical Tea, Hello Friend, Sweet Camomile
Core'dinations Signature Series card stock
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key hole
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads
Bazzil card stock
I Am Roses Flowers
Martha Stewart corner/border punches
8” White doily
Next, Arlene shares 3 projects that are just perfect to introduce you to her work. First, here's a beautiful Botanical Tea layout of her sweet pup!
"When I received the Botantical Tea papers I had the perfect picture these papers would compliment nicely. This is a photo of my fur baby Nala and her dress matches spot on with the Springtime colors of Botanical Tea! I love the combination of pinks, browns and blues in this collection. It’s just gorgeous! ~Arlene
TIP: Add lots of layers to your scrapbook page for dimension and interest. It will bring your project to life! :-)" ~Arlene
Botanical Tea 12x12 papers: Flora, Fauna, Field of Flowers, Just Because, Love Notes, Herbal Infusion
Staples: Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads, Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes, Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
Coordinations Graphic 45 Signature Series Cardstock
Momenta Metal Corners
White Acrylic Paint
Rub n’ Buff (Ancient Gold)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Italian Doily die
I Am Roses Pink Roses & Tiny pink rose buds
Xyron Mega Runner
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Secondly, Arlene shares a favorite. This is her mixed media Secret Garden album. This cover is so stunning! She shares a tutorial below of how to create one yourself.
"There is something about creating with mixed media techniques that is very “freeing”. It’s not about perfection, it’s your own art… it’s a statement of you. I had so much fun creating a mixed media cover for this mini album. The album is perfect to store photos and memoirs. I created a video tutorial showing you how this mini album cover came together. Enjoy!
TIP: When creating with mixed media techniques, go through your stash and select an assortment of metals, flowers, lace (anything with texture!) to add to your mixed media piece. Be sure to use a strong adhesive like E6000 or Glossy Accents to adhere metal and other heavy pieces to your project." ~Arlene
Secret Garden paper collection
Secret Garden 12x12 Paper pad
Secret Garden 8x8 Paper pad
Secret Garden 6x6 Patterns and Solids pack
Secret Garden Banners
Secret Garden Tags & Envelopes
Secret Garden Stickers
Secret Garden Alphabet Stickers
Secret Garden Chipboard 1 & 2
Staples: Metal Butterfly, Antique Metal Door Pull, Metal Tag, Metal Button, Ornate Metal Key Hole, Metal Clothespin
Imaginarium Designs clock chippie
Miscellaneous metal embellishments
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays: Salt Water Taffy, Cotton Candy Pink, Cosmo Pink, Cape Cod Coral, Fuzzy Navel Peach, Sea grass Green, My Mojito Green, Gator Gumbo Olive
Crafter's Workshop "chicken wire" 6x6 stencil
May Arts ribbon
I Am Roses flowers
"Printers Trays are perfect mixed media pieces which are also excellent to display your photos. I created this altered Fall themed printers tray featuring Graphic 45’s super fun Steampunk Spells collection. I have this displayed in my family room and receive compliments every time we have guests over. It’s definitely a one-up from a standard picture frame! :-)
TIP: Use Rub ‘n Buff in Antique Gold to “age” metal pieces and the edges of your printers tray." ~Arlene
Steampunk Spells 8x8, 6x6 Patterns & Solids, Chipboard 1 & 2
Staples: Metal Keyhole, Metal Keys, Metal Tag, Metal Butterfly, Chipboard buttons, metal Label Holder, metal Clothespin
Petaloo Flowers - Daisies, Darjeeling
Xyron Adhesive - Double sided tape, Mega Runner
Laser chipboard sprokets/gears - Gina’s Designs
Tim Holtz Ideology, variety
Prima Junkyard Findings, variety
SkyBluePink viles, domino
Bottle Cap, Inc. - Wood Letter Press blocks
SaCrafter - laser cut mini wood frames, metal gold medallion, metal corner filigree
… and other miscellaneous product from my stash!
We are so exciting Arlene is back on the team! We are so in love with her work, and if you were unfamiliar before, we know you'll become an Arlene fan. She is truly incredible! Welcome back, Arlene!
Now, today is the last day to take part in our Home Sweet Home giveaway. Just comment here on the blog or on Facebook to win. We'll announce a winner tomorrow here on the blog.
Thanks to everyone for joining us today! Feel free to welcome Arlene in the comments below. Have a lovely and creative day!
The G45 Family
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