We Welcome Back the Dynamic Mini Albums & Altered Art of Donna Espiritu!
We are so happy to welcome Donna Espiritu back to our Design Team! I'm sure you fell in love with her projects last year. She was such a glowing asset to our team with amazing mini albums, layouts, and more! Donna can truly do it all. She became a mom last year and her projects today show her joy over her gorgeous baby. She shares a new project with us today, and 3 projects to share with us that show her flexibility between styles of crafting. You will fall in love with her projects today. Take it away, Donna!
"My name is Donna Espiritu. I'm from the Philippines currently living in Saudi Arabia with my husband. We were finally blessed with a beautiful daughter late last year and she’s everything I prayed for. I have been scrapbooking since 2004 when I got married. I think of myself as a crafty person so when I came across scrapbooking I got really interested and as the saying goes, I got hooked from then on.
I love learning new things so I also dabble into digital scrapbooking, card-making, altering/recycling/upcycling stuff, and mixed media. I think I am addicted to the smell of new papers! I also collect pens -journaling pens, glitter, calligraphy pens, etc.
My style has evolved over the years. I don't really know how to describe my style, but I can do a simple (but not clean) or super embellished layout/page or project. I love layers, clusters and textures in my creations." ~Donna
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"Besides scrapbook pages, creating mini-albums is one of my favorite thing to do and I could say my second forte. I used the Baby 2 bride collection because it is one of my all-time fave from Graphic 45. I love the soft color palette, the designs, and the versatility whether you want to use it for a baby girl/boy or a grown-up woman about to marry. Perfect token.
TIP: In my video tutorial, you will notice that I used a template to cut the papers I used on the tags. It's one way to make tracing easier." ~Donna
Graphic 45 Baby 2 bride deluxe collection
Graphic 45 staples (keys)
Graphic 45 staples, ivory tags
Others: Distress ink (tea dye), Prima marketing flowers, Flowers/leaves from my stash, lace/trims/ribbon bow/seam binding, smooth white cardstock (A4), white and pink threads, Cheery Lynn Designs flourish die
*Graphic 45 Time to flourish papers
*Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments papers
*Graphic 45 Botanical Tea papers
*Graphic 45 Botanical Tea banners
Acrylic paints - white, pink, blue, blue green
Tattered angels glimmermist
Mod Podge matte
Spellbinder flower die
Sizzix flower die (used leaves only)
Sizzix Prima butterfly dies
Cheerylynn fancy flouriish die
Cherrylynn butterfly dies
Flat back pearl centers
Beacon 3 in 1 glue
*mostly scraps from previous projects
"The album is 4 x 6 in size. The spine will depend on how thick your pages will be inside, it can be adjusted according to your preference. But for this particular album I created, the finished project is 4 x 6 x 2 3/4 (spine). Started off by cutting 2 pcs of chipboard for the front and back cover. I covered with brown cardstock and later on adhered patterned paper on each sides. I decorated the inside pages first before adhering it one by one to the spine. Having ample space in between made it easier so have a bit of bulky embellishments placed on each page. But try to alternate for even distribution of "bulk space". I decorated the front cover last, adhering the ribbon first to serve as album closure then adhered the embellishments using foam tape to add dimension to the handmade flowers." ~Donna
Graphic 45 Come Away with me 12x12 collection
Graphic 45 Come away with me 8x8 collection
Graphic 45 Come away with me ephemera pack
Graphic 45 Come away with me chipboard
Graphic 45 Come away with me stickers
Graphic 45 Come away with me pockets
Graphic 45 Come Away with me banners
Graphic 45 Orante Metal label holder
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal brads
Graphic 45 washi tapes
Sizzix Tim Holtz tattered floral die
Big shot machine
Distress Ink Antique Linen
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Martha Stewart scoring board
Embossing tool and foam, water spray
Adhesives (glue, foam tape, double-sided tape)
"One of my favorites to date, is this layout of my daughter and I. I love the mixture of colors, flowers and butterflies in here. I had fun in creating this page!" ~Donna
G45 Time to flourish (May cut apart)
G45 Sweet Sentiments 12x12, 8x8 papers
Petaloo flowers, berries, lace
Blue Fern Studio chipboard
The Crafter’s workshop stencil
Tattered Angels glimmer mists
Liquitex textured paste
Sizzix Prima butterfly dies
We're so happy to have Donna back on the team for another year. Isn't her work glorious? Thanks for sharing with us, Donna!
We have a great giveaway this week in honor of Father's Day coming up on June 21, 2015. To win this A Proper Gentleman prize pack, just enter below:
Thanks for joining us today, G45ers! We hope this gave you a great start to your week.
The G45 Family
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