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June 15, 2015

We Welcome Back the Dynamic Mini Albums & Altered Art of Donna Espiritu!

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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!

 

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Donna Espiritu

"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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First, we have this gorgeous Baby 2 Bride mini album from Donna. She even has a great video tutorial below! How amazing!

"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

Baby 2 Bride tag mini album by Donna Espiritu - click to see tutorial! #graphic45

 

Donna's YouTube Tutorial


Baby 2 Bride tag mini album by Donna Espiritu - click to see tutorial! #graphic45


Baby 2 Bride tag mini album by Donna Espiritu - click to see tutorial! #graphic45


Baby 2 Bride tag mini album by Donna Espiritu - click to see tutorial! #graphic45


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Supply List:

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

Next, Donna shares this gorgeous mixed media clock that Donna mainly used her scraps to create. Isn't this fabulous? We love the colors!

Mixed media altered clock by Donna made with scraps #graphic45

 

Shabby Chic Clock Tutorial


Mixed media altered clock by Donna made with scraps #graphic45


Mixed media altered clock by Donna made with scraps #graphic45


Mixed media altered clock by Donna made with scraps #graphic45


Mixed media altered clock by Donna made with scraps #graphic45

Supply list:

*Graphic 45 Time to flourish papers
*Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments papers
*Graphic 45 Botanical Tea papers
*Graphic 45 Botanical Tea banners
Gesso
Acrylic paints - white, pink, blue, blue green
Tattered angels glimmermist
Mod Podge matte
Stickles
Spellbinder flower die
Sizzix flower die (used leaves only)
Sizzix Prima butterfly dies
Cheerylynn fancy flouriish die
Cherrylynn butterfly dies
Flat back pearl centers
Pearl string
Lace trim
White cardstock
Beacon 3 in 1 glue
UHU adhesive
*mostly scraps from previous projects

Next, is another gorgeous mini album. Donna used Come Away with Me to create this perfect album for her travel memories.

 "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

Come Away with Me Travel album by Donna #graphic45

Check out How to Make a Travel-Themed Mini-Album by Donna Espiritu on Snapguide.  

Donna's Snapguide Travel Album Tutorial


Come Away with Me Travel album by Donna #graphic45


Come Away with Me Travel album by Donna #graphic45


Come Away with Me Travel album by Donna #graphic45


Come Away with Me Travel album by Donna #graphic45


Come Away with Me Travel album by Donna #graphic45


Come Away with Me Travel album by Donna #graphic45

Come Away with Me Travel album by Donna #graphic45


Come Away with Me Travel album by Donna #graphic45

 


Come Away with Me Travel album by Donna #graphic45


Supply List

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
Ribbon
Brown cardstock
Chipboard
Distress Ink Antique Linen
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Martha Stewart scoring board
Kaisercraft rhinestones
Embossing tool and foam, water spray
Adhesives (glue, foam tape, double-sided tape)

To close is this fabulous mixed media layout using Time to Flourish and Sweet Sentiments. Look at her gorgeous daughter on a brilliant canvas!

"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

Time to Flourish & Sweet Sentiments mixed media layout by Donna #graphic45


Time to Flourish & Sweet Sentiments mixed media layout by Donna #graphic45


Time to Flourish & Sweet Sentiments mixed media layout by Donna #graphic45


Time to Flourish & Sweet Sentiments mixed media layout by Donna #graphic45


Time to Flourish & Sweet Sentiments mixed media layout by Donna #graphic45

Supply List

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
Gesso
Mod podge
Liquitex textured paste
Kaisercraft rhinestones
Sizzix Prima butterfly dies
White thread

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:

 

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Thanks for joining us today, G45ers! We hope this gave you a great start to your week.

Happy Monday,

The G45 Family

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Comments

would love to win!

So glad to see some of the great old designers are back, and that there are some new ones to shake things up!

Everyday your projects made by your designers get better and better. They are lucky they get to work with such great products from Graphic 45.

I am in love with the clock♥ All projects are beautiful!

Wonderful love this new masculine paper!

love the projects shown. Cograts on the new baby.

Love these designs wish I was this creative

Donna's albums are lovely! She'll have so many to fill with her new little one's photos. Congratulations on your sweet new daughter.

My following of G45 is about 9 ish years now. I first learned of you from a local store, Sew Scrappin, Idaho Amy. Your Rock!!!!

I'm not on facebook, but I do have a few questions: Who designs all the beautiful G45 papers, and how do you decide what your next collection will be? How long does it take from the time you decide on a collection until it is finished and ready for sale?

Welcome to all the design team members. I'm really looking forward to seeing all your wonderful and creative new projects!

So many beautiful projects...it's so interesting to see the myriad of ideas from all the design team members.

Stunning art, and looking forward to see what is created this year

This collection is really nice!

Welcome to the new team, and especially welcome back to Donna! Looking forward to all of your lovely creations! Donna, I am in awe of that beautiful clock! Keep 'em coming!

That clock is lovely. The canvas...gorgeous!

Beautiful Projects...Love the inspiration!

Who DOESN'T love Graphic 45!!

Absolutely love the come away with me mini album!

I love seeing the amazing projects.

Some great new designers! Looking forward to their projects!

Congrats!
Fabulous projects!
Hugs

Welcome back to the team!! LOVE these creations!

I love the tutorials! Thank you for showing us how to do these projects!

Thank you Donna for your amazing projects! I'm blown away by the colorful layout and the fun mini album. Gives me great ideas for my G45 papers. Welcome new DT's!

Wow - Donna - you are very very very talented and can do a lot of different art types too! These were so fun to see. Thanks bunches for sharing. j.

What great projects! I learn something everytime I am on your site.

This is perfect for fathers day

This blog post is just one pretty photo after another - very inspiring

love the travel theme mini album!

Welcome to the new 2015 G45 Design Team!!! I look so forward to seeing your projects!

Love the projects that are offered on your site but you never mention where the designers purchase the main part of the project. The clock is beautiful and would love to make one similar to this one. But where did the clock come from????? Have tried to find items before from your project with no success. Very frustrating!!!!

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