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June 14, 2016

Lena Astafeva Reminds Us that Inspiration is all Around You

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We have always loved Lena Astafeva's work. She would share it often on our social media and every project was absolutely breathtaking. We are so honored to introduce her to our 2016 Design Team today! She has stunning projects to share with you - altered art, a great #UniquelyYou idea and so much more! You will love everything Lena has to share and the great tutorials as well. She has video tutorials, a Snapguide, and a video tour. How fun! Let's let Lena introduce herself:

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"I’m Lena . I’m from Russia, Nizhniy Novgorod.  I’m 30 y.o., I’m a happy wife and mother of two children. I have 10 year-old son and 4 year-old daughter. My main hobbies are scrapbooking and painting. I make watercolor paintings and teach it to the children. The children absorb everything with delight, so I enjoy working with them very much. I love books, I study history and languages.

Best of all I love making altered art and albums, especially of paper Graphic 45. While going through the pages and looking through each collection of my favorite paper, I'm getting deep immersed into a magic world. It's incredible! I like to use the stamps Graphic 45 very much. They give to the works incomparable delightful charm. My relatives and friends know about my love to the Graphic 45, they understand and are greatly delighted with my designs. I like to give my  works as a gift. Everything that is made by hand, gives us comfort and peace and all that's made of Graphic 45, makes our world magic!

I am glad that my dream of becoming a Design Team  Member realized! Dream, create, and your dreams will be fulfilled necessarily!!! Thanks Graphic 45"

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Now, Lena shares some of her favorite projects she's made in the past. These are so fabulous!

"I've made a box for photos. I used  8x8 Matchbook Box, envelopes and chipboards. Photos can be kept inside the envelopes.  The most favorite photo we can stick outside the envelope.  We can make themed envelopes. For example, the first envelope contains photos of the holiday in the sea. The second one contains photos of the trip to the some other city. And our first photo which is stuck to the envelope, can help us to find the photo we need.

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Check out How to A Box for Photographs by Elena Astafeva on Snapguide.  

Lena's Snapguide Tutorial


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Supply List

Cityscapes 8x8 Pad
Cityscapes 6x6 Patterns & Solids
Cityscapes Decorative Chipboard
Cityscapes Ephemera Cards
8x8 Matchbook Box
Claw Feet
Chipboards

"I like to use the stamps Graphic 45 very much. They give to the works incomparable delightful charm. In my album I combined the light watercolors, stamps with divine paper Graphic 45. I used a fun cutting.

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Lena's Gilded Lily Album Video Tour


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Gilded Lily 8x8 Pad
Cling Stamp G45 Gilded Lily 1
Gilded Lily Journaling Chipboard
Gilded Lily Tags & Pockets
Watercolor
Chipboard album
Ribbon
Flowers
craft dies

"This is a Mini Album-Kaleidoscope. It can be rotated and the pictures will change. I 've made it according to the my album Gilded Lily. I 've used a collection Enchanted Forest. This collection reminds me of the Slavic ornaments. In my childhood I had a wonderful book by Alexander Pushkin which I loved very much. So I decided to create an unusual and fairy album for my little daughter, so that this fairy tale will be with her forever.

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Kaleidoscope Video Tutorial


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Supply List

Enchanted Forest 12x12 Pad
Enchanted Forest 8x8 Pad
Enchanted Forest Decorative Chipboard
Enchanted Forest Ephemera Cards
Enchanted Forest 6x6 Patterns & Solids
Antique Metal Door Pull
Ornate Metal Key Holes
Metal  Hinges 
Acryl color
Ribbon
Flowers
craft dies
chipboards

Now, enjoy Lena's idea for our #UniquelyYou challenge - how fantastic!

"I’ve made interactive layout about myself. A lot of  ideas come to my mind, which are always swirling in my head. That’s  why  I’ve made it, that my photo can rotate. The pens and ink-pens show that. I write down and draw all my ideas. Also there’s something in here that inspires me – there are film ribbons, phonographs, telephones, typewriter.

There is inspiration everywhere, inspiration inside me. Also, it’s very important to have dreams and to follow your dreams. All dreams will come true one day if you believe in them!

Basically in my layout I’ve used an old vinyl record."

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Lena's Video Tutorial

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 Supply List

Communique-DCE
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Mini Filmstrip
Scrapberry’s Die Circle
Chipboards Scrapiniec
Tim Holtz Idea-ology  Film Strip Ribbon
Acrylic Paint Dabber Ranger
Distress Stain  Tim Holtz Ranger
Patina for all Metal Ranger
vinyl record

As a fun bonus, see Lena open up her Design Team boxes! What a fun tour!

 

Lena's Design Team Box Video Tour

Guess what? Hallowe'en in Wonderland is our giveaway this week! This prize pack is worth $30 and comes with 2 of each 12 double-sided sheets and the pictured stickers and chipboard. This will be so much fun to create with! All you need to do to win is to comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page. We'll announce a winner on Friday, June 17. So, make sure to enter now!

(1) Hallowe'en in Wonderland Prize $30 Value

Join us in welcoming Lena to the team in the comments below! We are so excited to share Lena's wonderful work. What a great Tuesday!

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

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Comments

Amazing projects with such depth in their design x

Beautiful amazing designs. Look forward to your designs

Congrats Lena...your projects are amazing! Can't wait to see more!

Thank you Graphic 45!!!!!!!!!!Love,love,love....

I am already in love with Lena's work! These projects are gorgeous and the details are amazing! Looking forward to being on the team with you this year, Lena!

Incredible projects!

Really fresh ideas - love them!

Wow! Lena's projects are amazing! Can't wait to see more from her!

This is my first time seeing Lena's work and I am mesmerized! Can't wait to see more! TFS!

Welcome! Such lovely projects! Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

Wow! So much talent. Love the Enchanted Forest Kaleidoscope. Such great detail. Amazing.

Gorgeous designs, looking forward to seeing more !!
Many thanks,
Sue Mac

Wonderful ladies, dragons and vinyl. Beautiful! xxx

What wonderfully creative projects!

Lena is one talented lady!!!

Beautiful projects today!!!

Wow! These are amazing. Can't wait to watch the tutorials, especially the mini-album.

Gorgeous designs, so much detail in each and every project! Looking forward to seeing more!!

Lena, welcome to
the team and love
all you creations!
Carla from Utah

So beautiful! Love all of these!

Welcome to the G45 design team, Lena! Your design projects are awesome. Such a great talent:)

Very happy to finally see the work of Lena blog!
She has several years of inspiring girls in Russia, let now shares her skills and ideas with the world!
Lena debut!

I have so enjoyed watching all of Lena's videos...learning new techniques and garnering new ideas as I watched her talented hands work. And now I know how I would use this Alice collection!

Fabulous projects, Lena, I'm your fan!!!

Lena's designs are creatively innovative and dreamlike. Looking forward to future endeavours to inspire us all in a fantastical way. Oh....what can be done with Graphic 45's Alice in Wonderland !!!!!

Fabulous projects from Lena. Can't wait to see what she does with all the goodies from her DT boxes - all that gorgeousness - should be illegal.....LOL!!

Welcome Lena, I am looking forward to seeing your magic touch at work!!

I love the imaginative way Lena uses your G45 Staples - not to mention that vinyl record - as components of her amazing designs!!!

Welcome, Lena! Can't wait to see more of your beautiful projects!

Very Cool. Love the give a way!!!!

Welcome, Lena! Absolutely fantastic projects! I can't really pick a favorite, as they are all wonderful, but I do think the use of the vinyl record is pure genius.

Hallowe'en in Wonderland IS ONE OF MY VERY FAVS!!! And I would love to win some, any amount!! Lena's work is so interesting and different - she has her own style, doesn't she?

Congrats Lena! Your projects are great. I especially like the fairy albulm you created for your daughter. Im looking forward to the new projects you will present for us!

Aaaaaaaggggggghhhhhhhh I LOVE this line. My favorite right after A Lady's Diary.
Hi I'm Sonya and I'm a G45 FANATIC ♡

Welcome Lena!! you are amazing!!! I love all your projects..

Wonderful projects!! The Gilded Lily album is beautiful and the vinyl record, simply amazing!! Thinking outside the box, expert level!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Wow, what creative projects. The Guilded Lily album is so delicate and intricate, beautiful. I love the kaleidoscope album is over the top amazing. The dragons on the outside just set this spectacular project a part from others. Beautiful. Welcome Lena, your creativity is welcomed.

de superbes réas !!

Welcome Lena. I love the Dragon affect on your Enchanted Forest project!

This Caleidoscope-Album is soo wonderful - such a creative idea :D ...
Kind regards from Austria - Sandra

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