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February 21, 2017

"Decide to Be Yourself" Album Idea

  Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2

We've already seen a few of you share your Portrait of a Lady projects on Facebook now that it's hitting stores. What gorgeous work! Today, Kathy Clement shares a swoon-worthy album that is a stunner on each and every page! Let's take a tour of this gorgeous project:

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1

"I have never seen a more beautiful paper collection than Graphic 45’s Portrait of A Lady.  I love every itty bitty detail from the color palette, to the printed patterns to the amazing images and even the typography.  I literally gasped out loud when I first laid eyes on it and could not wait to work it up into an album.

I wanted to make something that could showcase photos, but also wanted a format that would lend itself to display on a bookshelf, desk or side table.  That’s why I chose to work with the Graphic 45 Staples 8x8 Easel Album.  It stands all on its own, which is wonderful.  If I want to be inspired by a fresh view, I simply have to flip the page and there it is!  


I also create the album to be “reversible”.  By that I mean it can be viewed from front to back or back to front as all pages are decorated on both sides.  I had such fun creating this jewel of an album, and I hope you enjoy viewing it as well." ~Kathy

 

Kathy's Be Yourself Easel Album Tour

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2

Tip: To create paint spatters like the ones on the cover, do as follows:

    1. Cover the face of the image with a Post-It Note.
    2. Dilute a dime sized portion of acrylic paint with water.  Dip a paintbrush into the diluted paint.  Hold the paintbrush loosely as far back on the handle as you can.  With your dominant hand, tap the bristle end of the brush lightly to create spatters.  Move to another area, dip into the diluted paint again and repeat until you are satisfied with the results. Remove the post it from the face and let the paint dry on its own.

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6

Tip: To create titles for your pages, use dies or freehand cut blocks of text from the typography pages in the collection.

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7

Tip: Cover Kraft Staples Tags with designer paper to create fun, interactive photo mounts and journaling spots for your album.

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 8

Tip: Save time by fussy cutting and inking all your images before you begin designing your album.  This way you’ll have a pile of them on hand to use as needed.

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 9

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 10

Tip: To create unity in your album, use the same colors of matting cardstock and the same embellishments throughout.  All my pages are matted on pale pink and deep green cardstock.  I also used the die cut banners, doilies and fussy cut roses throughout the album.

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 11

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 12 jpg

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 13

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 14

Tip: Die cut all banners and doilies before you begin.  Once again, it will save you time in the long run.

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 15

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 16

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 17

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 18

Beauty Easel Album, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 19

Supply List

Portrait of a Lady 12x12 papers
Portrait of a Lady
Diana
Josephine
Catherine
Sophia
Grace
Isabella
Elizabeth
Blanche
Victoria
Maria
Graphic 45 Staples 8x8 Easel Album (retired)
Graphic 45 Staples Regular Black Policy Envelopes
Graphic 45 Staples ATC Black Policy Envelopes
Staples Kraft Alphabet Banner Tags
Cardstock (several sheets each for photo mats) pink, green, kraft, white
Petaloo Flowers
White Botanica Blooms x4
White Hydrangea Blossoms x24
DIY Ivory Burlap Picks
Tim Holtz Ribbon Flags Strip Die
Prima Doily Dies
Ribbons and vintage lace
Vintage buttons
Small ornate frame (Prima)
Small magnets
Thinned down white acrylic paint
Foam dimensionals or cardboard packaging to back images

This week we are giving away an amazing prize pack filled with our retired collection A Proper Gentleman!  Also, it has some great Tag Staples and Stamped Metal Brads. Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! This is a super fun prize pack, so make sure to enter today!

(2%2F2%2F not claimed) Proper Gentleman 12x12, 8x8, Staples Graphic 45 Prize

We love that gorgeous album and all of Kathy's great tips and tricks. What an amazing project! We cannot wait to continue seeing your projects with this collection, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

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

Comments

Beautiful, beautiful album! You make such beautiful paper, Graphic 45.

Thanks for the great ideas to use the Portrail of a Lady. Love it.

Awesome mini album! I love G45 paper and would love to win the Proper Gentleman set! Thank you!

Kathy certainly does credit to this gorgeous collection. Love all the quotes/sayings she added.

Such a gorgeous keepsake. Beautiful collection. I would love to win the Proper Gentleman collection as I missed it first time round. I only found G45 a wee while ago and now can't stop collecting! x

Stunning work!!!

Would Love To Win This Collection, So Many Cards You Can Make For Me, Love It

That Was For Men Not Me

Beautiful album and great tips. This is a beautiful line. I would so love to win this prize. I don't have a piece of this collection.

Great projects. AWESOME giveaway would love to make an album for my son!

Wow what an amazing album and a great way to showcase this stunning collection.

Love, love, love the tags. They have definitely inspired me!

Fabulous projects and inspiration!!!

What a great album using these beautiful papers and embellishment. Love it.

Kathy's album is gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win this week's awesome prize!

A Proper Gentleman is one of most favorite set of papers and I was sad when it was gone. Really want to win the set. Love this album too.

FAB-u-LOUS!! Stunning projects. Thanks for the opportunity to win another great collection.

Can't wait to receive these new collections...love, love Kathy's album! TFS!

beautiful Album. Thank you for the chance to win A proper Gentleman a fab collection.

muy bonito! yo lo quiero! amo esta colección

Would love this!!

Kathy's album really showcases this beautiful paper collection. Each page is a project unto itself. Wouldn't A Proper Gentleman look nice for an album like this? Yes!

Beautiful work!

Oh my gosh! This paper is beautiful & so is the album.
G45 you out did yourselves on this collection. Just beautiful!

Me encantaría hacer un álbum para mi hermano con esos maravilloso papeles. Los amo (I would like to make an album for my brother with those wonderful roles. I love them)

A elegant album.
thanks for sharing.

Gorgeous album Kathy has made with the amazingly beautiful Portrait of a Lady collection! Can't wait to see this collection in real life! Judy D.

This album is stunning!! I'm in love with this new collection and this album is filled with great inspiration!! Thanks for sharing!!

Such an awesome project! The directions are really clear with the video! This is how I learn!

Stunning album using Portrait of a Lady. Kathy, your work is always gorgeous! Love ❤ the way you make this collection come alive.

A beautiful project, thank you for the inspiration!

Lovely album
and cards.
Carla from Utah

The colors of the Graphic 45 papers are always spectacular. Your projects are awesome. How I would love to win the "A Proper Gentleman" collection!

Awesome work!!

The Portrait of a Women is beautiful!

I so love the Proper Gentleman collection!

The Portrait of a Lady collection gives such empowerent to realize the beauty in all of us. Thank you G45!

Love Kathy's album and look forward to getting these papers!

Gorgeous Album, gorgeous paper.

Wonderful creation. Double sided to boot.Thanks for the chance at winning this weeks prize!

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