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March 09, 2015

A National Craft Month Spotlight on Andrew Roberts

Springtime tutorial

For today and the following days of March & National Craft Month, we will be sharing in-depth interviews on our blog with our Design Team. We so admire these incredible artists, and we think these questions will help you understand their creative process, their love of crafting, and give you excitement to also create beautiful projects and get to know your craft style. Today, we are getting a closer look at the amazing Andrew Roberts. Below his interview, he will share a tutorial with his beloved crafting style. Get to know Andrew Roberts a bit better!

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An interview with Andrew Roberts

1. Why do you craft?


Artistic endeavors have always been part of my life from a young age. I have been drawing wildlife pictures for a while now and turned my hand at teddy bear making as well, my craft has progressed over the years. I love paper craft and it is a niche that has become a big part of my leisure time. Craft has many benefits for me, it relaxes me, provides a creative outlet, moments shared with my children, learning and developing new skills, being part of a wider community of like minded people, sharing my skills and so many more reasons. I have to say it has given me the opportunity to extend my self.


2. What do you feel is your crafting forte- cards, minis, altered art, layouts, etc?


I would have to say my forte is altered constructive art and mini albums run a very close second. I am a little bit of a box addict so they are featured in many of my projects. I love that mini albums can be simplistic or very ornate but they all have a place in my creative portfolio. Graphic 45 papers are very prominent in my work ( or shall I say my main paper collections, I am a total addict).


3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?


My creative inspiration derives from many sources. Some examples of where I go to for inspiration are fellow crafters, pinterest, my own ideas, the Graphic 45 paper collections themselves plus many others. Creative inspiration is a very eclectic thing and it can hit you when you least expect it. I  have many ideas when I see packaging from many different products. Motivation is key to creative success. I keep my mojo going by introducing new products to my stash and always looking at others creativity and this keeps my creativity fresh and interesting. I also make sure I take a break regularly.


4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?


I have made many  of my projects as  heirloom type items to pass along to my children. I have many mini albums that will be filled over time with photos to ensure my kids have memories of their childhood.  I have given a couple to my wife and some are displayed throughout my home.

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

I guess  crafting disasters are common amongst creative people. I have had many mishaps over the years. I remember heat embossing on one occasion and heating to close to my jar of left over powder and melting the whole lot. Also I have been creating a box project and sealed the lid and had to start over. The funny part about that one is I have done it more than once. But I always try and tell my self a mistake is a creative opportunity.

We love that! "A mistake is a creative opportunity." Thanks for sharing with us, Andrew!

Now, enjoy Andrew's brilliant Once Upon a Springtime altered house and mini album with his tutorial below!

"My inspiration for this project was to create a simple project to demonstrate how graphic 45 papers can give a simple project style and vintage appeal. I think it is very easy to get overwhelmed by complexity when designing. I have had many people ask for a simple project that they can try out. Graphic 45 papers are perfect for embellishing your creations if you do not have access to a lot of embellishments .

Tip: Mini albums can be a challenge try using cardboard tubes to make the pages. Challenge yourself to embellish only using fussy cut images from your chosen graphic 45 collections." 

Learn how to make this amazing Once Upon a Springtime album with a tutorial from Andrew! #graphic45

Check out How to Create a Cardboard Tube Mini Album Using Graphic45 by Andrew Roberts on Snapguide.  

Andrew's Mini Album Tutorial

Learn how to make this album with a Springtime tutorial from Andrew! #graphic45

The pages of Andrew's Once Upon a Springtime album #graphic45

Springtime tutorial from Andrew #graphic45

Springtime tutorial from Andrew #graphic45

Springtime tutorial from Andrew #graphic45

Springtime tutorial from Andrew #graphic45


Supply list

Graphic 45 once upon a springtime
12 x 12 paper Woodland fantasy
Flight of fantasy
Fancy folk
Butterfly kisses
Enchanted forest
Once upon a springtime cut apart
Primrose cottage
Once upon a springtime frames
Tiny Treasures

graphic 45 signature series cardstock Precious pink
Sweet apricot
Robins egg
Spring green
Pearl Blush
Large eyelets
D binding rings
recycled cardboard tubes
mulberry paper roses
bakers twine

Enter to win this huge prize pack with Graphic 45 collections and tons of goodies from our partnering companies. It's a huge giveaway, so enter today! We will announce the winner on Friday here on the blog!

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Thank you for joining us today, G45ers! Isn't it awesome getting to know Andrew better? Join us tomorrow for an in-depth look with Annette!

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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March 02, 2015

10 Tips to Kick off National Craft Month

  10 Crafting Tips from Graphic 45 for National Craft Month! #graphic45

It's the first Monday in March, so let's kick off this party with 10 Tips to get you ready for this National Craft Month! We hope we all carve out more time for crafting this month and live up this fun month. Here are 10 Tips to get you ready to create. Also, stay until the end of the blog for a great giveaway this week!

1. The growing is in the doing. Put aside just a bit of time each day to get into the craft room. Even if you only have 30 minutes, working on your passion and creativity will enrich your day!


Get Some Great Ideas on the Cre8time Website!


2. Find a mentor! There are so many amazing designers and tutorials out there online and in your local scrapbook store. Choose one, even if you think you can’t accomplish what they create, give it a shot! You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!

Follow Graphic 45®'s board Fun Tutorials! on Pinterest.

Graphic 45 Fun Tutorials Pinterest Board


3.Try layering beautiful imagery with fussy cutting! Nichola Battilana has an amazing video to give you great tips on how to tackle this technique:



Nichola's Fussy Cutting Video


4. Don’t have many supplies? Challenge yourself to create with one sheet of paper! Here’s a great tutorial from Keri Sallee:



Keri's 12x12 One-Page Mini album Tutorial


5. Don’t feel trapped by using one collection. Mix and match with colors and layers and you may create something amazing!

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Layout by Jane Tregenza using Typography & Bird Song. She is a master of mixing patterns and collections to create a dynamic layout!


6. Do you want your craft space to stay more organized? Annette Green has some awesome ideas in her three-video series on how to create an organized, creative space!


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Video 3:




7. Remember, there are no mistakes in crafting!


8. Worried about what you’re going to do with a project once you create it? Our Design Team will provide some great ideas this month for that very topic, but if you want to create and don’t have the space - give it away! Brighten someone’s day with a handmade gift.


9. Give yourself a challenge this March to use your stash! Try a project or a paper pack you’ve been scared to tackle and do it!


10. Want more tips? Visit our Graphic 45 Tips Pinterest Board!

Follow Graphic 45®'s board Graphic 45 Tips on Pinterest.

What tips do our amazing G45ers have to share? Comment below with your favorite crafting tips and they may get shared on Facebook this National Craft Month!

Now, we can't have a Monday without a giveaway! This week, you could win this $71 prize pack of Raining Cats & Dogs! Woo hoo, what a great prize pack! Just enter below:

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Thanks for joining us this National Craft Month! There's only more goodies coming your way. Hope these tips help you get back that crafting mojo!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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



March 01, 2015

Be Timeless with Times Nouveau

Times Nouveua Journal 3

Welcome to the blog this special Sunday, G45ers! Today we are celebrating our Deluxe Collector's Edition Times Nouveau. We are so excited about our re-releases of our older collections, and this was one of our very first collections we ever created. The Deluxe Collector's Edition comes with 2 sets of each of the 12 double-sided papers, cardstock stickers, and chipboard! Ginny Nemchak shares an amazing altered journal with this rich collection today. We are so excited to share it with you!

It's the first day of National Craft Month! We have so much fun in store. We are so excited this fun month is finally here!


Sizzix has an amazing giveaway they are hosting for National Craft Month, and this week is Paper Week! So you can win Graphic 45 goodies and so much more! 


So from March 1st to March 7th, enter for your chance to win:

1) SizzixBig Shot Machine

2) Echo Park-Assorted paper collections including: Anything GoesDots and StripesJack and Jill

3) Graphic 45-Assorted prize pack including: Artisan StyleMixed Media Album in black and the Antique Metal Door Pull

4) Hampton Art & Jillibean Soup: Assorted prize pack including: Jillibean Soup Summer Red Raspberry Soup Collection Pack, Scrap Labels, Wood Veneers, Cam & Chloe assorted Stamps, Wood Sprinkles, Beanboard Alphas.

Don’t miss it! Enter using the Rafflecopter Widget below:

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Check out the entire Sizzix March Craftness schedule here:


Now, let's see the amazing Times Nouveau journal Ginny created! She layered this rich imagery so beautifully, and topped it off with incredible Staples, ribbon, and more!

Times Nouveua Journal 1

Times Nouveua Journal 1

Times Nouveua Journal 1

Times Nouveua Journal 1

Times Nouveua Journal 1

Supply List

Graphic 45 Times Nouveau~It’s the Berries
Graphic 45 Times Nouveau~Bee’s Knees
Graphic 45 Times Nouveau~Lollapalooza
Graphic 45 Times Nouveau~Chipboard
Graphic 45 Times Nouveau~Stickers
Graphic 45 Staples~Shabby Chic Metal Ornate Keys
Graphic 45 Staples~Shabby Chic Metal Keyholes
Graphic 45 Staples~Shabby Chic Metal Brads
Tim Holtz Distress Ink~Gathered Twigs
Really Reasonable Ribbon

Get more Times Nouveau inspiration on our Pinterest Board! There's so many beautiful projects to find!

Follow Graphic 45®'s board Times Nouveau on Pinterest.

Times NouveauPinterest Board

We're so glad you joined us today! What gorgeous projects using Times Nouveau. What have you created with this collection? Share it on our Facebook page! We cannot wait to see. We hope you have a wonderful Day 1 of National Craft Month!

Happy National Craft Month,

Graphic 45


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

February 27, 2015

Announcing the 2015 Graphic 45 Design Team Call!


It's a big day here on the blog! We are announcing our 2015 Graphic 45 Design Team Call! Have you been waiting to enter? Well, now is your time! Below, you will have all the information you need to apply to become a Graphic 45 Designer. It's such an exciting time for us here at Graphic 45 because we get to see what incredible things you are doing with our collections. We cannot wait to see the applications this year! 

Before we get into the excitement, here is this week's randomly chosen winner of our retired collections!

-Janet Fisher Cobb

Congratulations, Janet! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your goodies! Thanks to everyone who entered this week. Join us for another giveaway next week as we kick off National Craft Month!

Join the 2015 Graphic 45 Design Team! Click for all the application details! #graphic45

The Benefits of joining the Graphic 45 Design Team! #graphic45

This could be YOU!



The Graphic 45 2015 Design Team Call - What are we looking for?

Graphic 45 2015 Design Team Application Rounds

Download the Graphic 45 Design Team Call 2015 Printable Information & Rounds

We asked our Design Team why they loved being a G45 Designer and they gave some fun reasons!

  • It makes me think outside the box and try new things.
  • It doesn't feel like work or something that I 'must' do, because I always have so much fun working with your products
  • A DREAM made reality
  • Opened creative doors and opportunities
  • Getting the happy mail with all the paper pretties is like Christmas
  • All the team members are so encouraging.
  • I've learned so much from the teamies....they are the best!

We cannot wait to see your submissions! We know each and every one of you will shine. Happy Papercrafting!  

Now, we don't want to leave you without some creative inspiration! We are loving what you are sharing on Ning gallery. Today, we have two great shares that have gotten many views on our Ning page, and for good reason- they are stunning! G45ers Joanne Bain and Lexi Karamel loaded some gorgeous projects onto our Ning page.

First, we have this stunning Time to Celebrate layout by Joanne Bain. We love the negative space with the burst of color and layers near the center! Makes such a dynamic layout.


See this Layout by Joanne Bain on Ning

Next, we have these great double page mini album spread from Lexi Karamel! This whole mini album is just gorgeous. What a perfect use of By the Sea!


See these pages by Lexi Karamel on Ning

Are you a member of our Ning page? We hope you join and share your gorgeous projects!

Share on our Ning Page Today!

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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

February 23, 2015

Layouts for your Lovely Monday

A Dream

It' a wonderful day for layouts! Today, G45 Ambassador Jane Tregenza and DT member Romy Veul have gorgeous layouts for you today using Raining Cats & Dogs and An ABC Primer. It will be a wonderful Monday!

Also, we have a new blog contest this week! So, stay until the end of the blog to read all about it and enter today!

Jane Tregenza is a layout master! Enjoy her description of this gorgeous layout:

"I love mixing my Graphic 45 collections up and seeing what I can come up with. This layout is one I designed for a class I was teaching. I wanted to do a monochromatic layout, only using cream and black as a colour palate. I used papers from three different collections to get the right black and cream combination. I love layering all my papers together; I   just add lots of black matts between the different layers of Graphic 45’s print papers to make it all work. Once I have the layout foundation done, it’s just a case of choosing a theme for the page, a photo, the title and embellishments. I never have a photo in mind when I start my layouts. I choose a selection of Graphic 45 papers and just start cutting. It is always a bit of a surprise to see how it looks at the end." ~Jane

"A Dream Is a Wish your Heart Makes" layout by Jane Tregenza. Amazing use of various Graphic 45 collections! #graphic45

"A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes" layout by Jane Tregenza #graphic45

Supply List

1 ½ x Style 4500819
1x Pitter-patter 4500966
1x Playful Pals 4500964
½ x Jabberwocky
2 ½ x Black Cardstock
2x White Cardstock
1x IDP0106 “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”
1x IDDD0005 Denise’s Chipboard Flourish
8x Black Photo Corners
Assorted Metals, Flowers, Ribbons and Brads from Seriously Scrapbooking

Next, Romy shows off adorable pictures with An ABC Primer and clever layering. Love this gorgeous layout!

"An ABC Primer is one of my all time favourite collections from Graphic 45. I just love the traditional vintage colours and the beautiful patterns with adorable school girls and boys. I decided to use this collection to scrap my favourite photo of my nieces Elise and Naomi. " ~Romy

Celebrate childhood memories with this An ABC Primer layout by Romy Veul #Graphic45

Layer the smaller imagery of An ABC Primer to make a dynamic layout! By: Romy Veul #graphic45

An ABC Primer layout by the amazing Romy Veul #graphic45


Supply List:

An ABC Primer Deluxe Collector’s Edition Kit

Now, who wants to win some vintage G45? These two collections are retired collections, we found a few hiding in our office, and we thought our G45ers deserved to win these! So, enter below and we'll announce the winner on Friday here on the blog:

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Thanks for joining us for beautiful layouts and great inspiration! We hope this kickstarts the week with great ideas!


Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45


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