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May 27, 2016

An Adoring Adieu to the Works of Donna Espiritu!

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We love the incredible Donna Espiritu! She's been with us the past two years and we have adored each and every one of her awesome DT projects. She always provides such incredible ideas and can make whatever you ask her to - layouts, cards, altered art, organization ideas - she can do it all! We love the amazing Donna and the incredible projects she shares with us today. You will fall in love all over again with Donna's beautiful work. We will miss her on our team. Let's see what Donna has to say about her creative life:

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1. How do you cre8time for crafting?  - My crafting time usually starts when everyone is asleep already. So, that would be really late at night until dawn. I do create during the day if it's possible. But since my craft area is also in our bedroom, our daughter tends to suddenly disturb me by getting my papers or worse the scissors. So I try to avoid that lol! I hope when she is a bit older and can understand, we'll be able to play together with mommy's toys :D

2. What is your favorite G45 Collection? - Oh this is difficult! Can I choose at least two? haha! I would say Precious Memories and Baby to bride! I love the colors in these two collections and the theme obviously because of my daughter. But I love florals and these are the best for me! :)

3. How has your crafting style evolved in the last year, and where do you see your path heading? - I believe my style changed a lot. Being on the Graphic 45 Design Team made me conscious of the quality of what I create. I learned how to create projects that are both functional and pretty at the same time. I still see myself creating and creating! I would like to motivate myself to join challenges. I rarely do that anymore. And I guess that would also prep me somehow for the next G45 audition! ha! I would like to keep the positive vibe :D


Thank you so much Graphic 45. From the bottom of my heart.. You are the first ever BIG company that believed in me. I am so grateful for that. I am an avid fan forever!

 

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Let's see this incredible round layout from Donna using Gilded Lily! We love this celebration of Donna's gorgeous daughter. She's perfect!

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Now, Donna shares a Gilded Lily layout of her gorgeous daughter. We love the mixed media aspect of this layout! The layers and details are incredible.

 

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Now, check out this shadowbox from Donna! We love how she used Steampunk Debutante to celebrate those magical moments.

 

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Now, let's see our randomly chosen winner of our contest this week! Our winner is....

-Kathy Grosstueck: Awesome Artist working with an Awesome Company! Thanks Graphic 45 for the chance to win!!

Congratulations, Kathy! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize pictured below. Thanks to everyone who took part this week!

$60 Communique Prize Pack - 1

Do you want more inspiration from our Design Team? Check out the 2015-2016 Design Team Pinterest Board! You can see so many creations they made over the past year. How exciting!

 

  

Have you used our new Staples? Charee has this awesome video from the National Stationery Show last week to show you how easy this album is to use - no embellishments required! Check out this great video below!

 

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We are so grateful for all of Donna's work these last two years. We will miss her kindness, her beautiful work, the adorable photos of her daughter, and all of her great ideas! Many thanks to Donna and best wishes for the future. She will be missed!

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

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May 23, 2016

A Fond Graphic 45 Farewell to Arlene Cuevas

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Today is a very bittersweet day on the blog. We begin our farewells to our amazing 2015 Design Team! Today, we celebrate the magnificent work of Arlene Cuevas. There are not enough adjectives to describe how talented Arlene is! From her incredible shabby chic style, to her ability to create any type of project, her generosity of video tours and tutorials, and her all-around positive and incredible outlook - we will miss Arlene greatly! We are so excited her career is taking her to new and exciting places and we'll be sure to keep a look out for all her crafty brilliance in the future and share her new work with you on our various social media sites. Stay until the end of this post for a never-before-shared project from Arlene! Also, we asked Arlene some fun farewell questions. Take it away, Arlene:

 

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  1. How do you cre8time for crafting?  

 

Balancing Family, Career and Creative time can be very challenging for me. But I believe that if you truly love something with passion from the heart, you will find time for it. I squeeze much of my creative time in during the weekends, and at night when the kids are fast asleep. This is the perfect “me” time and I love creating when my house is calm and quiet. :-)



  1. What is your favorite G45 Collection?

 

It’s impossible to have just 1 favorite! :-) But if I were to choose a few of my all-time favorite collections, they would be A Ladies’ Diary, Once Upon a Springtime, Botanicabella, French Country and Botanical Tea. I have a special place in my heart for Fashionista… that collection sparked my love of Graphic 45. :-)

 

  1. How has your crafting style evolved in the last year, and where do you see your path heading?


Over this past year, I found myself doing less complex and time intensive crafting and opted for simple and classic. Sometimes it doesn’t take a ton of detail to create a work of art! I see myself sticking to more classic styles, not just for the simplicity, but due to the scarcity of time that I have to create these days. I found when I spent more time pulling a project together and working through the details, I could have probably filled a few pages in my son’s scrapbook with the time I used up! It’s about keeping things a bit more simple so there is no pressure of time.

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These are awesome words, Arlene! It's so great to hear how with your busy life you make time to be creative. We know that's so good for the soul!

Now, Arlene shared with us some of her favorite projects from the past year on our Design Team! First, here's her glorious Easter Egg she created with Children's Hour!

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Arlene is a layout master. We love this March page she created with her beautiful family!

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Arlene made the most beautiful home decor piece with our Ivory Window Shadow Box Staples and Mon Amour. Wouldn't this just brighten any room?


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This is a stunning Thanksgiving banner Arlene made with our ATC Tag Staples, Petaloo flowers and Steampunk Debutante!

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Again, Arlene is a layout master! Love this A Ladies' Diary masterpiece with her precious niece!

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This mixed media sign is what dreams are made of! We love Arlene's inky goodness on this imaginative creation using World's Fair!

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Arlene is also a mini-master (she really can do it all!) - what a great World's Fair album! Perfect for so many special memories.




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See the Pages of this Great Project on The Original Blog Post!

Arlene isn't intimidated by dark or light color palettes. We love this Steampunk Debutante layout she created.

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We love this photo perfectly framed by Time to Flourish papers and stunning layers and florals. What a perfect way to wrap up her favorite projects!

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As an extra-special bonus, we have a never-before-shared mini album from Arlene! Don't you love this?  

"I altered Graphic 45’s Square Tag and Pocket album using the classic and gorgeous Botanicabella Deluxe Collector’s Edition pack. This album features several pockets and tags and is ready to fill with loads of family photos. The Tag and Pocket album by Graphic 45 makes scrapbooking twice as fun and super simple.

Tip: Once you adhere your photos into your mini album, use some of the journaling cards from the Botanicabella design papers to create captions on each page to commemorate the photos." ~Arlene

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Supply List

Botanicabella DCE
Staples: Square Tag & Pocket Album (Black Butterfly), Metal Clock Key, Metal Door Plates & Knobs, Stamped Metal Brads, Ornate Metal Key
Mini picture frame (Michael’s $1 bin)
String Pearls
Twine
Recollections flowers
Ranger Distress Ink -- Vintage Photo
Label Punch (Stampin’ Up)
Paper Trey Ink Kraft card stock
Metal findings
Sequins

This week we are giving away an awesome prize pack! It's a $60 Communique prize pack with our new Alpha Banner Staples and our Metal Door Plates and Knob Staples.  All you have to do to win is to comment here on the blog or on our Facebook Page! We will announce a winner here on the blog on Friday. Join the fun!

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We want to thank Arlene for all her amazing work on our team. She has served with us 3 terms now, and every time she amazes us with her talent, her great work ethic, and her loveliness! We will miss her so much, but we are so excited to see where her future takes her. Thank you, Arlene! You will be so missed.

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  

 

 

 

May 21, 2016

Take the Graphic 45 May Challenge!

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Upload your May Challenge submissions to our Facebook Page!

Upload your Submissions to our Facebook Page!

Take the May Challenge and share your layouts to WIN! There will be THREE winners this month, so make sure to take part! Upload with #NationalScrapbookDay!

Happy Scrapping,

The G45 Family

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

 

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2016

Gorgeous Altered Art with Graphic 45!

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What better way to round out the work week than with THREE amazing altered art projects from 3 amazing designers?! We think that is the best Friday idea! Donna Espiritu, Katie Zoey Ho, and Solange Marques will WOW you today!

First, Donna shares the best idea with our Matchbook Box Staples! This creative storage is genius!

"For this month, we were asked to create a project that embodies our experience as a Graphic 45 Design Team member. Being on the team made me think of ideas outside the box. I would always think of ideas that I will use later on, because I also have to consider my creative space :) I only have a small area in our bedroom so everything should have a purpose! hehe For my final project, I used 3 pcs of 8x8 matchbook boxes and turned them to a drawer. Now I have another pretty storage for my laces. Other things that can also be stored here are inks, buttons, ephemera packs, washi tapes, etc. The possibilities are endless." ~Donna

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Check out How to Make a Matchbook Box Drawers by Donna Espiritu on Snapguide.  

Donna's Snapguide Tutorial


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 Supply List

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily 12x12, 8x8 papers
Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull
Graphic 45 8x8 matchbook boxes
Acrylic paint
Gesso
Washi or masking tape
Foam tapes

Next, we have this great project from Katie. We love these incredible details that tell such a fairy tale!

 "I have this small piece of wood stump/slice loitering around waiting to be altered. Faires are certainly enchanting and I just couldn’t help it but to cut them out and place them into this little forestry setting. One small little gardening decor that sits well on my palm and good enough to place in a garden." ~Katie

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 Supply List

Enchanted Forest 8” x 8” Paper Pad
Enchanted Forest Decorative Chipboard
Steampunk Debutante DCE (Time Flies)
Petaloo Flowers
Wood Stump/Slice
Paper Egg Mache
Filigree Decor Piece
Alpha Chipboards
Nature Elements (moss, twigs, leaves, jute straws, golden berries)
Distress Glitter Glue

To close, we have this amazing dressing table from the amazing Solange! Isn't this perfection?

"When I saw this mini dressing table, I just thought on G45 Gilded Lily collection. This is a such classic and beautiful collection, perfect for a feminine piece. I created some texture with crackle paste and acrylic paint. To finish this piece I added some flowers. " ~Solange

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Supply List

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily collection 12x12
Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Journaling Chipboard
Acrylic Gesso
Acrylic Paint
Crackle Paste
Petaloo Flowers
BoBunny Flowers

Now, let's see who won this past week's contest! Our randomly chosen winner is....

-Jennifer Bumb:Love this great giveaway especially the new collection Cityscapes. Of course all your collections including Staples are so fantastic.

Congratulations, Jennifer! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize pictured below. Thank you so much for taking part this week, G45ers!

 
$40 Cityscapes Prize Pack

Thanks for joining us for this super fun Friday. What amazing projects! Join us next week as we bid fond farewells to our incredible 2015 Design Team. It will be a week of true inspiration and celebration!

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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 16, 2016

Kick off the Week with Card Tutorials

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There's no better way to kick off the week than with card tutorials and a brand new blog contest! You will love the ideas from Danielle Copley and Lori Williams today! Two great ideas and a chance to win! That's a recipe for no Monday blues.

First, Danielle uses World's Fair to make the most stunning card that you can try yourself!

"I am not usually a fan of orange, but I can’t seem to get enough of the fun, colorful and inspirational vibe of World’s Fair! I thought I would make a card, so that when a friend needed a pick me up, I would have the perfect card at the ready. I embraced the orange and even threw on a large orange flower for good measure. I’m in love!

Tip: Sometimes it’s fun and striking to cluster elements in one concentrated area leaving a lot of “white space” on the rest of the card." ~Danielle

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Check out How to Make an Inspirational Card Using Graphic 45 by Danielle Copley on Snapguide.  

Danielle's Snapguide Tutorial


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Supply List

World’s Fair:
World’s Fair, Balloon Bouquet
World’s Fair 6x6 Pad
World’s Fair Journaling Chipboard
World’s Fair Decorative Chipboard
World’s Fair Tags and Pockets
Paper Flowers
Cardstock- White
Foam Adhesive

Now, how about this stunning Easel card from Lori! We love her great tutorial below as well. Wow, the florals on this are fabulous!

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Check out How to Create a Swing Easel Card by Lori Williams on Snapguide.  

Lori's Snapguide Tutorial

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Graphic 45 City Scapes designed by Lori Williams Easel swing card 2



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Graphic 45 City Scapes designed by Lori Williams Easel swing card 2

Supply List

Graphic 45 
Cityscapes Collection
12 x 12 Paper
Grand Tour
Well Traveled
Global Odyssey
Cityscapes
Crossroad

Chipboard
Decorative Chipboard
Journaling

Ephemera Cards
Other Products Used:
Card stock Black, Red, Green and Kraft
Heartfelt Creations Flower Die
Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Kit
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink
Distress Ink Tool
Paper Cutter  

It's time to get excited about this incredible $40 prize pack packed full of Cityscapes and our brand new Square Tag Album and Stamped Metal Brad Staples! Think of all the amazing things you can create with this pack? All you have to do to win this prize pack is to comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page. We'll announce a winner here on the blog on Friday! How fun! So, take part today!
$40 Cityscapes Prize Pack
Thanks for joining us for these great card tutorials! Which one will you try?

Happy Cardmaking,

The G45 Family

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