We are so excited for our last day of our Design Team Alumni Blog Takeover where we feature the incredible Nichola Battilana! You will remember Nichola as an imaginative and inventive alumni and we are so excited to see more of her whimsical work today. If you love fairy tales or Game of Thrones - today's blog is for you!
First, Nichola shares a brilliant tower she created from recycled materials and Enchanted Forest! We love the roof of this fabulous tower!
Now, let's announce this week's blog winner! Our randomly chosen winner is...
-Judith Taylor: Happy Birthday Diane; lovely picture of you! The awesome projects never stop on the G45 blog. I love all of them. Still crossing fingers and toes hoping I will be able to add Hallowe"en in Wonderland and Safari Adventure to my stash!
Congratulations, Judith! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize pictured below. Thanks to everyone who took part!
We have had so much fun this week, G45ers! Thanks for joining us for the magical work of our incredible alumni. We are so grateful they returned to our blog and showed us such wonderful talent and imagination. Many thanks to them, and to YOU for joining us this week!
Today, we have the magnificent Miranda Edney taking over the Graphic 45 blog! Miranda is such a talented designer. We are so lucky to have her take over the blog today! Let's jump into the fun:
I just love altering letters, and had this set that spelled out sail! what better collection to create a gorgeous beachy decor piece. I made my own little sailboat at the end. So easy to do! This paper begs to be fussy cut! One of my all time new faves! G45 always knocks it out of the park with their imagery!
Okay so it's no secret i LOVE altering clocks! But i wanted to switch things up just a bit! I covered every single piece (except the handle and the legs) with the papers! Decoupaging can take some time! I know! But the end result is so worth it! I try to make it look as seamless as possible! I got grungey with some of my compass pieces, like it had been sitting at the bottom of the sea. I sure hope you like my odd spin on the classic altered clock :)
I bought this cheap-o ONE DOLLAR plastic mirror a long long time ago. Knowing one day i would feel inspired to give it an updo! Graphic 45 papers are perfect for items like this! I did lots of fussy cutting to fit pieces in where i needed them to go.
I was so inspired by the image in the paper with the skull inside of the cloche, I decided to make my own! I pulled out anything I had that matched it somewhat and tried my best to mimic ithe picture , while adding my own spin. It even has LED light strands weaving through out. It looks so nice , lit up at night! I created a 3D Paper pumpkin and then just went to town making flowers and decorating until i was happy with the look. It felt so good to just USE paper. I had not made flowers with my own hands in years! IT was so fun! For the most part anyways lol! Hope you all like it :)
This week, we are giving away a great prize pack where you can win both Safari Adventure and Hallowe'en in Wonderland! Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to win. We will announce a winner here on the blog tomorrow! So make sure to enter today!
Thanks to Miranda for her incredible work! Wasn't that amazing? Join us tomorrow for another Alumni Takeover - the fun never ends!
Today, the amazing Ginny Nemchak takes over the blog with her amazing work! Ginny was on the Design Team last year and her work is always so incredible. We can't wait to share what she has for us today!
It's a very special day here at Graphic 45. We celebrate the mastermind behind all of the glorious vintage papers we love! A very happy birthday to our fearless leader, Diane Schultz! Thank you for the beauty you bring into this world with your talent and imagination. Today is a celebration of you! Much love from your family and all the G45ers!
Ginny takes over the blog starting now!
"Ohhh how I love a banner and I also love Rare Oddities and in my humble opinion this is a match made in heaven. I layered the patterned papers with fussy cut images, large dimensional flowers, and glittery die cuts then strung it on a cool graphic ribbon with tags between.
I had a blast creating this masculine inspired greeting card using the warm colors and richly patterned papers of Safari Adventure. Lots of layers with solid borders and spacers between for dimension. I've added a doily die cut...but cut from black .There are also burlap flowers to add a lot of texture and fill in this arrangement I tucked in some black netting. I think this might be very nice for just about any occasion....and after all...an elephant never forgets!" ~Ginny
This week, we are giving away a great prize pack where you can win both Safari Adventureand Hallowe'en in Wonderland! Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to win. We will announce a winner here on the blog on Friday! Enjoy and enter today!
Thanks so much to Ginny for her fabulous work, and thanks for joining us today for the blog takeover! Tomorrow, the fun continues.
Today, Romy Veul takes over the blog and shares amazing projects! We adore the work of the amazing Romy and we are so honored she agreed to this blog takeover. We are having so much fun! Let's see what Romy has to share with us today:
"My aunt (my mother’s sister) moved to Sweden several years ago, so we don’t get to see her often. When she recently was in the Netherlands, I took this picture of my mom and her. I decided to scrap it as a gift for her and used her favourite colours on my lay-out: orange and yellow. On this lay-out, I combined the wonderful Rare Oddities and Children’s Hour collections.
Our kitty Beertje is very lazy and she just loves to hang on the couch in the way she does in this picture. Isn’t she sweet? I thought that a red/purple/yellow colour scheme suited this photo best, so I choose a few papers in this colour combination from both the Rare Oddities and the Childre’s Hour collection to work with. I also used a lovely chipboard tag from the Journaling Chipboard package. The image of the cat on this tag complemented my photo just perfectly.
I always love making Christmas cards and it’s never too early to start working on them. I used the beautiful December papers from the Children’s Hour collection to make this card. I also cut out several elements from the papers and use them to decorate my card.
I love the fact that Graphic 45 papers often have lovely butterflies printed on them that you can perfectly cut out and use to decorate your projects. For this tag, I layered several papers and die-cuts on top of each other and used butterflies as a finishing touch.
As much as I love making Christmas cards, I also enjoy creating projects for summer. So I took out a few summery papers from the Children’s Hour pad and used them to create this card. I cut out the lovely butterflies from the papers.
I love the fact that you don’t need much more than papers when working with Graphic 45’s products. For this card I used the papers from the Rare Oddities collection. I also did some fussy cutting and adhered the fussy cut elements with foamtape to make them stand out more.
Red and blue is one of my favourite colour combinations, so the July papers from the Children’s Hour paper pad have totally got me smitten. I made this summery card using wonderful papers, die-cuts and chipboard pieces from this collection." ~Romy
This week, we are giving away a great prize pack where you can win both Safari Adventure andHallowe'en in Wonderland! Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to win. We will announce a winner here on the blog on Friday! Enjoy and enter today!
Big thanks to Romy for her wonderful work that she shared with us today! We just love these projects. Stay tuned tomorrow for more blog takeover fun!
We are so excited about this week on the blog! We have asked some of our Design Team alumni to participate in a BLOG TAKEOVER this week! Today we feature the amazing projects of Nancy Wethington! We are so excited to feature her today. This whole week will be full of amazing artist features. You don't want to miss a single day!
Now, Nancy takes over! Woo hoo! You will love the fabulous work of this great artist:
"What a thrill it is to be working with the team at Graphic 45 again. As most of us do, I have a love of all things Graphic 45. I was asked to work with three of their amazing collections: Halloween in Wonderland; Rare Oddities; Communique.
It’s no secret among my friends that I adore mini-books. And there are so many ways to use Graphic 45 in minis that I felt compelled to make another ; ) This mini was created from scratch using chipboard, Halloween in Wonderland Deluxe Collector’s Edition and Graphic 45 fabric (found online at a fabric store!).
Layering, fussy cutting and Stickles were used on the cover. For the inside pages, I used Graphic 45’s Square Policy Envelopes. This not only gave me plenty of space on the outside, but also created roomy pockets to store photos and journaling.
Using a paper hinge, a tag was attached to the bottom of this page. A belly-band on the top of the tag (with the help of Alice) holds additional tags. Swing the Cheshire Cat chipboard tag to the left and the tag opens to reveal another pocket and more mini-tags.
Another page in this mini has a dual purpose. The *tea party* is a side pocket that holds a tag.
But it’s also a flip. The other side of the flip has another pocket. The hand insures the tag stays in the pocket, whether right side up or upside down. The fingers on the hand are not glued down so the Footman can be easily removed. And on the envelope, another tea party pocket holding more G45 goodies.
Interactive pages can be created with top and side flips and magnets.. Cut and score paper hinges and apply to two corresponding pages to create even more pockets. *Stuff* pockets with handmade tags, tiny stitched mini-books and journaling ATC’s.
I made this side flip by first cutting and scoring a paper hinge. Then applied the hinge to one of the Graphic 45 tags included with the mini-book.. Another side pocket was added to the front of the tag. A string was tied around the eyelet in the tag and then attached to a Graphic 45 brad and button in the upper corner of the main page. When the string is untied, the tag will flip open, creating more space for photos or journaling.
Using the Graphic 45 Alpha Banners was an easy addition throughout the book. I matched a word with the banner letter to add more interest to a pocket page. The words came from the included alphabet sticker sheet in the Collector’s Addition.
What a fun project this was to work on.
Here’s a few other images of workshops I’ve taught recently with Graphic 45 papers and embellishments:
This Halloween tin combines Graphic 45 with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard:
Another mini I’m teaching with Graphic 45’s Safari Adventure and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard. This is a made-from-scratch book where we will be building our own covers, pages and binding with many interactive pages included.
Each month I teach a class at Checkered Cottage in Kirkwood MO that features Graphic 45’s calendar papers. This year we’re using Children’s Hour:
Thanks for browsing my projects. There’s always more on my blog: http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com And a huge thank you to Graphic 45. It’s always a thrill working with Graphic 45!" ~Nancy Wethington
This week, we are giving away a great prize pack where you can win both Safari Adventure and Hallowe'en in Wonderland! Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to win. We will announce a winner here on the blog on Friday! Enjoy and enter today!
Thanks for joining us today, G45ers! Big thanks to Nancy for her fabulous work. We are so honored to feature her wonderful work. There is more alumni takeovers all week, so make sure to join us!