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:
- 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. :-)
- 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. :-)
- 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.
Keep up with Arlene:
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!
Arlene is a layout master. We love this March page she created with her beautiful family!
Again, Arlene is a layout master! Love this A Ladies' Diary masterpiece with her precious niece!
This mixed media sign is what dreams are made of! We love Arlene's inky goodness on this imaginative creation using World's Fair!
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.
Arlene isn't intimidated by dark or light color palettes. We love this Steampunk Debutante layout she created.
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!
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
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)
Ranger Distress Ink -- Vintage Photo
Label Punch (Stampin’ Up)
Paper Trey Ink Kraft card stock
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!
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
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