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Mar 22, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Our Design Team Shares their Graphic 45 #SplashofColor

  Layout  Enchanted Forest  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo6a

We love seeing your #SplashofColor Challenge entries! (Have you entered to win $100 of Graphic 45 goodies? No? What are you waiting for? Find out how here!) Today, our Design Team members show incredible Mixed Media ideas to jumpstart your inspiration. Watercolor, canvases, beauty - it's all here on the blog for you today! See Elena Olinevich and Einat Kessler make incredible projects! First, Elena shares a jaw-dropping'y stunning layout:

Layout  Enchanted Forest  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo6a

"My daughter didn’t like to read fairy tales when she was a little girl. Now she decides what book to read, however she still doesn’t like everything about the princesses.

So I had an idea how to create something with her photo using the Enchanted Forest collection. It has so many fairy heroes and the colors of it is a kind of miracle. And I decided to draw an enchanted castle using the watercolors , to make it more translucent.

I filmed the process of my watercoloring, but I need to say that I am not a professional one, it’s just my attempt to sketch something.

What I would suggest you is to start drawing with watercolors, it’s always easy to change something, if you think you are wrong by adding more water or making the background more blur. Everything you need is only your courage and inspiration." ~Elena

 

Elena's Video Tutorial

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Tip: while mixing the color, to avoid creating a mess just pay attention to the colors of the papers or the embellishments you are using. They will determine your choice. Actually you don’t need to mix all the shades of them, but start with 2-3 of them.

Damp the background first with the water. It helps the watercolors not to be absorbed into the paper so fast, and you still have the time to direct them and to mix, and even to remove with the wipe or a dry brush.


Layout  Enchanted Forest  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo6a


Layout  Enchanted Forest  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo6a


Layout  Enchanted Forest  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo6a

I also added the flowers . I wanted to create a spring feeling, as the photo I used was taken during last spring. That’s why mostly all of my flowers are light pink or light yellow. They added the air to the finished composition.


Layout  Enchanted Forest  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo6a



Layout  Enchanted Forest  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo6a

Supply List

Enchanted Forest
12*12 papers: Enchanted Forest,
Gilded Grandeur
Dazzling Damsel
Enchanted Forest stickers
Prima Marketing Flowers

Spellbinders Dies
Watercolors
Faber Castell Permanent Pen

Now, Einat shares a show-stopping canvas! We love her incredible use of our Metal Staples! You can learn how to make one yourself below:

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"Mixed media is one of my favorite ways of creating. It’s very forgiving and there is no need for accuracy or fussy cutting. You just need to build layers of color, texture and add a focal point. This project was so much fun to create! I hope you’ll give it a try…" ~Einat

View Einat's Snapguide Tutorial

Check out How to Create a Mixed Media Canvas by Einat Kessler on Snapguide.

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Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to use your fingers! Sometimes it’s much better to feel your project and add the paint or any other medium with your fingers. It’ll give you much more control than a brush.


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Tip #2: Use little items to add texture like 3D balls, strings, sandy modeling paste with a stencil or even beads.


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Mixed media Canvas  Staples  by Einat Kessler  product by Graphic 45  photo 3

Supply List

8x8 canvas
Ornate Metal Key Holes
Metal Door Plates & Knobs
Metal Clock keys
Chipboard wings and cogwheels
Acrylic paints
Inka Gold paste
Modeling Paste
Sprays
3D balls
Heavy Gel medium

This week we are giving away a prize pack full of bright paper and some Shabby Chic Metal Keyholes and Tag Staples!  This just puts a smile on our face. This prize pack is worth $40! Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! Make sure to enter today!

Win this bright prize pack from Graphic 45!

Thank you so much for joining us and we hope you join us in the #SplashofColor Challenge this month! 

Happy Mixed Media Making,

The G45 Family

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

Mar 21, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Get Ready for Easter with Graphic 45!

  Sweet Sentiments Easter cards for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 5

Mark your calendars, Easter is April 16! For this 2nd day of Spring, we will share gorgeous Easter projects from Magda Cortez and Aneta Matuszewska. You will love the gorgeous pastels and fabulous Spring ideas! First, let's see some great treat holders from Magda

Easter Little Treat Boxes - Secret Garden - By Magda Cortez - Product of Graphic 45 - Photo 04 of 06 - Project with Tutorial

"Hi .. Easter is around the corner and I make these little treat boxes to give to my friends.. they are so easy and they look so cute! And you can decorate as you like.. this time I use the Secret Garden Collector’s Edition it is perfect for this project.. I did also a Snapguide Tutorial and I hope you enjoy as I did!

Happy Day!"

~Magda Cortez

View Magda's Snapguide Tutorial

Check out How to Make a Little Treat Box by Magda Cortez on Snapguide.

Easter Little Treat Boxes - Secret Garden - By Magda Cortez - Product of Graphic 45 - Photo 04 of 06 - Project with Tutorial

Tip: When you make projects with design paper make sure the designs are in the right position that way at the end you are going to end up with an upside down project.


Easter Little Treat Boxes - Secret Garden - By Magda Cortez - Product of Graphic 45 - Photo 04 of 06 - Project with Tutorial



Easter Little Treat Boxes - Secret Garden - By Magda Cortez - Product of Graphic 45 - Photo 04 of 06 - Project with Tutorial


Easter Little Treat Boxes - Secret Garden - By Magda Cortez - Product of Graphic 45 - Photo 04 of 06 - Project with Tutorial


Easter Little Treat Boxes - Secret Garden - By Magda Cortez - Product of Graphic 45 - Photo 04 of 06 - Project with Tutorial

Supply List:

Secret Garden Deluxe Collector’s Edition
G45 Ornate Metal Keys
Metal Twine
Pearls

Aneta uses her Graphic 45 stash to make absolutely beautiful cards. Take a look:

Sweet Sentiments Easter cards for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 5

"Very delicate and romantic Easter cards in my fave color combo which, for my opinion, is just perfect for spring themed projects." ~Aneta

 


Sweet Sentiments Easter cards for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 5

Sweet Sentiments Easter cards for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 5


Sweet Sentiments Easter cards for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 5

Sweet Sentiments Easter cards for Graphic 45  by Aneta Matuszewska  photo 5

Supply List

Papers :
Sweet Sentiments (retired)
Botanical Tea (retired)
Once upon a springtime (retired)
Precious Memories (retired)

This week we are giving away a prize pack full of bright paper and some Shabby Chic Metal Keyholes and Tag Staples!  This just puts a smile on our face. This prize pack is worth $40! Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! Make sure to enter today!

Win this bright prize pack from Graphic 45!

Are you creating for Easter yet? We hope you share with us on our Facebook page

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

Mar 20, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Create with Vintage Hollywood!

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We love the striking Vintage Hollywood! The rich colors and vintage imagery make this collection pop! And our designers are creating amazing projects with this new collection. Today, Sandy Trefger shares a great album with us, and Katelyn Grosart shows how to brighten your home with a great altered frame! Let's see these great projects:

Passport Mini Album  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 001

"March is National Craft Month and I’ve created this little mini Passport album to share my favorite crafting technique.  I love to create projects using only one or two sheets of 12x12 cardstock as the basis and then add gorgeous Graphic 45 papers and other embellishments to decorate and finish it off.  This little album is only 4.5” x 5.5” in size with a ½” spine but it has lots of room for photos and journaling notes when it is folded out.  Your trimmer, score-board and scissors plus adhesives are all you really need to create this fun mini album. Of course, you want beautiful papers and embellishments too.  I’ve written up a Snapguide tutorial to show you how easy it is to create this project using my favorite crafting technique of measuring, cutting and scoring to make an album. Happy Crafting!" ~ Sandy


View Sandy's Snapguide


Passport Mini Album  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 001

Tip: When designing a mini album that will be made out of a single sheet of 12x12 cardstock, keep the height of your album at 6” or less.  This way you can cut two 12” long sections out of one 12x12 sheet that you will then score into sections to create the pages and cover.  Score the sections so they will be the same width and will fold in together easily.  If you have an odd size section leftover on the end, you can glue it to another full section.  Check out my Snapguide tutorial for a step by step on how to create a mini album out of cardstock.


Passport Mini Album  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 001


Passport Mini Album  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 001

Passport Mini Album  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 001


Passport Mini Album  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 001


Passport Mini Album  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 001

 

Supply List:

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood, 8x8
Black Cardstock
Kraft Cardstock
Vintage Silk Flowers, Mini Size
Prima Memory Hardware Pearls
Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon
Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
Art Glitter Glue
Foam Tape
Scor-Tape
Glossy Accents
Wink of Stella, Clear
Black Distress Ink
Nuvo Glitter Drops, Silver Moondust
Large Magnetic Snap Set

This is a great gift for your movie buffs or theatre lovers in your life. Take a look at this beautiful frame by Katelyn:

Vintage Hollywood Frame  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial By Katelyn Grosart  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 5

"I absolutely love the new Vintage Hollywood collection. So as soon as I received this collection, I knew I needed to make something with it.  I’ve had a picture frame sitting in my craftroom for the last few months and knew it would be perfect to decorate. So today I’ve created a beautiful decorated frame using Vintage Hollywood. You’ll want to read the tutorial below and learn how to recreate your own Vintage Hollywood Frame at home.  " ~Katelyn

Katelyn's Snapguide Tutorial

 

Vintage Hollywood Frame  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial By Katelyn Grosart  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 5

Tip: Add a variety of fussy cut images to create layers on the frame.

Tip: Ink the edges of the fussy cut images to finish the edges.


Vintage Hollywood Frame  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial By Katelyn Grosart  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 5


Vintage Hollywood Frame  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial By Katelyn Grosart  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 5


Vintage Hollywood Frame  Vintage Hollywood  Tutorial By Katelyn Grosart  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 5

Supply List

Vintage Hollywood 12x12 Paper: Star Studded, Glitz & Glamour, Dazzling Five and Spotlight
Other Supplies Used:
DecoArt Media: Fluid Acrylics – Carbon Black

Ranger Ink: Black Soot Distress Ink and Blending Tool/Foam
Frame
Sookwang Tape
Foamsquares
Paper Trimmer and Scissors

 

For more ideas stunning ideas with this collection check out our Vintage Hollywood Pinterest Board.  

 

 

Vintage Hollywood Pinterest Board

This week we are giving away a prize pack full of bright paper and some Shabby Chic Metal Keyholes and Tag Staples!  This just puts a smile on our face. This prize pack is worth $40! Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! Make sure to enter today!

Win this bright World's Fair prize pack!

What kind of projects do you want to create with Vintage Hollywood?

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

Mar 17, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Graphic 45 Albums with Lena & Clare

  Mini album-Nature Sketchbook- Lena Astafeva-product by Graphic 45-14

It's a perfect Friday for album inspiration! Lena Astafeva and G45 Ambassador Clare Charvill has some gorgeous ideas for us today. And don't forget to stay until the end of the blog where we announce this week's blog winner! But first, we have to share Lena's stunning Nature Sketchbook album: 

Mini album-Nature Sketchbook- Lena Astafeva-product by Graphic 45-14

"I’ve made a mini album from amazing collection Nature Sketchbook. In the base I’ve used  paper for watercolor. Also I’ve used stamps from other different collections." ~Lena

 

Album Video Tutorial Part 1

  Album Video Tutorial Part 2

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Supply List :

Nature Sketchbook 8x8 Pad
Nature Sketchbook 12x12 Pad
Nature Sketchbook 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad
Nature Sketchbook 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad
Nature Sketchbook Flowers
Nature Sketchbook Journaling Chipboard
watecrcolor
Stamps Graphic 45

Clare's albums are always such a hit with our G45ers! You will adore her Off to the Races album below. Take a look: 

Off to the Races Album 2 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

"When I saw the Off to the Races collection it bought back great memories of Point to Pointing in the Cotswolds when I was small. We used to have a huge family gathering on Easter Monday no matter what the weather. Sadly I don’t have photo’s from then to put in my album but had great fun mixing and matching the papers to create some fun filled pages. The album can be made with or without the boxed cover and has a full tutorial to go with is if you fancy making one yourself." ~Clare

Off to the Races Album Video Tour

Off to the Races Album 3 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Off to the Races Album 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Off to the Races Album 5 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Off to the Races Album 6 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

See Clare's Blog for more info on this Album

Supply List

Off to the Races 12 x 12 Pad
Off to the Races 12 x 12 Patterns and Solids
Off to the Races Ephemera & Journaling Cards
Black Card
Craft Magnets
Chipboard
Tacky glue, double sided tape and glossy accents  

Now, let's announce this week's blog winner! Our randomly chosen winner is...

-Mary Bowers: I'm so happy to have discovered Graphic 45. Your paper collections are the most exquisite designs I've ever seen. The artwork is stunning and the colors are rich and vibrant. My birthday is tomorrow and I would be thrilled to win anything but I just wanted to let you know how much I love your products. Thank you.

Congratulations, Mary! And Happy Birthday! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Thanks to all our G45ers who took part this week! 

Graphic 45 Prize Pack Nature Sketchbook

Thank you so much for joining us this week! Have these albums inspired you to create this weekend? We sure hope so!

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

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

Mar 16, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Great Ideas with our New G45 Collections!

  Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Invitation by Pam Bray with Tutorial Photo 1_3733 - Copy

Today, we are going  to see some fabulous projects with our newest collections! Pam Bray and Sandy Trefger have gorgeous ideas in store for us today. But first, we have to celebrate with Charee Filimoehala!

It's Charee's birthday today! Hooray!! She is one of the amazing owners of Graphic 45 and part of the incredible Graphic 45 Family. Her creativity, passion, and incredible work help make Graphic 45 all that it is. She also is one stylish, beautiful lady. We celebrate you today, Charee! Happy Happy Birthday! 

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Now, enjoy this gorgeous Midnight Masquerade invitation from Pam! Perhaps a perfect invitation for Charee's birthday, don't you think? 

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Invitation by Pam Bray with Tutorial Photo 1_3733 - Copy

“Special invitations or special friends and family are always fun to receive. Today I created and invitation using the Midnight Masquerade and thinking I may have to have a party just to recreate the invitation, party favors and other decorations. I love the vivid and fun hues of this collection from Graphic 45.” ~Pam

 

Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Invitation by Pam Bray on Snapguide.

Pam's Snapguide Tutorial

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Tip: To create a hidden pocket for inside your card just use adhesive on two or three sides of a journal block, piece of card stock or pattern paper.

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Supply List

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade 12 x 12 Collection
Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album
6” x 8” Kraft Card Base
½” Circle Punch
Adhesive
Pop Dots
MayArts Blue Ribbon

We LOVE butterflies here at Graphic 45, so of course we are in love with this gorgeous layout from Sandy using Olde Curiosity Shoppe!

Butterfly Layout  Olde Curiosity Shoppe  by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 001

"The beautiful butterfly paper in the Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collectors’ Edition inspired me to create this 12x12 layout page with a photo of my daughter and her husband.  One spring, they hired a photographer friend to take their photos around favorite places in Fort Worth, Texas.  I’ve always loved this photo.  This was a quick and easy layout—60 minutes or less as you only have to mat the photo with some solid cardstock and the stripe paper from the Graphic 45 collection and add it to the beautiful butterfly print.  I then added some lovely flowers, cut outs from the papers and the metal label holder." ~Sandy

Butterfly Layout  Olde Curiosity Shoppe  by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 002

Tip: When adding some metal elements to your layout pages, you may find that parts stick up too far for a layout such as this Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Label Holder.  However, it is very easy to gently flatten down the piece that sticks up to make it perfect for your page.  You can also change out the brads that come with the label holder and use the decorative stamped brads from Graphic 45 by cutting off one prong, fastening the remaining brad down on the back and cutting off the excess length of the prong.  You then simply use a strong glue to attach the entire piece to your layout.

Butterfly Layout  Olde Curiosity Shoppe  by Sandy Trefger  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 003

Supply List:

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe, 12x12 Deluxe Collectors Collection
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Label Holder
Graphic 45 Stamped Metal Brads
Graphic 45 Color Box Decades Ink, Photogenic
Black Cardstock
Kraft Cardstock
Petaloo Sugared Blooms, Mocha
Seam Binding Ribbon, Taffy Beige

This week we are giving away a prize pack full of Nature Sketchbook and some really great Tag Staples!  This prize pack is worth $40! Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! Make sure to enter today!

(3%2F 1 %2F 1 claimed) Nature Sketchbook  Imagine  Create  Insprire Tags $40 Graphic 45

Thanks for joining us here on the blog on Charee's birthday! Let's wish her a Happy Birthday in the comments below! Have a great day, 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