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September 14, 2011

Happy Birthday to the Owner and Designer of Graphic 45, Diane Schultz!

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to this very special day at Graphic 45. Today we are so very happy to celebrate the birthday of Diane Schultz, owner and designer of Graphic 45! Diane is a wonderful and inspiring woman and it is such a joy for us to give her this little tribute on her birthday. You all know that Diane is a fantastically creative person. As the chief designer and founder of Graphic 45, her artistic vision is boundless and thoroughly inspiring. But aside from being a gifted designer, Diane is also a warm and kind-hearted person. The moment you meet Diane you are instantly struck by her grace, intelligence and her fabulous sense of style. She is an inspiration to all of us here at Graphic 45, especially her two daughter who also work for G45! So we thought that today would be the perfect opportunity for all of you to get to know Diane a little bit better. We have a fun interview with Diane, as well as some amazing design team projects that were made for Diane for her birthday! So please join us in wishing Diane the happiest of birthdays! Happy birthday, Diane! We love you!


A Q&A with Diane Schultz: Owner and Designer of Graphic 45

Where do you find inspiration?  I find inspiration everywhere. My mind is always looking, in stores, magazines, and even ball games.  I am constantly looking for color and pattern trends.  I love anything vintage with character that tells an enchanting story.  I also find a lot of inspiration in the Arts and Crafts Movement, my favorite time period. 
What is your favorite Graphic 45 collection?  It is too hard to choose, it is like choosing my favorite child.  But my current favorite would have to be Le Cirque
What is your guilty pleasure?  Chocolate licorice and ratting(backcombing) my hair.
What is your favorite food?  I could live on cheese, bread and guacamole.
 What you are currently working on?  I'm excited to announce that we will be releasing an additional collection to every release.  Yes, 4 new collections instead of 3.                                                           
What is your greatest Accomplishment?  My six children are my greatest works of art.  I am also a proud grammy of 5, soon to be 6 of the cutest grandchildren in the world. 

Family 08:2011

Family Reunion 2011: Diane, her six kids, four daughter in-laws, and five beautiful grandchildren

Here we have a beautiful Le Cirque Happy Birthday tag by Tara Orr. This tag was created with Diane's favorite Graphic 45 collection and it is so wonderfully fun! Check out the mini clown banner at the top! This tag is a parade of birthday cheer!




Graphic 45 Papers:
Le Cirque Collection: Greatest Show on Earth, Wizards of Wonder
Staples: Metal Buttons
May Arts: Black Twine
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives: MyStik, Permanent Adhesive Rolle

This is a wonderful piece of wall decor created by Gloria Stengel. This beautiful craft was created for Diane and it has all the classic style and elegance of Graphic 45's leading lady! Gloria combined Curtain Call and Steampunk Debutant to create this pretty work of art. It's as lovely and unique as Diane herself!



This is a gorgeous piece of home decor created by Nicole Eccles. Using Steampunk Debutant, Curtain Call and our gorgeous Ornate Metal Door Plate, Nicole created this vibrant piece as a present for Diane. Nicole really fanned the flames of creativity with this wonderful piece! Check out the amazing dimensions and stunning colors! It really gets to the heart of inspiration!




Graphic 45 Papers:
Graphic 45 Staples: Ornate Metal Door Plate
Colorbox Decade Inks: Triumphant Red
Ranger Industries: Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Broken China Distress Ink, Metal Gears, Alcohol Inks
7 Gypsies: Metal Gears
Retro Café Art Shrine
Other: Acrylic Paint, Matte Gel Medium, Transparency

Graphic 45, 1991
Graphic 45 in 1991

Last but not least a special birthday wish from Charee and Aimee Filimoehala.  "We are happy to wish our mother, bestfriend, and boss a happy birthday!  We are truly fortunate to have such an inspiring, talented and beautiful mother who has given us life and job opportunities to work for Graphic 45, where we have the pleasure of taking each step of this journey together.  We love you!" 

Well, that's all the fun stuff for today. We hope you all enjoyed today's tribute to our glorious founder and designer, Diane Schultz. We wish her the happiest of birthdays! Huge thanks to Tara Orr, Gloria Stengel and Nicole Eccles for their magical creations today. And we hope you will all join us tomorrow for more terrific craft ideas

With Love and Birthday Cake,

Team Graphic 45


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Happy Birthday, Diane! I hope you have a very special day...and that they let you eat the biggest piece of cake! You are such a joy to talk with and have such an eye for design. I am blessed to have been part of the G45 Family for the past 2 years!

Happy Birthday, Diane. I love your company and the blog. Have a great day!!

What a beautiful family

Happy Birthday Diane! I appreciate all the hard work and talent you put into your products that make all of us crafters so happy!

Happy Birthday Diane I am sooooo glad you had such drive to create graphic 45 Love Love Love this product. You couln't possibly be a grandma you still look 29.

Happy Birthday Diane!! You look absolutely awesome to have all those kids and grandchildren. I have to comment on your birthday gift creations, they so beautiful!! Have a great birthday!

Happy Birthday Diane! Thank you for all your inspiration and your zest for life. We are proud to be a part of the G45 Family. The world is a better place with individuals like you. All the best! Have a great birthday!
-Lesley & Michael

Thank you Kelly, Dustin Aimee and (especially) Charee for the beautiful birthday tribute! I am overwhelmed, and crying my "BIG baby" tears! Tara, Gloria, and Nicole, your birthday gifts are AMAZING—I am so grateful for the constant creative inspiration from our design team, friends, and followers!!!

Happy Birthday, your awesomeness really inspires me. Love your product.

Happy birthday Diane ! And thank you for all the marvelous things you give to us !

Diane, Happy Birthday! Thanks for the great inspiration and beauty of your products!

Happy Birthday Diane! You have a lovely family!

Have a very happy birthday Diane! I love your designs.

Happy Birthday Diane!! Hope you have a wonderful day! Your papers and designs are so inspiring to me, thanks for all the incredible collections!!! Karen

Wishing you a Happy, Happy Birthday!
What a wonderful family photo and such beautiful Birthday gifts! You are definitely loved and respected by your entire family, staff and design team as is evidenced by the time consuming projects that have been created for you to enjoy and the wonderful comments that have been posted. Hope your day is the best ever and that you get to have as much chocolate licorice as you want!
Jennifer, Calgary

Happy Birhtday Diane! It has been pure delight getting a chance to know you, and your family! You are an incredible inspiration to all, and I am extremely thankful for having the opportunity to have you in my life!
Thank you for all that you have done, and continue to do!

I just love this post!
Diane is truly one of the kindest, gracious and most talented people I have ever met, and it is such a pleasure to call her friend.
Happy Birthday darling Diane and may there be many more filled with happiness and love!

Happy Birthday, Diane!!
Thank you for all that you've done.
Justyna x

Happy Birthday Diane!!! Love your designs. It must be wonderful to be able to have your designs come to life and do what you love with your family. TFS

Happy Happy Birthday to you Diane!! Enjoy your wonderful day with family and friends and have an extra piece (or 2) of chocolate licorice!! May all your wishes come true!

Happy Birthday, Diane! I hope you have a wonderful day. My birthday is a couple days away as well (09/17). Thank you for your great products and blog. I just love your papers, boxes, and stamps. I cannot wait to get your new ink. I have purchased your papers since the beginning. I am glad that you make 8" x 8" papers. Great for card making. I love the tight rope walker (the girl). My favorite from the Le Cirque. I wish you had made her into a stamp (hint, hint). Have a great Birthday!

Happy Birthday! Hope you have an absolutely wonderful and inspiring birthday!

Happy Brithday, Diane! Thank you for all the joy your gorgeous collections and great company is bringing!

What a beautiful birthday tribute. I am so glad I checked out the blog today. Beautiful artwork and lovely pictures.

Can't wait to see the lovely Graphic 45 ladies at Scrapfest. Just a couple more days until my trip to Mall of America!!!

Happy Birthday Diane! Keep coming up with these great Graphic 45 ideas. Love your paper.

What a wonderful family photo! Diane, you are truly blessed with an amazing family. This is a day to be celebrated as we received the gift of you! Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! You have a lovely family. I really love all your beautiful designs!

Happiest of Birthdays! You truly have a gorgeous family.

Oh wow!!! What a treat!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIANE!!!! thank you all for sharing this with us!! Those birthday projects are incredible!! I love your passion for your work and all that talent!!we are blessed to have you in this industry!! You give us so much inspiration and you hire the BEST DESIGNERS to keep us going!! Just thank you for all you do and enjoy that wonderful family!!

Happy Birthday Diane
You are such a wonderful, giving lady.
I treasure the pctures I have of you & the girls in Australia
Have an amazing day !! xx

Happy Birthday,Diane! Hope you have wonderful day with your lovely family!
and thank you for today's inspirations!

Happy Birthday, Diane! I love your company...I just can't get enough. The blog is fabulous - so inspiring! I hope you had a wonderful day!

Thank you for sharing, this is a great posting. Happy Birthday!

Happy happy Birthday Diane! It was wonderful meeting you in person in Singapore. You're such a warm, sweet and talented person. I hope we get to meet each other again some time. Oh and I love seeing those family portraits. :)

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman! Happy, happy birthday!
The birthday projects are beautiful and inspiring!


Happy Birthday Daine,
I feel as if I know you, I love love love all the Graphic 45 products and I truly help keep you in business LOL. Thank you for making such beautiful products you truly are a gifted person!!! May you have many more special Birthdays ahead!!

Happy Birthday Diane! You have a beautiful family!
I love G45 papers! I use them all the time!
Thanks for such wonderful products!
May you have many more!!!!

Happy birthday, Diane. I don't have to tell you how inspiring Graphic 45 and you have been in my life. I am so grateful for being a part of the G45 family and will treasure you and the girls forever in my heart.

happy birthday Diane have a fabulous birthday.

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