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June 22, 2012

Graphic 45 & May Arts Blog Hop Final Day!


Hello G45ers,

We want to welcome you all to the final day of the Graphic 45 and May Arts blog hop! Wow, what a week it's been! We've had so many incredible projects that combine the vintage charm of Graphic 45 products with the beauty of May Arts ribbons. There's still more inspiration to come with today's blog! Today we're featuring incredible crafts from Jane TregenzaMaiko Miwa and Tara Orr of the Graphic 45 design team! Plus May Arts has some gorgeous crafts from their design team members Jinky and Leah! You'll love the gorgeous work these talented artists have made just for today's blog hop! Plus this is your last day to leave blog comments for your chance to win this fabulous Graphic 45 and May Arts prize pack! All you need to do is go visit today's featured artist's blogs! See their wonderful creations, get inspired and leave them a blog comment for your chance to win! We will be choosing two random winners from this week's design team blog comments and announcing them here on our blog on Monday, June 25th! So be sure to leave your comments today! You can also check this week's blog hop schedule, posted below, to see all of this week's featured blogs. Hop around and leave your blog comments for your chance to win! Hooray!


But first we want to take a moment to get to know the Graphic 45 design team a little bit more. To get you all in the weekend crafting spirit we thought we'd ask our design team about what keeps them inspired create their amazing work. Inspiration can be found in all sorts of places and sometimes inspiration is hard to find. What inspires the Graphic 45 design team the most when they're crafting? Do they form ideas for crafts ahead of time or do they just sit down with a pile of materials and see what magic unfurls? Here's what they had to say!

"These days I flick through the papers and get a feel for them, and then spend a while thinking about how to bring them to life and what I d like to make from them. That can take anything from 10 minutes to 2 weeks, lol. Then I start crafting and see what emerges. Its not always what I'd planned as inspiration kicks in" -Clare Charvill

"I usually start with the papers and then see where it leads me....usually by association (eg. "A Lady's Diary" might make me start thinking about all things Victorian and I'll sometimes search for related images on the net that inspire e.g Victorian houses / windows and it jumps off from there." -Sharon Ngoo

"I usually flick through the papers and decide the theme that I want to make using them: seasons, colors, photos and so on. After I decide about that, I select the patterns that I can cut out. I love cutting patterns. And before starting to cut them I draw the rough sketch. It takes from 10 minutes to 2 weeks. Then I start crafting." -Maiko Miwa

"Besides just Graphic 45 papers themselves, I find most of my inspiration at my local flea market. Usually I find things to alter or embellish. I also get frequently inspired by the colors and vintage and retro designs I see. Another thing that might inspire me is a particular embellishment or found object that I want to use and create around that item." -Denise Hahn

"What inspires me the most is the materials themselves. I lay the entire collection out. Then I pull from other manufactures that match the particular collection and just jump in and let the product "talk to me"." -Kristin Wilson

"It depends. Sometimes I get ideas from things around me and sometimes I take inspiration from the patterned papers. I like looking for images I can cut from the patterned papers then figuring out what project would work well with those." -Susan Lui

"Hmmmm. Of course the papers tell their own story as to what can be made from them...However, I guess I'm a bit backwards from most. (go figure!) I think about my design first: what I want to try and build, what I want it to do, what I want it to look like. Then I grab my papers and get totally inspired! When I begin to place that first piece of paper down and my project starts to come to life, that's exactly the point where I am in the "zone." Ever wonder why I trip over so many things? Fall UP stairs? Well  the reason truly is that I'm always looking and observing everything around me....Except of course what is below or around my feet! Inspiration is everywhere." -Jim, the Gentleman Crafter

"Inspirations for me come both ways depending on what I am working on. Most times I just enjoy sitting down with your papers and letting them guide my creations to form scenes, or images that really make a statement. I will look at all the little details of the papers, from borders to tiny accents that could be combined and let them be the driving force. The only thing I am sure of is what kind of project I will be making. Whether it be a canvas, layout, card, or altered project. Once I get going, it all just starts to come together, and sometimes I am left amazed and wondering how it all happened!?! When altering objects though, I try and think about the many different ways it could be changed or used to become something completely different. Once my project is in mind I will set to finding all the other objects and things needed to get started. This is where my mind just works mechanically thinking about all the objects I have available to me, and how they could be used in different ways for my creation. After I begin making it, the imagination takes over and I let your papers and objects become my guide." -Nicole Eccles

"I have to say the inspiration flows from a photo or an item that I plan to alter. I choose my design papers from there and then again... inspiration builds from the images/designs on the paper. I don't do a lot of planning with my projects, but always start off with a general idea of what I'll be creating. I pull out product and embellishments as I go. I love to do a lot of layering so I "try" things on the project (without adhering down) until I get the look I'm trying to accomplish. Because I do a lot of layering, sometimes I have to remind myself "less is more!" LOL! Once I get in a creative zone (or trance LOL), it's difficult for me to stop!" Arlene Cuevas

"I get huge inspiration from new products. I'm a major paper person and when I see gorgeous papers it just gets my creative juices flowing. I'll start matching papers and patterns so that I end up with at least 4-5 papers that 'go' together. I'll then get a jump start on a layout and to ensure I can use that papers I've selected without any competing colours or patterns, most of my photos will be converted to black and white." -Tara Orr

And now it's time for even more inspiration! Here is a sneak peek of a gorgeous Graphic 45 and May Arts project by Maiko Miwa. You are going to love this splendid creation. Hop on over to Maiko's blog to see the full project. Be sure to leave a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win!



Next we have this ultra sweet creation by Tara Orr. Hop on over to Tara's blog to see the project in its full glory. Have a look around at Tara's stupendous blog and be sure to leave her a blog comment while you're there! Have fun and enjoy!



And finally, we have this gorgeous Ladies' Diary Layout by Jane Tregenza.  You're going to love her coffee dying technique. 


Jane Tregenza Graphic45 Ladies' Diary Layout May Arts

Here we have the full schedule from this week's blog hop. In case you missed a day or two you can still check out this week's wonderful projects and blogs and leave blog comments for your chance to win!

Monday, June 18th:
Alberto Juárez : http://vintageodyssey.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel : http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Nicole Eccles: http://www.nicoleeccles.com/
Jingle: http://www.justjingle.blogspot.com/
Charlene: http://www.paperandinkplayground.com/

Tuesday, June 19th:
Arlene Cuevas: http://butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com/
Jim, The Gentleman Crafter: http://thegentlemancrafter.typepad.com/
Betto Cesare: http://scrapguys.blogspot.com/
Vera: http://www.lingshappyplace.blogspot.com/
Latrice: http://www.latricemurphy.blogspot.com/
Karen: http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 20th:
Clare Charvill: http://mycreativespirit.blogspot.com/
Kristin Wilson: http://www.kristinwilsonhandmade.com/
Sharon Ngoo: http://glooshmoo.blogspot.com/
Jenifer: http://stitchcutcreate.blogspot.com/
Tiffin: http://www.linwoodavenue.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 21st:
Denise Hahn: http://www.inmyblueroom.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Susan Lui: http://luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/
Jen: http://jenshearsdesigns.blogspot.com/
Candy: http://candyscraps.typepad.com/scraps/
Kimberly: http://serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 22nd:
Jane Tregenza: http://janetregenza.blogspot.com/
Maiko Miwa: http://shiny-scrap.blogspot.com/
Tara Orr: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/
Jinky: http://jinkyscrafts.blogspot.com/
Leah: http://1alabasterowl.blogspot.com/

About Graphic 45:

Graphic 45 an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters.  Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.

About May Arts:

May Arts Ribbon was founded in the early 1980’s in Riverside, Connecticut. The original products were high-end silk flowers imported from Taiwan, which were decorated using quality ribbons. The decorative ribbons proved so popular among customers that the business gradually evolved into a dedicated ribbon wholesaler. 

As a family-owned and operated business, May Arts began a long-standing tradition of quality, affordability and exceptional customer service. We are dedicated to carrying on this same tradition by offering high quality products at competitive prices. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to answer your questions or to assist you in placing your order. 

May Arts carries a wide selection of quality ribbons to choose from; such as grosgrain, silk, satin, burlap and a variety of prints and patterns. All inventory is held in stock, so we can ship orders out right away—typically the same day.

We want to thank you all for joining us this week. Huge thanks to our pals at May Arts for this super fun week of crafts and collaborations. We've had the best time getting to share this wonderful experience. We also want to thank today's featured Graphic 45 design team members and May Arts design team members for their wonderful work today. Remember to come back and see us on Monday for this week's prize winner announcements. We also have an extra special big announcement to make on Monday. You wont want to miss out! Have a glorious day and a fun weekend, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45



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It's great to see what inspires your design team. I'm off to check out the rest of the blog hop now! Oh - and I'll be back on Monday as I'm wondering what big thing you are going to announce now!

Lynn Wild

All ready for another day of gorgeous projects!

Loved reading more on the DT's thought processes!!! How fun!! Off to see the hop!

I thoroughly enjoyed the blog hop.

This has been a great week of inspiration! Thanks!

This has been a very inspiring week! I just loved seeing what the DT has created! The graphic 45 papers and May Arts ribbons made a great combination....thanks for the inspiration!

Thanks for the insight, off to check out some more inspiring projects from the DT

I have thoroughly enjoyed this week's hops! Such fabulous projects, all beautifully done....wonderful inspiration!!!

What a wonderful week it has been. Thanks to all!

The hop was great. Got a lot of good ideas for future projects.

Had so much fun hopping this week! Thank you!

Thanks for the hop! I've enjoyed checking it out every morning!

What a great hop! Every morning I was inspired by all the wonderful design team creations. But I have to confess I have been a little more than jealous of all of them. Having 2 such great company as Graphic 45 and May Arts products to let their creative juices run wild and design pretty things must be like a dream come true. Thanks to all!

Thanks for the blog hop,all the projects were great and informative.

What a great week. I can't believe I made it through the whole week without forgetting. Thanks for hosting all the great insipration.

I have really enjoyed this blog hop. May Arts is a perfect complement to the gorgeous Graphic 45 products. We have seen many masterpieces this week. What talented team members both companies have. Thanks again.

Thank you for the "article" you posted today. I always wonder about the creative process of artists I admire. It also makes me feel more normal.

The paper and ribbons and all the ideas this week have been great. Sad that it's the last day. Thank you all for your hard work and creativity. Your all very inspiring!

Thank you!
Sara Tanner

Sar Tann

Checking out all the hoppers today is so fun... Thank you!

Thanks for showing us so many wonderful, creative ideas! It was enjoyable!

Fabulous Hop. Such fun projects, great tips and wonderful ideas. The DT really showed off the ribbons and papers. Very creative. Loved all the altered project idea. Thanks for a fun week.

Thanks for all the great blogs to follow and get inspiration. This has been a fun journey and thanks for the opportunity to win your great products.

This was an awesome hop filled with lots of wonderful ideas...thanks for sharing...

this has been a great week it was so much fun thank you

Thanks for the blog hop this week. So enjoyed it.

Oh, boo... I don't want it to end! Except now I can go and get creating with all the ideas I'm buzzing with. Fantastic week, thanks so much to all involved.

Love to read about the thought that goes into a project! Thanks for a fun week!

It's been a lovely blog hop week. I saw a lot of beautiful projects. Best one for me was the christmas tin box, absolutely love it.
Thanks for sharing.

fabulous blog hop, what great inspiration to be found!

thanks for a great blohopweek. I enjoyed it very much and got a lot of inspiration and a new look to your papers.

Fun to read the designers thought processes for creating. It's been an awesome hop, you should be very pleased with how your product has been showcased!!

Had lots of fun with the Hop this week. Love G 45 paper and May Arts ribbon. Thanks for the goodies.

Thank you so much for this Hop. I was introduced to some very talented people. I will be visiting quite a few of them from now on. Again, thank you for the week and a chance to win.

I enjoyed this blog hop so much. Learned and was inspired a lot. So many different projects. Something for every design style. Thank you so much.

I just love learning more about the DT...awesome work!

Thank you for putting together such a wonderful blog hop. Marvelous designs and incredible designers. I really enjoyed the designers' sharing today. They inspire me daily with their beautiful creations!

I really enjoyed this blog hop so much, it's my first one! Thanks for sharing so many beautiful projects!

Awesome adventure this week, so many talented designers working with your awesome products! I'm very inspired to get to work!!!

Last day! Boo hoo. It has been so much fun!

Thanks for a great week!

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