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November 08, 2012

How To Get Playful With Pastels & G45 Papers!


Hello G45ers,

Happy Thursday and welcome to another fantastic day here at the Graphic 45 blog. Today we are celebrating the beauty of the classic Graphic 45 pastel color pallet. Obviously color is a very big deal here at Graphic 45. We are well known for both our richly saturated color pallet and our delicate and elegant pastel color pallet. Today you will see some amazing crafts that highlight fabulous uses of pastels with our collections Little Darlings and A Ladies Diary. These creations are so pretty and fun! You can't help but fall head over heals in love with pastels! There's an adorable layout by Gloria Stengel that's got a fun twist! Gloria took one of her first layouts and gave it a Graphic 45 makeover! What a great idea! Plus there's a marvelous nameplate by Maiko Miwa! Get ready to be wowed because today's crafts are simply outstanding!

We just want to give you all a quick reminder about this week's blog contest! In honor of the fabulous Jim, The Gentleman Crafter, we're giving away 3 original works of art that Jim has made! There's a stunning card featuring A Ladies' Diary, a 5x8 altered art box that's all decked out in Nutcracker Sweet, plus a fantastic Happy Haunting tag! We're also giving away a Nutcracker Sweet 8x8 Paper Pad, Nutcracker Sweet Stamp Set, Le Cirque 8x8 Paper Pad, Le Cirque Stamp Set and Graphic 45 Metal Butterflies! The only way to enter to win this amazing prize pack is by leaving us a blog or Facebook comment this week! We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments and announcing them on our blog tomorrow! So stay tuned!


This first craft is a true inspiration. Gloria Stengel took one of her very first layouts and gave it a makeover! This is a really fun idea! She used the Graphic 45 collection Little Darlings which is a true celebration of stunning pastels! You can see how perfectly these soft colors look with adorable photos from childhood. By layering the beautiful papers and lovely colors its easy to create an unforgettable work of art! You can really see the difference between the two layouts. Those pastels make the final layout a true vintage-inspired treasure! Add some beautiful embellishments and a sweet sentiment and you've got a gorgeous layout that you'll cherish for a lifetime! Here is what Gloria had to say about these two LOs!

"This is one of the first layouts I made when I started scrapbooking in 1996.  Note the use of large die cut shapes and random stickers. I also use some ill-composed snapshots of my daughter, Laura, with my mom, my husband, my son, and me." -Gloria Stengel



"This is my layout redesign, using the Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection and a studio portrait of Laura at 18 months. I could not find any suitable baby photos as I scrapped them all, and she was born before the digital photo age!" -Gloria Stengel




Graphic 45 papers:

Little Darlings Peek-A-Boo, Rock-A-Bye, Heaven Sent, cardstock stickers, chipboard shapes

Graphic 45 Staples:

Metal Key, Metal Keyhole

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Rose Coral; Ranger Distress Spun Sugar, Old Paper

Die cuts: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax; Spellbinders Asian Accents border

Flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts

Doily: craft store

Tools: Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Heidi Swapp Scrappy Glue

And now we have another pretty pastel craft creation for you all to enjoy! Here is a gorgeous nameplate by Maiko Miwa. This adorable little accessory is like so unique and fun! Maiko used our stunning collection A Ladies Diary as well as the new Graphic 45 Metal Staples such as the Orante Metal Label Holder in this splendid creation. By adding a few fun embellishments and A Ladies' Diary Alphabet Stickers, Maiko created this sweet and easy nameplate! Pastels are such beautifully soothing colors. Bring some calm to your crafting table with fabulous Graphic 45 pastels!









Metal Clothespins

Ornate Metal Keys

Ornate Metal Label Holder

Metal Tag Staples

Afternoon Tea(paper)

Garden Stroll(paper)

A Ladies' Diary Alphabet Stickers



Gesso and ModeringPaste:liquitex


That's all for today, G45ers. We hope you all enjoyed today's pastel party! Please come back and see us tomorrow for more incredible crafts and a blog prize winner announcement! We want to thank Gloria Stengel and Maiko Miwa for their fantastic creations today. We wish you all a very happy day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Awesome pastels! Always loved them, but haven't used or thought about them in quite awhile. Time to dig through my stash and unearth them. LOL

2 more beautiful layouts!

love seeing the 'old' page

Gloria has really come a long way!! Both Gloria's collage and Mailko's pin are fabulous!

I am reminded of myself when I look at Gloria's before and after pics :) I never realized how much was truly out there in variety and! I thank my lucky stars the day I got my first Graphic 45 paper it was immediate addiction! The projects made using G45 are always stunning!

I have the same problem as you Gloria...all my old photos were scrapped old style and can't be reused. I prefer your new to your old - A LOT!

Maiko, what a wondrous name tag! I love it to pieces. thanks for sharing

Happy Thursday!

Wow love the pastel lay out and the name tag is a true work of art too! I would LOVE to win Gentlemen Jims Art work he is beyond talented!!

Oh my...love Gloria's make-over layout & all those great baubles by Maiko!

Lovely projects. I have a hard time working with pastels, but these are great inspiration.

Love your prizes this week especially the Gentleman Crafter. He is so talented. Keep up the great work!!!

Beautiful I pined and liked I love love you papers and would love to add this to my stash. thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Love the name plate. Beautiful work of art. Lots of lovely details and I love the color palate she used. Very nice updated layout from Gloria S. I love the changes she made to the layout. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful creations! Have a great Thursday!

Wow, love the items made by the Gentleman Crafter! And lovely supplies too!

Gorgeous layouts. Love the pastels.

Amazingly gorgeous projects! This is such a wonderful collection with lots of possibilities. I love that bracelet!

beautiful work, love the projects. I have a new baby and got some great ideas for the nursery and my layouts. thanks for sharing.

My first layouts look just like Gloria's. I feel so much better now. I want to redo all off them. Gloria's redo is perfect!

All your papers are beautiful. I would be pleased for a chance to win.

I love pastels and I really enjoyed seeing Gloria's earlier layout. It made me feel better about some of my earlier layouts! You have to start somewhere!

as always the projects are absolutely stunning!!! I really liked the revamp of the old layout, it's always great to be reminded of our early years of scrapping and see how we have changed and improved over the years!

you know its easy to make something beautiful when you have beautiful thing to make it out of. so all I have to say is thank you for making beautiful thing!!!

Nice re-dos today! The Graphic 45 papers make it easy!

Love the layout redo and the name plate. G45 papers make any craft beautiful and extra special!

Top Hat off to the Gentleman Crafter -- will miss regular doses of his G45 magic!

Very sweet layout! Graphic 45 papers have really inspired crafters to be more creative and adventurous. We've definetely come far in this line of art.

How far scrapbooking has come. I used those exact same stickers, die cuts and papers too. G45 collections today are pure joy to create with and so beautiful to look at.

Wonderful make over with a wonderful paper choice!! I must say, scrapbooking
paper selections have come a long way. Thank you G45!!

Absolutely stunning! Love all the fine details.

Love these pastel projects- quite beautiful!

Wonderful projects, love the pastels colors.

Yet again some more fantastically inspirational projects. Loving the metal and jewels.

Hugs Ali x

Beautiful projects and it was super fun to see how Gloria "re-vamped" her page!

Gorgeous work today .....hugs Amy :)

Wow all the projects are awesome!!

Oh how I loved seeing that layout from 1996....funny how our styles of scrapping change over the years. I cringe when I look back on some of my earlier scrapbooks, but I will leave them "as is" knowing that at one point I was SO proud of them! LOL Thanks for sharing these beautiful projects and inspiring us to be crafty!! ~Kathy

Love all the pastels!

Love the pastels and these projects are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

gloria, so love the share of the beginnings of a rewarding career...smile
ava g

I love these-and thanks for taking us down memory lane-I have a few similar scrapbook pages from when I first started, too!

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