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December 08, 2012

Graphic 45 Presents A Very Special Look at Richard's Baby Book


Hello G45ers,

Happy Saturday to you all! This is a very special blog post that we're doing today and we are so happy that you're joining us! This week a surprise package arrived here at the Graphic 45 office in Portland, Oregon. No one at our office knew that this package was on its way. It was addressed to Charee Filimoehala, our Design Team Coordinator and Customer Service Manager here at Graphic 45. Charee and her partner Sean are happily anticipating the birth of their first child, a boy who they have named Richard. After Sean's father. There has been so much excitement in the air as everyone anxiously awaits the arrival of sweet baby Richard, expected to arrive Monday! The package that arrived was from Jim, The Gentleman Crafter so we knew it would be good, whatever is was! Charee opened the box to find this beautiful baby book. Inside were gorgeous and heartfelt layouts created by members of the Graphic 45 design team. Jim had organized the creation of this amazing book by having the Graphic 45 design team create an LO for what would become Richard's Baby Book! Today we are taking you on a very special journey through this incredible book. It was such a magnificent surprise and so wonderfully made that we just had to share it with all of you! So here we go!

Here is the book cover. It's so pretty and simple. It came with a big white bow wrapped around it but Charee had to undo the bow so she could look inside. But we loved this sweet, classic look with the image from Little Darlings peeking through.


 Here is what Charee had to say about it:

"This is one of the most thoughtful and amazing gifts I have ever received.  Opening this package was so exciting to say the least.  Cracking open the album to find numerous treasures by our wonderful design team members was more than my (pregnant) emotions could handle.  This gorgeous album brings tears of joy to my eyes each time I open it, which has been too many times to count. I am so grateful to have the most incredible design team to work with.  They are inspiring, kind, creative, and have become great friends!  Thank you Jim, for making this happen, and to everyone who contributed.  Sean and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this timeless masterpiece!!" 


Here is first beautiful layout of the book. It was created by Gloria Stengel using Little Darlings and Kraft Reflections. This layout has such stunning borders and charming embellishments! Gloria left a perfect space for placing a 5x7 photo of Richard! It's so sweet!



Here is page two of Richard's baby book. This amazing layout was created by Tara Orr. This has Tara's classic style all over it! Beautiful paper layering and lots of paper distressing create gorgeous textures in this LO! That is a photo of Sean and Charee, the proud parents! Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes and Ornate Metal Keys look amazing with Little Darlings papers and chipboards. This LO is so wonderful!



Page three is an adorable LO by Clare Charvill. This precious creation was also made with Little Darlings! Can you see the recycled Graphic 45 Staples packaging near the top of this LO? It is decorated with Metal Button Staples and it looks so sweet! Pretty embellishments and chipboards also add to the charm of this LO. It's a real treasure!



Here is a super sweet LO from Denise Hahn on page four. Denise used An ABC Primer for this dazzling creation. The Graphic 45 Black Policy Envelope is perfect for storing little notes, photographs or other sweet sentiments. You can also see the new Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Label Holder that has Richard's name inside! How cute! It will be very exciting to add photos of the baby to this lovely LO!



Here we have a special LO on page five from Joanna Hardy, the Graphic 45 Social Media Coordinator. She did such a wonderful job layering and distressing Little Darlings paper. This LO contains a beautiful and heartwarming poem. It is a such a marvelous statement about motherhood. What a gorgeous creation!



Here is a stunning layout on page six by Susan Lui. Just look at all of that gorgeous fussy cutting combined with beautiful floral embellishments. It creates so much dimension in this LO! The colors and textures in this layout really pop! You can totally feel the love in this precious work of art.

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Page seven of Richard's Baby Book contains a brilliant layout by the one and only Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. Jim spearheaded the creation of the baby book and his contribution is absolutely superb! Just look at those stunning handmade flowers! Jim added a few fussy cut elements from Little Darlings to give this LO even more delicate beauty. It's just remarkable!



Here we have page eight, a delightful LO by Maiko Miwa. The joy of a baby's first year comes to life in this adorable creation. Sweet embellishments dance around this LO, coupled with wonderful chipboard sentiments. This is such a precious addition to this delightful baby book!



And last but certainly not least is page nine of Richard's Baby Book. This is a dazzling LO by Sharon Ngoo. Fabulously layered embellishments give this LO such an enchanting look! Flowing ribbons, gems, Little Darlings designs make this LO so adorably heartwarming. It's such a precious gift!

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There you have it, G45ers! We are so happy to have been able to share this amazing book with you today. We want to sincerely thank our incredible design team for their contributions to Richard's Baby Book. Every single aspect of this book is an absolute treasure which will be cherished forever! Special thanks to Jim, The Gentleman Crafter for organizing this amazing surprise! And thank you to all of you G45ers out there for all of your kind words and hopes for baby Richard, Charee and Sean! From our family to yours, thank you so much! We wish you all a fabulous day! Join us again for more fabulous crafts and inspiration from Graphic 45!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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What a beautiful work of art! I made something similar (I wish) for my friend when her boy was born in July, but it pales in comparison with this beauty! Now all that needs to be done is for Charee to add pictures of Richard to this wonder! Congratulations once again on your new baby boy! Awaiting the particulars next week!

magnifique sublime ,je craque c'est trop beau et tendre

Oh my gosh how absolutely gorgeous is this baby book. Each and every page is amazing. Very thoughtful and wonderful surprise for you Charee. I am so excited for you and can't wait to see your new precious baby boy. My Son turns 42 today and I can't believe where the time has gone. Wishing happiness and blessings. Always!

This is a gorgeous book. I love the little fussy cut of the baby with his trumpet.

What a beautiful and heartfelt gift. Congratulations.

WOW! is an understatement! Such detail and craftsmanship. This post is very inspiring.

What an amzing and gorgeous , heartfelt gift! Congratulations to the new family!

beautul book; what a special treasure for this family to share.

Stunningly beautiful - what a wonderful team effort to produce an astounding gift!
Alison x

To say WOW is an understatement.
This is a work of "heart ". How touching that it was made for the new parents.
Just precious.

This book is gorgeous! What an amazing gift to receive. A treasure to cherish!

This is such a beautiful baby album. I wish this collection had been available when I did my grandchildren's albums.

Makes me want to do a baby book!

Wow! What a gorgeous book. So much beauty from the talented DT. A treasure for the new family.

What an awesome and AMAZING gift from Jim and the DT!! I just loveeeeeeeeee it!! SO sweet!!!

What a fabulous and heartfelt project from the team. The pages are amazing. What a wonderful gift and keepsake.

WOW! What a team and what a beautiful, thoughtful gift....

Beautiful. And to have all the work done for you - just add pictures and instantly finished. Congratulations on the birth of the baby.

What a wonderful Design Team you have at G45. This is an outstanding gift...just beautiful!

So amazing!!


This is so totally beautiful! A gift to be treasured forever! Congratulations to the new mom and dad!


Barbara Diane

I am so touched by the amazing thoughtfulness of our wonderful design team and Jim in particular. What an extraordinary book—every page is exquisite and a fitting tribute to Charee who works tirelessly with our DT to create beautiful projects that inspire us all! I can hardly wait for my last baby (Charee) to give birth to her first!!!

What a gorgeous and treasured keepsake! Wonderful job, hats off to the Design Team!

So darling!

Priceless treasure.


What an amazing gift that will become a family heirloom - so thoughtful xx

this is just gorgeous! KUDOS DT!!

Oh my!! This is so stunning I can find no other words than those that have already been said. An absolutely priceless gift.

A real treasure for a lifetime of memories.

Omgosh! This books is so amazing I'm having a hard time coming up with the right words. What a treasure!

What a WONDERFUL surprise ( that Jim is too much... love his spirit)... the Design Team did an amazing job, what an AWESOME TREASURE ( okay, I'm in tears ...here I can't see to finish this post) so touching !!!

What a beautiful co-op of love from the design team. Such a treasure.

It's not surprising to see that Jim is behind this amazing gift. His title couldn't be more apt as he is a true gentleman!!!!
This is beautiful, such a keepsake. Congratulations to the new to be family :)

Super cute!!

SO, so special!! How lucky to have a baby album ready before Richard arrives!!!

Often in our busy lives we forget about what truly is important. Reading and looking at this amazing gift from the hearts of the contributors brought it swiftly back to me. Welcoming a new baby is in itself the most remarkable event and for the awaiting parents this gift adds the assurance that others close to them treasure the arrival as well. Congratulations to all who Richard's life will touch.

The book for Richard is beautiful!

What a stunning and thoughtful gift. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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