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23 posts from February 2013

February 28, 2013

Announcing the Graphic 45 Design Team Call 2013!


Hello G45ers!

Are your ready for one of the biggest Graphic 45 announcements of the year! Here it is!

Attention G45ers, now is your time to be in the spotlight! We see your talent everywhere and we want you to be a part of our 2013 Design Team! Below, you will read all you need to know to submit your creations to become a part of our exciting, fast-paced, creative team!


What are we looking for?

Graphic 45 paper and products are unique and vintage inspired, so we are looking for a variety of team members that can produce high quality cards, layouts, altered art, videos, and home decor projects that show off our papers and embellishments.

Our team is education-based, so we will need you to have good photography skills, the ability to create tutorials with instructions and size images for blog and website use.

This call is open to International and domestic applicants. Current design team members who have been on the team for one year and want to re-apply for a second year are eligible, but you must resubmit. You cannot resubmit if you have already been on the design team for two years.

How do I apply to be on the team?

Our design team search will consist of two rounds. Please read the entire contents of both rounds, as there is quite a bit of information.


Click the link below to download a printable version of the Graphic 45 Design Team Call Terms & Conditions!

Download DTcallG452013

We look forward to seeing what you submit. We know we will be blown away! So get busy creating and most of all, have fun!

In other exciting Graphic 45 news, we are celebrating a very special Graphic 45 birthday today! It's the birthday of Meggan Howell, Graphic 45 Customer Service Agent extraordinaire! If you attended last year's Scrapfest at Mall of America or CHA Winter 2013 in Anaheim then you may have met Meggan in the Graphic 45 booth! She is a superb member of the Graphic 45 team and we are so happy to be celebrating her birthday today! Get to know more about Meggan in this fun birthday interview!


Meggan, welcome to the Graphic 45 Team! What is your new role with Graphic 45? Have we seen you on G45 trips before?

I guess my new role at Graphic 45 is customer service.  I'm not sure what my official tital is.  What's important is making sure everyone is happy and getting their questions answered when they call or write in.  Luckily, everyone is extremely kind and patient.  I've been to a few shows and helped with a few classes here and there (shout out to Scrapbook Nook! You guys were incredible hosts!)  Hopefully, I'll get invited to help on more trips.  Who doesn't LOVE playing dress up and traveling?!

You have a history with Diane Schultz, Charee, and Aimee Filimoehala. We've also heard you are a good friend of Henry, the Graphic 45's brilliant Wire Fox Terrier mascot. How long have you known them?

The Filimoehala sisters are two of my favorite people!  Charee and I have been friends for 10 years now.  I wouldn't have survived my 20's without her support and love.  They're truly two of the most talented and intelligent women I know, and it's very clear they've inherited it from Dianne.  What a family!  Henry is everything you'd expect and more,  a proper gentleman.  And let's not forget, I've know Joanna for ages as well.  If you don't know how to do the Harlem shake, she's an expert.

Here is a great photo from last year's Scrapfest! There's Joanna, Aimee, Charee and Meggan!



You have a very unique birthday - on Feb 29! What's it like to be a Leap Year baby? How old are you in Leap Years this year? (Or should a lady never tell...?)

Being a Leap Year baby is awesome.  Most people have a general reaction of astonishment when i tell them.  It's like having a magic trick for a birthday.  I'm proud to say this year I will be turning 7 and 1/4.  Hopefully, I don't look a day over 6.

How are you celebrating your birthday this year?

I'm keeping it nice and simple this year.  Dinner and drinks with my favorite people.  Followed by a long weekend of drinking red wine and quilting.  It's my dream come true.

You're quite creative yourself! What are your favorite creative endeavors?

I have too many creative endeavors!  I was blessed with the most talented and creative grandmother growing up.  Everything I know how to do, I've learned from her.  Right now, I'm super passionate about embroidery, quilting, making jewelry, and leather working. If I can squeeze in a little knitting or sketching, I'm a happy lady.

Here are some of Meggan's glorious embroidery and jewelry creations!


And now for fun - If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

Hands down, HORSES!!!  I grew up with horses.  They're the most incredible animals.  I have a very strong emotional reaction to them. Anytime I see a commercial or movie with horses in them, I start crying.  Seriously.  Tears running down my cheeks.

We are so happy to have Meggan on our Graphic 45 team! Happy Birthday, Meggan! You are so super!

That's all for today, G45ers! Thank you all so much for joining us for today's huge announcement! We are so excited to see all of your 2013 Design Team auditions! We can't wait to see what a new year of inspiration will bring! It's going to be incredible! We wish you all a very happy day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

February 27, 2013

Fun and Inspirational Book Tutorial By Jane Tregenza: Part 8!


Hello G45ers,

Are you ready to be amazed and inspired? Today we'll be sharing Part 8 of Jane Tregenza's gorgeous book tutorial! That's right, Jane is going to take you step-by-step through the creation of another glorious page in her handmade book. Today's page features our superb new Secret Garden collection! Plus, we've got big news! ATTENTION, all designers and creative types! Tomorrow we will be making one of this years biggest announcements on the blog! What could it be?! You'll have to stop by our blog tomorrow to see what all the excitement is about!

And don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment some time this week for your chance to win this wonderful Place in Time, French Country and Secret Garden prize pack! We will choose one random winner from this week's blog or Facebook comments and announce them on our blog this Friday! Wow, there's so much to be jazzed about here on the Graphic 45 blog!


Okay, G45ers, get ready to create another exquisite page of your handmade book with Jane Tregenza! Just in case you missed the first 7 pages of this magnificent handmade book, you can check out all of Jane's tutorials here!


The tutorial begins as always with the creation of your black foundation page. You need to create your foundation page first before going on to create page 8. 

Black foundation Page

Instructions for creating a foundation page

Each month you will need to make a foundation page. For this you will need two black sheets of cardstock.

Cut one to 8 ½ x11 inches- set it aside. Cut your second one to 9 ½ x 11 inches. Please keep the left over bits as you will need them later on.


The 9 ½ x 11 inches piece needs to be scored, place it in your cutter at 8 ½ inch mark and score it, this will give you a one inch seam.


Completely fill in the one inch seam with strong tape.


Carefully adhere the 8 ½ inch piece onto the 9 1/2 inches piece. Make sure you don’t go

over your scored seam, or your page will not fold. Once you have it on, carefully fold the page over to check that it will shut.


Press firmly along the folded over piece, open up your page and check at the two pages line up nicely. Don’t worry if one of your pages is now wider than the other. You can trim it back to make them the same.


You need to add some more tape along the join of your foundation page. Adhere one strip of tape along one side of the join and about an inch of tape on the other side of the join.


A close up of the join with the tape each side. When you come to adhere your print papers, one piece will be an inch wider that the other page. The extra inch will need to be adhered over the top of the inch of tape on the foundation page.

Book Tutorial Page 8

By Jane Tregenza

Download Graphic 45 online tutorial page 8 Ready to print 

An easy page with lots of fussy cutting, using Graphic 45’s Secret Garden collection.


Please follow the instructions carefully. Read each instruction to the end before cutting. Lots of the papers are used on the tags as well as for your pages, so you need to cut them the way I describe or you will run out of paper! I have sprayed  my chipboard with Gesso Spray paint.  The flourish and the word “you” need to be inked with Paprika. All papers have had their edges inked using Tim Holtz – Vintage Photo and Colourbox liquid Chalk ink – Chestnut Roan.


Please note, I am only human and do make mistakes, I have taken every care while writing the instructions, and hope they make sense. It is quite hard to write instructions as I know what I mean; but this does not always translate into the instructions. If you are unable to work something out, then please ask a question in the comments box at the end of the post and I will answer it for you as best I can. Or email me at



Graphic 45 Print Papers – The Secret Garden

                    #4500660 May Flowers x1                    

                #4500649  Secret Garden x1                 

#4500655 Pretty Primrose x2

#4500651 Leafy Treetops x2

2x Black Cardstock

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard IDS0058 Window and Shutters in Board (Large) & IDS0067 8x8 Moroccan Shape.

Colourbox Dark Brown ink Pad,   Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink,  Colourbox Fluid Chalk – Olive Pastel

Versa Color Lagoon Blue ink, White Paint

The instructions for creating your 8 th page.


Place your 1st sheet of “Pretty Primroses” into your paper trimmer sideways and trim it back to 10 ¾  inches. Take it out and put it in your trimmer sideways and trim it back to 9 inches. Ink around all the edges.

Cover the back of your sheet of “Pretty Primrose” with double sided tape or adhesives sheets. Peel a little bit of the backing off.


 Place your “Pretty Primrose” piece onto the left side of your page. Once you are happy with your placement. Peel the rest of your backing off and adhere it to your page. Remember it will go over the middle fold in your page about an inch.


Fold your page over to place the crease in the middle of your page. This will help when you place the other piece on the right side of your page.


Place your second sheet into your paper trimmer sideways and trim it back to 10 ¾ inches. Take it out and put it into your trimmer sideways and trim it back to 8 inches. Ink round the edges.

Cover the back of your sheet of “Pretty Primrose” with double sided tape or adhesives sheets. Peel a little bit of the backing off.


Place your second “Pretty Primrose” piece onto the right side of your page.  Once you are happy with your placement. Peel the rest of your backing off and adhere it to your page. Remember it needs to be to the right side of the fold in the middle of your page.


This is what your page should look like.  Check that you can close the page. Now it’s time to put a frame around your page.


You need to cut both of your sheets of “Leafy Treetops” the same as the photo. I used a craft knife to remove the middle of both my print papers. Each side of the border needs to be 1 1/8 inch wide when you have finished.


Now you have to cut the first one of your frames to fit on your page.  Measure up from the bottom left corner about

 3 ½ inches and cut the border, then measure from the left corner of the piece you just cut off to 9 inches. Measure across from the top left corner and cut it at 9 ½ inches.


Place tape on the back of the first strip and adhere it to the bottom left corner of your page. It will go over the join in your page for about an inch.


Put tape on the back of the second border piece and adhered it to your page in the top left corner of your left page.  It will go over the middle of your page for about an inch. It will also overlap the one you placed in the bottom left corner.


The left side of your page should now look like this. Fold your page in half to set the fold in the border. This will help when you come to do the right side of our page.


Place your second border piece on the right side of your page. Use a pencil and place a  mark to the right  of  the middle of your page. Cut it off there. Measure up 3 ½ inches up from the bottom right corner and cut it there.


Place adhesive on the back of your border piece and place it in the right hand bottom corner of the  right side of your  page. It should not go over the middle of your page onto the left side of your page. Place the second piece onto your page in the top right corner and mark where you need to cut it at the top and near the middle of your page. Once you are happy with how it fits, Adhere it to your right page. Keep your leftover bits of border as you will need a little bit later on.


Paint your Imaginarium Designs Moroccan Shape chipboard white. I use spray Gesso for mine.

Cut it in half. Make sure you line up the borders so that when you place both pieces on your page the pattern will line up across both pages.


Place one half on your page and cut it back to about 7 ¼ inches wide. Check that you can fold your page in half. If you can’t fold your page over then you may need to trim it back some more. If  you can then glue your  Morocccan Shape down to your page.


Place your second piece onto the right side of your page. Trim it back to 7 1/8 inch. Again check that you can fold  your page in half. If you can then glue it down.


Your page should now look like this. You will have a large space between the two pieces of chipboard in the middle of your page. This is important,  as if your chipboard is too close to the middle of your page then your page will not fold over.


Paint your Window and Shutters chipboard with white paint. Remove the middle of your arch.


Place the three peices of the Window and Shutters chipboard frame onto your page as shown. Glue them all down


Find a photo to fit into the middle arch of your window. Glue it onto your photo and trim around the arch.


Glue the middle arch back into your frame.


Cut your piece of “Secret Garden” to match the photo. This will take a bit of time but well worth the effort.


Place your “Secret Garden” onto your page and place a mark where you need to cut it.  You will need to cut it about ½ to the left of the childs elbow.  You will be placing this piece on the left side of your page. Keep the other bit for the right side of your page.


Turn both your ‘Secret Garden” piece over.  Place lots of tape along the  bottom bit of your pieces and foam at the top. The photo shows the piece for the left side of your page.


Adhere the piece with the child on it, on the left side of your page. Line up the left edge of your piece of cut paper with the left border and the  bottom of the cut piece with the bottom border on your page. Adhere the second cut piece onto your page. Butt it up against the first piece you put on the page. The second piece will go over the join in the middle of your page.


If you need too, glue any loose bits of your cut out piece onto your page/chipboard.


Fold your page in half again. If anything is getting caught in the fold, glue it down. You may need to remove your foam tape if it is too  close to the fold.


From the middle of your sheet of “Leafy Treetop”. Cut out some of the flowers and leaves.  It doesn’t matter what flowers you use. You just need some to place onto your arches.


Use the photo as a guide to placing the vines up and around your arch. I used foam tape to build them up onto my frame.


Choose a bird cage and bird from your sheet of “Leafy Treetops and cut them out. Make sure you leave some of the chain on your bird cage. Glue the bird cage onto your page. It needs to go on where your two pieces of “Secret Garden” butt up against each other. Add a bird on with foam tape.


Add a small piece of your border under your chipboard

Moroccan shape.


Place your “May flowers” print paper into your cutter sideways and cut it in half (beween the two rows of cards, ) . You can use the top strip of three cards or the the bottom strip. I have used the bottom one. Score it  between the 1st print and the second print, second print and the third print. When you fold the three cards, they should fold nicely on top of each other. Add a photo in the middle of the top card.


Find your leftover bits of “Secret Garden” and cut the bow with the key. Glue it over your photo and onto the front card.


Fold your card up. Tie a ribbon around the whole card with a bow at the front.


Add your folded card onto your page. It goes in the bottom right corner of your right page.

Ink your three chipboard words with Lagoon Blue, let it dry then ink it with

Olive pastel over the top. Glue them to the top of your page.

To see more of my work visit my Blog

Jane Tregenza


That's all for today, G45ers. Definitely come back and see us tomorrow for our huge announcement! It will be worth the wait! And be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's amazing blog prize! Huge thanks to the amazing Jane Tregenza for her gorgeous tutorial! Join us on Tuesday, March 26 for the final page of Jane's wonderful book tutorial! Have a delightful day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

February 26, 2013

Secret Garden Gift Ideas From the Heart

Secret Garden Altered Art Tara Orr

Hello G45ers,

The joy of Spring is in full bloom on today's Graphic 45 blog! We're going to be sharing some splendid ideas for heartwarming handmade gifts featuring our new Secret Garden collection! There couldn't be a better time to get your hands on Secret Garden! As the first pre-Spring flowers begin to bloom, we can't help but feel excited to get crafting! Nature is such a wonderful source of inspiration and Secret Garden is true celebration of the bounty of Spring! We are so happy to be sharing these two gorgeous gift ideas! There's a breathtaking card by Susan Lui and a magnificent altered birdhouse by Tara Orr! The luscious colors and vibrant designs of Secret Garden are absolutely perfect for creating the perfect handmade gift!

First up is this wonderful all-occasions easel card by Susan Lui. This incredible craft is sure to make your loved ones smile with delight! Papercrafting with Secret Garden is so much fun! Let this happy card inspire you to create one for a friend or family member! Here is what Susan had to say about this stunning work of art!

"Here's an easel card I created on a garden theme, using Graphic 45's oh-so-pretty Secret Garden collection. I used a lacey border punch on the pastel card, then embellished it with layered doilies, flowers and hand-crushed seam binding." -Susan Lui

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Love Card 1

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Love Card 2

This is how the card looks, standing in easel style.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Love Card 3

A chipboard tag from Place In Time hangs amidst the flower cluster.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Love Card 4

A message in the garden.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Love Card 5


Graphic 45 Secret Garden collection - Springtime, Pretty Primrose, April Showers, Meadow Lark
Graphic 45 Place In Time Chipboard 1
Graphic 45 Happy Halloween Alphabet Stickers

Next we have another awe-inspiring Secret Garden gift idea! This amazing altered bird house was created by Tara Orr and it's off the charts with beauty! Spring is a time when nature comes alive! Birds sing, flowers bloom and joy is abundant! This ultra-cheerful birdhouse is a wonderful way to craft with Secret Garden to create the perfect gift! Tara covered this bird house in Secret Garden papers and added lots of Graphic 45 Metal Staples and pretty flowers and pearls! You can find inexpensive birdhouses in many thrift stores! Bring some Spring cheer to someone you love by creating a happy altered birdhouse like this one! Wow!

Secret Garden Altered Art Tara Orr












Metal Button
Metal Butterfly
Metal Clothespins

Thank you all for joining us today! Big thanks to Susan Lui and Tara Orr for their amazing creations! We hope their work helped inspire you to create a lovely Secret Garden handmade gift for someone you love! We have more marvelous inspiration in store for you all on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us! Have a happy day, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

February 25, 2013

Two Clever Ways To Craft With French Country

Graphic 45 French Country Card Jane Tregenza

Happy Monday G45ers,

The sun is shining brightly on today's wonderful Grpahic 45 blog! We've got another amazing week of fun and inspiration planned for you! Today is going to be so fantastic! We will be sharing two unique and beautiful creation featuring our new French Country collection. There is a marvelous pop-up card by Jane Tregenza and a gorgeous altered 8x8 Matchbook box by Arlene Cuevas! Plus we have a superb new blog contest this week! You could win this amazing prize that includes all three of the latest Graphic 45 collections! This incredible prize includes an 8x8 paper pad, chipboard die cut and stickers from Place in Time, French Country and Secret Garden! This prize pack is so special and the only way to win it is by leaving us a blog or Facebook comment sometime this week! We will choose one random winner from this week's comments and announce them on our blog this Friday, March 1st! So be sure to leave your comment for a chance to win!

Graphic 45 Prize Contest French Country Secret Garden Place in Time Blog

Today's first brilliant craft was created by Jane Tregenza. It's a fabulous French Country pop-up card! This is such a cheerful card for all occasions! The bright colors and joyful designs of French Country are just perfect for card making! You can see how Jane created gorgeous borders, pretty paper layers and fussy cut elements to give this card such fabulous dimension! What a true inspiration!

Graphic 45 French Country Card Jane Tregenza

Graphic 45 French Country Card Jane Tregenza

Graphic 45 French Country Card Jane Tregenza


Graphic 45 Papers

French Country collection



A La Carte

Déjà vu


Bon Appetit

Moroccan chipboard – Imaginarium designs

Best wishes – Imaginarium designs

          3L Photo Corners Classic black

Next up is another super clever craft featuring French Country. This one was created by Arlene Cuevas! It's an altered 8x8 Matchbook Box that's full of grandeur and beauty! These are what the Graphic 45 Matchbook Boxes look like before they are all decked out in beautiful Graphic 45 papers. Arlene's creation shows you what's possible when you let your imagination run wild! This amazing altered box would make a perfect piece of home decor or even a great gift! Behold the beauty!


Here is a wonderful video in which Arlene takes you on a tour of this gorgeous project!













Wood/Mini Popsicle Sticks
White Acrylic paint
Recollections sunflowers
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
AccuCut - Business Card Envelope die
Paper Trey ink - Black card stock
Glossy Accents
E6000 glue
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Chicken wire

We hope you all had fun exploring today's French Country crafts! Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win that incredible blog prize! We want to thank Jane Tregenza and Arlene Cuevas for their beautiful work today! We wish you all a very happy day! Come back and see us tomorrow for more craft delights here at Graphic 45!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Grpahic 45

February 23, 2013

Graphic 45 Presents a January Place in Time "Warmest Winter Wishes" Card Project Sheet


"Warmest Winter Wishes" January Place in Time Card





Download the "Warmest Winter Wishes" Card Project Sheet