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June 25, 2013

Creating The Perfect Gift With Rhea Freitag

Bird Song Mini Album Rhea Freitag Graphic 45

Hello G45ers,

Are you searching for the perfect gift idea? Handmade gifts are such a wonderful way to make a friend or family member feel loved and appreciated. Today we are going to show you three beautiful ideas that are sure to captivate your imagination. We are so happy to be introducing the gorgeous work of Rhea Freitag, one of our new 2013 Deisgn Team members! She has created the most lovely variety of crafts that would make incredible handmade gifts! Get ready for a breathtaking dose of inspiration as we introduce you to Rhea's stunning work! But first we wanted to say hello to our amazing community on Facebook! The Graphic 45 Facebook page is a great place to get all the latest Graphic 45 news and daily inspiration! Plus you can post your latest Graphic 45 creations and connect with a fantastic community of G45ers just like you! Here is an awe-inspiring Steampunk Spells tag that was recently posted to our Facebook page! It was created by Maggie Harding and it is simply gorgeous! We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page! It's so much fun!

Graphic 45 Facebook:


Steampunk Spells Tag Grpahic 45

And now it's time to say hello to a very talented artist, the fantastic Rhea Freitag. Her incredible creativity is evident upon first glance of her superb crafts. There is a story in each and every one of her creations. Whether it's a marvelous piece of altered art, mini album, card or layout, Rhea brings a whimsical and fun-loving spirit to everything she makes. Her marvelous blog Starrgazer Creates is overflowing with beautiful ideas and exquisite vintage-inspired treasures. Her splendid style is just perfect for Graphic 45! Rhea also loves to share her passion for creativity on her blog with wonderful tutorials and helpful tips! One look at her dazzling crafts and you'll definitely feel the urge to start creating! Please join us in giving Rhea a very warm Graphic 45 welcome!

Rhea Freitag

About Rhea:

I have always been identified as a creative person, but quite recently my inner artist has really emerged. Assemblage work, jewelry construction, art journaling and book making are all genres of mixed media art that I employ. I strive to make art that tells a story, has a soul and engages the viewer through interaction, movement, memory and story.

Another aspect of the creation process that I adore is the adventure of searching for unique art supplies at estate sales, flea markets and antique shops. Taking classes, blogging and gathering with my artsy pals are additional facets of the art world that bring me great pleasure and inspiration. For me, my creativity also provides a welcome escape from my challenging career as a regional Director for Family Preservation Services serving five counties in Michigan

Rhea's Blog:


We begin with this breathtaking Bird Song altered art box and mini album that Rhea created. The stunning Asian-inspired look of Bird Song comes to life in this marvelous creation. This is such a splendid idea for a personalized handmade gift! We love Rhea's clever combination of vibrant Graphic 45 papers and gorgeous embellishments. The colors in this project are so gorgeous! Get inspired to create a marvelous handmade treasure like this one with your favorite Graphic 45 paper collection!


Bird Song Altered Box Mini Album Gift Rhea Freitag Graphic 45

Bird Song Altered Box Mini Album Gift Rhea Freitag Graphic 45



Bird Song Altered Box Mini Album Gift Rhea Freitag Graphic 45

Bird Song Altered Box Mini Album Gift Rhea Freitag Graphic 45


Bird Song Altered Box Mini Album Gift Rhea Freitag Graphic 45









Birdsong Papers both 8x8 and 12x12

Copper Guilders Paste

Distress Stain Black Soot

Tea Dye Distress Ink

Japanese Women Collage Sheet*

Vintage Metal Patinas Ancient Coin

Red Metal Flowers*

Thin Dresden Borders Red

Fly Away resin Bird set Prima

Seam Binding*

Antique Gold Dragon Charm*

Antique Brass Asian Charm kit*

Small antique gold puffy oval bead*

Buddha Head Bead*

Corrugated metal pear bead

Cinnibar Bead*

6 mm flower spacer raw brass*

Bird on a Branch*

Lion Head Handle*
*items from Alpha Stamps

Next we have another stunning handmade gift idea by Rhea. This amazing hand-bound altered book was created by combining 11 different Graphic 45 collections! It just goes to show you how you can create a beautifully unique treasure by mixing and matching your favorite Graphic 45 papers! This project was a part of Rhea's audition for our 2013 Design Team and she definitely put a lot of love and thoughtfulness into it! Get inspired by this wonderfully unique work of art! Want to know how it was made? Rhea created a fun and informative tutorial on her blog that shows you how to do ribbon book binding! Wow! 

Book Binding Tutorial:



Altered Book Album Gift Rhea Freitag Graphic 45

Altered Book Album Gift Rhea Freitag Graphic 45


Altered Book Album Gift Rhea Freitag Graphic 45

Altered Book Album Gift Rhea Freitag Graphic 45








Halloween in Wonderland

Kraft Reflections

Olde Curiosity Shoppe

Curtain Call


Magic of Oz

Happy Haunting

Le Cirque

Steampunk Debutante


Botanica Bella

Other stuff: 

Copper Guilders Paste (I love this stuff and use it lots.  Here used to gild page edges)

Art Parts (for cover of book)

Sticky Back Canvas

Distress Stains: Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Burnished Brass, Gathered Twig

Silk Ribbon (used stains to dye it)

Distress Ink Vintage Photo

Tim Holtz Metal File Tabs

Tim Holtz Chit Chat and Salvage Stickers

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: metal numbers, clock faces, game spinner, philosophy tag, key hole

Other bits of junk from my stash

Last but not least is this magnificent altered printers tray that Rhea created with Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Printers trays are so much fun to alter and they also make amazing gifts! Think about your favorite Graphic 45 paper collection. Just imagine the possibilities for a beautiful and one-of-a-kind piece of home decor that you could create! Combining fussy cut elements with pretty paper layers and sweet embellishments helps add depth and sophistication to any printers tray! You can really let your imagination fun wild! Here Rhea explains her inspiration behind this captivating craft!

"This piece was really easy to make by simply using all the great imagery from one of my favorite paper lines, Olde Curiosity Shoppe.  By simply matting images and using some unique junk from my stash, I created a simple art piece that looks great and tells a story." -Rhea

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Printers Tray Gift Rhea Freitag Grpahic 45

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Printers Tray Gift Rhea Freitag Grpahic 45

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Printers Tray Gift Rhea Freitag Grpahic 45

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Printers Tray Gift Rhea Freitag Grpahic 45


Olde Curiosity Shoppe Papers, both 8x8 and 12x12

7 gypsies letterbox tray

Bits of odd junk from my stash

We hope you all had a lot of fun exploring the amazing work of Rhea! We are so happy to welcome her to our new Design Team! It's going to be so much fun! We want to thank her for her gorgeous work today! And big thanks to all of you G45ers for stopping by our blog! We hope you will all come back and see us tomorrow for more fun and inspiration to brighten your week! We wish you all a very happy day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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OMG Rhea your work is divine, that Birdsong mini is absolutely marvelous. I love Asian inspired art!!!

Thank you G45 for showing my tag on your blog. I am honored!

These are gorgeous! I am loving that box!!!


Beautiful work, loved everything you made.

Rhea, your art is outstanding! Your diverse use of paper is astounding. I really want to do the book so I will be visiting your blog.

Rhea, you are a rock star! Love all you do xoxo

All your projects are so beautiful! Loved the hand-bound altered book.

Love the projects

Rhea, splendid work. Such inspiration!

Beautiful projects!!!!

Gorgeous work Rhea! Love the vintage look of the hand bound journal/book.

I love Olde Curiosity Shoppe line. Rhea fabulous job.

She makes amazing things. Everything is beautiful.

This stuff is beautiful!! Each one is more lovely than the next.....thank you for sharing.

Great inspiration!TFS

Wow beautiful projects.

Such wonderful projects!!!

I love these projects. I especially love the junk journal-beautiful work.

Gosh, your work is just breathtakingly beautiful! I love each one of your amazing creations!

Your project are fantastic!! I love all of them! Graphic 45 has the greatest collections! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent and creations!!

Great projects. Fantastic tutorial on the bookbinding. Thank you.

you have the most talented designers here at G45! love the tag and all of the other projects shown here. simply gorgeous! :)

Really love the tag. Would love to see more cards.


Off the chain! As always :)

Beautiful and creative, love the projects, thanks so much for the inspiration...

It seems that altered anything is the current paper crafting trend. Who knew this art form would become so popular? G45 papers were made for this! Sure would be great to win this product package!

Wow. Gorgeous inspiration!

What wonderful projects. Thanks for sharing Rhea's work with us.

Love the printer's tray. I have a lot of small dollhouse items that would look good displayed in a tray like this. Have to remember this idea. Thanks.

Fantastic job Rhea! No wonder G45 picked you for this design team. Looking foward to much more!

Rhea has some amazing talent. I especially like to see a project where the crafter has combined different lines. It gives me hope that I might actually get all my paper used up.

Rhea, you are so talented! That printers tray really set my imagination soaring. I think I see Christmas presents here! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. I love what you do!

Wow I am in awe of the book., astonishing amount of papers & pages, adore the binding with all the trinkets & charms!!!! Love love love.. :)

Fabulous projects again today! I love the printers tray.

Love ALL of your creations Rhea .. fantastic :)

Rhea, your creations are just BEAUTIFUL -- I love your style and unique way of putting together any kind of craft! I can tell it's going to be an amazing year with you on the team!! Can't wait to see what you create next!

very talented lady...especially love the
the printers tray

Fantabulous! Love it all, especially the bird song box and album. Gorgeous!

Fabulous projects... the handbound altered book is out of this world!
Alison x

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