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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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I love the mellange of ideas and pieces that go in to Rhea's creations. Lovely, I would have been happy to receive any of them as a gift.

Beautiful creations, Rhea! Can't wait to see more!! Judy D.

Fabulous projects! Love the printer's tray.

Wonderful work. Love the vibrant colors on the Asian project. The front of the book is great using the corners and wings to make the rectangle. Good stuff! Congratulations on being on the DT with Graphic 45; the bestest paper line today! Can't wait to see what you do in the future.

All I can say is W-O-W!!

Such amazing creations!

Amazing projects. So talented. Such unbelievable creativity. Love it.

My goodness! The projects are amazing!

Oh my! What amazing work!

Rhea's talent is an asset to the design team! Inspirational work!!

Your designers continue to amaze me. I look forward to your blog every day to see what wonderful things they have come up with.

Oh wow! I love all of these beautiful projects. Just wish I had the $$$ to get my hands on ALL of the Graphic 45 products...I would die one happy scrapper!

Wow! Fabulous projects! TFS

Wonderful! Love the ribbon bound album!!

Great projects are so inspiring. Of course the G45 paper collections make all the difference when creating.

Wow, these asian inspired projects are amazing!! that altered book is so uniqie!

This post is overflowing with creativity.

O.O i'm speechless..

Awesome! Jan

Stunning projects - the Birdsong papers in particular look amazing. Nicola x

Stunning and inspiring!
Love them all.

Love each and every project...but the bound book has me captivated!

magnificent album, all projects are wonderful

..each week you continue to amaze us and this week is no different!!

Amazing projects!!!!! Love the album.

I will be checking out Rhea's book binding tutorial! I love the way all the ribbons and charms look on that book! Greetings, Rhea, glad to see you here and love your creations!

I love the altered book, it looks very ingenious!

Those are very beautiful. Love them. Thanks for the chance,

Love the tag - such beautiful color combination, it is bright and cheery. Lovely.

I love Rhea's work!! That ribbon-bound book is fascinating to me. I am in the process of binding my first book....a very simply-designed project for my first try. Would love to advance to something as lovely as her project eventually!!! I am getting ready to watch her tutorial. :)

Wow, what gorgeous creations. I am looking forward to seeing more!
What talent!

I love these projects. Beautiful work.

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