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June 06, 2013

Layouts & Minis With Love By Arlene Cuevas


Hello G45ers,

Do you love mixed media, layouts, and cards? Well then you're going to love today's gorgeous Graphic 45 blog! We are continuing our introductions to our new 2013 Design Team and today we are welcoming back the amazing Arlene Cuevas! This is Arlene's second year on the Graphic 45 Design Team and we are so excited to have her back! Today we will share four magnificent crafts from Arlene including a layout, mixed media mini album, card and more! There are even fun video tutorials that are filled with helpful tips! All of today's crafts were part of Arlene's final submissions for the Graphic 45 2013 Design Team Call. They definitely capture her elegant and breathtaking style! Get ready to be swept off your feet by today's beautiful crafts!

We also wanted to remind you that there's still time to enter to win this week's blog prize! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win this wonderful Place in Time prize that includes a Place in Time 8x8 paper pad, Stickers, Alphabet Stickers, Chipboard Die-Cuts, Flower Staples and a MyStick by Scrapbook Adhesives. That's a $35 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win this fabulous prize! A random winner will be announced on Friday's blog.



And now it's time to get to know a bit about the fabulous Arlene. One look at any of Arlene's amazing crafts and it's clear that she combines impeccable techniques with clear artistic direction. She loves color and knows just how to combine gorgeous papers and embellishments to create just the right look for her projects. Her work is also wonderfully balanced with just the right amount of elements to make it incredibly gorgeous with lavish textures and layers. It is this combination of qualities that make Arlene's work instantly alluring. Take a tour of her marvelous blog Butterfly Kisses Designs and you'll see what we mean. Her work will instantly make you smile. We are so happy to be welcoming Arlene back for her second year on the Graphic 45 Design Team! Ladies and gentleman, say hello to the fabulous Arlene!


About Arlene:

My name is Arlene Cuevas and I live in the sunny state of California. I’ve been married for 12 years and have 3 amazing little boys ages 5, 9 and 11.  During the day, I’m a Business Operations Manager for an internet company. At night, I’m known as “MyButterflykisses” on various crafting social networks.


I’ve always had a passion for creating since I can remember. When I was young, one could always find me on the dining room table working on a new project!


In 1994, I attended my first craft party. Immediately after, I began dabbling in card-making and scrapbook layouts. I was instantly hooked on paper crafting! I found the scrapbooking community on YouTube in 2008 and grew quite fond of creating mini albums and altered art. I also enjoy stamping, Copic coloring, art journaling, and mixed media. I’m in my element when experimenting with and combining new materials on a project. My strengths play on the ability to layer elements and marry unique products together. You’ll often see this in how I design and layer my cards, scrapbook pages and altered pieces. I enjoy expressing my artistic style with various products and designs. I am an active member of the YouTube community where I share tutorials and "how to's" on my YouTube channel "mybutterflykisses12". I also share projects and tutorials on my blog. I am fortunate to design, and have designed, for several scrapbooking companies including the infamous Graphic 45. A crafter’s dream come true!


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First up in today's introduction is this elegant layout that Arlene created featuring A Ladies' Diary. You can see how beautifully A Ladies' Diary looks with wedding photos! It's so romantic! Arlene did an amazing job of combining pretty fussy cut flowers with handmade paper flowers. This is a great technique that adds fabulous depth to any project! It's absolutely stunning! Here is what Arlene had to say about this beautiful work of art!

“I love the feminine, vintage, classic feel of A Ladies’ Diary paper collection by Graphic 45. I’ve always wanted to create a keepsake of my wedding photos and thought this collection would be perfect for a layout of a garden photo I took on our wedding day.” -Arlene














A Ladies’ Diary paper collection

A Ladies’ Diary Chipboard Tags 1

A Ladies’ Diary Chipboard Tags 2

A Ladies’ Diary Cardstock Stickers

Ornate Metal Door Plate

White Doilies – Owl & Thistle

May Arts ribbon

Cheery Lynn Designs – Fanciful Flourish

Spellbinders – Grande Peony Creations

My Favorite Things Die Namics – Botanical Beauty & Prima Donna Petals

12x12 Heavy Chipboard

Recollections pearl bling

Folk Art Acrylic paint – Antique White


Next we have another breathtaking craft by Arlene that features the Graphic 45 Matchbook Boxes and Secret Garden collection. Behold, this gorgeous mixed media 12x12 Matchbook Box that Arlene created! This is such an amazing way to immortalize your precious photos! We love how Arlene layered Graphic 45 Metal Staples on the cover of this amazing box! The soft colors of Secret Garden look perfect in this mixed media masterpiece! Want to know how it was made? Check out Arlene's two video tutorials that take you through the creative process!














Mixed Media tutorial




Scrapbook Page tutorial






Secret Garden papers: Secret Garden, Meadow Lark, Springtime, Pretty Primrose

Secret Garden Chipboards 1 & 2, Stickers, Alphabet stickers

Staples: 12x12 Matchbook Box, Antique Metal Drawer pull, Ornate Metal Keyhole, Ornate Door Plate & Knob, Ornate Metal Label Holder, Metal Butterfly, Metal Tag, Metal Hinges

Other Metal findings and embellishments from my stash



I Am Roses flowers

Recollections flowers

Prima flowers

Imaginarium Designs chipboard phrase "Lifetime of Memories"

Miniature flower pot

Pearl string



Modeling Paste


Mod Podge

Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays (for list of colors used on this project, visit my blog: www.butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com)

Scor Tape


3M ATG adhesive

Glossy Accents

Hot Glue


Here we have another show-stopper by Arlene! Here is her enchanting Secret Garden mini album with a mixed media cover! Arlene is definitely a mixed media master! She even created a fun and informative video tutorial in which she takes you step-by-step through the creation of the mixed media cover of this elegant mini album. This video is amazing and a perfect way to learn how to add fantastic dimension, texture and color to any craft creation! Spring comes to life in every page of this exquisite creation!















 Mixed Media Mini Album Cover Tutorial




Secret Garden Mini Album - Complete Walk Through





Secret Garden 12x12 Paper pad

Secret Garden 8x8 Paper pad

Secret Garden 6x6 Patterns and Solids pack

Secret Garden Banners

Secret Garden Tags & Envelopes

Secret Garden Stickers

Secret Garden Alphabet Stickers

Secret Garden Chipboard 1 & 2

Staples: Metal Butterfly, Antique Metal Door Pull, Metal Tag, Metal Button, Ornate Metal Key Hole, Metal Clothespin

Imaginarium Designs clock chippie

Miscellaneous metal embellishments


Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays (See my blog [butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com] for full list of sprays used)

Crafter's Workshop "chicken wire" 6x6 stencil

White doilies

May Arts ribbon

I Am Roses flowers

Recollections flowers

Petaloo flowers

Heavy Chipboard

Accucut dies: Tab Album, Pocket

Sizzix die: Pocket

Memory Box dies: Large shutter, Small window

Making Memories garment pins

Pink and Gold tulle

Mod Podge

Gesso (white)

Liquitex Modeling Paste


Glossy Accents

Hot Glue

CINCH by We R Memory Keepers

Bind-it-all owires (gold, 1")


Last but not least is this incredible Secret Garden card that Arlene created. She layered and distressed the beautiful Secret Garden papers and added pretty Secret Garden Chipboard Die-Cuts for even more color and dimension. Handmade flowers and other sweet embellishments only add to the cheer of this marvelous card! It's the perfect card to brighten the day of someone you love! Check out the gorgeous video tutorial that Arlene created. She shows you how to make this shabby chic card and handmade flowers!


“I enjoy creating cards as well, and am drawn to the vintage, shabby chic feel of the Secret Garden paper collection. I used several layers on this card, including Secret Garden papers, cardstock, white paper doilies, Secret Garden chipboard pieces, Secret Garden paper flowers, Metal Staples and more. Why buy a card when you can put all your love into a handmade card? A handmade card, made from the heart, is certainly something to treasure.” -Arlene










Card and Flower Tutorial







Secret Garden: 8x8 pad, 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pack, Cardstock Flowers, Cardstock banners, Chipboard #2, stickers

Staples: Metal Clothespin "Timeless"

PaperTrey Ink White and Kraft cardstock

I Am Roses flowers

Cheery Lynn Designs dies: Sophia's heart (doily), Leaf Flourish

White Doily

Zva Creations white pearl flourish

Recollections white pearls


Martha Stewart butterfly punch

Secret Garden Stamps (embossed inside card)


White embossing powder

3M ATG Adhesive

Glossy Accents


We hope you all enjoyed today's marvelous crafts by Arlene. We are thrilled to have her on our team this year! We can't wait to see her amazing new creations! We want to thank her for her great work today. Big thanks to all of you for joining us! Be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win that Place in Time prize pack! A random winner will be announced on tomorrow's blog so stay tuned! Have a delightful day, G45ers!


Happy Papercrafting!


Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Oh wow! I just love all of these projects!

I am a huge admirer of Arlene's work. She manages to always grab my attention with the beautiful projects she creates. I quite often look at Arlene's work when I need inspiration.

Soooooooo gorgeous! LOVING it all!!

I've followed Arlene for years on YouTube and learned so much from her. Her work is exquisite.

Absolutely stunning! I follow Arlene on you tube and I learn so much!!

I love the loaded designs. Making a special gift for a gardening friend and I will steal ideas from Arlene. Thanks.

I love todays blog post!! Amazing!! I love everyone of the projects!!
Amazing work Arlene.

Your creations are amazing. Thank you for sharing your talent.

LOVE LOVE LOVE Every single awe inspiring piece of Arlene's art!

Thank you for sharing.

Wow! what an inspiration and such great video tutorials too.

Arlene is a very talented artis! Wow! I'm impressed! Wonderful projects!

I have watched Arlene Tutorials on YouTube, for a long while, She's a great teacher... and comes up with beautiful,beautiful things, and I love that she shares!!! Graphic 45 Rocks, I love your papers!! And the wonderful ideas..

these layout are stunning! wonderful projects all around!

Such beautiful work. Very nice paper and ephemera. Thanks for sharing.

WOW, Arlene you are super talented! I'm going to watch your videos now.

The inks on the album cover are amazing!

Welcome Arlene! I love her work. I subscribed to Butterfly Kisses blog and enjoy seeing all her talent.

Big fan of Arlene's! So glad she's back for another year of inspiration!

Arlene's work is always so beautiful and intricate with layers. Quite inspiring!

Incredible work with incredible papers! Thanks for all the inspiration!

OMG, Awesome projects. My mind just spins when I look at all your great projects everyday. I love them.


Wow Arlene's work is amazing !!!
Craft envy .....xx

Wonderful projects! I love the Secret Garden product and Arlene really made the product shine!

Amazing creations by Arlene - glad she's back for another year! Judy D.


Arlene is the reason I am a Graphic 45, YouTube and papercrafting addict! So glad she's back for another year! Awesome designer with awesome products!!!

Stunning projects!! I love all of the layers!!

These wedding layouts are gorgeous! Works of art (and heart!)!!!

Arlene never fails to amaze! Love all of her projects - no matter the media!

Congrats Arlene. I am a huge fan of your work and I just love your tutorials.

Love all of Arlene's work, but really love the card. Love the small rose buds on her work, I had to search but found them and they are being shipped to me. Some times it is the small things that catch my eye.

Such gorgeous projects!!!

Wow grogeous work!

gosh, every one of these projects is a piece of art! :)

How beautiful and charming
all of these projects are.
So pretty with all the
flowers and embellishments.
Carla from Utah

These projects are amazing! So beautiful!

I LOVE this album! It's simply gorgeous!

Love your creations Arlene! You actually inspired me to use Gesso on a box and mini album I am making for my sisters birthday using the Secret Garden collection .. It is my first shabby chic project and I have to say I love it ... I even used Gesso on the whole mini album (not just the box :) ) thank you!

Arlene is incredibly talented. Just gorgeous projects!

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