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May 20, 2014

A Fond Graphic 45 Farewell to Alberto Juarez Diaz


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Today is a bittersweet day on the blog. We are celebrating the magnificent work of Alberto Juarez Diaz! You have seen his truly inspiring work the last two years on our Design Team. He is a true mini album artist, and he makes the most detailed, remarkable, and truly exhilirating altered art. We are going to miss Alberto so much and are constantly in awe of his work. Today, we will share never-before-seen projects from Alberto, and then share some of the highlights of his time with us. Since we can't share them all, what were some of your Alberto favorites? We cannot wait to spend a whole day celebrating his incredible work!


"I'm a guy from Spain, and I have been doing scrapbooking for over three years. I discovered scrapbooking by chance. I wanted to make a special gift, a diary for a trip (I love travel) and that's how I discovered the wonderful world of scrapbooking. My style is vintage, totally a classic vintage Victorian European style. I also enjoy working with bright colors, as in the vintage bright colors are perfect. There is no other brand like Graphic 45 that offers all of that." -L. Alberto Juarez Diaz

Alberto Juarez Diaz Blog

Let's begin with a completely new project from Alberto. He created this Wedding Diary using Botanical Tea and A Ladies' Diary and we just fell in love. His incredible layering and composition is absolutely stunning. The mini inside has such great details as well. This is a show stopper.



The spine uses Spring Duet from Botanical Tea and it has the most perfect vintage look. We love it!



Alberto creates the most unique and stunning mini albums, and this wedding diary is no exception. Imagine storing your favorite notes, photos, and special treasures from your big day. What a truly remarkable keepsake!





Supply List

Botanical tea 12x12 Pad
Botanical tea 6x6 Patterns & Solid pad
Botanical tea Stickers
Botanical tea chipboard 1
Botanical tea chipboard 2
Shabby chic ornate metal key holes
Ornate metal label holders
Prima Marketing Flowers
Prima Marketing Say it in crystals
Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Bigz Die
Distress Crackle Paint
Distress Ink

Here's another never-before-seen Alberto original. This is an altered Botanical Tea jam basket. Perfect to gift for a special occasion! What a stunning, heartfelt set to give or receive. The flowers give it such a romantic touch. We are in love with this beautiful set!



Love the framing with the leaves. What a simple yet dynamic detail.



Supply list

Botanical Tea Paper:
Herbal Infusion
Botanical tea 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad
Botanical Tea Tags & Pockets
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads
Prima Marketing Flowers & Embellishments
Baker Twine
Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Ginas Design Die Cut

This project has been shared on the blog before, but it was one of our personal favorites. A true Steampunk masterpiece with clever uses for moustraps and our Ornate Metal Label Holders. And then those gears reaching to the sky! What a genius Steampunk Spells project.



Then, you can't forget the great tag mini inside. Love the folding technique for the tags to make a cascading mini!


And who can forget this whimsical and fun Olde Curiosity Shoppe wall hanging? Love love that deer head with the beautiful clock and fussy cut butterflies filling the space. Who doesn't love the Metal Butterflies with chipboard hanging down? A dynamic detail all using G45!


We always loved Alberto's use of the retired collection, Steampunk Debutante. Here are two of the projects he made using that collection. Alberto not only masters the mini album, but he can also really amaze when he creates 3D projects like the hot air balloon below. Just really magnificent details throughout.




This was a fan and G45 favorite - Alberto's French Country altered radio! With his inspired use of G45 Staples (like the two Antique Metal Door Pulls on both sides of the "radio dial") and the perfect placement of the rich patterned papers, this project is a true standout. Another astounding piece of altered art from Alberto!


Taking this walk down memory lane has truly made us even more sad to say goodbye to Alberto. Thank you for inspiring us and for showing us such true innovation and beauty all through your time here. We will miss you greatly! Thank you for celebrating Alberto with us today. What project inspired you from his time here? Tell us below in the comments, I know Alberto will love to read them too.

Remembering Fondly,

Graphic 45

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Beautiful projects. Love seeing this work from a true artist. Will miss seeing his great work.

Alberto has some really creative and beautifully made projects! I'll be sorry to see him go.

I am just in awe of each and every one of Alberto's creations. He goes way beyond making a "paper project" It's really Paper ART!

Beautiful and creative projects, especially the wedding diary. Michelle t

Wow, Steampunk mini rocks!

but sad news, Alberto seems like a great artist! Really miss you view your creations G45, the good thing is that I follow your blog, and I'm your fan!

Amazing projects. Truly amazing!

Awesome pieces of ART!

I follow Alberto's blog because the first project of his that I saw was so interesting. I'll keep following it. Everything on here today is wonderful.

Wow! Alberto's projects are wonderful!

I am going to miss you Alberto!! My all time favorite is the NY Steampunk Deputante mini album .. when I saw the way you used the Modern Marvels image in your mini that is when I fell in love with G45 and all of their beautiful papers. I scoured the internet for each 12x12 sheet I could find of Steampunk Debutante and finally got the whole collection from 4 different sites :) Hope to see you back next year :)

Such cool stuff, you will be missed lots! xx

Alberto is a true artist. His projects are original, beautiful, and so, so wonderful. Alberto I wish you luck and happiness as you continue creating such masterpieces. Thank you for sharing your talents.

lovely projects

The Jam Box is the perfect thing I have been looking for to donate to a benefit auction! Are there instructions for it that I can look up? His work is amazing. So sorry to say goodbye.

goodbye alberto
this is the 1st ive seen of his work
they are all PHENOMINAL
I couldn't pick just one.
hope to see more of his work in the future

Absolutely amazing projects all! Beautifully executed!

I really like his creativity!! He will be missed on here.

Your creativity is inspiring! I hope your future endeavor allows you to continue using your creativity. Thank you for sharing your projects with us!

Everything Alberto has created is truly brilliant. He will be sorely missed. I wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors.

I love your clock it is just stunning. Your radio is out of this world and your different albums you have made. Your work is absolutely over the top incredible. Thank you for sharing and we will miss you too.

WAUW what an amazing load of gorgeous projects. I will definitely miss Alberto on the team, he´s such a clever guy and have really inspired me many times with his amazing projects. I can´t pick a favorit, cause there´s sooo many and I´ve always been a huge fan of all his ever shown us. Such a talented guy and I absiolutely LOVE all his work.
I really wish him all the very best in the future too.

Alberto you will be sadly missed, I am always in awe at your work.


Alberto will surely be missed, but his works will live on in G45 memory and mine!!

Impresionantes todos y cada uno de sus trabajos!!! Para mi sin duda es el mejor y se le echará de menos por aquí!!!

Alberto, you are fabulously talented! Love your work! Thanks again, Graphic 45! Love all your fabulous designers!

Alberto is going to be very missed!

Such imagination and creativity! Classics!

I have always loved Alberto's work, from the moment I first saw it! He is sooo clever with his designs and so out-of-the-box creative. It was an honor to get to design alongside him for a year. Best wishes to you, Alberto!! Hope to see you on the team again!

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