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June 11, 2014

Dazzling Designs with Lori Williams

Secret garden layout

Today, we get to know the lovely Lori Williams! She is such a talented designer who shares some incredible altered art with us today. From Steampunk Spells to Secret Garden, she makes every type of project with every kind of color palette sing! We love her bio below, and you can really sense her kind and fun spirit. She also shared a common G45er conundrum in the past - at first she was not able to cut into our papers. Do you have lots of unused G45 paper? We're so glad she did cut into our paper, because her projects are just that beautiful. We hope you'll grab the scissors and create something beautiful like Lori! Like we always say, our papers never come alive until they're in the hands of our G45ers.


"My name is Lori Williams and I’m a happy fun loving southern girl from Western North Carolina, USA. I am honored to be part of such an amazing company as Graphic 45. I fell in love with G45 from the first moment I laid eyes on them, having to have each collection as it came out. I must admit for some time I was a hoarder and didn’t want to cut into my pretty paper. Once I finally took the plunge and starting cutting and creating the magic really began to happen.

My background is in Metals/Production Crafts but I’ve always worked with various forms of mediums. I love all the Staples that Graphic 45 offers as it lets me blend my love for paper and metal…satisfies my soul. My style is one that is clean yet very detailed and I love to create handmade flowers.

I have two adorable little boys, Cole and Will, that have stolen my heart, along with our Wheaten Terrier, Finley. There is never a dull moment in our household, that’s for sure. I enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with family and believe it or not…. pushing myself in Crossfit. My goal in life is to be better today than I was yesterday and to make sure I pay it forward."

Lori Williams' Blog

This incredible layout uses our Secret Garden collection. Lori composes her page with the most beautiful embellishments, and beautiful areas of simplicity and then gorgeous complexity! What a great technique to carry into your own crafting.

Secret garden layout

Isn't Lori's fussy cutting beautiful? Love her flowers and framing!

Secret garden layout

Secret garden layout

So many beautiful uses of dies, metal, embossing, pearls, and more throughout!

Secret garden layout

Secret garden layout

Supply List

Graphic 45 Secret Garden 12 x 12 Paper Collection
• Leafy Treetops
• Seed Fairy
• Coming Up Roses
• Pretty Primrose
Graphic 45 Metal Tag
Graphic 45 Metal Butterflies
Other: X-Acto Tool with cutting mat, Pearls, Foam Tape, Dusty Attic Chipboard, Distress Crackle Paint / Pickett Fence, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Sanding Block, Viva Décor Liquid Pearls,
Purple Pigment Ink, Card Stock, Cheery Lynn Dies, Scissors, Paper Cutter

Steampunk Spells is a G45er favorite collection, and Lori just makes it come alive! We love the ribbon and beautiful flowers she uses below. It really adds to the imagery.

Graphic 45 swap

Graphic 45 swap

Love that pumpkin!

Graphic 45 swap

Graphic 45 swap

Supply List

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells 12 x 12 Paper Collection
• Fanciful Floral
• Clockworks
• Nevermore
• Totally Wicked
• Beware
Steampunk Spells Banners
Steampunk Spells Tags and Pockets
Ornate Metal Keys
Other: Chipboard Font Letters, Tim Holtz Rosette Die, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Xyron Glue, Petaloo
Flowers, Distress Crackle Paint ( Turquoise, Black and Orange), May Arts Ribbon, Sanding Block, Wooden Blocks, Wooden Finial, Paper Mache Pumpkin, Scissors, Paper Cutter

Just imagine having such a beautiful altered birdhouse and mini album around your home! Lori once again makes Secret Garden shine with this show-stopper. From her cascading vines to perfectly white ribbon and finishes, this is a knockout. Just wait until you see the mini album inside!

BYP Secret Garden

BYP Secret Garden

BYP Secret Garden

Love how she closes her mini with a G45 Metal Butterfly with beautiful embossing!

BYP Secret Garden

BYP Secret Garden

BYP Secret Garden

Every one of Lori's pages is gorgeous!

BYP Secret Garden

BYP Secret Garden

BYP Secret Garden

BYP Secret Garden

BYP Secret Garden

BYP Secret Garden

BYP Secret Garden

Supply List

Graphic 45 Secret Garden 12 x 12 Paper Collection
• Leafy Treetops
• Seed Fairy
• Coming Up Roses
• Pretty Primrose
• Secret Garden
• April Showers
• May Flowers
• Meadow Lark
• Posy Patch
• Sunkissed
Graphic 45 Metal Butterflies
Other: X-Acto Tool with cutting mat, Pearls, Foam Tape, Seam Binding, Pearl Brad, Rhinestones,
Spellbinders Die, Recycled Bird House, Recycled Toilet Paper Roll, Mini Bird Nest, Vintage Photo Distress,
Card Stock, Cheery Lynn Dies, Scissors, Paper Cutter

Thank you for joining us to meet Lori today! Are you inspired to cut into your G45 stash like Lori? Did her words and work motivate you today? Welcome Lori in the comments below. We just love this 2014 Design Team. Join us tomorrow for more fun!

Encouraging Pretty Paper Cutting,

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Wonderful Lori great projectsc

Lovely! Yummy layers!

Beautiful projects Lori! Such an inspiration!!!!!!

Beautiful projects Lori! I love the altered items!!

I love them all...esp that the picture isn't just the usual square or rectangle....the frame around that picture....just perfect!

WOW - you are so right about her post today! GORGEOUS!

Absolutely stunning!!!

Gorgeous projects Lori!


Very beautiful projects. Great work.

Gorgeous stuff, Lori!

Oh my goodness, this is so gorgeous, and I simply can´t pick one thing for another, so I just have to love it all. Stunning work lady, soooooooo beautiful.

Beautiful lady and gorgeous projects. I love the Secret Garden collection and your projects show it off so well.

Beautiful projects!

Gorgeous projects all! Welcome Lori!

So many pretty things to make with G 45 papers.

Beautiful layout and amazingly detailed projects. Thank you for sharing. Michelle t

Lori Williams' creations are wonderful. I am still at the place where I can't cut into my G45 paper without much pain. Then it will be gone. So those who receive a card where I've used it are my most precious friends.

Oh my, I see why you were chosen, these are all my favorite things. I love birdhouses and hope you have a tutorial posted somewhere. Welcome. I am really looking forward to seeing what else you create!...Bobbie

Wonderful projects, Lori. The Altered Birdhouse with album really caught my eye!

These are very pretty!! Did you use My Sisters Scrapper tutorial for the TP mini? She creates such easy to follow tutorials doesn't she!!

simply beautiful. what more can I say!

WOW! What incredible work. Love Love Love the birdhouse mini album!

Adorable birdhouse, I love the Secret Garden collection. Need to see if I have any left and get a birdhouse.

Love the beautiful mini album!

LOVE todays projects!

Love every bit of The Secret Garden creations; absolutely beautiful.

Mm, I feel inspired to take out my Secret Garden papers and play with them a bit today. Welcome, Lori Williams!

I see G45 has updated the design team list. Isn't one name missing, though? Yumi Muraea? ( I love her aquarium mini, shown in the new team announcement post, so her name stuck with me :-)

Really Really beautiful!

Lovely projects full of inspiration

I am in love with your work already. Your tag album is amazing you Steam Punk boxes are so cool and your birdhouse and page layout are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your amazing works of art with us. I do have a really hard time cutting G45 papers they are all so beautiful. I am going to try it now.

Wonderful creations by Lori! Can't wait to see more of her work!

WOW !!! Just gorgeously amazing !!!

Welcome Lori !

The Secret Garden layout is out of this world and I love the birdhouse and mini album! Absolutely stunning! Can't wait to see more!

Beautiful layout. I love the secret garden paper so much. Welcome aboard.

Hey Lori, love all your work, it is breathtaking. It is so cool to have a gal from North Carolina on the DT this year. I live in Wilmington, NC and i can't find anyone around here to craft with. But now i can craft with you. Congrats and God bless you :)

Look at that beautiful birdhouse, Wow! Always admire anyone making mini albums! Of course the SP tag is wonderful too!
I have cut into 3 of my g45 items but only one was used. I can only ever afford a few sheets, never full collections or staples. If by some chance I find them reduced, I get one. But then can't use as only have one. My father was only person who received a gift using staples but he was my biggest support so was an honour to give it to him. It's still proudly sits in his study as my mother can't bare to move his favourite piece! Now I am getting emotional so bye bye :)

Love all of the boxes. Won't be long and it will be time to making Boo items.

Beautiful Loti!

I love your designs Lori, and your Goal to be better to day than you were yesterday.

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