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June 26, 2014

Introducing Graphic 45 Ambassador: Jim Hankins


Welcome to the blog this fine Thursday, G45ers! Today, we are welcoming a loved designer to our Ambassador Team - the amazing Gentleman Crafter, Jim Hankins! Are you a fan of The Gentleman Crafter? We have been from the very beginning, and are so excited to welcome him to this team of Ambassadors. We will share three amazing projects by the incredible Gentleman Crafter. Each project by this wonderful designer is so dignified, unique, and outstanding. Jim just recently taught workshops with Graphic 45 and we will share those photos with you as well. What a great day celebrating such a talented designer!

Before we share Jim's projects, don't forget the giveaway this week! What do you want to create with these goodies? Just comment here on our blog or on our Facebook page


You may be wondering "What is a G45 Ambassador?" It's a designer we have specifically invited to represent Graphic 45, since they are already teaching so many wonderful classes and workshops with Graphic 45 products all over the world. You will see familiar faces in this group of designers and teachers. This program is invite-only and we asked some amazing crafters for this team. We are so excited to welcome these designers to this brand new program with Graphic 45!


We love this photo of Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! Get to know this wonderful designer better today with us. Welcome Jim to the Ambassador Team!


Full of Southern charm, Jim Hankins is truly a Gentleman Crafter!  Known for creating intricate 3-D art projects and his use of innovative mixed media techniques, Jim has designed projects for Graphic 45 and for Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley of Ranger Industries.


An avid blogger, YouTube instructor and educator at large, Jim loves traveling the country, teaching classes online and in person and reaching out to fellow crafters to share his love of techniques and album construction.

Jim Hankins' Blog

Jim always comes up with the most creative and original ideas. We cannot wait for you to read this description of this magnificent project. What an inspiration!

The Victorian Bathing Box-Or the Bathing Machine

"I love the history of this Bathing Machine. It shows just how much times have changed. The Bathing Box or the Bathing Machine with only one door would be backed into the sea and need to be turned around. It was considered essential that the machine blocked any view of the bather from the shore. Some machines were equipped with a canvas tent lowered from the seaside door, sometimes capable of being lowered to the water, giving the bather greater privacy…

…so that the bather descending from the machine by a few steps is concealed from the public view,whereby the most refined female is enabled to enjoy the advantages of the sea with the strictest delicacy. (From Wikipedia)

The By the Sea Victorian Bathing Box has been updated with the beautiful papers of Graphic 45’s By the Sea Collection. Ready to be wheeled by the sea or ….into your living room. Pull on the door knob and out pops the 6 x 8 mini ready for summertime vacation memories."

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Supply List:

Graphic 45 12 x 12 By The Sea Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads
Idea-ology Hitch Fasteners
Idea-ology Ring Binder
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bigz XL Window and Window Box Die
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bigz Die- Pediments
Wooden Dowel
Glossy Accents

This is such a handsome creation and filled with layering, dimension, and detail that is congruent through all of Jim's memorable projects!

The Typography Wallet-

"The Quote Wallet redone in Graphic 45’s AMAZING Typography paper collection. The wallet is a wonderful place for little pictures, ephemera and your fun memories in all the flip pockets. The pockets are held in place by a Grungepaper belt."





Supply List:

Graphic 45 Typography 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Decorative Punch
Metal Rimmed Key Tags
Assorted embellishments for cover
Glossy Accents

Here's another project that will make you think, "Wow! How did he think of that?" Enjoy this Pyramid Couture mini album!

The Pyramid Gifted Mini-

"This little mini in a box is my go to when I need a fast little gift. The pyramidal shape of the box not only lends itself to the mini in the bottom for memories, quotes, etc. but for a sweet treat to be placed on top of the mini making it a complete gift."

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Supply List:

Graphic 45 12 x 12 Couture Collection
Graphic 45 Couture Chipboard Pieces

Jim recently taught a fun and fabulous class at Creative Cards & Crafts in Villa Park, IL with Come Away with Me! They look like they had the best time.




What a wonderful day of projects from Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! Did you have a favorite? Are you excited to see more from Jim in the coming year? Welcome him to our Ambassador Team in the comments below. Thanks to Jim for this wonderful day of projects!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45


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Would love to make a Haunted house with
the new paper. Jim is very talented.

Jim is awesome. I love his work. So glad you've brought back some of the "old" favorites.

Adore Jim's creations is all I can say. Adore the man himself too....a true artist if there ever was one. In thinking about what I'd like to create with the best paper in the whole wide world...G-45 of course. I like to create love, little or big designs made with love for those I love. Plain and simple or over the top blinged out. G-45+Jim=love!!!

Love the pyramid gift mini!

always love his projects, such a creative mind.

Spectacular projects, as always, Jim! Your work is unique and fabulous!

Wohoo!!!!! I am totally & utterly beyond excited to see Jim again!! He really is on another level when it comes to innovations & incredible construction. Not to mention the ability to make all he does look amazing. He is also (from what I have experienced) A jolly nice chap!! :)

...what is not to luv about Jim and all his creativity ....He is an amazing artist..and G45 is an amazing product..

Jim does so many beautifully creative things, it's hard to know where to start! I love all the interesting details he always adds to his projects!

Jim the Gentleman Crafter rocks! You should check out his Christmas tour of his house - fabulous! He is the ultimate papercrafter and I am so glad he's Graphic 45's Ambassador!!! Congrats Jim!

I have had the pleasure of meeting Jim in person. I can tell you he is one of the sweetest most genuine person you will ever know. And his ideas and creation are always AMAZING! Congratulations Jim!

Jim is just amazing. So talented and creative. So...inspiring. If I won the prize pack this week, I would create a Mini album and try not to hoard any of it. lol

So glad Jim is still doing projects for Graphic 45. Jim has such great talents. I just love the Erie Tales Paper & would love to have the chance to make a Halloween mini album.
I just can't say how much I love your papers & other products. Everything is always made with such detail.
THANK YOU Graphic 45!

Jim, this is stunning work!!!

AWESOME projects! Such inspiration:) I would love to make an altered box and mini album with your G45 products!

Congrats to Jim! I am a fan of his AWESOME creations AND G45 is my very favorite scrapbook paper. Everytime a new line comes out I think ...oh my this is my favorite...until the next one and it is my favorite!

Amazing, incredible, creative genious . . . just a few words to describe Jim's work. Jim and G45 are quite a team!

Jim is an amazing crafter as well as paper engineer. Beautiful results.

All the Graphic 45 Ambassadors are amazing. Looks like another creative year with Graphic 45.

He is simply amazing!

Welcome, Jim! Your projects are amazing! I enjoyed reading about the bathing box--times really have changed! I've followed your blog for a while now and your projects never disappoint.

Congrats to Jim on his Ambassador appointment with Graphic 45. So well deserved! So looking forward to meeting you at the Soiree!! Thanks so much for a chance to win these amazing products from Graphic 45.

I love Jim, I love Graphic 45. What more could I want?

Welcome Gentleman Jim! You are very talented and I love to see your projects!

One of my all-time favorites!! I love Jim's dimensional pieces and they are so perfect with Graphic 45 papers. Wouldn't mind having a new collection to work with myself... hint... hint....

Oh wow! These projects are amazing!!!

Jims work is astounding. I look in on his blog frequently and I'm awestruck :)

Awesome projects made from truly amazing paper!!

Love Gentleman Jim's work! Would love to win this Eerie scrapbook package!

Welcome Jim! LOVELOVELOVE your creations! There is always a little surprise in each project you make and I am in awe! TFS!

Great work!

Amazing man! Extraordinary and thrilling! Fantastic!

Beautiful projects!

Super cool projects Jim. Have ways loved your work!

Love seeing Jim back on Graphic 45 blog
Love seeing his creations!

Seen from a masculine eye, G45 papers have a different styling that attracts many paper crafters. Thanks for inviting this artist to continue on with your team of very talented designers! Looking forward to that beautiful fall paper collection...thanks for this product opportunity!

Create wonderful Halloween Treat boxes . Love love these

Fans of Graphic 45 are so fortunate that others share their beautiful projects with all of us. Thank you

Jim can do anything!! My goodness the creativity has no end these are over the top AWESOME ... just when you think you've seen it all... here comes Jim and he's got personality too !!!
:) Hi Jim Welcome !

Wow! Totally blown away by these gorgeous designs... is it only ever going to be a dream for me to travel all the way to the USA just to papercraft??? Sigh.

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