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June 04, 2014

Think Outside the Box with Donna Espiritu


Happy Wednesday, G45ers! Thank you for joining us on the blog this fine day. We are having a wonderful week getting to know our 2014 Design Team. Today, we introduce a fantastic designer, Donna Espiritu. Donna joins the team from Saudi Arabia. She makes the most incredible altered projects covered in stunning flowers, bold layering, beautiful embellishments, and they are finished off with the most dazzling details. She has such a great story of how she came to papercrafting in her introduction below. We cannot wait to get to know this talented designer. Welcome Donna with us!


"My name is Donna Espiritu. I'm from the Philippines currently living in Saudi Arabia with my husband. We have no children yet so you would always see me, hubby, my nieces and nephew, family, and friends as usual subjects in my projects. I have been scrapbooking since 2004 when I got married. I think of myself as a crafty person ever since so when I came across scrapbooking through I got interested right away. It was difficult finding scrapbook-related materials that time in the Philippines so what I did was download images from the internet, print and cut them up. Instead of working with my wedding album, I ended up making my first niece's baby album. I got hooked so much and was so happy when a local paper manufacturer started carrying scrapbook stuff. As the saying goes, I got hooked from then on.

I also dabbled into digital and hybrid scrapbooking a few years later. I loved it as well! I love learning new things and how I was able to incorporate both paper and digital scrapbooking. I also tried my hands in card making, altering stuff and mixed-media. I think I am addicted to the smell of new papers! I also collect pens -journaling pens, glittered, calligraphy pens, any kind- that I use for doodling on my layouts (one way or another I've got to have my own hand-writing into my creations).

My style has evolved over the years. Someone told me when I was starting that there's a free-style vibe in designs. I don't really know how to describe my style, but I can do a simple (but not clean) or embellished layout/page or project. I love layers, clusters of papers and embellishments and I also love trying out new things/techniques and make it my own."

Donna Espiritu's Blog

Donna makes the vivid colors of Bohemian Bazaar come alive with this gorgeous altered box. Don't you love the flower burst in the center of this project? It looks like the layers go on forever!




Supply List

Bohemian Bazaar 12x12 double-sided papers
Bohemian Bazaar 8x8 double-sided papers
Bohemian Bazaar tags and pockets
Bohemian Bazaar chipboard
Bohemian Bazaar cardstock stickers
Square kraft box
Pink Cardstock
Prima flower
Blue Fern Studios chipboard
small gold beads
gold doily
gold nylon thread
satin ribbons

The card below is full of elegance and class, topped with the most wonderful sentiment. Can't you imagine how delighted your friend would be if you sent them this beautiful card?


Supply List

Typography 12x12 double-sided papers
Typography chipboard
White cardstock
Prima flowers
Martha Stewart border punch
Tim Holtz distress ink
Black nylon thread

Wow! We adore these altered holiday boxes by Donna. Don't you love how she used the cardtock flowers and chipboard from The Twelve Days of Christmas? What a brilliant idea for those hard-to-wrap gifts - let the gift wrap surprise and delight!





Supply List

Twelve days of Christmas 12x12 double-sided papers
Twelve days of Christmas chipboard 1
Twelve Days of Christmas Chipboard 2
Twelve days of Christmas banners
Twelve days of Christmas flowers
Satin ribbon
Gold nylon thread
Gold brad
Stitched sequins
Martha Stewart Puncher

We adore these wonderful projects by Donna! Is there a project that jumps out at you? Are you excited to see more from this talented artist? Welcome Donna in the comments below. Thanks for joining us for another day of excitement. We will see you tomorrow!

Happy Papercrafting,

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Bright and cheery projects.

Great altered boxes, so pretty!

Wow those Christmas boxes are amazing! Really beautiful projects. I look forward to seeing moreof Donna's work. Michelle t

Nothing better than more awesome boxes! They are beautiful.

Really makes me want to go home and get crafty with my G45 items!!! Great holiday boxes!

Beautiful designs Donna; look forward to seeing more of your creativity!

Fabulous Donna what thrill to be on the team with you

Way to go Donna! So proud of you!

Soo much beautiful work here from Donna too, she has a very fancy style, I think, and I love her colorful art here.

great projects!

Color, color and more color. I like Donna's style.

Absolutely beautiful projects. Thank you for the inspiration.

The gift boxes are really amazing!

Wonderful projects! Looking forward to seeing more!

Love the colors! Lovely work!!!

Gorgeous creations! LOVE THEM!! WOW!!

Those holiday boxes are wonderful!

Beautiful...love all the great colors.

What fabulous projects!

Welcome to G45! Looking forward to seeing more of your interesting work. I like the idea of coordinating an envelope flap to the card contained within...very pretty. Those gift ideas are certainly very different. Again, welcome!

Welcome Donna. I'm really digging your altered boxes. They're beautiful

Welcome aboard, Donna! Your works are awesome and your story is so inspiring! Looking forward to seeing your creations throughout the year!! xoxo

You are very talented! I love your projects.

Amazing use of color. Love all the layering. Can't wait to see more. Kim

The holiday boxes are incredible! Thanks for sharing your creative and inspiring art. Look forward to seeing more.

Lovely fun projects!

Donna certainly loves bright & bold with lots of embellishments :)

Welcome Donna. I look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations!

Wow, I love Donna's work. Gorgeous.

Welcome to the DT Donna! I love your Twelve Days of Christmas boxes! They are gorgeous! TFS!

Very pretty projects!

Such gorgeous projects again today!

Bohemian Bazaar is my favorite line (so far), and the box is beyond beautiful. You will be a great asset to the DT.

Great projects!

Donna creates beautiful packaging - too pretty to open!

Wow! Amazing projects! Thanks for sharing!

Welcome to the party Donna! looking forward to seeing all your creativity using G45 products.

Welcome Donna. I love your layers - the description was so on point - it looks like the layers on the altered box go on forever. So pretty. The Christmas boxes are fantastic.

Beautiful projects. I love the "outside the box" project I think that is one of my most favorite papers. It is just so bright and happy.

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