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March 22, 2015

Find Peace in Creativity with Rhea Freitag


Rhea Freitag has such a stunning sense for altered art. Her configuration trays, boxes, and creations are always so brilliantly detailed and every embellishment looks like it was placed where it was meant to be. Her work is stunning, and today you get to know a little more about her creative process, how she finds it therapeutic, and her crafting forte. The National Craft Month interviews continue!

An Interview with Rhea Freitag! #graphic45 #nationalcraftmonth

An Interview with Rhea Freitag

1. Why do you craft?

Crafting and creating for me is therapeutic.  I lose track of time when I am making things and I find myself very much at peace when engaged in creative activities.  I have learned that I also love the craft of publishing my blog as this allows for photography, composing text and hopefully inspiring others.  

2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?

I feel my creative strengths lie in altered art, book making and assemblage.  I strive to create pieces that tell a story, invoke memory and engage the observer interactively through movement.  Many of the objects in my work have personal meaning to me as I love symbolism.  

3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?

Working on design teams has been a huge motivation and inspiration for me, right along with the stress relief I mentioned earlier.  Designing  in a creative group, inspiring followers and collaborating with different companies has all really helped me to grow leaps and bounds since I started my creative journey.  Having these assignments (sometimes way out of my comfort zone or media!!!) pushes me to try new things and get even more creative.  

4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?

Most of my finished works are stashed around the house.  I also often give things away as gifts to family and friends if the subject matter suits them.  Since I have so much stuff, I have recently also been dragging more to my office at work.  Probably the most fun thing I have done with some of my finished work is abandon them for others to find as a random act of kindness.  

Graphic 45 Art Display Buffet by Rhea Freitag #graphic45

Graphic 45 Art Display Buffet by Rhea Freitag #graphic45

Mantle art display by Rhea Freitag #graphic45

Graphic 45 Art Display Mantle by Rhea Freitag #graphic45

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

I cannot recall one that is funny thus far!

We love your altered projects and love your amazing displays! Thanks for sharing with us, Rhea!

Now, Rhea shows you how she makes her altered masterpieces! Learn how she creates this amazing shadowbox.

"For this assignment the team was asked to create a project in their favorite style and create a tutorial.  Since I really enjoy assemblage work and shadowboxes, I decided I would show folks how easy it is to create a complex piece.  There is a Snapguide to show off all my little secrets to making an assemblage with lots of interest.  I used Raining Cats and Dogs as my paper of choice and I adore how whimsical this one turned out! Cheers!" ~Rhea

Learn how to make this gorgeous shadowbox with a tutorial from Rhea using Raining Cats & Dogs #graphic45

Check out How to Make a Small Shadow Box by Rhea Freitag on Snapguide.  

Rhea's Snapguide Tutorial

Amazing pieces of Rhea's Raining Cats & Dogs shadowbox #graphic45

Amazing pieces of Rhea's Raining Cats & Dogs shadowbox #graphic45

Amazing pieces of Rhea's Raining Cats & Dogs shadowbox #graphic45

Make this amazing shadowbox with a tutorial by Rhea using Raining Cats & Dogs #graphic45

Amazing pieces of Rhea's Raining Cats & Dogs shadowbox #graphic45

Supply List

8x8 Raining Cats and Dogs Paper
Raining Cats and Dogs Stickers
Washi Tape Set
7 Gypsies Shadowbox
Artful Dwellings Die
Metal and Resin Embellishments

Arlene's Steampunk Spells Fall Tray using G45, Petaloo, and Xyron #graphic45

Here's a great altered printer's tray from the vault for extra inspiration! For our Southern Hemisphere G45ers, this is just perfect for you as you enter into the fall season! This is a gorgeous printer's tray by DT alumni Arlene Cuevas using Steampunk Spells, Petaloo, and Xyron products. Amazing!


It’s March Craftness with Sizzix! Some of your favorite craft brands have come together to celebrate National Craft and Quilt Month. Did you know that studies show that arts and crafts aid in your emotional well-being and can help to reduce stress? Well we're here to celebrate for those very reasons... and because it's just plain fun to make stuff! Sizzix is giving one lucky winner each week the craft tools and materials to be creative and have fun.

From March 1st to March 28th, Sizzix is giving away over $1,000 in prizes—with one winner chosen each week!

This week is GRAND PRIZE WEEK! Fun, Fun, Fun!

So from March 22nd to March 28th, enter for your chance to win:

1) SizzixBig Shot Pro Machine & $100 Sizzix.com Gift Card

2) Xyron9" Creative Station™

3) Hoffman Fabrics: fabric and thread bundle of the 2015 Hoffman Challenge, featuring all of the Challenge collection and the special thread collection created by Aurifil

4) Therm-O-WebHeatnBond EZ • Print Sheets & Pressing PaperFabric Fuse Liquid AdhesiveHeat 'n Bond Lite • 35 yd Bolt

5) Graphic 45: assorted items from Raining Cats & Dogs paper collection

 Don’t miss it! Enter using the Rafflecopter Widget below:

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Gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us this Sunday. We hope you have a fabulous day and enjoy this fabulous inspiration.

Your Pals in Paper,

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Oh my gosh what gorgeous inspiring projects!!

I love Rhea's project!!! This makes me want to take out my collection and make one myself!!!💞💞💞

What really great projects. Love them all.

beautiful projects, such talented ladies!

Absolutely INCREDIBLE!! LOVE the shadowbox and the printers tray is divine!! Thanks for the tutorial!

While I'm not interested in creating a project of this type, I did enjoy watching the creative process unfold in the photo tutorial. I'm not sure how this product prize is working this week, but whoever wins it will be in crafting heaven!

Love all the projects....they really inspire! The altered printer's tray is fantastic......

Rhea is my favorite crafty designer. I have been following her for years. Her projects are always amazing.

Simply stunning!

Oh gosh, two wonderful pieces & two of my fave collections. Ty for amazing giveaway chances too.: )

Great gal, great art!

Just one more time --- Enough with the Facebook only contests/giveaways.

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