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March 11, 2015

Why Do You Love to Craft? Donna Espiritu Shares Her Crafting Love!


Today, we are going to take a closer look at the talented Donna Espiritu! She recently had the beautiful baby pictured above, and we can't wait to get to know more about her love for creating. Then, she provides a wonderful tutorial for this gorgeous Baby 2 Bride layout. The National Craft Month fun continues!


An Interview with Donna Espiritu

1. Why do you craft?

Although it started as a hobby, I consider crafting as a reason to explore my creative side. I also want to continue preserving memories through my layouts, mini-albums, cards, etc. I know one day I will want to look back and and then I'll see my life through my creations.

2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?

Cards, minis, altered art, layouts, etc?- I love trying out and doing all of these things. But I think my forte is creating layouts (and mini-albums).

3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?

My life. I want to record, capture our lives not just for myself but especially for my daughter.

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

For layouts, I display them first on top of the cabinet where I put most of my crafting stuff. Then either I slip it into my album or in a brown paper bag which I collect. For minis, cards, tags, I also display them then later on put them in a box (with a scented sachet, so it smells good when someone take it out to see).

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

I accidentally cut myself with my fine tip scissors. Didn't feel a thing and no blood came out, until I pulled it out. Hurriedly dabbed the area with alcohol and it hurt like...H. :)

Ouch! That doesn't sound like fun. Thanks for sharing your love for crafting, Donna. Amazing!

Now, Donna shares her gorgeous layout and provides a fabulous tutorial below!

"I consider creating layouts as my forte. And one of the things that I notice in my projects is dimension. I tend to layer things up but not just using foam tapes to add "height" to elements in my projects. There are several ways to add dimension: a piece of corrugated cardboard (I also love to recycle), stacks of photos/flowers/chipboard pieces, cheese cloth/gauze, etc." ~Donna


Check out How to Make "Sweetest Baby" Layout by Donna Espiritu on Snapguide.  

Donna's Snapguide Tutorial





Supply List

Graphic 45 Baby 2 bride 12x12 papers
Graphic 45 Baby 2 bride stickers
Graphic 45 Baby to bride chipboards
Graphic 45 staples - keyhole
Graphic 45 - key
Prima, Manor house and other flowers from my stash
October Afternoon twine
Distress ink - tea dye
Gauze Glimmer mist
Acrylic paint
Corrugated cardboard
Pearl accents
Lace trim

Upcoming Graphic 45 Events!

The Graphic 45 family is hitting the road this spring! Will you see them at one of these great events? We hope so!

March 21, 2015 -11 AM Make n' Takes at Craft Warehouse in Gresham, OR with Aimee and Charee Filimoehala, Open to the Public

March 21, 2015 - 4:30 PM Make n' Takes at Craft Warehouse in Vancouver, WA with Aimee and Charee Filimoehala, Open to the Public

April 10-13, 2015 - The Collins Group Spring Education and Tradeshow in Framingham, MA with Charee Filimoehala, For Retailers Only

May 1-2, 2015 - Chocolate Quente XL 2015 in Porto, Portugal with Jeff Filimoehala and Diane Schultz, Open to the Public

See Jeff give a great tour of our new collections at Winter CHA with My Craft Channel!


Jeff's Winter CHA My Craft Channel Video Tour

There's still a couple days to take part in this amazing giveaway! Win tons of fun stuff by entering below:

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Thanks for joining us today! It was so fun getting to know Donna better, enjoying her gorgeous layout that we all must try, and seeing what Graphic 45 is up to this spring. What fun! Have a fabulous Wednesday, G45ers!

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Such talent!!!!

Beautiful layout and a darling baby!!
When I saw that you are going to be in Framingham Mass I started to get excited thinking I might be able to convince hubby to bring me, then I saw it is for retailers only! Heart sank to my stomach and tears came to my eyes!

Gorgeous layout and gorgeous baby.
isoscia at aol dot com

Thanks for all the inspiring ideas!

Fabulous Donna what a great team mate I love her layouts

A special, wonderful layout. Obviously a passion for Donna.
Sadly your events aren't near to me... One day maybe. Tfs

This site is always a creative inspiration! There are so many ways to use G45 paper collections. Thanks, G45!

The layout is so pretty. And that is one adorable picture.

I love crafting with layers and fussy cutting. G45 makes it easy with their beautiful designer papers. Every page of a collection is filled with beautiful images and designs to create a stunning project.

I love! I love!

Wow! What a great scrapbook page. It will be great for her to grow up and have these to treasure.

I've always loved Donna's work! What an inspiration :)

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