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June 08, 2015

A Fond Graphic 45 Farewell to Rhea Freitag


Rhea Freitag is simply amazing. We are so inspired by her brilliant altered style. There is a gorgeous grunge to everything she creates. She makes magic with paint, metal, and alterable items and would always come up with the most incredible ideas. She had a propensity for stunning altered printer's trays. We love each and every one she made and will be highlighting some today as we take a look at Rhea's wonderful work. We are sharing 3 completely new projects and we will share just some of the incredible beauties she made.

First, we have this incredible Staples-inspired project from Rhea using our Washi Tape Set and Claw Feet Staples. Love it!

"This project was actually inspired by the contents in the staged finished product.  I had recently picked up these great old radio tubes at an estate sale and I wanted a stately place for them to gather and be on display.  I thought the use of my last set of precious antique feet would suit the project well.  When I saw that we had an assignment to create something with our favorite product I knew it would be metal as I simply adore playing with all the metal things.  If the truth be told though, I think many of you also know I harbor a pretty deep love of washi tape, and thus this very simple little project was born out of a few of my favorite Graphic 45 staples.  I have created a Snapguide so that you too can make some sweet and simple decorative storage. " ~Rhea

G45 Staples Project + Tutorial by Rhea Freitag #graphic45

Check out How to Make Quick Decorative Storage by Rhea Freitag on Snapguide.  

Rhea's Snapguide Tutorial

G45 Staples Project + Tutorial by Rhea Freitag #graphic45

G45 Staples Project + Tutorial by Rhea Freitag #graphic45

Supply List

Graphic 45 Washi Tape
Graphic 45 Antique Brass Feet
Small raw wood box
Black Gesso
Silver gilders paste
Dresden Scrap
E 6000
Xyron Sticker Maker

Next, Rhea used our Mixed Media Album to make this beautiful Home Sweet Home album. Just fantastic!

"This project is made from the fantastic new mixed media book by Graphic 45.  Wow can it accept a medium!  This book is sturdy and ready for you to embellish in so many different ways.  To start off with a rich base on this project, I stained the areas that were going to be exposed with a vibrant orange color.  You will also see that the pocketed pages inside were also stained and then distressed with water for added texture.  I was inspired to create this book for my sister, who is a serious gardener and a future homesteader.  The new Home Sweet Home paper is a perfect pairing for a garden theme.  My hope is that she would use this book to plan her garden, record her yield and perhaps plan her canning season.  I cannot wait to see all kinds of handwritten recipes tucked inside too!  Cheers!" ~Rhea

Home Sweet Home mixed medial album by Rhea #graphic45

Home Sweet Home mixed medial album by Rhea #graphic45

Home Sweet Home mixed medial album by Rhea #graphic45

Home Sweet Home mixed medial album by Rhea #graphic45

Home Sweet Home mixed medial album by Rhea #graphic45

Home Sweet Home mixed medial album by Rhea #graphic45

Home Sweet Home mixed medial album by Rhea #graphic45

Home Sweet Home mixed medial album by Rhea #graphic45

Home Sweet Home mixed medial album by Rhea #graphic45

Supply List

12 x 12 Home Sweet Home Paper
Washi Tape Set
Mixed Media Book
Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain
Petaloo Flowers
Tim Holtz Charm Clips and Trinket Pins
Xyron Adhesive (5” Creative Station)

We love this magical Once Upon a Springtime house from Rhea! Wow!

"Once Upon a Springtime paper holds a special place in my heart as it was the first one I used from Graphic 45!  I adore the theme and the colors are perfection.  The inspiration of this piece was the acquisition of the paper mache house base.  I knew it would support the natural and whimsical theme of this paper.  For this project I decided to add in metal embellishments to contrast with the delicate palate.  Lots of fussy cut fairies peek out from the flowers around the walls of this little magical house." ~Rhea

An altered Once Upon a Springtime house by Rhea #graphic45

An altered Once Upon a Springtime house by Rhea #graphic45

An altered Once Upon a Springtime house by Rhea #graphic45

An altered Once Upon a Springtime house by Rhea #graphic45

Supply List

Once Upon a Springtime 12x12 Paper
Ornate Metal Keys
Ornate Keyhole
Antique Metal Door Pull
Petaloo Flowers
Additional metal embellishments (Tim Holtz)

Let's take a trip down memory lane and share some Rhea highlights! This is a wonderful printer's tray using Olde Curiosity Shoppe! What a beautiful project. Each and every box is a masterpiece.

A Fond Farewell to Rhea Freitag #graphic45

This is a fantastic Typography altered box and tags. It is a box of encouraging quotes and inspiration. What a fabulous idea!

A Fond Farewell to Rhea Freitag #graphic45

Next, Rhea used our Small Matchbook Box and Metal Staples to make an unforgettable project. We are just in love with Rhea's monochrome projects filled with so much texture and dimension.

A Fond Farewell to Rhea Freitag #graphic45

Check out this Sweet Sentiments wreath from Rhea! We love all the hearts and the beautiful image on the inside. What a perfect gift for a loved one or for Valentine's Day!

A Fond Farewell to Rhea Freitag #graphic45

This is a favorite from Rhea - her Botanical Tea printer's tray! So many gorgeous florals, butterflies, Staples, chipboard, and more in this glorious project.

A Fond Farewell to Rhea Freitag #graphic45

We love this take on a masculine card. It's practically perfect! We also linked her tutorial for this card below since it is such a great idea.

A Fond Farewell to Rhea Freitag #graphic45


Check out How to Make an Altered Masculine Valentine Card by Rhea Freitag on Snapguide.  

Rhea's Valentine Card Tutorial

Another example of what Rhea can do with a limited color palette. Gotta love this altered Typography 8x8 Matchbook Box! Amazing!

A Fond Farewell to Rhea Freitag #graphic45

We love this beautifully layered Steampunk Spells canvas that reminds us it's always a good time to Fly!  Make it yourself with the tutorial below.

A Fond Farewell to Rhea Freitag #graphic45

Check out How to Make Mixed Media Flowers by Rhea Freitag on Snapguide.  

Rhea's Fly Canvas Snapguide Tutorial

Now, Rhea shows you what she can do with glorious color as well with this Good ol' Sport card. This is just such a beautiful card. Amazing!

A Fond Farewell to Rhea Freitag #graphic45

 Rhea, we will miss your mixed media and altered art projects on our team so much. What you could do with some metal pieces and paper always absolutely wow-ed us. Thank you for all your heart and love in your work, and for always diligently created something that represented your brilliant talent. We are going to miss you so much, but cannot wait to see where your artistic journey takes you. We know you'll do nothing but Fly! Thank you so much. 

Keep Up with Rhea Freitag!

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Did you get inspired by Rhea's Home Sweet Home mixed media album? Well, just comment here on our blog or on Facebook to win a $28 Home Sweet Home prize pack! 

Home Sweet Home $28 Prize Pack - 1

Thanks so much for joining us today, G45ers! What a wonderful celebration of Rhea's talent. We will miss her so much. Have a lovely Monday!

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family

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Totally inspired by the boxes to make something special for my husband for father's day. Thank You!

Love Rhea's creations. She is an awesome artist. I also love the Home Sweet Home collection. The colors and themes are gorgeous.

Graphic 45 always finds a way to stay on trend! I love this collection!

Always great ideas and inspirations from Graphic 45!!!!!!

Love the papers. So beautiful. Great inspirations.

Graphic 45 just gets better and better.

Very creative!

Really creative projects.

Awesome projects!

I love everything but especially like the printer trays and steampunk look!

Love the HSH album. I have several recipe notebooks and her album has inspired me to alter my 3-ring binders to brighten up my kitchen bookshelf.

Love the steampunk look...


Stunning projects as usual. :) I especially love the albums and printer's tray.

Love Rhea's work! Summer is here, school is out, now let's get playing!

Wonderful projects from a very talented person!

I am always guaranteed to find inspiration here!

Love the Home Sweet Home recipe book!

Love all of Rhea's projects, especially the little house.

I shall miss Rhea's wonderful designs! Best of luck to you, Rhea...and I know whatever lies before you, you will rise to the top!

I love the bulb box!!! It is definitely something that I would make!! Love the concept of using the bulbs as decorations!!

How much wonderful projects!!! Love them all!!!

Beautiful projects - will miss seeing her creative use of G45 collections

Although I so enjoy all of Rhea's projects, I love her mixed media box with all those old tubes! I would never think of turning them into a display item. That is such an inspirational piece!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful projects with us!

Love the homespun look of this collection and of Rhea's wonderful album.

Gorgeous projects!

Rhea's album is just gorgeous. I'm so excited about trying it.

Absolutely beautiful projects.

yes, truly inspired :)

Rhea, too? She will also be sorely missed on this blog, but I follow her blog so I won't miss too much:)

Great projects as always. I would love to win some of the delicious "Home Sweet Home" papers. They are fantastic !!

Wow! What amazing projects!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Lovely projects made even better with Graphic 45!

I love all of the wonderful inspirations given here. If it wasn't for dreaded house work I would be making a b-line for my craftroom right now lol. Thank you for such creative and beautiful work!!

The printers trays are absolutely fantabulous! (Yes, fantastic & fabulous!) I love these creations- thanks for sharing & inspiring!

Soooo nice! Love it!

Bye rhea. Love ur creations

I am AWE inspired. Rhea's work is truly amazing and inspirational.

Love the Home Sweet Home collection! You have come up with a great idea for a keepsake book for your sister. I'm sure she will fill it's gorgeous pages with all the plans for her new home and garden ideas.

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