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June 11, 2015

Albums, Layouts, and More with the Amazing Arlene Cuevas!

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Today is a very exciting day, we start our 2015 Design Team Introductions! You will fall in love with this new team. Everyone is so uniquely and brilliantly talented. Today, we begin our intros with the beloved Arlene Cuevas! Many of you are familiar with the genius of Arlene, but we are so excited to have her on the Graphic 45 Design Team again! Her gift for altered art, layouts, and more are inspiring and breathtaking. We are so glad to welcome her back to the team! 


Arlene Cuevas

"My name is Arlene Cuevas and I live in the sunny state of California! I’ve been married for 15 years and have 3 amazing, energetic boys.  During the day, I’m a Business Operations Manager for an internet company. But I’m best known in the crafting world  as “MyButterflykisses” on various social networks.


I’ve always had a passion for creating since a very young age. As a little girl, one would always find me on the dining room table working on a new project.


It was in 1994 when I attended my first craft party. Immediately after, I began dabbling in card-making and scrapbook layouts. I was instantly hooked on paper crafting! I found the scrapbooking community on YouTube in 2008 and grew quite fond of creating mini albums and altered art. I also enjoy stamping, Copic coloring, art journaling, and mixed media. I’m in my element when experimenting with and combining new materials on a project. I love to layer elements and marry unique products together. You’ll often see this in how I design my cards, scrapbook pages and altered pieces. I am a member of the YouTube community where I share tutorials and "how to's" on my YouTube channel "mybutterflykisses12". You can learn more about me and view my latest projects on my blog, (butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com), Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapguide. I am fortunate to design, and have designed, for several scrapbooking companies and I count my blessings for being welcomed into my 3rd term with the Graphic 45 design team. A crafter’s dream come true!"


Social Media Links

Blog: http://www.butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/arlene.butterflykisses
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/arlenebutterfly
Instagram: https://instagram.com/arlene_butterflykisses/
Snapguide: https://snapguide.com/arlene-butterflykisses

First, we have a beautiful Time to Flourish wedding layout from the amazing Arlene. What a stunning photo, florals, and layers! A true Arlene masterpiece.

"Have you been putting off creating a keepsake from your wedding day? Now is the perfect time to commemorate your favorite wedding photos in a scrapbook page! I combined the gorgeous Botanical Tea papers with Time to Flourish to create this layout capturing one of my favorite moments (with my bridesmaids) on my wedding day. I love the soft pinks mixed with the vintage blue. And you never have to guess which card stock to grab, because Graphic 45 has it’s own Signature Series cardstock from Coordinations which compliments all of their paper collections!

Tip: Cheesecloth is not just used for polishing your silver! use it on your cards and layouts to add texture and dimension. On my layout, I use the cheesecloth to “fill in” space around the cluster of flowers." ~Arlene

Arlene's Time to Flourish wedding layout #graphic45

Check out How to Create a 12x12 Wedding Scrapbook Page by Arlene Butterflykisses on Snapguide.  

Arlene's Layout Snapguide Tutorial


Arlene's Wedding Layout Video Tour

Arlene's Time to Flourish wedding layout #graphic45

Arlene's Time to Flourish wedding layout #graphic45

Arlene's Time to Flourish wedding layout #graphic45

Arlene's Time to Flourish wedding layout #graphic45

Supply List

Time to Flourish 12x12 paper pad
Time to Flourish Journaling Chipboard
Botanical Tea: Botantical Tea, Hello Friend, Sweet Camomile
Core'dinations Signature Series card stock
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key hole
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads
Bazzil card stock
Prima Flowers
Prima leaves
I Am Roses Flowers
Martha Stewart corner/border punches
8” White doily
Dimensional tape

Next, Arlene shares 3 projects that are just perfect to introduce you to her work. First, here's a beautiful Botanical Tea layout of her sweet pup!

"When I received the Botantical Tea papers I had the perfect picture these papers would compliment nicely. This is a photo of my fur baby Nala and her dress matches spot on with the Springtime colors of Botanical Tea! I love the combination of pinks, browns and blues in this collection. It’s just gorgeous! ~Arlene

TIP: Add lots of layers to your scrapbook page for dimension and interest. It will bring your project to life! :-)" ~Arlene

"My Friend" Botanical Tea layout by Arlene #graphic45


Arlene's Layout Video Tour

"My Friend" Botanical Tea layout by Arlene #graphic45

"My Friend" Botanical Tea layout by Arlene #graphic45

"My Friend" Botanical Tea layout by Arlene #graphic45

Supply List

Botanical Tea 12x12 papers: Flora, Fauna, Field of Flowers, Just Because, Love Notes, Herbal Infusion
Staples: Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads, Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes, Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
Coordinations Graphic 45 Signature Series Cardstock
Momenta Metal Corners
White Acrylic Paint
Rub n’ Buff (Ancient Gold)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Italian Doily die
Crochet Doily
Prima flower
I Am Roses Pink Roses & Tiny pink rose buds
Recollections flowers
Xyron Mega Runner
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares

Secondly, Arlene shares a favorite. This is her mixed media Secret Garden album. This cover is so stunning! She shares a tutorial below of how to create one yourself.

"There is something about creating with mixed media techniques that is very “freeing”. It’s not about perfection, it’s your own art… it’s a statement of you. I had so much fun creating a mixed media cover for this mini album. The album is perfect to store photos and memoirs. I created a video tutorial showing you how this mini album cover came together. Enjoy!

TIP: When creating with mixed media techniques, go through your stash and select an assortment of metals, flowers, lace (anything with texture!) to add to your mixed media piece. Be sure to use a strong adhesive like E6000 or Glossy Accents to adhere metal and other heavy pieces to your project." ~Arlene

  Mini Album with Secret Garden Mixed Media Cover by Arlene #graphic45


Arlene's Mixed Media Cover Video Tutorial

Mini Album with Secret Garden Mixed Media Cover  and tutorial by Arlene #graphic45

Arlene's Secret Garden mini album #graphic45

Arlene's Secret Garden mini album #graphic45

Arlene's Secret Garden mini album #graphic45

Arlene's Secret Garden mini album #graphic45

Arlene's Secret Garden mini album #graphic45

Arlene's Secret Garden mini album #graphic45

Arlene's Secret Garden mini album #graphic45

Supply List

Secret Garden paper collection
Secret Garden 12x12 Paper pad
Secret Garden 8x8 Paper pad
Secret Garden 6x6 Patterns and Solids pack
Secret Garden Banners
Secret Garden Tags & Envelopes
Secret Garden Stickers
Secret Garden Alphabet Stickers
Secret Garden Chipboard 1 & 2
Staples: Metal Butterfly, Antique Metal Door Pull, Metal Tag, Metal Button, Ornate Metal Key Hole, Metal Clothespin
Imaginarium Designs clock chippie
Miscellaneous metal embellishments
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays: Salt Water Taffy, Cotton Candy Pink, Cosmo Pink, Cape Cod Coral, Fuzzy Navel Peach, Sea grass Green, My Mojito Green, Gator Gumbo Olive
Crafter's Workshop "chicken wire" 6x6 stencil
White doilies
May Arts ribbon
I Am Roses flowers
Recollections flowers
Petaloo flowers

To close, Arlene shared her perfect "Fall" printer's tray. She used Steampunk Spells and Petaloo flowers for this beauty. What a beautiful piece of home decor to hang every autumn! We are in love.

"Printers Trays are perfect mixed media pieces which are also excellent to display your photos. I created this altered Fall themed printers tray featuring Graphic 45’s super fun Steampunk Spells collection. I have this displayed in my family room and receive compliments every time we have guests over. It’s definitely a one-up from a standard picture frame! :-)

TIP: Use Rub ‘n Buff in Antique Gold to “age” metal pieces and the edges of your printers tray." ~Arlene

"Fall" Steampunk Spells printer's tray by Arlene #graphic45


Arlene's Printer's Tray Video Tour

Fall Steampunk Spells printer's tray by Arlene #graphic45

Fall Steampunk Spells printer's tray by Arlene #graphic45

Fall Steampunk Spells printer's tray by Arlene #graphic45

Fall Steampunk Spells printer's tray by Arlene #graphic45

Fall Steampunk Spells printer's tray by Arlene #graphic45

Supply List

Steampunk Spells 8x8, 6x6 Patterns & Solids, Chipboard 1 & 2
Staples: Metal Keyhole, Metal Keys, Metal Tag, Metal Butterfly, Chipboard buttons, metal Label Holder, metal Clothespin
Petaloo Flowers - Daisies, Darjeeling
Xyron Adhesive - Double sided tape, Mega Runner
Laser chipboard sprokets/gears - Gina’s Designs
Tim Holtz Ideology, variety
Prima Junkyard Findings, variety
SkyBluePink viles, domino
Bottle Cap, Inc. - Wood Letter Press blocks
SaCrafter - laser cut mini wood frames, metal gold medallion, metal corner filigree
… and other miscellaneous product from my stash!

We are so exciting Arlene is back on the team! We are so in love with her work, and if you were unfamiliar before, we know you'll become an Arlene fan. She is truly incredible! Welcome back, Arlene!

Now, today is the last day to take part in our Home Sweet Home giveaway. Just comment here on the blog or on Facebook to win. We'll announce a winner tomorrow here on the blog.

Home Sweet Home $28 Prize Pack - 1

Thanks to everyone for joining us today! Feel free to welcome Arlene in the comments below. Have a lovely and creative day!

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here


Wow! She is very creative. So glad to see her back at G45. Love all she does.

Wow! So much pretty eye candy... can't wait to see what else she has up her imaginative sleeves!

Arlene is so talented. I'm glad she's back!

love it

All of your projects are absolutely stunning. Will definitely be watching what she comes up with. Amazing!

Welcome new design team! Your first projects are awesome!

Welcome Arlene! Your projects are absolutely beautiful.
I would love to win the Home Sweet Home package! It's one of my favorites collections.

These are BEAUTIFUL projects! I love the cover on that mini album. So creative and pretty!

Great projects! I love the photos of Arlene's family too!

Welcome Arlene... I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful and inspiring projects throughout the year.

I love Arlenes designs! I've been following her blog and YouTube videos for years. I can't wait to see more of her on Graphic 45!

I've been following Arlene for a while now and she always does beautiful work. Can't wait to see what she makes as a Design Team member. Welcome to G45!

Beautiful projects
and love the shadow
box with the owl!
Carla from Utah

Such complex beauty! What talent!

Always loved the Secret Garden album cover!

You are so talented, Ar! Love your work and I'm so tickled to see you designing for G45 again! xoxo

Yay, Arlene is back, I loved her projects before and I look forward to this year's Graphic 45 projects.

Welcome back, Arlene! Your work is stunning! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

I follow Arlene on YouTube and love her work so I am very happy to see her back on the G45 design team! Her mixed media projects are wonderfully detailed and amazing:)

Excellent creation Arlene.

I have missed so much this week!! Been REALLY sick and slept since Saturday! UGH!!!
LOVE all of these gorgeous creations!! TGFS!

I am so pleased to see Arlene again! Her photo and video tutorials are always to easy to understand and follow. Looking forward to seeing more of her beautiful work.

Another very talented G45 designer. I look forward to seeing her more of projects.

So nice to see Arlene back...her work is extraordinary. Thanks for sharing these wonderful projects. :)

The Fall printer's tray is an amazing project! Love it!!! All of the pieces shown are beautiful - so inspiring!

Wow, love your projects Arlene!! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us :-)

Welcome back Arlene. I love you work. Looking forward to seeing what new, creative, beautiful things you bring to us.

So exciting to read about this new team member! Thanks for all the great tips! Love your designs!

Wow--beautiful projects. I like her use of cheesecloth.

Arlene is the Pioneer Woman of Youtube. Her work speaks for itself. She's a mentor to me. What a blessing to view her creations. They will make you smile.

Wow! Arlene adds tons of tiny details to each project! I'm looking forward to seeing more of her work.

Welcome back Arlene! Looking forward to seeing all your creative projects!

Im glad to see Arlene back. She and I share the same style and I love getting inspiration and learning from her. I have found over the past 10 years of crafting, you never ever stop learning. Thats what I love about G45, you always pick a Design Team that is able to teach something new and inspiring.

Love it all! Arlene's work is amazing!

Oh the amount of work that went into these beautiful projects, a true love of art and Graphic45.

Beautiful layouts. Love your family pic. Can't wait to see some more of your projects!

Such amazing and creative projects by Arlene. I love how each one is so different and yet has such lovely details to it. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.

Arlene I absolute love your work and I so very much appreciate your tutorials. just Fantastic!

Amazing projets.

Graphic 45 and Arlene
What a combination
Welcome back.

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