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June 14, 2016

Lena Astafeva Reminds Us that Inspiration is all Around You

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We have always loved Lena Astafeva's work. She would share it often on our social media and every project was absolutely breathtaking. We are so honored to introduce her to our 2016 Design Team today! She has stunning projects to share with you - altered art, a great #UniquelyYou idea and so much more! You will love everything Lena has to share and the great tutorials as well. She has video tutorials, a Snapguide, and a video tour. How fun! Let's let Lena introduce herself:

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"I’m Lena . I’m from Russia, Nizhniy Novgorod.  I’m 30 y.o., I’m a happy wife and mother of two children. I have 10 year-old son and 4 year-old daughter. My main hobbies are scrapbooking and painting. I make watercolor paintings and teach it to the children. The children absorb everything with delight, so I enjoy working with them very much. I love books, I study history and languages.

Best of all I love making altered art and albums, especially of paper Graphic 45. While going through the pages and looking through each collection of my favorite paper, I'm getting deep immersed into a magic world. It's incredible! I like to use the stamps Graphic 45 very much. They give to the works incomparable delightful charm. My relatives and friends know about my love to the Graphic 45, they understand and are greatly delighted with my designs. I like to give my  works as a gift. Everything that is made by hand, gives us comfort and peace and all that's made of Graphic 45, makes our world magic!

I am glad that my dream of becoming a Design Team  Member realized! Dream, create, and your dreams will be fulfilled necessarily!!! Thanks Graphic 45"

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Now, Lena shares some of her favorite projects she's made in the past. These are so fabulous!

"I've made a box for photos. I used  8x8 Matchbook Box, envelopes and chipboards. Photos can be kept inside the envelopes.  The most favorite photo we can stick outside the envelope.  We can make themed envelopes. For example, the first envelope contains photos of the holiday in the sea. The second one contains photos of the trip to the some other city. And our first photo which is stuck to the envelope, can help us to find the photo we need.

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Check out How to A Box for Photographs by Elena Astafeva on Snapguide.  

Lena's Snapguide Tutorial


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Cityscapes 8x8 Pad
Cityscapes 6x6 Patterns & Solids
Cityscapes Decorative Chipboard
Cityscapes Ephemera Cards
8x8 Matchbook Box
Claw Feet
Chipboards

"I like to use the stamps Graphic 45 very much. They give to the works incomparable delightful charm. In my album I combined the light watercolors, stamps with divine paper Graphic 45. I used a fun cutting.

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Lena's Gilded Lily Album Video Tour


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Gilded Lily 8x8 Pad
Cling Stamp G45 Gilded Lily 1
Gilded Lily Journaling Chipboard
Gilded Lily Tags & Pockets
Watercolor
Chipboard album
Ribbon
Flowers
craft dies

"This is a Mini Album-Kaleidoscope. It can be rotated and the pictures will change. I 've made it according to the my album Gilded Lily. I 've used a collection Enchanted Forest. This collection reminds me of the Slavic ornaments. In my childhood I had a wonderful book by Alexander Pushkin which I loved very much. So I decided to create an unusual and fairy album for my little daughter, so that this fairy tale will be with her forever.

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Kaleidoscope Video Tutorial


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Supply List

Enchanted Forest 12x12 Pad
Enchanted Forest 8x8 Pad
Enchanted Forest Decorative Chipboard
Enchanted Forest Ephemera Cards
Enchanted Forest 6x6 Patterns & Solids
Antique Metal Door Pull
Ornate Metal Key Holes
Metal  Hinges 
Acryl color
Ribbon
Flowers
craft dies
chipboards

Now, enjoy Lena's idea for our #UniquelyYou challenge - how fantastic!

"I’ve made interactive layout about myself. A lot of  ideas come to my mind, which are always swirling in my head. That’s  why  I’ve made it, that my photo can rotate. The pens and ink-pens show that. I write down and draw all my ideas. Also there’s something in here that inspires me – there are film ribbons, phonographs, telephones, typewriter.

There is inspiration everywhere, inspiration inside me. Also, it’s very important to have dreams and to follow your dreams. All dreams will come true one day if you believe in them!

Basically in my layout I’ve used an old vinyl record."

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Lena's Video Tutorial

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 Supply List

Communique-DCE
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Mini Filmstrip
Scrapberry’s Die Circle
Chipboards Scrapiniec
Tim Holtz Idea-ology  Film Strip Ribbon
Acrylic Paint Dabber Ranger
Distress Stain  Tim Holtz Ranger
Patina for all Metal Ranger
vinyl record

As a fun bonus, see Lena open up her Design Team boxes! What a fun tour!

 

Lena's Design Team Box Video Tour

Guess what? Hallowe'en in Wonderland is our giveaway this week! This prize pack is worth $30 and comes with 2 of each 12 double-sided sheets and the pictured stickers and chipboard. This will be so much fun to create with! All you need to do to win is to comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page. We'll announce a winner on Friday, June 17. So, make sure to enter now!

(1) Hallowe'en in Wonderland Prize $30 Value

Join us in welcoming Lena to the team in the comments below! We are so excited to share Lena's wonderful work. What a great Tuesday!

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family

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Comments

Beautiful!!!

Beautiful projects!!!

Muchas Felicidades hermosos y creativos tus proyectos gracias por tanta inspiración saludos desdén México ❤️

WOW! Love these projects, especially the Enchanted mini album, so clever!

How neat! You have such a cool style and such attention to detail! Great projects!!!!!

Fresh new ideas...I love Lena's gorgeous creations.

MY FAVORITE, HALLOWEEN. LOVE THIS ENCHANTING ART WORK.

Лена, чудесное представление! Крутые работы! Ждём ещё больше вдохновляющих работ из Графики 45 =)

My grandson's 4th grade summer reading challenge is both of the Alice books and mom promised him the two Johnny Depp movies afterwards. Can't wait to see what he will do with this paper collection. Hopefully Lena will have a few things to show us with Halloween in Wonderland. Can't wait!

Magda, I especially like your photo box and your daughter is so lucky you made her a fairy box. I grew up loving fairies too.

Lena, your designes are inspiring. Welcome to the G45 design team!

Totally talented. I'm in awe!

I am new to paper art. I love Grafic 45 paper. It is wonderful to work with

Looking forward to seeing Lena's creations this year!

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