My love affair with Graphic 45
Four years ago, I wandered into an independent scrap booking store in Winston-Salem NC. As I browsed the aisles, my eye fell upon the most exquisite piece of scrap booking paper I had ever seen. It was all cream and shades of green and featured beautiful ladies dressed in fashionable clothing from yesteryear. The minute I picked up that gorgeous page from the Graphic 45Times Nouveau collection, I was a goner. The quality of the paper, the beauty of the design and the fabulous vintage vibe captured my imagination and set my mind whirling with creative possibilities. Little did I know that I would one day have an entire shelf in my studio dedicated to product from this innovative company. For years, I’ve dreamed about auditioning for their incredible design team, but never dared to take the plunge. But this is the year I take those risks, stretch those boundaries, put on my brave boots and go after my dreams. So here I am, folks, submitting some of my favorite pieces for the 2013 Graphic 45 Design Team Audition.
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Submission One: Card Sampler
Wedding Card made with Le Romantique paper collection
Birthday card and matching envelope made from Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection
Valentine made with Place in Time collection
Submission #2 French Country Mini Album
This mini album measures 6×6″ when closed up, but is designed with a clever accordion style which makes it a great option for small spaces or for sending through the mail.
French Country accordion fold album featuring Graphic 45 Staples: butterfly, keyhole, key and hinges.
Side view of mini album, showing ingenious accordion fold
One panel contains a custom envelope with room inside for a journaling tag and photos or small souvenirs.
The two loops on the front and back covers are designed to allow the album to hang on a wall, if desired. It can hang either vertically or horizontally, depending on how photos are arranged.
Close-up of the first four panels. Note the envelope pocket.
The middle panel, featuring that amazing rooster!
The final panel. All cut out elements have an open edge so that photos can be mounted with ease.
Submission 3: Mixed Media Memory File
8×8″ Mixed Media Memory File Made using Le Romantique, Staples and Handmade Flowers
Acrylic Paint was added to the petals of the rolled roses. Two hearts, embossed with UTEE contain mica chips.
Close up of ornate keyhole, stitching and distressed edges.
The back side of the memory file. The flap opening is secured with pink satin ribbon. Glossy accents have been added to the inset framed photo of the groom.
Interior of the memory file. All panels have been stitched and distressed. Frames are mounted on foam tape with one edge left open so that photos can easily be inserted. There is also room for journaling.
Submission #4: Shabby Chic Tag
Jumbo Tag using images from
Le Romantique, Staples Flowers, Ornate Drawer pulls,
feathers, tulle, stamping
dry embossing and gesso.
Close up of tag images. Note the cracked glass effect and the altered staples flower.
Here you get a good view of the embossing, stamping and texture added with gesso.
Submission #5: Happy Birthday Mini Book within a book
Mini Book tucked into its own little pocket. Created with Playtimes Past and ABC Primer collections.
Mini book cover with wooden button.
Inside pages count from 1 to 10 with images from favorite childhood nursery rhymes.
When you reach number 7, an even smaller book has been inserted into the larger book with blank pages for photos and/or journal entries.
Submission #6: Mixed Media Canvas
Mixed Media Christmas Canvas
Poinsettias in the corner are made using Spellbinder’s dies, metal foil and alcohol inks.
Another corner treatment made using Sizzix dies, Distress Stains and a small metal flower.
Close up of Santa and frame from Christmas Past collection. Note the antiqued, cracked glass effect.
Beautiful papers from Christmas Past and Christmas Emporium collections are collaged with bits of sheet music, tissue paper and paper snowflakes. Canvas has been treated with acrylic paint and alcohol inks to create texture.
Submission #7 Vintage Banner
Sweet vintage banner created using Playtimes Past, chipboard and fussy cutting.
Fussy cut dresses are embellished with a touch of Stickles and clipped onto the banner using mini clothespins.
Chipboard birds are covered with paper.
Hand crafted sunflowers adorn the Little Bo Peep image.
The letters were cut from the paper collection, mounted on chipboard and treated with Glossy Accents. Each letter was framed with chipboard that had been treated with Rock Candy Stickles.
Thank you so much for taking the time to view this audition for the 2013 Graphic 45 Design Team. It is an honor and a privilege to submit these projects for your approval. It is sheer joy to create with Graphic 45! Your comments will be taken to heart, and as always will make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.