Creativity Takes Courage Layout

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My First Official Graphic 45 2016 Design Team Project: Creativity Takes Courage

Hello, Friends!  Oh, what an exciting day it is today!  I get to share my very first official project as a member of the 2016 Graphic 45 design team!   Somebody pinch me! I can hardly believe that little ole me is being featured on the G45 blog right this very moment.  Wooo-hooo! My first assignment was to create a project that describes me as a designer and to include a photo of myself.  Since Typography is my all time number one most favorite G45 collection of all times, I created this Creativity Takes Courage layout to share with you here today.

Creativity Takes Courage Layout Typography Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Ladies and Gents, this is me on a page.  Lots of layers? Check! Gorgeous color?  Check! Details, details, details?  Check, check, check!  Beautiful flowers?  Check! Fabulous ribbon?  You bet! A little bit of grunge/steampunk vibe? Oh, yeah!  A hidden pocket/interactive element?  Yup.  I think this creativity takes courage layout covers all those bases and then some. What do you think?

I created a Snapguide tutorial so you could follow the process of how I put this one together.


Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Typography Mixed Media Layout by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

And here are some detail shots:

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2Love the way the colors in the ribbon, Petaloo flowers and peacock feathers play with the colors in this paper collection.  Color me happy!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7Tell your story:  I cut out the inner portion of this Typography frame and inserted my photo here.  I changed out the stamps to reflect the fact that the year is 2016 (top right corner), it was my 3rd audition for the team (Left hand side) and I made the G45 team (below the photo). See that pic?  That’s why I’m grinning like a happy sap!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6A little bit of grunge made its way into the layout with these old paintbrushes bundled together as an embellishment, and in the ink spatters on the page.  I also included a little banner flag with the title of the layout.  I had to dig my  Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame and put them on to go for a spot on the team for the 3rd time, and I am so glad I did!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Here’s the interactive detail.  That Staples tag pulls out from behind the page.

Creativity Takes Courage G45 09 Creativity Takes Courage G45 11I agree wholeheartedly with these sentiments, and “Imagine” is one of my favorite words in the English language!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4Finally, I had to throw in a little altered art/embossing to make this piece really reflect my style.  The Staples key was painted blue, and the GSL chipboard was painted, heat embossed and tapped with paint.

This is the best dream I’ve ever had, so please don’t wake me up!  Graphic 45 is welcoming me to the team on their company blog today, and they are also sharing 3 of my all time favorite creations in addition to this layout, so if you are interested, you can pop on over there and take a peek.

Thanks again for being on this journey with me!  You are the best traveling companions in the world!







18 thoughts on “Creativity Takes Courage Layout

  1. Castlepark Designs

    Doing the dance of joy for you my friend!! This is indeed a special day for you! Your work is so amazing and always inspiring – you are a natural fit for this fabulous team! Sending hugs to you!

  2. Amber Milone

    This is gorgeous Kathy and your G45 spot is so well earned and deserved! I am so happy for you. I love all of the gorgeous details including the fun well loved paintbrushes.

  3. Tracey

    Congratulations again, my friend! No one deserves this honor more than you! The layout is stunning with so many little details that you specialize in! Absolutely beautiful! Hugs!

  4. LuvtoKraft

    This is a gorgeous layout with a very lovely, joyful lady as the focal point! I’m beyond pleased for you, my friend. So very, very pleased that 3 times WAS the charm and this beautiful layout is a powerful start to your time with G45. Imagine is also one of my favorite words and I imagine you’ll continue to surprise and delight us all with the your special imaginative creations. Congratulations, Kathy!

  5. Brenda Morrison

    Congratulations Kathy, you are so deserving and Graphic 45 will be even more amazing with you on their team!

  6. Judy B

    Congrats on being named to Graphic 45’s design team Kathy. You certainly deserve it and I’m looking forward to more beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Carol

    Well my friend your moment to shine has come round and you certainly have. I love your picture, it’s so happy and smiling. Love what you’ve done, enjoy your wonderful journey with Graphic45 xxx

  8. tracy745Tracy

    What a fantastic piece it is too! You use Graphic 45 beautifully and are a perfect fit for their team, I am not surprised one bit you were chosen. This is beautiful. Tracy x

  9. glorialoritestblog

    It is officially official, and I am so happy that I am jumping up and down. You did SUCH an amazing job with your layout that I am surprised that you don’t do them all the time! You are so versatile and such a creative spirit. I know that G45 is over the moon to have you on the team! I wish you all the best for your term, and more terms to come! All my prayers for you have been answered and now I need to pray some new ones for you! Have a wonderful day, my friend!!!

  10. Sara Emily

    Yup! I’m certain of it now–there really is more than one Kathy! How you manage to make so many amazing projects has me scratching my head–not in disbelief, but in awe! Wonderful layout, and it speaks volumes about who you are as an artist! Love all these details, but mostly I love the photo! Big hugs on your big debut! You are so deserving of the position–they could not have asked for a better representative to create with the Graphic 45 lines!

  11. sunshinehoneybee

    Bee-utiful. Especially like the Peacock feathers. Have a Bee-utiful day!
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  12. mjmarmo

    You deserve to be on their design team! You really know how to use their collections! Congrats!

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