Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Botanical Tea layout

Good Morning, crafty friends!

I'm excited to share a layout that I made using Botanical Tea, featured on Graphic 45's blog today! This paper is so beautiful and perfect for so many occasions, including weddings! I thought with wedding season in full bloom soon, that a wedding layout would make for the perfect project.

In the scrapbooking world, paper companies are constantly working to produce beautiful designs for upcoming seasons. That's why you'll see Halloween papers in April, and Christmas ones in July! Graphic 45 just started sharing sneak peeks of their gorgeous Halloween line, An Eerie Tale. Be sure to check out the blog for sneak peeks and a chance to win the collection before it hits shelves!

That's all for today, folks! Happy Humpday!


Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Botanical Tea
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Flora
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Fauna
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Robin’s Egg
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Hello Friend
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Herbal Infusion
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Just Because
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Banners
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Stickers
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 1
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Brads
Martha Stewart Caning Pattern Punch
Petaloo flowers
Recollections flowers 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Upcycling contest from Snapguide and Graphic 45

Do you love upcycling old or everyday things into fun gifts, functional items or even works of art?

If so, you've got to enter this fun contest from Snapguide and Graphic 45. Just create a Snapguide account, create a step-by-step using an upcycled project, then submit your guide to the contest!

The grand prize is worth over $900 in Etsy gift certificate money and Graphic 45 product. As a former Etsian, I can tell you I'm quite stoked about these prizes!

If you need some inspiration, head on over to the Graphic 45 blog today. A bunch of us from the design team have already created some upcycled projects to help kickstart your imagination! Below are some salt and pepper shakers that I altered. They're now cute little storage containers for things like beads, brads and anything else that's dainty in size. I'm having a bit of trouble embedding my guide, so if you'd love to try making these for yourself, click here

Have fun and good luck!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Graphic 45 Easter ATC

Good Morning! 

Today on the Graphic 45 blog, we are featuring some fun Easter projects made with Sweet Sentiments. There's a gorgeous treat tutorial by Arlene Cuevas and my fun little ATC below!

Graphic 45 started making the most adorable artist trading tags. They are the standard ATC size: 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and come in a pack of 6. I created this Easter-themed ATC for the Graphic 45 booth at CHA. 

This is an ATC shrine from Coffee Break Design. I saw this at one of my favorite craft stores in Portland and fell in love! Thankfully, I left it plain so I could prop my Sweet Sentiments ATC on it.

If you hop over to the Graphic 45 blog, you'll also see a sneak peek of Arlene's feature project on the Paper Crafter's Library blog, along with an easy Snapguide tutorial from Nichola Battilana. Remember, it's not too late to submit your own Snapguide tutorial on an upcycled project!

 Thanks so much for looking and have a great day!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Graphic 45 By The Sea Layout Tutorial


Graphic 45 is featuring some By The Sea projects today, including a card by fellow design team member Romy, and this family-friendly layout tutorial by yours truly! This is a photo of my dear friend and her baby boy. When I first saw this photo on her Facebook page, I just loved it and knew I wanted to scrap it! My original plan was to use Sweet Sentiments and make a boy-themed page. But once I found out how much my friend loved By The Sea, I figured the nautical line would be just perfect!

I was quite tickled to see a sneak peek of my layout every week last month. It was a fun surprise not just for me, but for my friend whose picture is in my layout. 

Thanks so much for looking! Before I move onto the tutorial, I wanted to tell you about a special contest going on with Graphic 45 and Snapguide. If you love upcycling items into fabulous creations, click here to enter or learn more! You'll need to create a Snapguide account and create an easy guide. 


12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea By The Sea
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Beachcomber
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Set Sail
Graphic 45 By The Sea Tags & Pockets
Graphic 45 By The Sea Stickers
Graphic 45 By The Sea Chipboard
Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tags – Ivory
Stickles – Diamond, Copper


Step 1. Take By The Sea paper, lighthouse side face up, and fussy cut the border.

Step 2. Attach border with foam dots to Set Sail paper, stripe side up.

Step 3. Take Beachcomber paper and cut off a 5 3/8” x 7 3/8” piece. Adhere a 5” x 7” photo on top.

Step 4. Set aside (2) ivory artist trading tags.

Step 5. Locate the following chipboard pieces.  

Step 6. Locate the following pieces from your tags & pockets.

Step 7. Arrange all pieces per photo and adhere.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Graphic 45 2014-2015 DT - Top 30 finalists!

Good Morning, crafty friends!

It's been a while since I last posted, but that's only because there are so many projects of mine that aren't quite ready to be shared yet. Hang tight! In the mean time, I wanted to share the list of Graphic 45's top 30 finalists for the 2014-2015 Design Team.

My experience as a Graphic 45 DT member has been nothing short of amazing ... the wonderful product and people behind Graphic 45 are unparalleled. It has been my biggest creative dream come true.

So to all of you amazing ladies and gents on the top 30, best of luck to you as you enter round 2! And a big WOO HOO to my fellow teammates who made the list again: Annette, Miranda, Nichola, Rhea, and Romy! With that said, I'm getting a cup of coffee ready as I visit each new blog.

Top 30 Design Team Finalists (in alphabetical order)

1. Andrew Roberts - Australia
2. Angelica Stark - Sweden
3. Annette Green - USA
4. Bobbi Smith - USA
5. Donna Espiritu - Saudi Arabia
6. Emily Martina - USA
7. Erica Houghton - USA
8. Evgenia Petzer - South Africa
9. Ginger Ropp - USA
10. Ginny Nemchak - USA
11. Gunn-Eirill Gjelseth-Rauan - Norway 
12. Jarrier Angélique - France
13. Katie Zoey Ho - Singapore
14. Keri Sallee - USA
15. Lora Mahaffey - USA
16. Lori Williams - USA
17. Lydia Bernard - France
18. Maggi Harding - USA
19. Maggie Armstrong - New Zealand
20. Miranda Edney - USA
21. Nadya Lifa - Russia
22. Nichola Battilana - Canada
23. Raquel Martin Fernandez (Tati Scrap) - Spain
24. Rhea Freitag - USA
25. Romy Veul - The Netherlands
26. Solange Marques - Brazil
27. Song Li - USA
28. Tanya Dudkina - Ukraine
29. Trudi Harrison - Australia
30. Yumi Muraea - Japan
Graphic 45 Ambassadors
31. Jane Tregenza - Australia
32. Laura Denison - USA

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Graphic 45 By The Sea Tag Tutorial

Good Morning!

March is National Craft Month, so the design team at Graphic 45 has been busy at work creating some fun tutorials for the whole family! My tag home decor piece is today's tutorial. Also on the blog is a gorgeous tag by the amazing Arlene Cuevas!

If you leave a comment on Graphic 45's blog or Facebook page, you're automatically entered to win this amazing prize pack: 

I love By The Sea so much, that this is the second home decor piece I've made with it! When I found out that my special project was to use one of Graphic 45's tags, I thought I'd do something different from my other tag creations. I was really inspired by the "beach rules" image and felt another home decor piece was a must! And being the upcycler that I am, I was excited to finally use some burlap from a dear friend's Christmas present. 


12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Set Sail
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea My Anchor
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Gathering Shells
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Splash
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Beachcomber
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Sand and Surf
Graphic 45 By The Sea Chipboard
Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album – Ivory
Petaloo Dahlias – Aqua
8” x 9.5” Tan cardstock
5.75” x 7.5” burlap
Stickles - Diamond, Copper
Thin tree branch


Step 1. Take Set Sail paper and fussy cut the “Beach Rules” image. Trace the shape of your tag on the other side of your paper, then cut it out.

Step 2. Take Gathering Shells paper and fussy cut an orange starfish. Take My Anchor paper and fussy cut a blue starfish. Take Sand and Surf paper and fussy cut some shells from the “Gathering Seashells” image. Cut (2) stamps from Splash paper.

Step 3. Take Beachcomber paper and cut off a 6.5” x 8” piece. Flip over to reveal red side and set aside. Take remaining Beachcomber paper and fussy cut some shells. Locate (2) blue flowers such as these Petaloo Dahlias in Aqua. Locate the following By The Sea chipboard piece.

Step 4. Adhere Beach Rules tag shape onto your tag. Adhere to burlap.

Step 5. Arrange fussy cut pieces and flowers per photo then adhere.

Step 6. Adhere 6.5” x 8” Beachcomber paper behind burlap, then tan cardstock. Take your branch and trim off pieces to fit each side of your tan paper. Adhere. Apply Stickles to shells.  Insert your wall hanging into a larger frame or attach ribbon to the back for hanging.   

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

G45 By The Sea Wall Hanging


I'm late with blogging this project, but here is a By The Sea creation I made for Graphic 45's booth at CHA last month. This project (along with an amazing altered matchbook box by the fabulous Nichola) was featured on the blog last week!

I was inspired to make a lifesaver after a trip to the O.C. (Oregon Coast) back in December. Real lifesavers were not an option to alter - this project had to be small for the booth! So I decided to make my own using upcycled cardboard. I simply cut out a circle, traced it onto cardboard, then cut the cardboard. I made a smaller circle and used that shape for the center. Then I added a hefty dosage of fussy cutting and some fun little chipboard shapes from Gina's Designs (and some glitter!). How I love By The Sea!

I have more By The Sea projects in store ... stay tuned! 


Graphic 45 By The Sea Set Sail
Graphic 45 By The Sea Splash
Graphic 45 By The Sea Pier 45
Graphic 45 By The Sea Sand and Surf
Graphic 45 By The Sea Gathering Seashells
Graphic 45 By The Sea My Anchor
Graphic 45 By The Sea Beachcomber
Graphic 45 By The Sea By The Sea
Art-C glitter mix – orange
Stickles – aqua & platinum
Gina’s Designs – beach shape set
Upcycled cardboard
Twine & shells