It's that time again. Graphic 45 are choosing a new team. I have been privileged to be one of their Ambassadors for 2014. I'm sure everyone would be very proud to be able to say they are a Graphic 45 Ambassador, as I have been. I have loved being an ambassador for the year, but the year is over so now I'm going to apply for the Design Team and see what happens. So you are about to see some of the work I have been doing recently and I hope you all like it.
Raining Cats & Dogs Pop-out Star Book
I love pop out books and star albums and I decided to make a book with a bit of both. I decided to use Graphic 45's Raining Cats and Dogs collection as a few of my ladies had been requesting a project for their pets. It opens out in a similar style to a star album with cover touching cover but the pages are fully adhered back to back. Each page also has a floor which is carefully folded to enable the pop out elements on each page. Designed for a dog this book is full of happy and bright colours with lots of details and layers. There is also one of my gorgeous signature tea caddy style boxes to keep it safe.
By the Sea Star Album & Box
A beautiful original style star album with a fantastic star shape when opened out. Graphic 45's By the Sea range really lent itself to a star album with so many borders and small images to choose from. As is usual with Graphic 45 papers, it had brilliant strong colours which were perfect. I also made one of my favourite tea caddy boxes to keep it safe.
Another one of my books. Using Graphic 45’s Typography collection, this book features the beautiful strong colours of the paper and all the words & images. The book is full of quotes, tags, pockets, flaps and more. There are even 2 pop out pages to add a touch of surprise. I always leave plenty of room for photos and quotes.
By the Sea Pop-out Cards
Twas the night before Christmas Cards
Artisan Diamond Easel Card
Artisan Diamond Card
By the Sea Bow front card
Twas the Night before Christmas Bow front card
12 Days of Christmas Card
12 Days of Christmas Easel Card
Patchwork tags, these have been around for quite a while but they are still a beautiful show piece. Each tag has several elements, lots of small paper pieces, layers, images, chipboard, embellishments and plenty more. I still get people asking to do this project.
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
I love mixing my Graphic 45 collections up and seeing what I can come up with. This layout is one I designed for a class I was teaching. I wanted to do a monochromatic layout, only using cream and black as a colour palate. I used papers from three different collections to get the right black and cream combination. I love layering all my papers together; I just add lots of black matts between the different layers of Graphic 45’s print papers to make it all work.
Time Creates Wonderful Memories
Time Creates Wonderful Memories
This new “Artisan Style” collection from Graphic 45 is just beautiful. I really love the Art Deco feel to it. The colours are vibrant and strong, with a wide range of colours to work with.
Each time I get a new collection from Graphic 45, I spend time just looking at all the elements on each page. Then I turn them over and check out the backs. It’s the backs of the papers that I really love working with.
For this layout I have chosen to keep it simple. The layout doesn’t need a lot of stuff on it as the papers are so beautiful. I wanted them to be the feature, along with a special photo. So I only chose 3 print papers + the back of one of them. I had to use one of my favourite papers from another Graphic 45 collection to give me a plainer background to show off the more vibrant colours of the “Artisan” Collection. In keeping it simple, I used the back of “Decorative Flourish” for the background. I really love those Art Deco Dragonflies and as soon as I saw them, I knew I had the perfect metal charm to really set the print paper off. Next I used my favourite print paper from this collection. “Attention to Detail” is stunning and I love both sides of this paper. I love it so much; I used it two times on this layout with the lovely floral side showing, and a third time on the other side with the blue pattern. Then it was just add chipboard, a photo and a few bits and pieces.
So there we are, it was hard to choose what to include, I could have kept going but my computer is starting to slow down a little as there are so many photos.
All the best to all those who have applied.
It has been a wonderful experience working with Graphic 45 in past years, I simply love their papers and will continue working with them whether I make the team or not.
Thanks for looking and wish me luck.