We are happy to bring you this week’s Featured Company: Graphic 45. We are so excited to be featuring them regularly on Paper Crafter’s Library. And this week we have a Mother Goose collection prize package give-away.
For those of you unfamiliar with Graphic 45 , we’d like to take a minute to re-introduce them to you.
Graphic 45 is an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters.
Diane Schultz—Designer and CEO (aka mother)
“I’m passionate about being creative and eager to make it possible for others to find their creative voice. My background includes stints as a designer for, McCalls, Simplicity, Vogue/ Butterick, Mattel Toy Company and a host of other jobs that each, in some way, led me to what I do now. At 45 I went back to school and got my degree in graphic design— I named the company to celebrate that achievement.”
Aimee Filimoehala —Director of Operations
“I wear a lot of hats and love it that way. Business, marketing, operations, etc. have made me a pro at multitasking (aka juggling‑figuratively and literally). When we launched Graphic 45 just three years ago we had no idea what was in store, working together as a family has been an amazing journey that we all feel so grateful to be apart of.”
Charee Filimoehala —Director of Customer Service and Design Team Coordinator
“I joined the team a little over three years ago and haven’t looked back…what a life-changing experience this has been. I love working with and around creative people and products (not to mention I like my co-workers quite a bit). I spend my days working with our friendly stores and talented design team…the occasional trip to a workshop or tradeshow pretty nice too.”
Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920’s and 30’s – with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that’s both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.
Graphic 45 Designer Rhea Freitag
Our Graphic 45 Guest Designer for this week is Rhea Freitag who is part of the 2013 Graphic 45 Design Team. You can see Rhea’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about Rhea:
I have always been identified as a creative person, but within the last three years my inner artist has really emerged. Assemblage work, jewelry construction, art journaling and book making are all genres of mixed media art that I employ. I strive to make art that tells a story, has a soul and engages the viewer through interaction, movement, memory and story.
Another aspect of the creation process that I adore is the adventure of searching for unique art supplies at estate sales, flea markets and antique shops. Taking classes, blogging and gathering with my artsy pals are additional facets of the art world that bring me great pleasure and inspiration. For me, my art expression also provides a welcome escape from my challenging career as a regional Director for Family Preservation Services serving several counties in Michigan.
I am so very pleased to be able to work with Graphic 45. It really is a dream come true.
Graphic 45 Designer Project
Assemblage is probably my most favorite way to work when it comes to creating art. I love how I am able to take found objects that I have on hand to create a piece that is all my own.
The Typography paper line from Graphic 45 was the perfect vehicle to show off a few old bits and bobs that I have been hanging on to for ages.
Often I find it hard to use my treasured objects, like my typewriter bits for example. When this happens I just have to push on through and glue it on. Typically I am pleased with the outcome and I forget all about the agony of using my favorite stuff!
I start out by planning out my piece. When I am doing this, my intent is to make sure that my colors and patterns are well balanced, making for a good composition. For example, you would not want to have the same back ground paper on boxes that are touching each other.
Another one of my favorite ways to add dimension is with the use of gilders paste. I used a copper color and added this to all the edges of the tray.
When creating an assemblage also look at the piece from different angles. This will help you to identify spots that need just another element, again with the intent of creating a solid composition.
Try to follow the “odd rule” too. Place embellishments and objects in odd numbers to create interest in your assemblage. Don’t you just love the rich color palate and uplifting spirit of this fabulous paper? I sure do!
Thank you so much for stopping by to see my feature today. The entire experience of being on a well-known design team still humbles me every day!
Typography Letterbox Tray
Typography 8×8 paper
Typography 12×12 Paper
Ornate Metal Label Holder
Ornate Metal Key Holes
Ornate Metal Keys
May Arts Ribbon
Copper Gilders Paste
Found Objects (old typewriter parts, vintage jacks, pen nibs)
Bottle Cap Numbers Set
We hope you have enjoyed this fun creation from Rhea. I would also like to extend a warm thank you to Rhea for sharing her fabulous project with us! Please take a minute to stop by Rhea’s Blog and of course the Graphic 45 blog to check out all their amazing creations! And don’t forget to leave a comment below to enter to win the Graphic 45 collection listed above.