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 valued at $41. Details will be at the end of this post. 


Graphic 45 Designer – Nichola Battilana

Our Graphic 45 Guest Designer for this week is Nichola Battilana who is part of the 2014 Graphic 45 Design Team. You can see Nichola’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her.



I am a formally trained artist and fancy-pants graphic designer… but really, that doesn’t matter one pip and you don’t care about such boring things. I don’t blame you.

I am absolutely passionate about making stuff. Whether it’s upcycling, painting, mixed media, sculpture, or assemblage, I jump in and create with positive, joyful abandon. I create a wide range of items, much of it inspired by make-believe, magic, folklore, fairies, nonsense and nature. I like dust, old things, and appreciate things past. My goal as a maker is to meld art and craft, creating well designed accesible art, with enthusiasm and without an ounce of pretention. Hopefully I can encourage others to join in too.


Altered Art

These little altered art pieces were a lot of fun to create. They use a combination of authentic old pieces and new items, including a slew of Graphic 45 metal staples. I’ve used papers from Graphic 45’s Typography (one of my favourite collections!) for the back ground, as well as their washi tape for accents. Altered art is a lot of fun and a great exercise in creating visual balance, texture and layering. It’s a lot like building a puzzle from scratch, with the final picture often telling an unexpected story.









  • Graphic 45 Typography
    • Journey
    • Inspire
  • Graphic 45 Staples
    • Washi Tape Set
    • Ornate Metal Key Holes
    • Antique Metal Door Pull
    • Ornate Metal Keys
    • Stamped Metal Brads
    • Metal Butterfly Wing
  • Spellbinders – Media Mixage Collection – Bezels – Shields One – Bronze
  • Tim Holtz – Idea-ology Collection – Clock Keys
  • Resin Senorita Cameo
  • Other: Vintage spoon, Iron nails, Buttons, Beads, Laser cut wood frames, Metal Letter, Bottle cap, Metal Hands, Large Game Spinners, Vintage lottery number, Tintypes Collage Sheet

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Nichola Battilana for her fabulous project and Graphic 45 for sharing their company with us. You can also find Nichola on facebook, twitter and instagram. Be sure to visit Graphic 45 to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration! For more information about Graphic 45 click on their logo in the right hand sidebar of our blog.

In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Happy Crafting!


49 replies on “Featured Company: Graphic 45”

  1. Papercrafters Library, thank you for showcasing creative artist’s, appreciated Nichola, i sure do like your miniature presenations, I have some of those nails…. wink wink

  2. What a fantastic project! I think you could study them for a long time,and still find more in the details.

  3. Gorgeous projects. I just love Graphic 45, you can always count on them for having the best paper collections and embellishments.

  4. I love, love G45 and their collections never disappoint. I love creating with their products. These are wonderful pieces created by Nichola. I love the way she layered the metal pieces and used the vintage photos. Two things I love also. Beautiful inspiration and thank you for sharing with us. I always enjoy dropping by to see what other designers have been up to.

  5. I so enjoy seeing projects made with Graphic 45 products. this one was a surprise for me…not used to putting these objects to such beautiful use. I never would have come up with this on my own. Lovely way to display old family photos.

  6. You rocked these Nicola !! Live how you used the Graphic 45 Staples … Great Inspiration here 🙂

  7. Fabulous Nichola! But how about a brief tutorial?? Where did you get the wood back pieces from?? Great use of Graphic 45 staples….I LOVE Graphic 45!

  8. I love these fabulous pieces! Nichola always blows me away with her creations. Love Graphic 45! My hands down favorite company.

  9. Oh, my word! Nichola has outdone herself again! These little altered portraits are just wondrous. Nichola is in a class by herself. Love her quirky sense of humor and magical creations!

  10. Wowzers! I would LOVE to give this a try. Thanks for the opportunity!!!
    So very nicely done!!!

  11. Fabulous pieces, Nichola! Love the grunge and metal on them. Love working with G45 collections and would be so excited to win some. Thank you Papercrafters Library for featuring fab artists and the chance to win.

  12. Nichola’s projects are so creative and amazing. G45 always has the most gorgeous collections. I love them!

  13. It’s amazing that G45 can keep coming out with such great collections. Each one hits a special interest – that you didn’t know you even had. The projects were gorgeous.
    thanks for having G45 as a contributor and thanks to G45 for a great gift.

  14. Nichola is an absolute magician with Graphic 45’s papers! I am always awes struck when I see one of her creations! TFS!

  15. Love these so pretty. Love the old vintage look to them. Graphic 45 is awesome they have such beautiful papers and embellishments. Love seeing all the projects created with it it is so versatile.

  16. Altered art is amazing and Nicola’s projects look gorgeous. I never seem to end up with projects that are so beautifully balanced and that can look great in a home! I guess I need to learn more… So it is always fun to watch and hear from artists like her and get inspired!

  17. I really like these creative pieces from Graphic 45! A very unique twist on antique made modern! Thanks graphics 45 for the chance at a giveaway!

  18. Oh my gosh, what a great series of art pieces! I love the girl with the butterfly and key! Beautiful, and very inspiring! Would love to win this collection for my sisters babies, I could do a lot with it for her little ones! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  19. Thank you for sharing the projects. Graphic 45 products are a perfect combination of artistic with crafts.

  20. I love Graphic 45! And Nichola’s projects are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing your talent.

  21. I have fallen in love with Graphic45 product!
    Thanks for sharing your projects … such a great source of inspiration!!

    … and thanks for the opportunity to score a little more Graphic 45, starting to think I can never have enough …

  22. Love your site ! Huge fan of Graphic 45 papers and Alpha Stamps! I found you through Pixie Hill and how lucky I am to find you ! I would love to win this prize !! Thanks for giving me the chance !! Happy I found you !
    Thank You !!

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