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. 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 Maiko Miwa

Our Graphic 45 Guest Designer for this week is Maiko Miwa who is part of the 2013 Graphic 45 Design Team.

You can see Maiko’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about Maiko:

904maiko miwaI am a wife to a lovely husband and a mother to a 6 year old girl.
I started scrapbook in year 2008 because I wanted to store all memories with my family in this beautiful way.

Nowdays, I teach scrapbook near Kyoto and Osaka. I also love to create and have fun by myself at home! I am willing to challenge many things trough scrapbook. I can say my style is soft and feminine. I love to crop many elegant photos. When I am making a layout, I always try to make it look like the whole layout is one picture and like a page of astorybook.

The important technique of my style is cutting out patterns of the papers. I love to use a lot of rhinestones, stamps and inks for my creations.

Graphic 45 Designer Project

For today’s project I started with four 2.5″ x 2 .5″ snack food boxes.  I altered them using Graphic 45’s Steampunk Spells Collections to create blocks that can be used for Halloween Decorations.

904Steampunk Spells Altered Blocks Graphic45 Maiko Miwa 1of7 904Steampunk Spells Altered Blocks Graphic45 Maiko Miwa 2of7 904Steampunk Spells Altered Blocks Graphic45 Maiko Miwa 3of7As you can see from the photos above, the blocks can be arranged vertically or horizontally. Each box was decorated so that the patterns on the side aligned one with the other when the boxes are stacked. 

904Steampunk Spells Altered Blocks Graphic45 Maiko Miwa 4of7 904Steampunk Spells Altered Blocks Graphic45 Maiko Miwa 5of7 904Steampunk Spells Altered Blocks Graphic45 Maiko Miwa 6of7 904Steampunk Spells Altered Blocks Graphic45 Maiko Miwa 7of7

We hope you have enjoyed this fun creation from Maiko. I would also like to extend a warm thank you to Maiko for sharing her fabulous project idea with us! Please take a minute to stop by Maiko’s Blog and of course the Graphic 45 blog to check out all their amazing creations!

5 replies on “Featured Company: Graphic 45”

  1. OMGoodness…..I love the Gal’s photo. How stinkin’ adorable are the Mother and her two Daughters together. Such a keeper of a photo.

    I absolutely love the blocks. What an awesome idea. Graphics 45 is one of my Fave. Thanks for sharing. So very nicely done!

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