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 French Country Collection prize package give-away.

You can get more details on this prize package at the end of the post.

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 Maria Cole

Our Graphic 45 Guest Designer for this week is Maria Cole who is part of the 2013 Graphic 45 Design Team. You can see Maria’s fabulous project below as well as a video, but first, here is a little more about Maria:

918Maria ColeMy papercrafting journey began in April 2011. On a whim one day, I decided to check out a scrapbooking store. Little did I know that one visit would change my life! I was instantly drawn to Graphic 45’s vintage designs and rich colors, and not to mention, the art of papercrafting.

It didn’t take long for me to get lost in this new hobby. Eventually, I got to teach classes at two different scrapbooking stores in the Pacific Northwest. This year, my wildest dream came true when I found out that I made Graphic 45’s 2013 Design Team!

My favorite projects to create are mini albums and upcycled projects, but I also love making layouts and everything in between, like this altered frame. I love fussy cutting Graphic 45 papers because there are no limitations with what you can do. For this frame, I used Graphic 45’s French Country line and even some papers from Steampunk Spells to create a festive fall look.

Graphic 45 Designer Project

I love flowers, so I added quite a bit of fussy cut sunflowers and dimensional flowers that I made using a couple different kinds of dies.

918Graphic45-Maria-Cole-French-Country-4-of-4918Graphic45-Maria-Cole-French-Country-3-of-4For one last bit of fall, I added in some fun Petaloo foliage.


Supply List:
French Country Sunflower
French Country Grandeur
French Country Promenade
French Country Rendezvous
French Country Bon Appetit
French Country Montage
Steampunk Spells 6×6 Patterns & Solids
French Country Alphabet Stickers
French Country Chipboard 2
Ornate Metal Key Holes
Ornate Metal Keys
Ornate Metal Brads
Metal Flowers
Antique Metal Door Pull
Petaloo Darjeeling Foliage Assorted Greens
Sierra Pacific Crafts Wooden Frame
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die
Martha Stewart Doily Lace Double Edge Punch

We hope you have enjoyed this fun creation from Maria. I would also like to extend a warm thank you to Maria for sharing her fabulous project with us! Please take a minute to stop by Maria’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.

46 replies on “Featured Company: Graphic 45”

  1. Wow! Maria has made such a marvelous beautiful page. I love everything about it plus all of those glorious flowers! I subscribe to Maria’s blog and she does amazing things. Thanks for a chance to win!

  2. Maria your work is beautiful….the French country paper looks perfect with the frame. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is a beautiful project. Love Graphic 45 papers, just my style. Thanks for the chance to win this great package.

  4. Maria, another awesome project, love, love love those fussy cut flowers… that French Country has such beautiful prints! Congrats on being featured on Paper Crafter’s Library! Such beautiful work we’ll follow you anywhere … LOL !!

  5. Love G45 paper collections! The floral display is amazing…great use of dies. Who can create without them these days? Beautiful project! Thanks for bringing this our way……..

  6. Maria’s layout is just gorgeous! I love Graphic 45’s French Country collection.
    I would love to win this prize package.

  7. Maria does amazing work, you would never know she has only been doing this since 2011 – what a talent! I love Graphic 45 and the French Country collection is beautiful. I have been coveting it since it came out and would be thrilled to win this prize package. Thank you for the chance.

  8. I absolutely love the vintage designs of Graphic 45 and the amazing talents of their Design team! Thanks for the chance to win some Graphic 45!

  9. WOW! Maria Has done it again Yet another STUNNING Piece and she makes it sound so Easy. I am a Graphic 45 Addict so always love the work that this most Talented Design Team Make. As it Goes I am also a Petaloo Addict as well so It would be a Dream Come True if I could WIN this GIVVEAWAY.
    You are Always so Generous with Your Prizes. Thank You So Much For Sharing, and Also for Choosing such an Incredibly Talented and Creative Design Team. Fingers Crossed and Good Luck To All.
    Kind Regards,

  10. Wow, I love this company and the gorgeous projects! Wonderful creative pieces that really showcase the papers!

  11. I’m such a fan of G45, the papers are a dream for those of us who love fussy cutting. Maria’s flowers are so beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  12. Maria, I cannot believe you only started in 2011? Seriously thought it had been years longer, your creations are wonderful, including this frame & your work at g45. TFS :))

  13. I am pretty new to G45…and let me tell you, WOW!! I am so impressed with the FAB products–amazing!!

  14. Maria’s project with the Graphic 45 French Country paper is fantastic. Her flowers and layering really make the vivid colors in this collection jump. But the use of the hardware, keys on the borders and thumb pull on the top, fit so well into the over all design makes this piece a “Home Run” for me.

  15. Shucks yeah – Everybody knows g45, don’t they? They give us the best products ever and I’m so thankful. What would us paper crafters do without them? Thanks for this chance.

  16. Amazing project!!! Wow. Love this collection from Graphic 45 and what you did with it!!! Those flowers…..!!!!
    <3 J

  17. Thanks for the supply list which helped reveal some of the “secrets” to the success of this smashing design!

  18. I love all Maria’s work, she has so much talent, wish I had half of her talent..lol.. she is awsome and G45 is my favorite paper line, thanks for a chance to win some….

  19. I love Graphic45 products. Your frame layout is stunning.So much great detail.I would be thrilled to win something’s to play with!

  20. Thanks for the designer spotlight to meet the great people behind some of the wonderful graphic 45 designs and projects! LOVE Graphic 45 papers!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Love your paper and embellishments. Will look forward to more things from Graphic 45.
    Love the frame and wish I could fussy cut.

  22. Maria what a great use of both the French Country and Steam Punk Paper and Embellishments. Thank you PCL for featuring such a wonderfully talented group of ladies from G45. Very impressive! This is my favorite line of paper and how I found out about the PCL (by following their Link).

  23. Love Maria’s project – and the outline of the page using keys. The colors are fabulous and it
    screams “fall” over the entire page. Love Graphic 45 and entire product line. Thanks for the
    opportunity to win the package of “cool” stuff.

  24. I love the colors and designs of Graphic 45! I love Maria’s project. The colors and the flowers are just gorgeous! Between Graphic 45 and Maria’s designs I’m inspired to start a new fall design tonight. Thank you for the inspiration!

  25. I can only hope to create such beautiful designs as Maria. I love the way she creates texture and dimension with her skillful hands.

  26. I just found your wonderful site. Your papers are awesome! Love Maria’s creations and and easy to follow directions. Thank you for inspiring me.

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