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 Karen Shady

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

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

1002graphic45karenshadyMy name is Karen Shady, I am Mum to my 5 children, and am happily married to Chris, together we own and run a 6500 acre cropping farm in Victoria, Australia. I am a nurse by profession, but, feel very fortunate, that I now am able to stay at home and be a full time Mum to my kids.

My paper crafting journey began well over 10 years, and  is a huge part of my life.  I have what I think is a unique blend of ‘shabby vintage’ style. I love to layer and fussy cut images from paper. I do like to try new things, and have a love of rustic style works also.
Over the years, I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for some amazing magazines, and manufacturing companies. This year, my long held dream came true, when I made the Graphic 45 design team.  Along with Graphic 45, I also design for Manor House Creations and The Dusty Attic, I also work as a designer for Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine, and Scrapbook Creations magazine.

Graphic 45 Designer Project

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For this layout, I have used the ‘Secret Garden’ collection, which remains one of my all-time favourites.

Materials used:
Cream Bazzil cardstock
Graphic 45 ‘Secret garden’ paper collection. Posy patch, Seed fairy, Secret garden, Springtime, Leafy treetops
Manor House Creations flowers
The Dusty Attic chipboard flourish
The Dusty Attic leaves
The Dusty Attic Acrylic Paint – Alabaster

Cheery Lyn ‘Mini tags’ Die
Moulds by Mel Frame Mould and Resin
Martha Steward Border Punch – Doily Lace
McGill Punch – Fern
Prima Alpha Stickers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Antique Linen
The Crafters Workshop 6×6 Brick Mask
Mont Marte Modelling Paste


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

8 replies on “Featured Company: Graphic 45”

  1. Love the subtle texture added with the modeling paste to create the “brick wall” effect. So ties into the Secret Garden theme.

  2. Many times when I see projects I like, it turns out they used Graphic 45 papers. How nice to see the people behind the product!! Karen’s project is so beautiful. I would have to frame it so it could be looked at often. I’d like to know what punch or die was used for the white leaves under the flowers by the large picture. It doesn’t look like the McGill Fern punch I found and I think the Dusty Attic leaves are the green ones.

  3. Hi Diane… thanks for the lovely comments.. In answer to your questions, yes, the leaves are Dusty Attic, and the other cream leaves are a ‘Magnolia do hicky die’… I cant remember the actual name it though, sorry.. hope that helps. x

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