Here is the latest installment of our Grahpi 45 Guest Designers. Many of you may remember that back in April we hosted a Graphic 45 Week on the Paper Crafter’s Library Blog. It was week filled with projects and inspiration using Graphic 45’s Tropical Travelogue Collection. We had such a great experience partnering with Graphic 45 and their design team, and such a great response from you, that we’ve decided to partner with them on an ongoing basis. The first and third week of every month one of the Graphic 45 Designers will share a project they’ve created here on the PCL Blog. We started with our monthly designers in June and before I introduce you to our latest Designer, I just wanted to take a minute to re-introduce Graphic 45 for those of you that may not be familiar with the company.
Graphic 45 is an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters.
Diane Schultz (pictured center)—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 (pictured left) —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 (pictured right)—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.
Here’s a picture of their booth at the CHA show which absolutely blows us away every year! The artwork inside is absolutely stunning and totally unique. At the last show as we were speaking with Diane she told us that many of the altered pieces were vintage finds which she and her team transformed with their gorgeous Graphic 45 products. We can’t wait to stop by their booth at the Chicago CHA and see what they’ve got in store this year!
Here’s a picture of the Graphic 45 team – they’re always dressed in period costumes to complement the themes in their collections – every day of the show brings a new set of costumes. The ones shown below were for their Little Darlings collection.
Graphic 45 Designer Kristin Wilson
Our next Graphic 45 Guest Designer for this month is Kristin Wilsom who is part of the 2012 Graphic 45 Design Team. You may recognize her name as she has also been a member of our Design Team here at Paper Crafter’s Library. She is a talented designer and we are so happy to continue to showcase her work.
You can see Kristin’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about Kristin:
Hi, I’m Kristin, I live in the Chicagoland area with my husband of 15 years and our son who is 12. I adore making cards and altering items. I began this very addicting hobby 4 years ago and I can’t seem to stop!
I love working with a smaller space and pulling off an impossible amount of embellishments. My style is mainly shabby chic, but I do break out from that time to time. I hope you enjoy the project.
Altered Tin Project
Hello everyone! I hope October finds you all doing well and ready for fall. Speaking of fall that means it’s time for us all to get our craft on as we have so many holidays coming up. I hope my project today will give you some ideas for gifts.
Graphic 45: Bird Song Collection Papers, Alpha Stickers, Chipboard Pieces. Metal Brad
Spellbinders: Foliage Dies
Martha Stewart: Doily
May Arts: Ribbon
The project I have to share with you all today is an altered tin. This tin could be used for so many things. Try placing an alpha letter on the front and fill it with monogrammed note cards as a gift. Another idea could be to decorate the tin with a Christmas theme and fill with 25 index cards ready to capture that annual holiday photo. The sky is the limit with these tins. This tin is decorated with Graphic 45’s Bird Song Collection. I hope you enjoyed my project today!
To see more of my projects just visit my blog: http://www.kristinwilsonhandmade.com/
We hope you have enjoyed this Halloween creation from Jim. I would also like to extend a warm thank you to Gloria for sharing yet another fabulous project with us! Please take a minute to stop by Kristin’s blog and of course the Graphic 45 blog to check out all their amazing creations!