Here is the latest installment of our Graphic 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 Laura Denison
Our next Graphic 45 Guest Designer for this month is Laura Denison who is part of the 2012 Graphic 45 Design Team. Laura is new to our list of designers and we are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. We also have a special prize give-a-way today! Leave a comment below the post telling us what you like about the project for a chance to win a package of Graphic 45’s Happy Haunting pictured below.
You can see Laura’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about Laura:
I am best known for my Mini Albums and “containers” to hold them. I love to think outside the box and use materials in unexpected ways.
My background as an interior architect for 15 years has been a great resource for my projects. I teach weekly online classes via Ustream to share what I do and inspire others to step onto a new path of creativity.
I’m excited to bring you this project. This project was shown in the Graphic 45 Summer 2012 CHA booth and I’m happy to share it with you today. This is a Rickshaw created from a Graphic 45 5″ x 5″ Altered Box. It features the new BGraphic 45 Birdsong Collection. The seat of the rickshaw opens to reveal a mini album.
To see more of my projects just visit my blog: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
We hope you have enjoyed this special creation today. I would also like to extend a warm thank you to Laura for being a part of Paper Crafter’s Library today. Don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win the fabulous package of Graphic 45’s Happy Haunting collection pictured above. Also, please take a minute to stop by Laura’s blog and of course the Graphic 45 blog to check out all their amazing creations!