Graphic 45 Guest Designer: Arlene Cuevas

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.    Two weeks ago we had our first designer and before I introduce you to our second 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.

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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 Arlene Cuevas

Our next Graphic 45 Guest Designer for this month is Arlene Cuevas.  Arlene is part of the 2012 Graphic 45 Design Team.

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

Hi there, my name is Arlene Cuevas! Creating has always been a passion of mine ever since I can remember. When I was young, one could always find me on the dining room table creating something! And when I get in my zone, there’s no coming out!

I attended my first craft party in 1994 where I dabbled in card-making and scrapbook layouts. I was instantly hooked on paper crafts! I found the scrapbooking community on YouTube in 2008 and grew quite fond of creating mini albums and altered art. I also enjoy stamping, art journalling, and Copic coloring. I love to experiment and express myself with different materials, products and designs… but I would describe my style as vintage-grunge with a splash of shabby chic! I love to share tutorials and “how to’s” on my Youtube channel “mybutterflykisses12” and blog (butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com) and am fortunate to design (and have designed) for several scrapbooking companies, including Graphic 45!

I’ve been married to the love of my life for 12 years and we have 3 young boys, ages 4, 8 and 10. To keep the balance in my home full of men, I have a 3-year old toy Yorkie named Nala — she’s my princess! I live in sunny California and work full-time for a large fortune 500 internet company. I’m a product manager by day, crafter by night! Ask anyone who knows me… coffee and chocolate are the two evils that I cannot live without! 🙂

Now you can see the first of her two projects below.  This first project is a Le Cirque Shadow Box Project.

Here are the supplies used:

Circus Shadow Box:
Graphic 45 Le Cirque papers
Paper Trey Ink True Black cardstock
Hobby Lobby Black tinsel trim
Ranger Distress ink in Black Soot
Toothpick, black pearl bead
Black 110 Copic Marker
Glossy Accents
Dimensionals

I love the detail which you can see a lot of in her close up photos.

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Her second project is a  Le Cirque Card.  It’s so beautifully done.

Here is a list of the supplies used:

Card:
Graphic 45 Le Cirque papers
Paper Trey Ink Kraft cardstock/True Black cardstock/White cardstock
Ranger Distress ink in Black Soot
Black Doily – Owl & Thistle on Etsy
Want2Scrap – Black bling
Toothpick, black pearl bead
Black 110 Copic Marker
Glossy Accents
Dimensionals

You can check out some of the close up pictures below.

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We hope you have enjoyed these beautiful creations from Arlene.  I would also like to extend a warm thank you to Arlene for sharing her wonderful projects with us! Please take a minute to stop by Arlene’s Blog and of course the Graphic 45 blog to check out all their amazing creations!

 

 

40 replies on “Graphic 45 Guest Designer: Arlene Cuevas”

  1. Arlene, these projects are absolutely stunning – I’m going to hop over to your blog to check out some of your other creations.

  2. I absolutely love all of Graphic 45’s line of paper and stickers and this was taking something really neat and making it awesome. How stunning and unique! This project makes my craft jaws drool!

  3. Absolutely STUNNING shadow box! I’m so glad Graphic 45 will be here every few weeks…how FUN!!!

  4. Arlene!!
    Wowzers!! Your projects make me want to flip for joy:) You really are an amazing artist—thank you for sharing at Paper’s Crafters Library and allowing me o learn from you. What a gift:) Keep up he rea work—wow you really have found your niche with the Graphic 45 products:) be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure
    Tammy
    http://www.urbeyondmeasure.com

  5. Wow! Thanks so much, Andrea, for collaborating with Graphic 45 to bring us such beautiful projects and helpful information. The Le Cirque shadow box by Arlene is just stunning and so much fun!! I’m already a big fan of the G45 line, so I really appreciate seeing more creative projects from their designers.

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  6. Both the shadow box and card are fantastic, I just love the look of the Graphic 45 line!! Thank you for offering more wonderful projects. Thank you, Arlene for sharing with us:)

  7. What wonderful projects. So much detail. You must have worn your fingers to the bone with all the fussy cutting! Thank you so much for sharing these great projects. I love all the close-up photos so I can see all the great detail. Thank you again.

  8. So grungy and elegant. I love the whole look. Would b nice in a frame on my wall I think.

  9. I visited your Blog and now this one..Your work is absolutely breath takingly jaw-dropping gorgeous with all the intricate love you put into it..Loved your video showing the details..once again thank you for inspiring me to take my creativity to another level.

  10. Thank you Arlene for sharing! It felt like you were truly at the circus, what great detail.

  11. I had to chuckle at one of Andrea’s opening comments: “… I just wanted to take a minute to re-introduce Graphic 45 for those of you that may not be familiar with the company.” Oh, the unlucky person who hasn’t heard of G45. They are a mainstay of the papercrafting industry and have such a distinctive style. I’ve even bought a few special individual pieces and just matted and framed them. No matter the G45 paper, there is always some emotional response to it that delights me. These projects are brilliant, Arlene. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us. It looks like we’re all in agreement — you are an exceptional artist.

  12. I love vintage feel cards so I know I’m going to love learning more about this group. Thank you so much for sharing their fantastic art work. Love it.

  13. Love the two Graphic 45 Projects!!! Can’t wait to get started making them…thanks so much for sharing. Love all the detail.

    Barb

  14. Oh, how wonderfully detailed and beautiful this project is! And finally some real inspiration to *use* that pack of Le Cirque paper that I impetuously purchased ’cause the colors just called to me…..

    The black and shiny doily used in the card is so sexy, and somehow, un-doily like! I adore it all. I can see a triptych in my future.
    Love the G45 papers in general, and lust after many! Thanks for sharing your work with us.

  15. OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!! Those are stunning projects. The detail is amazing! I think it’s going to take me a good hour to go over all of the photos for the deets.

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