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.
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.
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:
I love the detail which you can see a lot of in her close up photos.
Her second project is a Le Cirque Card. It’s so beautifully done.
Here is a list of the supplies used:
You can check out some of the close up pictures below.
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!