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. Last month we had our first designers 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 Clare Charvill
Our next Graphic 45 Guest Designer for this month is Clare Charvill. Clare is part of the 2012 Graphic 45 Design Team.
You can see Clare’s fabulous projects below, but first, here is a little more about Clare:
“I’m a working mum, have two gorgeous teenage boys and a fabulous partner who’s become my best critic when it comes crafting. and live in the heart of Shakespeare’s country in England. I’ve been interested in all things crafty for as long as I can remember, something I think I inherited from my mum and have turned my hand to many different crafts over the years including sugarcraft which I taught in the evenings at my local college for over 10 years. I loved teaching others all the techniques they needed to make that special cake for a family occasion. Seeing people discover hidden talents they never new they had is really rewarding.
My interest in scrap booking started about 7 years ago, when a new crafty shop opened in town. I had to go in lol, and came out with a few essential items, some papers and a couple of books and then set about creating two 12 x 12 albums for my boys adding journalling to the photos. I really enjoyed capturing the memories and the boys loved their albums. Last year I thought I’d make a mini album for my youngest son after a holiday in France, a first for me. It was very basic but I had great fun making it. Little did I know it would be the start of an unbelievably creative journey in my life. I joined the crafting community on You Tube last year and found the Graphic 45 paper collections. Totally inspired by the era they’re based on, the colours and designs, I brushed up on loads of techniques and started making photo albums to add photo’s to, and then moved onto altered art pieces too. The boys think I’m completely addicted… perhaps I am. I’m loving my creative journey but most of all I’m enjoying sharing my inspiration and creative ideas with crafter’s around the world through videos on my You Tube Channel (charliejones2686) and demo’s and workshops here in the UK so that others can discover their own hidden talents too. Happy crafting – Clare Charvill
Now you can see her projects below:
Project 1 – Gift Case
A ladies Diary 8 x 8 papers – Picture Perfect and A Moment in Time and Afternoon Tea for the flower and paper swirls from off cuts of focal Point,Delicate Details and Lasting Impression.
A Ladies Diary chipboard piece
A Ladies Diary stamp from the sticker sheet
Wooden crate with handle – bought at a craft show
Acrylic Dabber – Mushroom
Perfect Pearls Mist – Biscotti
Soap, relaxing candle and holder & eye mask are my own
Project 2 – A Ladies Diary
Inspired by Edith Holden’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady which I love. Each of the pages has an inked border to give them an aged feel, the corners are punched and the pages edges in gold acrylic dabber. The pages were stitched into the spine before being decorated with fussy cut elements.
Papers – various 12 x 12 sheets from A Ladies Diary collection
A Ladies Diary chipboard pieces
A Ladies Diary stickers
Graphic 45 Staples – Metal Tags x 2 small, cream ribbon & metal buttons
A Ladies Diary Cling Stamps – set 1, 2 and 3
2mm chipboard for the cover
300gsm Manilla card for the internal spine binding
300gsm cream textured card for the pages (A4 size folded in half)
Vintage photo Distress Ink – Ranger
Coffee Archival Ink – Ranger
Papermania magnetic clasp for book closure
WOW! embossing glitter – Sahara Sunset and clear gold highlight
Prima Mask for page edging and inking ref no 554644
Foam Tape and tacky glue
Corner punch – Hobbycraft UK
Acrylic Dabber – Gold
Project 3 – Vintage Pince-nez Case
A ladies Diary 8 x 8 papers Delicate Details and Timeless Memoir, stamps and blossoms cut from A Picture Perfect and flower silhouette cut from Afternoon Tea.
Memory Box Die – Small Tilda Swirl
A Ladies Diary sticker sheet
Glossy Accents & Tacky Glue
WOW! Glitter – Sahara Sunset
Perfect pearls mist – Biscotti
Acrylic Dabber – mushroom
Pince-nez – purchased privately
Thats all from me. Many thanks for the feature!
We hope you have enjoyed these beautiful creations from Clare. I would also like to extend a warm thank you to Clare for sharing her wonderful projects with us! Please take a minute to stop by Clare’s Blog and of course the Graphic 45 blog to check out all their amazing creations!