Graphic 45 Spotlight With Designer Maiko Miwa

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 Maiko Miwa

Our next Graphic 45 Guest Designer for this month is Maiko Miwa who is part of the 2012 Graphic 45 Design Team. We are very excited to share Maiko’s project with you.  She is very talented.

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

I am a wife to a lovely husband and a mother to a 5 year old girl. I started scrapbook in year 2008 because I wanted to store all the memories with my family in this beautiful way. Nowadays, I teach scrapbook near Kyoto and Osaka. I also love to create and have fun by myself at home! I am willing to challenge many things throughout scrapbook .
I can say my style is soft and feminine. I love to crop many elegant photos. When I am making a layout, I always try to make it look like the whole layout is one picture. I love to use a lot of rhinestones, stamps, mists, and inks for my creations.  I bring to you today a layout for Christmas using Nutscracker Sweet Collection.  I like Gingerbread Delight paper and I used the gingermen cutting from this paper like the embelishment.  The theme of this is “Bright Christmas”.So Mainly Pink ,Red and Gold are used  and added glitter and gemstones on this.  Thank you so much for looking.  You can visit my blog here:

Christmas Nutcracker Layout

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

7 replies on “Graphic 45 Spotlight With Designer Maiko Miwa”

  1. Wow, what an outstanding layout, a wonderful work of art!! Thank you for sharing, Maiko 🙂

  2. I really like your G45 days. What a lovely layout — and cute subject matter is always a big help. 😉 Nice work, Maiko!

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