Monday, March 18, 2013

Graphic 45 Design Team 

2013 Audition

It has been a dream of mine to be on the DT of Graphic 45 for over a year now.  I use almost only Graphic 45 papers in my projects because I feel inspired by their collections.  Their quality is outstanding and the colors and patterns are really fun to create with.

As part of my audition I'm submitting some of my favorite projects that I've made over the last year.  Some were pinned on Pinterest by Graphic 45.  If they were good enough to get pinned by Graphic 45 then they must be in my audition.  I have so many projects that I wanted to submit but finally narrowed it down to just these.

The first project is this card I made early last year.  I had just gotten my first shipment of Graphic 45 papers and I was so excited to play with these wonderful papers.  I began using zippers in my projects when two good friends gave me a bag full of them.  I love being able to zip it closed or open, it is just fun.  This card I used Steampunk Debutante and added a simple tag in the front.  It makes for additional journal space.  I make my own flowers when I have the time... and this card was lucky enough to get one.

This next little project was my first altered box.  I never want to toss even the smallest piece of Graphic 45, so this was a great way to use the small scraps.  I  sew on a lot of my projects, and I have sewing notions everywhere.  I used bobbins for the feet of this box.  I love reusing items that aren't being used into something fun and useful.

I love finding items at the thrift store.  Things that someone no longer wants and turning them into something original and special. I found this great cabinet and added some Ladies Diary papers to it.  I has two mini albums one in the bottom drawer and one sitting on the shelf.  I love all the little drawers that you can put keepsakes in.  

This card was one of my first ray cards.  I saw a layout that someone posted with sun rays going off behind the photo.  I decided that would be a  great way to use scraps and decided that it would even look better if I stitched the rays down plus I'd save on adhesives.  

Here is an altered canvas I did.  My first one.  I combined Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers and Steampunk Debutante, two of my favorite collections.  The butterflies are my favorite, they are great to fussy cut and add to all my projects.

Here is another recent project.  I used another thrift store find to make this album for my daughter.  I often see those old-fashioned black paper albums like the ones my grandmother used to add photos to.  This one was in excellent condition except for a not so pretty cover.  I altered it with my daughter's favorite Graphic 45 papers and gave it a theme of Paris since she is so in love with it.  I used some of Graphic 45 Staples which my daughter drools over when in my scrapbook room.  I must admit that I'm selfish with the sharing of my Staples....they are just so beautiful.  This was an excellent gift for my daughter's 11th Birthday.

Here is one of my latest cards using ABC Primer and Kraft Reflections papers.  I used paint to distress my edges.  I love to fussy cut images, use sewing notions like the metal zipper, add jewelry and of course the Staples.  I wish I could use more than one per project but with the amounts of projects I try to complete each week and with limited resources this is just the best I can do.  Here is to hoping I make the Design Team and can really go all out on a project.  My husband says that if I make it I can quit my job and scrap full-time which is also a big dream of mine.

 Well I can't believe that I didn't even include a project from Secret Garden or French Country.  Perhaps if I get to the second round I can show those collections off a bit.  It was really hard to choose.  I hope you enjoy these projects and a little flash back over my last year.


  1. Your work is stunning and G45 would be lucky to scoop you up for their team. Good Luck!!

  2. Hi sweety, I hoped you'd be on the 30 final list too because I know you wanted it SOOOO much! I feel so sad your name isn't up there, you deserve it too...Love your work very much.....Big hugs Amy :) your dutch friend xox

  3. Thanks Amy glad you and Anne made it. Your work is so great I always love to get your comments. There is always next year. Hope both of you get it can't wait to see what you do. I have only been doing this a short time and there is always next year. Glad we are fb friends. Amy