Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Another Fabulous Year with Graphic 45

Over the past few weeks, Graphic 45 has been announcing the new Design Team, Ambassadors, and today are introducing the Special Project Designers. I'm featured there today alongside fellow designer Gloria Stengel. I hope you get a chance to hop over there and check us out at this link. Graphic 45 also has a give-away opportunity, so be sure to leave a comment after you read the post.

As I write this post, I'll be sharing projects I've created specifically for Graphic 45 to teach. Each project has been or will soon be posted with a free PDF downloadable Project Sheet which is provided to you Graphic 45 fans. Do you subscribe to their blog? If you do, you're already receiving these project sheets. If not, be sure to subscribe so you don't miss anything.

Botanical Tea Tag Mini

Mainly, as a Special Project Designer, my job is to design class projects for Graphic 45 to teach at their events all around the globe, including their recent cruise. However, there are often other opportunities that arise as well. A few examples: I've created samples featuring the Decades ink pads for the Clearsnap product catalog coming out soon. And samples for the Hampton Art booth at CHA using their Graphic 45 stamps, just to name a few. And yes, it's a paying job. Can you think of a better job on earth? I can't.

By The Sea ATC Book Box and Tag Set

I consider myself extremely lucky to have this wonderful opportunity and am so grateful to be invited for another year. (I hope they never tire of me, because I could do this for the rest of my life if they asked me to!) I've been designing these projects since 2014 and absolutely love it.

Raining Cats & Dogs Box (turned dog house) and Card Set

Come Away With Me 8 x 8 Box

Graphic 45 is more than just a pretty paper company. They are an excellently run company, a tight-knit family, and know exactly what works. And they are extremely generous to their design team and understand the importance of that team.

This side job was a thrill: I was asked to design these samples for the product packaging of each of the Graphic 45 display frames. If you see these in the store, take a second to look on the back and you'll see these! Those are photos of my daughter Jamie, my husband Paul and myself. Paul loves to walk into a scrapbook store with me and pick one up when there are other shoppers nearby, casually show them what a great product it is and cunningly turns the package around and holds it near his face. He waits for their reaction. (true story)

Twas the Night Before Christmas 5 x 5 Mixed Media Box

Time To Flourish 12-card Series

Home Sweet Home Recipe Book

Artisan Style Mixed Media Album

Precious Memories White Shadow Box

Gilded Lily Mixed Media Album

Rare Oddities Black Shadow Box

Mon Amour Mixed Media Album (featured with project sheet on the G45 blog today)

World's Fair Black Shadow Box

A Christmas Carol holiday set featuring book boxes and tags.

Children's Hour 8 x 8 Easel Album

Mon Amour Tag Bags

Children's Hour Mixed Media Album

Cityscapes Chunky Travel Album

Enchanted Forest 6-Card Set

Whew! That's a bunch of fun times I've had, wouldn't you say? 

And there's even more I can't yet show you. So stay tuned here and the Graphic 45 blog so you don't miss anything.

Thanks, as always, for popping in and for all your love, support and encouragement over the years. And special thanks to Graphic 45 for putting their faith in me.

Here's to another great year of creativity!


  1. I am so happy you are a Graphic 45 Special Project Designer! I love your projects and your fine appreciation of Starbucks coffee!!

  2. I love your projects and you clear and concise directions! Reta Heob

  3. Annette, all are lucky to have you to create for them. Your art has always inspired me and continues to!

  4. I'm glad you'll be staying on as a Special Projects Designer. I always love seeing what you create!

  5. So happy you're still designing for G45. Cant wait to see what's coming!


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