Friday, 18 March 2016

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2016

I guess the sign below gives away the purpose for this post. I am applying for the Graphic 45 Design Team for 2016. It is with, I must admit some nerves, I am throwing my hat into the ring and giving it my best shot. There have been some wonderful inspiring projects over on the
Graphic 45 Blog
this year. I have been encourage and amazed by the designers creations.
If you have not been aware the collections they have released recently have been amazing as the past collection are a testament to as well. A couple of my favourites are Worlds Fair and Children's Hour which will feature in this post.

According to the requirements this year we were to show case three projects and one tutorial as part of the round one blog post. I have chosen the projects according to one criteria. They are some of my favourites from the last twelve months.

Project one : Typography Memo Book

This Project has seen me venture in to mixed media style backgrounds. I am always trying to extend and grow as a crafter. Mixed media was a great progression and it is very prominent in the crafting world. But my tell tale style incorporating symmetry and detail is still demonstrated. 

Tip #1 : Take your favourite graphic 45 collection and create mixed media background that coordinates giving your favourite collection and project more dimension.

Project two : Children's Hour Coin Bank

Thi project was inspired in two ways : (1) taking the beautiful calendar collection and using in a non calendar project and (2) the seasons.
It is a box construction from chip board and each side represents a season. I used the coin bank idea as a play on a piggy bank and every time of the year is great for saving.
I did fussy cutting for each side one of my favourite paper crafting techniques.

Tip #2 : Try painting your box with a colour taken from the Graphic 45 collection you are using to make the collection automatically coordinate across the project  

The four sides based on each season. My personal favourite is autumn. 
Do you have a favourite season

Project three : Times Nouveau Haberdashery Box

This project is one of my all tim favourites as it has a special twist which was quite simple but vey effective. It uses two graphic 45 5x5 inch mixed media boxes joined together.
When times Nouveau was released as a collectors edition I was very keen to get to use as I had never owned it before and it was a perfect match for this project.

Tip #3 Little splash of metal on a project creates accent points in your embellishing and works with all graphic 45 collections

Project four : Worlds Fair Envelope Mini
Album Tutorial

The last project of my submission is my tutorial. I have to say the Worlds Fair collection that was used is my favourite release this year. I love the images and the colours and let the images speak for them selves when I embellished the pages of my Mini.
The album was a complete construction project and the you tube tutorial is broken ups into the different parts.
The videos are after the photos of the album. I have designated what each part covers.

Tip #4 : Use Graphic 45 signature series cardstock for your Graphic 45 projects as it matches the colours of the various collections perfectly.

Worlds Fair Envelope Mini Album Part One
Construction of the page units

Worlds Fair Envelope Mini Album Part Two
Page matting and binding

Worlds Fair Envelope Mini Album Part Three
Making of the covers

 Worlds Fair Envelope Mini Album Part Four
Construction of the album

Worlds Fair Envelope Mini Album Part Five
Embellishment of the cover and page samples

This project concludes my Graphic 45 design team application blog post. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my projects and will come back and visit again. I would like to wish all the applicants the best of luck and look forward to seeing who will make the team and the 
inspiration they will bring in  2016

In the mean time 
Happy paper crafting



  1. Andrew,good luck!!!Your project beautiful!!!

  2. Gorgeous work, Andrew! Your attention to detail and incredible fussy cutting skills make this audition a real standout. I can't wait to watch all the videos! Best of luck!

  3. Beautiful projects.. Good Luck!!!!!
    Magda Cortez

  4. Wising you lots of luck your projects are so pretty!
    Hugz, Zandra

  5. Andrew, you know I wish you the best! I was sad when you left G45 after your last term, and I will be so happy to see you with them again! Your projects are amazing, as always!!!

  6. Absolutely amazing work, Andrew! You belong on the G45 team. Your projects really showcase their papers. Best of luck to you. (-:

  7. Great projects!!! best of luck!

  8. Andrew.. all your projects are so beautiful! I love the coin bank! Good Luck!
    Magda Cortez

  9. Such a great submission! That bank is fantastic :) Love all your work Andrew, good luck!


  10. Wonderful projects andrew! Fingers crossed for you!

  11. Andrew, each of these projects is so amazing! Your attention to detail is phenomenal. Love that bank! Best of luck to you!

  12. Andrew, your work is always so wonderful! We so love your use of colors and layers in all your projects. We are so honored your submitted to be on our Design Team! Many thanks! Happy Papercrafting, Charee and Joanna from Graphic 45

  13. Always amazing projects... every single one! The tutorials are very thorough - Best of Luck!!

  14. Thank you Andrew for stopping by my blog, I feel so honored. You are amazingly talented and I wish you all the best in the second round.

  15. Congratulations, i loved your job, fingers crossed for the second round.
    Regards from Brasil

  16. Andrew, it was such a surprise to receive a comment from a guy scrapbooker!! Your projects are really special! I wish you good luck in the second round!!

  17. Congrats!!! I like your projects!!!!Good luck in finale!!!

  18. Congratulations.. Good Luck in the second round all your projects are amazing!!
    Magda Cortez :)

  19. Your projects are fantastic..good luck for the final round :)

  20. So happy to see your name on the Top 30 list, Andrew! Your work is fabulous! Wishing you all the best!

  21. Congrats on making the final list! ;-) Your work is gorgeous....
    Best of luck in the last round! ;-)

  22. Andrew, if they let us vote, you would always be on the team!! I've always loved your projects and I find them very CASE-able and gift-able. :) Good luck!!

  23. Congratulations on making the Top 30! Your work is lovely :) Wishing you all the best! xoxo Aneta

  24. I was also so disappointed not seeing your beautiful/imaginative/inspiring projects regularly on the G45 blog - so I'm now SO happy to see you've made the top 30!! Your work is amazing & I hope to see you BACK on the G45 design team!!

  25. Congratulations on making top 30. Your work is really beautiful. I want to be your new follower but not abl to click join this site button.

  26. Hi Andrew, Thank you for popping by to visit. Congratulations on making the top 30! I can't imagine what it feels like to be doing this for the second time! Particularly love your mixed media note book. It will be exciting to see everyones' final submission. Good luck to us all for the second round! Hugs Helen x

  27. Great work!! Congrats on making the top 30! Best of luck

  28. Congrats on the top 30 spot!

  29. Fabulous projects! Congratulations on top 30 and good luck to you and all of us! :)

  30. Congratulations on making the Top 30!
    Lovely projects :)
    Good luck in the final round:)
    Greetings, Padoriaa


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