I have always been a fan of their designs, especially for my vintage layouts. This summer I debuted all of my vintage layouts to my family at our annual family reunion. The layouts were a huge success and it was so good to see everyone enjoying the display.
I bought the entire shadow box frame collection from Michael's Craft Store to showcase the designs.
Here are my cousins and uncle enjoying the display. I was overwhelmed with the response, especially from the men of our family. They were truly touched while seeing photos of their mothers, cousins, sisters, brothers, fathers, aunts and uncles who have passed away. They are always in our hearts. People often ask me why I scrap. All I can say is the picture above is worth one thousand words.
As you will see from the more recent collections, there is much more to Graphic 45 than just vintage inspired designs. I have used their beautiful designs to make Bridal and Thank You cards and gorgeous children's layouts. Here are a few of the designs I have created over the years.
Steampunk Debutante collection. The bold colors in this collection makes it one of my favorites.
Once Upon a Springtime is the newest collection from Graphic 45. I did lots of fun detail cutting to create a beautiful forest. I love it!
Steampunk Debutante collection.
This is one of several of my heritage layouts. I used a combination of the Transatlantique and Playtimes Past collections. This is my great uncle Bill. He was my maternal grandfather's brother. Whew, that was alot! This is a picture he sent to my grandfather while he was in Sicily. Page two of this two pager has the letter he wrote was asking for two of my grandfather's children! Not what you think, he and his wife did not have children and he wanted to know if they could come down and take my mother and my mother's oldest sister for a while. Luckily, my grandmother said no and our roots continued to grow in Virginia.
Fashionista papers. I threw in a pretty red tassel for extra pizazz!
This is a bridal shower card I created using the Le' Romantique collection. I really like the frames that accompany the collections. I used one here as my focal point.
I used the beautiful Renaissance Faire collection for this photo of my maternal great grandmother Hattie Doyle Berger. I had the frame ready and waiting for this one. I love this picture of her. I have always loved her hair.
My great grandparents sitting outside of their home in Virginia. The original photo wasn't very clear, but I love it anyway.
This story is probably the most fascinating. There was no one who could identify this man. We could tell by lookinig at him that he was obviously in the family. My mom suggested going to my great aunt who has a terrific memory. She is approaching 90 now! When my mom showed her the photo she let out a sigh and said "Alfred Yates!" We still had no idea who he was. My aunt then told us that he was my great grandmother's sister's only son. She said she didn't think anyone had a photo of him. Well, we have two! lol. I love this photo...he is Dashing!
This is my aunt Jean with my mom. My mother is the little one in the front. lol. Even in the worst of times, she always stays positive and has a smile. I can see that in her even at a young age. I used the beautiful Renaissance Faire collection.
This was my first Graphic 45 design using the Botanticabella collection. This beautiful hawk dropped by to visit my backyard. I love birds and this was such a great picture to capture. I stole the feathers from an old feather duster. I cleaned the feathers, let them dry and then attached them for a bit of whimsy. Who knew!
This photo was a mystery to me and my mother when we first saw it. We had other cousins take and look and no one was sure who they were. During my family reunion I asked my great uncle if he had any idea who these children could be. He immediately exclaimed "that's me! Where did you get this picture?" I was overwhelmed. I told him that they were in my grandmother's photos. He identified the children as himself and his two brothers. You can't imagine how excited I was to finally have this mystery solved.
The Renaissance Faire collection provided the perfect canvas for this photo of my aunt Helen, but we call her Jean, when she was a little girl. This photo is at least 65 years old! I love this photo and especially the outfit.
As soon as I saw the Le' Romantique collection from Graphic 45 I was hooked! It is just perfect for wedding/love projects.
This is a picture of my cousins Joan and Gertrude. They are the daughters of my grandmother's sisters. They are in their seventies now, hard to believe.
This is my great grandmother with my great uncles. This photo was also a mystery to many. Thanks to my great uncle he was able to identify everyone for me.
Thanks for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me.
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