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As some of you may know we lost one of our Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors to cancer on April 9th this year, Donna Kauffman. We were so fortunate to have the opportunity to get to work with and share Donna's incredible projects and video tutorials over the last year. Not only was Donna a talented paper crafter, but she was a best-selling romance writer of more than 70 novels. Below you will find three of our favorite projects from this last year complete with YouTube videos where you can really see Donna shine.
Donna Kauffman - USA
Brand Ambassador 2019-2020
Here is Donna's bio for her introduction post in 2019.
"I grew up working in my mom’s craft shop and began teaching classes by the time I was twelve. For the past twenty-six years, my main occupation has been (and still is) as a published author, but when my sons got older, I began teaching craft classes again for fun. I was born and raised in the DC metropolitan area and continued teaching papercrafting as my “fun job” for the next fourteen years. My sons are grown now, and I moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains a few years ago. As the last of the local shops closed, I took things online to keep connecting with the students I’d worked with for so long, and that has taken off and now I get to work with students all over the world! I’m thrilled that I now reach a global community via my MiniBooksRMe blog and YouTube channel. It’s been so inspiring!"
Down by the Sea Mini Album
“I am sharing a full minibook video tutorial today, teaching you how to make a complete 6.5” x 6.5” File Folder Mini foundation. I decorated mine using G45’s beautiful By the Sea Deluxe Collector’s Edition collection!
Use the chipboard pieces as “charms” for a fun spine dangle. Cover the backs of the chipboard pieces with leftover scraps from your project.”
Fast & Fun Christmas Cards
“Hello Happy G45 Crafters!
Join me in my video tutorial and learn how to make 12 fun, beautiful cards using items from Graphic 45’s gorgeous new Joy to the World Christmas collection. And the best part? They are fast and easy to make. I promise!
I created twelve cards using four basic supplies: bulk pack of card & envelopes, Graphic 45’s Joy to the World 12x12 Patterns & Solids collection pad, one pack of Joy to the World Ephemera Cards, and one set of the Joy to the World Chipboard.”
Fruit & Flora: File Folder Mini
“I love all things flora! Add in luscious fruit and you’ve got my full attention! This fun 6.5” x 6.5” File Folder Mini was put on display with my first Graphic 45 free video tutorial (and that tutorial is still available!) I thought this was a perfect way to update that mini and Graphic 45’s new Fruit & Flora collection did not disappoint! Eye candy at every turn of the page. This mini features three pages with interactive pull out folders, and more interactive goodies inside the front and back cover. The entire project is made from manila file folders and the 12x12 Fruit & Flora collection. Fun, easy, and a beautiful outcome!” ~Donna