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Spotlight: Lena Astafeva - French Country Windmill Tutorial

Posted by Graphic 45 06/13/2017 22 Comment(s) Tutorials,Videos,

Hello, G45ers!

It is another glorious day of Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador announcements, this time featuring the Lena Astafeva. Lena makes amazing albums, beautiful altered art projects, and today shares  a little bit about herself with us, as well as a creative windmill featuring French Country - DCE. She also provides a SnapGudie tutorial along with a YouTube tour with this project so creating it at home will be a breeze. We are so happy to have her with us for another year and excited to share this project with you all today. 


“I’m Lena. I’m from Russia, Nizhniy Novgorod.  I’m 31 y.o., I’m a happy wife and mother of three children. I have an 11-year-old son, a 5-year-old daughter, and a 4 month old baby boy. My main hobbies are scrapbooking and painting. I love books, I study history and languages.

Fun Facts:

Best of all I love making altered art and albums, especially out of Graphic 45 paper.

When I create my works I always listen to music or watch a movie, in order to get inspiration for my creation.

I like to cut out pictures for my projects sitting on the floor. I feel more comfortable and there is a lot of space. Paper collections which I need are all over the floor.

My first collection was Once Upon a Springtime. It felt a pity to use it. It seemed to me then, that it was a pleasure to look at, such an amazing collection and I couldn’t cut it, as I thought it was cruel. But once I decided to do it, I couldn’t stop doing it!!!

My plans for the year:

  • Make layouts.

  • Continue to make tutorials with Graphic 45 stamps.

  • Create more altered art.


So I’ve prepared tutorial of a windmill. I'm glad to be a Brand Ambassador!! Thanks, Graphic 45.



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French Country Windmill
By Lena Astafeva


I’ve made a windmill, and it has secret compartments. You can keep or hide things in it. I want to tell how to make it.” ~Lena Astafeva


Check out How to Windmill by Elena Astafeva on Snapguide.


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French Country Windmill YouTube Video tour

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Old box

  • Ink


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This week's prize package includes a Vintage Hollywood 12x12 Paper Pad, 12x12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad, 2 Chipboard, Tags & Pockets Die-Cuts, 8x8 paper pad, Ephemera & Journaling Cards, Black ATC Tags, Square Tags & Pockets Mini Albu, Square Deep Matchbook Box, Metal Drawer Pulls, Metal Lion's Head Knockers, and Vintage Hollywood Stamps, total value $135+. To enter to win this prize package just leave a comment here and/or on our Facebook page.  The winner will be announced, Friday, June 16th.

We are so glad you could be here with us today to celebrate Lena's contributions as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador. Her French Country windmill blew us away and makes it easy to see why we are so grateful to have her with us. We hope you are looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next as much as we here at Graphic 45 are. Stay tuned to the blog daily for more great craft inspiration by Lena and the other Brand Ambassadors. Let us know what other Lena creations have inspired your crafting journing in the comments below. See you here tomorrow for another introduction. 

Happy Papercrafting!

22 Comment(s)

Fran Perkins:
06/14/2017, 10:46:29 AM

looks will be in my bookmarks so I can watch the video later.....thanks for sharing

06/14/2017, 11:26:02 AM

I do love windmills. This is so creative. Love it.

Glenda Buster:
06/14/2017, 12:25:16 PM

Really cute. An imaginative decoration❣️

Sandy Trefger:
06/14/2017, 04:11:02 PM,

Beautiful project Lena! I love this windmill! Looking forward to creating again with you this year for Graphic 45!

Vanessa LeClear:
06/14/2017, 05:03:13 PM

Gorgeous windmill! Thanks for the inspiration!

Laurie Bradshaw:
06/14/2017, 05:24:57 PM

Incredible windmill! Awesome job!

Chris Cross:
06/14/2017, 06:17:39 PM

omg this is gorgeous! G45 is my favorite line of supplies by far!

Beth Beery:
06/14/2017, 08:09:02 PM

This project is so amazing! The creativity is mind-blowing!!!!

Sue MacFall:
06/15/2017, 05:17:47 AM

What a clever use of rubbish !! Love how you made this, thank you.

Arianna Barbara:
06/15/2017, 05:23:50 AM

OMG!!! It's simply stunning!!! Beautiful project!!!

Margaret McGlaun:
06/15/2017, 06:12:20 AM

This is an amazing creation. I wish I were so imaginative. But so glad Graphic 45 shares the creations of theses talented artist with us so that those like me can make these beauties.

Marianne Gonzales:
06/15/2017, 08:45:16 AM

Glad g45 is back. My morning is not complete without checking out the blog. What a novel idea Lena. So inspiring!

Judy D.:
06/15/2017, 11:14:53 AM

I love this super cute windmill that Lena made! So amazing! Judy D.

Martie Rollin:
06/15/2017, 01:17:53 PM

Have you changed the format of the Blog? I haven't received my emails this week. I had to find this Blog. Apparently others are having the same issues or there's be lots more comments. I'm happy to see your featured product ambassadors...very creative people!

Kristy G:
06/16/2017, 07:43:26 AM

Love graphic 45. Don't think they have anything I don't love.

Carol Lang:
06/16/2017, 08:25:32 AM

I'm obsessed with Graphic 45 papers and make my books almost entirely with them. I just discovered this blog and I'm so happy to have found you! Can't wait to learn more!

Jimmie Walker:
06/16/2017, 08:53:41 AM

Very inspiring. I already see one blooming into my future.

06/16/2017, 10:23:14 AM

Yes please!

Leona marker:
06/16/2017, 12:36:51 PM

Love. Love love

06/16/2017, 04:44:39 PM

This is so fun! Thank you for posting

06/20/2017, 09:35:47 AM

Very clever! Will watch video later. I also had not been receiving emails. Like the look of the new blog. Hope I will get emails now.

06/22/2017, 07:24:03 AM

Very pretty!

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