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Celebrate Layout with Video: Introducing Romantic Mixed Media Artist, Marilyn Rivera

Posted by Graphic 45 06/20/2018 68 Comment(s) Layouts,Mixed Media,Videos,

Hello, G45ers!

 Pull out your paints and let's get ready to have some mixed media fun.  In this post, we have a shabby chic scrapbook layout with video and an introduction to the creator of this masterpiece, new Brand Ambassador from the USA, Marilyn Rivera.  As a fashion designer, you can see how she takes her knowledge of style and romance to the page in the most elegant ways.  Marilyn used our Botanical Tea - Deluxe Collector’s Edition to create her #G45Selfie layout, along with her fussy cutting scissors to bring some paper butterflies to life.  But before we dive in we have a contest reminder.


Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package is a Club G45 - Vol. 4 Kit, including Botanical Tea - DCE, 5x5 Mixed Media Box, Metal Door Pulls, and a Precious Pink Inkpad, a $50 value.  The Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, June 22nd.


Brand Ambassador 2018-2019

Marilyn Rivera - USA


“Hello Graphic 45 fans! My name is Marilyn Rivera. I’m from Puerto Rico but live in North Carolina, with my husband, son, daughter and, of course, my cat.  I’m a Fashion Designer by profession but I got sick and my life changed. I was looking for a hobby, a therapy of sorts when I discovered scrapbooking and fell in love with it. I love to incorporate my Fashion Design techniques in my pages, combining them with Mixed Media elements. My style is romantic, shabby chic with mixed media. I’m passionate about painting, mediums, colors.

I also have the honor of traveling to other countries, showcasing my techniques through different creatives workshops. However, my primary means for teaching others how to use different products and trying out new tools in their every-day scrapbooking is through my YouTube channel. And now a dream comes true, I have the honor to be a Graphic 45 Ambassador and I’m excited to share with all of you this new adventure. I hope to bring you a bit of inspiration through my projects during this year.  Hugs!

Fun Facts:

1- I love to make art journal but never share my projects.

2- If I need a muse, I take a cup of coffee, it helps me.

3-I love angels and collect them, you will find one in every corner in my home.

4- You always find a rose Yankee candle in my home, love the rose aroma.

5- I’m an animal lover.

6-I also love drawing, coloring, cooking, and sewing.


Celebrate Layout


I’m so excited to share with you my first project as Graphic 45 Ambassador. I created a layout using one of my favorites collection Botanical Tea. I started giving textures to the polka dot paper with a stencil and modeling paste. I dab the Antiquing Dye Ink over the acrylic mat and I mixed it with water to paint all the stencil work. I let it dry.




I took one tag from the Regular Ivory Tag Albums to mat the photo. I distressed with the ClearSnap Decades Dye Pad all the edges of the tag and the photo.



I cut out the flowers, butterflies, birds and, leaves from the papers.



Once I created the design on my page with the different chipboard, stickers and die cuts pieces, I added  3D foam tape on the back of them. It added dimension and highlight these elements.



I added some art stones with gel medium to create more textures and for a feminine touch, I added some pearls here and there. You can watch all the creative process in the video tutorial.


Botanical Tea - Celebrate Layout by Marilyn Rivera for Graphic 45

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you find some inspiration today! Until next time!” ~Marilyn Rivera


Botanical Tea - Deluxe Collector's Edition

Graphic 45 Supplies:


Excuse us while we pick our jaw off the floor... Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing a piece of yourself for the Graphic 45 blog and for letting us get to know you.  We hope you all join us in welcoming Marilyn in the comments below.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for more daily inspiration and another chance to win!  

Happy Papercrafting!

68 Comment(s)

Mary Cummings:
06/20/2018, 09:46:20 AM

Graphic 45 is my favorite paper line. Even when I’ve grounded myself from any more paper purchases Graphic 45 is still an option to purchase. This layout is just further proof of why I am such a fan(atic).

03/19/2019, 04:00:10 PM

What a beautiful art ,so much detail. The paper and embellishments are so pretty!

Cheryl Wells:
06/20/2018, 12:09:34 PM

Welcome Marilyn to the wonderful family of Graphic 45 - Gorgeous paper collections always!!!

Babi Kind:
06/20/2018, 12:10:36 PM,

Beautiful Layout, Marilyn. Thanks for the awesome tutorial! :)

06/20/2018, 12:14:18 PM

Graphic 45 - great paper collections!

Barbara G.:
06/20/2018, 12:28:39 PM

Welcome, Marilyn. I think your project is amazing. I have never seen such intricate fussy cutting, everything looks so real. I look forward to more of your designs.

06/20/2018, 12:29:49 PM

Marilyn and I could be twins ! Except for the cooking part, and the 50 year age difference, oh and the fact that she's drop dead gorgeous, lol. Beautiful work..

Anne McIntosh:
06/20/2018, 12:30:37 PM

Welcome Marilyn ! I don't do "typical" scrapbooking any longer, but I love your mixed media techniques. You explained what you were doing as you did it and I got it! Thanks and I'm looking forward to many more postings from you!

Glenda Buster:
06/20/2018, 12:32:03 PM

Beautiful mixed media layout. Looking forward to seeing more projects from Marilyn. This week’s prize is awesome. Love, love Botanical Tea.

Susan Ashby:
06/20/2018, 12:39:22 PM

Beautiful layout. I don’t scrapebook, but good idea to use for a car,

Lynda Miller:
06/20/2018, 12:43:02 PM

Botanical Tea is one of my favourite collections. Thanks for sharing your beautiful layout. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Barbara Daws:
06/20/2018, 12:44:33 PM

Welcome, Marilyn! Looking forward to your creations. Thank you for providing the video. Your explanations of what you were doing was great. Hope to win this week’s giveaway since Botanical Garden collection is my all time favorite.

Suzanne Hilborn:
06/20/2018, 12:48:22 PM

Wow, just beautiful!

Ann Milzarski:
06/20/2018, 12:52:15 PM

I have so many fancy cut flower to use in this layout! The LO is just beautiful.

06/20/2018, 12:56:12 PM

Beautiful! Congratulations Marilyn, you deserve it, I'm so proud of you girl!

06/20/2018, 01:15:35 PM

I love mixed media designs and look forward to more of your ideas

Chris Moland:
06/20/2018, 01:27:17 PM

Love this layout using the best product around!! What a beautiful job Marilyn and way to inspire our imagination!

Michelle Cammarata:
06/20/2018, 01:38:36 PM

What can I say just beautiful!

06/20/2018, 01:39:54 PM

Such a beautiful layout, look forward to seeing more of your work in the near future.

Vanessa LeClear:
06/20/2018, 01:43:32 PM

Welcome, Marilyn! Your layout is beautiful! I can’t wait to see what you create next!

Becca Yahrling:
06/20/2018, 01:44:46 PM

I love your shabby chic style! This is just stunning (and so is the female in the photo!). I also love the polka dot BG - I love polka dots!

Regina Harrison:
06/20/2018, 01:53:40 PM

Love this it is so pretty.

06/20/2018, 01:54:51 PM

Beautiful layout-I love the beautiful colors and shabby chic look. Welcome to G45 look forward to seeing your work.

06/20/2018, 01:55:19 PM

Such a beautiful layout for this dreamily romantic photo.

Jan Kennedy:
06/20/2018, 02:00:54 PM

Your style is my style! I look forward to more!

Sylvia Rivera:
06/20/2018, 02:29:19 PM

This is simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us all. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Michele Rogers:
06/20/2018, 02:39:53 PM

I love the use of the tag in this layout and the use of Botanical FAVORITE Paper!!!

Michelle Nettleton:
06/20/2018, 02:55:14 PM

Just subscribed to Marilyn's You Tube channel. Wow, all I've got to say is WOW!

Carol Jones:
06/20/2018, 02:56:09 PM

Beautiful work Marilyn! Welcome to the Graphic 45 family. Loved your video. I look forward to many more!

Martie Rollin:
06/20/2018, 02:56:35 PM

Botanical Tea is such a classy paper collection. Each and every image provides inspiration and creative beauty. LOVE the pink roses!

Diane F:
06/20/2018, 02:59:05 PM

Simply beautiful! I can't wait to see your next project!

Michele Lewis:
06/20/2018, 03:30:36 PM

What a beautiful layout and a wonderful prize package! My computer crashed last week and I have missed being able to come to the blog!!!

Kate LeBlanc:
06/20/2018, 03:36:38 PM

Marilyn, your layout is exquisite! I love all the layers and the feel of movement with your design. Can't wait to see what you come up with next! Fantastic give away this week Graphic 45.

Anne B:
06/20/2018, 03:43:14 PM

Welcome Marilyn. What a fantastic layout. I love your fresh approach.

Anne B:
06/20/2018, 03:43:15 PM

Welcome Marilyn. What a fantastic layout. I love your fresh approach.

Cindy G.:
06/20/2018, 03:43:42 PM

Gorgeous layout! Love what you created with this G45 collection. Great tutorial video too, looking forward to more.

Alba arce:
06/20/2018, 03:46:36 PM

Fantastic give away.I love the colors.Beautiful paper collection

06/20/2018, 03:48:13 PM

Fabulous project - amazing! LOVE the paper collection.

Ellen Haydon:
06/20/2018, 03:58:29 PM

I have fallen in love with this layout. I must have looked at the you tube 5 times. I is so easy to do. The colors are beautiful together and the lady in the picture is just beautiful. Ellen from Phoenix

Suzy Q:
06/20/2018, 04:12:22 PM

Hello Marilyn! Luv your layout using the Botanical Tea collection! Beautifully created! Thanks so much for the great tutorial! Luv your mixed media tips! Looking forward to more of your work!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

What lovely project!! It is STUNNING!!

Laura Graham:
06/20/2018, 04:42:45 PM

That layout is superb! I love it!

Masayo Cole:
06/20/2018, 04:49:07 PM

OMG! Botanical Tea is one of my all time favs! mostly because of the sentiments of friends and tea. this layout is absolutely fabulous! not just the fussy cutting but your details of layers and dimension! GREAT on you...

Julie Draewell:
06/20/2018, 04:57:11 PM

So elegant

Darlene Morales:
06/20/2018, 05:20:16 PM

Hola Marilyn. This layout is just stunning. I love how you find inspiration with a simple cup of coffee. I hope it's Bustelo, lol. Thank you for the chance. Darlene

Linda Imler:
06/20/2018, 05:57:45 PM

Thank you for the great tutorial and some fantastic ideas. Your page is beautiful!!Happy Crafting!!Linda Imler

Jan G.:
06/20/2018, 06:50:43 PM

Welcome. I look forward to seeing more of your work. Very pretty layout.

Kathleen E Capachione:
06/20/2018, 07:34:58 PM

Welcome Marilyn,. Absolutely beautiful...... I also love Scrapbooking and creating mix medi pages. Thanks so much for sharing!

Marty Casey:
06/20/2018, 07:53:12 PM

Omg!! I love this Layout!! I’m excited it’s your first, as this was my first visit to G45 and I stumbled upon an amazing site!! Put me down for a chance to win the G45 kit! I’d love to get a chance to try new products... TFS! Love it!! My turn

Ava Gavloski:
06/20/2018, 07:57:45 PM

Enjoy the journey Marilyn. Lovely presentation of G45

Sue D:
06/20/2018, 08:10:13 PM

This is gorgeous!

Vidalina Flores:

Thanks Marilyn Rivera, as always your works are beautiful, thanks for the tutorial, from Lima Peru

06/20/2018, 11:31:19 PM

Welcome, Marilyn! This is just gorgeous - both the photo and the layout! I’m so glad to see you here; I’ve so enjoyed your work in other places!

Carla Hundley:
06/20/2018, 11:36:24 PM

Such beautiful work and love this layout. The colors are so pretty. Carla from Utah

sabine matagne:
06/21/2018, 12:06:53 AM

Botanical tea est vraiment une collection merveilleuse qui permet de magnifiques projets!

Annette Green:

Welcome Marilyn! What beautiful style and techniques. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

Dorothy McCarthy:
06/21/2018, 06:45:27 AM,

Stunning layout!!

Deborah Cook:
06/21/2018, 06:58:17 AM

Marilyn, your layout is fabulous!! I'm not very good at layouts, I think I can learn alot from you. Welcome to the G45 team. I'm sure you'll be a great addition to their team. Can't wait to see your next project. and thanks G45 for a chance to win a fabulous prize this week. Botanical tea is Gorgeous! :)

Sandi Nagel:
06/21/2018, 08:43:33 AM,

It's beautiful Marilyn! Looking forward to seeing more of your work! Hugs, Sandi

Jean Marmo:
06/21/2018, 08:47:14 AM

What a gorgeous layout!

Lynda Woerner:
06/21/2018, 10:17:28 AM

Words fail me! Wow. Thank you.

Terri Williams:
06/21/2018, 10:25:02 AM

This is such a gorgeous layout.....

Sue MacFall:
06/21/2018, 10:25:12 AM

Still the best of the collections, I think - Botanical Tea looks stunning in this layout. Thank you Marilyn.

Ann Cassen:
06/21/2018, 08:32:35 PM

So beautiful! Welcome and such inspirational work.

06/21/2018, 10:45:46 PM

So so pretty...welcome to G45, just the best company!!

Sandra Featherston:
06/22/2018, 06:47:57 AM

This is so gorgeous. I love your creativeness. I love the papers.

Maritza Valdes:
06/22/2018, 07:40:27 AM

Graphic 45 is one of my favorite paper collection. I love Marilyn Rivera art style! This is beautiful as all she creates. Bravo Graphic 45 for always bringing something pretty and elegant ; we can resist to buy. Bravo Marilyn for all your good work! Graphic 45 and Marilyn Rivera can never go wrong!

06/22/2018, 02:51:43 PM

Beautiful layout! Welcome to Graphic 45, looking forward to seeing your creations.

Christina Hampton:
06/22/2018, 04:27:30 PM

So pretty

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