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#G45FallDecor - French Country Washboard by Sandy Trefger

Posted by Graphic 45 09/26/2017 26 Comment(s) Home Decor,

Hello, G45ers!

  We are back with more #G45FallDecor inspiration to celebrate this lovely time of year. Brand Ambassador Sandy Trefger has brought us a beautiful seasonal piece featuring French Country - Deluxe Collector's Edition and a cleverly upcycled washboard. Her washboard features so many fantastic details including a variety of flowers and functional magnetic memo notes. This piece would be perfect for an indoor or outdoor Fall decoration.  

Join our #G45FallDecor Challenge!

  • Create a Fall home decor project using Graphic 45 product

  • Upload your project to our Facebook page using #G45FallDecor

  • WIN a $150 prize pack, one winner will be selected randomly

  • Deadline: September 30th, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST

  • You can enter multiple times

  • Winner will be announced in the October 5th, 2017 newsletter


Fall Decor Altered Washboard

September Facebook Challenge

By Sandy Trefger

Fall is a wonderful time of the year!  In Texas it’s sometimes hard to tell if Summer has really ended and Fall has begun because it’s such a gradual change.  We will still have sunflowers blooming right up until the first cold front. So for the Graphic 45 Fall Decor Facebook challenge, I knew I wanted to use French Country!  Last year I was on a mission to buy a small, but obviously used for washing, washboard to have for any altering project that I might want “someday.”  I found two and bought them both!  I ended up selling the largest of the two to my nephew so he could give it to his sister for Christmas.  I kept this one for myself, and it was perfect for this challenge.



Tip 1:  When adding florals and ribbons to a project, collect several different colors and sizes.  Don’t be afraid to use metallics and twines along with your more delicate ribbons.  Create a “spray” of different flowers and leaves that extend from both sides, and then add your ribbons and bows to the center.  Finish it off with a larger focal point flower as I did for this project.


Tip 2:  Fussy cut out images to add on to a smaller patterned paper print which creates a whole new look.  


Tip 3:  Add dimension to your fussy cut out flowers by adding a bit of Glossy Accents and gold seed beads or prills to the centers.



Fun Facts:  

  • I’m a country girl (my first 12 years were on a farm) and I love old vintage things like this washboard, but I also love to make things “ new” or altered by adding pretty flowers and ribbons.


  • I love to layer things in a project--papers, embellishments, flowers, ribbons and bows.--adding elements that normally wouldn’t go together or “match.”


  • My husband and I live on 4 ½  acres about five miles from town.  It’s an unrestricted area, which means if you have old sheds or trailers on your property it’s okay.  For my photos of this project, I took a walk in the back of our property and found a couple of places near the barn shed for some wonderfully rustic backgrounds.




Graphic 45 Supplies:




Other Supplies:

  • Assorted ribbons and twines

  • Fall Leaves Ribbon

  • Fall Silk Florals - flowers and leaves

  • Hot Glue

  • 3-in-1 Glue

  • Glossy Accents

  • Gold Seed Beads or Prills

  • Ivory Card Stock

  • Magnets




I’m in love with this Fall Decor piece, and originally as I was working on it, I thought I would put it on our front door.  It turned out so pretty that I realized it needed to stay inside so I added the magnetic memo notes.  Go out, find something old, make it new again, and enjoy the coming Fall season!  Happy Crafting! ~ Sandy Trefger


French Country Pinterest Board



This week’s prize package includes four 8”x8” paper pads, Café Parisian, Precious Memories, Artisan Style, and Voyage Beneath the Sea, and three Shabby Chic Staples, Brads, Clock Keys, and Door Plates & Knobs, a $65 value.  Just leave a comment here and/or on Facebook to be entered to win.  Winner will be announcedFriday, September 29th here on the blog.  


Thanks for joining us today for this fun #G45FallDecor inspiration. Sandy has created a beautiful piece and we hope it can inspire you to create your own. Thanks Sandy. Remember, if you already have entered this months challenge, we accept multiple entries so keep creating all month long! Fall is the perfect time of year to settle into your craft space and get to creating. We will be back tomorrow with more inspiration. 


Happy Papercrafting!

26 Comment(s)

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Super creative, I am drooling all over those beautiful paper!

Vanessa LeClear:
09/26/2017, 11:29:32 AM

Sandy chose the perfect collection for her beautiful altered washboard! Thanks for the inspiration!

Michele Lewis:
09/26/2017, 12:09:48 PM

I love the idea of making something old new again! What a beautiful project idea!

Karen Lee Yoho:
09/26/2017, 12:12:43 PM

Now I know what to do with that old washboard I have! I wonder if this might be a two-sided item with two different seasons and a swap out on the top foliage?

Pirjo Callies:
09/26/2017, 12:17:10 PM

Graphic 45 French Country is perfect for autumn time projects. Sandy your Washboard is very beautiful!

Isabel Moreno Márquez:
09/26/2017, 12:23:43 PM,

Totally different to other proyects. Love French Country paper´s colours!

09/26/2017, 12:29:31 PM


Sue LD:
09/26/2017, 12:29:57 PM

Love how you decorated this for Fall. I have my mom's old washboard.

Marlena Hojda-Łuczka:
09/26/2017, 01:24:53 PM

so sweet <3

Judy D.:
09/26/2017, 01:26:57 PM

Very cute Fall décor item! And French Country is still one of my favorite G45 lines! Judy D.

Jean marmo:
09/26/2017, 01:27:17 PM

What a lovely project!

09/26/2017, 01:29:35 PM,

I like it!

Becca Yahrling:
09/26/2017, 02:05:28 PM

What a fun and whimsical project. I have an old 6 muffin tin that I should repurpose ... thanks for the inspiration!

Glenda Buster:
09/26/2017, 02:18:58 PM

Love, love this fabulous fall decoration! I can see changing out some of the foliage to also use it as a summer decoration.

Martie Rollin:
09/26/2017, 02:40:03 PM

Lovely fall project!

Michelle Nettleton:
09/26/2017, 03:05:10 PM

I adore this decorated washboard! And the background for display is wonderful!!!

Natalie Godfrey:
09/26/2017, 07:22:49 PM

Super cute!

Maria Villasenor:
09/26/2017, 07:52:30 PM

Love all the collections, but this French Country is one of my favorites.

Janet Ingraham:
09/26/2017, 08:58:35 PM

French country lovely Great washboard

Kate LeBlanc:
09/26/2017, 09:43:21 PM

What a great way of up-cycle! Beautiful!!

09/26/2017, 10:42:35 PM

The rich fall colors make this altered washboard even more beautiful and what a clever idea to turn it into a memo board with magnets. We have an old washboard hanging on the wall in my laundry room but now I'm tempted to pretty it up with Graphic 45!

Arianna Barbara:
09/27/2017, 02:36:02 AM

Wow! I love Fall colors!!! This washboard is really fabulous!!!

Debbie Siddle:
09/27/2017, 03:21:41 AM

No time due to parental problems to enter challenge but good luck everyone. x

09/27/2017, 09:19:52 AM

Wonderful fall project! So pretty, and useful, too!

09/27/2017, 10:02:25 AM

A stunning project-I am in awe of the detailed fussy cutting! Fabulous and so inspirational.

Janet Ladd:
09/28/2017, 11:04:05 AM

Love this project, will visit my friends farm and see what i can find to update!!! Would love to win these beautiful papers!

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