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Spotlight: Madga Cortez's G45 Planner Video Tutorial

Posted by Graphic 45 06/15/2017 26 Comment(s) Tutorials,Videos,Planners & Calendars,

Hello, G45ers!

Thanks for joining us today as we celebrate one more Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador. We are pleased to introduce the excellent international teacher and fabulous fussy cutter, Magda Cortez. Magda is an extraordinary talent and has a great eye for details on her projects. First, she will tell you a little more about herself and then she will share a beautiful planner that features all variety of G45 papers. Be sure to check out her YouTube video for more information on this creative and functional creation. 


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 Magda Cortez

"My Name is Magda Cortez, living in Encinitas, CA. I have one daughter who is married, no kids, but 2 little dogs.. I love to travel and ..Yes!!.. I’m the queen of moving! I have moved maybe 9 times in the past 3 years.. I don’t like moving..more when you are scrapbooker! I still have 2 storage spaces in El Centro, CA and one is full of scraproom boxes.. I just take a deep breath and try not to think .... I have been scrapbooking since 2008 and little by little I discovered my style.. I love fussy cutting and I love all the details I found in the Graphic 45 papers. I do scrapbook classes in Mexico, Colombia, Spain, and here in San Diego, CA.

Fun Facts:

  • I clean my scraproom before I start a new project, but sadly it just lasts a few minutes and later on is a complete mess!

  • I love potato chips (Lays is my favorite brand).. Sometimes their are part of my diet .. I lose weight so easy. People says you gain weight with potato chips..but I don’t think potato chips work for me,. Anyways they’re so good!

  • I like quiet.. No music, no TV, just me and my papers!

My year on the Graphic 45 Design Team has been fabulous, with wonderful experiences and memories I’ll keep forever!! Graphic 45 inspires me to create.  Their designs are unique and they always have the perfect collection for the perfect occasion.. Graphic 45 makes my dream come true, and I want to thank to the Graphic 45 Family for the opportunity to continue for another term as a Brand Ambassador. What a great honor!!


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My G45 Planner 2017

By Magda Cortez


“Did you know Planners are the new trend in Scrapbooking? Woww.. a totally new world to explore! I’m so hooked onto planners now.. I have 5 different ones! Now to count: the Traveler planner, the Notebook Planner, the budget planner, you name it! But my favorite is now the one I just customize and called.. My G45 Planner 2017! Yes!!!!! A G45 planner! I love love the result!


Vintage Hollywood Planner YouTube Video Tutorial 

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I customize the covers with Vintage Hollywood Paper Collection.. It looks so elegant! It’s totally ME! Create 365- The Happy Planner has those laminated sheets perfect for creating your own covers!


Use small chipboards and make little bows of paper with a paper clips to embellish our planner.


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We always have stickers we never use in our projects.. Those are perfect to use with our planner! Instead of writing the name of the month we can use the stickers.



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This is my first week before the pencil.. I’m using Cafe Parisian Paper Collection!


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Basically, you don’t need a lot of other embellishments. We have everything to start our G45 Planner. We can use the tiny borders as a washi tape, the stickers to decorate, the chipboard to make paper clips. Ephemera tags and the tags & pockets, we can use it to decorate our pages... and the best!! .. We can use a different collection every month and every week!

Who else is hooked on planners? Have you tried the G45 planner? If not.. What are you waiting for? G45 fans have to have a G45 Planner!!!” ~Magda Cortez

My G45 Planner 2017- Vintage Hollywood- By Magda Cortez- Product of Graphic 45- Photo 09 of 09- with Tutorial.jpg


Graphic 45 Supplies:


Other Supplies:

  • Create 365 Happy Planner Custom Cover

  • Create 365 Happy Planner Inserts

  • Create 365 Happy Planner Discs

  • Gold Washi Tape

  • Paper Clips

  • Petaloo Flowers


(0%2F1) Vintage Hollywood National Craft Month Prize $135+ (1)

Enter to win this week’s prize by leaving a comment here on the blog and/or on our Facebook page. 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 Album, Square Deep Matchbook Box, Metal Drawer Pulls, Metal Lion's Head Knockers, and Vintage Hollywood Stamps, total value $135+.  


Thanks for joining us in celebrating Magda's creative and crafty body of of work. We hope you enjoyed her tips for creating the perfect Graphic 45 planner.  We are so excited to have her back this year and to get to see what ever she comes up with next. We are grateful to have her skill and enthusiasm as part of the Brand Ambassadors. Comment below to celebrate Magda's work and/or let us know what you have planned for your G45 planner. See you back here tomorrow!

Happy Papercrafting!

26 Comment(s)

Fran Perkins:
06/15/2017, 10:15:29 AM

love the project I am doing a planner and this will help with it

Linda Mayer:
06/15/2017, 10:18:08 AM

Love this idea! Thanks Magda...thanks for the tips and beautiful crafting. <3

Arianna Barbara:
06/15/2017, 10:32:03 AM

Thanks for the useful tips!!! Great idea!!!

Glenda Buster:
06/15/2017, 10:36:43 AM

Magda, so glad you will be a Graphic 45 Ambassador and with us for another year. The G45 planner idea is awesome! I'll have to purchase another planner and get one started. Yes, planners are addictive❣️

Mary Morel:
06/15/2017, 10:41:38 AM

I love Planning and your inspiration using the Vintage Hollywood line will definitely be copied by me

Judy D.:
06/15/2017, 11:17:37 AM

Magda's planner is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the chance to win a great blog prize! Judy D.

06/15/2017, 11:28:00 AM

Love, love the project!

Nadya Hance:
06/15/2017, 11:49:35 AM

Wow Magda...that is beautiful.

06/15/2017, 12:49:04 PM

OMG love the planner!

Beth Beery:
06/15/2017, 01:16:19 PM

So many wonderful ideas! Love the paper clips with the chipboard and bows added. Thanks for the tutorial and sharing your beautiful work!!!!

Martie Rollin:
06/15/2017, 01:23:29 PM

While I'm not interested in using planners, I can appreciate all the work that goes into something like this. I'm enjoying meeting all your Product Ambassadors!

Sue MacFall:
06/15/2017, 02:19:18 PM

Thank you Magda for another great project. So pleased we will be seeing your work for a further year.

jean marmo:
06/15/2017, 04:58:01 PM,

Wow - this is just awesome!

B Keck:
06/16/2017, 08:52:37 AM

Wow! What a beautiful project. As a teacher, a planner is an integral part of my job. The past 3 years I have had planner-envy because some of my colleagues have had some very high-end planners. I think I can be brave enough to try and make my own. Thanks for the inspiration.

mary nagy:
06/17/2017, 11:53:02 AM

Most beautiful paper. Would love to win some!

06/17/2017, 01:07:39 PM,

This is just gorgeous. I had just purchased the discs for the planner, and now have a punch that will make the pages. Can't wait to try this!

Maryann Laursen:
06/19/2017, 12:53:17 AM,

Such a gorgeous project Magda, and we all need a planner to make our days work out, I think, and this is gorgeous, really beautiful as all you ever do. Soo great we get to see your lovely work for another year here.

06/20/2017, 09:41:22 AM

I think I am a planner person. But I am afraid to start. It could easily become an obsession. But then, I would love to use bits and pieces of G45 papers and enjoy them daily.

Susan Nesbit:
06/20/2017, 06:34:13 PM

What a fun idea and creative way to use the beautiful G45 papers!

06/23/2017, 10:46:20 AM

I love the 365 planners too and often have a tough time finding the right embellishments, or things that are more "me". I've thought about using some of my G45 collection but didnt want to be "missing" any portion of my collections..just in case...Thank you Magda for the inspiration to create an entire planner with G45, brilliant idea!!!!

07/09/2017, 07:38:33 PM

What a great idea to make a G45 planner! I cannot wait to do this.

Christine P.:
07/25/2017, 10:33:28 AM

Love your style and choice of g45 paper collection.

Pat Ford:
07/25/2017, 07:39:05 PM

Love your planner using Graphic 45 collections! It is beautiful. I am going to use my scraps to do something similar. I hate to not use all my Graphic 45!

Barb J:
08/25/2017, 08:54:27 AM

Can you please tell me where to get the front and back pages for this planner.... I have 3 daughters and would like to make 3 different planners!!Thanks, barb

Toni Bettencourt:
02/20/2018, 09:23:27 PM

Magda: I love your scrap room. You have so much space and you have it well organized. You asked about our rooms. My room is a small space in our breakfast nook. It is very small and I was lucky to fit a desk in. I have a couple of rolling carts and a small end table to hold my Cricut and a small photo printer. I enjoyed both projects and how you modified the binder. Thank you for sharing your craft room and your tips and tricks.

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