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Floral Card & Decked Out Photo Stand: Introducing Paper Extraordinaire, Maria Cole

Posted by Graphic 45 07/09/2018 69 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Cards,Home Decor,

Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to another creative week on the Graphic 45 blog.  Today we have not one but two amazing projects by our Special Project Designer, Maria ColeFirst, we are kicking this post off with our weekly blog contest.  Following that announcement, we have tag card starring our Imagine collection and our Die-Cut Tag Staples.  Last but not least we have a stunning Seasons Home Decor Mini Album/Frame. Let's get this party started! 


 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 includes an Off to the Races 12x12 Paper Pad, Patterns & Solids Paper Pad, Die-Cut Banners, Journaling Chipboard, Regular Tags, Clock Keys, and Celebrate—ATC Tags, a $70+ value.  The Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, July 13th.


Special Project Designer 2018-2019

Maria Cole - USA


“Hi! I’m Maria and I'm a Pacific Northwest native and Special Projects Designer for Graphic 45.

At home, I wear many hats: mama to my new baby boy Asher, doggy-sitter, and of course, papercrafter! It was through seeing out-of-this-world creations made with Graphic 45 paper that started my obsession with papercrafting in 2011. Since then, I’ve taught many classes using the latest Graphic 45 paper and Staples. And in 2013, my ultimate crafty dream came true when I made the 2013-2014 Graphic 45 Design Team!


Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of designing monthly projects for the G45 community as a Special Projects Designer. It's a been a wonderful opportunity to get to know my fellow teamies better and to create fun projects with the newest Graphic 45 collections!


I love creating a variety of projects from intermediate projects to whimsical CHA creations.  Papercrafting and scrapbooking have brought me such joy and it’s my hope to inspire others to discover that same joy by playing with pretty paper!


Imagine Square Tag Card


Graphic 45 Staples are so fun to design with. I made this simple card with Graphic 45’s gorgeous new steampunk line, Imagine. So naturally, that called for a coordinating “Imagine” square tag! These tags have so many uses and they’re especially fun to add to cards. The sky is really the limit with what you can do with them!









Imagine 12x12 Collection Pack

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Inspire, Create, Imagine—Ivory Tags


Seasons Photo Stand


I love projects that have multiple purposes, like this altered photo stand I designed for a special class I taught. Not only does it contain several pages to add photos and memories, but it also doubles as a home decor piece through every season of the year! The Seasons paper line was the perfect backdrop for this versatile project.










Seasons 12x12 Pad

Graphic 45 Supplies:


So much fun!  Big thanks to Maria for sharing these two gems.  Join us in the comments below in welcoming Maria to the G45 family for another year.  We want to thank you as well for kicking off the week with us, we hope to see you again tomorrow for two Shabby Chic cards.  Until then... 

Happy Papercrafting!

69 Comment(s)

Jean Marmo:
07/09/2018, 10:22:31 AM

Such creative ideas!!

Deborah Cook:
07/09/2018, 10:28:34 AM

So happy to see Maria back on the G45 team!! Such beautiful projects she shared today. Off to the Races prize pack this week is awesome. :)

Sharon Gullikson:
07/09/2018, 10:29:09 AM

You have inspired me to make a photo stand/seasons calendar with my stand. I LOVE YOUR WORK!

Kristina Vazquez:
07/09/2018, 10:31:56 AM

When I create with G45 it's always with the mindset of a long time DISPLAY! All the collections make that possible. I'd say the sky is the limit but I think it goes beyond that!

Carole Lohr:
07/09/2018, 10:42:57 AM

Beautiful G45 collections made into wonderful projects in your artistic hands. Maria. Thank you for the great ideas.

Diana Dillon:
07/09/2018, 10:47:33 AM

Welcome Maria your projects are just beautiful. I love fussy cutting and Graphic is perfect for it. Thank you so much for sharing.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

What a CUTE creation - love the G45 collection!!!!

Brian Poteraj:
07/09/2018, 10:48:19 AM

The hot air balloons look great on this steampunk book. Nice choice of papers.

Linda Mayer:
07/09/2018, 10:59:58 AM

Beautiful projects and ideas...thank you so much.

Glenda Buster:
07/09/2018, 11:01:01 AM

Love how you used Imagine with the Imagine square tag! The Seasons paper are perfect for a home decker photo stand.

Michele Lewis:
07/09/2018, 11:02:17 AM

BNeautiful and I love that useful nature of the creations too!!

Sue MacFall:
07/09/2018, 11:05:00 AM

What great ideas and how beautiful they look Thank you Maria.

Peggy Joyce:
07/09/2018, 12:10:27 PM,

I've been looking for something to inspire me to purchase that Seasons paper pack......guess I got what I wanted! LOL

07/09/2018, 12:28:08 PM

Welcome Maria! Keep creating your beautiful items and inspiring us!

Devra Joy:
07/09/2018, 12:29:09 PM

So very creative!

Vanessa LeClear:
07/09/2018, 12:51:51 PM

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

07/09/2018, 12:53:19 PM

Totally fabulous! So inspiring - thank you for sharing all your hints and tips with us - awesome!

Dianne Hart:
07/09/2018, 01:00:54 PM

I am so glad I found Graphic 45. Your products are so awesome!!!!!

Bev Drake:
07/09/2018, 01:23:25 PM

These papers are magnificent used in this wonderful project. Beautiful presentation Maria.I just love all the great ideas & very inspiring. Bev.

07/09/2018, 01:28:47 PM

what with Graphic 45's awesome papers and products and your instinctive creativity I'd say that's a winning team, loving your projects :)

Susan Ashby:
07/09/2018, 01:33:03 PM

So many beautiful projects and papers! Love the projects. So many ideas.

Carol Sanderson:
07/09/2018, 01:35:10 PM

Such great ideas....

Regina Harrison:
07/09/2018, 01:35:48 PM

I love this idea for the tag card. I seem to be using these tags on everything lately, especially since the dies came out.

Claudia Machen:
07/09/2018, 01:45:04 PM

I love the season tags that you can display throughout the year. What a thoughtful gift they would make. Thank you for your beautiful work and look forward to more of your projects.

Charlene Brummitt:
07/09/2018, 01:51:07 PM

I love this paper and I love what you have done with. Very beautiful

Sue D:
07/09/2018, 01:57:42 PM

Lovely projects!

Martie Rollin:
07/09/2018, 02:11:22 PM

Beautiful projects! Nice use of the paper collections!

Sylvia Marsh:
07/09/2018, 02:16:54 PM

Congratulations Maria, I love your projects and especially the tag card. Such a stunning card. Thank you so much, look forward to seeing more of your talented work xx

Jan Kennedy:
07/09/2018, 02:23:09 PM

Beautiful projects from beautiful papers! Thanks, Maria!

07/09/2018, 02:25:28 PM

Really appreciate the inspiration. While typically a card maker, the photo stand is intriguing. Is there a tutorial on how to make that project? Thx.

Maria Cole:
07/09/2018, 10:01:55 PM

Hi Lily! Thank you so much for asking! If you like, you can email me at and I would be happy to email you a copy of the instructions for the photo stand project. :) Happy crafting!

Kathleen E Capachione:
07/09/2018, 02:58:39 PM

Welcome! Seasons tag stand looks like fun. I will give it a try!

jane s:
07/09/2018, 03:33:10 PM

A different use for the seasons package, I like it!! Looking forward to your other projects

Vickie ODell:
07/09/2018, 04:12:37 PM,

Maria's Seasons photo holder is the perfect home décor item for changing photos with the seasons. I love the little collections of fussy cut images that can hold photos in place. What great ideas!

Diane Stader:
07/09/2018, 04:15:25 PM

These projects are gorgeous! I am totally inspired to get my Seasons paper out and Create.

07/09/2018, 04:40:54 PM

This is one of my favorite paper designs and you have really showcased the versatility of this collection! I love to fussy cut G45 papers!

Jan Ross:
07/09/2018, 04:47:44 PM

Hi Lily:Congratulations on your new position as Special Projects Designer.....well chosen! I have a question for you on the Imagine Square Tag. Did you use the square tags and then adhere them together, or did you use the square tag die and cut it out as one long piece of 2 square tags?

Maria Cole:
07/09/2018, 10:06:25 PM

Hi Jan! Thank you so much for your kind note! So I first made a base for my card, using paper from the Imagine 12x12 Patterns & Solids pad. Then, I took the "Imagine" square tag from the Inspire, Create, Imagine Ivory Tags package ( and adhered it on top of my card. I hope this helps!

Ruth Anne Buterbaugh:
07/09/2018, 05:52:26 PM,

So beautiful and creative--love all the projects!

susie doucet:
07/09/2018, 06:03:27 PM


Nancie Anderson:
07/09/2018, 06:06:58 PM

Love all the pieces to this collection, it amazes me that your minds can bring such amazing new products to us.

Ann Cassen:
07/09/2018, 06:07:31 PM

What a great inspirational project! The Off to the Races package would make a beautiful photo stand.I have to say that I love the chipboard postage stamps!

07/09/2018, 06:08:53 PM

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the chance to win the Off to the Races collection!

07/09/2018, 06:14:21 PM

Another great week loaded with inspiration

Joanne Oakley:
07/09/2018, 06:20:32 PM

I love the creativity!

Kelly Kennedy:
07/09/2018, 06:32:23 PM

Love the “Off to the Races” collection!

Jo Smith:
07/09/2018, 06:40:56 PM

Big wow for all the artists that create and share with these beautiful collections... so exciting to see and try my hands at recreating these projects. Thank you.

07/09/2018, 06:43:19 PM,

I am such a fan of Maria’s work! Her fussy cutting is always perfection. Her designs are pure elegance! Both these projects are evidence of that. So completely lovely!

Jan G.:
07/09/2018, 07:00:11 PM

Both projects are beautifully done. The talent of the G45 designers is unbelievable. Thank you for sharing.

Jeanette Y:
07/09/2018, 07:24:59 PM

Gorgeous projects! Love the beautiful work of your designers and the amazing collections!

07/09/2018, 08:12:47 PM

So beautiful! Love the photo stand! So creative!

Darcy Shannon:
07/09/2018, 08:14:18 PM

The Off To The Races collection would make beautiful scrapbook pages. Absolutely love these papers!

Holly Hatch:
07/09/2018, 11:13:40 PM

Off to the Races is one of the few collections I do not have. They are as beautiful as all your other collections. Thank you G45.

Carla Hundley:
07/09/2018, 11:23:40 PM

These creations are so lovely and are wonderful to look at. Carla from Utah

Judy Phillips:
07/10/2018, 12:30:35 AM

Beautiful projects - thank you so much for sharing! I especially love the Imagine tag.

Kate LeBlanc:
07/10/2018, 12:55:00 AM

Really amazing projects! I love all the little details. Graphic 45, your papers bring out so much creativity, just one more reason to love you!

Milagros Perez de Madrid Blanco:
07/10/2018, 02:31:15 AM


Annette Green:

Yay! I’m so happy to have Maria continuing another year as Special Project Designer! I’ve always been a fan, and I’m delighted to say I’ve met her in real life and she’s just as sweet as she appears. And SO talented!

Maria Cole:
07/10/2018, 10:22:03 PM

Oh Annette, I was quite starstruck meeting you in real life!! So honored to get to design with you, Kathy, and Maggi again as SPD's!

07/10/2018, 10:16:03 AM

What a wonderful idea. Could I also email for the instruction sheet?

Maria Cole:
07/10/2018, 10:22:54 PM

Hi Cathie! You are more than welcome to shoot me an email at I'd be happy to send you the instructions. Hope to hear from you soon!

Liz Sundeen:
07/10/2018, 10:58:56 AM

Love your paper always! Those tags are awesome too. #mystyle

Nancy Carroll:
07/10/2018, 11:47:54 AM

Wow, love all the inspiration!

Karen Rice:
07/10/2018, 12:38:26 PM

That Photo stand for the seasons is such a beautiful creation! So many layers and fussy cutting! I love it!

Diana Durst:
07/10/2018, 02:49:20 PM

I love the Season Collection! I need to order this one. Love all the colors and projects! I sure would love to scrapbook with this Collection! Wow!

Mathilde S:
07/10/2018, 06:37:41 PM

Gorgeous projects,very inspiring!I love all the fussy cutting which I shy away from,but the effects are stunning,I will have to practice more.

Suzy Q:
07/12/2018, 05:30:50 PM

Thanks so much for your beautiful projects Maria! Graphic 45 papers are the best! They just breathe inspiration! Hugs Suzy Q

Ginger Pelfrey:
07/12/2018, 07:05:54 PM

Gorgeous projects Maria!! Thank you for sharing your work. Looking forward to seeing all your creations!

07/13/2018, 12:09:32 AM

I love the Season project! I love Graphic 45 paper lines

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08/16/2018, 07:20:46 PM

These photo stands are beautiful! I am so inspired. Where can the stands for this project be found.

Tammy Jolley:
10/24/2018, 05:57:48 PM,

Do you do any digital scrapbook products?

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