Say ‘Hello’ with a Handmade Card

Hello, G45ers!

  2020 has been full of surprises, making it hard to get out and see friends and family which makes it a great time to send a loved one a handmade card, just to say ‘Hello’.  Today on the Graphic 45 blog we are pleased to welcome one of our genius Club G45 Project Designers to the G45 Family, Maria Cole.  To showcase Maria’s eye for style and elegance, she is sharing a stunning Farmhouse Cards that highlight our Metal Dies as well as her talents.  We hope this post encourages you to create a card or two, and when you are done be sure to share your projects with us on Instagram using the #Graphic45 hashtag.  




Maria Cole – USA
Graphic 45 Special Project Designer

“Hi everyone! My name is Maria and I am so honored to be a Special Projects Designer for Graphic 45.

I’m a proud Oregonian and love living and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my family. Two years ago my husband, doggy and I welcomed our first child. It’s been so fun to adventure with him and to finally have a mini crafter at home. Without a doubt, Safari Adventure is his favorite Graphic 45 collection! 

My love for Graphic 45 and papercrafting began in 2011 when I saw the most intricate and beautiful creations made at my local scrapbook store. In 2013, my ultimate crafty dream came true when I made the 2013-2014 Graphic 45 Design Team. (Here’s a fun fact: Special Projects Designers Annette, Ginger, and I were all Brand Ambassadors that year!)

Since then, I’ve been designing monthly projects for Club G45. I just love the challenge of making beautiful, functional, and simple projects that crafters will love creating and making all their own, like the Farmhouse folio and 12×12 layout I recently designed. Mini albums, cards, layouts, and tags are my favorite projects to make. If I had to choose my all-time favorite Graphic 45 collection, it would be Once Upon a Springtime, of course! 


Hello Card

By Maria Cole



Today I’d like to share a card I made for a special friend who loves bees. Any guesses who she might bee? One of my favorite things is mixing and matching collections to get the perfect look. For this card, I used Farmhouse and Nature Notebook, along with some of Graphic 45’s beautiful new dies, stamps, and rose bouquets to pull it all together.  

Papercrafting, especially during trying times, has brought me so much joy and purpose. It’s my hope that the projects I design for G45ers will instill in you the same joy and calm!” ~Maria  

Graphic 45 Supply List:

Farmhouse 12×12 Patterns & Solid

Nature Notebook (Top Secret News – returning soon as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition)

Rose Bouquet Collection – Classic Ivory & Natural Linen

Matte Pearl Gems

Folder & Sentiment Dies 

Tag, Pocket & Butterfly Dies (returning soon)

Policy Envelope & Label Dies (returning soon)




Notebook Folio and Layout

Club G45 Vol 06 – 2020

 Start your day organizing all your warm-weather activities and memories in this charming folio using Graphic 45’s cozy Farmhouse collection! You’ll learn how to make a simple trifold folio using kraft chipboard sheets and classic black ribbon. Keep your farmer’s market receipts or loose photos secure in a unique pocket system. You’ll also create some simple accordion-style photo wallets to tuck away some of your sweetest memories. The best part? Your folio will include a charming notebook set to help you jot down all your gardening, crafting, and summertime ideas. 

  Showcase some of your favorite memories in this simple but charming Happiness is Homemade 12” x 12” layout. You can easily whip up this layout using some leftovers from your folio project. Add it to your scrapbook or send it to a loved one to spread positivity and joy! 

Vol 06 Kits are sold-out

Notebook Tri-Fold Folio Tutorial

Farmhouse Layout Tutorial






Happy Papercrafting!  

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