Welcome to the start of a new year with our all new Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors. We are so excited to introduce our brand ambassadors, previously know as our design team members. Today is the first of 13 posts dedicated to introducing each of them. You will notice familiar faces, but this will be a great reminder of the beautiful work they create and their passion for crafting. We are going alphabetically, so at the top of the roll call is Alexandra Morein. Here you can learn a little bit more about her and take a look at a beautiful brand new Communique – DCE chain box she created, complete with tutorial. The creative details and excellent finishing work make it easy to see why we are so happy to have her back this year.
Some of the fun changes for 2017 are changing our Design Team name to Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors, adding more fun and short videos, monthly craft studio tours, more Facebook Live videos, and more G45er features! We would also love to hear from you. What would you like to see more of? What type of projects, content, tips, anything at all, we want to know.
“First of all, I am so excited to be able to share my projects with the G45 fans for another year and I want to thank from the bottom of my heart for all the support and the sweet comments that I’ve received from different people throughout the past year.
So… This is my second term on the Graphic 45 team and I am happy to introduce myself for the second time.
I am 37, was born in Ukraine. At the age of 20 (back in 2000,) I moved with my family to Israel. I started crafting there, in 2012, after a surgery which forced me to stay home for a month. That was the time when I discovered Polymer Clay and started my blog “ClayGuana” (www.clayguana.blogspot.com), sharing different polymer clay handmade items.
Once you start to craft, it is really hard to stop. Once day I was buying alcohol markers in a craft shop (wanted to try them on polymer clay,) and a cashier in the shop started to ask me questions about the markers… Here and there, I got to know about scrapbooking and cardmaking from her. After an online survey, I was amazed with the amount of supplies a paper crafter needed (in comparison to the amount which was enough for the one who deals with Polymer Clay) and thought to myself that this was not my cup of tea.
I‘ve always loved to color though, A LOT, and this must have been the reason why I wanted to make my first ever scrapbook card, no matter what. I made one, then I made another one… They were so funny, as if they were created by a child ☺ But you do something, and you learn to make it better and better every time.
In 2013 my husband and I moved to Singapore, where I finally had lots of time to dedicate to my relatively new hobby. I was pregnant and stayed at home, learned a lot from the You Tube videos and started to make cards with the digital stamps, colored with Copic Markers.
Around 2016 I wanted to set Copics aside and change my style.
I’ve created lots of OOTP projects since then, a lot of them have video tutorials too.
Here are some more facts about me:
- I never can craft without being interrupted by two of my kids
- I can never finish a project in day unless it is a card (for the previously mentioned reason)
- I like to work in silence (this happens like almost never)
- I hate a mess on a craft desk
- When I craft and am obsessed with a certain idea, I can stay hungry for hours.
- My first G45 collection to work with was Steampunk Spells
- My favorite tools are a bonefolder, scoreboard and my Sizzix machine.
Communique Chain Box Tutorial
By Alexandra Morein
“My today’s project will feature one of the most popular classy paper collections, which returned in 2016 as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition – Communique.
This collection is full of classy cameras, vintage typewriters, 1920s newspapers, and glorious telegrams, the colors which prevail in the collection are so classy (black, red, cream and brown), that you can fit these papers almost for any project.
I have created a little box which can be kept on one’s office table. There are two little booklets inside the box, where either little pictures may be placed or some handy information may be put down (like the addresses of interesting sites, maybe some clever quotes or maybe passwords).
For a unique look, I’ve decided to attach metal chains to the lid of the box and I’m quite happy with the result.
I would like to share a tutorial about the process of putting the box together. Hopefully, you will find it inspiring and useful.
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I hope to inspire you for one more year, here on the Graphic 45 team. Thanks for your time and attention ☺” ~Alexandra Morein
This week’s prize package includes two 12×12 Off to the Races Paper pads, design and Patterns & Solids, Die-Cut Banners, Chipboard, Shabby Chic Metal Clock
Keys, Black Regular Tag Album, and Celebrate ATC Ivory Tags, a $76 value! To enter to win this prize package just leave a comment here and/or on our
Facebook page. The winner will be announced, Friday, June 9th.
Thanks for joining us as we start our celebration of our 2017 Brand Ambassadors, and focus on Alexandra Morein today. As you can see from the above, we are so lucky to have her representing Graphic 45 with her intricately detailed creations. From cards to handmade chipboard boxes, Alexandra’s creations always impress. Come back tomorrow for more introductions and let us know what your favorite creations by Alexandra are, in the comments below.