Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

I can't believe it's a year since I applied for this in 2013 but I'm going for it again!!

It has been impossible to narrow it down to six projects, so as with last year I am delighted that the brief said 'at least' six projects. I have put pictures of each project below, but alternatively you can watch my 'Graphic 45 TV' video clip which contains all of the pictures below plus some video footage of things like my Mother Goose Carousel (turning and playing music) and the By the Sea pop-up book in operation.
I hope you like looking my projects as much as I have enjoyed making them, and... Graphic 45...PLEASE give me a go on your Design Team!?!?!



To start with, fecturing papers from the Couture collection plus metal door pulls...
My i-pad TV cabinet - I made this from 6mm mdf and then painted it black before covering with Couture papers. The drawer handles are meant to be old fashioned tv tuning knobs ...My i-pad slips in on the left hand side and then it actually works as a tv!


My carousel, made from scratch with foamboard, a music box mechanism that plays 'Twinkle, Twinkle little star' and a lazy Susan to assist rotation...and lots of the Mother Goose characters on board.

My altered book - a fairy tale castle with Mother Goose accents...

Altered writing desk... I fixed up this writing slope from E-bay which was falling appart - and gave it the Graphic 45 treatment.

J is for Jane...

Altered clipboard/ class at A Trip Down Memory Lane's Autumn retreat 2013

A pop-up book of my New England holiday a little while back complete with a handmade driftwood shadow box front containing sticks, stones and shells from Maine...

Madame Macabre's gypsy caravan, more information about this on my blog here...

Steampunk birthday card...

Tower of gift boxes

A set of altered drawers for keeping different flavoured tea-bags...

My Dad's 75th birthday card

My Chopstick bound book - a tutorial for which can be found here.

A layout using these bright papers - a tutorial for this layout can be found on my blog here...

Sports clubhouse made from a dolls house kit called 'The Retreat' from the Dolls House Emporium and decorated to be a vintage clubhouse / cricket or tennis pavilion...


Pop-up garden in a book...

Mini-book in an altered box...

My altered glittered wine bottle...

 Thank you to anyone who has made it to the end of this blog post! I would love to read your feedback on my Graphic 45 projects, so please leave me a comment...
Jane x


  1. Gorgeous!! I especially like the Asian themed altered drawers. That would look great in my house. :)

  2. Wowee Jane you have taken my breath away with all these fabulous and very clever projects. You are such an inspiration, Annette x

  3. It's all just stunning Jane. You are so talented. My favourite is the pop up garden book.

  4. Having had the chance to take a couple of your ATDML retreat classes I've been lucky enough to see some of these projects "up close and personal" and they are stunning - your attention to detail is amazing! The patience you show in cutting out flower after flower and layer after layer shows how much thought you put into your projects, and I'm blown away by them. The "Mother Goose" carousel and the "Couture" tv cabinet are so cleverly thought out and so well constructed - and the "Birdsong" chopstick book looks so complicated but your video tutorial makes me think even I could manage that - altho its not going to look anywhere near as professional as yours does!

    Thank you for your fab ideas Jane, I'm so looking forward to seeing what you (and Graphic 45) next come up with!

  5. I took your class making the clipboard, it was fabulous, and the resulting clipboard is still going strong and much admired. Other classes of yours have always come with very clearly explained instructions and pictures, easy to follow and allowing me to produce great quality craft items, keep up the good work. Graphic 45; you need this very talented lady.

  6. Jane, these projects are awesome, you are so talented, love them all. My special favourite is the Mother Goose altered book, such a simple idea carried out beautifully, love the rolled page turret and all the decorations and figures. this would be magical for a child as would all of your creations, even if they weren't allowed to touch them.

  7. These are seriously gorgeous projects! What talent and imagination you have. You really deserve to get on that team, good luck!

  8. Absolutely beautiful, I love all the books that you've made explode with pop ups and your altered castle, all of them. You always amaze me with your creations when we are on the ATDML retreats and you make a box into something amazing. Good Luck with the call, I really hope you get it :)

  9. Amazing creativity and versatility. The gypsy caravan caught my attention a while back (was it not featured on the G45 blog?), and after stumbling on your Youtube channel today I had to go in search of your blog. Not only is your work inspirational but you appear to be a talented, supportive edcator, too. I hope the stars align for you because you and G45 seem perfectly matched. Good luck!

  10. Oops. forgot to sign my name - "Anonymous" is Danielle.

  11. Fabulous projects Jane as always. Good luck!

  12. Wow these are all amazing, what a fantastic imagination you have! This is the first time I have seen your blog as I came through the ATDML blog and although beautiful Graphic 45 is not generally my style but your projects do make it more appealing :)

  13. all fabulous projects. Truly talented lady. Such an inspiration makes me want to rush out and buy more graphic 45 papers than i already have!

  14. Jane, as always I am blown away by your creativity. We are incredibly lucky to have such a talented design team and with your specialism in creating with Graphic 45 you are an integral part of the team. All those Graphic 45 retreat classes you have taught for us have really helped with product sales too - I think part of the success is that you take papers which many customers find beautiful but daunting and show them how to get the very best out of them so that they too can make spectacular altered items, layouts, cards and books. A big thank you from A Trip Down Memory Lane and good luck, Graphic 45 would be very lucky to have you! Mel xx

  15. hi Jane, you are such a talented lady, and you cost me a fortune! You make me want to play with papers!! I've been in your classes, and been lucky enough to know first hand how simple and clear you make the instructions - but its way more than that - you inspire me to want to try papers i would normally pass over. I don't pass on them because I don't like them, but I cant imagine how to use them....then you come along and open all these doors in my mind i didnt even know where there....
    thank you for sharing, you are an inspiration!

    all the best, Fabiana x

  16. I love each and every one of your projects Jane. You are able to think up and implement ideas that are beyond my comprehension. I am amazed at how intricate and different your pieces are and have been inspired to purchase papers I wouldn't have dreamed of buying. Good luck xxx

  17. Oh my goodness what beautiful projects! Any DT will be privileged to have you on board.
    Sue x

  18. Wow! I'm so inspired by your creativity that I'm off to buy some Graphic 45 papers to play with.

  19. Fabulous projects - you really do know how to showcase those papers beautifully!

  20. Fabulous, all of them .... definitely couldn't just choose six!!! I loved your clipboard class at the retreat :-)

  21. Absolutely gorgeous. I love these projects, all of them. I just cant chose between them as they are all fantastic...

  22. your projects are just amazing! I had to keep going back and taking another look you are a true inspiration and very talented lady and good luck with your quest for the G45 team you DESERVE it

  23. I could do a whole weekend of your classes! They even go home looking similar to yours! Very talented lady and if Graphic 45 don't take you on, they will be missing out!

  24. You bring these papers to life Jane, your ideas never cease to amaze and inspire me and so many others. Graphic 45 should be biting your arm off to get you on their team x

  25. Amazing work, the gypsy caravan is awesome! Good luck with the design team application.

  26. Your work is always fantastic and inspiring Jane :) All the very best xx

  27. Wow!!! Absolutely stunning projects - I love the oriental papers and chopstick bound book, the little writing slope desk and your garden book is fabbie. Love them all - good luck with Graphic 45 - I adore their papers

  28. Jane + Graphic 45 = a mean team of designing amazzzzzing projects :)

  29. WOW Jane-these are so inspirational. Graphic 45 HAS to grab you!! Such clever and original ideas!

  30. Every time you create something I am blown away by your imagination and skill. I love how you turn papers I am ambivalent about into "must haves".

    Good luck with the DT application - it would be amazing to see what else you can create when on the team.

  31. Oh my these are all utterly amazing, fingers crossed for your DT application!

  32. Jane,these are absolutely awesome,you have inspired with your creativity and love of Graphic 45 for a long time now and I really really hope you make that team - you deserve to xxxx

  33. Jane, love your wonderful library of projects. Each project has been created so beautifully. Thank you for auditioning for the Graphic 45 DT.

  34. Wow, what amazing work. All of the projects are absolutely gorgeous and so detailed. Fabulous inspiration.

  35. Your work is outstanding I am so glad my friend has sent me the link to your blog. Oodles of inspiration to admire.

  36. Just absolutely fabulous! Honestly, you are a real talent. Sooooo jealous! But very grateful that you are generous enough to share so liberally. And please do a tutorial on your alliums!


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