Saturday, January 4, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Fashion Forward Collection from Graphic 45.

Maggi here to wish you a Happy New Year and to welcome you to the first Saturday Showcase of 2020! I'm featuring Graphic 45's Fashion Forward calendar collection today and what could be more appropriate for this time of year? I have lots of photos to share with you today so make yourselves comfortable and grab a snack!

The Fashion Forward collection includes 2 each of 12 different design papers, one for each month. The colors and imagery are stunning and just what I love! One side is all the monthly cut-aparts and the other side is a coordinating patterned paper.

In addition to being a great collection for calendar making, it's also perfect for cards and tags as each month provides seasonal colors, imagery, and sentiments to go along with whatever theme you have in mind.

I wanted to make a calendar, but I didn't want the hassle of having to create the monthly date calendar pages and trying to assemble all that, so I had what I think is a great idea! I used a free calendar that I received in the mail, I usually get 5 or 6 of those. It was the perfect size at 10 1/2" wide and 8 1/4" tall. Perfect size for covering their photo pages with beautiful Graphic 45 imagery!!

Here's January. As you can see the top portion of the calendar is done with design paper and the bottom portion is the printed calendar I received in the mail.

I used papers from the 12 x 12 Patterns and Solids pad to first cover up the original printed calendar photo that accompanies each month. Then I cut apart the January design paper and made my design. I did a little fussy cutting and used a Tim Holtz Crochet Thinlit die cut to add a pretty scalloped design. Each month includes several border strips and I used those to decorate the bottom calendar portion just to tie the two pages together. The Post Card is the back side of an ephemera card from the Ephemera Pack.

This is such a fun way to personalize a calendar without making a monumental task out of it. You can use stickers to mark special days like Valentine's Day. The pink and green printed paper is the back of the February cut-aparts.

The calendar portion of each set of pages is the same so I have cut those off the photos so that you can better see all the details in the design. This is my favorite page, I just love this blue and green color combo!

The design papers for each month all have the same elements, just different designs so that made it easy. I even scraplifted myself by repeating the design on some months, I just flipped the designs from left to right. On the left is another ephemera card showing the back side with small cut-aparts adhered to it.

On the right side is another ephemera card.  I love the designs on the back of the ephemera cards!

This design is the same as June, just flipped left to right.  

 This is the March layout, just flipped.

In addition to using the Solids and Patterns Pad, I also used the 2nd page of the monthly design papers so that I'd have some coordinating patterned paper. Graphic 45 recently added a die cut assortment to their line up, At the top left I've used an oval frame from the assortment. There are lots of designs from a gorgeous clock face to flourishes. I was really happy to see this addition.

I don't know about you, but I MUST have a wall calendar by my desk, I just couldn't function without it! I love that I have a one-of-a-kind calendar that adds some great color to my white walls.

I'll share the cover of the calendar with you on Wednesday (1-8-20) when we kick off our 2020 challenges.  

We all here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique wish you a very healthy and prosperous New Year filled with love, laughter and lots of crafting time!  Thanks for joining us today.

Supplies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Scor-Tape 3/8"

Distress Inks - Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Chipped Saphire, 
Mowed Lawn, Wild Honey

xxxoxo  Maggi


  1. You are one clever gal! I'm working on something similar with a different collection right now myself. No surprise there, as we often share similar ideas. But this is smashing!

    1. Thanks so much Kathy, it is eerie how we seem to come up with the such similar things so often!

  2. Excellent idea! Gorgeous work. I have a calendar frame that needs a 13 1/2" wide by 12 (24 open) and sometimes struggle to find one that I year I think I will look for an inexpensive one and revamp!

  3. Your calendar is truly fabulous and inspiring Maggi xx Love the G45 papers xx Wishing you and the team a very Happy and Creative New Year 2020

    Annie xx

  4. Beautiful calendar and what a lovely thing to see each month! Wonderful inspiration!

  5. Great idea! I get so many calendars, I like this plan to use them in a crafty way. tfs

  6. So awesome and so much work was put into this 2020 calendar. I am also showcasing the Graphic 45 Fashion Forward for another company and got so many ideas from you again! Love this collection and will have to share your blog with others. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Brilliant Maggi!!! What a clever idea to use a free calendar and take it from something nice to something absolutely spectacular! I love how you've showcased this collection.

  8. What a great idea, Maggi! I love a project that is both beautiful and useful and you NAILED it! What a magnificent showcase of this gorgeous collection!