It’s Day 2 of Graphic 45 week on the Paper Crafter’s Library Blog! We’re so excited to be collaborating with Graphic 45 and their fabulous designers to bring you a week of inspiration using their stunning Tropical Travelogue collection! If you missed our kick-off along with our free video tutorial please click here.
Throughout the course of this week we’ll be sharing over 10 different projects with you using the Tropical Travelogue collection – including a tag, a card, card set, scrapbook layout, a couple of mini albums, a few altered art pieces, an art journaling page and some mixed media canvases. We’ll have an abundance of free video tutorials on a range of different projects and techniques and then to top off the week, Graphic 45 is generously giving away the collection of products shown below to one lucky winner, to be announced on Friday, April 6th at 4 pm EST.
Each day we’ll be showcasing several different projects, with video tutorials on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so be sure to read to the bottom every day’s post so you don’t miss a thing!
Graphic 45 Design Team Project
The first of today’s beautiful projects is brought to you by Gloria Stengel, another one of Graphic 45′s talented Design Team members. You can see the gorgeous project below but first, here is a little bit about Gloria:
My name is Gloria Stengel and I live in Oceanside, CA with my husband Matt, and our three children, Nathan (20), Laura (16), and Jonah (11). Besides being “queen of the craft women,” I am also active in my church and I homeschool my two youngest children. (My oldest son has graduated and now attends college full-time.)
I live for exploring and creating with all sorts of mediums and products, thus I am always on the hunt for new ways to “make a mess.” My motto is “seek out new crafts that you have never done before.” I love the thrill of mixing product lines into my projects, and I guess my style is quite eclectic. I enjoy the creative process, the discovery, and the “happy accidents” that sometimes arise during crafting time. However, the biggest thrill of this business is teaching and instructing others. When another crafter holds up a finished project and says, “Look what I made!” I get the biggest kick out of it, especially if I had a small part in helping them learn a new technique.
I’ve been on a number of design teams over the past few years, including Spellbinders (2011) and Graphic 45 (2010 and 2011), plus I create sample art for various companies and online stores. I’ve been published a few times and I have a blog called Scraps of Life, that is my creative link to the world (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com).
Now, on to her project which I know you will love as much as we do…….
Altered Desktop Photo Display
Graphic 45 Papers: Tropical Travelogue: Tropical Travelogue, Garden Isle,Oceania, Hibiscus Heaven, Tiki Voyager, Exotic Destination
Graphic 45 Stickers: Tropical Travelogue Cardstock Alphabet and Cardstock Stickers
Graphic 45 Chipboard: Tropical Travelogue Tags 1
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Hinges
6×6 Chipboard (2 panels)
Embellishments: Dew Drop, Idea-ology Long Fasteners, Mini clip; Prima leaves
Ink: Bic Mark It Fine Point Marker Black; Clearsnap Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer, Splash; Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Prussian Blue, Dark Brown
Tools: Spellbinders Grand Calibur die cutting system; Spellbinders die templates Bitty Blossoms, Carnation Creations, Rose Creations; Zutter Round-it-All corner rounder; Fiskars hole punch; Basic Grey Notch Tool
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, foam tape; glue
This photo display is a quick and easy way to display a few special photos on a desk or shelf. Consisting of two 6×6 inch panels, hinged together, this little “mini album” makes a great gift or office decoration. I keep a basket of these little projects in my living room. Each month or season, I place a different project on the side table to use as decor.
Using Graphic 45 Metal Hinge Staples, it is simple to connect two chipboard pages to create a frame, which you can decorate and place on your desk or table.
I used paper strips to hide the hinge.
Highlight a few photos from a favorite vacation, as I have done, or create a keepsake of a party or special event.
The hand-made flowers on the cover add just the right touch. Using Graphic 45 papers and Spellbinders die templates, I created several flowers to enhance the cover of my little decor piece.
Every time I look at this little project, I remember our trip to Hawaii in 2009.
Paper Crafter’s Library Designer Project
Today’s project from talented Paper Crafter’s Library Designer Tracy, is this gorgeous mini album. The album was created using corrugated cardboard for the front and back cover and small paper bags for the inside pages. It was bound using a Zutter Bind-it-All V. 2 and their 1″ Antique Brass O-Rings. Tracy used four bags in all, and each bag has it’s own insert – giving you a total of 9 pages plus four pull-outs onto which you can put pictures on both the front and back.
In addition to using the stunning Tropical Travelogue Collection, Tracy incorporated some of her faux fishing net, some real fish in net, some shells and some silk flowers and faux greenery.
Here’s a full supply list of what was used in the mini album.
Ink: Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress inks (Ranger)
Paper: Tropical Travelogue DP Collection (Graphic 45); Mysterious Teal CS, Kraft CS and Hopi CS (Bazzill)
Accessories: Tropical Travelogue Tags 1, Tropical Travelogue Tags 2, Metal Clothespins, Tropical Travelogue sticker sheet, Tropical Travelogue alphabet sheet (Graphic 45); Corrugated Cardboard, Binding machine, 1” brass binding rings (Zutter); Malted Milk Acrylic Paint Dauber, Glossy Accents, ink blending tool (Ranger); foam brush, white silk floral stem, fern floral stems, small yellow floral stem, craft sand, fishing net, small sea shells, turquoise shells (Craft Store); Cheesecloth (fabric store); Basic Pearls, linen thread, Rope Twine (retired), Stampin Dimensionals, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets (retired), 1 ⅜” circle punch (Stampin’ Up!); Multi-Medium Gloss (Claudine Hellmuth); Tattered Florals (Sizzix); Crop-A-Dile (We R Memory Keepers); Tape Runner XL (therm-o-web); hot glue (Martha Stewart); #1 regular brown paper bags (party store); red liner tape (Sunny Stampin’ Store); copy paper (office supply store); wire cutters (hardware store)
Close up of page 1
Close up of page 2
Close up of page 3
Close up of page 4
Close up of page 5
There are also 4 pull tabs in which you can add extra photos, journaling or paper souveniers of your trip. For this album Tracy had added 4 photos and left the back side of the tabs for journaling.
There is a video tutorial and handout for this project available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members.
A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library
The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelming. After spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through her series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, Andrea Walford began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 she launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in their library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.
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Tropical Travelogue Collection Give-Away
To enter to win the Tropical Travelogue Collection please leave your comment below. Also, be sure to stop by the Graphic 45 Blog for another chance to win, and tell them Paper Crafter’s Library sent you! Winner will be announced on Friday!