It’s Day 3 of Graphic 45 week on the Paper Crafter’s Library Blog! Collaborating with Graphic 45 and their fabulous designers has been such an amazing experience! And of course, I just can’t get enough of their Tropical Travelogue Collection. Throughout the course of the week we’ll be sharing over 10 different projects using this collection, we’ll have an abundance of video tutorials for you (today is another video tutorial day!) 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.
If this is your first day tuning in, then be sure to check out Day 1 and Day 2′s posts. For today we’ve got two more great projects to share with you – one from the Graphic 45 team and one from our Paper Crafter’s Library Designers.
The prize pack includes the 12″ x 12″ paper pad, the 8″ x 8″ paper pad, the Alphabet Stickers, the sticker sheet, and both chipboard sheets from the Tropical Travelogue collection (you can get an up-close look from here) as well as the Antique Typewriter Wood Stamp Set.
Graphic 45 Design Team Project
Our next Graphic 45 Designer with her lovely project is Nancy Wethington. You can see the gorgeous project below but in the meantime, here is a little bit about Nancy:
Graphic 45 Design Team 2011. A crafter since time began, Nancy turned to scrapbooking and paper arts about 10 years ago.
Thankfully, her husband of 40 years supports her paper and rubber stamp addiction (her craft room has been affectionately named *Nancy-land* by her son). Nancy’s home away from home is her LSS, For Keeps Sake Scrapbook, where she has been teaching workshops for over 8 years. In addition to the Graphic 45 Design Team, Nancy is also on the Simon Says Stamp & Show Design Team.
Her work has been published in over 10 nationally recognized magazines and newspapers. Retired from the travel industry, Nancy’s time is spent doing what she loves the most – paper crafting. You can find Nancy on her blog: http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com
Tropical Travelogue 12×12 Layout
These photos of Puerto Banus had shades of blue and gold. My intent was to use the monochromatic browns of Tropical Travelogue so I turned to Botanica for a background paper and cut it down to 11.5”x11.5”. Matching the Core’dinations cardstock with the deep browns and blues of Tropical Travelogue, Botanica was double mounted on deep brown 11.75”x11.75”cardstock and then that on top of a 12×12 blue cardstock.
I rounded the corners of both Botanica and the brown cardstock. Flags and embellishments from Graphic 45 chipboard Tags, alphabet stickers, cardstock stickers and Spellbinders dies decorate the page. A Graphic 45 Metal Staple Button holds a tag as well as *flies the flags*. Oceania & Tiki Voyager papers were placed horizontally across the layout to bring out the blue and gold tones in the photos.
An image from Paradise Postage is given some height with the help of chipboard. Miscellaneous flowers and leaves mimic the colors of the postage.
Exotic Destination paper was cut & made into a passport that slips out so photos and journaling can be added. Other images from Exotic Destinations were used throughout the layout.
Paper Crafter’s Library Designer Projects
Now, for our Paper Crafter’s Library project for today – below you can see a set of glass coasters and a coaster holder which I (Andrea) altered using the Tropical Travelogue Collection. I found the set of four glass coasters in a dark brown wooden coaster holder at my local thrift store for $2.99. The coasters themselves were quite scratched up on the surface and the paint on the wooden holder was chipped in a number of different places – so they were the perfect candidates for altering. Other than the papers from the Tropical Travelogue Collection, I also used some Liquid Pearls from Ranger to add some pearlescent accents to each of my coasters.
We have a video tutorial for you on how I altered the coasters, as well as a video tutorial on how I altered the coaster holder. Please note that the coaster holder video had to be created in two parts as it was a long process LOL!
Paper: Tropical Travelogue Collection (Graphic 45)
Accessories: Multi-medium matte, wide paint brush , Claudine Hellmuth Gesso, Lettuce Adirondack Acrylic Paint, Peacock Liquid Pearls, Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls (Ranger); May Green 170 PITT Big Brush pen (Faber-Castell); Brayer (Speedball); Fabri-tac (Beacon Adhesives); spray lacquer (Krylon); black felt (papertrey ink); craft blade (Fiskars); rotary cutter (Martha Stewart); craft mat (Vantage); glass coasters and holder (Thrift Store); sanding block (The Scrapping Turtle)
Watch the video below to see how I altered the coasters:
The videos below show you how I altered the wooden coaster holder – because of the length of the video it was filmed in two parts:
Here’s Part 2 of the Altered Coaster Holder:
So there you have it! Day three of our celebration of Graphic 45′s Tropical Travelogue collection! Be sure to stay tuned for tomorrow’s post with more great inspiration!
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 as well as Nancy’s blog for another chance to win, and tell them Paper Crafter’s Library sent you! Winner will be announced on Friday!