Graphic 45 Week: Day 2

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:

Gloria StengalMy 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 (

Now, on to her project which I know you will love as much as we do…….

Altered Desktop Photo Display

Stengel Project 1

Supply List:

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.

Stengel Project 1

Stengel Project 1

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.

Stengel Project 1

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.

Stengel Project 1

Stengel Project 1

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.

Stengel Project 1 Stengel Project 1

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.

Be sure to sign up for our free email newsletter which features weekly video tutorials. For more information about Paper Crafter’s Library and how we can help you take your paper crafting to the next level, check out the Benefits of Becoming a Member.

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!


143 replies on “Graphic 45 Week: Day 2”

  1. I love the Graphic 45 line i haven’t been able to get any but as soon as i can i will buy as many as i can.I love all the nice projects that can be done w this paper line.I wish all a greatest success and keep doing the best job ever.Hugs Very

  2. Love these examples as well. I can’t wait to see what the others days bring. I have a feeling lots of pages will be bookmarked. 🙂

  3. This is such a great concept. Graphic 45 sent me, and I’m so glad they did!

  4. Everytime I see this paper collection…I see a new vision. Like the different styles and colors in this same collection.

  5. OMG – THIS IS MY FRIEND that I told you about yesterday. I have known Gloria for several years – first meeting her at a scrapbook club when I lived in San Diego – she is AWESOME!! LOVE to see her work.

  6. Such a cute easy mini with these Gorgeous graphic 45 papers. Can’t wait to see what is coming for tomorrow.

  7. I just dicovered your blog today and boy I’m glad I did ……. just awsome looking projects with the gorgeous Graphic 45 products.
    The Tropical Travelogue papers are my favorite, the colors are stunning.
    This is going to be a fun week with all the upcoming projects, I can hardly wait to see whats on next.
    Thank you all for sharing your talent.
    Kind regards,

  8. Love the tropical line (I live in sunny, south, tropical Florida) and I’ll be eagerly awaiting the new projects each day.

  9. Wow, totally love how these papers were used in both “books”. They have given
    some inspiration to work on my Hawaii photos now.
    Thank you for sharing all of this information.
    Really enjoying this “Magical Mystery Tour” with you this week! 🙂

  10. Gorgeous projects today! The G45 Travelogue is so versatile and lovely! Thanks so much for the inspiration! I am thinking my wedding album needs to be made with this collection as we went to the Caribbean and this would be perfect! It is almost 25 years overdue and I am almost glad because if I had done it then, it would have been pathetic 🙂 Now I can use all the inspiration I can get to make it truly gorgeous!

  11. Wow, that is gorgeous. Your album has such warmth, perfect for summer photos. 🙂

  12. Loved all the wonderful videos on making the note cards from Graphic 45’s Tropial Travelogue. Such clever ideas for making emellishments. I’m always learing something new all the time. Great Job!

  13. I have the G45 tropical stack. Can’t wait to make some travel albums as we are going to Hawaii next month. Love your album, will have to use some of your ideas. Isn’t this paper just ‘paradise’?


  14. BEAUTIFUL projects! So inspirational, i want to escape in my scraproom right this second and start creating (but i’m stuck at work for another couple hours!) Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  15. Beautiful Mini’s. It’s nice to see the whole project after coming from G45. I love those flowers. They are stunning. Loving all the details. Thanks for sharing.

  16. The grandkids are coming to my house to open their presents the day after the wedding. I’m making a certerpiece for my dining room table. It will be three styrofoam trees decorated with all kinds of paper white flowers. Glad to get help with ideas for making the flowers.

  17. I just love this whole collection ~ so retro and beautiful. Absolutely beautiful paper. 🙂

  18. The minis are FANTASTIC. I love all the details and the Tropical Travelogue paper is perfect for any vacation pics. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!!

  19. Would love to win this set. I am going to Mexico in a few weeks for my daughters wedding and I will have lots of crafting to do when I get home.

  20. Just beautiful projects. I am so jealous. Oh, I might win. Thank so much for sharing.

  21. Thanks so much for sharing these projects. My mind is racing with ideas! I am very glad I checked out this blog hop from Graphic 45!

  22. I love watching your videos and thank you for the ideas and inspiration. this mini album just speaks paradise and the beach

  23. Simply stunning photo album! What a fun and gorgeous way to showcase photos from a tropical vacation!

  24. I am “hopping” over here from G45, and I love hops because I get so much inspiration! The tropical album is a sweet treat, and I would love to win so I could scrap my Hawaii trip!


  25. Beautiful project, I have printed the tutorial to put in my library of things to do. I am going to Hawaii in July, I will have to do this album! Love Graphics 45 papers.

  26. I live in a small town and our one drugstore carries some supplies. I think I will have to consider ordering this pkg on line as I love it!! So excited to see you involved in this as well Andrea! great job. I have never entered anything like this before, one can’t win if you don’t try!


  27. Love how you used the papers in this project. your mini albums are so cute. Thanks for some great ideas

  28. You do gorgeous projects! Isn’t G45 the best there is? I have so much fun working with it!

  29. The projects are wonderful. So many great ideas with some great products. Some ideas I would have never thought of…I cannot wait to craft!

  30. I like both projects but the desktop display is my favorite. What a great idea to make different ones for different times of the day.

  31. Oh I love the mini album and of course graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue paper is fabulous. I can’t wait to take some of my travel photos and try some of these ideas.

  32. Great paper crafting the projects are wonderful and some many ideas and so little time to play. Travelogue paper is Ridiculous Gorgeous. need to do some art fo my soul

  33. Gloria you do such fantastic work and I follow your Blog just love your stuff!

  34. What lovely projects. I am off to view Tracy’s video since I am a member of PCL. Lucky me :). thanks so much for the blog hop. It is all very inspiring.

  35. Graphic 45 papers combined with mini albums – what more can you ask for…such terrific projects. As always, I’m so inspired by what I see…now to get creating.

  36. I am very inspired by the use of corrugated cardboard for the covers on the mini album. Beautiful!!

  37. I adore that mini album!! And the frame is a great idea for a gift! Thanks for sharing!!

  38. And the hits just keep on comin’! More beautiful projects with G45. I’m a huge fan of this company’s products, and have some, but would love more! I’m in the process of scrapping a big vacation trip we took last Fall. These papers would be perfect!

  39. I love all the new paper lines Graphic 45 has come out with and always look forward to getting them in my hands. Thanks so much for sharing.

  40. I love working with corrugated cardboard and this album has inspired me to make my own travel memory album. Thanks for showing this project. Would love the Graphic 45 papers to use in it (hint, hint).

  41. Great memento of what was obviously a great holiday!! Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Collection certainly makes this project fantastic!!

  42. Awesome project & I love how you decorated your album….it’s sooooo gorgeous! A memory to be cherished forever! I’m going to Hawaii in September & this Graphic 45 line would be perfect for my memories & I have a great idea on how to use them. Thanks for the chance.

  43. Love bpth albums…..I have this paper and have not used it yet. I see a chipboard album in the future.

  44. Not only do I LOVE this album but the way it’s put together is such a nice touch–very professional looking.

  45. Wow, these are awesome to showcase a vacation or travel piece…love it and love Graphic 45…really lovely…
    Denise Trottier

  46. More fabulous projects using this great Graphic 45 collection. Thanks for the chance to win

  47. This is a beautful paper collection. I love all the projects that were created using it. Thanks for a chance to win this very great new collection!!

  48. So many great comments, it is hard to be different. I just love the papers and materials and adore what you have done with them. So creative and yet within the reach of all of us. The demonstrations, comments, and videos are a great help. I wish there was more like this in UK.

  49. Graphic 45 is an absolutely gorgeous line of products! What creativity from their team and the PCL. These projects are so stunning and make you want to take a trip to the tropics! I can see that the Tropical Travelogue collection inspires unlimited ideas. Thank you for the chance to win it. Thanks for sharing your projects, tutorials and creativity!

  50. Your projects and video tuts are fantastic! G45 is my favorite paper line, love to see all the different ideas for using their papers. I sure hope I can win the Tropical Travelogue because it isn’t carried here at our LSS yet and I would so love to have it 🙂 I appreciate the opportunity!

  51. Graphic 45 sent me and boy am I glad I followed their post. You have done some awesome things with their line. Thanks for giving me some great ideas.

  52. Absolutely beautiful mini albums. I love the idea of having several different albums to change on your coffee table occasionally. That way you would never get tired of the same one. Beautiful.

  53. I am a BIG fan of G45 and would LOVE to win this collection… thanks for the chance to win and all the GORGEOUS inspiration! It was fun to learn more about Gloria!

  54. I love this whole set. What a way to display our vacations. I have some pictures of Europe and some of crusies we have taken. It seems such a waste to put them in an album. Thanks for the ideas.

  55. Another Great Project! I am a bookmaker (along with other arts) and I love this Idea for my summer Book Art Camp! thanks for Sharing!!!

  56. I love both projects. The albums is something I think I can do with the help of your video ! I’ve a question about the desktop display, are the chipboard pages strong enough to withstand a little abuse? I’m curious about how thick the chipboard is.

    Thanks for sharing these projects, they are awesome.

    1. The chipboard is very thick, about 1/8 of an inch or thicker, maybe 3/16 of an inch. And it’s the very heavy, pressed type used in book making. It will stand up to a lot of abuse.

  57. Graphic 45 is one of the most beautiful companies I have ever seen. Their presentation is more than extraordinary, they are the living art of what their products create. I was in ahhhh the first time I saw them., those colors are so beath taking and their designers- words cannot express. I am a huge fan of Graphic 45, I thank you for sharing this unique opportunity.

  58. Love the project! I have yet to find any Graphic 45 design that I dislike…..they are all fabulous!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  59. Graphic 45 sent me!!! Great Blog! Thanks for the tutorial. I really like tutorials and videos.

  60. Great mini-album. Who would have thought to use corrugated cardboard? It’s the perfect cover though!!
    The desk frame is very nice as well.
    Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  61. I can not get enough of Graphic,45 this is my all time favorite paper line. thank you for making me so happy!

  62. Love both of these projects! Gloria’s project is simple, but so impactful, and that mini is just wonderful!

  63. I could not leave a comment yesterday, internet outage until now. I just love everything you can do with this paper. TFS and the chance to win. Goodluck everyone.

  64. I absolutely love the layers and texture that you have shown in the mini album. I wish I could reach out and touch it! TFS such a fantastic project

  65. I love mini albums. Combined with this gorgeous pack of papers, it’s fabulous. I haven’t seen anything in the packages that I don’t like. Nice work G45 & PCL. You make a great team!

  66. Wow, just getting around to this one and it is just beautiful what Gloria did with these beautiful papers! And then Tracy come back with a beautiful book! WOW!!!!

  67. I love both of these projects, what a great way to share your vacation photos. I am in love with this paperlne, Graphic 45 has hit it out of the park again!

  68. I am really into making the minis lately. Why spend precious supply dollars buying a ready made item when you can make one and customize it they way YOU want it. Besides leaves more $ for buying complete paper lines: paper packs, embellishments, stickers and chipboards.

  69. I love the projects!!!! I love making mini books! They really made use of the paper in exciting ways!

  70. Those are such lovely little books. I wish I had the time to do these for my family pictures!

  71. Beautiful projects. I went online to look up where I can find these Graphic 45 papers in my area! Love the vintage look and feel of everything. Completely awstruck and cannot wait to get my hands on some of this line :). Thanks for the inspiration!

  72. I have just discovered Graphic 45 here in Australia, and love it, the stamps are fantastic, and the papers are just too gorgeous. Thanks for showing great projects for inspiration too.

  73. I saw that Graphic 45 is in Hobby Lobby, but not the Tropical Travelogue. I really want some of these dynamic papers.

  74. great projects….love mini albums! G45 collection is so pretty and perfect for those holiday photos.

  75. Another great day with Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Collection and your artwork!!! I hope you continue to share these great videos with us Andrea — you are awesome!!! I think you should submit your work to some of the shops in Sedona, AZ. I go there once a year to look at all the work of the artist — you are just as good or better than what I just saw a couple of weeks ago!! Thank you!!

  76. Just beautiful – thank you for sharing your talents. I am enjoying this week of projects.

  77. Gorgeous projects! I’d love to win this collection to scrap my upcoming Bahamas cruise!

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