Graphic 45 Week: Day 3

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:

Wethington PicGraphic 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:


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!

Tropical Travelogue Altered Glass Coasters and Holder


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:

Part 1:

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.

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 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!

179 replies on “Graphic 45 Week: Day 3”

  1. Really stunning projects again today, I love how the designer explained why she made her choices for the scrapbook page–it helped me pick up on the details better so I can translate those thoughts as I do my own pages. I also loved the coasters–I have seen these beat up sets for cheap and wondered what I could do with them. Still not sure I have the patience to try this kind of detail work to cover the coaster holder–but I loved watching Andrea’s step by step guide. I love seeing so many projects made with one set of products. So happy to see this series!

  2. Yet again, a series of fabulous projects. I love the scrapbook layout and the coaster project is right up my alley. I actually have a set of those “old” glass coasters just waiting to be saved from being sent to the recycling bin. Thanks so much !

  3. OMG! these coasters are beautiful, I’m going to have to at my start looking at my neighborhood garage sales for some treasures. Thanks for another great project.

  4. hi I just love graphic 45 papers they are so detailed and the colour in this new range are out of this world, I would love to win it so I can finally get around to scrap booking some of my holiday photos from over the years, I can never seen to find papers that make the photos pop out and come alive like graphic 45’s do they are amazing x

  5. Genius! I never thought about a passport. I’ve got a ton of ideas going through my head now, Thank you! The coasters and holder are awesome as well.. I now have the desire to drink something with an umbrella in it. lol 😀

  6. The layout is great, but the idea for the coasters is fantastic…gotta go thrift store shopping! LOL

  7. Wow your projects are fabulous & what a great idea for coasters, thanks for sharing! Thank you so much for your fantastic video tutorials!

  8. Wow! What a fantastic website (my first time here) and this project is just stunning! Love working with multi-mediums so this is right up my alley 🙂 Thanks for sharing, will be back many more times. Now off to see what else there is around here.

  9. Day three and the projects just get better and better. Love the coasters, what a good idea for gifts.

  10. I love these blog hops because I get so many good ideas! Today’s projects are once again amazing! I love the layout, and I really appreciate the detailed tutorial! Also love the passport idea! The glass coaster project is a stroke of genius–a cute, low-cost project! Thanks G45 and paper Crafter’s Library!


  11. The pages are wonderful. They bring back memories of being in Hawaii many years ago. Love the idea for re-purposing the coasters. It’s a shame to throw something away when it can be made over into a beautiful and useful object again.

  12. I LOVE the layout. It’s so visually appealing. The coasters are great ideas for gifts. I can see them packaged nicely and the recipient would get such good use out of them.

  13. I love these colors together, they are so rich and varied! The coaster gift would be a wonderful one to give or receive!

  14. Wow Andrea! Those coasters are gorgeous! I love the way you altered that thrift store find 🙂 And Nancy’s layout is so gorgeous! I will be saving this in my file for when I do my honeymoon pics from the Caribbean – I love how she has layered this and brought out the colors in her photos and that passport is genius!

  15. I love this especially for the Patio, or a vacation home, or even a great reminder of your vacation. Love all Nancy’s stuff, I have had the pleasure of taking some of Nancy’s classes at For Keeps Sake in St. Louis. All are wonderful. This paper line ( and all of G45) is just so versitle and beautful. Thanks for sharing it with with the craft world!

  16. …mind – boggling.. simply amazing.. keep those wonderful ideas/projects coming.. such a treat.. ty..

  17. I just LOVE how you turned something old to something sooooo modern & gorgeous!!! Great project, thank you for these amazing video tutorials!

  18. What a great tutorial and gorgeous papers. I have those same coasters and they are now going to get a makeover! Thanks for the instructions and the giveaway.

  19. Absolutely beautiful! Pick me, pick me for the giveaway!!!! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  20. Great tutorial on altering the coasters! I have been thinking about trying my first altered project and the tips you shared will help me quite a bit!

  21. Beautiful projects. Great video. Thanks for a chance to win the Tropical Travalogue

  22. I like to see what can be done with Graphic 45 papers and goodies. So classy and gorgeous.

  23. Absolutely love this site and especially Graphic 45 tutorial! Love, Love, Love

  24. Good morning 🙂 Graphic 45 sent me over to say “HI”. So…..”HI”

    Lots of wonderful ideas. Thank you 🙂

  25. Love this project. I picked up some of those coaster at a thrift store months ago. Thanks for the idea. Now I know what to do with them. I’m also working on a paper bag travel journal for a summer cruise. This collection would be perfect for that journal.

  26. What a beautiful collection that you are giving away. Graphic 45 suggested that I come over and pay you a visit. Glad I listened to them, great blog.

  27. I have purchased graphic 45 papers but have never used them due to the fact that I never could come up with something creative to do with them. I love the designs and the paper and the accessories, now, I have some inspiration from you in how I should use the papers. Thank you so much for sending me in this direction. I love all the ways that the paper can be used and I also love how to make the flowers from spellbinders, I had a hard time making them but after seeing Sharon’s video, which she makes it look so easy, I am going out to my little room and try making some. Thank you again.



  29. Graphic 45 is one of my all time favs, every project I make just looks wonderful before I make the first cut, lol, because I have a head start using their fabulous papers! I love your projects you’ve shared here and really can’t say enough about the videos, there’s just something about watching instead of just looking at a photo. Thanks for the chance to win! Patti

  30. OK–I’m in trouble now! First time here and I Love it!! I have always Loved Graphic 45 –such beautiful papers with so many possibilities. Your tutorials are excellent and detailed and easy to understand and inspirational! Thank You so much!! I can see I will be spending many an hour perusing your site and looking for objects to alter into beautiful things like your coasters! So many ideas–so little time! Thank you again!!

    Judy Jo

  31. WOW! Love this Graphic 45 line!! They sent me by! Thank you for such an awesome giveaway. 🙂

  32. I love the thought Nancy Wethington put into the vacation layout, the colors are fantastic.

  33. I love your blog. So happy that Graphic 45 sent me here. The LO shown today is wonderful. I love the neutral colours that make the blue pop. Great idea for the passport book, also. Wonderful!!

  34. Graphic 45 sent me. And I love them so I am sure if they sent me, you must be just as amazing and awesome. Being a huge paper love and a paper crafter, I am excited to start exploring your site. Thanks for the chance to win.

  35. Love the use of Graphic 45 papers….they sent me to see your blog!! Thanks 45…another new wonderful place for me to explore

  36. I am so excited that Graphic 45 sent me over to check out this site. What a fantastic resource! You’re now in my favorites bar, and I will be making many trips to this site to check everything out. Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into this!

  37. Wow, this inspires me to get out photos of past trips and make a scrapbook with them. I’ve never been an avid scrapbooker, mostly I make greeting cards and the coasters really look like something I would love to do also. Your papers and accessory pieces are awesome.,

  38. Graphic 45 sent me to visit you, and I’m sooooo glad they did! Awesome layout! My favourite thing is the passport that is removable, for journaling, photos, etc. Such a neat idea!

  39. Graphic 45 sent me again! I am loving this blog hop, great use of the Graphic 45 line. Which is my favorite paper.

  40. Beautiful layout on your scrapbook page. I love the colors, and isn’t it just fantastic to find a treasure you can alter and make a beautiful, useful piece of art out of it.

  41. Fabulous find on the coasters to alter and I love the banners on the layout.

  42. this Lo by Nancy was so lovely. that you for your project I have this coaster set might have to give it a try thanks for the inspiration and ideas

  43. I absolutely love all of the projects shown over the past 3 days with this Graphic 45 paper line. The papers are so vibrant, yet continue to have the vintage feel that G45 is so known for. Love this line! Thanks for showcasing it for us and thank you for a chance to win! 🙂

  44. Absolutely beautiful projects today Andrea, I am making a trip to the Flea Market this week. Thank you so much for the inspiration and tutorials. Love this collection.

  45. Wonderful inspiration for thrift store finds! It gave me ideas for lots of other things around our house that might need a facelift!

  46. Wow! My daughter will be studying in Athens, Greece this fall and I wanted to send her off with a few “books” to fill in when she’s there. These ideas and products are perfect!

  47. Love G 45 designs, the colors are just wonderful!!!!
    Every thing looks great with this paper, just outstanding.

  48. Just when I think I can’t be more “wowed”, you guys do it again! Another great tutorial, and the scrap page is something I can “scraplift” for some of my vaca pics. Keep up the great work! Now off to the G45 site and Nancy’s blog for more inspiration…

  49. I’m wondering if I can find some coasters to alter. I really like the flags on the page, I’ve not used flags or pennants on any of my pages yet.

  50. This travelogue series is great. We have so many memories of our trips and now a perfect way to display them. Your colors and ideas are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  51. Great project today! I actually may use this for a gift for a wedding I am going to in the coming months! Thanks again for the detailed directions. I also love the UPCycling idea. Thanks for Recycling!!!

  52. The more I see of the Graphic 45 papers the more I want to get some to use for my projects. The colors and design really appeal to me. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s video.

  53. The coasters are amazing, not sure that I can do them. But the passport idea for additional photos and journaling… that is genius! Thanks for sharing and I’m keeping note of what I can do with the papers that I have (if I don’t win!)

  54. I love this paper collection, and the beautiful coasters and coaster holder that you created. Keep up the good work.

  55. Hi!! Wow super beautiful projects!! Love all and with the Graphic 45 papers are so amaizing! Thanks a lot for sharing! And for this chance to win this super prize! Big Hugs… Maggy 🙂

  56. Great projects. I will look at thrift store items differently from now on. Thank you! Love Graphic 45

  57. Graphic45 sent me to check out your blog. And I’m glad they did! Beautiful work! I love your page layout. Very very cute! I just might have to borrow an idea or two. hehe

  58. I love what you have done with the coasters – those papers are beautiful. I’m inspired!

  59. I love it when other people share what they have done. The coaster idea is Great! Will be trying that out.

  60. Gorgeous papers and gorgeous projects! I love that Paper Crafter’s Library does 3D stuff as well as cards. It’s very inspiring and fun to try.

  61. After checking out both your website and Graphic 45 (which is how I originally found out about you) I want to retire and do nothing but projects like these! I particularly love the note cards and the coasters.

  62. Love the layout. Graphic 45 has the most stunning papers. Thanks for sharing…..

  63. Enjoying all of the projects that you are sharing with us this week. And Graphic 45 sent me over to this blog!!

  64. The coasters are awesome Andrea and I love the layout that Nancy did. This paper line is gorgeous!

  65. Fantastic job on the coasters and holder Andrea. I always love to see old items redone or re-purposed to make them beautiful!
    The Graphic45 scrapbook page is an awesome way to use the supplies too 🙂

  66. Beautiful. I love the Tropical Travelogue line as well. I think I will have to get some.
    I agree, knowing the thught process helps.

  67. Graphic 45 sent me over! Great projects and ideas! Thank for the chance to win!

  68. cool, cool, cool! leaving the dishes in the sink…time to play with this! Thanks! sue

  69. Recycle and save money at the same time plus a chance on getting a lovely give-away. Thanks for all the time that you invest.

  70. More great projects! This really is a great collaboration! I love the clean, simple layout and that passport is genius, and the coasters are beautiful, a a great gift!

  71. Graphic45 sent me over – love what you did with their new paper line – the coasters are FAB!

  72. Wow…so glad G45 sent me!!…Love all the projects and the tutorial. Love the passport, everything. Great inspiration. 🙂

  73. Wow, I could only wish to be so talented as these ladies are. Love the layout
    and all of the extra detail on it! I need to find more of this paper as I only have
    one sheet of each!! Coasters are super cool also.
    Well done again girls!!!

  74. Great job decorating both the coasters and holder! The Graphic 45 papers really make the set fabulous.

  75. The color combos are wonderful! Love the greens and blue together. This is one of those projects that is a little too labor intensive for my limited time, but it sure is nice. It would be one I’d pay for, that’s for sure. Nice work, as always.

  76. Well Done !!! I just love the Coaster Set. I plan on hitting up alot of yard sales this summer. Love your Videos and the way you explain everything right to a “T”. TFS

  77. This is my first time on your blog and I look forward to perusing the library! Both of today’s projects are really great too, and I like that you are using a video format, I get more out of instruction that way!! Thanks!!

  78. What fantastic projects t oday. I loved the detail in how they were completed. Thanks for a chance to win and for sponsoring this even along with G45.

  79. I am always so pleased when I can find a new way to use my products. Thanks so much for this chance to learn, will definitely be giving it a try.

  80. I was so excited with the coasters and holder that I had to drive down to my favorite used items store.
    I found some items that are close to today’s project and can’t wait to get started. I bought some new G45 paper at the convention that I am going to use since I do not have this set of papers.
    Thank you, I will look at used items a little differently now.

  81. Loved the coaster project. These would make wonderful gifts. I guess I need to stop by my local thrift store and see if I can score something similar. Beautiful work!

  82. This layout is a page with lots of POW! Love it and the upcycled coaster set is fabulous.

  83. Graphic 45 sent me and I am so glad they did!
    You have some very beautiful projects on your blog! I will definitely be keeping an eye on it!

  84. Such beautiful projects using beautiful papers!! Thanks to all for sharing your talents 🙂

  85. I love Graphic 45 so much, I will be teaching my first card class in Ottawa at our local scrapbooking store the Scrapbox next week with Olde Shoppe line!! Love love!

  86. Wow, what a treasure trove! Arrived here from G-45 Facebook. My favourite papers! Off to have a good look around – awesome!

  87. Nancy’s LO is just stunning. The tags, the banners, the passport cover… what an inspiration!

  88. Really enjoying this week of Graphic 45 projects! Andrea, I love the papers you used on this coaster project – beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  89. What really awesome projects. I love the scrapbook page and will definitely be lifting that layout! This is a unique paper set and I can see many possibilities for it, thank you for the opportunity to enter.

  90. These are very awesome projects. The scrapbook page will have to be scraplifted! G45 is my favorite paper line!

  91. I really like the color combinations for page. That is what I like about buying whole sets/lines of paper. Everything just works great together.

  92. I love your projects all the time, but especially when you’re using my favorite paper. Graphic 45 has the most beautiful papers with the most vibrant colors.

  93. Oh My! Everytime I tune in to your blog, I am amazed and inspired! Thank you for posting such great projects and ideas. Love them all!

  94. More inspirational projects, I love the 12 x 12 layout especially, just fantastic. So many great ideas on here, and am loving all that Graphic 45 has to offer,

  95. I have been wanting to start crafting using second hand supplies, I never would have thought of going to a thrift store and redesigned something. Thank you for your continued inspiration.

  96. I love giving coasters as gifts. If I buy the ones i love – they cost anywhere from $25 to $35.00 for a set. I both several sets at yard sales and consignment shops and was not sure what to do with them, but knew I wanted to try to make them look great for gifts. This is such a wonderful idea and the Graphic 45 paper makes it look fantastic. Hand made gifts are so much better. Thank you so much for all the wonderful videos – love everyone.

  97. I loved the things you have done so much that I sent for some Tropical Travelogue paper today.
    Thank you for the wonderful tutorials.

  98. I love to alter items that no longer fit into my decorating scheme. This just reminds me how much fun it is to do so. Makes me want to jump on a plane to some tropical climate.

  99. absolutely gorgeous projects! the colors and designs for this Graphic 45 collection are amazing.

  100. Well here I am trying to play “catch-up” on your videos this week. I have to be honest and let you know how much I have enjoyed this week showcasing Graphic 45 product and learning so many new techniques and/or forms of art media. Don’t you just love the color combos in the Tropical Travelogue Collection!!!

  101. The paper is very pretty. I like the projects you’ve done with them, Keep up the good work
    I really get going with ideas when you all come up with these pretty projects.


  102. The coaster project was amazing. Loved the paper used for the coasters. Absolutely stunning, thanks for sharing

  103. Such awesome ideas! I love Graphic 45 too. I am actually doing a small giveaway on my blog right now too for some of the Graphic 45 items. Everyone is welcome to check it out ! 🙂

  104. Love the coasters and holder! The Graphic 45 is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your project. I always enjoy your ideas!

  105. HI,
    I bought these papers today as I have a few projects in mind, whilst surfing google I came across your site…fabulous job on the 12 x 12 but I really love the coasters & holder my favourite things to do is off the page items and yours is stunning..thank you so much for sharing.
    Cheers Aussie

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