Graphic 45 Week: Day 4

It’s Day 4 of Graphic 45 week on the Paper Crafter’s Library Blog! I can’t believe how time has flown! Collaborating with Graphic 45 and their fabulous designers has been such an amazing experience and we can’t thank Graphic 45 enough! All week we’ve been using their Tropical Travelogue Collection – an assortment of products with gorgeous patterns and vibrant colors.

If you’re just tuning in today, be sure to check out our posts for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 for more great projects and video tutorials. At the end of this week we’ll be giving away this amazing assortment of products from the Tropical Travelogue collection generously provided by Graphic 45. So you still have today and tomorrow to enter – the winner will be announced on Friday, April 6th at 4 pm EST!


Graphic 45 Designer Project

Our first project for today is by Tara Orr. You can see the gorgeous project below but in the meantime, here is a little bit about Tara:

I live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada with my gorgeous husband of 11 years and our three amazing kids.  They are the heart and soul of my projects. I am now a SAHM to my precious little kiddos but before that, I worked as a webmaster in the Technology industry for many years and loved it.

Random Facts about Me: I have a degree in Psychology, a green belt in karate, love horseback riding, order a grande dark from Starbucks almost every day, prefer chocolate to any other sweet, am the oldest of 3 siblings, gave up hope of maintaining my ‘Monica from Friends’ (as my husband would describe) cleaning habit once I had kids of my own, have earned more grey hairs and wrinkes in the past 7 years than I could have imagined and love my family more than anything else on the face of this earth!

I started scrapbooking in November 2008. Instant addiction. I love papercrafting. It challenges me, it relaxes me and it lets me escape into a world of creativity that I adore. If you want to take a peek at some of my work, please stop by my blog ( for a visit – I’d love to have you!

Memories Tag by Tara Orr

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Patterned Paper: Island Jewel, Seaside Holiday, Paradise Postage, Exotic Destination/Tropical Travelogue Collection by Graphic 45
Chipboard Tags 1: Tropical Travelogue Collection by Graphic 45
Chipboard Tags 2: Tropical Travelogue Collection by Graphic 45
Metal Brads by Graphic 45
3D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives
Decorative Chipboard Frame by Imaginarium Designs
Chipboard Title by 7 Dots Studio
Misc: Twine, Acrylic Paint, Edge Scraper


Here are some up close views of the tag:




Paper Crafter’s Library Designer Project

Our second project for today was created by Sophia Landry, one our talented Paper Crafter’s Library Designers.  Last time Sophia was visiting we went “junking” together at our local thrift store (same place I bought the coasters I altered for yesterday’s project).  Soph found this pretty beat up shelving unit that was obviously quite old, and although it had a beautiful shape to it, it was not in the greatest condition.  With a little love, and the application of Graphic 45’s gorgeous Tropical Travelogue papers, she turned it into a treasure.

The piece itself is quite large being about 2 1/2 to 3  feet tall and about 2 feet wide.  She started by spray painting it and then covering all the flat surfaces (inner and outer) with patterned papers.  Because she was working with only one 12″ x 12″ pad of the Tropical Travelogue papers (which have two sheets of each different double sided design) – she had to mix and match patterns.

Here’s a view of the front of the altered piece:

Here’s a view of the back which was completely spray painted white:

Here’s a view of the top:

Here’s a view of the inside bottom:

Here’s a view of the inside side:

There is a video tutorial and handout for this project available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members.  The principles she used in altering it though, are pretty much the same as those that I applied when I altered my coaster holder (for which there is a free video tutorial in yesterday’s post).

So there you have it! Day 4 of our celebration of Graphic 45’s Tropical Travelogue collection! Be sure to stay tuned for tomorrow’s post with more great projects, free video tutorials, and a wrap up of Graphic 45 week!

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 Tara’s blog for another chance to win, and tell them Paper Crafter’s Library sent you! Winner will be announced on Friday!

78 replies on “Graphic 45 Week: Day 4”

  1. What a great start to my day yet again. I will have to wait for tonight, after work, to indulge in the video but I just love the projects this week – a little papercrafting “out of the box”. Thanks so much for broadening our crafting horizons.

  2. I adore flowers of this graphic 45’s collection used on this beautiful tag. One again tropical travelogue collection offer the possibility to achieve beautiful altered projects.

  3. More stunning pieces today! You cannot help but be inspired by these products. Graphic 45 has a big new fan–thanks for introducing me to this company in such an amazing way!

  4. I like both of these projects, but the tag is absolutely gorgeous! These G45 products are to die for!

  5. OMGosh…another AMAZING & GORGEOUS project!!! That tag is just so beautiful, I love all the detail, you girls are rockin’ thisGraphic 45 collection!!!

  6. Thanks so much for these great inspirations…love the altered pieces….and this paper collection is so versatile and can be used in so many ways…with different looks in the paper pack! Thanks for sharing

  7. I love both the tag and the altered shelf!!! They are so gorgeous. It is amazing how versatile this paperline is. The tag had a totally vintage feel while the shelf shouted fun at the beach. Love, Love. Love Tropical Traveloge!

  8. Love the tag and all the fab layers! I also love the way the coloured blue shell beads have been used on the shelf project! Thanks for the inspiration. Best wishes Karen x

  9. I am realizing from all of the projects done so far that this paper set will be perfect even for scrapping heritage pages for my parents … they both grew up in Hawaii … love the examples!

  10. I love that you’ve spent the week showing off G45. They have such unique paper & I have a shop that carries it. Thanks for the chance to win some.

  11. I like to make and use tags on my scrap pages, and this is definitely one I will use for inspiration. I’m also looking for old “stuff” to rehab for my (empty nester) spare bedroom, which I am doing in a beach cottage look. Sophia’s project is a great idea I’ll have to try. These G45 papers are perfect! Thanks again…this week has been so much fun!

  12. Love that shelf! It would be fun done with some of the other Graphic 45 lines too.

  13. Just beautiful! Love Tara’s tag! There are so many layers and things to see!

  14. I agree with the other poster’s comments: Tara’s art work is awesome. The tag is very layered and inspiring!

  15. Sooo many layers on that tag. Its amazing. And the shelf looks like a perfect way to display small treasures.

  16. I am soooooo in love with the tag !!!!! I am a fan of Tara’s to begin with. I also love the shelf you made.I have a freind that I am going to try and make one for. Thank you for the Inspiration!

  17. That tag is gorgeous. Will there be a tutorial video on how to make this?

  18. Love this! I just bought some Travelogue papers this week and I have a ‘cabinet’ thingie, perfect go-together!!Thanks for sharing

  19. this is thinking outside the book a nice way to customize your room to fit the decor thanks

  20. Beautiful projects. I love the layering on your tag. I love the look and colors on your shelf. so beautiful. Thanks for sharing some inspiration. Love Graphic 45.

  21. Amazing what some people can do with paper!! Tag is beautiful and the altered art is unbelievable!!

  22. Wow, that tag is full of ideas and inspiration. Lots of layers and extra details.
    Love the transformation of the thrift store shelf! Wish I could think out of the box like
    that. Well done!

  23. oh oh oh oh, I adore that tag, its amazing, the colours, the layering its just beautiful, love it. Another great day of inspiration 🙂

  24. Love the projects! OMGosh, it takes such amazing talent to layer that many things on a tag and it turn out so incredibly beautiful! I’m jealous and inspired at the same time! time to get my G45 on!

  25. Very inspiring, the layering, the tag is outrageous, love it, what a beautiful way to use travelogue line of G45

  26. Wow You guys rock ! Graphics 45 sent me and I stayed and subscribed to your newsletter 🙂 hugs Boni

  27. What a great thing to come home from work and find such great projects to “sweep me away”. I have become a HUGE fan of Graphic 45 and appreciate all the ideas I’ve been collecting… just not enough time!

  28. What a gorgeous tag. I love all the inspiration this week. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Great projects!! Can’t believe tomorrow is the last day already, I’ve enjoyed all the projects shown this week.

  30. Really like this tag that Tara made. All the layers just so pretty. Thanks to Graphic 45 for sending me to your blog

  31. Love all the projects this week….and so excited about the opportunity to win this package.!!

  32. Ooooooooooo! What a gorgeous layered tag. It was fabulous. Loved the shelving unit. what a marvelous idea. Your videos are so instructional and easy to follow. Thanks

  33. Hi,

    Great projects. I love Graphic 45, they make gorgeous stuff. Just found out about Paper Crafters Library, it would be cool to win the membership.

  34. The tag is absolutely gorgeous. The shelving unit is a sensational idea.
    Travel trinkets would fit nicely on the unit.

  35. Great projects today! I love the little shelving unit – I always said that G45 papers were pretty enough to paper my walls with – I like this idea too 🙂 And what can I say about Tara’s tag? It is so gorgeous, but then everything Tara makes is breathtaking! I love the layers and the flowers!

  36. Graphic 45 paper is one line you know you can’t go wrong with. Add Tara Orr to the mix and Pow!!! you’ve got the most amazing ideas and projects. Love this project!!! Thank you for allowing us to see her work here and for the opportunity to win something wonderful as well. Can’t wait to get inky with this project!!!

  37. I am been a BIG fan of Tara’s ever since joining this great community of paper crafters! Her style is so lovely, vintage, distressed and layer upon gorgeous layer… what’s not to love! Thanks for sharing her talent with us today!

  38. The memories tag was excellent but I really love the altered piece. I want to do it today. I have some paper ordered for my travel scrapbook, but now I need more.

  39. LOVE Tara’s work and especially the G45 tag peeking out from one of the layers. I hate covering up the pretty paper but this tag shows the value of doing just that. Layers on layers of eye candy. WOW.

  40. I need to buy shares in Graphic 45, as I think I will be spending a lot of money so I might as well have stock in the company!!! The tag is gorgeous — I still want to win this prize more than anything!!

  41. Loved all the Graphic 45 projects, Andrea! Fun memories of faux soldering with you at Soulful Inspired, my tablemate friend!

  42. I am so enjoying the week of projects – the altered shelf is lovely and the tag is beautiful. thank you for sharing . The graphic 45 paper is just stunning.

  43. Where people come up with these great ideas astounds me. Tara’s tag is gorgeous. I’m hopping over to her blog to check out more. I’m not usually a “seashore girl,” but have loved every minute of this week’s incredible projects made with some of the most beautiful papers I’ve seen.

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