Welcome to Day 5 – our final day – of Graphic 45 Week on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog!
Before you go any further, we’d really appreciate it if you take a minute to stop by the Graphic 45 Facebook page, leave a comment telling them we sent you and “like” them. We want them to know how much we appreciate them and all the work their designers have put into this collaboration with us, as well as how much we appreciate their give-away.
We’ve had am amazing week with our friends at Graphic 45 showcasing a huge variety of gorgeous projects using Graphic 45’s Tropical Travelogue collection. As you’ve seen with the projects so far, along with our final projects for today – it’s an amazingly versatile collection of products. That’s what I love about Graphic 45 though – ALL of their product collections are like that. Each collection comes with so many different patterns, in different styles – allowing you to get a lot of different “looks”. The other thing I really like is the fact that in their collections they incorporate papers that are essentially a collection of “elements”, so that you can cut them apart and use them as stand-alone embellishments, or cluster them together.
If this is your first time tuning in to our Graphic 45 week, then be sure to check out our posts for Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 for more great projects and video tutorials. Later today 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 to enter – the winner will be announced today at 4 pm EST!
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 Designer Project
Our first project for today is by Jane Tregenza. You can see the gorgeous project below but in the meantime, here is a little bit about Jane:
I am Jane Tregenza, mother to five adult children who all feature regularly in my work. I have been privileged to be on Graphic 45’s design team for past two years now. This year I am on 3L Adhesive Design Team and Design Team leader for Imaginarium Designs.
I love all forms of scrapbooking, altered art, mini books, popup books and layouts. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it come to my work, I have been known to scrap a project and start again because I am not happy with it. I regularly teach in my own store as well as doing Master classes for other store owners and teachers. My work as been published in magazines in Australia and the USA and you can visit my blog here: http://www.janetregenza.blogspot.com.au/
Black Policay Tropical Travelogue Mini Book In a Box
I love making mini books with a matching box. For this project I used one of Graphic 45’s staple albums. I decided to use the Black Policy album as I thought the black pockets would look great with my photos. As for the subject of the album, I decided to make it for my son Josh who travelled with me early this year to the United States of America.
I wanted to be able to include ephemera in the pockets along with extra photo and keepsakes. I also need to add more pages, as I had about 40 photos to fit in. I find that Graphic 45 staple albums are great as they are but sometimes even better if you cut them smaller! For this album I have cut the pockets to different lengths, this also gave me more pockets, as the bits I cut off, I put through the Zutter and re-punched the holes turning them into more pages.
1st pocket is only 6 inches long and I have stuck the opening shut. The bit you cut off becomes the 2nd pocket at 3 ½ long.
3rd pocket is 5 inches long. The bit you cut of becomes the 4th pocket at 4 inches long.
5th pocket is 5 inches long. he bit you cut of becomes the 6th pocket at 4 inches long.
7th pocket is 4 inches long. The bit you cut of becomes the 8th pocket at 3 inches long.
Cut your back cover back to 6 ¼ inches long ( I have measured from the pocket opening and not from the end of the flap- from the end of the open flap it should be just over 9 inches) . Make sure you are cutting off the bit with the holes in it as you need the flap to fold around your album and close on the front cover.
I also added some cardstock pages as well they all measure 4 1/8 high and 5 ½ inches long. I added 4 of these which I put through the Zutter.
For the decorating of the album I used Papers from Graphic 45’s Tropical Travelogue Collection, Chipboard Tags 2 and Travelogue Letter stickers. I covered every pocket and page with print papers. Some of the pages I added flaps to them. I still have to add more photos and all the journaling. I will be posting more photos of all the pages on my blog.
Black Policy Envelope Album
G4500400 Tropical Travelogue
G4500401 Garden Isle
G4500402 Jungle Fever
G4500406 Seaside Holiday
G4500409 Paradise Postage
G4500410 Tiki Voyage
Chipboard Tags 2
Tropical Travelogue Letter stickers
Chipboard – corners, travel works, and box are all from Imaginarium Designs.
3L Adhesive, foam squares and black photo corners.
Paper Crafter’s Library Designer Project
Now for our Paper Crafter’s Projects for today – and I’ve got three of them for you, all of them showcasing mixed media techniques. As an avid art journaler and mixed media artist, I wanted to incorporate Graphic 45’s Tropical Travelogue collection into some of my mixed media pieces. The first project is is this set of three 4″ x 4″ Botanica Canvases created in beautiful muted tones – for which I’ve created a video tutorial for you. Actually, there are two separate tutorials.
The first tutorial is a technique called Faux Soldering. See the memory glass frames on the front of each canvas? Looks like they’ve been soldered don’t they? I used a technique I learned from Christy Tomlinson at Donna Downey’s Soulful Artist event last month – and you can see the video below the picture.
Faux Soldering Technique Video
The video for the canvas itself was filmed in two parts. You’ll also need to watch the video on how to create the Faux Fishnet Using Cheesecloth from Day 1 of our Graphic 45 Week.
Botanica Canvas Set Part 1
Botanica Canvas Set Part 2
Here’s another mixed media canvas I created – this time a 10″ x 10″ canvas. I have to say, this my favorite because of the colors – teal/turquoise and that shade of green are two of my favorite colors! There’s a whole range of different techniques incorporated into this canvas, including the Faux Soldering which I showed you guys how to do above, so it took me significantly longer to make. There is a video tutorial and handout for this project available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members.
The final project I wanted to show you is this Art Journal page I created below. So many of the elements and images in the Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue collection (as well as the other collections) are perfect for collaging into your art journal pages. I loved the image of the Beach sign and the woman with the umbrella so much that I decided to create a two page spread incorporating those images called “Life is a Beach” as a reminder to myself to focus on the positives in life. Besides – the images and colors just make me happy to look at LOL.
In order to make the images look more “grounded” and dimensional and as though they were a part of the page, I added shading around them using my Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush Pens which you’ve seen me use in a number of the free video tutorials I did this week. If you enjoy art journaling and mixed media you’d can see more of my work on my personal blog.
So there you have it! Day 5 of our celebration of Graphic 45’s Tropical Travelogue collection!
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 today at 4 pm EST!
We sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed this week with us and our friends at Graphic 45 and you’ve been inspired by the gorgeous projects and by the Tropical Travelogue collection. We’d also like to thank you for your participation!