Graphic 45 Week: Day 5

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 2Day 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

TregenzaOur 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:


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.

Materials used
Black Policy Envelope Album
G4500400 Tropical Travelogue
G4500401 Garden Isle
G4500402 Jungle Fever
G4500403  Botanica
G4500406 Seaside Holiday
G4500407 Oceania
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 overwhelmingAfter 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.

We’re having a contest where we’re giving away 8 more one year memberships to Paper Crafter’s Library (valued at $200 each) – click HERE to find out how you can enter to win!

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!


107 replies on “Graphic 45 Week: Day 5”

  1. I really ejoyed the video ( I was the first view Yippee!!) I absolutely love Graphic 45 so the prize would be tremendous. Thank You very much 🙂

  2. This whole series is absolutely the best. The creativity, the use of this wonderful product! The work and effort, the love and the fun put into the projects is positively inspiring. Thank you to all the designers and to Paper Crafters Library for putting this fantastic week together for us! Wow!

  3. What a fantastic week. I love all the projects, such versatility and beauty. Thanks so much I will definitely be doing a couple of the projects and will have to get multiple copies of the Tropical Travel Collection. I had the best of both worlds … the freebies but as a member of PCL, I got it all 🙂 YAY

  4. As ever, the projects are superb and the collaboration with Graphic 45 is a marriage mde in Heaven. Thanks again and very best wishes Ann xxxx

  5. You have me hooked on canvas! And I love the Graphic 45 paper…it is perfect for this project. Great job as always!

  6. Such a great week on Paper Crafter’s Library! Thanks for introducing me to Graphic 45 in such a grand way! Stunning projects today, too! I can’t get over how inspired I feel about these papers and products from Graphic 45!

  7. When I saw the picture with the products I didn’t look any further. They just weren’t my style. Seeing the projects that were designed has changed my mind. I guess I shouldn’t jusdge a book by it’s cover:) Keep up the great work.

    Cindy Didrick

  8. I love your videos! And that you teamed up with G45 this week to share some. If it wasn’t for G45 I would have never known that you were here. Big fan of G45, and LOVE all the team members. Such great projects they all share. Now I am a fan of your site. Thank you for your part this week.

  9. It’s been a wonderful week of projects with the beautiful paper collection from G45. Thanks for teaming up with such a fantastic company. PCL rocks!

  10. I love the canvas projects. I’ve tried a few, but have learned many tips from you today. The paper in that stash is gorgeous and would love to win.

  11. I have so many travel books that need to be finished and you ha ve given me so many ideas and inspiration. Thank you so much for introducing me to these great products that will surely make everything look so lovely.
    I love today’s tutorial by Jane Tregenza, I’m going to pre-prepare a travelogue with pockets for my travels this summer. I can then put all the little “do-dads” that I collect along the way straight into the pockets and add daily journal entries as well. This way all that is left to do when I get home is print some pictures and add them to the travelogue. Thanks to you and Graphic 45!

  12. I finally took the time to visit and watch the vids. Why did I wait so long? Great site and I can’t wait to go back and read past posts. Thanks so much!

  13. I love the rich colors of the Tropical collection. My problem, I hate to cut into such beautiful paper. lol Thanks for sharing these wonderful projects.

  14. Love Graphic 45 and everything you have done with it. Those canvases are wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial.

  15. I have done some things on canvas and can’t wait to try this out. Having the Graphic 45 would be perfect, just as your is!

  16. This has to be my favorite Graphic45 paper line. The projects from this week are jut stunning. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I also did not know of Paper Crafters Library. I have now added it to my favorites

  17. Wow, these canvases are beautiful & I love the antique look…I’m going to have to give this a try. Thank you so much for these wonderful how to videos, you make it look so easy. I’ve enjoyed all of your projects this week using this awesome collection from Graphic 45…well done! I’ve stopped by their blog & showed them some love & mentioned Paper Crafter’s Library.

  18. Oh my gosh this has been a aweseom week . So many ideas you shared. Thanks so much for introducing me to the product Graphic 45. This company sure have hot stuff. Thanks for the chance to win.

  19. I love Graphic 45 and all of the ideas you shared this week. I am glad I found your site, it is a ton of info and inspiration. Thanks for all you put into it and the chance to win.

  20. I’m sad to see the end of this wonderful week! So many great ideas and so much eye candy! Today’s canvas and book projects have inspired me to make some wall art for my “beach cottage” theme spare bedroom that is my current decorating work-in-progress. Love the colors. If I don’t win the G45 Travelogue papers, I guess I’ll have to buy several packs to do everything I have ideas for now! The other great thing this week was getting acquainted with new artists I haven’t seen before. I’ve loved them all. Glad I’m retired now and can spend more time checking out more blogs…hehe. Thanks so much for all you do and have done…the monthly membership is really worth the price!

  21. MORE beautiful projects w/some my favorite G45 papers! Thanks so much to all of the very talented designers for sharing these awesome projects. I’ll be getting more G45 papers very soon!

  22. I got several new tips from the canvas videos today. Would love to win the collection of Graphic 45.

  23. Love the projects. Would love to win the prize and thanks for sharing all that great talent! 🙂

  24. Oh I just love these colors and designs….they are subtle and bold at the same time. These projects are out of the box too and I can’t wait to try them. Thank you so much!

  25. I am a visual learner ,so it is so fun having video ideas to show a specific paper line ….love it love it…thank you so much…

  26. Wow, Wow, and Wow!! These projects are absolutely gorgeous. Graphic45 always catches my eye, but I love what you’ve done with it here. thanks so much for sharing.

  27. What an amazing week. I love the mini on this blog. I have been amazed by all the great talent and inspiration all week long. Thanks so much!

  28. I really love this project. This is on my have to do list.Thanks Andrea and Grafic 45.

  29. These projects are all just beautiful. I have so enjoyed the inspiration and the videos you have offerred this week. I sure would love to win this collection, just tunning. Thank you so much for all you have offered your followers.

  30. I have really enjoyed all of the projects this week. Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful paper set.

  31. I really love all the G45 papers and these projects are really an inspiration and get the mind going as to what one can do with some time and imagination. Thank you 🙂

  32. Love,love,love it. I just bought to of those albums. Now I have some inspiration to decorate them.

  33. I just Love this mini album. I enjoyed this blog hope all week long thank you. I really like that you worked with Graphic 45 one of my favorite companies.

  34. I love the canvases Andrea. Absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to give this a go. If I don’t win this
    amazing paper, where can I buy it? I think you should be designing for graphic 45.

  35. The projects are just great, love the mini album and the tutorials for the canvas art, thank you so much for sharing them and the chance to win.

  36. Great projects made using an adorable set of papers. Thanks for a chance to win such a beautiful collection!!!

  37. OOOhh…love Graphic 45! The projects this week have been awesome! I’ve scrapped a little on canvas…going to give this a try!

  38. So easy, I love it! Can’t wait to try this technique on a project. Thank you for another great turorial.

  39. I have enjoyed all of the projects that you have been sharing using the Graphic 45 papers. My style has evolved and changed over time. The papers you have been using are perfect for my current style and the projects have given me so much inspiration. Thank you!

  40. Love the projects and the products, thank you for sharing. Graphic 45 is one of my favorite papers to use I love the colors so vibrant and the vintage look is so fun to use. Thanks!

  41. The distressed cheesecloth technique is fabulous and you’ve used it so creatively in these projects! It really compliments the paper and completes the design. You are so creative its mind-boggling! Thank you for the inspiration!

  42. Such beautiful papers to create amazing works of art! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! A big thanks for sharing your talent!

  43. I am speechless Andrea!! I felt like I was being trained by an artist (which you are) to do what I love the most — mixed media!! You have packed so much into this post/videos that I will have to come back again and again to watch them. A simple “thank-you” is not enough, but it is all I got!! Love all the product!!

  44. The Tropical Travelogue collection is fabulous! I never would have thought to use it on canvas ……what a wonderful and unique idea….would love to try it! Thanks for a week filled with “wonderful” ideas.

  45. What a great week with so many amazing projects and inspirational tutorials. I have really enjoyed seeing the Graphic 45 collection used in so many wonderful ways! thank you!

  46. I love all the projects, the canvases and especially the coasters set…you are such a wonderful teacher, Andrea, everything is so well explained and clear…thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge as well as all your projects…and a Happy Easter to you…
    Denise Trottier

  47. These are great! I love that mini book with all the black accents, and that turquoise canvas is just stunning! GORGEOUS! Wonderful video too. Thanks for a great week!

  48. Wow, I’m overwhelmed with all of the super projects today!!
    The canvas is brilliant, would look beautiful in anybody’s home!
    Love the idea of the journalling, makes it very pleasant to read.
    Love the little block canvases! That would sooo work with so many
    of the Graphic 45 designer papers!! The cheesecloth technique is perfect!
    Jane’s mini album in a box totally works! I was thinking more of tropical
    holidays for this paper line, but she has used it for her holiday travels… the picture of Shrek!! 🙂
    Well done ladies and thanks for the wonderful week. Hope you will consider doing it again!

  49. Another great idea I can’t wait to try some of your ideas with Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue paper. Thanks for the great ideas.

  50. These videos have given me so many ideas for making unique gifts for the special people in my life. Thank
    you for sharing them with me and giving me an opportunity to win some fabulous Graphic 45 collection.
    I have truly fallen in love with the Tropical Travelogue collection. Take care and thank you again.

  51. I have REALLY enjoyed all of the videos this week. I’ve only just started using some of the Graphic 45 papers in the last couple of weeks. I really enjoyed making some ‘masculine’ cards with the papers I purchased but now you’ve opened up a whole other world with the Tropical Travelogue collection papers. There have been some really wonderful ideas this week and I feel truly inspired! Thank you!

  52. Love your blog and your creations and tutorials. Never knew it existed, but now I do and love it.

  53. What a g reat week of projects and what a great discovery your blog has been!


  54. Usually I work in mini album , These projects are absolutely gorgeous, I love Graphic 45 product. It really inspires the imagination, Thanks for sharing.
    Warm greetings to all from Mexico!!!!!

  55. I’ve so enjoyed the entire week of projects using the G45 papers and other embellishments. Today’s projects are no exception. Amazingly detailed work and videos, which is what I rely on from PCL. I hope G45 continues to partner with you. You make a perfect team.

  56. Andrea…WOW…I just love the little canvas set. Thank you so much for sharing.
    The mini album is just so nice … all the projects are fabulous. Graphic 45 papers are so “on my wish list”…
    Once again, thank you for the inspiring week..

  57. Wow! Both the Tropical Travelogue Collection & the Botanica Canvas print set are beautiful! Thank you for sharing these incredible videos!!!

  58. What an amazing week it has been full of fabulous projects! I love Jane’s album for today – cutting down policy envelopes to make more pages in a mini is something I never would have thought of – love that idea! And these altered canvases are just gorgeous! I love the Travelogue collection for my honeymoon album although I probably would not use it in my house decor; however, I will definitely be trying this technique with some other collections from G45! Thanks for all the great videos this week and all of the fun projects you have shared!

  59. Okay, I have visited each day, watched and faved all the videos on my phone… I have to have this collection. I have so many wonderful ideas and todays supplies are already on my wish list with Amazon, will be purchasing them this weekend. Thank you so much for all the wonderful inspiration and hard work.

  60. I like all projects!!! Love how much can do this paper in creative hands!!!
    Thanks for video!

  61. Thank you for another chance to win.Thank you for the tutorials, they are very easy to follow.

  62. I love it, bravo designer’s for gorgeous creation. Thanks so much for sharing these vidéos, it’s appreciate!

  63. Absolutely love Graphic 45!! Amazing papers! Would love to win. 😉

  64. I’ve had my eye on this paper since it first came out. LOVE IT!!!! Would love to win it! Thank you so much for sharing the videos, I loved them.

  65. t
    This Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Collection is absolutely gorgeous! You have made amazing projects this week. I look forward to getting and working with some of these beautiful products!!

  66. Wonderful creative projects this week!! I was wondering how to do projects on canvas using paper and your latest videos were so inspiring!! I must try it soon. I’d love to win, but if not to my favorite store I come! Thanks to Graphic 45 and all of you for all the time you spend planning projects to bring us to another creative level!!! Happy Spring!!! Karen H 🙂

  67. What a beautiful project. I’m so inspired to go do my own canvas project now. Your videos are wonderful tutorials. I do have a question about the use of the UTEE with the melting pot. What do you do with the leftover melted powder? Does it just get wasted?

  68. What fantastic project. It has so many possibilities. I have so many ideas in my head to try. What an inspiration this tutorial has been.

  69. Oh my goodness, the possibilities are endless with this technique. I could start Christmas projects now. Wonderful gift idea! Thank you again and again!

  70. Love the projects and the products – thank you for sharing. Graphic 45 is one of my favorite papers to use.

  71. Thank you for sharing this with us! I think it turned out stunning! It is a great tutorial and I can’t wait to try it, but I’ll have to substitute most of the products with something else, because most of the products aren’t available in the United Arab Emirates. LOVE it!!!!

  72. I don’t know what rock I’ve been hiding under, but I’ve never seen these lovely papers before. They are so beautiful! The faux soldering technique is really creative as well. Oh, the possibilities,,,,,, 🙂

  73. Love love loveee this projects with Graphic 45 papers!! Thanks a lot for sharing, you’re very creative! And thanks for this super giveaway too!! Big Hugs.. Maggy 🙂

  74. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful project with us, I really enjoy your teaching style. Thank you, also, for bringing us such a fun week with Graphic 45 – I love their papers – and loved seeing all the techniques and project ideas

  75. I love the effects of the paint on the canvas, I wished I had seen this video before to help with My canvas that I’m doing for my kitchen a “cafe” design with our initals J and D. Thanks so much for the inspiration to get it finished. I will try it on the ” Cafe ” part of the canvas and it will still have vintage look to it,Thanks! Andrea

  76. OMG!!!!!! I simply adore G45 papers, everytime a collection comes out I buy it, there are so many wonderful things you can make from this paper. G45 paper is lovely and thick to work with and always comes out looking like a work of art, whether you fussy cut or just glitter it, it never needs extra embellishments as its soooooo beautiful. BIG FAN. Cheers deb

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