Friday, May 08, 2015

Graphic 45 Ambassador

 
Hello Everyone
 
I am very proud to announce that  Graphic 45 has invited me to be one of their Ambassadors for another year. Congratulations to the four other Ambassadors and all those who made the Design Team for 2015. It looks like being an amazing year, full of creativity and inspiration. Lots of familiar names among the design team.
I am so excited to be working with them again this year, their papers are all the inspiration I need. I just love creating with their products.
 
Graphic 45 is featuring my Shabby Patchwork Frame on their blog this week so make sure you look at their blog by clicking here
 
 
  Shabby Patchwork Pieces
 
Patchwork pieces are one of my favourite forms of scrapbooking. I have been designing, making and teaching Patchwork Pieces for over 5 years. In that time I have made nearly a 1000 of these beautiful squares. Each one is a mini work of art and so addictive.
 
 
When I saw the “Botanical Tea” collection I just knew I had to do another set. At last I could do the shabby chic set I had been wanting to do for ages. The “Botanical Tea” collection had such beautiful prints and a multitude of gorgeous borders and small images, which are perfect for my small squares. We had just celebrated my youngest daughter’s wedding a few months before and the photos were the perfect colours to fit. We have the frame hanging in our store and receive lots of compliments. My daughter loves it and can’t wait until she can finally take it home.
 

I have made this project into kits which available for sale on the Seriously Scrapbooking Website here. You can buy it as one full kit or in six parts. A beautiful Project for any occasion that has quite a lot of wow factor. The frame isn't included, but is easy to get. I got my frame from Ikea and it was only $30.

 
My classes at the Scrapbooking and Paper craft fair are going well, with one class sold out and a few nearly full. Please make sure you book in as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed.
 
 
Thank you for looking at my blog
hugs
Jane
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April Layout

Hello Everyone
 
Graphic 45 has featured my Monthly layout for April on their blog this week, to see their blog follow this link. As you may or may not know each month I have been making a double layout about something I have been grateful for during that month.
My April layout has quite a story behind it which I would like to share.
 
April has proven to be a very special month for me; my only Sister and her family spent a week with us. My sister was born when I was 19 years old so I kind of got to be her second mum rather than a big sister. She lives in Western Australia which is a 3 hour plane trip away so I don’t get to see her as often as I would like. Ten or so years ago Hannah made the courageous decision to marry Tim who has cystic fibrosis. They have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, my two precious nieces.
 
In 2013 Tim’s health deteriorated to the point that after 8 months of hospitalisation he needed a lung transplant. It was a very stressful time for Tim, Hannah and the extended family as we waited and prayed that Tim would receive a lung transplant in time. When we received the news that lungs were available, my thoughts went to the family, who in their time of loss and grief had had the presence of mind to allow their family member’s organs to be given to eligible recipients. In their death - Tim received a second chance of life.  What a difference it has made to him and his family. From being a husband and father who was unable to kick a football, mow the lawns, ride a bike, chase his kids around the yard or help around the house he now can do all of the above and more. No longer does he gasp for breath or cough his lungs out every morning. Whilst he still has cystic fibrosis at least now he can breathe.  I can’t express just how grateful we all are that Tim, Hannah, and the girls now have a “normal life” after so many years of sickness.  We are especially thankful and grateful for the donor and their family for our second chance for Tim.
 
 
 
Thanks for looking,
Hugs
Jane
 



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo 2015

Hello Everyone
 
The June long weekend is drawing nearer which means its not long to go until the Brisbane Expo which is being held June 6 - 8, 2015.
We will be having a stall this year and I again will be teaching classes. The classes have been open for booking since last Thursday and they're filling up quickly.
 
I am teaching three projects at the expo and I thought I would show you my sneak peaks.
For full descriptions or to book visit the expo class information website here. 
 
 

Jane's Art Canvas

 
In this class you will create a 5″ x 7″ Art canvas using a range of mixed media techniques including stamping, misting, masking, painting, and more. You’ll also use some metals and chipboard from Imaginarium Designs. This class involves lots of messy fun in Jane’s trademark style.
 

 

Lazy Summer Days

 
 
Jane is back with another of her gorgeous Graphic 45 pages, this time using the sweet ‘By the Sea’ collection. This stunning 12″ x 12″ page features layering and framing techniques plus flowers, metals and Imaginarium Designs Chipboard.
 
 
 

Simple Things Matter Most

 
 
Jane is teaching one of her most popular classes ever! This Bakelite 78″ record is transformed into an amazing piece of art, using lots of Imaginarium Designs Chipboard and metals. There are some really cool techniques on offer in this unique class, so come and join in!
 
To book into any of my classes visit the Expo Website by clicking here and click the "BOOK NOW" button.
Hope to see you there!
 
Hugs
Jane
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015

Hello Everyone
It's that time again. Graphic 45 are choosing a new team. I have been privileged to be one of their Ambassadors for 2014. I'm sure everyone would be very proud to be able to say they are a Graphic 45 Ambassador, as I have been.  I have loved being an ambassador for the year, but the year is over so now I'm going to apply for the Design Team and see what happens. So you are about to see some of the work I have been doing recently and I hope you all like it.


Raining Cats & Dogs Pop-out Star Book





I love pop out books and star albums and I decided to make a book with a bit of both. I decided to use Graphic 45's Raining Cats and Dogs collection as a few of my ladies had been requesting a project for their pets. It opens out in a similar style to a star album with cover touching cover but the pages are fully adhered back to back. Each page also has a floor  which is carefully folded to enable the pop out elements on each page. Designed for a dog this book is full of happy and bright colours with lots of details and layers. There is also one of my gorgeous signature tea caddy style boxes to keep it safe.




By the Sea Star Album & Box






A beautiful original style star album with a fantastic star shape when opened out. Graphic 45's By the Sea range really lent itself to a star album with so many borders and small images to choose from. As is usual with Graphic 45 papers, it had brilliant strong colours which were perfect. I also made one of my favourite tea caddy boxes to keep it safe.



 Typography Book


 



 
 
Another one of my books. Using Graphic 45’s Typography collection, this book features the beautiful strong colours of the paper and all the words & images. The book is full of quotes, tags, pockets, flaps and more. There are even 2 pop out pages to add a touch of surprise. I always leave plenty of room for photos and quotes.
 
 
 
 Cards


Couture Cards



 By the Sea Pop-out Cards
 
 

Twas the night before Christmas Cards
 

 Artisan Diamond Easel Card
Artisan Diamond Card
 
 

 By the Sea Bow front card
 Twas the Night before Christmas Bow front card
 
 
 12 Days of Christmas Card
 
 
12 Days of Christmas Easel Card



Patchwork Tags


Patchwork tags, these have been around for quite a while but they are still a beautiful show piece. Each tag has several elements, lots of small paper pieces, layers, images, chipboard, embellishments and plenty more. I still get people asking to do this project.



A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes




I love mixing my Graphic 45 collections up and seeing what I can come up with. This layout is one I designed for a class I was teaching. I wanted to do a monochromatic layout, only using cream and black as a colour palate. I used papers from three different collections to get the right black and cream combination. I love layering all my papers together; I  just add lots of black matts between the different layers of Graphic 45’s print papers to make it all work.




Time Creates Wonderful Memories



This new “Artisan Style” collection from Graphic 45 is just beautiful. I really love the Art Deco feel to it. The colours are vibrant and strong, with a wide range of colours to work with.

Each time I get a new collection from Graphic 45, I spend time just looking at all the elements on each page. Then I turn them over and check out the backs. It’s the backs of the papers that I really love working with.

For this layout I have chosen to keep it simple. The layout doesn’t need a lot of stuff on it as the papers are so beautiful. I wanted them to be the feature, along with a special photo. So I only chose 3 print papers + the back of one of them. I had to use one of my favourite papers from another Graphic 45 collection to give me a plainer background to show off the more vibrant colours of the “Artisan” Collection. In keeping it simple, I used the back of “Decorative Flourish” for the background. I really love those Art Deco Dragonflies and as soon as I saw them, I knew I had the perfect metal charm to really set the print paper off. Next I used my favourite print paper from this collection.  “Attention to Detail” is stunning and I love both sides of this paper. I love it so much; I used it two times on this layout with the lovely floral side showing, and a third time on the other side with the blue pattern. Then it was just add chipboard, a photo and a few bits and pieces.

So there we are, it was hard to choose what to include, I could have kept going but my computer is starting to slow down a little as there are so many photos.

All the best to all those who have applied.
It has been a wonderful experience working with Graphic 45 in past years, I simply love their papers and will continue working with them whether I make the team or not.
Thanks for looking and wish me luck.
Hugs
Jane Tregenza

Friday, March 06, 2015

Truly Grateful

Hello
Well I have been very busy, doing all my projects for some classes I am teaching in Brisbane mid year. Also been working on some layouts for Graphic 45 as well.
They are sharing three of my layouts on their blog today. The layouts are part of an album I am making using their beautiful "Time to Flourish" Collection. I am calling it my Gratitude album.
I just love this collection, there were so many lovely images and cut outs on the papers, just waiting for me to set them free. But they are all month related.  So what else to do with 12 beautiful monthly papers and 12 beautiful floral papers? I decided to do 12 double layouts and to make an album of them. But I still wasn’t sure what theme I should use. There isn’t always a special event every month, and even if there is, all the layouts in an album need to fit together smoothly.
After a lot of thought – the idea of a gratitude album came to mind. Each month I am going to take photos of the people, places and events for which I am grateful.
I am going to do a double layout to help me remember and celebrate. Sometimes we lose track of just how blessed we are and forget those in less fortunate circumstances than our selves. Our life can seem to be hard, people can let us down. Things crowd in around us and it is easy to feel it’s all getting too much. This album it to celebrate those moments, that lift the soul and help us appreciate how grateful we are for what we have.
 
 
So I am going to share with you the layouts and you will need to head over to Graphic 45 for the full story I wrote for each month.
 
So January's layout is on my husbands family farm.
 
 
February's layout is on Anna who turned 30 this year.
 
March's layout was for an afternoon tea I held for a group of friends.
I am doing a layout for every month this year to record the people, events and moments for which I am grateful and Graphic 45 will be sharing them on their blog.
I am hoping to get them into kits with step by step instructions.
So thanks for looking.
Hugs
Jane
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Graphic 45 Blog Featuring Live Laugh Love Layout

Hello Everyone
Graphic 45 have just done a blog post to kick off National Craft month featuring 10 great tips.
 
 Make sure you go have a peek to get a few new ideas. This is their blog http://g45papers.typepad.com/
As one of their tips they have featured my Live Laugh Love layout to encourage layering and mixing their paper ranges. Such an honour!
I have used this page for a photo of my four beautiful daughters, taken at my youngest daughters wedding but it will suit any photo or event where laughter and love happens.
I used papers from three different collections, along with lots of amazing chipboard from Imaginarium Designs.
I have even made kits for this beautiful layout and they can be purchased from the website of Seriously Scrapbooking http://www.seriouslyscrapbooking.net.au/.
 
Thanks so much for looking.
Hugs
Jane

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Dream is a wish your Heart Makes

 
Hello Everyone
Graphic 45 have one of my layouts on their blog today.
My daughter Kate got married last year and out of all the wedding photo's taken, this is my favourite.
So I wanted a very special layout for this beautiful photo.
I decided to limit my colours to only two-black and cream. The layout worked out so well, that I taught it at Seriously Scrapbooking and they will be selling it in a kit for me on their website.
I would like to share with you, just how the layout  all came together.
If you follow my blog or just like my work, you will know that I like to mix my Graphic 45 Collections and this layout is a perfect example of this.
For the foundation of my page, I used a print from the "Couture" collection, called Style. The background is black with cream dress pattern outlines on it. I added a cream mat to my second Graphic 45 print from "Raining Cats & Dogs" called Pitter-Patter. It has a black background and really lovely umbrellas and rain splashes in cream. Then I added some black mats along with some cream mats to break it up. The next layer of paper is from Raining Cats & Dogs, called Playful Pals. It is a black background with cream spots.
The last two papers are favourite of mine. The print I used for the photo mat is from "Couture" and is called Style, I used it as my foundation, but for the photo mat I turned it over and used the other side. Be careful when you use it as it plays havoc with your eyes!
For the title background print I used one from "Halloween in Wonderland" called Jabberwocky.
Imaginarium Designs had the perfect title for my layout
A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes and it really fits the photo of Kate and Johnny.
I had found a lovely large key at Seriously Scrapbooking and layered it on top of a few paper flowers from Green Tara. Some ribbons and photo corners were all I needed to add to finish my page.
Well it is getting late here in Australia and I am teaching Graphic 45 cards tomorrow, if I get time later in the afternoon I may add some more to my post. If not then please enjoy.
Hugs
Jane

 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Couture Book is here! and the Craft Cruise is now available.

Hello everyone.
 I have a lot to tell you all so lets start with the Couture book. As some of you may have seen it was published in the new year issue of Scrapbooking Memories.

I made my Couture book last year after discovering the witty quotes of Mae West, which many of my ladies along with my self can relate to. If I may say so myself it is quite a book. I taught it as a class last year and many women who have seen it since have been asking to make it so I am finally putting kits together for anyone who can't do a class with me. I have always loved Graphic 45 papers as you all know! The papers really lend themselves to projects like this and the Couture range is one of the best with so many beautiful images for me to use and such attractive colours.

 
My couture book consists of  a lovely chipboard laden cover, two pop down pages on the inside of the front and back covers, two single pages and four beautiful double pages. The Couture collection showcases style and fashion which lends itself to feminine pages with an overall classy feeling. No book would be complete with out flaps and pockets so there are plenty providing lots of photo space with a selection of witty Mae West quotes to finish off the project.


The instructions are almost complete and kits should be ready soon. Seriously Scrapbooking has the book kits available for pre-order on their website Seriously Scrapbooking (this link will take you directly to the book) with an expected shipping date of early February.  For the Main Seriously Scrapbooking webpage click here.

The Graphic 45 Christmas book in my last post is going well with many happy ladies who are enjoying the project, there are still kits available for those who are still thinking about making it.


Next up is the "By The Sea Book & Box" part one of which was also published in the new year issue of Scrapbooking Memories. Part two will be published in their next issue and hopefully kits will be available then.

Now for the really big news that lots of you have been asking me about.


2016 South Pacific Craft Cruise
The cruise I have been talking about for so long has finally opened for bookings. A company called Celebrity Cruises has decided to provide a variety of  craft activities aboard alongside the many other attractions. For those of you who are not aware, I am privileged to be one of the teachers aboard the Celebrity Solstice (pictured above) for their 8 night South Pacific Cruise in April 2016.

I am including a handful of photos of the ship in this post all of which I borrowed from the  Celebrity Cruises website. This ship seems to have everything and there are plenty more photos on their website to "ooh and ahh" over so take a look.

 Please be aware that to participate in the craft activities you need to book through the Needlework Cruises Website as they are the company arranging my classes. They have a detailed website showing all the information about the crafts being taught on board which can be viewed by clicking this link. Follow the link and choose the 2016 Patchwork, Quilting and Paper Crafts Cruise (not the 2016 Embroidery and Craft Cruise). Unfortunately my projects are a little hard to see in the close up photos they have provided so I have included photos here as well.
 I will be teaching several projects. The first is a pocket style album with a beautiful box to store it in. It is holiday/travel themed so you can make the project on the cruise then quickly and easily slip in all your cruise photos at home when they are printed. Fortunately with Imaginarium Designs at my disposal I am able to create some wonderful things, the box for this project for instance. I have made this box many times for many of my books and it just adds the finishing touch.

My second and third projects are layouts to a tropical holiday theme well suited to a South Pacific Cruise. They are made using a similar concept and papers but one has a slightly feminine twist and the other would better suit a male photograph. Here is a sneak peak:















My fourth and fifth projects again are similar. I have for a few years now been selling patchwork pieces kits online and the concept was so popular I have created two sets for the cruise.
One is in shabby tones of white and pink (the set shown right is not the exact set to be made, the set on board will be similar) and the other is a travel themed set. Patchwork pieces as they are called are a set of mini squares each with charms, flowers, chipboard and other pieces which when put together in a frame, (included on the cruise) with photos scattered between, looks extremely effective.
 So I hope to hear that some of you have booked in, I know a few of you have just been itching to join me, and now you can. I look forwards to seeing some of you on board. Please let me know if you will be joining me in 2016. So excited to be asked and a special thanks to Needlework Cruises for inviting me to be one of their tutors.
Hugs
Jane