Thursday, August 25, 2011

I am Featured on Graphic 45 today

Have you checked out the Graphic 45 Blog today, three of the design team members have layouts using the Magic of Oz line of papers featured and one is mine. This was a layout I did for CHA in July. I fell in love with the strong colours of Magic of Oz as soon as I saw it. The paper Emerald City was a favorite straight away. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to make a frame from the paper. It was the tab shape in the top left and bottom two corners which gave me the clue. I cut the frame from two sheets as I needed the left and bottom piece twice to make one frame. I didn't want the corner of the balloon or the clock to show on my frame so I had to join the two pieces together to make one frame. It is hard to see in my photos but the frame is folded and raised up to make a box. You need to look photo of the paper carefully to see where I cut it. I cut along the emeralds, under this line there is a light print green strip and then a strip of light green and dark green. I cut all four strips together to give me a wide frame. I cut the corners around the shape back to the first printed strip each side. I then bent alone the light green strip and the dark strip to create a open sided tube! ( this is getting quite technical) The dark green strip was glued down to my page and the light green strip is on the inside edge of my frame. The two pattern strips are on the top of my frame, totally confused! I know I am. You can see from the photo above where I joined the two frames together to make one. It is joined in the top left corner and bottom right corner. I used the back of Goblin Gazette for the base of the layout.

I love Imaginarium Designs Chipboard, so I used lots of it on this layout. Clocks, steampunk clock, fine ferns, flourishes, corners, title and more all got layered on this layout.

I started with two flourishes inked black. The big clock is inked with Tim Holtz Ranger Distress ink - Peeled Paint. The fern is inked with brilliance in a lighter green. The smaller clock is inked with Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Dusty Concord and sprayed with iridescent spray.
I cut the words wicked from the"wicked" print paper and placed them around my frame

The flower head I inked with peeled paint and added glitter to it to give it a sparkle.

The steampunk clock was backed with a clock from the back of the "wicked" print paper. I used some of the metal flowers from Graphic 45. I love these flowers and I used one of Graphic 45's big brads as well for the flower center.
I had the perfect photo for this layout. It is one of Leah taken at her 18th birthday.
She had made her own dress including the wings, she is very talented and artistic. I knew that the photo would be perfect for the layout, but the quality was poor and the colour shocking, but it was the only one I had. I got John at Imaginarium Designs to do the title Magic to finish the layout off. I will add some journaling when the layout comes back from USA. I like to add very personal jouraling and don't like sharing it with everyone, so I leave the journaling off my work.
thanks for looking
PS Thanks to all who have left a comment on making a book with you. I have made a start and will keep you upto date as to when we are starting and what you will need.

Monday, August 15, 2011

A tutorial for a Book

First thanks so much to every one who left a comment for me. I was blown away with all the lovely things you all said. I wish I could leave a comment for you all on your own blogs, but I can't so please take this as a special thank you.
Lots of you have asked me for a tutorial on how I make my Graphic 45 books. I have decided to do one for my blog readers only. So I need you to tell me what kind of book you would like to have me teach you here on my blog. I would love to hear from you as to what Graphic 45 collections, and how many pages you would like to book to be and the theme. I will post a tutorial every two weeks with a product list for you for the next page. This will give you the chance to get all the bits and pieces you need before hand. I am hoping that Seriously Scrapbooking will be selling each page in a kit form, so you will be able to buy it from their on line store. I am letting you know well in advance as I hope to be starting this in October. I will need some time to get it all coordinated. This is a big comment on my part so if you want this to go ahead, then you need to leave a comment so I have some idea of how many of you are going to do this with me.
So please leave me a comment with your input and I will get started.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Turn to Share

Sorry I am a bit late. I have been flat on my back for the past couple of days with back muscle spasms and are totally over it! Have just got out of bed and come to work to post my layout today before returning home and back to bed. I love the two albums I received from “want 2 scrap” but didn’t want to make an album. I decided to use part of each of them on a layout and use the rest for other projects.
I love the chipboard cover with all it's fine detail. I inked one door piece with black ink and cut it in half. I used one piece in the top right and one piece in the bottom left corner of my layout. I covered the other piece of chipboard with the Magic of Oz “Goblin Gazette” after I had cut the border from it.

I used the Magic of Oz “Emerald City for the base of my page and adhered the border from Goblin Gazette.
This made a narrow frame for my layout. I needed to add some more colour to my page and used Halloween in Wonderland “curiouser and curiouser” as a square for my covered chipboard to sit on. I matted the curiouser and curiouser paper with black Bazzill and adhered it to the middle of my page. I then placed the black door pieces in the corners. I put more chipboard on the back of my covered chipboard shaped square to compensate for the door pieces. This also adds more dimension to my layout. I also received some flourish shapes which I inked with some pearliest inks to give them a shimmer. I added one at the top to hide the cut edge of the door. I added some brads to hide the hole in the door as well.
The other two I used down the bottom corner to create a feature on my layout.
I used a blossom branch and Desire flowers from Prima plus two flourishes from want 2 scrap..
I had the perfect photo of my daughter Anna for this page and I love her cheeky grin!
I like my layouts not to be too fussy and the photo to be the focus. I love colour and the wonderful range of Graphic 45 papers means there is lots to choose from and as the colours are so rich and beautiful and all go together it’s not hard to find the perfect paper every time.
Don't forget to vi sit the the other supper talented ladies blogs and leave a comment to win.
From Want2Scrap:
Dana Gustafson -
Mimi Leinbach -
From Graphic 45:
Nicole Eccles -
This week promises to be an amazing journey filled with wonderful projects to inspire anyone, so make sure you check Graphic 45 and want 2 Scrap each day and be blown away with all the creativity on show for you. Not to mention the chance to win some lovely product from both companies.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

It's all Happening

Welcome to a super exiting week. Graphic 45 and Want2Scrap™ Design Teams have joined forces to bring you an amazing week-long Blog Hop August 8th -12th. This week will be filled with fabulous designs that are sure to inspire all! Each day they will be sharing a link list and some sneak peeks of some fabulous projects. All you need to do is click on the links to be transported to one of the featured design team member's blog where you will see the full reveal of each craft project. They have a master link list just in case you happen to miss one of the days. It's Going to be fun and a great way to find even more craft inspiration!

What would a blog hop be without prizes? Yes, Graphic 45 will also be giving away prizes! Both Graphic 45 and Want2Scrap™ will be giving away a $25.00 prize on two of the blogs and on each company's Facebook page. That's a total of four chances to win in one week! Wow! The prizes will be hidden on the Graphic 45 blog and the Want2Scrap blog so be sure to visit both blogs and leave a comment to increase your chances of winning. For Facebook, they will be picking a winner from all of the comments made during the week-long Blog Hop.
Graphic 45 & Want2Scrap Blog Hop
August 8th-12th
Monday, August 8th:
W2S: Elise Durenberger-

Tuesday, August 9th:
W2S: Dana Gustafson -
Mimi Leinbach -
G45: Nicole Eccles -
Jane Tregenza -
Wednesday, August 10th:
W2S: Heidi Blankenship -

G45: Jack & Cat Curio -

Sherry Cheever -

Yuka Hino
Thursday, August 11th:
W2S: Terre Fry -

G45: Gloria Stengel -

Nancy Wethington -

Melanie Forbes -
Friday, August 12th:
W2S: Karen Taylor -

Lori Craig -

Lynette Carroll -

Robin Shakoor -

So it's my turn tomorrow but make sure you visit the Graphic 45 and want 2 Scrap bogs and face book pages to win. Then follow the links each day for some amazing projects.

PS sorry about all the spaces I do the editing in HTML and it looks fine.but once I post it adds all these spaces and there is nothing I can do to fix it.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Tara and I are on Graphic 45 Blog today!

Tutorial for a beautiful baby girl layout
For this layout I wanted to do something a bit different. Whenever I get new Graphic 45 papers I like to look that them and see if I can find a way to use them differently from the way they have been designed. The Once upon a Springtime enchanted Forest paper was a case in point. The paper is so beautiful so where do you put a photo? I decided to make mine a patchwork piece and cover most of the squares with some of the other lovely papers in this collection. This let me add smaller photos and I was able to fit 3 on my layout. You could add more photos if you wish to. I also cut the squares smaller than the printed ones on the paper, which gave me a cream frame round each of the pieces.
So get out all your leftover small pieces of “once upon a springtime” and let’s get started.
Graphic 45 papers used
Once upon a Springtime, Enchanted Forest, Fairy Folk, Woodland Fantasy, Spellbound, Tiny Treasures, Primrose Cottage and Flight of Fancy.
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard:
IDFR0005 Mirrored Bracket Oval
IDC0002 Swirl Corners
IDS0023 Girl Silhouette
IDB005 Heart Picket Fence
Please note all measurements are in inches:

Use your sheet of Enchanted forest and remove the excess cream around the edge. You can use scissors for this. This will be the foundation on which we place all our other print papers. Ink around the edge and tape it to your green cardstock, making sure you have the same amount of green showing all the way around.
I have numbered each square in the photo, as we will be working from square number 1-15. Below is a list of each print paper used and the size you need to cut to fit the square.
1. 1 ¾ x 2 15/16 inch of Spellbound.
2. 1 ½ x 2 1/8 inch Woodland Fantasy.
3. 1- 1/16 x 2 1/8 inch Primrose Cottage.
4. 2 x 2-15/16 inch Woodland Fantasy.
5. 2-1/8 x 2-15/16
6. 1 -6/8 x 3 ¼ inch Once upon a Springtime.
7. 3 x 4 inch Woodland Fantasy.
8. 3-1/8 x 2-12/16 inch Tiny Treasure.
9. 2-1/8 x 2-12/16 Primrose Cottage
10. 1-9/16 x 4-9/16 Woodland Fantasy
11. 3-1/16 x 4 -3/16 Flight of Fancy.
12. 1 x 2-3/4 inch Fairy Folk.
13. 2-1/16 x 2-11/16
14. 1 ½ x 3-1/16 Primrose Cottage.
15. 2-3/16 x 4-6/16 Enchanted Forest.

Square 4 is put on with foam tape and has a matted photo on it.
Square 6 has a piece of pink ribbon tied around it before adhering it to your page.

Square 7 is put on with foam tape and has a matted photo on it. Once you have your photo on, you can tie a ribbon around it with a bow on the front.

Square 10 is out on with foam tape. Add a photo (not matted).

Square 11 has a quote on it. I like the one " Babies are such a nice way to start people".
Use a Martha Stewart boarder punch and punch a piece of green vine long enough to fit on the fence. Glue the vine to the fence. Glue the five cream roses to the apricot flowers and place them along the vine. Add crystals to the leaves. Glue fence to layout as shown

Ink title words and glue it to your layout.
Add frame and flower to your layout.
Ink corners and glue them to your layout.
Ink girls and glue them to your layout.
You can place as many photos as you like and put them on any square you like. You can even leave some of the print papers off and have the base squares showing.

Graphic 45 and Want 2 Scrap have a blog hop starting on the 8th of August and all the design team have been making some amazing creations to share. So check out Graphic 45 and Want 2 scrap blogs for some great inspirations.

Thanks for looking