Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It is finally here - My 12 Days of Christmas pop up Book

Hello Everyone.
I have finally finished the instructions for my 12 Days of Christmas Book. This was a book I made last year for Christmas.
 As soon as I saw Graphic 45's 12 days of Christmas collection, I knew I wanted to make a pop out book. For a pop out book you need lots of images you can cut out and make pop. This collection has 6 pages full of beautiful images. My scissors worked overtime, cutting and snipping out all the beautiful pieces. It took me about 6 hours to design and make the book. I don't plan my books, but rather just start cutting and creating. I did about 4 workshops - teaching this very special book.
Once it was shown on Graphic 45's blog I started receiving emails from people wanting to know how I made it. So about 3 months ago I decided to write instructions for it.   It has taken weeks and weeks to get all the photo's and the step by step instructions done. I have had to make two books. One for all the photo's and the second one checking the instructions. I still love this book and it is my best book to date. The pop up's work so well - thanks to Graphic 45's amazing papers. I was hoping to get it done in time for anyone wanting to make it in time for Christmas, but it just took too long to do.
Seriously Scrapbooking is selling this kit for me at their online store.
Just click on Jane Tregenza's Kits and you will see it there. They only have about 50 kits for sale.
The instructions for this project is 20 pages long, it's nearly a book on making the book! So the instructions are on a CD, this means you can see it on a computer and enlarge each page to see the step by steps better. Please let Seriously Scrapbooking know if you want a printed copy rather than a cd.

 There are 6 pop up pages and you can look at it as a book by turning each page and pulling the flap at the bottom of each page down. Or you can stand the book up and pull it out and have it as a display piece to put out at Christmas time. I have designed it so you can place a photo on the back of the pages. I suggest that you take a photo of everyone who spends Christmas day with you for the next 7 years. This is sure to become a family treasure and something that everyone will enjoy looking at it.
So now I can start working on the next book. I have a book going on line every month for the next 4, so stay in touch to find out what they will be.
May you all have a wonderful time with family and friends over the holiday season. Special thoughts for those who will  be alone at this special time.
with hugs to you all

Friday, December 12, 2014

G45 Christmas Star Decoration

Hello Everyone.
Graphic 45 has been showcasing some wonderful Christmas gifts, tags and decorations ideas as part of their lead up to Christmas. I was asked to do a Christmas tree decoration and decided to do a Christmas star. I've used one of Graphic 45's tags as the foundation. You can use the back of the tag to add a favourite photo.

it is quite easy to make and I've created a Snap guide with the instructions so you can see how I made it.
Check out How">">How to Make a Graphic 45 Christmas Decoration
by Jane Tregenza on Snapguide.
I have been very busy teaching Graphic 45 classes and have sent lots of projects to Graphic 45, so I should be able to show them here soon. Also have put more layouts and my shabby patchwork on line in kits at Seriously Scrapbookings website.
I hope to get the 12 Days of Christmas Book on line there for anyone wanting to order it in a kit next week. I know it's a bit late for Christmas, but it would be a great holiday project for anyone wanting to make it.
I am off to teach a Christmas page today to a group of lovely ladies.
PS - Please leave  me a comment and I will choose one of you to receive my Christmas Star Project!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Shabby Patchwork Pieces With Graphic 45

Hello Everyone
So happy to be finally be able to share this huge project with you. It has been months in the planning and putting together and now it is ready. I have been doing patchwork pieces for years and have been often asked for one in lighter colours. So this is it - once I saw Graphic 45's Botanical Tea collection, I knew this collection was the papers to use for this special project.  I have done this piece for Kate - my youngest daughter' and themed it for her wedding. It has about 48 decorative squares and 31 photo squares. I have used Imaginarium Designs Chipboard and sprayed them white along with lots of lovely charms. I have done it as kits, so if you want to make one you can. I have it available at Seriously Scrapbooking. You can buy it as a 6 part kit or purchase the whole project in one kit. Each kit come with it's own set of instructions, flowers, chipboard, ribbons, charms and quotes. The chipboard and charms are already sprayed white for you and the papers are pre-cut, although some trimming is required.  You will need to buy a frame from Ikea and a white backing board from a picture framer to finish the project. You will also need your own adhesives and foam tape along with your own ink pads.
The first 5 kits are $30 each and the 6th one is $40, or the total kit is $185. Seriously Scrapbooking only charges $10 for postage per order (with in Australia) and post all over Australia. They can also post to the rest of the world.

To purchase kits visit Seriously Scrapbooking.
or ring their store and pay over the phone - 08 8277 1298.
I have another book nearly ready for a December release. It will be the 12 days of Christmas pop out book. So make sure you don't miss out.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Graphic 45 Blog Post

Hello Everyone.

Graphic 45 are actually showing my Botanical Tea layout today so if you were wondering why it hasn't been on their blog it's because I had the wrong week. Click here to view their blog.

I have been to Perth for a wedding and am home for a couple of weeks before heading off to Brisbane to teach at an event for Artdeco Creations. I am doing 6 classes over two days and finally finished my projects over the long weekend. Hope to share them soon, lots of cards, tags and a shadow box.
All using Graphic 45 and Imaginarium Designs chipboard - my two favourite companies.

The layout Graphic 45 are sharing today, is one of my favourites. Its a photo of my third daughter Leah taken years ago when she was about 2 1/2 years old. I used papers from Botanical Tea and the colours and designs are just perfect for this very cute photo. The thing I love about Graphic 45's papers is the fact that you can cut them and just use little elements from the papers, layer them and keep adding more until you are happy.
Well I am off to teach some Christmas Cards using Graphic 45's "Twas the Night Before Christmas".
Will share them later.
By the way - the above layout is available as a kit from Seriously Scrapbooking for anyone wanting to make one the same.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Just too much is going on at the moment!

Hello Everyone
I am needing another me! as so much is happening at the moment. I keep running out of time, so my blog is a bit neglected at the moment. I have just good intentions and am hopping the October Long Weekend gives me a chance to catch up again.
So what's happening.
I spent the day with some wonderful ladies from Alice in Paperland  in Sydney in September. Click here to see Alice's website! I think they all enjoyed themselves, as an hour into the class, they were asking when I was coming back to teach again.

I am now officially a Scrapbooking Cruise Ship Tutor. I have been chosen to teach on a South Pacific  cruise, along with some of Australia's finest Scrapbooking teachers. Once I have the go ahead I will put a link here for you to book if you would like to join me.

I am also teaching at Art Deco in October and hopefully lots of store owners and teachers will be attending. The idea is that they do my class then on teach it in their own stores. You can check with your local scrapbooking store to see if they are attending.

Graphic 45 are showing one of my layouts on their blog today. G45 Blog Its one I did using Botanical Tea and shows a photo of one of my daughters, taken years ago. I love this collection with its soft colours and beautiful images. I am planning to do a whole album with this collection, So you will be seeing more of my work using it.

I used a few of the papers in layers: "Botanical Tea", "Sweet Chamomile", "Flora" and "Herbal Infusions" and cut lots of bits and pieces out of: "Hello Friend", "Botanical Tea" and "Flora".
A chipboard window frame (IDS0081) and title (similar to IDP0093) from Imaginarium Designs all helped to create a very pretty layout to suit baby, child or wedding. Kits can be purchased here.

Well I am off to a family get together for a few days, which will be fun catching up with my husbands relations.
I am teaching my daughter how to do posts, so she can put some more tutorials of my work on here for me.
Hugs to you all

Friday, August 15, 2014

An "Erie Tale" Wedding Layout

Hello Everyone
Graphic 45 is sharing one of mine and Clare's projects today. As Ambassador I get to make a project with every new collection Graphic 45 release. I always struggle with their Halloween collections as Halloween is not something we celebrate in Australia, but it is gaining ground. We can now buy lots of bits and pieces for Halloween and lots of my friends are now getting into the spirt of this festival. As we didn’t 'do' Halloween when my kids were small, I don’t have any photo’s of them dressed up as ghosts or goblins. It is always a bit of a challenge to do projects and layouts with Graphic 45 wonderful Halloween collections. I always love their collections because of the colours and images. So for me it’s a case of using it but hiding the 'Halloween' bits. So here is my first take on a Graphic 45 'An Eerie Tale' Wedding layout.
First I started with a black cardstock to give me a nice strong border for my layout. Next I cut a sheet of 'Fanciful Fable' . It has owls on it, but you can’t really see them. I then added another black cardstock and a piece of 'Wicked Whimsey'.
From a sheet of 'Enchantment' I cut two different borders to make frames on my layout – one I adhered to the 'Fanciful Fable' and the other to 'Wicked Whimsey'. I added another piece of 'Enchantment' and did a triple matt for my photo using two black cardstocks and a piece of 'Fanciful Fable'. Near the bottom I added a border from my piece of 'Wicked Whimsey' and layered strips on top to hide the Halloween words.
To finish the page, I added a black chipboard window and shutters from Imaginarium Designs. I added flowers and metal charms to my window. I love metal embellishments, so I added four filigree corners to my layout. I also wanted to add a bit more orange so I added orange brads to the corners of my 'Wicked Whimsey'. A lovely saying, beautiful photo and a chipboard title all go to make this a classic wedding
 Now for another bit of the "Women in our Family" Book.
this is for the first page in our book.
   Page One:
You will need pieces from the following papers
Graphic 45 Print Papers
2x Timeless Memoir     1x Moment in Time    1x Lasting Impressions   1x Ageless Beauty
1x Afternoon Tea    1x Fashion Plates     1x Focal Point    1x Picture Perfect
Black cardstock. Key and Brads, flowers and leaves.
3L photo corners.
For this book you will need an Imaginarium Designs 10 inch x 10 1/2 inch chipboard book. You don’t need it at the moment. You can work on all your pages, add photos then place them into your chipboard book in the order you want rather than the order I have made them.
You will need to take the chipboard book apart and paint a small bit around each edge of your chipboard pages with black paint as each of our print pages are a little bit smaller.
 Each of our print paper pages are going to be 9 ¾ x 9 ¾ inches. Once your pages are finished and you have worked out in which order you want them to go, you can adhere them to the chipboard pages. You will have a bit of black showing all the way around.
Instructions for page one.

You need to cut your two pieces of Timeless Memories to 9 ¾ inches x 9 ¾ inches.
From your sheet of Ageless Beauty, cut the three postage stamps out from the front first.

Then turn the paper over and cut 6 strips from the back of the sheet. Each piece needs to be about an inch wide. It is important that the pattern on each piece matches. I have inked the edges of all my print papers with a little bit of Tim Holtz Vintage Distress Inks.
For the left page and right page borders:
 You need to put a small piece of tape in the middle of each border and adhere three pieces around the edge of each page. Each piece should fit onto the pages. Use the outer edge of the pages as a guide. You need three pieces of border for each page. The borders need to be at the top and bottom of the page and the left edge of your left page, the right side of your right page.  Each piece should hang off the page in the corners.

 To mitre the corners, you need to place a ruler from the inside corner of the strips across to the outer point where the borders cross over each other. With a pencil draw a line. Use a pair of scissors and cut the top strip only along the pencil line.
Trim off the excess piece of the bottom border along the edge of the top border. Put a small piece of tape under the mitred corner and adhere it to the bottom border. Repeat on the other corner. Carefully lift the whole piece off. Put tape on the three border pieces and carefully adhere them back down onto your page. Doesn’t worry if it comes apart you can put them back on one at a time.



 Cut your sheet of “Afternoon Tea” to 6 inches high and 12 inches wide. Then cut it into two pieces. One needs to be 5 ½ x 6 inches and the other needs to be 4 ½ x 6 inches. Cut your piece of lace border to match.
You need to adhere the 5 ½ piece onto your left page about ½ down from the bottom of your top border. It needs to be right on the right edge of your page. Butt your piece of lace border under it.
Cut a piece of black cardstock to 3 5/8 inches x 7 ¼ inches. Cut a piece of “Focal Point” print paper to 3 4/8 x 7 1/8 inches and adhere it to the black cardstock. Add it to your page with 4 photo corners. It needs to go over your spot piece and fit inside your borders. Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4x 6 inches. Add a photo and adhere it to your page.
Right page:
Adhere your piece of 4 ½ inch wide piece of  “Afternoon Tea” to the left edge of your right page. It needs to line up with the piece on the left page. Add one photo corner to the top right corner only. Butt your second piece of black and cream lace border to your right page.
 You now need to make your pocket. Once it is finished you can adhere it to your right page.

The Pocket:
I used a 7 gypsy’s pocket. Cut a piece of “Moment in Time” 4 7/8 inches wide x   5 7/8 inches high. Trim the top of your print paper piece to match the pocket. Don’t adhere it to your pocket until you have finished decorating the front. Cut a piece from your “Lasting Impressions” you need a strip of the left over bits of your “Timeless Memoir”, it needs to be 7 inches long and about an inch wide. Adhere it across the front of your pocket and leave the ends hanging off.
Choose one of the squares from your sheet of “Fashion Plate” and mat it onto a piece of your black cardstock and add it to your “Moment in Time” piece. Use a large key. I snapped mine in half to make it longer.
Make a hole each side of the two key pieces. Use a fine ribbon to tie the two pieces of your key onto your “Moment in Time” piece each side of your key shaft. You need to leave a gap in the middle, large enough to fit your flower in. You will need to take your flower apart and remove the stamens.
 Use a pearl brad to adhere your flower to your “Moment in Time” print. Ink an Imaginarium  Designs chipboard clock black. Add it to your “Moment in Time” piece on top of your “Timeless Memoir” border strip and to the left of the bottom of your key. Add two small forget-me-not flowers with gold brads. Add two leaves over your clock. Now you have the front finished. Adhere it to your pocket. Wrap the two pink ends of your borders around to the back of your pocket.
 Adhere the finished pocket to your page. It needs to go in the bottom right corner of page about a ¼ inch in from the right side and ¼ inch up from the bottom.

From your sheet of “Fashion Plate” cut out the largest lady image with a little bit of cream around the edges. Add your large lady image to your right page with foam tape. Glue the hand and feet down onto your pocket.

 Tag 1
Cut a black cardstock piece to 4 ½ x 6 inches. Trim the corners off. Cut a piece of picture perfect 4 3/8 x 5 7/8 inches. Trim the corners to match your cardstock tag and adhere the two pieces together. Cut a piece of Focal Point print paper to 3 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches and adhere it to your tag in the middle and add three photo corners. Add the three stamps from “Ageless Beauty”. Punch out two circles from some of your scraps. Adhere one to the top of your tag front and back. Punch a hole in the middle and tie some ribbons.

Tag 2
Cut a black cardstock piece to 4 ½ x 6 inches. Trim the corners off. Cut a piece of “Focal Point” 4 3/8 x 5 7/8 inches. Trim the corners to match your cardstock tag and adhere the two pieces together.
Cut a piece of Moment in Time I used one of the sixxiz dies to cut a shape. Add it to the middle of your tag. Punch out two circles from some of your scraps. Adhere one to the top of your tag front and back. Punch a hole in the middle and tie some ribbons.
The pocket can be used to add more photos to your page, along with your journaling. I have designed the page with space along side the photo of the left page for more information and a title/name.
To purchase more of my kits visit Seriously Scrapbooking – on line store
If you need help completing your kit, please email me,    
Or ring me at Seriously Scrapbooking 08 82771298
Ok, well that's me for this week, I have some cards to share, but am flat out getting ready for our All Day Scrap next week. I have 86 Ladies joining me at Seriously Scrapbooking for a fun filled day.
thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Teaching In Sydney

Hello Everyone
Very excited to be teaching in Sydney for the 1st time - at the end of August. Alice in Paperland has invited me to teach at their Sydney Store.

I have two workshops planned. The first one is a layout. This is a favourite of mine, using lots of chipboard from Imaginarium Designs and metal bits and pieces. You will learn how to make a frame using paper, and create metal loaded balloon embellishments. A really fun work shop, you will even being using embossing powders and spray mists to create your own amazing page.

For my other class, I will be sharing some tricks on making pop up cards. We will be making two cards using papers from Graphic 45's "By the Sea" collection.
It is going to be a fun filled day, full on but fun. So make sure you  book in early as spots are limited. You can ring their Sydney Store on 02 96381523 to find out more or  book in.
If you are attending, you need to have a good night sleep and your weekbix for brekkie.
I love teaching and sharing my passion for Graphic 45 with everyone. I can't wait to see you all.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Graphic 45 and 3L Adhesive Blog Hop

Hello Everyone
Time to get in touch again, so much has been happening and all very very exciting, but I can't share it all with you just yet. But I do have some news I can share.

First up - Graphic 45 and 3L Scrapbook Adhesive are having a blog hop. I was on Graphic 45 and 3L Scrapbooking Adhesives designs team at the same time and I remember the blog hop being great fun.  There is also giveaways on Graphic 45's blog and 3L's blog as well. I have add the links for you so you can check it out. To enter just visit the blogs and follow the instructions. Graphic 45 and  3L have all the links you need to their design team members taking part each day. Remember everyday there will be another group of designers who are sharing their projects.
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Graphic 45's Blog
Both Graphic and Scrapbook Adhesives are world leaders in scrapbooking and have amazing designs team who dream up the most inspiring projects and share them with you.

Next up: Another couple of my favourite companies have teamed up.
Imaginarium Designs and Couture Creations are also doing a Blog Hop with giveaways.

You need to check this blog hop out as well, Imaginarium Designs is the chipboard company of my choice and I love all the designs and the quality of the chipboard. Couture Creations is another Aussie company who make lots of amazing products. I have the links for you here.
Imaginarium Designs
If you have not checked out Imaginarium Designs blog then please do, they have an amazing design team from all over the world and their design teams work is mind blowing.
Couture Creations
Remember you will need to check out each day to see what is happening and increase your chances of winning.
So make a cup of tea or coffee and take the time to visit, leave comments and go into the draw to win some wonderful prizes.

Now for something else.
I am going to share one of my favourite projects here on my blog over the next few weeks.
This was a project I did for Australian Scrapbook Ideas last year. I sold kits for it at
Seriously Scrapbooking and it was a huge hit, with everyone who made it loving it so much. I can't get all the papers anymore and we have run out of kits, so I am going to share it here and you can make it using some of Graphic 45's newer paper collections.
So starting today, I am going to share the instructions for making the cover. I used a Imaginarium Designs chipboard book. All the chipboard used in this project is from Imaginarium Designs, who also created a box for me to decorate and keep my book safe.

  So a  bit about the book.
 This book is for the women in my family. I am starting with my Great Great Grandmothers, then my Great Grandmothers, Grandmothers, Mother and myself. I am also doing pages for my girls. This is  going  to be the pefect keepsake book, full of memories and photos along with ephemera. The book is full of pockets and flaps with lots of lovely layouts. You can adapt the pages and easily turn them into 12 x12 inch layouts. 
Materials used
Graphic 45 Ladies Diary Collection:
Ladies Diary, Garden Stroll, Delicate Detail, Picture Perfect, Moment in Time.
Black Cardstock
Miss Rose and Sister Violet Flowers
Vandoros Ribobns.
Versa colour inks in Cinnamon and Laurel leaf
Tim Holtz Distress inks in Vintage photo and Peeled Paint.
Adhesives and a hot glue gun.
Imaginarium Designs: IDS006 Chipboard Shapes-Clock face  3 inch, IDFL0009 flourishes-Kerri flourish,IDT0011 Tinies –Brackets on oval frame short, IDFL0002 Flourish Oval, Imaginarium Designs -Frame and assorted words.
I will be using Graphic 45 papers from “A Ladies Diary” and chipboard from Imaginarium Designs.
For your cover of your chipboard book, I have designed it so you can make the whole cover then add it to the front of your chipboard book once you have finished. You don’t need your chipboard book just yet. You can make all the pages, add photos and place the pages into your chipboard book in the order you want them rather than the order I have made them.
You need to cut all your papers and ink around the edges. I have used Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo to ink all my edges.
You need to cut your sheet of “Delicate Details” to 9 ¾ inches x 9 ¾ inches. Ink around the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Vintage photo ink.  You are to use the spot side. From your sheet of “Garden Stroll cut a square 8 ½ inches x 8 ½ inches. Put adhesive all over the back of this square and adhere it to the middle of your 9 ¾ inch x 9 ¾ inch square.
Paint or spray your frame black and glue it over the top of your “Garden stroll” square. You need to be able to tuck some lace under your frame about an inch up from the bottom of the inside of your frame. So don’t put any glue on the back of that part of your frame.  Make sure you get it on straight. The frame is about the same size as your square of Delicate Details print paper, so there is not much room for error.
 Cut a rectangle of “Moment in Time”  4 inches x 6 ½ inches and adhere it to your “Garden Stroll” It needs to go on about 1 inch down from the top of the inside of your frame and about ½ inch in from the inside left edge of your frame. Add a photo corner to the top left corner of your print paper.
Cut a piece of black cardstock to 3 ½ x 7 ¼ inches. Cut a piece of “Picture Perfect” print paper to 3 ¼ inches x 7 inches and adhere it to the black cardstock. Add it to your “Garden Stroll”. It needs to go over the top of the right edge of your “Moment in Time” piece. It should fit inside your frame with the same amount of print showing all the way around.
From your sheet of a “Ladies Diary” print paper. Cut out the large lady image. Leave a little bit of cream showing all the way around.  Cut out the image of the rose which is in the square. Adhere it to your “Picture Perfect” rectangle. You can place it on a slight angle if you wish.
 Place some tape across the middle of your cover. You will be putting your lace on top of it. It needs to be about an inch up from the bottom inside of your fame. Tuck the ends under your fame and add some more glue. Using foam tape/squares, adhere your large lady image to your cover.

Now it is time to ink your chipboard pieces. Ink your 3 inch clock pink. I used a versa cube Cinnamon. For the Kerri flourish, you will need to ink it with peeled paint distress ink. Add some more ink in a lighter shade around the edges. I used a versa cube in Laurel leaf.  Add a bit of glitter to the flourish. Use the wires from each flower and twist them together to form a posy. Tie some tulle in a bow to the wire stems. Trim the ends back. Tie a bow in some ribbon and use a glue gun to adhere it to the tulle bow.  Glue your clock down in the corner of your frame. Glue the Kerri flourish on top of your clock.  Use a glue gun and adhere the flower posy to your cover.

Ink your chipboard flourish oval with a versa cube in Laurel leaf. Add some glitter to the flourish.
Spray/paint the words “women” and “family” in black
Ink your chipboard words, “The”, “in” and “Out” in Tim Holtz Distress vintage photo ink pad. Ink your oval frame in Vintage photo. Glue your inked chipboard oval flourish down to your cover.  Glue the small oval frame on top of the flourish.  Add your chipboard words “The women in our Family”
Thanks so much.
To purchase more of my kits visit Seriously Scrapbooking – on line store

I am planning to share a page each week with you including the box, so please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

So Honoured to be a Graphic 45 Ambassador for 2014

Hello Everyone.
I have been a bit slow at updating my blog, but I am back on track and excited to be sharing some news with you.
Over the past few weeks, Graphic 45 has been introducing their new and amazing  Design Team on their blog. They are now introducing their Ambassadors of which their are four designers,
Clare Charvill, Jim Hankins, Laura Denison and ME. Can't even begin to explain how honoured and excited I am to be with such an amazing group of  people and back with my favourite paper company Graphic 45. I had 2013 off from Graphic 45's design team and after being with them for 3 years, I was quite lost and missed them all so much. I did do a lot of Graphic 45 projects in 2013 of which lots were published in the Australian Magazines. I also did some interstate teaching which was great fun.
 So since Graphic 45 announced their new design team along with their Ambassadors, everyone has been asking me what is an Ambassador? So I will let Graphic 45 explain.
"You may be wondering "What is a G45 Ambassador?" It's a designer we have specifically invited to represent Graphic 45, since they are already teaching so many wonderful classes and workshops with Graphic 45 products all over the world. You will see familiar faces in this group of designers and teachers. This program is invite-only and we asked some amazing crafters for this team. We are so excited to welcome these designers to this brand new program with Graphic 45! "
Yesterday was Clare's turn and her introduction was amazing, such a super talented Lady.
Today is my turn and after seeing Clare's  I wish I had shared more photos with Graphic 45! So I am going to put lots of my favourite projects here on my blog for you to look at.

 This was a project I taught in 2013 at the Brisbane Paper and Scrapbooking Expo. I had three full classes of 30 Lovely Ladies make this layout with me. I have finally instructions written and kits for sale for this layout at Seriously Scrapbooking if anyone wants to make it. The photo is of Tim Holtz the master of scrapbooking - a supper star in fact and my son Josh (another super star). We were able to do classes with Tim at CHA in 2012.

I do love making layouts, but I find books the most rewarding, I enjoy the challenge of taking a Graphic 45 12x12 Pad and creating a whole book from it. Normally there is not much left by the time the book is finished. This was one I made using Typography and some papers from the Steampunk Spells collections to give me some pop out elements. This is one book I am thinking of doing instructions for.

This was a huge project for me and Graphic 45. In 2012 while I was on the design team, I did a book for Graphic 45 which ran over 9 months. Each month I would send them the tutorial and photos for a double page. Each page was using a different paper collection. The final Tutorial was for the cover and putting the book together. It was a huge success for me, with many ladies making this book. I also got emails from all over the world, thanking me for sharing the book with Graphic 45 and them. I took a lot of time on my part and as much for the lovely Lady at Graphic 45 who had the job of loading it up on their blog. Thanks so much for all the effort done by Graphic 45 in bring this book to light.

 This was the final part of a project I did for Australian Scrapbooking Ideas. This is one of our Aussie magazines and they asked me to do a book for them. I talked them into a book and a box. This project was called the "Women In our Family and the book had 7 layouts in it, along with a beautiful cover. It had pockets, tags, flaps and even a fold out dress form. This allowed for more photos along with family history and more. I sold kits for it at Seriously Scrapbooking and over 100 ladies made this project following my tutorial. I still get people asking for the kits.
 I am thinking of putting the tutorial for it on my blog and then anyone can make it although some of the Graphic 45 papers are hard to get. The design and layouts would work with another beautiful Graphic 45 collection for anyone wanting to have a go. The chipboard box was made by Imaginarium Designs.

This has to be one of my favourite designs/projects and the photo does not show it off. It is about 14 inches high and 9 inches across. It is made up of 8 "rooms" and fits under a class dome, which then sits on a wooden decorated base that has a turning plate on it with a little motor that makes the whole thing slowing turn around. The whole diorama was designed by Imaginarium Designs  who did an amazing job interpreting my idea.

 This is an old favourite of mine, it was one of the first layouts I did for Graphic 45, way back in 2010/11. This was my first year on the team and it was so scary. This was such a big thing for "little old me". Not only was I from Australia, but Adelaide - right at the bottom of Australia. I was so excited to have made it "big time" in Scrapbooking.  Little did I know then, just how much I was going to love working with Graphic 45 and what a journey it was about to take me on. I still love this layout and cart it out every time I am asked to display my work at a show. I am just finishing the kits for this and the instructions are finally done - its only taken 4 years. This is one of the benefits of hording Graphic 45 paper - I have enough for about 25 kits.

I was delighted to see this collection come along. Couture has become a real favourite. I have done a book with Mae West quotes, which I am about to teach again for the third time. We have been doing all the photos and step by steps, so I am hoping to have it online soon. Kate (daughter in the photo) got married late last year and I had already started teaching a "Couture" 12 x12 album class. Each month a group of ladies join me and we create a single or double layout. By the end of 12 months we will have a whole album done. Kate is going to have it for her wedding album as she also loves the collection. Even though she is a modern bride and collection works with her photos. We are going to  put this collection of layouts online at Seriously Scrapbooking as well, probably next week.
The  last project I am sharing is another favourite and has been for a long time. I have been making Patchwork Pieces for years, in fact over 5 years and have made 100's of squares. Right from the beginning, I used Graphic 45 papers as the colours and prints were perfect for the smallness of this project. I even made one for Diane (owner of Graphic 45) for her birthday and was delighted to see it hanging at CHA when I attended in 2012. The frame is from IKEA and is about $30, you need about 8 kits to make a whole project like the one above along with 3 packets of squares for the photos. It has about 40 photos and is a very additive form of scrapbooking. Scrapbooking Creations, another of our Aussie magazines featured this as a monthly project over a whole year (2012). I lost count of how many kits I sold and how many ladies had the fun of making one of their own frames. I am still making the squares with another two new kits went online yesterday. I am about to do a whole frame "Shabby Chic" using Graphic 45's Botanical Tea and lots of white metal charms and chipboard. It will be available from Seriously Scrapbooking by the end of July.
Over the past 4 years I have been teaching interstate at shows and scrapbooking stores. I love teaching and still teach over 10 classes a month at Seriously Scrapbooking. It has been a goal of mine to get as many projects as I can into kits with detailed tutorials that anyone can do. This gets my work out to women all over Australia, who live in far flung and hard to get to places. Or in major cities with no local scrapbooking store near them. I have a huge following in New Zealand and send lots of kits all over the country, which gives me a big thrill having been born in Christchurch. My kits go to the UK, USA and Singapore, just to name a few and even Denmark. I always get excited when someone orders my kits and I find them going somewhere I have never been. It's like a little bit of me goes too with every parcel and I feel quite moved that someone living a long way away likes my work enough to have it sent to them. As a Graphic 45 Ambassador, I am wanting to teach even more this year, so if you would like me to teach near you, then contact your local store and get them to arrange for me to visit. Also if the New Zealand Ladies can arrange some teaching for me there, I would love to come, although I left when I was 12, I still get a bit home sick, especially when friends come back from their holidays and rave about the country and the people.

 It is going to be an amazing year for all those talented people on the Graphic 45 Design team.
Thanks again Graphic 45 for allowing me to be part of your truly special and unique company.
Thanks everyone for visiting.
Please leave a comment for the chance to win a kit from me.
(For those still waiting for your kit, they are coming! - just wanted to send something special and flat!)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Congratulations To the top 30 Graphic 45 Finalists

Hello Everyone.
Well, the list is out for the top 30 Graphic 45 Finalists. Congratulations to the 30 talented people on the list. Special Congratulations to Laura Denison.  Their are some very familiar names in the top 30, along with fellow Imaginarium Design Team Members and two Australians. I want to wish everyone on the list all the best. I have been working my way through the list and visiting all your blogs. What a tough job for Graphic 45 to choose a team. You are all so talented and your work is amazing.
My husband was on my computer when the email and came through and when he told me my name was not on the list, I felt  quite sad.  I loved my three years being on Graphic 45's Design Team but even more so being part of the family that makes Graphic 45 so special and different from every other company. I couldn't wait for last year to go so I could reapply again. When my name was not on the list, I just thought that Graphic 45 may have decided 3 years was quite enough of me.  Then my husband ask me what a Graphic 45 Ambassador was. I had to read the email heaps of times to take it in. I still have to keep pinching myself. I still to have to find out just what I will be doing, but I am so excited and very honoured once again to be part of the Graphic 45 Family. Thank you so much, Graphic 45 for the privilege of being one of your Ambassadors, I am so looking forward to this year.
I wanted to share another one of my Graphic 45 Books. This one is made using the 12 days of Christmas papers. you need a full pad of 12x12 print paper for this project. I am writing the tutorial for it at the moment.
It is a pop out book, based on an old Victorian Book that I brought at a market stall.

  There are 6 pop out pages, the whole book folds out, so you can have it standing on a mantle piece or table.

I have taught it in my store and the classes when well, so I know it will work well as a tutorial.
One of my ladies had hers on top of her TV leading up to Christmas. Her son, who never notices her projects, asked her to remove it as it kept distracting him, when he was watch TV. He told her he kept looking at it all the time!

I have only shown three of the 6 pages. On the back of each pop out, you can add photo's.  It is going to take a while to write the instructions and do the photo's, so it will be awhile before I get it finished. Once it is finished I will let you all know.
thanks for all the lovely comments left for me.