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First, we have this amazing gatefold style album from Annette using Artisan Style. This was such a hit at Winter CHA!
"The Signature Page in the Artisan Style paper collection was the inspiration to this gatefold style album. I knew when I saw that beautiful house that I wanted those doors to open out. With so many interesting bold color combinations in this collection, it was perfectly paired with black matboard and cardstock pages. This was a quick make, with a focus on the gorgeous papers for the CHA booth this year, but with the pocket pages and open journaling spots, there is so much more potential. Perhaps a daily inspiration album, a photo keepsake, or house design/decor planner/organizer to name a few." ~Annette
G45 Ambassador Jane Tregenza has created gorgeous monthly Time to Flourish layouts that we will share here on the blog. The theme is gratitude, and we couldn't think of a better theme! We will let Jane take it away this amazing day. Prepare to feel grateful and inspired!
"When I saw Graphic 45’s 'Time to Flourish' Collection, I just knew I needed to do a layout for every month!
There were so many lovely images and cut outs on the papers, just waiting for me to set them free. But they were 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 for January – My husband’s family have a small property in the south east of South Australia. Over the years we have spent many happy weekends with our kids down on the 'Farm'. Activities have included chasing sheep for sheering, picking veggies for tea, sharing BBQ’s with flies, traditional full Roast dinner with the works, dark inky nights with millions of stars and much more. I am grateful that my children have had a link with the country, and seen just where their food comes from. Been able to pick, prepare, and partake in a way that city kids often miss out on. It was with this in mind, that I took a walk around the yard. Re-visiting and looking with a grateful heart at the family 'farm. I took a stack of photos for “old time sake”. One day this will no longer be in our family, my husband’s parents are looking for a smaller property to spend the latter years of their lives. It will become the thing that 'remember the time' stories will be told off for the next generation to hear about.
So hopefully I have inspired you to consider joining me and creating your own gratitude album for 2015.
Each month Graphic 45 will be sharing my layout for the month with you. I am a bit slow in starting this so you get to see 3 months this month.
"I decided to do a double layout for each month of the year using Graphic 45’s 'Time to Flourish' papers. They are month themed and after a lot of thought I decided to make a gratitude album; in other words I am creating an album of layouts. One for each month, and I will be adding photos about people, events, places or things for which I am grateful.
February is a good month for me, there is my wedding Anniversary, Valentine’s Day and my very beautiful daughter’s birthday.
Anna arrived February 16th – 30 years ago and has been a delight ever since. I was only 22 years old, and with a 14 month toddler as well. She was very sick and not expected to live. But what a fighter she was, with major surgery at only 5 days old, she went on to beat the odds and was able to come home 2 weeks after she had arrived. It hasn’t always easy being a Mum with a child like Anna. Sometimes it has been downright frustrating as much as for her as it has been for me. But the rewards have been amazing. I am a better person for having Anna in my life and I thank God for her. She has taught me more than I have ever taught her. She is a joy and I love having her around. She is funny, bright, and so quick – there are no flies on Anna (an Aussie saying). She works with me every day and there is never a dull moment when she is around. She keeps me on my toes. " ~Jane
"I am loving creating my monthly layouts, and March’s 'Time to Flourish' Papers are just beautiful. I think the combination of purples and greens, are so fresh and so pretty together. This month’s 'Grateful' photos are of an event.
I hosted an afternoon tea for a group of ladies. Some I have known for only a short time and others for much longer and are now are close friends. Our common thread is scrapbooking. It amazes me how many people I have come to know through this wonderful craft. Lots of them, I see maybe one a year at the events I teach at. They always greet me like a long lost friend. Others I see more than they see their own families (or so they tell me). A few have become close friends. With those, I have shared their joys and sorrows. Offered friendship and support in times of grief. I know that for some of them I am positive and cheerful influence in their lives and they are grateful for the time we spend together. It makes we feel very special and honoured.
So my afternoon tea was special. I got up early in the morning and whipped up a batch of my husband’s Grandmothers melting moments or as we them 'Nans Yo Yo'. Made chocolate brownie –Gluten free.
A meringue roll with fresh cream and strawberries (Anna’s Favorite). A tray of fresh egg sandwiches to finish off. I asked them all to bring their own china cup and saucer. We all made a quick card together, then spent the next few hours chatting, eating and laughing, it was a very relaxing time.
Sometimes we forget that something as simple as getting together with friends over a cuppa is something to be grateful for. In our busy lives we can lose touch with people who are important to us. Before we know it the closeness is gone, though most of the time we can quickly pick up again were we left off. This is not always the case. Far better to keep the friendship alive, by taking the time to catching up regularly and just chat. I am often just too busy to do this with my friends.
This month is a reminder to me. To make the time to be a better friend to those I count as my closer friends and for whose friendship I am grateful for." ~Jane
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It's Mixed Media March Madness on the blog today! We have 3 amazing projects from Miranda Edney, Keri Sallee, and Katie Zoey Ho with 2 tutorials. How about that? We're kicking National Craft Month into high gear with these great projects!
First, we have this incredible altered reindeer by the incredible altered artist Miranda Edney. This is such a fun add for your winter home decor! We just love this.
Next, we have a bit of the sea to brighten our day! Keri shares a gorgeous By the Sea mixed media tag with a video to show you how she created this beauty as well!
"Here’s a little honest bit about me...I don’t really like stamps. OK...I like graphic stamps, but stamps that are images are just never my thing. However this month I wanted to challenge myself to use some of my Graphic 45 stamps that aren’t usually in my creative arsenal. I chose the “By the Sea” stamps because I LOVE the mermaid stamp. I hope you enjoy my process video!"~Keri
To close this inspiring day, Katie has this gorgeous Precious Memories Patina Box and Baby card for a baby boy. This is just a masterpiece! Wow!
"One of my friends at Chicago just had a baby boy, and this collection comes in time to create something special for her. I made these little booties and create this “Welcome the Little One” sentiment inside the box, as if the booties are being hung under the tree-top. Revisiting my Patina Snapguide tutorial, I’m using blue with a touch of pink for this shadow box to match the paper collection." ~Katie
Cards are a perfect canvas to tackle if your crafting mojo is feeling low. Also, there is always someone celebrating a birthday, wedding, anniversary, job, baby, or more that would love a handmade card, so that can be a great incentive to create one! Today, we have some gorgeous ideas from Lori Williams and Ginger Ropp. Lori even has a tutorial for her Once Upon a Springtime card!
Lori created this spring-ready card and we are in love! Make it yourself with her Snapguide below!
"This was one of my all-time favorite collections from Graphic 45 and I’m so thrilled to be able to work with it again. This magical paper was perfect to create a glitter/pearl shaker card and I’ve got a tutorial to show you how to make your own shaker card. One of my design team members said it looked like the fairies were blowing bubbles and I loved her interpretation, so now when I look at my fairies that is all I see too. To me it just adds to the magic." ~Lori
Ginger shares 3 stunning cards using Artisan Style and we love these simple, dynamic cards. Glorious!
"Oh how I love the colors in the new Artisan Style Collection. I used the gorgeous cut aparts to create some really quick cards. I love the rich colors and bold graphics. This collection reminds me of the Art Deco era. Love it!" ~Ginger
It's the first Monday in March, so let's kick off this party with 10 Tips to get you ready for this National Craft Month! We hope we all carve out more time for crafting this month and live up this fun month. Here are 10 Tips to get you ready to create. Also, stay until the end of the blog for a great giveaway this week!
1. The growing is in the doing. Put aside just a bit of time each day to get into the craft room. Even if you only have 30 minutes, working on your passion and creativity will enrich your day!
2. Find a mentor! There are so many amazing designers and tutorials out there online and in your local scrapbook store. Choose one, even if you think you can’t accomplish what they create, give it a shot! You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!
8.Worried about what you’re going to do with a project once you create it? Our Design Team will provide some great ideas this month for that very topic, but if you want to create and don’t have the space - give it away! Brighten someone’s day with a handmade gift.
9. Give yourself a challenge this March to use your stash! Try a project or a paper pack you’ve been scared to tackle and do it!