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July 31, 2012

Fun and Inspirational Book Tutorial By Jane Tregenza: Part 1

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our happy blog on this fine Tuesday! We are thrilled that you are joining us for another day of fun and inspiration! We have something amazing planned for you today! Jane Tregenza of the Graphic 45 design team has prepared the first part of her amazing book-making tutorial! You've probably seen Jane's incredible books here on the Graphic 45 blog over the years. These amazing books often contain gorgeous paper layering, inking, pop-up elements, and imaginative uses of beautiful embellishments. Every page is overflowing with beauty. We're teaming up with Jane to bring you this very special tutorial series on the last Tuesday of every month. Beginning today, Jane will be taking you step-by-step through the book-making process. Follow her wonderful instructions in this monthly tutorial series to create your very own gorgeous book! Today Jane will show you how to make the foundation pages that are used for each page of the book. You'll also learn how to create the first page of the book as well as the mini book that goes with it! This is going to be an amazing journey! So lets begin! Here is the first part of Jane's tutorial where you'll learn how to make the foundation pages. Take it away, Jane!

Instructions for creating a foundation page:

Each month you will need to make a foundation page. For this you will need two black cardstock.
 
Cut one to 8 ½ x11 inches- set it aside, cut your second one to 9 1/2 x 11 inches.

 

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The 9 1/2 x 11 inches piece needs to be scored, place it in your cutter at 8 1/2 inch mark and score it, this will give you a one inch seam.

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Completely fill in the one inch seam with strong tape.

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Carefully adhere the 8 1/2 inch piece onto the 9 1/2 inches piece. Make sure you don’t go
over your scored seam, or your page will not fold. Once you have it on, carefully fold the page over
to check that it will shut.

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Press firmly along the folded over piece, open up your page and check at the two pages line up
nicely. Don’t worry if one of your pages is now wider than the other. You can trim it back to make
them the same.

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You need to add some more tape along the join of your foundation page. Adhere one strip of tape
along one side of the join and about an inch of tape on the other side of the join.

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A close up of the join with the tape on each side. When you come to adhere your print papers, one
piece will be an inch wider that the other page. The extra inch will need to be adhered over the top
of the inch of tape on the foundation page.

Now that you've got your foundation page ready, it's time to create the first page of the book!

1st Page .- A Ladies Diary.

A page for about us.

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Instructions for creating your 1st page.

Please follow the instructions carefully, lots of the papers are used in the mini book as well as for your page, so you need to cut them the way I describe or you will run out of paper! All chipboard has been sprayed black. All papers have had their edges inked.

Please note, I am only human and do make mistakes, I have taken every care while writing the instructions, and hope they make sense. It is quite hard to write instructions as I know what I mean; but this does not always translate into the instructions. If you are unable to work something out, then please ask a question in the comments box at the end of the post and I will answer it for you as best I can.

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Print Paper
2x Afternoon Tea
1x Fashion Plate
1x Timeless Memoir
1 ½ x Ageless Beauty
½ x Lasting impressions
1x Delicate Details
1x Focal Point
1x Moment in time
Imaginarium Designs – Chipboard Mini Clock, phrase, corners and mini alpha's
Tim Holtz Distress ink – Vintage photo
Imaginarium Designs Sponging block or Tim Holtz ink applicator
Color Box Fluid Chalk-chestnut roan
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Ribbon
Flowers
2 ½ sheets black cardstock
3L 12x12 Adhesive sheets
Photo Corners
Wet Glue

From your first sheet of Afternoon Tea print paper cut a piece 8 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches. Please cut the 10 ¾ inch measurement first then cut it back to 8 ¼ inches. Keep the leftover pieces for your Mini Book

Cut your second sheet of Afternoon Tea print paper to 9 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches. Please cut the 10 ¾ inch measurement first then cut it back to 9 ¼ inches. Keep the leftover pieces for your Mini Book.

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You need to completely cover the back of both print papers with adhesive. You can use double sided adhesive paper or tape, if you use tape make sure you butt it together with no gaps in between each piece.

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Adhere the 9 ¼ inch wide piece to your black foundation page. Try and have the same amount of black showing along the top and bottom on your page. Remember this print paper is one inch wider, so it will go over the join on your foundation page onto the other page. You should have tape on your foundation page to help adhere your print paper over the join. Don’t worry if your print paper is not on straight. You are going to add a border around the page.

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Carefully fold your page over, use your finger to run along the seam as you fold the page up and over.

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Fold the whole page over and run your hand firmly along the fold to set the crease.

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You need to adhere your 8 ¼ x 10 ¾ inch piece. Make sure you are away from the centre fold of your page or you page will not shut nicely. To make it easier for yourself, don’t remove all the backing from your adhesive paper or tape. Just take a little strip off. Then if you don’t quite line it up right you can lift it off and try again. Don’t worry about lining up the spots; it is not really that important.

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From your sheet of Fashion Plates print paper, cut five 1 inch strips from the left edge of your paper and one from the right edge, save the bit in the middle for your Mini Book. (We need the top image for a page and the rest for a mat).. You will have six 1 inch strips, turn them over and ink the edges with chestnut roan ink.

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From our sheet of Ageless Beauty print paper, cut the top right image and put it aside for your Mini Book. Turn your print over; we will be cutting 6 strips from it.

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You need to cut 6 strips from your Ageless Beauty print paper. Each one needs to be about ¾ inches wide. Use the above photo as a guide. Each one needs to be the same width, so make sure you can line each one up to make them all the same. Don’t forget to ink the edges.

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Now you need to adhere each piece on top of your Fashion Plate print paper strips. Make sure your Ageless Beauty strips end up in the middle with the same amount of Fashion Plate print showing top and bottom.

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You should have six pieces ready to make your frame around the page.

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Place one of your strips on your page, leave a little bit of the black foundation page showing. Adhere it in the middle with just a little bit of tape. Place a second strip on your page again with a little bit of tape. Leave the ends of the strips hanging over your page. You will trim them off later. If you mess up a corner the extra length still attached will let you do the corner again if you need to.

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Place a ruler diagonally across the corner and over the strips. Line up the ruler with the inside point where the papers cross and where the papers cross at the outer corner. Draw a line with a pencil.

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Following the pencil line, cut diagonally across the top strip only.

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Place the top strip down and run a pencil along the diagonal cut edge.

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Fold the top strip out of the way and cut the bottom one following the pencil line.

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Line both corners up and check that they meet, you can adjust them if they don’t. If they are way out, move one strip down a little bit and do it again. Once you are happy with your corner, repeat for the other three corners.

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All four corners should look like this. Don’t worry if your corners don’t line up perfectly. Mine didn’t that’s why I used Imaginarium Designs chipboard corners over the top.

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Before you attach each strip border, you need to cut them back in the middle where they go over the centre fold of your page. They will need to overlap in the middle of your book. The bottom strip needs to go over the fold in the middle of your book by about an inch. The strip border, which goes over the top, needs to be cut away from the fold. If you are too close to the fold of your page with your top strip, your page will not close and your border will start to lift off. Now you can lift all 6 pieces off and adhere them back down with tape. Hopefully your corners will still meet. Remember the chipboard corners will help to hide any gaps. Your finished page should look like the page above. Now we can start decorating your page.

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From a piece of your left over black cardstock, cut a piece to be 3 ¼ inches wide and 8 ¼ long. From a piece of Focal Point print paper, (you need to cut it from the bottom of your paper and not the side). Cut a piece 3 x 8 inches and adhere it to the black bazzil. Keep the rest of this sheet as you need it for your mini book. From your sheet of Timeless Memoir print paper cut a piece, 2 ¾ x 7 ¾ inches wide. Ink around the edges and adhere it to your Focal Point print paper.  Adhere it to your page using the above photo as  a  guide. Place 4 gold brads in the corners of your Timeless Memoir print paper. From your ½ sheet of Fashion Plate print paper, cut a piece 4 ¾ x 6 ¾ , cut a piece of black cardstock 4 ¼ x 6 ¼  and adhere it to the middle of your Fashion Plate print paper. Cut another piece of black cardstock to 5 x 7 inches and adhere the Fashion Plate piece to it. This will give you a triple mat for your photo. Add it to your page, using the photo as a guide.

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To finish your page, cut a border piece from Lasting Impressions print paper, it needs to be 6 inches long. I used the ladies with the hats. Adhere it over your photo. Layer three flowers and attach it to your page with a gold brad. Ink some chipboard letters black and add your name.

Add 4 black chipboard corners to finish your page.

Now that we have our first page done it's time to create the mini book!

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Instructions for creating your Mini Book.

Please follow my instructions carefully, as you will need the left over bits.

To make the mini Book you need to cut three pieces of print papers. It is important that you follow my instructions and cut them the same way I have. You need all the left over bits for inside the mini book.

  1. Moment in Time Print Paper- cut it 8 inches high and 10 inches wide. Cut the 8 inch measurement first. To do this you will need to place the print in your paper trimmer sideways. Once it is 8 inches, take it out and turn it once. Put it in your trimmer and cut to be 10 inches wide.
  2. Delicate Details Print Paper- cut it 8 inches high and 10 inches wide. Cut the 8 inch measurement first. To do this you will need to place the print in your paper trimmer sideways. Once it is 8 inches, take it out and turn it once. Put it in your trimmer and cut to be 10 inches wide.
  3. Focal Point Print Paper- cut it to 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches. Cut the 7 ½ inch measurement first. To do this you will need to place the print in your paper trimmer sideways. Once it is 7 ½ inches, take it out and turn it once. Put it in your trimmer and cut it to be 9 ½ inch wide.

Two of these pieces are the same size, one is smaller. The smaller one will be going in the middle of our book. Each page is adhered to the back of one of the others.

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Using Tim Holtz Distress ink and a sponging block carefully ink around all the edges of your three print pieces, both sides.

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Fold all three pieces in half, so they stay the 8 inches and 7 ½ inches high but are only 5 inches or 3 3/4 inches wide.

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Repeat with your piece of Delicate details print paper.

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Focal point

This middle one is smaller than the other two.

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Place tape on the stripe side of your folded Focal Point page. Don’t remove the backing from the tape yet.

Now here is the “tricky part”. We have to adhere each one on top of the other. Make sure you keep your print paper the right way up, so you don’t end up with one page upside down.

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Remove a little of the tape backing from the stripe side of your Focal Point page. Line it up with the Delicate Details page along the folded edge. Remember Focal Point is smaller than this piece, so make sure you have the same amount of Delicate Details showing top and bottom.

Remove a little of the backing from the stripe side and adhere Moment in Time over the top, making sure the folded edges line up, and the top and bottom match with Delicate Details underneath . Once you have done this, open up your book and check that the three pages all line up and each page lays flat. If you are happy with it, remove the rest of the backing from the tape and stick Focal Point to the other two pages.

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Your finished mini book should look like this. Now you can start decorating each page. You need all your scraps, including the left over bits from your page and black cardstock.

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Use your image from your Ageless Beauty print paper. Find your left over bit of Fashion Plate print paper, remove the top image square from it first, then mat your Ageless Beauty image onto the left over piece. You still need to get two ¾ inch wide x 6 inch strips from it for your third page. Adhere a piece of ribbon across the front of the image and wrap the ends around to the back and adhere them down.

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Punch a flower from your left over Afternoon Tea print paper (dot side). Choose two paper flowers, glue the bigger one to the middle of your punched flower then glue the smaller flower into the middle. Find a small diamante buckle. Choose a piece of organza ribbon and tie it in the middle of the buckle with a knot. Trim the ends and glue it into the middle of your small flower. Place the finished flower over the top of the ribbon. Add a chipboard phrase inked black. Adhere it to the front of your mini book.

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Inside First Page.

From your left over bits, cut a rectangle from the Delicate Details print paper. It needs to be 4 inches wide and 7 inches long. Ink around the edges. Don’t stick it to your page yet. You are going to work on it and once it is finished then you will stick it to your page.  From your left over bit of the Moment in Time print paper, cut a rectangle 3 inches x 4 inches. Ink around the edges and adhere it to your yellow spot, use the above photo as a guide. Cut a strip of Focal Point print paper, 1 inch wide x 5 inches long. Make sure the stripes are running vertically. Adhere it over the top about an inch up from the bottom of your yellow spot. Wrap the ends around to the back and tape them down. Adhere a piece of black ribbon over the top of your stripes and wrap the ends around to the back and tape them down. Choose two paper flowers of your choice. Ink an Imaginarium Designs mini chipboard clock black and glue it to the middle of the biggest flower. Glue the smaller flower in the middle. Use a pearl brad to attach the finished piece to your spot rectangle. Add four photo corners. Once this is finished, you can adhere it to the left side of your 1st page. Cut a photo mat 4 inches x 6 inches and adhere it to the other side of your page

 

Add a photo to finish. I have left a space above the flower and clock on the left side of the page for your journaling.

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Second Page

From your left over pieces of Moment in Time print paper, cut two pieces 4 inches x 4 ½ inches. Ink around both pieces and adhere them to your pages. Cut a square of Delicate Details print paper (spot side) to 3 ½ inches x 5 inches. Mat it onto a piece of your black cardstock. From your left over piece of Fashion Plate print paper cut the top image out leaving a little bit of the pink all the way around. Adhere it to your piece of yellow spots. From your ½ sheet of Lasting Impressions print paper, cut out a piece of the lace border and add it to your page. Use the above photo as a guide. Add four photo corners and place the finished piece to your page on the right side as shown in the photo. Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 inches x 6 inches and adhere it to the left side of your page. Add a photo to finish the page.

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Third Page

From your left over pieces of Afternoon Tea print paper, cut two pieces of 3 inches x 4 ½ inches. Ink around the edges of each piece and adhere them to your page. Cut two pieces of Fashion Plate print paper, ¾ of an inch wide x 4 ½ inches long. Adhere it to your page as shown. Cut two squares of Focal Point print paper, make sure the stripes are the right way; they need to be 1 ½ inches x 6 inches. Adhere them to your page as shown. Add photo corners to the top. Cut two pieces of Focal Point print paper to 1 ½ x 3 inches, ink around all the edges and adhere them to your page. Punch four paper flowers from your left over Afternoon Tea print paper, glue two together and add a smaller paper flower to the middle. Push a gold split pin in the middle and glue the finished flower to your page. From your ½ sheet of Lasting Impression print paper, cut two postage stamps (the ladies) and add one to each page. Use the above photo as a guide. Cut two photo mats to 3 ¾ inches x 4 inches and adhere them onto your page. .  Add your photo to finish the page.

This finished book needs to be adhered to the right side of your page.

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That's all for today, G45ers. We hope you had a great time today! Join us for part 2 of Jane's book tutorial series on Tuesday, August 28th! You'll learn how to create page 2 of this incredible book! Big thanks to Jane Tregenza for this amazing tutorial series! We are so happy to have such an inspirational tutorial series here on our blog! We hope you will all join us tomorrow for part 2 of Anne Rostad's featured artist blog! It's going to be filled with so much inspiration to brighten your day! We wish you all a lovely Tuesday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

 

July 30, 2012

Boundless Imagination: The Graphic 45 Art of Anne Rostad

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Hello G45ers, 

Happy Monday and welcome to another amazing week here at the Graphic 45 blog! We've got so much great stuff to share with you all week long! Today we are announcing the winners of last week's Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter blog contest! Plus we have a very special featured artist today! Many of you may already know this incredibly talented crafter, Anne Rostad. Well we're going to be having a two-part blog feature on Anne today and Wednesday. Her work is completely brilliant and we think you'll agree! Today you'll see some of Anne's amazing crafts, videos and tutorials that are sure to fill your Monday with joy! So lets get started! First we'd like to announce the winners for last week's blog contest! Chosen at random from our design team member's blog comments, the winners are...

From Laura Denison's blog:

-Kelly Sas: "This is my first visit to your blog and I am speechless............. Mouth hanging wide open!"

From Betto Cesare's blog:

-Kristianne Swanson: "WOW! I love this line that you've used and this piece is just incredible! Thank you for showing us in detail, how you used the inks and glitter to customize the pearls and paper."

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at [email protected] to claim your prize! Hooray! Many thanks to everyone who participated in last week's blog hop. We hope you all had a wonderful time!

You've all got another chance to win a fabulous prize this week, G45ers! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win this fun Olde Curiosity Shoppe prize pack! It includes an Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12x12 paper pad, Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples, Flower Staples and a Metal Film Canister with Kraftboard Mini Album! What fun! We will choose one random winner from this week's comments. The winner will be announced on this Friday's blog so stay tuned!

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And now it's time for a very special treat. For quite a long time we've been receiving lots of emails about this very talented artist. People would send us links to her blog and YouTube page, telling us how unique and magnificent her creations are. Even at CHA we were approached by wonderful people who were asking us if we were aware of her incredible work. Who is this popular papercrafter who has got everybody talking? It's Anne Rostad from Norway! Anne's creations are beautiful beyond words. Each piece has an almost theatrical quality, with lavish details and flowing form. Each of her creations is a world unto itself. Anne brings Graphic 45 collections to life with incredible precision and delicate care. She can create crafts that are overflowing with lots of gorgeous embellishments. She also knows when to keep things simple and let the beautiful elegance of the papers to take center stage. It is this amazing combination grand imagination and exquisite technique that make Anne's work so captivating. If you are a fan of her blog or YouTube page you know that there's never a shortage of gorgeous ideas! Anne's devoted fans can always rely on her creations to be breathtaking and full of inspiration. One look at today's crafts and you'll understand why she's the buzz of the papercrafting world! We are delighted to introduce you to the brilliant Anne Rostad!

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About Anne Rostad:

"I have two wonderful grow up boys that live near by me and they bring so much joy and happiness into my life. Crafting has always been a big part of my life. In child school I asked to be with the boys in handywork class because they could make all sorts of things out of wood, clay and other existing materials. I think it was then that I got inspired to try different crafting methods and experiment with different materials.  I started with paper crafting for about 3-4 years ago and I am totally engrossed and dependent on this hobby. It all started when i saw some cards made of papers on YouTube. I fell in love with this new (for me) hobby. About 2 yeas ago I saw some mini albums and tutorials on how to make them on YouTube. It was so inspiring and since then I have lived in my craft room most of the time, lol! The first time I saw the papers from Graphic 45 I fell completely in love. There are so many possibilities with these gorgeous and versatile papers and ideas came running. I am like a child in a candy store when I get new G45 collections. I love to fussy cut the images and that is the first thing I do when I get some new papers.Then the ideas follow on how to use them when i look at the images. I totally forget time and place and living in a bobble creating :-) It is great to make home made gifts for family and friends and the know that there is thought behind every thing :-) I have MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity). That means that i am allergic to good scents and can't be with other people so much, so I am am so happy to have this great hobby and it fills my life with so much joy and happiness. I am happy to share some ideas I hope that others can be inspired like I am when I see other peoples creations." -Anne Rostad

This first incredible project by Anne is a Happy Haunting spooky house and mini album. This project is out of this world! There is even a wonderful video that Anne created that corresponds to this magnificent creation! Here is what Anne had to say about it!

"Hello everyone :-) Want to share my latest project with you. It is a spooky Halloween house with a mini album inside. I made it so it would be inspiring and fun for children to put in pictures. I used the Happy Haunting Collection 12x12 and 8x8, stickers, chipboard die cuts and metal hinges, all from Graphic 45. I also used sizzix, Tim Holtz and quick cuts dies, Martha Stewart punches and multi matte form Claudine Helmuth. I did a lot of mixed media and used glossy accent, crackle assent and embossing powder on most of the images." -Anne

 
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Next up is a glorious creation made with A Ladies' Diary. This is Anne's A Ladies' Diary antique shop calendar tray Configurations Box. This is a great example of Anne's unique artistic vision. This creation looks like a piece of modern sculpture mixed with a little bit of Steampunk aesthetic. When you take a closer look you can see all of the amazing details. There is also a beautiful femininity to this piece with such a elegant use of A Ladies' Diary! Here is a wonderful video that Anne created where she takes us on a tour of this gorgeous work of art!

 
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Next up is this beautiful 5x5 Kraftboard Altered Art Box and Mini Album made with Kraft Reflections. This is a great example of Anne's more simple approach to crafting. While there isn't as much overflowing detail to this piece it is still incredibly gorgeous and elegant. It is wonderful how Anne maintained the lovely color scheme of Kraft Reflections in this lovely creation. It definitely highlights the classic beauty of Kraft Reflections. Here is a great video that Anne made for this piece. It contains a fun bookmark tutorial in the end of the video!

 
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Next up is another fantastic project! It's an series of organizational projects featuring A Ladies' Diary. It includes a purse organizer, glasses box, container, altered mirror, and journal! Anne thought of a wide variety of ways to use A Ladies' Diary in these amazing creations! Here is her wonderful video tour of these creations in which you'll find a tutorial on how to make the accordion-fold purse organizer with the expandable pockets. Amazing! 

 
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Here is the link to Anne's blog where she posted measurements for the organizer and glasses box.

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Next is another series of delightful projects by Anne. This is a Little Darlings cradle with mini album, music box, tri shutter card, clock and baby powder box. Each one of these crafts is so adorable! Anne absolutely captured the essence of Little Darlings with these stunning crafts. Just imagine what wonderful gifts these would make for a baby shower! Take a tour of these remarkable creations in this great video! Get inspired with these precious works of art!

 
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Here is the link to Anne's blog where you can see the measurements for this amazing tri-fold card. There you will also find a video tutorial how to make it! There are also measurements and pictures of how to make the cradle and picture music box!

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Next we have another incredible series of creations by Anne. This is a fabulous Curtain Call piano music box and photo album. The charm of vintage Hollywood springs to life in these incredible pieces. You can really see how well Anne understands the inspiration behind each collection. The upright piano is absolutely astonishing! She event went so far as to decorate the top of the piano with little trinkets to give it a genuine look of home! Here are two fabulous videos that take you on a tour of these amazing projects. This first video features the gorgeous Curtain Call piano.

 
Here is a video of the Curtain Call photo album. Inspiration beams from every beautiful page!

 
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Want to know how to make the amazing Curtain Call photo album? Anne even created a fantastic  tutorial on her blog that shows you how to make pages, inserts, thread page binding and binding cover for the photo mini album! Here is the link to her blog where you can find measurements, pictures and the video tutorial.

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Well that's all for today, G45ers. We will have part two of Anne's Graphic 45 blog feature on Wednesday. That's right, there's even more to see! We couldn't possibly fit it all into one blog post! Tomorrow we'll be bringing you an amazing tutorial by Jane Tregenza of our design team. It's going to be another terrific day here at Graphic 45! Huge thanks to Anne Rostad for her brilliant work. We are so thrilled to finally be featuring her crafts on our blog. We hope you all have a wonderful day out there in craft land!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

July 27, 2012

It's the Graphic 45, Want2Scrap & Art Glitter Blog Hop Final Day!

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Hello G45ers,

TGIF! Welcome to this very happy Friday edition of the Graphic 45 blog! We are thrilled that you are joining us for this fantastic day of fun and inspiration! This is the final day of the Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter blog hop. We've got three gorgeous projects to share with you from our amazing design team members Denise Hahn, Laura Denison and Susan Lui! Today's projects were made just for this incredible blog hop! They were created using Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter products so you can see how beautifully these unique products work together! Remember that this is your last day to leave comments on our design team member's blogs for your chance to win one of these fantastic prize packs! Just hop on over to today's featured blogs to see their incredible creations and leave a blog comment while you're there! We will be choosing two random winners from this week's comments and announcing them here on our blog on Monday, July 30th! So hop, hop, hop away!

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Our friends at Want2Scrap and Art Glitter are also giving away amazing prizes this week! Don't forget to check out the Want2Scrap and Art Glitter blogs to see what incredible inspiration they are offering today! You'll be glad you did! Want to know more about Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter? Here is some fun information about these fabulous companies!

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Want 2 Scrap Blog:
http://want2scrapco.blogspot.com/

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Art Glitter Blog:
http://artglitterblog.blogspot.com/

About Graphic 45:

Graphic 45 an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters.  Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.

About Want2Scrap:

Want2Scrap™ manufacturers rhinestones lines including the specialty Nestabling™  line along with the newly released Nestaboard™ chipboard line that coordinates perfectly with the Spellbinders™ Nestabilies™ die templates. Want2Scrap™ also manufacturers their own line chipboard albums and accents, acrylic albums, and multi-layered laser designs and other fine scrapbooking products. Want2Scrap™ brings ease of use and flexibility in their product lines by offering products uniquely tailored to its customers’ needs.

About Art Glitter:

Spread the Sparkle! Be it cosmetics, scrapbooking, t-shirts, cards, jewelry, quilts, rock star toes, home decor or even cement...everything is better with Art Glitter on it! Barbara Trombley opened Art Institute Glitter, Inc. in 1982 and now supplies artists and artisans, crafters and craftsmen with more than 400 brilliant cosmetic quality glitter colors and industrial-strength adhesives. Art Glitter products have been featured on “The New Martha Stewart Show”, “Carol Duvall Show”, HGTV, Home Shopping Network and several times in “Martha Stewart Living Magazine” including this upcoming December, 2009 issue. Thousands of retail stores throughout the world carry Art Glitter products. Barbara’s first book, “Glitter Artistry: Bags, Tags & Cards,” was warmly received by artists in 2006 and is still a big hit today (Sterling Publishing, Inc.). Art Glitter’s retail showroom is located in Historic Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona.

This first tantalizing sneak peek is from a gorgeous project by Denise Hahn. This stunning creation features Happy Haunting and it's just amazing! Hop on over to Denise's incredible blog to see the full project. Be sure to leave Denise a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win!

Denise's blog:

  http://www.inmyblueroom.blogspot.com/

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Next we have another remarkable Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter creation! This one was made by Laura Denison and it's out of this world! Hop on over to Laura's beautiful blog to see the full project. Leave a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win this week's prize! Hooray!

Laura's blog:

http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/

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Last but not least is this exquisite creation by Susan Lui! You are going to love this marvelous Bird Song creation! Hop on over to Susan's fabulous blog to see the full project. Bask in the inspiration and be sure to leave a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win!

Susan's blog:


http://luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/

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In case you've missed a day during this amazing blog hop event, here is this week's complete schedule! You can still hop around to see all of this week's wonderful projects and leave your blog comments as well! 


Just a quick reminder about our July Craft Challenge! The deadline to submit your 10-Minute Cards for this month's challenge is Tuesday, July 31st at midnight PST! Here is everything you need to know about this wonderful challenge in which 2 lucky winners will receive a $100 Graphic 45 prize pack of goodies! Upload your 10-minute cards to our Facebook page before the deadline for your chance to win!

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That's all for today, G45ers! Thank you all so much for joining us! Big thanks to Denise Hahn, Laura Denison and Susan Lui for their amazing work today. We also want to thank our pals at Want2Scrap and Art Glitter for participating in this wonderful blog hop with us. We had a great time! We hope you'll all join us on Monday as we announce this week's prize winners! We've also got a super special and incredibly inspirational day planned for Monday's blog. You wont want to miss it! We wish you all a very happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

July 26, 2012

It's the Graphic 45, Want2Scrap & Art Glitter Blog Hop Day 4!

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Hello G45ers,

We want to welcome you all to another marvelous day here at the Graphic 45 blog! There is so much fun and inspiration in store for you today! It's day 4 of our blog hop with Want2Scrap and Art Glitter! We are having a blast getting to share this blog event with all of you, G45ers! We hope you're having tons of fun too! We've got more goodies in store for you today! There's gorgeous new creations from Clare Charvill, Kristin Wilson and Sharon Ngoo of our design team! They've created amazing crafts that combine Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter products! You'll see how perfectly these products work together to make stunning works of art! Just hop on over to today's featured blogs to see the full projects. Be sure to leave a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win this fantastic Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter prize pack! We're giving away these two amazing prizes this week so be sure to hop around and leave blog comments for your chance to win!

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Want2Scrap and Art Glitter are also offering fabulous prizes and craft inspiration today on their blogs! Be sure to venture on over to the Want2Scrap and Art Glitter blogs to see their featured projects and design team member blogs! Hop around and discover wonderful ideas and be sure to leave blog comments for your chance to win! Want to know more about Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter? Here is some information about these fabulous companies!

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Want2Scrap Blog:

http://want2scrapco.blogspot.com/

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Art Glitter Blog:

http://artglitterblog.blogspot.com/

About Graphic 45:

Graphic 45 an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters.  Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.

About Want2Scrap:

Want2Scrap™ manufacturers rhinestones lines including the specialty Nestabling™  line along with the newly released Nestaboard™ chipboard line that coordinates perfectly with the Spellbinders™ Nestabilies™ die templates. Want2Scrap™ also manufacturers their own line chipboard albums and accents, acrylic albums, and multi-layered laser designs and other fine scrapbooking products. Want2Scrap™ brings ease of use and flexibility in their product lines by offering products uniquely tailored to its customers’ needs.

About Art Glitter:

Spread the Sparkle! Be it cosmetics, scrapbooking, t-shirts, cards, jewelry, quilts, rock star toes, home decor or even cement...everything is better with Art Glitter on it! Barbara Trombley opened Art Institute Glitter, Inc. in 1982 and now supplies artists and artisans, crafters and craftsmen with more than 400 brilliant cosmetic quality glitter colors and industrial-strength adhesives. Art Glitter products have been featured on “The New Martha Stewart Show”, “Carol Duvall Show”, HGTV, Home Shopping Network and several times in “Martha Stewart Living Magazine” including this upcoming December, 2009 issue. Thousands of retail stores throughout the world carry Art Glitter products. Barbara’s first book, “Glitter Artistry: Bags, Tags & Cards,” was warmly received by artists in 2006 and is still a big hit today (Sterling Publishing, Inc.). Art Glitter’s retail showroom is located in Historic Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona.

Okay G45ers, are you ready to hop? This first project was created by the amazing Clare Charvill and features Steampunk Debutante as well as fabulous Want2Scrap and Art Glitter products. Hop on over to Clare's wonderful blog to see the full project. Be sure to leave a comment while you're there for your chance to win!

Clare's blog:

http://mycreativespirit.blogspot.com/

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Next we have this gorgeous creation by Kristin Wilson featuring A Ladies' Dairy! Hop on over to Kristin's fabulous blog to see the full project. You're going to love it! Be sure to leave a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win!

Kristin's blog:

http://www.kristinwilsonhandmade.com/

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Last but definitely not least is this incredible Bird Song creation by Sharon Ngoo. This project is so amazing and the only place to see it is on Sharon's gorgeous blog! Hop on over and be sure to leave a blog comment for your chance to win!

Sharon's blog:

http://glooshmoo.blogspot.com/

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In case you miss a day during this amazing blog hop you can always hop back and see the amazing projects and leave your blog comments! Here is the schedule for this week's wonderful hop!


That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for stopping by today! We hope you had fun hopping! We've got more fun, inspiration and prizes in store on tomorrow's blog! We hope you'll come back and see us! Big thanks to Clare Charvill, Kristin Wilson, Sharon Ngoo and the fine folks at Want2Scrap and Art Glitter! We wish you all a very happy day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

July 25, 2012

It's the Graphic 45, Want2Scrap & Art Glitter Blog Hop Day 3!

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome once again to the amazing Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter blog hop! Thank you all for joining us for more fun and inspiration! We're teaming up with the fine folks at Want2Scrap and Art Glitter all this week to bring you tons of beautiful crafts and prizes! Today you'll see some fabulous sneak peeks of gorgeous projects from Arlene Cuevas, Jim the Gentleman Crafter and Betto Cesare! All you need to do is hop on over to their blogs to see the projects in their entirety! While you're there be sure to leave a blog comment! That's the only way to enter to win this week's fabulous prizes! Just look at these amazing prize packs of Graphic 45, Want 2 Scrap and Art Glitter goodies! We will be announcing 2 randomly chosen winners on Monday, July 30th! So be sure to hop, hop, hop and leave your blog comments for your chance to win! Also today we're going to taking you on a special tour of Kristin Wilson's craft room! You're going to love her amazing creative space! So get ready for another wonderful day here at Graphic 45!

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Before we get to the hop we wanted to share this amazing video of Kristin Wilson's craft room! Kristin is one of our super-talented design team members and her crafting room is out of this world! Take a look inside this amazing creative space! You're going to love her clever ideas for decorating and organization! Kristin even gives some fun tips in the short interview below. Enjoy! 

 

What do you love most about your crafting space?

I adore that my studio is a space that has nothing boy related in it! I am the only girl in my family so my studio is my safe haven... Calgon take me away kinda space.

What tips do you have for keeping your crafting space organized?

The best tip I can give is to clean up your space after each project before starting something new. This philosophy really helps me keep things nice and tidy. Storage is another huge detail in keeping your space organized. Before buying up all the storage you can find on sale, come up with a plan for how you work first. Your storage needs will reveal themselves as you take a look at your creative process.

Did you have a particular plan when you created your crafting space or did it just come together over time?

Total plan! I purchased several books on craft spaces and took what I liked from each one. I also spent numerous hours online looking at all of the craft spaces I could find.

Do you have a fun or nostalgic piece of decorating in your crafting space that inspires you while you craft?

I do. My ATC (artist trading card) wall is especially precious to me. I have collected ATC's since I began crafting from crafters world wide. I made a wall dedicated to my favorite ones right in front of my desk. I look at them all the time. It reminds me just how far I have come in my crafting.

Wow, thanks Kristin for that amazing look at your gorgeous crafting room! And now it's time to get hopping! Remember G45ers, in addition to this week's fabulous blog prizes, we're also giving away two more Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter prize packs on our Facebook and Pinterest pages this week! So be sure to check that out! The great folks at Want2Scrap and Art Glitter are also offering wonderful prizes and crafts on their blogs this week. Check out the Want2Scrap and Art Glitter blogs to see their featured design team member projects and blogs today! There is so much to discover during this incredible blog hop! Want to know more about Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter! Read all about these wonderful companies here!

G45 Ladies Banner
Want2Scrap-logo

Want2Scrap Blog:

http://want2scrapco.blogspot.com/

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Art Glitter Blog:

http://artglitterblog.blogspot.com/

About Graphic 45:

Graphic 45 an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters.  Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.

About Want2Scrap:

Want2Scrap™ manufacturers rhinestones lines including the specialty Nestabling™  line along with the newly released Nestaboard™ chipboard line that coordinates perfectly with the Spellbinders™ Nestabilies™ die templates. Want2Scrap™ also manufacturers their own line chipboard albums and accents, acrylic albums, and multi-layered laser designs and other fine scrapbooking products. Want2Scrap™ brings ease of use and flexibility in their product lines by offering products uniquely tailored to its customers’ needs.

About Art Glitter:

Spread the Sparkle! Be it cosmetics, scrapbooking, t-shirts, cards, jewelry, quilts, rock star toes, home decor or even cement...everything is better with Art Glitter on it! Barbara Trombley opened Art Institute Glitter, Inc. in 1982 and now supplies artists and artisans, crafters and craftsmen with more than 400 brilliant cosmetic quality glitter colors and industrial-strength adhesives. Art Glitter products have been featured on “The New Martha Stewart Show”, “Carol Duvall Show”, HGTV, Home Shopping Network and several times in “Martha Stewart Living Magazine” including this upcoming December, 2009 issue. Thousands of retail stores throughout the world carry Art Glitter products. Barbara’s first book, “Glitter Artistry: Bags, Tags & Cards,” was warmly received by artists in 2006 and is still a big hit today (Sterling Publishing, Inc.). Art Glitter’s retail showroom is located in Historic Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona.

The first sneak peek project for today's blog hop was created by Arlene Cuevas. This gorgeous Bird Song creation is out of this world! Hop on over to Arlene's beautiful blog to see the full project. Be sure to leave a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win!

Arlene's blog:

http://butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com/

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Next we have this marvelous Happy Haunting creation from Jim, the Gentleman Crafter. This spooktacular creation is a must-see! Hop on over to Jim's blog to see the full project and be sure to leave him a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win!


Jim, The Gentleman Crafter's blog:

http://thegentlemancrafter.blogspot.com

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Next up is this exquisite creation by Betto Cesare featuring Hallowe'en in Wonderland! Get ready to be wowed by this amazing work of art! Hop on over to Betto's blog to see the full project. Leave a blog comment for your chance to win! Bask in the creative inspiration!


Betto's blog:

http://scrapguys.blogspot.com/

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In case you missed a day during this week's blog hop you can still catch up on all the fun and also leave you blog comments. Here is this week's blog hop schedule!

Monday, July 23rd

Jane Tregenza: http://janetregenza.blogspot.com/
Maiko Miwa: http://shiny-scrap.blogspot.com/
Tara Orr: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 24th

Alberto Juárez : http://vintageodyssey.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel : http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Nicole Eccles: http://www.nicoleeccles.com/

Wednesday, July 25th

Arlene Cuevas: http://butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com/
Jim, The Gentleman Crafter: http://thegentlemancrafter.blogspot.com
Betto Cesare: http://scrapguys.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 26th

Clare Charvill: http://mycreativespirit.blogspot.com/
Kristin Wilson: http://www.kristinwilsonhandmade.com/
Sharon Ngoo: http://glooshmoo.blogspot.com/

Friday, July 27th

Denise Hahn: http://www.inmyblueroom.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Susan Lui: http://luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/

Thank you all so much for joining us today! We hope you'll come back and see us tomorrow for more spectacular fun with Graphic 45, Want2Scrap and Art Glitter! Big thanks to Kristin Wilson, Arlene Cuevas, Jim the Gentleman Crafter and Betto Cesare for their brilliant work today! We wish you all a very happy day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45