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28 posts from August 2012

August 31, 2012

Harmonious Layout & Cards Featuring Bird Song!

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Hello G45ers, 

Happy Friday you all! Wow, what a week it's been! The Graphic 45 office is buzzing with activity as we've been processing orders for our brand new collections Bird Song and Nutcracker Sweet! This is a super busy time of year but we love it! Our new collections will begin arriving in stores very soon. We know you are all anxious to get your hands on these wonderful new products! Well we thought we'd amp up your excitement by sharing some stunning Bird Song crafts today! Tara Orr and Gloria Stengel have created some awe-inspiring crafts that you're going to love! There's an exquisite layout by Tara and two marvelous cards by Gloria! Inspiration is in bloom on today's blog! But first we want to announce the winner of this week's blog contest! This week's winner was chosen at random from our Facebook comments. And the winner is...

-Cathy Ross: "The Ladies Diary cards are absolutely gorgeous! And I can already envision an Advent calendar with the Nutcracker Sweet sweets!"

Congratulations, Cathy! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the amazing Nutcracker Sweet prize that Cathy won! We will have a new blog contest on Monday where you'll all have a chance to win more fabulous Graphic 45 goodies!

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And now it's time for some fabulous crafts! First up is this amazing Bird Song layout by Tara Orr. Tara used her classic paper layering and paper distressing to add gorgeous texture and dimension to this LO. You can really feel the love in this gorgeous work of art. The fussy cut birds and flowers look superb with stunning embellishments! This just goes to show you what you can create when you're inspired by love and fabulous papers!

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Supplies:

May Arts Ribbon
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares

Next we have two incredible Bird Song cards by Gloria Stengel. Both of these cards are perfect for any occasion. Here you can see some splendid uses of the new Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes and Ornate Metal Keys. The vibrant patterned papers create an instance sense of joy and peace. This card is true classic! Here is what Gloria had to say about Bird Song!

"The beautiful papers in the Bird Song Collection lend themselves to cards! The combinations and possibilities are endless. Adding paper flowers and a bit of metal just allows the papers to pop" -Gloria Stengel
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Supplies:

 Graphic 45 Staples:Metal: Key, Keyhole, Brads
 Graphic 45 packaging tag
 American Crafts: cardstock
 Clearsnap Colorbox: Dragonfly Black Pigment Ink; Graphic 45 Decades Photogenic Antiquing Ink 
 May Arts: ribbon 
Wild Orchid Crafts: paper flowers
 Adhesive: Glue Dots, foam squares, tape runner, white glue
Other: Asian coins

Here is another wonderful Bird Song card by Gloria Stengel. The gorgeous combination of soft pinks and sky blues is just perfect in this card! By layering the beautiful Bird Song papers and adding a few simple embellishments you can create so many amazing crafts! Let these beautiful cards inspire you to make a joyful treasure with Bird Song! Here's a fun tip from Gloria herself!

"Coat metal butterfly staples with matte gel medium and adhere paper. Trim paper and sand edges. Glue pen nib to the butterfly to mimic the butterfly's body." -Gloria Stengel

 
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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers: Bird Song
Good Fortune
Tranquility
Cherry Blossom
Shanghai Girls
Graphic 45 Staples:
Metal: Keyhole, Butterfly
American Crafts: cardstock
Clearsnap Colorbox: Wicked Archival Ink
Hampton Arts: Stamp
Really Reasonable Ribbon: ribbon
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: pen nib
Wild Orchid Crafts: paper flowers
Copic: Markers
Martha Stewart: punches
My Favorite Things: Fishtail Flag Stax die
Adhesive: Glue Dots, tape runner, white glue, Liquitex matte gel
Other: Asian coins, brads
 
Well that's all for today, G45ers. We hope you had fun seeing today's fabulous Bird Song crafts! Huge thanks to Tara Orr and Gloria Stengel for their incredible creations today! We have yet another fun week of crafts and prizes coming up! We hope you'll all come back and see us! Have a great day and a very happy weekend!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

August 30, 2012

Beautiful Graphic 45 Tags to Brighten Your Day!

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Hello G45ers,

It's another gorgeous day here at the Graphic 45 blog! We are so happy that you've stopped by today! We've got some real treats planned for you! Today we'll be showing you some stunning tags from Tara Orr, Nicole Eccles and Clare Charvill of our design team. These amazing creations are full of inspiration and beauty that are sure to brighten your day! Tags are so much fun to make and they have so many uses! You can give them as gifts, use them as decorative bookmarks, attach them to some lovely ribbon to make a fun banner, or incorporate them into a layout or mini album. The list goes on and on! Tags can also be a great way to start a bigger project. Need to get your creative gears turning? Start with a simple tag and see where your imagination takes you! Who knows, your tag might be a gateway to a grand layout of mini album! Tags are super cool! So lets get our tag celebration started with this gorgeous creation by Tara Orr. She recycled the packaging from some Graphic 45 Staples and used it as the base for this tag. Then she used our lovely collection A Ladies' Diary as well as marvelous chipboards and pretty embellishments. The result is this exquisitely layered tag with a shabby chic charm. It's just marvelous! 

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Metal Brads
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ZVA Creative Flowers and Leaves

Next we have another fantastic tag! This one was created by Nicole Eccles and features our Happy Haunting collection. Nicole layered the fabulous patterned papers of Happy Haunting to create a beautiful Halloween scene. Then she added some pretty Happy Haunting Chipboards, Graphic 45 Metal Key and some pretty ribbon to bring all the elements together. This tag is filled with classic Graphic 45 vintage charm. It's a true Halloween dream!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers
Graphic 45 Staples: Ornate Metal Key
May Arts Ribbon
Colorbox G45 Decades Inks: Photogenic
Tombow: Glue stick
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Ranger: Glossy Accents
Other: Left over G45 Pachaging tag

Next we have an enchanting tag creation by Clare Charvil featuring our brand new collection Bird Song! This tag is rich with vibrant color and elegance. You can see how Clare beautifully layered the patterned papers with Bird Song Chipboards and Graphic 45 Trim. All of this lavish layering gives this tag wonderful dimension. Here is what Clare had to say about this sweet treasure.

"These papers are just beautiful and almost too good to cut into. I kept a simple colour palet of creams reds and blacks (my favourites, for this project and after layering the elements added a die cut branch and blossoms which I coloured with distress ink pens.  Have fun if you make one for yourself." -Clare Charvill

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Bird Song 8 x 8 papers 
Other supplies 
Black 300gsm card 
Memory box Grand Madison Window die 
flower punch from local craft store 
Sizzlits Decorative strip - Birds & Branches 
Glossy Accents 
Ranger Distress Ink - Black Soot 
Ranger Distress Pens - crushed olive, worn lipstick, scattered straw 
Bling from my stash

That's all for today, G45ers. We hope today's crafts inspired you to create some fun tags yourself! And don't forget that today is the last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's blog prize! We will be picking one random winner from this week's comments and announcing them on the blog tomorrow! We will also have more superb craft inspiration on tomorrow's blog. You're going to love it! Huge thanks to Tara Orr, Nicole Eccles and Clare Charville for their amazing creations today. We wish you all a beautiful day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


August 29, 2012

Fabulous Cards Featuring A Ladies' Diary!

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another fabulous day of inspiration here at Graphic 45! We are so pleased that you are joining us today! We are going to have a lot of fun. Today we're featuring some gorgeous card creations from our design team that feature A Ladies' Diary. You will see some unique and beautiful ways to create one-of-a-kind cards with this exquisite paper collection. You are going to love today's cards by Maiko Miwa and Susan Lui. But first we wanted to remind you all about this week's wonderful blog contest! We're giving away this amazing Nutcracker Sweet prize pack to one lucky winner. All you need to do is leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week. We will choose one random winner from this week's comments and announce them on our blog this Friday! How exciting!

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And now it's time for some fabulous crafts! Now that summer is winding down and the transition into Autumn has begun it's a great time to craft! Having a sweet stash of handmade cards is always a great idea. You never know when you'll have the occasion to send something special to a loved one. Really any time is a good time to receive a beautiful handmade card! Let today's cards inspire you to create something special! First up is this gorgeous card by Maiko Miwa. This sweet little card was made with A Ladies' Diary papers and chipboards. Maiko also used some beautiful embellishments like Graphic 45 Trim Staples and Metal Butterfly Staples to give this card a loving and cheerful look. Behold the beauty!

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Supplies:
Acrylic board:Grafix
Stamps(Little Darings Cling 3,Olde Curiosity Shoppe Cling2) :Graphic45
Inks (staze on opaque):tsukineko
LiquidPearl:Ranger
Flowers:Prima

Next we have this marvelous card by Susan Lui. You can see some wonderful examples of paper distressing and fussy cutting in this stunning card. These techniques add brilliant texture and dimension to any craft creation. The feminine spirit of A Ladies' Diary really shines in this magnificent card!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary collection - 8x8 Paper Pad, A Ladies Diary, Fashion Plate, Moment In Time
Graphic 45 Staples - Trim Staples
American Crafts Vanilla Cardstock
Zva Creative Champagne & Chocolate Crystal Flourish

Here is another marvelous card by Susan Lui featuring A Ladies' Diary. This card has such classic elegance. Susan layered the beautiful patterned papers from A Ladies' Diary and added some lovely ribbons and bling to give this card an ultra stylish look. This card is perfect for any occasion and it's so much fun to make!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary collection - 8x8 Paper Pad, A Ladies Diary, Fashion Plate, Ageless Beauty, Lasting Impression
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary Chipboard Die Cuts 1
American Crafts Vanilla Cardstock
Zva Creative Pearl Flourish

That's all for today, G45ers! Thank you all so much for joining us! Big thanks to Maiko Miwa and Susan Lui of our design team for their stunning creations today! We will have more marvelous crafts to share with you all on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll join us. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this weeks amazing Nutcracker Sweet prize! Have a fabulous day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

August 28, 2012

Fun and Inspirational Book Tutorial By Jane Tregenza: Part 2

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Hello G45ers,

Happy Tuesday and welcome to our blog today! We've got a super special treat for you all! Today we're bringing you part 2 of Jane Tregenza's amazing book 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. 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! In case you missed part 1 of Jane's tutorial series you can check it out here!

Jane Tregenza's Book Tutorial Part 1

Today you'll learn how to create another foundation page as well as Page 2 of the book and its accompanying mini book tag! Get ready for some serious fun and creativity! Take it away, Jane!

Black foundation Pages

Instructions for creating a foundation page:

Each month you will need to make a foundation page. For this you will need two black sheets of cardstock.

Cut one to 8 ½ x11 inches- set it aside. Cut your second one to 9 ½ x 11 inches. Please keep the left over bits as you will need them later on.

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The 9 ½ x 11 inches piece needs to be scored, place it in your cutter at 8 ½ 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 ½ 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 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.

Book Tutorial Page 2

Download JT Page 2 With Photos

A page for our partner, or a male in our life.

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Please follow the instructions carefully. Read each instruction to the end of the instruction before cutting. Lots of the papers are used in the mini book and tag 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 using Tim Holtz Distress ink – Vintage Photo and Colorbox Liquid Chalk ink – Dark Brown.

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. Or email me at jane@seriouslyscrapbooking.net.au

Materials List:

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Print Papers

2x Genuine Article

1x Optical Oddities

1x Race for Time

1x Bazaar of Wonder

1x Apothecary

1x Counting Down

1x Mercurial Masterpiece

½ x Olde Curiosity Shoppe

¾ x Exquisite Motif

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard

IDP0021 Perfect Man

IDS006 3.5 inch Clock

IDT0020 Tiny Cogs

IDA0006 Alphas Uppercase.

4x Black Cardstock

1x Cajun Cardstock

Metal Brads

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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3L 12x12 Adhesive sheets

3L Classic Black Photo Corners

Wet Glue

 

The instructions for creating your 2nd page.

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From your first sheet of Genuine Article print paper, cut a piece 8 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches. You need to place the paper in your trimmer with the print and images sideways.  Please cut the 10 ¾ inch measurement first, now remove your print paper and put in into your trimmer with the print so you can read it but upside down!. Now cut it back to 8 ¼ inches this will mean you are cutting the extra bit of the left end of your sheet.  Keep the leftover pieces for your Mini Book and Tags.

Cut your second sheet of Genuine Article print paper to 9 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches. You need to place the paper in your trimmer with the print sideways. Please cut the 10 ¾ inch measurement first, the remove your print paper and put in into your trimmer with the print so you can read it. Now cut it back to 9 ¼ inches. This will mean you are removing the extra bit from the right edge of your print paper. Keep the leftover pieces for your Mini Book and Tags.

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Now when you place your prints next to each other, you will find that you have removed the extra bits from the middle of your double page.

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You need to completely cover the back of both pieces of Genuine Article 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 first. 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. This will create a fold that you can see and use to line up your second piece.

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Now 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 print up in the middle as it not really that important.

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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.

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

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From your sheet of Optical Oddities you need to cut the following pieces as shown in the photo above. It is important that you cut it as shown, as the pieces are needed in the mini book and on the tags. Just put them to one side.

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From your sheet of Bazaar of Wonders cut the following pieces as shown in the photo above. We need the diamond border and black clock strip, the postcard, Olde curiosity Shoppe, the lady with the key in her back, and the eye chart. The rest of the pieces you can keep and use another time. Put all the pieces you need to one side.

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Now we are going to make the pocket. From your spare black cardstock, cut two rectangles 6 inches x 7 1/2 inches. We only need one for the pocket; once the pocket is finished you will be adhering the second one to the back to cover all the brads. From your sheet of Race for Time, cut a piece 5 7/8 inches x 7 ¼ inches. Cut the 5 7/8 inches first then cut the piece back to 7 ¼ inches. Ink around the edges and adhere it to your piece of black cardstock. You should have a little bit of black showing at the left end and at the top of your black rectangle, don’t worry about having any black showing at the bottom or if you have too much at the right end. We will be hiding the right end and the bottom with a border. Cut a piece of Ole Curiosity Shoppe, (it has black diamonds on it). Cut it to be 5 diamonds high and 10 diamonds wide. Ink around the edges and adhere it to your Race for Time print, it needs to be 5/8 inches in from the left edge, 5/8 inches down from the top and about 5/8 inches up from the bottom. Don’t worry that it is too close to the right edge.

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Find your piece of Optical Oddities, find the piece that has the glasses and words, use the above photo as a guide, you will need to remove the last word UNUSUAL to make it fit. Adhere it to your rectangle, it needs to be one diamond in from the left edge and near the top of your Race for Time.

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Find your postcard, cut a piece of black cardstock to 3 ¼ inches x 5 ¼ inches (use a piece from your left over bits-foundation page). Cut a second mat from your Cajun cardstock, it needs to be 3 ½ inches x 5 ½ inches. Adhere the postcard to the black mat then to the Cajun mat. Add it to your rectangle; it needs to be ½ inch down from the top of the diamond piece and 5/16 inches in from the left edge of the diamond piece.

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Ink an Imaginarium designs chipboard clock black and glue it your postcard. From your ¾ sheet of Exquisite Motif, punch a circle, and glue it to the middle of your clock.

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Choose an assortment of Imaginarium designs mini cogs, some need to be black and others inked with vintage photo. Layer the cogs on top of each other and then on top of your clock. Use brads to adhere them to your pocket, make sure push the brads right through to the back of the pocket. Once your pocket is finished,  adhere your second black cardstock rectangle on the back. This will hide the brads and make sure your tag and book don’t catch on them.

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From your sheet of Exquisite Motif, cut 6 - ¾ inch strips.

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This border is done slightly different to our first page, so please read the instructions carefully. We will be starting in the top left corner of our page, then doing the bottom left corner. 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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Lay the top strip back down and trim the excess of the one underneath, using the top strip as a guide.

Once you are happy with your corner, repeat for the bottom left corner.

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Now we have the borders on the left side of our page ready. We need to trim our borders back in the middle of our page. These borders need to come over the fold of our page about one inch. You can cut the excess off with a pair of scissors. Carefully remove all three border pieces from your page and put tape on the back of them, covering all of the strips. Adhere them to your page in the same place, checking that your corners line up again. Once the borders are on, please fold your page so you can see the fold crease in your borders in the middle. You need to see this when we do the other borders on the right side of our page

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Now we need to place our pocket onto our page. It is to be a pocket with the left and top edge not attached to your page. You will need to put tape on your founation page, so the pocket is attached to the page on the right and bottom side and corner of your page only. Use the above photo as a guide. Please don’t worry about the right side of your page yet!

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Now it is time to do the  borders on the right side of your page. Start at the bottom right corner. Adhere a strip to your page with just a little bit of tape. Place a second strip on your page at the top, 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. Place the third strip on your page on the right edge and over the top of your two corner pieces.

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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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Lay the top strip back down and trim the excess of the one underneath, using the top strip as a guide.

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Once you have done both corners, you need to trim the excess off in the middle of our page. Go to the middle of your page. Find the fold crease in the border that is already on your page. Cut your top border piece so it is about 1/8 inch to the right of this crease. It can’t go over this crease onto the left side of your page or your page will not shut right and your border will not look nice. Now you need to carefully lift all three borders off the right side of your page and place tape all over back of them and adhere them down again in the same place so the corners line up and the end of your borders are where they should be in the middle of your page.

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Now we need to add some brads through the border and pocket to hold it in place. Measurer in from the right edge and add a brad every inch across the bottom of your pocket and through the boarder. Repeat up the right side of your boarder and pocket until you reach the top the pocket

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We need to add three brads to each corner. Measure in one inch and add a brad, measure up one inch and add a brad. Line the two up and add a brad in the middle and in the mitred corner. Do this to all four corners.

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From your sheet of Counting Down, cut a piece 3 ¾ inches x 8 ¼ inches. Cut a piece of black cardstock

4 inches x 8 ½ inches and adhere your Counting Down piece to it. Adhere it to your page, it needs to go on the left side of your page and ¾ inch in, and ½ inch down, from the inside edge of your border. Push four brads into the corners of your piece.

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Choose a 4x6 inch photo and mat it onto a piece of black cardstock, mat it again onto a piece of Cajun cardstock and then black again. The first black mat should be 4 ¼ x 6 ¼ inches. The second mat from Cajun should be 4 ¾ x 6 ¾ inches and the third black mat should be 5 x 7 inches.

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Adhere it to your page over the top of the Counting Down piece. It needs to be 2 ¼ inches in on the left and 1 ½ down from the inside edge of your border.

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From your left over bits of Bazaar of Wonders, cut a piece 1 ¼ x 7 ¼ inches and mat it onto a piece of black cardstock. Find your diamond border, it also came from your Bazaar of Wonders and cut it to fit on top. Add the finished piece to your page; it will need to go over your photo. Add four brads in each corner of your strip.  Add a chipboard shape with a punched circle on it. Push a brad through the whole piece to adhere it to your page at the left end of the strip.  Use the rest of the strip to add the person’s name to your page.

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Add your title to the top of your page to finish it.

Done, now we can start the mini book and Tag.

Mini Book and Tag Tutorial - Page 2

Mini book for 2nd Page

Download JT Page 2 Mini Book and Tags Tutorial with photos ready to print

Instructions for creating the Mini Book.

Please follow my instructions carefully, as you will need all the left over bits of your print paper. Remember to ink the edges of all the following pieces, except the black cardstock.

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From your sheet of Apothecary cut a piece 8 x 9 ½ inches, you need to place the paper into your trimmer sideways and cut the 8 inch piece first. Then you can cut it back to 9 ½ inches. Ink around the edges, please ink both sides of the paper.

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Fold the paper it in half, so that it is 8 inches high, but only 4 ¾ inches wide.

For your Cover

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Cut a piece of Counting Down to 3 ¾ x 7 inches. Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 x 7 ¼ inches. Adhere it to your Counting Down piece. For the photo mats you need to cut a piece of black cardstock 3 ½ x 4 ½ inches. Cut a piece of Cajun 3 x 4 inches and adhere the two pieces together. Cut a piece of Mercurial Masterpiece to 1 ¼ x 3 3/8 inches, cut a piece of black cardstock 1 3/8 x 3 ½ inches and adhere the two pieces together. Find your clock border and cut a piece fit on your Counting Down piece.  Adhere all three elements onto your piece of counting down. Adhere it to the front of your mini book and add four photo corners and a chipboard phrase to finish it off.

Inside

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From your left over bits of Optical Oddities, find the piece big enough to cut two rectangles 2 ½ x 7 7/8 inches. Adhere them each side of the inside of your mini book.

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From your sheet of Mercurial Masterpiece cut two pieces, 3 x 7 ½ inches and adhere them each side of the centre fold of your mini book and over the top of your Optical Oddities.

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From your sheet of Race for Time, cut a piece 6 x 8 inches and fold in half, so it is 6 inches high and 4 inches wide. Adhere the back piece of it to your mini book placing it on the right side of the page, and to the right of your centre fold, as shown in the photo above. Use the left over piece of Race for Time, (it should be 4 x 6 inches) and adhere it to your mini book on the left side of your centre fold. Make sure both pieces are lined up but there should be a small gap in the middle so your mini book can close.

Inside Left page

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To finish the inside left page, find your spare pieces of Apothecary Print Paper and cut one to 2 ½ x 3 ¾ inches and adhere it to your Race for Time piece. Find the eye chart from your Bazaar of Wonders print paper and mat it onto a piece of black cardstock and add it to your page. Add a photo mat (3 ½ x 5 ½ inches) to the facing page to finish it off.

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Inside Page

Find your Olde Curiosity card and clock border from your sheet of Bazaar of Wonders.  Cut your card in half, and add each piece to the right page as shown in the photo above. Add your piece of clock border to the page; it will need to go about ½ inch up from the bottom. Find one of your eye charts from your Optical Oddities and trim it back. Mat it onto a piece black cardstock and adhere it to your page, add four photo corners.

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Cut two photo mats 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches and add them to your page as shown.

You can decorate the back page of your mini book using your left over pieces as you like, once you have finished all my instructions and know what you have left over.

 

Tag

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Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 x 7 ½ inches. Cut a piece of Mercurial Masterpiece to 3 ¾ x 7 ¼ inches and adhere it to your cardstock. Find a piece of your left over Apothecary print paper. Cut a piece of the border part with the bottles on it. It needs to be 1 ¼ x 3 5/8 inches. Adhere it to your tag near the top of the spotty piece. Cut a piece of Genuine article Print Paper to 3 5/8 inches wide x 2 ¾ inches high. Adhere it to the bottom of your tag. Find a piece of your black diamond print, cut it to be one diamond high and 6 diamonds long. Trim it to fit across the front of your tag. Mat it onto a piece of black card stock, make sure it fits on your tag. Once you are happy with it, adhere it to your tag.

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Find your lady with the key in her back and cut a piece of black cardstock to fit in the middle of the square. Cut a piece of Cajun cardstock to 3 ¼ x 4 ½ inches. Add your Lady square onto it.  Add it to your tag to finish it off.

Once you have added your photos, you can place your mini book and tag into your pocket.


And you're done!

We hope you all had a lot of fun with today's amazing tutorial by Jane Tregenza! We will be featuring the third part of Jane's tutorial series on Tuesday, September 25th. We hope you'll join us! We will also have more gorgeous crafts and tons of inspiration for you on tomorrow's blog. It's going to be a beautiful day! Huge thanks to Jane Tregenza for her incredible work. We hope you all have a terrific Tuesday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

August 27, 2012

G45's Marvelous Monday Inspiration, Contest & Tutorial!

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Kids Doodlepad Renaissance Faire

Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday to you all and welcome to another glorious week here at the Graphic 45 blog! We're making it our mission to fill your day with as much joy and inspiration as possible! We've got some real treats in store for you today. We've got a brand new blog contest where you can win some fabulous new Graphic 45 product. Plus we've got stunning crafts from Arlene Cuevas and Sharon Ngoo. There's even a great tutorial! Today is going to be so much fun! So lets begin with this week's new blog contest! We're giving away this wonderful Nutcracker Sweet prize pack that includes a Nutcracker Sweet 12x12 paper pad, both sets of coordinating stickers, a set of chipboard die-cuts, Metal Hinge Staples and a Petal Point Ink Pad from Clearsnap! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win. We will be choosing one random winner and announcing them on our blog this Friday, August 31st!

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There is even more reason to celebrate today because this is officially the birthday of Sharon Ngoo of our design team! Last week we got a little too excited about Sharon's birthday and announced it here on our blog a week early. Opps! Well today is undoubtedly her real birthday. So we want to wish her a very happy day! We love Sharon's amazing talent. Her crafts are such a wonderful addition to our blog and design team. Happy Birthday, Sharon! You are stupendous!

To help celebrate Sharon's birthday we thought it would be fun to share this gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe birthday card by Arlene Cuevas! This card is simply gorgeous! The vibrant blues and reds look amazing against the more subtle black and creme patterned papers. Plus Arlene did a great job of using Graphic 45 Metal Tag Staples and Metal Brad Staples. Here is what Arlene had to say about this marvelous creation!

"I created this masculine card for my younger brother who celebrated a birthday in May. The Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers are so versatile, and I just love the coordinating cardstock stickers. The coordinating embellishments literally take the thinking away so all you have to do is create! Hope you give a card a try using this fabulous collection!" -Arlene Cuevas

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Supplies:

Old Curiosity Shoppe Cardstock stickers
Paper Trey Ink Black Cardstock
Paper Trey Ink Kraft Cardstock
Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink
Recollections brads (black)
Cheery Lynn Designs die: Pair of Ferns
Stampin' Up Word Window punch
Sentiment printed from computer

Here we have a wonderful creation from the birthday girl herself, Sharon Ngoo! This is a fabulous doodlepad featuring Renaissance Faire! This is such a beautiful idea. It would make a perfect gift and it is lots of fun to create. Sharon even made an excellent tutorial to show you how it was done. Wow! Take it away, Sharon!

"My daughter is constantly doodling and drawing on all kinds of scraps of paper around the house so I thought it would be cool to make her a little doodlepad out of leftover jotterbooks we had lying around.  The project is simple enough that you could make it with your child and is quick and satisfying.  For my little artist, I of course had to choose papers from the Graphic45 Renaissance Faire collection!  But this would look great with ANY Graphic45 collection!"

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And here's a step by step tutorial that can help you make this project with YOUR little artist!  Enjoy!

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Kids Doodlepad Renaissance Faire (Tutorial)
Graphic45 Supplies:
1.  Renaissance Faire Frames (die cuts)
2.  Renaissance Faire Bona Fide paper
3.  Renaissance Faire Tudor Rose paper
4.  An ABC Primer Chipboard Die-cuts 1
Other supplies:
1.  Chipboard from stationery store

2.  Twine
3.  eyelets
4.  recycled jotter book
5.  Ribbon - American Craft

Well that's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for joining us. We want to thank Arlene Cuevas and Sharon Ngoo for their amazing work today. Once again we want to wish Sharon a very happy birthday. We look forward to reading all of your blog and Facebook comments this week. We've got a fantastic week planned for you. Tomorrow is part 2 of Jane Tregenza's book tutorial! You wont want to miss out! We wish you all a very happy day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45