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26 posts from March 2013

March 30, 2013

Graphic 45 Presents a February Place in Time "Happy Birthday" Card Project Sheet


February Place in Time "Happy Birthday" Card





Download the Place in Time February "Happy Birthday" Card Project Sheet

March 29, 2013

Last Minute Ideas For Fun Easter Crafts


Hello G45ers,

Are you getting excited for Easter? Well if you are looking for some last minute inspiration for colorful Easter and spring-inspired crafts then you've come to the right place! Today we are going to share some joyful Secret Garden crafts that are just perfect for Easter! The soft pastel color pallet of Secret Garden, along with its delicate floral designs, make it the perfect paper collection for this magnificent season! Today we will be sharing a fantastic 3-D illustration book by Susan Lui and an enchanting card by Arlene Cuevas! Also, if you loved Arlene's beautiful Secret Garden mixed media mini album that we featured here on our blog on March 21st, we've got Part 2 of her incredible video tour of this fantastic creation! So sit back, relax and enjoy some splendid Easter craft inspiration from Graphic 45!

First up we have a winner to announce for this week's blog contest! Chosen at random from this week's blog comments, the winner is...

-Cindy Wirl: "Gorgeous frame, this awesome giveaway would be perfect on my recipe box I plan on making for my sister,who happens to have chicken decor in her kitchen! Thanks for the chance to win!"

Congratulations, Cindy! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the amazing French Country prize that Cindy won this week! We will have another marvelous blog contest on Monday so stay tuned for more chances to win some amazing Graphic 45 goodies!

French Country Prize Contest Graphic 45

First up in today's Easter inspiration is this incredible Secret Garden 3-D illustration book by Susan Lui! This incredible creation is just perfect for home decor or a beautiful handmade gift! Secret Garden springs to life in this bright and cheerful work of art! Here is what Susan had to say about it!

"Here's a project I created using Graphic 45's Secret Garden and Olde Curiosity Shoppe collections. As the Secret Garden collection takes its inspiration from the book of the same title, I thought it would be fun to create a 3D illustration of 'From the pages of the Secret Garden." The project shows an open book with scenes from the book, and butterflies fluttering about in the garden, seemingly suspended in mid-air. One of the pages features text stamped on cardstock from Graphic 45's A Ladies' Diary Cling Stamp. I love how you can combine different collections from Graphic 45 because they complement each other so well." -Susan Lui

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Gift Book 3-D Spring Easter

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Gift Book 3-D Spring Easter

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden From the Pages Of 3

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Gift Book 3-D Spring Easter

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden From the Pages Of 5

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden From the Pages Of 6


Graphic 45 Secret Garden patterned papers - Secret Garden, Pretty Primrose, April Showers, Springtime, May Flowers
Graphic 45 Secret Garden Banners
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Butterfly Species
Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary Cling Stamp 1
Prima Markeeting flowers

Next up is this darling Secret Garden card by Arlene Cuevas. This creation is just perfect for Easter! If you've got some last minute cards to make for your Easter celebration then get ready for some serious inspiration! You can see how Arlene layered and distressed the beautiful Secret Garden papers and added pretty Secret Garden Chipboard Die-Cuts for even more color and dimension. Handmade flowers and other sweet embellishments only add to the cheer of this marvelous card! This card would make the perfect Easter gift for someone you love! Check out this gorgeous video tutorial to learn a fun shabby chic card and flower technique!



Secret Garden Card Arlene Cuevas Easter Spring Gift



Secret Garden Card Arlene Cuevas Easter Spring Gift





Secret Garden: 8x8 pad, 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pack, Cardstock Flowers, Cardstock banners, Chipboard #2, stickers
Staples: Metal Clothespin "Timeless"
PaperTrey Ink White and Kraft cardstock
I Am Roses flowers
Cheery Lynn Designs dies: Sophia's heart (doily), Leaf Flourish
White Doily
Zva Creations white pearl flourish
Recollections white pearls
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Secret Garden Stamps (embossed inside card)
White embossing powder
3M ATG Adhesive
Glossy Accents

Next we wanted to share Part 2 of Arlene Cuevas's Secret Garden mixed media mini album video walk-through! This project was originally posted on March 21st and it was such a huge success! We had so many incredible comments about this project! By popular demand, Arlene created another video that takes you on a more in-depth tour of the inside of this amazing mini! In case you missed the original blog post and mixed media tutorial, you can view it here!


Secret Garden Mixed Media Mini Arlene Cuevas Book Video Tutorial

Secret Garden mini album complete walk through video:



We hope you all enjoyed today's last minute Easter craft inspiration! We want to thank Susan Lui and Arlene Cuevas for their incredible work today! We hope your Easter is filled with fun, family and togetherness! Come on back and see us very soon for more grand ideas and heartwarming inspiration from all of your friends at Graphic 45! We hope you have a lovely day and a very happy Easter weekend!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

March 28, 2013

Cards & Tutorials For Holidays & Beyond!

Place in Time Card Holiday Halloween Christmas Thanksgiving Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel Tutorial

Hello G45ers,

We're having a card party today and you are the guest of honor! Today we are celebrating the fabulous art of card-making! Get ready for some incredible inspiration and fabulous ideas for beautiful and easy cards! Handmade cards are both fun to create and fun to receive! Today we are sharing 4 stunning cards that are just perfect for holidays or any occasion! We will be sharing an easy and charming French Country card and tutorial by Alberto Juarez! We also have Part 4 of Gloria Stengel's magnificent Place in Time card tutorial series! You will learn how to create cards for October, November and December from one simple sketch! Get ready for smiles because today's Graphic 45 blog is off the charts with inspiration!

First up is this amazing French Country card by Alberto Juarez. This is a fun and inexpensive way to create an exquisite card for any occasion! Follow along with Alberto's easy tutorial to create this elegant card for someone you love! It's guaranteed to brighten their day! 

French Country Card Tutorial Alberto Juarez Graphic 45


Craft paper
French country stamps
French country chipboard 1
French country Tags & Pockets
May Art ribbon
Graphic45 black ink

French Country Card Tutorial Alberto Juarez Graphic 45

Next up is Part 4 of Gloria Stengel's amazing Place in Time card tutorial series! You will learn how to create these incredible cards for the months of October, November and December using one simple sketch! Just in case you missed the previous 3 installments of Gloria's card tutorials you can download them from the links provided below! Have fun and enjoy creating your classic cards with Gloria!

Download Gloria Card Series Part 1

Download Gloria Card Series Part 2

Download Gloria-card-series-part-3

Download Gloria Card Series Part 4

Place in Time Card Holiday Halloween Christmas Thanksgiving Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel Tutorial

Each card will measure 5 x 5 inches and each set of the series will correspond to a card sketch. The cards for October, November, and December correspond to the sketch below. Each set of three cards will have a similar "feel" to them.

Place in Time Card Holiday Halloween Christmas Thanksgiving Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel Tutorial


Graphic 45 papers:

Place in Time: Cut-Aparts (October, November, December) - you will need TWO (2) sheets for each month

Cardstock: Bazzill Cajun, Java; American Crafts Black; Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla

Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk

Stamps: Crafty Secrets (Halloween Fun); Waltzing Mouse (Basket Additions)

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Leaves and floral: Michael's Crafts

Button: All Dressed Up

Pearls: Want2Scrap

Scrabble tiles: unknown

Die Cuts: My Favorite Things Die-namics Mini Tabs Quartet

Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Fiskars postage edge scissors

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Beacon Fabri-tac; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Scor-tape

I used the same sketch for all three cards in Part IV of this series, but each card is unique. I used the papers and images from the monthly cut apart sheets and added a few embellishments and a sentiment to each card. Please notice that I did not use flowers for every card. I interpreted the sketch differently to fit the themes of the cards.

Cut List: I do not provide you with a cut list for the cards because you are working from a sketch. If you wish to figure out the exact measurements of the layers, simply copy the image into a photo editing program or a text editor and print it at 5 x 5 inches. You can then measure each layer. The beauty of working from a sketch is that you can customize the card to meet your own specifications. (My measurements may not match the sketch exactly.)

Measurements: I try to keep to the standard of length x width for my measurements. Length means from the top of the card to the bottom. Width means from the left to the right.

Cardstock Mats: You will notice that all of my cardstock mats are 1/16 inches. To achieve this, cut your printed paper to size, and then increase the size of your cardstock by 1/8 inch. For example, if your printed paper measures 2 x 4 inches, then cut your cardstock mat to 2 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches. This will give you a 1/16 inch mat on all four sides. I work in 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 inch increments for all of my projects. This makes measuring a snap!

Images: I trim my images from Graphic 45 paper, and then I use the Perfect Layers tool to achieve a 1/16 inch mat. You can use a paper trimmer, but I find it easier to use a craft knife and the Layers ruler.


Place in Time Card Holiday Halloween Christmas Thanksgiving Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel Tutorial

The October card is a cute Halloween card. I adore vintage images, and this little girl and her kitten is so precious. 

Note: To achieve the 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inch striped panel, I had to combine two pieces of the printed paper. You will notice that the back of each Cut-Aparts sheet has three printed designs. None of them is wide enough to cut a 4 3/4 inch square. You have to get creative!

Cut one piece of the striped paper to 4 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches. Cut a second piece to approximately 2 x 4 3/4 inches by inches. Make sure that your stripes will line up properly before you cut your second piece of paper! Combine the two pieces to form a 4 3/4 inch square. You may use a decorative paper strip or some ribbon to cover the seam. 

I attach some of my elements with dimensional tape to give them "lift." When gluing ribbon to the cardstock, or when gluing buttons to ribbon, I always use Beacon Fabri-tac. It "grabs" the fabric qualities of the ribbon and seems to hold up to handling and mailing.



The inside of each card is decorated to match the month. I lined both the top and bottom with cream cardstock and then cut a few elements from the Cut-Aparts sheet to decorate. You could stamp a sentiment inside if you wish. 


Place in Time Card Holiday Halloween Christmas Thanksgiving Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel Tutorial

Here in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving in November. I love this image of the little "Pilgrim" girl making a pie.

Follow the same steps that you used for the striped paper above to "stretch" the dotted paper for this card. The paper strip will cover the seam.




Place in Time Card Holiday Halloween Christmas Thanksgiving Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel Tutorial

This adorable image of Santa and the children is perfect for December!

You will once again, piece the floral paper together to make a 4 3/4 inch square panel. I chose not to cover the seam as it is not very visible.



I hope you enjoyed Part IV of this card series. This is the last set of cards. Part V will be a decorative box to hold all 12 cards in the series.

If you have any questions, email me at stengelgloria@gmail.com or visit my blog at www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com.

We hope you all had fun on today's Graphic 45 blog! We are thrilled that you stopped by to see us! 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 fabulous French Country prize! We will announce our randomly chosen winner on tomorrow's blog along with even more craft inspiration! So stay tuned! We want to thank Alberto Juarez and Gloria Stengel for their incredible work today! Thank you all so much for joining us! Have a delightful day, G45ers!

Happy Card Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

March 27, 2013

DIY Ideas For Fun Easter Crafts!

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Hello G45ers,

Easter is just around the corner! Can you believe it?! Easter is such a grand holiday of family togetherness and celebration. Today we thought it would be fun to get you in the Easter spirit with some bright and cheerful DIY crafts and tutorials! We will be sharing a gorgeous Secret Garden card and sketch by Kristin Wilson. Plus we have a very special Place in Time Easter layout and tutorial by Clare Charvill! Inspiration is blooming like Easter lilies on today's Graphic 45 blog! But first we want to remind you all about this week's blog contest! You can enter to win this fabulous French Country prize by leaving us a blog or Facebook comment this week! A random winner will be chosen from this week's comments and announced on this Friday's blog! So stay tuned!

French Country Prize Graphic 45

First up we have this beautiful Secret Garden card and sketch by Kristin Wilson. True, this is a birthday card. But like all cards you can use the marvelous Sentiments page from Place in Time or Alphabet Stickers from Secret Garden to create your own custom Easter or springtime greeting! And of course this card is the perfect way to brighten a loved one's birthday! Secret Garden gives you endless possibilities for incredible spring-inspired crafts! Create a pretty handmade card for someone you love this Easter by following Kristin's fun and easy sketch!





Graphic 45: Secret Garden Collection Papers, Cardstock Stickers, Metal Brad
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Punches, Stamp
Melissa Frances: Key Hole
Jenny Bowlin: Butterfly Stick Pin
Craft Store: Doily

Next we have this superb Place in Time Easter creation by Clare Charvill! She has made a magnificent Easter layout that is just perfect for immortalizing your joyful Easter memories! Follow along in Clare's step-by-step tutorial to create this incredible LO that will last a lifetime! Take it away, Clare!

  Place in time Easter Layour Graphic 45 Clare Charvill


12 x 12 April Foundation Page & April Cut Apart - Place in Time

12 x 12 Butterfly Kisses and Enchanted Forrest - Once upon a Springtime

12 x 12 Parlor Wall - Olde Curiosity Shoppe (for blue butterfly)

A Place in time Sticker sheet

A Place in Time chipboard piece

Stamped Metal Brad & Ornate metal key – Graphic 45 Staples collection

12 x 12 Easel Album from the Graphic 45 Staples range

Card stock moss green

Distress Ink - Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain

Imaginarium Designs flourishes, bird cage, butterflies and alpha pieces

Dylusions Spray Ink - Melted Chocolate

Cosmic Shimmer Mist - Ocean Sunlight

Want2Scrap green bling & green silk MayArts ribbon

Movers and Shapers mini bunny and bow

Art Glitter copper and pale green

Tacky Glue,Foam Tape, Glossy Accents & Double sided tape


April is a lovely time of the year when all the little animals wake up from their wintery slumber, birds charm us with their cheerful songs, the greens on the trees are fresh and bright, spring is in the air, and we almost always celebrate Easter. These are the thoughts that inspired my 12 x 12 layout.

I used the April Foundation and April Cut Apart papers from a Place in Time, Butterfly Kisses and Enchanted Forrest from Once upon a Springtime and Parlor Wall from Olde Curiosity Shoppe (butterfly).  All paper edges are inked with vintage photo distress ink before being stuck down. 

Taking the 12 x 12 Butterfly Kisses paper, and with the stripes running towards you cut ¼” off each side and 1/2 “ off the bottom. Put double sided tape around edges on the reverse side, remove backing paper and stick down to calendar page positioning it with an even border around all edges.

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 The take the April Foundation page and using a ruler and craft knife carefully cut a 1” border starting from the “l” of the April to the top right hand corner, down the right hand side to the point that the detail starts in the bottom right hand corner.  The start again from the little blue butterfly (bottom right, to the left hand corner and up to the start of the page detail top left. 

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Then take a pair of small scissors and carefully cut around the page detail in the top left and bottom right corners leaving a 1/8” border.

Fold top right and bottom left corners diagonally and cut along fold line. 

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Put double sided tape on the reverse side of the two foundation page pieces.  Working with one of the pieces, remove backing paper to within two inches of the corner. This gives space to work on mitering the corners before sticking them down.  Repeat for the second piece and then stick both pieces over the top of the base paper leaving ¼” border around all edges. Take a ruler place it diagonally across the overlapping corners and draw a pencil line. 

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Cut along line and then cut off the triangular edge sticking out to make your neat corner.

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Now cut two corner borders from 12 x 12 Enchanted Forrest paper.

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The first, for the top right corner of the layout should measure 6” by 6”.  Put double-sided tape on the reverse side, peel off backing paper. Cut into the foundation border, ½” up from the “L” in the word April, and tucking the end of the border underneath stick over the top of the foundation border ¼” in from the border pattern.

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To finish corner add green corner from sticker sheet.  Cut the second border piece for the bottom left of the page 5” high and 7” wide.  Put double sided tape on the reverse, remove backing paper and stick down ¼” in from the border pattern on the foundation border. Add second green corner from sticker sheet to finish.

Next make the mounts from the 12 x 12 April Cut Apart paper. 

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Cut out the postcard, fold in half and cut in two.  Cut out the blue flower boy. Cut a piece of white cardstock 2 3/8” x 2” and ink with walnut stain distress ink.  Turn the cut apart sheet over cut a blue spotty mat 2 ¾” x 2 ¼”.  Layer pieces together.

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With green stripes horizontal trim down the mat to 2 ½” high.  Stick down the blue flower boy mat leaving ¼” border on right hand edge.

Then stick down the section lining up the right hand edge with the edge of the cream foundation border and covering the end of the green floral border. 

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For the photo mat in the centre of the layout cut a 7” x 5” mat from Butterfly Kisses, 6 ½” x 4 ½” from green card stock and 4 x 6” from the discarded centre of the April foundation page.

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I used my photo corner slot punch to make slots on the middle-sized mat.  Use double sided tape to stick the three pieces together.  Put double sided tape on the back of the larger mat and stick down 2 ¾” from the top of the page and 3 ½” in from the left hand edge, tucking the bottom mat under the A and P of the word April.

Stick the darker Place in Time file tab sticker to the right side of the larger mat.

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 Cut out two chipboard bunnies and bows from the mover and shaper mini bunny & bow set. Putting the bows aside spray the bunnies, birdcage, flourishes and alpha pieces with Dylusions melted chocolate spray ink and leave to dry thoroughly. Stick the large flourish over the centre photo mat, the small mat over the blue flower boy mat.

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Spray two chipboard butterflies with Ocean Sunlight Cosmic Shimmer Mist. Set aside to dry.  Cover the bunny bows with a thin layer of tacky glue and sprinkle pale green glitter over both. Leave to dry. Work some Walnut Stain distress ink to the back edges of both bunnies, and stick the bows in place.

Cut the blue border from the cut apart 12 x 12 paper, put double sided tape on the reverse side, remove the backing paper and stick across the bottom of the layout at 3 3.4” from the left edge, and ¼” up from the bottom. Place alpha pieces into position and stick down and then add a bunny at each corner of the layout.

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From the cut apart sheet cut a 31/2” strip of the bunny border and the whole April border. Cut the April border in half and punch decorative edge along one side of each piece. Put double sided tape on reverse side of the bunny border and stick the two blue border pieces to it. Turn over and stick to layout 6” up from the left hand bottom edge, covering the end of the green border.

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Take the bird chipboard piece and stick to the back of the birdcage. Cover the swirls on the birdcage with a very thin layer of tacky glue and sprinkle over bronze glitter. Leave to dry.  Punch a hole through the bottom of the birdcage and chipboard piece, and using a jump ring add an ornate metal key.  Put tacky glue on the back of the chipboard piece and slide the birdcage under the April wording and flower spray, top left of the layout, lining the bottom of the cage up with the bottom of the border you’ve just added.  Stick a tiny ribbon bow to the daffodil stems and then put a little tacky glue under the stems and the bottom of the A, hold down until paper is stuck down.

Place in time Easter Layour Graphic 45 Clare Charvill tutorial

Take the little boy and girl stickers, stick pink over blue as shown in the picture, put strips of foam tape on the back, peel off backing paper and stick down on layout, over the bottom left corner of the bird cage and bunny border.

To finish off the layout, cut a tiny blue butterfly out from the 12 x 12 Parlor Wall paper and stick this, and the two chipboard butterflies to the floral decoration in the top left of the layout.  Add glossy accent detail to the April word and swirls. Add bling around the page and to the large flourish and a stamped metal brad to the small flourish.

Place in time Easter Layour Graphic 45 Clare Charvill tutorial

I hope you have as much fun as I did making this page layout yourself!

We want to thank all of you G45ers for joining us today! We hope you got some great ideas for your Easter crafting! We will have more fabulous ideas and fun for all of you on tomorrow's Graphic 45 blog! We hope you'll come back and see us! Big thanks to Kristin Wilson and Clare Charvill for their beautiful work today! Thank you all so much for stopping by our blog today! Enjoy your day, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

March 26, 2013

Fun and Inspirational Book Tutorial By Jane Tregenza: Part 9!

French Country Book Tutorial Jane Tregenza Graphic 45

Hello G45ers,

Don't you just love a beautiful handmade book? Then you've come to the right place! Today we are bringing you an amazing tutorial by Jane Tregenza! You've been working hard on Jane's incredible book tutorials. Well today you're going to learn how to create an exquisite cover for your book! Jane's magnificent book-binding technique is so clever and fun. You can use this fantastic method for years to come! In case you missed the previous installments of Jane Tregneza's book tutorials you can see the full line-up here!


It has been an incredible journey but it's finally time to finish your book! You can download today's tutorial by clicking on the link below. Or you can follow along with us on today's fun Graphic 45 blog! So lets begin! Take it away, Jane!

Download Graphic 45 online tutorial Cover PDF

The Cover and Putting the Book together:

Well we have finally finished our book and it is time to do the cover. This is the best bit, I love making the covers for my book and finally putting it all together.

French Country Book Tutorial Jane Tregenza Graphic 45

Please follow the instructions carefully, All papers have had there edges inked. Also make sure you cover everything with tape and not just around the edges.


Please note, I am only human and do make mistakes, I have taken every care while writing the instruction, 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 Email me and I will answer as best I can.


Graphic 45 Print Papers

4500630 Sunflower x 3

4500627 French Country

4500630 Promenade

4500629 Grandeur

4500079 Haute Couture

4500631 Rendezvous

4500546 Ornate Metal Key Holes


Imaginarium Designs

IDT0026 Kerri flourish Tiny

IDS0013 Embellishment 4

Custom Designed Words

Collections Chipboard Tree Shapes

Stanislaus Imports Key and Clock

Kaiser Craft Rhinestones

Vandoros Ribbons

Tim Holtz Distress inks – Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo

Colour Box Inks – Dark Brown – Lime pastel


Instructions for putting the book together:


First up, take all the tags and mini books out of all your pages.

French Country Book Tutorial Jane Tregenza Graphic 45

From your sheets of “Grandeur” cut 16 stripes. They need to be 2 inches wide x 11 inches high.


Cover all your stripes with strong double sided tape. You need to adhered one each side of the middle of your page near the edge. Make sure you place each strip a few mm back from the edge.



All your pages should look like this.

Now you need to sort out your pages and work out the order in which you want them to go into your book.


You need to place double sided tape on the back of the first page. It needs to go on the back and not the front. This is important; you will be putting tape on the front latter. Completely cover the page to the edge of your print paper strips.

Don’t remove all the backing of your tape just yet. Just fold back a little bit.


Now you need to adhere the front of your second page onto the back of your first page. It is important that your spines line up. Your page also needs to line up at the top and bottom edge. Once you are happy with how it fits, you can remove the rest of the backing of the tape.

  French Country Book Tutorial Jane Tregenza Graphic 45

Open up your page and rub your hand firmly over the whole page to help adhere it together.


Keep repeating until you have all your pages adhered together. At the stage you should have no tape on the front of the first page or the back of the last page.


The spine of your book will look like this. Don’t worry about the slope on your spine. Every book I have made always looks like this. It’s part of the “Charm” of making your own books from scratch.


Add a few rows of adhesive tape along the edge of your printed paper strips on your first page. This tape needs to be strong.


Choose a selection of ribbons. Cut them all to about 25cm. Start at the bottom of your book. Place each ribbon onto your book on top of your tape.


I used 7 different ribbons. I needed 12 in total. Some of them I used twice.

Turn your book over and make sure all the ribbons are out from under your book.


Place adhesive tape on the back of your book, the same as you did for the front.

Place your hand on the bottom end of your book and place a bit of pressure on it forcing it down.

Starting at the bottom, wrap each ribbon from the front around your spine and adhere it to the back cover over the adhesive.

  French Country Book Tutorial Jane Tregenza Graphic 45

For something different I added another ribbon on the back in line with the ribbon on the front. This let me tie a knot in the middle of my spine to add a bit of interest. I did this twice.


Your spine should now look like this.

You can put your book aside and we will start working on the cover.


The Cover:


You will need three sheets of “Sunflower” print paper for your covers. Place one sheet of “Sunflower” print paper into your trimmer sideways and cut it to 8 inches. You need to do this twice. Each piece will be 8 inches high x 12 inches wide. Place your third sheet into your trimmer sideways and cut it back to 6 inches. So now you should have 4 pieces of print paper. Two should be 8 inches x 12 inches and two should be 6 inches x 12 inches.  


Place one of your 8x12 inch pieces down and butt one of your 6x12 inch pieces under neath it. Adhere the two together. Don’t overlap them.


Cut two sheets of heavy cardboard to 8 7/8 inches wide x 11 3/8 inches high. Cover one side of one of your pieces with double sided tape and adhere it to your print paper. Make sure you place it in the middle of your print paper.


Place lots of tape in the corner of your print paper. It needs to go about 3 inches down each side of the corner. Make sure you use some strong tape and not glue. If you use glue there is a chance that your paper will get too wet and tear.


Fold your corner up and make sure you keep it square


Use your finger nail and run along the edge of the chipboard to make a crease.


Repeat with the other corner.


Add more tape on the middle bit of your edge. Make sure you add some tape on the corners as well.


Fold the rest of your edge over and run your hand firmly over the print paper.


Repeat with all your corners until your cover looks like this. This is the inside of your cover. Repeat with the second chipboard cover so you have two the same. Make sure when you start working on the front cover you have the join in your paper near the bottom. You will be hiding it with more paper.


Use a bone folder and round each of your corners. Be careful, you don’t want to rip the paper at this stage or have the corner of the cardboard come through your paper.


Cut a piece of “Haute Couture” 3 ½ inches wide 

9 ½ inches high, ink around the edges. Adhere it to your front cover. It needs to go onto your cover, about ¾ inches down from the top and 5/8 of an inch in from the right edge of your cover. Cut a strip of

Grandeur” It needs to be about 1 ¼ inches high x 8 inches long. Adhere it to your cover, make sure you place it 1 ¾ inches down from the top edge of your cover.


Cut a strip of “Promenade” to 3 inches high x 12 inches wide. Back tear along the bottom long edge. Cut a piece of “Rendezvous” to 1 inch high x 12 inches long. Adhere it under your piece of “Rendezvous” so a little bit of it is showning.


Adhere the piece to your cover about ½ an inch up from the bottom. Wrap the ends around your cover to the back of your cover.


Your cover should look like this


Add a stripe of adhesive to your cover about ¾ inches below your diamond strip.


Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap from the back of your cover around to the front and still have enough to tie in a knot. Thread a key onto our ribbon and tie it with a bow. Add a brad each side of your knot. The brad needs to go through your ribbon and chipboard cover.


Cut a piece of “Grandeur” 4 inches wide x 10 ½ inches high. Round all four corners and adhere it to your cover. It needs to go on ½ inch down from the top of your cover. It also needs to be 3/8 o f an inch in from the right edge of your cover.


In an Imaginarium Designs chipboard frame with Versa Colour – Paprika.


Glue your frame onto your cover. Cut a piece of “Rendezvous” 2 inches high x 6 ¾ inches wide. Round all four corners, cut a mat from black cardstock and round all four corners. Adhere the two pieces together and adhere it to your cover just under your frame. 

Now we are going to put our covers on before we work on the front any more.

You need to hide the join on your back cover at this point.   Cut a strip of “Grandeur” It needs to be about 1 ¼ inches high x 12 inches long. Adhere it to the front of your back cover, make sure you cover the join in your papers and wrap the ends around to the back of your cover (inside)


Place tape on the front of your first page. The tape needs to go over the ribbons but not to the edge of your page (near the spine) Place the tape about an 1 ½ in from the spine. Only take a bit of the tape off. Place your cover face down on the table and carefully place your book onto it.


Open up your first page and check that the page is lined up nicely on your cover. If you are not happy with the placement you can remove it and try again Once you are happy with it, remove the rest of the backing of your tape and press down firmly.


Cover the back of your last page. Do the same as the front one. Place the adhesive onto the ribbons and all over the rest of your page, make sure you are about 1 ½ inches away from the spine of your pages. Again only remove a little bit of the adhesive backing, so you can place it on and line it up. Again if you are not happy with your placement you will be able to remove it and try again.

I find you need to right over the book so you can see what you are doing.


Open up the last page of your book and check that your placement is right

Once you are happy remove the rest of your backing.


Now back to the cover.


Use two chipboard branch pieces and cover them with some of your left over pieces of “Sunflower” Trim the stem off and glue the smaller one on top of your larger one. Tie a piece of ribbon around your stem and tie it in a bow. Glue them onto our cover and in the frame.


Ink two Imaginarium Designs chipboard tiny Kerry flourishes with Peeled Paint Distress ink, go over the top with a Colour box Lime Pastel ink pad. Trim them back so they fit under your branches and hang out of your frame.


Ink your words with black ink. I used Peeled Paint on my “most” word for something different


Glue all your words onto your cover. Add a clock in the middle of your O in the word Important.


Cut two strips from your sheet of “Rendezvous” I used a

Tim Holtz Sizzix die to do this. Glue the two strips together and pleat them up. This will make a flower rosette.


Punch a 3 ½ inch scallop circle from a piece of “French Country” Add glue to it and place your flower rosette over the top.


You will need hold your rosette until it dry’s. You can rub some ink on top of it to hide the white bits that are showing.


Punch a 1 ¾ inch circle from “sunflower” and mat it onto a piece of black cardstock. Glue a Graphic 45 key hole onto your circle, add two brads and some bling. Glue the finished piece onto your rosette.


Add the word “people” and the word “ Life”. Print the words “in” and “My” onto cream cardstock and glue them onto your cover. Add your rosette to finish your cover. I have also added a few more words printed onto cardstock to my cover.


I added the word “remember” onto my black ribbon. I also added the phrase “Special Memories” above my rosette.

You can also add two little brackets each end of your word important. I inked mine with vintage photo.


I also printed my family member’s names and added them to my family tree.


Your spine will look like this, mine does so don’t worry about the slope, you won’t notice it once everything is in your book and it is standing up.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey with me and have a beautiful book you and your family will treasure for many years to come. I wish I could see your faces as you finally get to hold your finished book in your hands and look at it.

I have so enjoyed sharing this project with you all, thanks so much for the lovely comments left for me to read on Graphic 45’s Blog.

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