Spring Into Creativity With Place in Time Cards & Layouts!
Hello G45ers,Happy First Day of Spring! Do you feel the creativity and excitement in the air as the first spring flowers begin to bloom?! This is such a magical time to let the gorgeous colors of the season inspire you! Today we are going to share some fabulous Place in Time creations that are sure to get your creative gears turning! We've got a fabulous spring-inspired layout by Maiko Miwa. Plus we've got Part 3 of Gloria Stengel's fabulous Place in Time card tutorial series! There is so much fun and beauty to discover on today's Graphic 45 blog! Don't forget that there's still time to enter to win this fantastic blog prize this week! We're giving away this fabulous package of the new Graphic 45 and Wilmington Prints fabrics featuring A Ladies' Dairy as well as A Ladies Diary 12x12 paper pad! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win! One random winner will be chosen from this week's comments and announced on Friday's blog!
First we wanted to let all of you G45ers know about a very special movement called Cre8time. In these very busy lives we lead we often don't take the time to do what we love. CRE8TIME is a movement, a movement supported by a group of people who want to make a positive social change. It is designed to help people recover eight hours a month and devote it to their particular craft, and to create a place for them to share their experiences – the joys, lessons, and results – with the creative community at large. Graphic 45 wholeheartedly supports Cre8time! We even created our own photos in support of our own personal Cre8time resolutions! Want to learn more about Cre8time and how you can get involved?! Check out this great video or hop on over to the Cre8time website for more information!
Here is Aimee Filimoehala, Director of Operations for Graphic 45! She will Cre8time for photography!
Charee Filimoehala, Director of Customer Service and Social Media at Graphic 45 will Cre8time for leaning new techniques!
Kelly Woessner, blog writer and customer service gal for Graphic 45 will Cre8time for cards and collages!
Meggan Howell, Customer Service gal for Graphic 45 will Cre8time for quilting!
Joanna Hardy of Graphic 45's Social Media will Cre8time for making and sending cards!
What will you Cre8time for, G45ers?! Make the CRE8TIME declaration on your hands and have someone snap a pic! Post your picture on the CRE8TIME Facebook page and on your own Facebook page! Share the support and inspiration with your community!
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And now it's time for today's glorious Place in Time crafts! First up is this bright and sunny layout created by Maiko Miwa. This LO is a true celebration of Spring with it's vibrant colors, joyful photos and fabulous embellishments. We love how Maiko created a wonderful spring scene with the Place in Time papers. She also added some pretty fussy cut elements and beautiful Graphic 45 metal Staples to add even more cheer to this terrific LO! It's a springtime dream!
Ornate Metal Keys, Metal Butterflies
Graphic 45 papers:
Cardstock: Bazzill Butter Cream, Jacaranda, Cajun; American Crafts Black
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Little Labels)
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon; Stampin' Up! (red grosgrain)
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Buttons: Craft Store
Scrabble tiles: unknown
Die Cuts: My Favorite Things Die-namics Mini Tabs Quartet; Spellbinders Labels Eleven; Papertrey Ink banner
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Fiskars postage edge scissors; Carl star punch, apple punch
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Beacon Fabri-tac; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Scor-tape
Each card will measure 5 x 5 inches and each set of the series will correspond to a card sketch. The cards for July, August, September correspond to the sketch below. Each set of three cards will have a similar "feel" to them.
I used the same sketch for all three cards in Part III 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 banners or 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.
The July card celebrates summer. I did not want to make a "4th of July" card because I wanted my international friends to be able to "play along"!
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. The strip of stars paper will 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.
August is one of those months that does not have a national holiday in the US. I decided to create a card that would be perfect to give as part of a larger gift. This would be perfect to give with some homemade jam or another summer treat!
Follow the same steps that you used for the striped paper above to "stretch" the striped paper for this card. The ribbon will cover the seam.
September is back to school time! I love this image of the child looking all glum. So cute! This is a perfect card to give someone who has done an A+ job at school.
I hope you enjoyed Part III of this card series.