An ABC Primer is the perfect collection for so many projects. School year ideas, sweet childhood memories, heritage projects, and more. Tati Scrap and Maggi Harding share 2 great ideas and tutorials with us today that you are sure to love!
Next, here is a great layout idea and tutorial from Maggi. Take it away:
"Many of our G45ers mentioned that they would like to see layouts featuring more than one photo so today, my layout features 2 photos, one of which is about 2 x 5.5" and the other is 3 x 4 .75". TIP: I find that a multipic layout is much easier to do if you print your pictures in a smaller size and, of course, the more photos on a page, the smaller they need to be. For me, the challenge in a multipic layout is how to have enough space not covered by photos to make a pleasing arrangement of papers and embellishments.
TIPs: You will find it easier to design layouts with Graphic 45 papers if you select a mix of papers comprised of some papers with the bold patterns that G45 is so well known for and some with the small patterns, typically, the "B" side of the paper. Often it works best to alternate the bold and small patterns. Another trick is to break up the design papers with solid cardstock.
I have a Snapguide tutorial for you if you'd like to create a layout similar to this one. Enjoy!" ~Maggi
First, Jane shares two incredible double layouts. We'll let Jane take it from here:
"July was month of reflection and reassessing just what I am going with my life after hearing the sad news of the passing of Heidi Swapp’s beautiful son Corey.
I came to know Heidi after she stayed with me for a few days when she was teaching in Adelaide in 2013. I had 3 very enjoyable days in her company. We talked about all kinds of things including our families and just our special all our children are to us.
So I was very sad to hear about Corey’s passing. It was very moving to read Heidi’s tribute to her son and to see the photos she posted. Her comments about why we scrap and how important it is record the everyday events in our lives is so true.
Corey’s passing reminded me just how precious life is and not to take it for granted. You never know when your time here will be over. Each day needs to count and not just be wasted. At the end of my time I want to be able to say that I made my life count rather than just having flitted it away.
During our life events happen that make us reflect on how we are going and gives us the opportunity to change our ending. It is up to each one of us to make our life the best we can, not in a selfish way - only thinking of our wants and needs, but rather how we can affect and can help those who come into contact with us in a positive way.
One of my daughters is expecting our first Grandchild, and with Corey in mind I decided to do a layout for Leah and Stuart – my daughter and son in law who are expecting their first child.
It is a very exciting time for our family as we watch this little “bump” grow and count down the weeks until our bub is here. Lots of preparation is going into getting everything ready. I have even been doing some knitting. I am so grateful to Leah and Stuart for giving us the chance to be grandparents and can’t wait to be able to hold and love our grandchild. So our family story continues and the next stage in our life is nearly commencing." ~Jane
3x G4501041 July Cut Aparts 1x G4501042 July Flourish 2x G4500883 Herbal Infusion 6x Black cardstock Black photo corners, metal filigree corners, brads from Seriously Scrapbooking
"August is going to be a special month for me.
My Eldest daughter and her partner are getting married after being together for a few years now. We were very delighted to receive a phone calling telling us of their engagement. The wedding is being held in Sydney so we are all flying there to share in their special day. It is at the end of the month, so I have made the layout for them and will add the photos after the wedding.
I am so grateful for my wonderful sons in Law. After this wedding I will have three of them in my life. I have four daughters and only one son. So having three more beautiful “sons in law” is just amazing. Each of their mothers has done an amazing job of bringing them up. They are all so different and come from different walks of life. The one thing they all have in common is that they each love, respect and cherish one of my precious daughters. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that. To have your daughters married to men that treat them well, love them and respect them is a real blessing. To be able to share in their lives and watch them grow closer together is a delight. For some this is not the case and my heart goes out to any woman in a relationship that is harmful to her and her health. Whether it is domestic violence or mental torment no one should have to face that. Easy to say, but so hard to change. I am so grateful that my girls at this stage in their lives are not facing this trial and hopefully never will." ~Jane
3x G451043 August Cut Apart 2x G4501044 August Flourish 2x G4500916 Globetrotter 4x Black Cardstock 2x Dark Teal Cardstock 2x Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Corners IDC0002 Black Photo Corners and lace from Seriously Scrapbooking
Now, check out this World's Fair layout and tutorial from the brilliant Robin! Amazing!
"This quick and easy layout is simple to create, yet packs a beautiful punch. I used a die cutting technique to create a pretty focal point for my page. Adding a large decorative image really brings interest to my page design. Embellishments are easy to create by cutting images directly from the gorgeous designs found on the pages of this collection." ~Robin
We cannot believe it's the last day of our Blog Hop with Clearsnap! We have had the best time hopping with them and all of Clearsnap and the G45 designers have created the most incredible projects. Have you been pinning the ideas? We certainly have! Today, Tanya Dudkina and Tati Scrap close out the week with a bang!
"Hi! Today I want to share with you two sweet baby cards. I just love to add stamped details to my projects, that’s why I decided to make these little circle labels with the help of ClearSnap Colorbox G45 Decaded inks and amazing G45 stamps from Precious memories collection. Hope you like my idea and I’m happy to share a Snapguide how to make this card. Thanks for watching!" ~Tanya
Today, we have two fabulous tutorials to kick off the weekend fun! Lori Williams has the most incredible tutorial with Typography stamps and Donna Espiritu has a wonderful idea for all your back-to-school needs. It's going to be a great Friday on the blog!
First, Lori has this gorgeous tag and tutorial! We love this:
"Mixed Media is one of those things that I love once I get involved but always seem a little overwhelmed in the beginning. I don’t know why because it’s really fun to play with texture and color but there are always so many different techniques I want to try and of course you have to choose one at time. On this tag I adore the texture that I achieved by layers of paper, paint, medium and of course stamps. Be sure to watch my Snapguide Tutorial to see how you can achieve a similar background.
When I was finishing up my tag I wanted to make a ribbon for the top, but I couldn’t find the right ribbon. I happened to have some of Graphic 45’s Washi tape sitting on my desk in front of me and I keep looking at it thinking…. “ I wish I had some ribbon just like that cause it would blend in perfect.” Then it hit me, why not make the washi tape into ribbon. So I layered to pieces together and created my own ribbon/bow that was exactly what I wanted. I hope you like the finished tag as much as I do." ~Lori
Now, how about some Back-to-school inspiration from Donna! What a wonderful treat bag using Raining Cats & Dogs!
"I had to research for back to school gifts. I thought of making a small gift bag for my niece who likes to draw and color. If only she lives near I know she will super like this gift for her hobby. I mixed papers from Raining cats and dogs & ABC Primer for this project." ~Donna
We are now sharing amazing ideas monthly using our Mixed Media Albums! Our amazing designers Tati Scrap and Solange Marques are sharing incredible and complex ideas each month with our Mixed Media Albums! Tati Scrap shares a whole album with you today. Then, Solange has a great art journaling idea and video tutorial for her beautiful 2-page spread for her Mixed Media Album. Join us for the great ideas!
Solange has this gorgeous art journaling double page as well. This month's letter is B, so it's so fun how she got inspired:
"The time has come to share with you more two pages of my art journal. This month is the turn of the letter B and two things with that letter that inspire me a lot: birds and butterflies, I am completely in love with them.
I used some of Tim Holtz’s techniques to make these art journal pages and I prepared a video tutorial to show how I made them.
I used a collection that has beautiful birds and butterflies, Botanical Tea collection." ~Solange