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December 28, 2010

A Wonderland of Layouts: A layout tutorial by Jane Trangenza

Hello Crafters!

A very happy Tuesday to you. This is that special time when photos from this year's holiday season are looking for the perfect home. Layouts are a fantastic way to make your photos shine! So today we're bringing you a double dose of layout inspiration with a tutorial by the fabulous Jane Tragenza! Yay! Jane has also prepared several of examples of her layout brilliance to help get your creative gears turning. Make your holiday photos even more precious by putting them in a gorgeous LO! So now we're off to the bright world of Jane Tragenza! First up is a fantastic LO she designed using our  Steampunk Debutant collection.

"Loving the new ranges from  Graphic 45, I love the strong colours of the Steampunk Debutant collection and the whimsical images on some of the papers. I decided to do a page for one of the men in my life. This layout is for my son Josh. When I do my layouts, I  lay all the papers out in front of me and then just start cutting and layering them until I am happy. I don’t always have a photo, I usually do the layout and find the photo later. As I have 5 children, and millions of photos, this is not a problem. This time I knew what the theme was to be and knew I had a photo’s to suit." -Jane Tragenza

Jane Tregenza Josh Page

Jane Tregenza - Josh Detail 2


Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutant Collection:
Victorian Transformers
Mechanical Mind
Modern Marvels
Ephemera Extraordinary
Title, Clock and Cogs, from Imaginarium Designs
Brads, Distress inks, glimmer mist
Cosmos tiny Alphas
Heidi Swap extra large clocks

How gorgeous is that?! Jane has also prepared this fun tutorial for you to enjoy. She takes you step-by-step to create an easy and magnificent layout of your very own. Take it away, Jane!

In this tutorial I would like to show you how to make a frame around a page using one of the  Graphic 45 Striped Paper. You need to choose a paper that has a repeating pattern at least four times. Each piece needs to be the full 12 inches long. The frame will need to be made smaller. Each pattern must be the same width, if you want your corners to match.

Wonderland Layout 1 jane

Choose your background paper and leave it the full 12 x 12 inches. Choose a second print paper to be a contrast and cut it to 11 ¼ x 11 ¼  and tape to the background paper in the middle. In the Hallowe'en in Wonderland layout I used Wonderland Classifieds as my background and my contrast print was Jabberwocky. For my stripe I used Uncommon Nonsense.

G45 tut 1

Once you have your background page and contrasting page taped together, you are ready to make your frame. Cut your four stripe pieces the same width and place one stripe each side of the contrasting square, leaving a whisker showing on the outer edge. This will make the frame aprox 11 1/8 x 11 1/8. Place a small amount of tape under each stripe in the middle. Don’t use too much as you will need to lift the frame off when the corners are done. Tape the two pieces of frame together at the corners (but not to the base papers), to make it a bit firmer.  Check that your frame is square using a ruler, to do this measure from the outside edge of your frame across at the top and then at the bottom. Both measurements should be the same. Turn the page and repeat the other way. If all measurements are the same then your frame will be square.

G45 tut 2

  When happy, you can make the mitre in each corner. To do this, use a ruler and measure from inside corner to the outer corner. Mark with a pencil. Do this to all four corners. To make it easier for you to see. I have removed my frame from my page, you don’t need to do this yet.

G45 tut 3

Cut with scissors but only the top layer and not the bottom.  Do this to all four corners. To make it easier for you to see. I have removed my frame from my page, you don’t need to do this yet.

 Remove the extra bits hanging under the frame, and tape down the top corner to the bottom.

G45 tut 5

 Remove the frame in one piece and turn it over and reinforce with the frame with cardboard along each side of the frame. I always put my frames on my pages with foam tape, this gives depth to my layouts. Be generous with the amount of foam tape you use, as this stops the frame from sagging. Be careful when sticking frame to page. I always stick only a little bit on at a time, rather than trying to do it in one go. You now not only have a frame, but you have a shadow box. You can now build up other pieces on your layout.

Here are another couple of samples of Frame Layouts.

G45 Sample 1

G45 Sample 2

"In the Christmas layout I used Bazzill for the background,  Yours Truly for my contrast print with Uncommon Nonsense for my stripe. In my layout playtime past, I used Always on my Mind for the background, for my contrast page I used Dolly’s Tea Party and for my stripe I used Jack and Jill." -Jane Tragenza

We want to thank Jane for her amazing work. It's always a pleasure to see how our amazing design team goes about creating their stunning crafts. We hope she helped give you some ideas for your holiday photos. LOs are a gorgeous way to keep your memories as fresh and beautiful as a newly fallen winter snow.

Have a beautiful day out there!

Team Graphic 45


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Beautiful! I love the frames. Thanks for sharing with us.

these are beautiful layouts Jane! I love the tutorial on the frame/cutting the corner edges.

great tutorial - thanks for this. Love the layout with your son - just gorgeous colour scheme in this - and adore your fussy cutting in both layouts - wow, just beautiful work!

Jane's talent just blows me away! Her layouts are works of art! Just stunning work, Jane!

I luv this tutorial thank u!!! I cant wait to get to work!!!

Beautiful frames, thank you for the tutorial. Love the Need For Speed layout!

I love both works! Wonderful. Thanks a lot for sharing with us! Greetings from Spain :-)

AWESOME PAGES!! I love the designs and the pictures!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!! I can't wait to see more!! =)

beautiful layouts! i love it!!!

wow! what amazing layouts!!

5 children and still time to scrapbook!!!
Seriously, I am jealous! LOL Absolutely brilliant layouts. Especially loved the first layout using the gears and steampunk paper! Loved the sentiment, parachute not included.
Also loved the other layouts using the
layering and matching of papers. Thanks for demonstrating the technique that was used. Now I will have to search for
a picture of my children on a carousel!
Love it all!

Fabulous work, Jane! As always, very beautiful!

These layouts are gorgeous! I love how perfect that Steampunk was for the photo, and the mitred corners is a great trick :O)

Wow..Great tutorial! Love how you used your paper as well!

Stunning frames! Thanks so much for the tips and the inspiration!

wow, that is a great tutorial.

love this idea!! thank you so much for sharing!

It's absolutely breathtaking !
Way go go, on the tutorial. ALso a great idea, for mittering PAPER! Did you think that up, one day, as you were making up the beds, teehee~
Thank you so much! I LOVE learning new things. Thanks for being a great teacher ! Moe

i just looooove her work!!! beautiful!

That hand holding the flying man just makes me smile- great layout and elements! And thanks for the fab tutorial- wonderful results!

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