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March 17, 2011

Fairies and Friends: Once Upon a Springtime Crafts By Tracey Locher

Hello Out There In Craft Land!

Happy Thursday to you all! Thank you for stopping by and seeing what's new in the fun world of Graphic 45. Spring is on its way and I'm so excited! I realize that we do have a lot of international readers in the southern hemisphere for whom summer is slowly winding down. No matter where you live, there's a lot of transition going on with the weather right now. These transitional times can sometimes feel tenuous as we leave one extreme (either hot or cold weather) and ease into another. These in between times are glorious opportunities for creative thinking and artistic expression. Transition can help us break out of old routines and look forward to new ideas and goals. It keeps us thinking ahead. With that in mind, we thought we'd bring you some beautiful Once Upon a Springtime crafts by Tracey Locher to help inspire you in this time of change.

I for one have made a personal goal to treat myself to a bouquet of flowers every now and then throughout the spring. I'm always making excuses as to why I shouldn't buy something that will fade away within a week or so. But I also realize that it's really important to treat yourself to something special, even if its small, on a regular basis. This can take many forms, like buying yourself some flowers, taking a couple of hours our of your busy week to spend time making art, taking a leisurely walk on a sunny day, etc. There are so many little ways we can take care of ourselves and it really does help to make us more patient and compassionate in our daily lives. Anyway, enough of my musings on spring and transitions. Lets get to the crafts! Here is a gorgeous layout that Tracey Locher made with Once Upon a Springtime. There are so many amazing textures and wonderful sentiments in this LO. It's just so pretty!

G45 - Best Friends

G45 - Best Friends close

"I just LOVE peek-a-boo layouts that utilize transparency sheets!  This is a fun example of a peek-a-boo layout that seems to have “floating” elements." -Tacey Locher

Graphic 45:  Once Upon A Springtime Collection:  “Enchanted Forest,” “Pixie Post,” “Woodland Fantasy,” “Tags”
Graphic 45:  Staples Collection:  Trim Staples
Core’dinations Cardstock:  Core Impressions, Graphic 45 Timeless Collection
Imaginarium Designs:  Chipboard “Best Friends” and corner flourish
Prima Marketing: Flowers
Tim Holtz:  Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Darice: Rhinestones
Making Memories: Paint
Doodlebug Designs: Glitter
Transparency Sheets

And who doesn't love a wonderful Thank You card? Check out the dazzling textures in this great Once Upon a Springtime card by Tracey. Do you think the fairy is thanking the frog? Or is the frog thanking the fairy? Either way there's gratitude all over this card! It's just amazing!

G45 - Thank You Card


Graphic 45:  Once Upon A Springtime Collection:  “Fairy Folk,” “Enchanted Forest,” “Woodland Fantasty”
Imaginarium Designs:  Thank You chipboard
Kaiser:  Flowers
Tattered Angels:  Glimmer Glam, Hay Ride
Tim Holtz:  Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Open stock trim

Thank you all so much for taking time out of your day to stop by and see us. We also want to thank Tracey Locher for her beautiful and inspiring work. We hope that you will all do something nice for yourselves today, even if it's something small. You deserve it! We hope you'll join us tomorrow when we announce the winner of this week's blog contest. Until then, have a wonderful day.

Happy Thoughts,

Team Graphic 45


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I am gathering ideas for a 8x8 Springtime album. Loving these ideas.

What a beautiful LO!

Gorgeous inspiration! TFS! Love Once Upon a Springtime! :-D

Absolutely stunning!!!! Just gorgeous Tracy! Love this collection.

I absolutely adore Tracey's layout! I love how it shimmers and I really love the floating fairies. Love how they seem to flutter around the page. Gorgeous! And her card is just so sweet. The fairy and frog seem to be having a very serious conversation!

Elaine Allen

Tracey's layout and card are fabulous TFS!

It would have been impossible for me to pick a favorite line till this one came along
LOVE LOVE this Springtime Paper..currently hoarding these papers LOL

Beautiful! Love OUaS!

beautiful work as usual.

Stunning stunning projects!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

congratulations for this beautiful layout.

the layout is adorable just like the two girls
thanks for sharing

Wow! Love the page layout. I have this paper and have been saving it for something special. I think that I will do something like this when the perfect picture for it comes along. Gorgeous!

Truely both the layout and the card are gorgeous!! Love them both!

Truly stunning. I love Once Upon a Springtime so much that I almost have to force myself to use other papers! Tracy these layouts are just inspiring. TFS!

Such lovely inspiration...it snowed again last night & I'm truly beginning to feel that Springtime was just a "Once Upon a Time" Fairytale. Love your work!

It was great to meet you ladies in Mass this weekend and loved the workshop! Too bad I forgot my camera!

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