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March 22, 2011

The Magic of Printer's Trays: Crafts by Jane Tragenza & Gloria Stengel

Hello Crafters!

A very happy crafty Tuesday to all of you! As I write this, the sun is shining and there is a cherry blossom tree in full bloom outside my window! Oh, glorious spring! Nature is about to unfurl some serious beauty! We have some equally serious beauty to show you today with some amazing printer's tray crafts by Jane Tragenza and Gloria Stengel. These talented ladies have designed these fantastic works of art which are sure to inspire smiles and creativity. Printers trays are wonderful and amazingly fun to work with. They also make phenomenal personalized gifts and stunning home decor! Just imagine the possibilities! This first craft was created by the wonderful Jane Trangeza using our Once Upon a Springtime collection. This amazing piece is both heart warming and gorgeous. Here is what Jane had to say about this beautiful creation. 

 The Once upon a Springtime Shadow frame

"I used the Once Upon a Springtime 8x8 Paper Pad.  This gave me all the papers with the prints smaller, which is perfect for small off the page projects. I used Chipboard from Imaginarium Designs, some of which  I inked black -  the little girls and all the corners. The fence and childhood memories,  I painted white and then put a Tim Holtz paint dapper over it for the salmon pink colour to match the papers. I used a vine from prima, ribbons from Vandoros and Maya Road. The shadow box is one from 7 Gypsies. I did this project for my niece, I have a sister who is 19 years younger than me. I love the softness of this collection and the 8x8 pads are a plus for those of us who like small projects and miniature pieces." -Jane Tragenza





Next up is another mind-blowing printer's tray creation by Gloria Stengel. Gloria combined our Steampunk DebutantCurtain Call, and Communique  collections to create this wonderful work. There are so many stunning little details here but it also looks amazing as a whole. That's one of the great aspects of printer's trays, and Gloria has captured the magic beautifully in this piece! And she's also included a "how to" guide so you can create your own! How awesome is that? Behold, Gloria Stengel's awe-inspiring printer's tray wall hanging. 
Printer's Tray Wall Hanging

"Printer's trays and shadow boxes are all the rage right now. I have been wanting to make a tray for a long time now, but they are a lot of work and I've not had a large block of time to spend working on such a project. However, I was able to attend a 4-day scrapbook retreat recently and spent one entire day working on my tray! Each item in the try has some meaning for me, from the large G (which stands for Gloria) to the bingo number 29 (which is how old I "think" I am)". -Gloria Stengel




How to:
The inspiration for the tray came from the dress form embellishment I made. Here is how to make it.
1. Cut a dress from out of black chipboard using the Tim Holtz Sewing Room die (or similar).
2. Paper piece the top of the dress from using Graphic45 papers. I cut a notch in the top of the paper dress to create a collar, then added a paper rose for decoration. I also added a pearl to the top of the dress form.
3. Cut a birdcage out of black chipboard and Graphic45 paper. I used the Tim Holtz birdcage die.
4. Trim down the birdcage shape to create a hoop for the dress form. I cut off the top, bottom, and 2 of the cage bars to make the birdcage smaller to match the size of the dress form die cut.
5. Decorate the hoop with Graphic45 paper, lace, and metal embellishments, then attach it to the dress form with strong glue.
6. Attach wings to the back of the dress form. I used Maya Road chipboard wings, which I sprayed with glimmer mistand sparkling paints. I created a mist with twinkling H2O paints and water to give the wings a "super shimmer"!
7. Glue your Steampunk dress form to your tray and enjoy!

Printer's Tray: 7Gypsies
Graphic45 paper: Curtain Call ( Top Billing, The Cinema, All that Jazz, Applause), Steampunk Debutante (Eclectic Emporium, Fantasy Floral, Mechanical Mind, Time Warp, Nouveau Artistry, Steampunk Debutante, Ephemera Extraordinaire), Communique (A Fine Specimen, Communique)
Chipboard: Grafix, Maya Road
Stamps: Tim Holtz Odds and Ends
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Peach Delight, Twinkling H2O Sunburst
Tools: Tim Holtz Sewing Room and Birdcage dies, My Favorite Things butterfly die, Martha Stewart butterfly punches
Embellishments: Recollections twig; Queen and Company pearls; Making Memories epoxy flower; Tim Holtz Idea-ology clock, spinners, brads, gears, bookplate, token, memo pin, metal flowers; 7Gypsies gears, charm; Michael's Crafts wood letter and spool; fabric store rivet; Maya Road bingo number chipboard wings; Jenni Bowlin bingo card packaging; Tattered Angels key; Cat's Pajamas glitter; Wild Orchid Crafts flower; unknown bottle cap, scrabble tile, tiny glass bottle
Trims: May Arts twine, unknown lace trim

That's all for today, crafters. Don't forget to leave us blog comments this week for your chance to win this week's blog prize. We want to give a big thank you to Jane Tragenza and Gloria Stengel for their wonderful creations today. We hope you will all join us tomorrow for more fantastic craft ideas. Thank you all for stopping by to see us today. We wish you all a wonderful day!

Hugs and Cherry Blossoms,

Team Graphic 45



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These trays are gorgeous - what a lovely way to showcase small beauties.

Love playing with printers trays and all the little details! These both turned out amazing. Simply inspiring!

I am lovin' what Jane did and I realized that that would be perfect for me as one who is saying goodbye to her college age kids...this would help me remember way back when...such a wonderful and beautiful idea!

stunning work!!!

Those trays are just stunning!


Stunning trays!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!

Absolutely gorgeous!! Love the papers and pieces..

Janes work is totally amazing as always! So gorgeous!

These are beautiful, Gloria and Jane! Just stunning!

These printer trays are a must on my list. And what you have done with them is devine...yummy

OH MY this is just a gorgeous idea, now this is a must have on my list & I'm going to have to start making gifts!!

I love these- I recently got an authentic (and LARGE) printer's tray, and I am waiting to decide what to do with it. It's a little intimidating! Thanks for the inspiration!

I really love that Once upon a Springtime tray!!!! Once upon a Springtime is my favorite collection! The other one is a piece of art!

What a fabulous printer's tray! So creative!

STUNNING!!! This is so incredible! Thanks for sharing it with us! WOW! I love it.

I love them so much, I must get me one of these printers trays and try it. Such elegant work!

love ya all!

Gorgeous! I can't wait for my tray to arrive!!!

Love that blue rose!

these are both amazing!

These are wonderful.
Thanks for the inspiration and instructions.
So many things you can do with these.

Beautiful, absolutely gorgeous! Diane, you just keep coming up with ideas that rock us! Thank you!

So gorgeous! Thanks for being a constant source of inspiration.

These tray's are just fabulous!!! One of these days I will have to try my hand at doing one maybe one of our trip to the beach ohhh my mind is designing it already LOL! Again fabulous inspiration!!

These are both so different and so beautiful! True testament to G45 amazing versatility!

Wow!! These are spectacular!

Soooo beautiful! I love the bird cage dress form. Brilliant!

These projects are BEAUTIFUL! I've been wanting to make a decorative piece to hang in my craft room. Either of these would be perfect. My wheels are turning now!


What can I say, these are stunning and beautiful both in their own unique way. Gorgeous use of the die cut to make the adorable dress form, love that! And the use of the flowers to soften the girly boxes, so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

wow, I love these. I have a wooden printers box just waiting to be altered!

These sure aren't the printer's trays I remember when the trend first hit a few decades ago. I never had one then, but I think I need to work on a couple now.

Totally fabulous tray!!!!

truly amazing trays - so inspirational

I love both of these projects! Now I'm itching to create one myself! Thanks for sharing!

WOW! These trays are so beautiful! Just amazing. I want to do one now!



Fabulous printer's trays. Such gorgeous inspiration!

So very pretty!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Wonderful work, ladies! The trays look so fun to work with. I'm definitely inspired to make one now.

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