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November 15, 2011

Paris-Inspired Layouts by Jane Tregenza

Bonjour G45ers!

Welcome to another beautiful day here at Graphic 45. Today we are dreaming of the elegance and the romance of Paris. Jane Tregenza of our design has created some phenomenal layouts that were inspired by this amazing city!  She has also included amazing tutorials for each project that you are sure to adore. What could be more inspiring than visiting a place so rich in history and style? We recently took a trip to this glorious city and today we're going to share some snapshots from our travels. Yes, it's going to be a wonderful day of gorgeous crafts and fabulous travels. All aboard as Jane Tregenza begins her journey through this classic city! 

"I love this layout of the Eiffel tower. I love using lots of layers on my work. I like to think that each time you look at it you find something else. As it has lots of layers and elements you need to be careful when following my instructions. I always measure twice and cut once!" -Jane Tregenza


Graphic 45
Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection - Curtain Call G4500317
Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection - Tour de France G4500324
Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection – the Cinema G4500323
Graphic 45 Communique Collection – Postage G4500067
Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess Collection – Yours truly G4500124
Imaginarium designs chipboard:
Paris Title IDW0040
Eliffel Tower IDS0041
2x Cream Bazzill
2x Black Bazzills
3L Photo corners
Green Tara gold sticky ribbon.
Vandoros black ribbon and Gold organza ribbon
Tim Holtz Memo pins
Bottle cap Images – Paris Passport
Making memories decorative brads
Foam tape, double sided tape and glue.

  1. Cut your cream bazzill to 27.5cm x 27.5cm and tape it to the middle of your “Curtain Call” print paper.
  2. Cut your black Bazzill to 25.5 cm x 25.5 cm and adhere it to the middle of your cream Bazzill.
  3. Cut Postage print paper to 24.5cm x 24.5 and adhere it to your black Bazzill with photo corners.
  4. You need to cut two elements from “the Cinema” print paper. The first one is the film strip with the images on it. Cut it the whole length and then trim it back to 24cm long  and mat it with black Bazzill. Cut a narrow piece of black Bazzill 4cm wide and tape it on top of the film images. Add gold sticky ribbon to the middle of the black Bazzill and in the middle. Once you have cut out this piece, cut the film strip with numbers on it, you will need to use both pieces. Mat the two pieces with black Bazzill.
  5. From the sheet you will need to cut the image with the couple with the man with a sword, leaving some of the black edge on it. Cut a piece of cream Bazzill 7.5 cm x 15cm. Mat this piece with black Bazzill. Add the image of the couple to the middle of the cream Bazzill. Cut a small piece of the print paper to 2.5cm wide and 10cm long. Back tear along one edge of it, along the long side and ink. Attach it to the bottom of the image piece and wrap edges around to the back. Add black ribbon over the top and wrap a piece of organza ribbon and tie it to the front with a knot to the right side of the piece.
  6. Cut a piece of yours truly to 5cm x 9cm and adhere it over the top of the couple using black photo corners.
  7. Ink Paris title and Eiffel tower with black ink. Place Eiffel tower on to cream cardstock and draw around it and cut out the shape. It needs to be a little bit bigger than the chipboard shape. Glue the two together and attach it to the red print with foam tape as shown. Add clock to the middle of Eiffel Tower.

For the rest of the page:

  1. You need to adhere your print paper stripe with gold sticky ribbon to the bottom of your print paper; it needs to be about 4cm up from the bottom of the print. Place two pieces of film strip with numbers on an angle running from the top of your page to the bottom attach them to each other. Once happy with the angle you can tape them down.
  2. You can add your rectangle with the Eiffel tower to your page using foam tape. Use the photo of the layout for a guide for placing it.
  3. Cut three Eiffel tower stamps from your Tour de France print paper and mat them with black Bazzill. Adhere them on top of the number film strip at the top of your page. The left and right one go on with tape but use foam tape on the middle one.
  4. Punch a circle of black Bazzill and adhere your bottle cap disk on to it. Push it onto the memo pin. Tie a piece of organza ribbon to pin and insert into the foam tape at the top of your rectangle piece with the  Eiffel tower.
  5. Check that your matted photo will fit and adhere it to your page using photo corners.
  6. Add title and brads to finish.

Tip Use photo corners on your work to give it a classic look. Use lots of elements to add interest and layer elements using foam tape to add dimension.

Paris Snap Shots Layout:


"I had such a lot of photos of Paris to play with that I decide to do a whole layout using as many photos as I could. I love this print paper “Moulin Rouge” from Graphic 45’s Curtain Call I decided to use it as the background paper for my layout." -Jane Tregenza

Moulin rouge
I printed all the photos in a small size and cut them to fit the stamps which were printed on the paper. I had beautiful Eiffel tower chipboard from Imaginarium designs and used it as the centre of my layout. The page came together really well and shows 20 snap shots of Paris!


Graphic 45
Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection - Moulin Rouge G4500325
Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection - Tour de France G4500324
Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess Collection - Alphabet G4500131
Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection - Tour de France G4500324
Graphic 45 Transatlantique Collection - Paris Post G4500090
Imaginarium designs:
Paris Title (E) IDS0041 67mmx93.5mm
Paris Title Tinies IDT0024
Eiffel Tower Large IDS0040
Alphas Lowercase IDALC0001
Alphas Uppercase IDAUC0001
Edward Ornament IDFL0012 (2 per board)
Black Bazzill
Cream Bazzill
Tim Holtz Philosophy Tags “wander”
3L photo corners
Large Epoxy Dots
Black Doodle Bug Brads
Green Tara Black sticky ribbon.
Vandoros black stitched ribbon and copper organza ribbon.
Double sided tape, foam tape and glue

  1. Using Graphic 45’s Moulin Rouge as your base. Work out how many of the squares you want to cover. I left 4 squares uncovered with my photos. Cut the photos to 2.5cm x 3.6cm, + four photos 2.8 x2.8 cm for the corners. Lay your photos on the squares and move them around until you are happy with the layout. Once happy adhere them to the page.
  2. Cut your black Bazzill to 22.1 cm x 22.1 cm and tape it to the middle of your print paper. It should fit nicely inside the square.  Cut your cream bazzill to 21.5cm x 21.5cm place tape in the middle of the paper and adhere it to your black Bazzill. Don’t tape down the sides as you will need to wrap ribbon around the edges later on. Add photo corners to the cream corners and stick them down.
  3. Cut your Tour de France print paper to 15cm x 19cm with the stripes running down. Ink around the edges and adhere it to your cream Bazzill with the same amount of space at the top and bottom and 1cm in from the right side of the cream bazzill. Add a piece of black stitched ribbon across the top of the stripe and wrap it around to the back of the cream on the right side of the page.
  4. Cut your Paris Post print paper to 9cm x 20.5cm and adhere it to the cream Bazzill over the top of the stripe and ribbon. It needs to go 1 cm in on the cream from the left side with the same amount of space at the top and bottom. . Add black brads to each corner.
  5. Add some sticky ribbon across the page over the top of both print papers and wrap it around the back of the cream on both sides. Use the photo as a guide as to where to place it.


  1. Cut the Eiffel tower print from your tour de France paper and mat it with black Bazzill. Add four photo corners and attach to the page as shown.
  2. Ink Eiffel tower and Paris title in black. Paint the miniature title and Edward ornament with a silver paint dabber.


  1. I used some alphas, which I inked with vintage photo distress ink and stamped with a French writing stamp and black ink over the top.
  2. Push out the circle letters from the Domestic Goddess to spell “snap” and place an epoxy dot over the top.
  3. Once the silver paint is dry, glue the tinies Paris title onto the black title.
  4. Tie a ribbon through the “wander” disk and glue it to the middle of the painted Edward ornament.
  5. Place all the titles and the Eiffel tower to your page and check that all the elements fit. Once you are happy, glue the Eiffel tower down to your page and glue the silver element to the Eiffel tower.  Glue title and words to your layout.


Tip: If you have a lot of photos to fit on a page then look for print papers which have designs that let you use lots of photos. The Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection - Moulin Rouge paper is perfect for this as the border around the page is made up of lots of little stamps which can be used as frames for your photos!

The Paris Opera House Layout:

"I was captivated with this photo, the glorious rich colours and the opulence of opera house, which was part of the great reconstruction of Paris during the second Empire initiated by Emperor Napoleon III. The Opera house was started in 1861 with the laying of a foundation stone. Legend is that the Emperor’s wife Eugenie asked the architect whether the building would be built in the Greek or Roman style to which her replied “It is in the Napoleon III style, Madame.  It was the setting for Gaston Leroux’s famous novel “the Phantom of the Opera” written in 1910.  Andrew Lloyd Webber used it as a guide for the sets of his movie based on Leroux’s book.  I decided to keep the layout simple as the photo is so beautiful. I printed the photo twice in different sizes and placed them on top of each other to make them the focus of my layout." -Jane Tregenza


One 4 x 6 inch photo and one 5 x 7 inch photo
Graphic 45 Print Papers
Steampunk Debutante Collection Ephemera extraordinaire  G4500262
Graphic45 communiqué Collection Postage G45000673
sheets of Black Bazzill
Tim Holt Distress ink – Vintage Photo & Black soot
Tim Holtz Embossing ink pad
Imaginarium Designs Sponging blockRanger - Queens Gold embossing powder
Making Memories Gold BradsDouble sided tape, foam tape and glue
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard:2x Paris Title IDW0040
Edward Corners IDC0008 Imaginarium Designs Custom words – Opera HouseExtra Cardboard


Instructions for Layout:

  1. Use a 12x12 black bazzil as base for the layout.
  2. Cut a piece of cardboard to 11 ¼ x 11 ¼
  3. Cut your print paper to 11 ½ x 11 ½ and ink around the edges. Tape the cardboard piece to the back of the print paper. This will raise your print paper up a bit from the black Bazzill.
  4. Mat your two photos with black Bazzill. Add more cardboard to the smaller photo on the back and add foam tape to the cardboard. This will raise the smaller photo up when it is placed on the larger photo. Now you can stick your smaller matted photo on top of the larger photo. 
  5. Cut the Ephemera extraordinaire  to 6 ¼ x 8 ¼ and cut a black mat 6 ¾ x 8 ¾   adhere the black mat to the back of the print paper.  Adhere your layered photo in the middle of the print paper. Don’t stick it to your page just yet.
  6. Ink one of the “Paris” titles, “opera house” titles ,  the word “the” and all four corners with black ink.
  7. The second “Paris” title needs to be inked lightly with Vintage photo. I used a sponging block to add the ink to the chipboard rather than applying the ink direct from the ink pad to the chipboard. This helps me control the amount of ink I apply,  meaning  I can lightly ink the chipboard. Make sure you dry the inked title with a heat gun before embossing it. This is important as the gold powder will adhere to the whole title rather than just the stamped embossed part of the title. To finish the title I added some old French writing with gold embossed powder on top. To do this, choose a stamp with French writing or any kind of writing and use an embossing ink pad. Place the stamped title into some gold embossing powder and heat with a heat gun.
  8. Once cold, glue the gold embossed title on top of the black one.  Make sure they don’t line up as you want the black title to show underneath.
  9. The second “Opera House” title needs to be totally inked with embossing ink and placed in gold embossing powder. Heat and melt the powder, once it is melted and while it is hot place it back into the power and reheat. Keep repeating this until the title is built up and has a thick smooth gold finished. Glue the finished gold title to the matching black title – off set it and make sure the black title is showing underneath.

10.  You can place all the elements on the page and check that they will fit. Start by gluing the corners onto the page. Add a gold brad in the corners and through all the layers of the layout. Add the title at the top of the page. The photo can go on next. The Opera House title goes on last as it has to go over the photos and corners.


Tip Make your photo’s the focus of your layouts. If you have fussy photos then try laying one photo on top of a larger photo. This creates a frame around your smaller photo and helps it to stand out.

Earlier this fall the Ladies of G45 stopped by Paris before heading to a weekend workshop in a castle in the Netherlands. It was a beautiful trip. Here is what Charee had to say about her glorious travel experience.

"Being my first trip to Europe I was in total awe and amazement from all the historical and grand beauty that is Paris.  We spent the days traveling on double decker tour buses, hoping off and on at all the usual spots.  The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Paris Opera House, and Montmartre.  Plus we took a field trip to the Palace of Versailles where we meet the most lovely women from Louisiana, Melissa.  These are memories I will hold dear to my heart for the rest of time.  To Paris!" -Charee

Diane and Aimee in front of the Eiffel Tower.


Charee strikes a pose.


Diane and Aimee outside the Louvre.


Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.


Diane and Charee, (windy)grounds at outside of the Palace of Versailles.

We hope you have all enjoyed today's little vacation with Graphic 45! Big thanks to Jane Tregenza for today's brilliant creations and tutorials! We hope you will all join us tomorrow for more craft bliss. Don't forget to leave a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win this week's blog prize. Just tell us something that you're thankful for this year! Share your gratitude and maybe win a prize! How grand! We wish you all a delightful day!

Au Revoir!

Team Graphic 45


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all the photos are lovely!

Wonderful layouts, love the one with the pictures in the stamps! What a great idea!

Fantastic layouts! we have Paris on the brain... What fun today. Thanks!

Oohhh la love them!!!

I'm so much in love with the Curtain Call collection.. :) Paris a beautiful topic and as alwayz great work showcased at Graphic 45..

All of the layouts are just fabulous! Thank you so much.

Tres magnifique!! I think the opera house page is my favourite.

AWESOME layouts ... love the creativity of Snapshot Layout... Merci !

STUNNING layouts! Curtain Call is a faboulous line! Thanks for the inspiration and lessons!

Beautiful layouts!! Love all things Paris!!! Jane is amazing, and thanks for sharing a little of your trip too!!

The Paris layouts are wonderful! I have not been in quite a few years, but I have a box of photos I'm now inspired to do something with.

These are beautiful projects and I loved seeing pictures of your trip!

Beautiful inspiration!

Gorgeous layouts, to match a fabulous trip to Paris. Love the snapshot layout, wonderful way to use the paper. Thank you for sharing.

Terrific layouts! Looks like you had a wonderful trip!

I'm thankful that I have a job...

I am very thankful for my pets. They are so sweet and fun.

All the of the layouts are gorgeous... but I love, love, love the layout with the stamp border.

I am thankful for my good health.

Coucou, c'est magnifique, bises

Lovely as usual G 45's papers amd their design team just blow me away!!!!!

Wow so beautiful layouts!! Love them! Thanks for sharing! Hugs.. Maggy

Fabulous layouts!

Gorgeous layouts, tres chic! I am thankful for my health today!

Beautiful pictures and amazing layouts!

These layouts are fabulous!!

These beautiful layouts remind me of my fabulous trip to Paris years ago. This year I am thankful to be sharing the holidays with my family.


Wow..what spectacular layouts and GORGEOUS papers!!
I am so very thankful this year to have my dear sweet grand-daughter to love!

Wow, these are so gorgeous! I adore the Moulin Rouge paper and how you put the little photos in the postage stamp border... that was brillant! I am so very grateful that my Sister is doing the Holiday festivities this year!

Love all the wonderful projects shown

Tres belle!! Gorgeous layouts and photos!!! Inspired!!! I can see the joy from the trip!!!! I'm very thankful for that inspiration!!

WOW! Jane has done a wonderful job with those Eiffel Towers! All her projects are absolutely amazing!!!

To answer your blog challenge question this week... What i'm most thankful for right now is my health and my family!!! Without those 2, i'm just not sure i would have as much fun LIVING! :) (Oh, and my ability to scrapbook helps a lot too - hehehe)

Awesome layouts! Absolutely gorgeous, TFS!!

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