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March 15, 2012

A Week of Lovely Layouts With Graphic 45: Day 4!

Hello Fabulous G45ers,

Happy Thursday and welcome to our layout celebration! All week we've been bringing you the most gorgeous layout creations from our design team and we're continuing the fun today! Melanie Forbes, Nancy Wethington, Tara Orr and Jane Tregenza have created a wide variety of gorgeous layouts that are sure to inspire you! Thursday can sometimes be a funny part in the week. It's so close to being Friday but it's just not Friday! Well if you need that little boost to get you through the day then you've come to the right place! Today we're going all out! We also wanted to give you all a quick reminder that today at 11am PST we will be posting our new Facebook Photo Caption Contest and a new Pin-it-to-win-it Contest on Pinterest! You'll definitely want to check it out!  To be first to get the latest on the the Graphic 45 news you can also sign up for our newsletter!


Layouts are such a wonderful art-form. Starting with a fantastic photo is a great way to let your inspiration unfold! You can build your layout around the happy sentiments of your central image! Here is a great example of a warm-hearted layout by Melanie Forbes! Melanie used our beautiful new collection Olde Curiosity Shoppe for this gorgeous LO. There is a lot of love in this layout and it shows! Here is what Melanie had to say about it!

"Just loving this new range!!! This Layout was created using a lot of the little scraps I had left lying on my desk from a few days worth of playing…. Of course I had to use the peacock feather as a highlight!! The colours are so rich and vibrant!! Just perfect for a tween photo!!" -Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe BFF Layout Melanie Forbes 1

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe BFF Layout Melanie Forbes 2

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe BFF Layout Melanie Forbes 3

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe BFF Layout Melanie Forbes 4


Graphic 45
Olde Curiosity ShoppeButterfly Specifics, Exquisite Motif, Bazaar of Wonders, Mercurial Masterpiece
Coredination Colorcore  Graphic 45 - Photogenic & Venetian Lace cardstock
Colorbox Photogenic ink
3D Adhesives – black foam dots / tape
Twiddleybitz – Steam punk clock blossom frame
Basic Grey Chipboard alpha’s
Viva Precious Metal colour 404
Peacock feather
Making Memories tiny alpha’s white on black.

Next up is another beautiful Olde Curiosity Shoppe layout! This one was created by Nancy Wethington. Nancy was inspired by the fantastic mini series Downton Abbey when she created this layout. Downton Abby has been a huge hit in the Graphic 45 family. In fact it has been a major source of inspiration as we dream up new ideas for collections. This show has some serious style! Last weekend we even did a photo shoot that was inspired by Downton Abby! Yeah, we love this show! Check out this wonderful layout in which Nancy totally adopts the gorgeous style of one of our favorite shows!

Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12x12 Downton Abbey


Graphic 45 Papers: Olde Curiosity Shoppe CollectionCounting Down; Race For Time; Olde Curiosity Shoppe; Bazaar of Wonders
Graphic 45 Staples:  Button Staples
Partner Products: Decades Colorbox Inks (Photogenic); May Arts ribbon; Core'dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series cardstock
Miscellaneous:  chain

Next we have a stunning and adorable Little Darlings layout by Tara Orr. This bright and cheerful layout is full of  inspiration! You can see how well Tara layered the papers and embellishments to give a real three-dimensional look this this LO. Here is what she had to say about the inspiration behind this marvelous piece.

"I had taken my kids to the nature park for the day where we were to feed the ducks and bunnies. It is a favourite past time of ours and as simple as this activity is, it brings each of us so much joy.  I love to see the look on all of their faces when a duck eats 'their' bread that they've thrown.  They squeal with delight at each of the ducks fighting over every morsel of bread.  Such a sight!" -Tara Orr

Little Darlings Layout

Little Darlings Layout

Little Darlings Layout

Little Darlings Layout


Flowers: Petaloo

And last but certainly not least is this exquisite layout by Jane Tregenza. This LO is a real classic with its brilliant use of our Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection. The central photo is full of so much joy! It is such a wonderful moment to capture in a beautiful layout. Here is what Jane had to say about her creative process for this magnificent LO!

"I love the new “Olde Curiosity Shoppe” papers. This is a layout I did on my husband and son. They are on a ride at Water World (QLD) I started with two cardstocks, the first one was black with an aqua blue cardstock on top. I then put a piece of “Exquisite Motif” which is one of my favourite prints. I used “Olde Curiosity Shoppe" print for the diamond frame, which I double matted in black and terra cotta. Then I layered it on top of “Exquisite Motif”. I place another piece of “Exquisite Motif on top of the  “Old Curiosity Shoppe" paper (I used the reverse side). This gave me a wonderful foundation on which to do my layout. I double matted my photo and added it to the page. I added some brads in the corners. I love adding layers to my work so I added a piece of ”Optical Oddities” over lapping the photo. A piece of “When Pigs Fly” for the title and “Optical Oddities” for the stripes.  I used a penny farthing bike backed with a piece of “Counting Down” I used a staples brad from Graphic 45 to attach it to the page . The chipboard title, boarder, flourish, bike and clock is all from Imaginarium Designs. I love all the strong colours in the layout. Even though the prints look floral, the page is still masculine and suits my boys perfectly." -Jane Tregenza

Olde Curiosity Shoppe layout

Olde Curiosity Shoppe layout


Graphic 45 Print Papers
G4500424 Olde Curiosity Shoppe
G4500427Exquisite Motif
G4500427When Pigs fly
G4500426 Counting Down
G4500302 Metal Buttons
Chipboard – Imaginarium Designs
Distress inks.
Double side tape, Foam tape
Tim Holtz Spinner

We hope you all had a lot of fun today. We hope you'll join us tomorrow for a very special celebration! We'll have more gorgeous layouts and another special surprise! Huge thanks to Melanie Forbes, Nancy Wethington, Tara Orr and Jane Tregenza for their marvelous creations today. We hope you all have a terrific Thursday!

With Love and Pretty Papers,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Really beautiful layouts, another job VERY well done.:)

They are all beautiful, but the Downtown Abbey LO took my breath away! All my favorite colors and prints!Happy Thursday!

Gorgeous layouts! I'm totally in love with The Olde Curiosity Shoppe line, all your paper lines are just as stunning though.

More awesome beautifulness! Is that a word?! It IS now. Beautifulness.


These are all sooooooo beautiful! So many gorgeous details!

Beautiful layouts! Rich colors and details. Love Downton Abbey and the layout is perfect!

These are beyond beautiful!!!!! The paper is exquiste and these artists have made some of the best layouts I have EVER seen!

Just lovely!!!!

These layouts are all over the top gorgeous!!! I love all of the layering!

I was going to say that today's layouts are the best yet, but everything has been so wonderful this week! The blog is always full of inspiration and I love all the DIFFERENT ways that the G45 collections are used!!

Very Beautiful layouts. I love them all. I really love the use of the peacock feather.

In spite of all those colors competing for attention (gorgeous) the pics still are front and center on Melonie's layout. Well done!

Love the layouts they are all very inspirational, I love seeing how other use the G45 papers.

All the layouts are great! but my favorite is from Nancy. Oh how I love the Old look. Great details to boot. Not that the rest weren't great but my vote goes to Nancy this time.

Just loved all the layouts.. Very inspiring..

These are all amazing, but Tara blew it up today! Way to go, girlie. All that fussy cutting has me in awe!

gorgeous projects ! Love the "downtown abbey" one !

All awesome.

Thank you for all that hard work!

Love the layers and the intricate details!

The lay outs today have left me speechless!

Nice layouts, thanks for sharing.

Well, I thought I'd take a few days off....out of my studio....but seeing layouts like these, I want to get back at it :) Fabulous designs, everyone!!

Beautiful layout. I bet this line has caused the sale of peacock feathers to rise...I know I've had to purchase a few :)

Stunning, that's all I can say!!

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