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April 17, 2012

Tropical Travelogue Layout Inspiration & Tutorials!

Hello Happy G45ers!

Welcome to our blog! We are so excited that you're joining us today because we've got some incredible projects and tutorials that you're going to love! Now that winter is behind us and the weather is heating up a little bit it's the perfect time to work with our gorgeous Tropical Travelogue collection! This sunny and vibrant collection is just perfect for this fabulous time of year! Here in Portland, Oregon we've had a funny phenomenon for the past few weeks where its been cloudy and rainy during the work week but warm and sunny only on the weekends. As long as we get some fun in the sun on our days off we're totally okay with this! Today we're going to share the love with three fabulous Tropical Travelogue creations by Melanie Forbes, Nancy Wethington and Jane Tregenza. There are even some fun tutorials that are sure to inspire you! So lets get to it!

This first lovely creation was made by Melanie Forbes. It's a stunning altered canvas that comes complete with a tutorial! This is such a fabulous idea for a gift or a heartfelt piece of home decor. Here Melanie takes you step-by-step through creating this endearing and gorgeously textured piece. Take it away, Melanie!

"I made this canvas as a gift for a 70th birthday – it is exactly 4 years since Gino left us and thought his wife would like something. So as it was a last minute idea I worked with what I had – the frame is simply a canvas and I have used the reverse. I always have modelling paste on hand and paints and G45. She cried when she received it. It’s special and it is easy!" -Melanie Forbes

Melanie Forbes Tropical Travelogue Love always canvas 5

Melanie Forbes Tropical Travelogue Love always canvas 8

Melanie Forbes Tropical Travelogue Love always canvas 6


Graphic 45 – Tropical TravelogueRain Forrest, Tiki Voyager, Exotic Destination
Graphic 45 Staples – Ornate Metal door plate and knob
Graphic 45 Colourbox Decades Dark Cashmere
Coredinations Graphic 45 Decades  black cardstock.
Petaloo Darjeeling Collection – Burgandy Assorted, Anemone mix, Petites All cream.
Twiddleybitz LOVE word
Flourish with a bling -  Pearl Swirl
Tim Holtz key and charm
15 inch square canvas
Kaisercraft Antique White paint
Bronze Metal Coating
Darkening Patina
Various shades of gleam wax
Modelling Paste
Mica Flakes
Unknown black flower – florist supplies
Chemist gauze
Mod Podge


Take your canvas and flip it over – we are working on the back!! Grab your modeling paste, a butter knife and a mask… Using your butter knife randomly spread the paste on the border like you would butter – in the centre I have simply placed down the mask in a couple of spots and swiped thinly over the top with the paste before carefully removing the mask.

Melanie Forbes Tropical Travelogue Love always canvas 10

Let it dry for at least 12 hours. Then paint in coordinating colours. Here it is cream paint with various gleam waxes over the “masked” area and the “buttered” edge was paintin bronze paint and then patina over the top.

Melanie Forbes Tropical Travelogue Love always canvas 1

As this would be on display (and thinking dust etc) I mod podged as much as I could…meaning I used it like a glue – to glue down each sheet of paper as well as sticking the gauze where I would putting the flowers.

Melanie Forbes Tropical Travelogue Love always canvas 3

Melanie Forbes Tropical Travelogue Love always canvas 4

Cut a pile of leaves from Rain Forrest paper – love how good G45 is for fussy cutting! Doesn’t matter if you do too many – you will always use them and have them ready for next time!

Melanie Forbes Tropical Travelogue Love always canvas 2

Using Helmar 450 glue and scrap dots the rest was placed as per photo.

Melanie Forbes Tropical Travelogue Love always canvas 5

Next up is this bright and sunny LO that was created by Nancy Wethington. Tropical Travelogue was the perfect paper collection to pair with Nancy's stunning central photo from Spain. Just looking at this wonderful LO is like stepping into an island vacation! If you've had a vacation this year or if you're planning one for this Spring or Summer, think about how you could use your cherished photos in a LO like this! It's a great way to keep your memories alive. Here is what Nancy had to say about this fabulous LO.

"Having been in the event planning business for a number of years, I was able to travel to some remarkable places.  This photo is of Marbella, Spain - a gorgeous beach destination. After locating this photo, the colors screamed Tropical Travelogue." -Nancy Wethigton

Tropical Travelogue layout

Tropical Travelogue layout

G45 March LO-4 2012


Graphic 45 Papers
Tropical Travelogue: Tropical Travelogue; Jungle FeverGarden Isle; Tropical Tags 1 & 2; Cardstock Stickers
Partner Products: Core'dinations Cardstock;
Ranger Industries: Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Vintage Photo Distress Stains
Miscellaneous: mat board; flowers; gel pen; wax linen thread
Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives pop dots; Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive

Next is this fun and beautiful LO by Jane Tregenza. Here is another incredible example of using vacation photos to inspire a marvelous LO. You can see how beautifully Jane layered different paper patterns and colors to create a truly enchanting work of art. She has even created a fun tutorial to show you how it was done! Take it away, Jane!

"I love Graphic 45 papers and the way you can mix up collections and the colours still work. I like this kind of challenge when I scrapbook . This layout is one I have done for Josh, who travelled with me to the States this year. We had a great time at Disney land, where it is true that “magic still happens”. I have chosen papers from “play times past”, “Tropical Travelogue”, “On the Boardwalk”, “communiqué”, “Primer “and “ le Cirque”. Every time I do this  then teach the class, my students always say “I would never put those papers together”. That’s what’s great about Graphic 45, the different collections always work together." -Jane Tregenza


Tropical Travelogue layout


Graphic 45 papers
G4500037 I think I can
G4500199 By the beautiful sea
G4500410 Tiki Voyager
G4500303 Le Cirque
G4500061 On the Dot
G4500373 Building Blocks
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard corners, title, numbers and fence
3L Photo Corners – Black
3L Scrapbook Adhesives 3d Foam Squares
3L Scrapbook Adhesives tape runner
Black cardstock
Film strip
Glossy accents
Colour box French Blue and blackbird
Brilliance Pearl Olive
Stickles Platinum

Cut your black cardstock to10 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches. Keep the scraps as you will need it to back your 5 cent boarders.

Cut your Tiki Voyager to 10 inches by 10 inches


Adhered your black cardstock onto your I think I can, Making sure you have the same amount of I think I can all the way around. Adhered your Tiki Voyager to the middle of your black cardstock.


Cut the 5 cent board from by the beautiful sea. Adhered them onto the left over bits of your black cardstock so that you have a bit of black each side of them. Do all four pieces and put foam squares on the back quite close together. Add them to your page with a bit of the black cardstock showing on the outside, this will create a frame around your page. You will need to trim them back so they fit. Don’t put any foam in the corners just yet,  as you will need to glue your corners on and push a brad through them. Once you have done that you can add a foam square to the corners. My frame measures about 10 ½ x 10 ½ inches.


Cut a piece of On the Dot to 5 inches by 8 ½ inches and adhered it to your page inside the frame near the bottom. Cut a piece of Le Cirque to 4 inches x 5 inches and adhered it to your page near the top left corner as shown above. Add a photo corner to the top left corner of Le Cirque.


Cut a piece of On the Dot with the stripes horizontal 3 inches x 4 inches. Adhered it to your page as shown above. Add your photo’s, mine are 4 inches x 5 inches and I matted them in black cardstock. Add two piece of film strip and use brads to hold them in place.


For my title, I used one from Imaginarium Designs. I inked with an olive green ink. Once it was dry I outlined it with Platinum glitter.  I used some small alphas and inked them with French blue and lightly touched them with a black ink pad. Once they were dry, I used Glossy Accents over the top. Once they were dry I glued them on top of the title “Magic”.


To finish the page, I inked a Imaginarium Designs fence with French blue and again lightly inked it with a black ink pad. I waited for it to dry and added some glossy accents, only on the upright palings. On the rails in between I used Platinum glitter and did little dots. I added a square from Building Blocks, I used the letter J for Josh. I used it to add my journaling and chipboard numbers which I inked black.

Well that's all for today, G45ers. We hope you had fun and found lots of inspiration in today's crafts. Huge thanks to Melanie Forbes, Nancy Wethington and Jane Tregenza for their wonderful work. There is more fun in store for tomorrow so we hope you'll stop by and see us! We hope you all have a terrific Tuesday!

Smiles and Sunshine,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Holyyyyyyyy amazing lo's from everyone today! Wow! Wow! Wow!

Very nice.

Amazing. Love the use of the backside of a canvas. I'm going to have to try that one!

Woow.. wonderful start for me.. :)

I so Love these layouts!! Wowzer!! I am so inspired with these projects today, especially Melanie's. Love it!!!

Great work, guys! And thanks for the tutorials. I'll be coming back to these for more inspiration!

Super I love it ! thank you

AAAH... another day of awesome inspiration! Great Tutorial... we'll be busy for a lifetime ... LOL !!

Beautiful layouts but I must say the one with the pic from Spain is so pretty! The papers really go great with that picture!

I love these projects.
Great Work.
Not sure where to get gleam wax from though.

Inspire: this is the word that always comes to mind here. You do a wonderful job of that. I love these projects. Every detail counts. Love them all.

I just love anything made w/g45.

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