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June 15, 2012

Creative Journeys With Tropical Travelogue Layouts!


Susan Lui Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Layout 5

Hello G45ers,

Happy Friday and welcome to our blog today! With summer fast approaching it's a great time to start snapping some photos from your fun in the sun! There are so many wonderful moments to capture during this lively season: vacations, beach trips, picnics, family events. There are so many fabulous opportunities for happy times. Festive summer photos also make brilliant centerpieces for a gorgeous layout, mini album, card or any other craft you can dream up! Today we're bringing you some outstanding summer-inspired layouts from Betto Cesare and Susan Lui that are sure capture your imagination! Both of today's layouts feature our vibrant Tropical Travelogue collection. This is the perfect collection for summer layouts and crafts. The gorgeous colors and vintage island-inspired images are just perfect for this sunny season! So let the fun begin!

First we want to announce our winner from this week's blog contest! Today's winner was chosen randomly from our comments on Facebook this week. We want to thank everyone who left us blog and Facebook comments. We always enjoy reading what you all have to say! We've got some great prizes in store for next week as well so stay tuned! And the winner is...

-Cindy Fahrbach: "Mixing & Matching is one of my favorite things to do with G45!"

Thanks Cindy and congratulations! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Hooray!


Next week we're having a very special event here on our blog. We're doing a fantastic blog hop with the fine folks at May Arts! We are so excited! Our design team and the May Arts design team have been working hard to create unique new projects just for this event! There will be lots of great prize opportunities and tons of incredible crafts that you'll love! We are obviously huge fans of May Arts ribbons. The photo above shows the May Arts ribbon collection here at the Graphic 45 office. These gorgeous and versatile ribbons blend so well with all of our products. We can't wait to share the inspiration! For more information about next week's blog hop you can check out the event on our Facebook page! Yay!


Also we've got some fun news from our Pinterest page! Want to win this Olde Curiosity Shoppe kit to create this beautiful sign? Here's another chance to win this project in our newest Pin It to Win It Contest. You have until Sunday, June 17 at Midnight PST to repin this kit on Pinterest. Repin and leave a comment on Pinterest and you could be our winner! We are giving away one kit at random for every 50 repins we get! So be sure to pin it to win it!

Here's the link!



And now it's time for some fun in the sun with Tropical Travelogue layouts! And you don't even need to wear sunscreen to view these radiant layouts! First up is this incredible LO by Betto Cesare! Betto captured this beautiful moment in Rio with a fabulous photo adorned with stunning Tropical Travelogue and fun embellishments! He also created fabulous movement by winding beautiful ribbon around lovely fussy cut flowers. Paper distressing and inking also help to create a breezy look to this magnificent LO. So gorgeous!

Tropical Travelogue Layout Betto Cesare

00Tropical Travelogue Layout Betto Cesare

Tropical Travelogue Layout Betto Cesare

Tropical Travelogue Layout Betto Cesare

Tropical Travelogue Layout Betto Cesare


Graphic 45 - Tropical Travelogue papers collections 
Graphic 45 - Tropical Travelogue tags 1
Graphic 45 - Tropical Travelogue stamps
Graphic 45 -  Metal Hinges
wood model airplane
jacketed wire
Distress crackle paint - old paper
Archival ink - sepia
PanPastel - orange shage, magenta shade, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue shade,violet shade, yellow ochre,burnt sienna
Uniball Posca marker - White

Here is another beautiful Tropical Travelogue layout. This one was created by Susan Lui and it is simply outstanding! Susan took a happy stroll though Hong Kong with her new camera and then created this fun LO to commemorate the occasion. These sweet and simple moments happen all the time in our lives! The next time you're on a walk bring a camera along with you! You might just find the inspiration for your next craft masterpiece! Here is what Susan had to say about this fantastic LO!

"I was in Hong Kong recently for a short holiday and decided to scrap a layout of my new Lomo camera. I went for a clean layout with a fair bit of white space using Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue collection. I cut out images mainly from the Exotic Destination and Island Jewel papers which provided me with plenty of travel images." -Susan Lui

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Layout 1

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Layout 2

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Layout 3

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Layout 4

The journalling tags were perfect for journalling about the trip.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Layout 5

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Layout 6


Flowers and leaves - Zva Creative
Crystal flourish - Zva Creative
Twine - The Twinery
Film strip - Tm Holtz 
Chipboard Alpha - Basic Grey

That's all for today, G45ers. We hope you had a lot of fun and got some inspiration for your weekend! We hope to see you all on Monday as we begin our terrific blog hop with May Arts! Huge thanks to Betto and Susan for their fantastic work today! We wish you all a happy weekend!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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These layouts are just perfect as I am making a vacation book as a gift for someone that just came back from a 30 day exotic island cruise! Thanks for the kick start inspiration.

Gorgeous LO's!!! Betto & Susan's work is fabulous!! And love the door hanger!!!

These are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I just love them all!! And CONGRATS to Cindy!!!

Absolutely fantastic! Everything blends so well together.

Gorgeous layouts!

Todays inspiration is fantastic!

Beautiful! I love the wire work for the vines-brilliant idea and Susan I love the negative space sometimes it's hard not to take up every incho of space and you show us how to do it!

So beautiful! Love these projects!

Beautiful!! So much creativity! Your designers rock!!!

Great pieces. I especially love Betto's Rio layout. The colors are delicious and totally pop. I love how the tans give the impression of yelow without being primary bright.

Beautiful layouts...I foresee a few cards I can make using these as inspiration! Have a great weekend

OMG... loving the color combinations, the details and the textures in these pieces, especially Susan's layout!

These papers are so beautiful!

I really like the hinged portion of the first layout. The 2nd layout I love the contrast of vibrant to shaded. Thanks for sharing.

Great fun mix of papers. Thanks for the inspiration. Love the idea of hanging several photos in one piece.

Great layouts, and I especially like the "surprise" door on Betto's design. I'm really into interactive mixed media. One of the reasons I love Jim Hankins' stuff so much!!

Fantastic layouts with such wonderful results. Love the work done by the design team.

anticipating next weeks blog hop with MayArts.... Love today's projects.

I love this paper and the layouts are great!!

Great post today! I am so looking forward to next weeks hop with MA.

Gorgeous layouts..

I have to say that if I could choose my dreams while sleeping, your designs would be my first choice! Each sheet brings me happiness and memories of days gone by. It's nice to know that dreams can also be tangible.Thank you! (;

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