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September 13, 2012

Tips For Creating Dazzling Crafts With Tropical Travelogue!


Hello G45ers,

Happy Thursday and welcome to another day of fun here at Graphic 45! There is tons of inspiration in store for you today as we bring you gorgeous crafts featuring our Tropical Travelogue collection. As the warms days of summer draw to a close, many of you probably have lots of fun photos from your summer adventures. Now is the perfect time to turn those photos into craft gems with a beautiful layout of mini album! Today you will learn some great ways to create with Tropical Travelogue as Clare Charill brings you a stunning mini album and tutorial. There is also a magnificent Tropical Travelogue layout by Arlene Cuevas! Lets enjoy these last remaining days of summer with a craft celebration! Get ready for some fun!

Here at Graphic 45 we are super excited to be attending this year's Scrap Fest! Aimee, Charee and Joanna of Graphic 45 are headed off to Archiver's ScrapFest 2012 at the Mall of America.  We are thrilled to get to take part in this glorious event, meet and mingle with thousands of amazing people and get our craft on! We can't wait! It's going to be a grand adventure!

Graphic 45 Scrapfest 2012

Now it's time for crafts! First up is this marvelous mini album and tutorial by Clare Charvill. Mini albums are the perfect way to celebrate your memories. With the fabulous island-inspired images and colors of Tropical Travelogue, it's the perfect collection for summer crafts! Let your imagination take flight with this lovely creation by Clare! Here is what she had to say about the inspiration behind this fabulous mini! Follow her fun tips to create one of your very own! Take it away, Clare!

I was sorting through a box of photos that I've had for a while and came across some of my favourite pictures so thought I'd put them all together in a journal and team them up with the bright and cheery Tropical Travelogue papers . First I made the binder, and covered it with Island Jewel.  I used some of the flowers from the other side of the paper and some cut outs to dress the front, and then dyed some staples cream ribbon with vintage photo distress ink, tied it through the pages and around the spine and then added a couple of chip board pieces to the ends of the ribbon.

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

Then I took 5 sheets of craft card, folded them in half and stitched them onto a binding strip before sticking into the book.  The closure is made from lime green rafia.  I added some indian bells to the end to give the rafia some weight and then cut out four 1" circles and stuck them in pairs, back to back over the rafia. I left the back of the journal plain and just added a little card with my details on.

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

I wanted to keep one page in each double spread for journalling so used cream paper, inked with latte Adirondack ink.  I distressed the edges before sticking each one onto a page. 

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

Keeping a neutral feel to the journalling pages I used the Tropical Travelogue cling stamps and coffee archival ink to stamp out some images on the same cream card, then cut them out and used them throughout the book. 

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

I used stickers and chip board pieces throughout the book to bling up the pages and kept any fussy cutting to a minimum :-) lol 

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

I also kept the page designs quite simple adding a photo mat and picture to most of them. 

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Graphic 45

Now I've got a keepsake of some of my favourite memories with loads of room for journalling and notes.
Graphic 45 Supplies 
12 x 12 Tropical Travelogue papers - various 
Chipboard Pieces 1 
Tropical Travelogue Chipboard Pieces 1 & 2 
 Staples cream Trim 
Staples Metal Buttons
Cling Tropical Travelogue Stamps 1 2 & 3  
Miscellaneous Supplies 
Kraft Card 
2mm Chipboard 
Lime Green rafia 
Indian bells
Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, dried marigold, scattered straw
Archival Ink - Coffee  
garden string 
Bazzill card in assorted colours for photo mats 
Stampin up punch for tabs on photo mats 
Tacky Glue 
Double sided tape 
Glossy Accents
Crop o Dile for corner rounding on pages 
ribbon from stash

Wow, that was great! Next we have a brilliant layout by Arlene Cuevas. Summer really comes alive in this breezy LO! You can see how Arlene used paper distressing and lots of beautiful paper layering to create a genuine vintage look. She also added lovely chipboards, paper rosettes, Graphic 45 Metal Staples and fabulous fussy cut leaves to add striking dimension and movement to this LO. The colors and patterns look simply splendid! Let this amazing layout inspire you to create a pretty layout from your summer photographs! Here is what Arlene had to say about this fabulous work of art! 

"I’ve been dying to create a “summer” scrapbook page of this picture of my husband. This photo was taken in the summer of 2011 at Santa Cruz beach in California. My husband and I are both California natives and for us the sport of choice is beach volleyball! I created this page with quite a bit layering and distressing! Check out my video tutorial for a glimpse of how this page was created from beginning to end." -Arlene Cuevas








Tropical Travelogue paper collection

Tropical Travelogue Chipboard Tags 1 & 2
Metal Buttons Staples
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays
Petaloo flowers
My Favorite Things Dienamics – ¼” Rosette
Crafter’s Workshop “Chicken Wire” template
White VersaMagic ink
Burlap string
Burlap ribbon

Wow, what beautiful creations! We want to thank Clare Charvill and Arlene Cuevas for their fantastic work today. Big thanks to all of you for joining us on this beautiful day! We have more fun in store for you tomorrow with another big Graphic 45 birthday, inspiring new crafts and a blog prize winner announcement! Remember that there's still time to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win this week's fantastic blog prize! We hope you all had fun today. We wish you all a terrific Thursday!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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Wow, beautiful projects!!

Beautiful projects. Love the Tropical Travelogue paper.

Amazing projects. So creative. Alot of inspiration here!!

Fantastic way to say goodbye to summer!

AWESOME!!! Just love seeing the inspriation every day!

Have fun at ScrapFest!!! I love love love today's projects!!! Just gorgeous!!!!!

I really love Clare's mini album--such great ideas. I need to learn how to do a stitched binding now! Love the scrapbook page, too. Beautiful projects with this beautiful collection of papers.

Claire, your mini albums always rock! Love the simplicity of this one. Arlenes LO is simply beautiful, love all the intricate details and "fussy cutting" Makes the page really pop!

Love the mini but especially love the layout because I have some of these papers and am working on summer layouts! And I have that rosette die! Thanks for the great ideas!

Love both of these projects. Ar can layer so well, don't you think?

Thanks, I need to do my vacation book. I have lots of great ideas form this post.

Fantastic inspiration with beautiful products.

I find the daily posts so helpful. I have been trying the book techniques and while they are fine, it is the little tuck behind items, the small attention to "over the top" details that are dazzling on the designers' projects. I took notes today.

There are so many wonderful images in the tropical travelogue papers, love them. Maddy x

I am totally in love with both of todays projects. The book is awesome and the layout is beautiful!!!!

I recently did a scrapbook from a St. Croix vacation using Tropical Travelogue. Love those papers!

Beautiful projects today ladies!

I love the warm bright colors of Tropical Travelogue, a nice departure from everything distress.

Another day of amazingly great projects! LOVED that layout...and very inspired to make me a travel journal now!!

Very beautiful projects. That travel journal is amazing!

Lovely projects ladies, thank you for sharing your amazing artwork.
Tropical Traveloque is my all time favorite of the G45 collection.

Amazing work and creativity thanks for shareing your talent and thanks G45for providing awesome papers to work with

Love the mini-layout is great too.

Beautifuk projects! Love it!!!

Knock out mini and stunning layout, too!

So much inspiration, so little time..... Love both projects!

Stunning work! The details are amazing.

Such inspiring projects!

Think we all have photos that don't have a home and what a great way to display them... journal mini album idea from Clare! TFS :)

Clare's albums are so amazing! And what a beautiful layout - love the blues and greens. Judy D.

Love the album, just printed my photos from OBX and this would work perfectly.

Totally love the mini-book and also the scrapbook layout. Such beautiful details - great designers.

Beautiful travel journal and layout. Love them both. Thanks for sharing.

Wow, gorgeous travel creations! They both look so tropical and summery!

Who doesn't love the Tropical Travelogue line? The colors and design are so dreamy. Wonderful mini and layout.

Clare and Arlene are both sooo talented. This week of projects has been off the scale!

Gorgeous album and layout ladies, so many amazing details! Love the pockets in the mini album. Great layering on the layout!

That album is beyond fabulous and the layout is just gorgeous!

What a great mini and the video of the layout gave me alot of new tips and ideas.

Terrific mini album, really like that there's lots of space for jounalling.

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