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March 07, 2013

How To Commemorate The Seasons With Cards & Crafts!


Hello G45ers,

The changing of the seasons is such an inspirational and creative time! As winter turns into spring there are so many reasons to celebrate! Today we will be sharing some stunning Place in Time crafts that are just perfect for this glorious time of year. Place in Time is the perfect collection for any holiday or seasonal craft creation! On today's blog you will see a fantastic St. Patrick's Day layout by Clare Charvill! Plus we will share Part 2 of Gloria Stengel's card tutorial series! You'll see some fun techniques for creating beautiful cards that celebrate this gorgeous time of year! Get ready to be inspired, G45ers!

First up is this super cute St. Patrick's Day layout by Clare Charvill. This is a great example of a wonderful holiday-themed LO featuring Place in Time. With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, this is a great time to start thinking about creating a great craft like this one! With all the vibrant colors and elegant designs of Place in Time, its the perfect collection for any holiday craft! Let Clare's beautifully layered LO inspire you to create a treasure of your very own! 

CHA Jan 2013 Place in Time layout Clare Charvill


12 x 12 papers by Graphic 45

March Foundation

December Cut- Aparts

March Cut-Aparts

File Tab – Place in Time Stickers

Ornate Metal Label Holder

Green card stock from Graphic 45

Core D’inations 12 x 12 assorted colours

Next we have Part 2 of Gloria Stengel's card tutorial series. In case you missed Part 1 of this fabulous tutorial series you can download the instructions in the links below, along with the instructions for today's tutorial! Or simply click on the link provided below to see Part 1 of Gloria's card tutorial series! Get ready for some gorgeous ideas for seasonal Place in Time cards! Take it away Gloria!

Part 1:


Download Gloria Card Series Part 1

 Download Gloria Card Series Part 2

Place in Time Card Tutorial Series Gloria Stengel

Each card will measure 5 x 5 inches and each set of the series will correspond to a card sketch. The cards for April, May, and June correspond to the sketch below. Each set of three cards will have a similar "feel" to them. The cards in this set are very feminine and romantic.

Part II Sketch



Graphic 45 papers:

Place in Time: Cut-Aparts (April, May, June) - you will need TWO (2) sheets for each month 

Graphic 45 Chipboard: Place in Time

Cardstock: Bazzill Java, Butter Cream, Jacaranda; American Crafts Black

Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Little Labels); Waltzing Mouse (Fancy Phrases); Stamping Scrapping (Design Label Accents)

Ribbon and lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts

Pearls: Recollections, Craft Store

Buttons: Craft Store

Markers: Copic

Die Cuts: My Favorite Things Die-namics Vertical Greetings; Spellbinders Labels One Small

Tools: Bow Easy; Sizzix Big Shot; Fiskars postage edge scissors

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Beacon Fabri-tac; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Scor-tape


I used the same sketch for all three cards in Part II of this series, but each card is unique. I used the papers and images from the monthly cut apart sheets and added a few embellishments and a sentiment to each card.


Cut List: I do not provide you with a cut list for the cards because you are working from a sketch. If you wish to figure out the exact measurements of the layers, simply copy the image into a photo editing program or a text editor and print it at 5 x 5 inches. You can then measure each layer. The beauty of working from a sketch is that you can customize the card to meet your own specifications. (My measurements may not match the sketch exactly.)


Measurements: I try to keep to the standard of length x width for my measurements. Length means from the top of the card to the bottom. Width means from the left to the right.


Cardstock Mats: You will notice that all of my cardstock mats are 1/16 inches. To achieve this, cut your printed paper to size, and then increase the size of your cardstock by 1/8 inch. For example, if your printed paper measures 2 x 4 inches, then cut your cardstock mat to 2 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches. This will give you a 1/16 inch mat on all four sides. I work in 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 inch increments for all of my projects. This makes measuring a snap!


Images: I trim my images from Graphic 45 paper, and then I use the Perfect Layers tool to achieve a 1/16 inch mat. You can use a paper trimmer, but I find it easier to use a craft knife and the Layers ruler.




The April card celebrates spring. I added a few flowers and one of the Graphic 45 Place in Time chipboard clocks to the corner. 

Note: To achieve the 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inch pink floral panel, I had to combine two pieces of the printed paper. You will notice that the back of each Cut-Aparts sheet has three printed designs. None of them is wide enough to cut a 4 3/4 inch square. You have to get creative!

Cut one piece of the floral paper to 4 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches. Cut a second piece to approximately 2 x 4 3/4 inches by inches. Combine the two pieces to form a 4 3/4 inch square. The blue dotted cardstock panel will cover the seam.

I attach some of my elements with dimensional tape to give them "lift." When gluing ribbon to the cardstock, or when gluing buttons to ribbon, I always use Beacon Fabri-tac. It "grabs" the fabric qualities of the ribbon and seems to hold up to handling and mailing.




The inside of each card is decorated to match the month. I lined both the top and bottom with cream cardstock and then cut a few elements from the Cut-Aparts sheet to decorate. You could stamp a sentiment inside if you wish. 




The May card is perfect for mom! The purple butterflies and flowers are perfect for Mother's Day. (Mother's Day is the second Sunday in May in the US.) Follow the same steps that you used for the pink floral paper above to "stretch" the butterfly paper for this card. The purple floral panel will cover the seam where you piece together the butterfly paper.






June is for brides! I created a vintage wedding-themed card using soft creams, blues, and pinks. I used lace and ribbon, plus a vintage pearl. 

You will once again, piece the blue floral paper together to make a 4 3/4 inch square panel. The pink floral panel hides the seam.




I hope you enjoyed Part II of this card series.

If you have any questions, email me at [email protected] or visit my blog at www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com.

That's all for today, G45ers. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win this week's amazing Place in Time blog prize! Will be announcing our randomly chosen winner on tomorrow's blog. We will also have more fabulous crafts to inspire your day! We hope you'll come back and see us! Big thanks to Clare Charvill and Gloria Stengel for their beautiful crafts today! Have a fantastic day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Love this card series..did the first 3 now onward to this set...so fun!

Love Place In Time. Such beautiful papers.

Great ideas today. Thank you so much!

Love Gloria's cards! Thanks for the tutorials!

These are great cards and I absolutely love the March layout.

Wow! How much do I love Place in Time? Sooooo much! It is fast becoming my "go-to" collection. No matter what occasion you are creating for, you find just the right images...all in one collection. Amazing. I love Clare's clean layout. All that wonderful green is so welcome this time of year. And Gloria's card tutorial is just wonderful. She makes it look easy. Gorgeous work, Gloria!

beautiful cards....

So versatile. From Clare's happy st paddys layout to Gloria's cards. Nice work. Thanks.

OMG!!! Love it all! Thanks for the tutorials!

Love how you used the stamps. So cute!

Great way to start the day seeing these lovely projects!

Those cards are so lovely!

Beautiful cards - so neat and pretty! Loved the green themed layout too!

Gorgeous cards! love them!

So pretty!! Sigh, you folks just make me happy!!

I just got a great idea for my place in time paper. Thanks!

I love the utilization of one sketch to complete the cards for different months/occasions. And they're so pretty with the Place in Time!

so many wonderful projects! :)

Gloria the cardsare beautiful!!

Very doable! Great tutorial. Thanks so much!

BIG SMILE :o) - beautiful projects and inspiration. Another of my favorite papers (actually they all are). I am so grateful for your blog!!!

Great projects today. I loved her cards the last time decided to make a mini album for my Sis using that idea but putting them in a box on a table.

This layout and the cards are just beautiful. Thanks Gloria for the great tutorial.

Love todays beautiful cards!!

Love the layout and cards. I always learn so much on the g45 blog. Thanks for sharing.

Fabulous cards!

Love the cards

I cant't wait to get home and try this pattern!

Wow! Beautiful! Amazing! Like I said on fb .. need these papers x3 but maybe x6 lol .. so much inspiration! Love them ;)

Beautiful layout and gorgeous cards!!

These are just delightful! I love the layering and the simplicity to make them. Secret Garden is one of my faves and I love seeing all the different designer's projects with it. They are all giving me so much inspiration! Can't wait to get my craft room set up so I can start crafting with it!!!

Gorgeous cards. You guys are killing me! I already have 2 collections of A Place in Time for calendar presents for Christmas...and with all the beautiful things you are creating I need another just for altered items and cards! I do believe this collection is my very fav to date and I thought nothing would ever beat my steampunk fav!

really love the cards and the colors.

Lovely cards and loved the layout. As usual, Graphic 45 and their designers really inspire!

Great cards and card inspiration !

Great March layout, and beautiful cards today! Judy D.

Lovely cards, wonderful tutorials!!!!

Great projects by both Clare Charvill and Gloria Stengel. I really enjoyed Gloria's tutorial. I've learned a few tips that I will use daily papercrafting. The measurement tips are great!

Thanks so much for this brilliant tutorial Gloria - my heads spinning with even more ideas now! Clare's layout is gorgeous too! Nicola x

I love these projects! The card map is so helpful to me. Thank you for sharing all these ideas.

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