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April 30, 2013

Layouts The Whole Family Will Love!

An ABC Primer layout Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel back to school

Hello G45ers,

There's a beautiful quote by Maya Angelou that says, "I sustain myself with the love of family." We couldn't agree more here at Graphic 45! Family is such an important part of our lives and it plays a huge role in how we create! Today on the Graphic 45 blog we are celebrating family and how it inspires us! We will be sharing two gorgeous ideas for family-friendly layouts! You will see an adorable LO featuring our Bird Song collection by Tara Orr. Then we will share a super sweet LO featuring An ABC Primer by Gloria Stengel! Both of these magnificent projects are sure to give you incredible ideas for some precious layouts for your family!

Lets begin with Tara's perfectly layered and embellished Bird Song LO! Tara's layouts always contain the most adorable photos of her family! Do you have some sweetly nostalgic photos of your family that are just waiting for the perfect layout?! Let Tara's LO inspire you to turn your memories into a craft treasure for the ages! Here is what she had to say about this pretty work of art!

"I love revisiting older collections - especially when I am drawn to a particular theme or colour.  Spring is in the air and the cherry blossoms in these papers just screamed spring to me!! I love pairing the soft, pastel pinks with the bolder colours to really allow them to stand out." -Tara

Tara Orr Bird Song Layout

An ABC Primer layout Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel back to school



Patterned Paper: Joy Luck, Cherry Blossom, Shanghai Girls, Good Fortune: Birdsong Collection
Metal Clothespins

Next we have another family-friendly LO that you're sure to love! Gloria created this magnificent piece with our collection An ABC Primer! This layout is just perfect for school photos or other sweet pictures of children and family! Gloria created this LO to fit inside her Easel Album Art Book which we featured on our blog last week. You can see a sweet tutorial for that Easel Album here:

Get inspired with Gloria's fun tips on how she created this darling LO! Take it away, Gloria!

I cut the stand off the bottom of the Easel Album and then flipped the album sideways so that the binding spiral is on the left side. The album is now a "book" rather than an easel album.

An ABC Primer layout Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel back to school

I plan to create a title page, 12 monthly pages, and an end page. I am giving this album to my daughter as a graduation gift, therefore I will not be adding photos. I will attach the layouts with photo mats so that she can add her own photos. 

I created this page for my daughter to add a school photo. She will be attending college full time this fall. I used some of the childlike images from An ABC Primer and Place in Time, but I also added some stamps that are more "grown up math" oriented. I think this edgy page is perfect for her to use for a college photo.

I made my own custom background paper by stamping onto a sheet of An ABC Primer Grammar School. I also sprayed the paper with mists.

An ABC Primer layout Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel back to school



I included a journaling block where she can write her thoughts about the photo she chooses.



I placed the layout into the altered Easel Album. I hope to have more pages finished soon!

Supply List:

Graphic 45 paper:

Place in Time: September Cut-Aparts

An ABC Primer: Grammar School, Building Blocks, One Two Buckle My Shoe, School days

Graphic 45 12 x12 Easel Album Staples

Graphic 45 Stamps: An ABC Primer 

Other stamps: Oxford Impressions School Days, Taylored Expressions Notepaper, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mixed Media, Mini Blue Prints 2 and 3

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Mix'd Media Inx Jasmine, Graphic 45 Decades Photogenic, Triumphant Red, Dark Cashmere

Mists: Tattered Angels Beetle Black, Crimson; Ranger Colorwash Fired Brick

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Treasures Bitch Black, ColorMates Light Totally Tan

Die cut: Taylored Expressions notepaper

Staples: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Postage edge scissors: Provo Craft

Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue

 We hope you all had a lot of fun on today's Graphic 45 blog. Tomorrow we begin our sneak peeks of our brand new Graphic 45 collections! You will also have a chance to win our latest releases before they are even available in stores! So definitely come on back and see us tomorrow for an exlusive look at what's new from Graphic 45! We want to thank Tara and Gloria for their marvelous creations today. We wish you all a very happy day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Awesome layouts. Both designers are so talented! The G45 products. Well ... AWESOME of course!

Still love the ABC Primer!

Great Layouts.

Great layouts!!

Wowwwwwww! These are beautiful!!

Both are great layouts by talented designers.

Wonderful inspiration. Love this bird song paper. Noticed how the embellishment behind Tara's photo follows the same curves as her hair. Gloria, this book for your daughter is just stunning. What a great thing for her to take to college. Thanks.

What a lovely quote!

The layouts today are amazing.

Goodness, I just love the Birdsong paper.

Both projects are great!

Love them. Two awesome designers!

Awesome awesome layouts. So excited for tomorrow. G45 sneak peaks are always a highlight!

Oh fun! Can't wait for the new collections.
Love the layouts today ladies!

Fabulous work, great inspiration, thank you.

Very nice. I am loving the ABC Primer!

I have this large easel album ... great idea to flip it into a book

Wow I love the work by the DT Tara's layouts is one off my new favs by her! Oh I can't wait untill tomorrow so nervous for the new collection xox Amy :)

These lay-outs just make my heart sing! They are so so gorgeous!

The ABC collection is one of my favorites. This LO is so well thought out. The pink flowers on the first LO are spectacular! Keep up the beautiful work, ladies!

I love both of todays projects .. thank you so much for sharing your inspiration with us!

Beautiful projects!!

Great Lay Outs! Love the journal idea!

I loved what you did to the journal. It's so beautiful.

The pink layout is gorgeous.

These two projects are stunning, the amount of work that has gone into both of them, so inspiring.
I am so looking forward to tomorrow for the sneaky peeks of the new collection xx

The numbers would be brilliantly apt for several members of my family as we have mathematicians and scientists.

Beautiful layouts today thank you all for the inspiration.

great creative artwork today, thanks for sharing the talent

That new paper looks yummy, can't wait to get my hands on it. The designers did an awesome job as usual. I look forward to seeing all the inspiration each day. Thank you G45, YOU ROCK!!!!!! Cyndie

Two terrific projects!! I am looking for ideas for the ABC Primer collection to refurbish my "baby book" my mom had for me that was obviously NOT acid-free and is falling apart!! Also have two granddaughters for whom this collection could be the base for a terrific mini album. I'll post them on NING when the time comes. Thanks for both inspirations. The pastel softness of the Bird Song LO surprised me!! Love it!!

Thank-u for wonderful inspiration. Nicola x

great layouts I am always inspired my your blog posts. Thanks so much.

Woah! Very cool! Bohemian Bazaar looks just like the clothes I used to wear in the sixties! Just love it! This paper will be used for those old photos. Peace and Love baby!

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Can't wait to get my hands on Bohemian Bazaar - love the bright colors!

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Love the colors on this new paper line!!!!!!!!!!

Love these projects made with the Bohemian Bazzar line. I like your lines of items! But something about this Bohemian Bazzar Line just draws my attention, the colors & the style is so awesome. I would probably have a heart attack if I won anything! But, oh what a dream this win would be. I could ready dig into ideas of items to make with this line! Thank you for a chance to win this lovely line! It is beautiful!!!!!

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