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October 09, 2013

Live, Laugh, Layouts!


Hello G45ers,

Don't you just love a pretty layout?! They are the perfect way for us to celebrate the wonderful moments in our lives. Graphic 45 papers and Staples offer endless ways for you to bring your cherished memories to life. Today we're going to share three gorgeous ideas for perfect layouts, including a fun tutorial! You'll see a gorgeous Typography LO by Romy Veul. Then Nichola Battilana will share her adorable Mother Goose LO. Then we've got an amazing Steampunk Spells layout and tutorial by Maria Cole that's just perfect for this festive season! Get ready for a breathtaking day of joy and inspiration! Let the layout party begin!

Here is a fabulous layout featuring our new Typography collection by Romy. You can see how she used pretty paper layers and a few fun embellishments to give this LO a timeless look. This layout is such a celebration of life and love! Here is what Romy had to say about it!

"One of my favourite topics to scrapbook about is love. On this layout I decided to document the love that my parents have for each other. After having been together for almost 25 years now, they are still in love with each other. The Typography collection was perfect for creating this tribute to love, because of its vintage and romantic patterns and colours. I also used one of the Mother Goose papers to create the neutral background, on top of which the rest of the layers are added" -Romy

Typography, layout, scrapbook page, Romy Veul, Graphic 45, family




Typography papers: Typography, Inscribe, Journey

Mother Goose papers: Mother Goose

Typography 8x8 Pad

Typography Chipboard

Staples Ornate Metal Keys

Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies

Gina’s Designs chipboard gears

Next up is this super fun and cute LO by Nichola that features our new Mother Goose collection. This is the perfect collection for any project featuring children or babies. Nichola added pretty paper layers, a bit of paper distressing, as well as a few fun ink smudges to capture the cuteness and curiosity of childhood. You can really let your imagination take flight with Mother Goose! Let this collection inspire you to create a precious LO that you'll cherish for a lifetime! Here is what Nichola had to say about this sweet work of art.

“Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what girls are made of.” I’m pretty sure this did (does?) not apply to me. I’ve always been more of a ‘mud and grime and a little bit of slime’ girl. AND I bet I’m not the only one! In fact, I’m still a huge fan of getting messy so I thought it would be fun to explore that in a layout using the Mother Goose collection. Smudges and fingerprints aren’t always a bad thing." -Nichola

Graphic45_Cheeky_Mother_Goose_8x8_layout, Nichola Battilana










Mother Goose

Spot On


Mother Goose Banners
Mother Goose Stickers

Mother Goose Chipboard Die-cuts 2

Mother Goose Banners

Mother Goose 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad

small safety pin



metal brad
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trinket Pin

Reversible Round Metal Number Tiles


As the holidays approach, there's tons of opportunities for taking sweet snapshots! The beautiful changing seasons and holiday festivities offers us endless inspiration. Why not take one of your favorite photos and use it to create a lovely layout with Graphic 45? Here is a fabulously festive LO that Maria created with Steampunk Spells and Place in Time. She even made a step-by-step tutorial for you to enjoy! This LO also offers some great ways to use your Graphic 45 scraps! Get in the holiday crafting spirit as you celebrate your favorite moments! Here Maria explains how she got inspired to create this amazing LO!


"As a papercrafter, I end up with a LOT of scraps! But I can’t bear to toss them, so I keep everything until inspiration hits. As I was rummaging through my scraps recently, I found a lot of great pieces that would work perfectly for a Halloween layout! And who better to scrap than my favorite 4-legged friend, Rosie the Norwich Terrier! Rosie is my in-laws’ dog and wherever she goes, she’s always melting hearts. This is a photo from her first Halloween two years ago. She is always doing cute things, so whether it’s Halloween or not, she always gets a treat! She loves treats and toys, so I fussy cut a bunch of pumpkin hot air balloons to resemble little dog toys. I used my October Foundation from Place In Time as my base, and a whole bunch of scraps from my Steampunk Spells collections. If you have scraps lying around, here’s an easy tutorial on how to make your own layout just like this!" -Maria














12” x 12” Place In Time October Foundation

12” x 12” Steampunk Spells Beware

8” x 8” Steampunk Spells Pumpkin Power

8” x 8” Steampunk Spells Tick Tock

Steampunk Spells 6x6 Patterns & Solids

Steampunk Spells Banners

Steampunk Spells Chipboard

Graphic 45 Metal Butterflies

Place In Time Alphabet Stickers

Petaloo Dahlias – Aquas, Autumn

Petaloo – chipboard gears

Coredinations Black

Spellbinders Captivating Squares

Here is Maria's super fun layout tutorial! You can click on the link below to download the tutorial or just follow along with the instructions here to recreate this amazing craft project! Have fun!


Download Steampunk Spells Where's My Treat Layout Tutorial




Note: Ink all edges with Black Soot Distress Ink before adhering.


Step 1. Fussy cut the edge of your 12” x 12” October Foundation, then adhere on top of black cardstock.




Step 2. Cut Beware paper to 8.5” wide x 4” tall. Apply your favorite border punch along the bottom.



Step 3. Take a black polka dot pattern from your 6x6 pad. Apply a border punch to the top, such as Martha Stewart’s Garden Gate punch. Next from your 6x6 pad, take your darkest solid orange pattern and use a die like Spellbinder’s Captivating Squares to cut a 4.25” x 4.25” square.




Step 4. Take your Tick Tock paper and cut (1) 6.5” x 3.5” and (1) 6.5” x 4.5”. Use a border punch along the bottom of your 3.5” tall piece and use the clock side. Flip your 4.5” tall piece over to reveal hounds tooth pattern.




Step 5. Gather a small and large metal butterfly, some Petaloo Dahlias, Steampunk Spells chipboard pieces, Steampunk Spells banners, and (2) chipboard gears such as these ones from Petaloo. From your Pumpkin Power paper, fussy cut (1) large pumpkin hot air balloon. Fussy cut just the pumpkin part for (4) medium-sized pumpkins and (3) small pumpkins.




Step 6. Arrange all your paper onto the layout. Adhere once you’re happy how things look! Trim your photo to a 4” square and adhere using foam dots.




Step 7. Adhere banners to upper right. Attach small fussy cut pumpkins with foam dots.



Step 8. Adhere your embellishments per photo. Use Place In Time alphabet sticker sheet to create the phrase “Where’s my treat?” (Use a #1 sticker for the apostrophe.) Optional: apply glossy accents to pumpkins in upper left and lower right corners. Apply Platinum Stickles to butterflies and fussy cut pumpkins.


That's all for today, G45ers! We hope today's blog helped bring some joy and color to your day. We hope you'll join us tomorrow as we bring you more fabulous inspiration from our design team. Big thanks to Romy, Nichola and Maria for their amazing creations today. We also want to thank all of you for stopping by. It is such a joy for us to get to share these beautiful crafts with you everyday! Have a glorious day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Great layouts! Always LOVE G45!

Loving the layouts today. Enjoy seeing how the papers are used in different ways!

Great lay outs!!! They made me smile. :)

Love the layouts. Thank you for starting my day off right.

Wow!!! These are all gorgeous!! I am LOVING the layers on Romy's lo!!!!

Beautiful pieces of work. I like the layered background. Might have to try that.

Love the layouts. I'm so glad to still be seeing all the wonderful ideas still coming. Thanks for sharing.

OMG! What a cutie. That smile is precious. All the layouts are great. Love all the layers.

Fantastic layouts. Love all those gorgeous embellishments.

Gorgeous layouts today... TFS :)

great layouts!

Great layouts and layering! Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful layouts.

What wonderful layouts! I think I may have to do a scrapbook page or two soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

Great Layouts.

All 3 of these pages are so creative! I loved seeing stills of the building process on the Halloween page. Thanks for these inspirations! And thanks for this opportunity to win a product package!

Nice layouts today - thanks for the inspiration!

Love these layouts and the layering!

Too cute!

What adorable LOs!!! The Cheeky one is beyond cute!!!
<3 J

you mention border punch which one and by who i must have it LOL

Each layout is simply amazing, with all the layers and details and gorgeous papers. Judy D.

Great layouts! I just love the one with the little dog.

Fabulous layouts!

Adorable layouts! Love this paper!

Love the page with the puppy. the blues of the flowers pick up the blues of the water. Great projects.

I love steampunk (did I mention that before? Lol). I am slowly but surely falling for Typography too. Great tutorial :))

Adorable layouts!

Oh, what a treat to get three G45 layouts in one day; I am super-happy about this :-) Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

lovely layouts thanks for tutorial

Inspiring..creative..detailed...projects. Love them.

I just love these layouts! The layering is fabulous!

Fantastic projects, thanks for the inspiration!

Great layouts and a wonderful tutorial. Thank you!

Gorgeous layouts! Thanks so much for the tutorial, Maria!

Romy is amazing. Love the layout and the colors she picked. Wonderful.

Beautiful layouts! Thanks for the tutorial!

The layouts are adorable!

Stunning !! Stunning !! layouts, Graphic 45 designers never cease to amaze me with their expertise. Superb inspiration and fabulous tutorial.

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