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Mother’s Day Gifts with Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Collection

First, I want to wish a Happy Mother’s day to all of you amazing women! Second, I want to share great news: I recently became Brand Ambassador for Graphic 45 and I couldn’t be more excited and inspired to begin creating new projects! As soon as I heard the news I headed to my craft room and was so inspired. In no time, I already had a few projects completed. Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I wanted to share some projects and ideas for those of you still looking for gifts for that special mother in your life. For these projects I used the magnificent Floral Shoppe collection from Graphic 45.

The easiest way to spoil mom on that day is to get her day started with breakfast in bed. It doesn’t have to be a complicated affair. I used a simple tray, a stack of  pancakes and coffee or tea for her. The details are what make this special, so I added her favorite flower and a decorated candle to make it pretty for her.

I decorated the candle using a strip of paper from the collection and made the Mom cut with my silhouette using gold paper. A savings tip is look for candles that are on clearance in stores to make them look pretty.

What a difference a simple label can make!

For my second gift, I found these beautiful set of earrings and of course, I had to make the packaging more personal.

I made a simple square using the paper collection and matted it on chipboard to hold the earrings. The box was plain and boring so it also needed a makeover. Using just ribbon, paper and a strip of tulle did the trick.

Of course I had to make a card to tell mom how special she is! The card was super easy to make just using cream cardstock as the base, ribbon, mini flowers and papers from the collection.

I made the Mom sign with my silhouette with gold paper and used gold ink to accentuate the mini flowers.

The day I finished the card was a beautiful day outside, so I went to my garden to take pictures, which gave me more inspiration.

I made a second card and discovered more ideas for gifts: plants and gardening tools, those will be a great gifts to give to mom too.  Saving tips: the planters are inexpensive terracotta pots that I painted with acrylic paints, the succulents are from Michaels ( 50% off sale) and the gardening tools are from the Dollar Tree Store for 99 cents each. I’m sure mom will love this set for her garden!

But the most important part is to give her your love.

Happy Mother’s day to all you mothers, and looking forward for this upcoming year of crafting with the amazing Graphic 45 team.

See you all in the next post,

 

Materials used:

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe collection pack

Cream cardstock (Recollections/Michaels)

Gold foil paper (Recollections/Michaels)

Pink Ribbon

Mini pink flowers (Ali Express)

 

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Graphic 45 2018 Brand Ambassador Audition

Graphic 45 has always been my favorite paper collection company to use for my scrapbook projects. One of my dreams is to be able to share my passion of crafting with others by being part of their design team. These two projects are my entry to the 2018 Brand Ambassador audition:

 

Project One: Master Detective Album for a Murder Mystery Party

This has to be one of my all time favorite completed projects,. I used the Master Detective collection to create party decor, invitations, and an album for a Murder Mystery Dinner party that I hosted. Here are some of the pictures:

 

The album consisted of  two pieces made of chipboard, one piece was the outer containing box and the other piece was the album itself.

The inside pages were full of interactive pieces, hidden areas, pockets, and lots of fun elements.

This project also included pop up pages that are so popular right now.

The party decor was also so much fun to make. Here are some pictures:

 

Check out the full blog post filled with details on the creative process here.

 


 

Project Two: Communique Travel Album and Traveler’s Notebook Insert Tutorial

My second project is a travel album using the Communique collection, with a matching traveler’s notebook. Here are some of the pictures:

And some detail shots of the interior pages:

Graphic 45 has so many great products, that I always feel bad not using anything I have left over! So I used all the leftover pieces of paper I had left from making the album, found some kraft cardstock, and made a traveler’s notebook. Here are the steps I took to make it:

Step One:

The first step is to cut some kraft paper (or heavy-weight cardstock if you prefer) at your desired width and length. The beauty of traveler’s notebooks is that each traveler’s notebook is unique and different in size. For my black traveler’s notebook, the size of my pages are 7 1/2 ” by 7 1/2″.

Step Two:

Step two is to score your pages at the halfway point, (in my case the halfway point was 3 3/4 “) and fold.

Step Three:

I used my sewing machine to bind my pages together. I really liked the simple texture touch the sewing machine adds for binding.

Step Four:

Then the real fun began: decorating my pages with papers, printed image cut outs, washi tape and any other embellishments I found around my craft room.

Optional step: I also used my silhouette and a simple font to create titles. I then used a black sharpie to create lines to journal on (to make it easy to write while on-the-go) that also add a nice, personal, handmade touch to my album. You can also add lined paper or graph paper if you prefer.

I also enjoy mixing papers with printed images, especially florals as they are my favorite ones to use.

And that was it! Making the traveler’s notebook was so easy, and the final end-product was so awesome. Having the basic foundation pages also makes it so much easier to journal daily while away. To me, there’s nothing like journaling a fresh memory or feeling. I like to have my traveler’s insert pre-made and ready to take with me, and I also like to pack a little envelope with some extra goodies to use in case I feel like embellishing my story with stickers, metallic accents, or stamps. I usually write while I travel so that when it’s time to add notes into the full album, I know exactly what I want to say.

Hoping this post inspires you to create your own traveler’s notebook to take with you on those quick trips or long vacations, and help you better prep for your larger album’s content! You can find the full blog post for this project is available here.

 

Thanks for reading!

These projects were so fun to work on. I’m definitely looking forward to creating more projects with Graphic45!  Thank you so much for the consideration for the 2018 Brand Ambassador role. Wishing good luck to all that are participating this year!

 

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Communique Travel Album and Traveler’s Notebook Tutorial

The amazing Communique collection became my inspiration for the album I’m planning to use for a weekend trip to Boston. As soon as I saw this collection I knew I wanted to do an album with a traveler’s notebook insert. I absolutely love creating travel albums. They are my favorite ones to make.

I created the album using chipboard and the hidden hinge binding system to hold the pages.

For the cover I used lots of fuzzy cut elements to create dimension.

Metal pieces in vintage colors that match the collection were also used.

The color of the papers are a perfect match for my photos and the graphics are so much fun to work with.

I love the vintage style of all the papers.

I fuzzy cut images and layered them to create interesting pages.

I also used magnets to hold some of the interactive pages.

I used Polaroid frames to hold some of the pictures. They go so well with this collection.

Graphic 45 has so many great products, that I always feel bad not using anything I have left over! So I used all the leftover pieces of paper I had left from making the album, found some kraft cardstock, and made a traveler’s notebook. Here are the steps I took to make it:

Step One:

The first step is to cut some kraft paper (or heavy-weight cardstock if you prefer) at your desired width and length. The beauty of traveler’s notebooks is that each traveler’s notebook is unique and different in size. For my black traveler’s notebook, the size of my pages are 7 1/2 ” by 7 1/2″.

Step Two:

Step two is to score your pages at the halfway point, (in my case the halfway point was 3 3/4 “) and fold.

Step Three:

I used my sewing machine to bind my pages together. I really liked the simple texture touch the sewing machine adds for binding.

Step Four:

Then the real fun began: decorating my pages with papers, printed image cut outs, washi tape and any other embellishments I found around my craft room.

Optional step: I also used my silhouette and a simple font to create titles. I then used a black sharpie to create lines to journal on (to make it easy to write while on-the-go) that also add a nice, personal, handmade touch to my album. You can also add lined paper or graph paper if you prefer.

I also enjoy mixing papers with printed images, especially florals as they are my favorite ones to use.

And that was it! Making the traveler’s notebook was so easy, and the final end-product was so awesome. Having the basic foundation pages also makes it so much easier to journal daily while away. To me, there’s nothing like journaling a fresh memory or feeling. I like to have my traveler’s insert pre-made and ready to take with me, and I also like to pack a little envelope with some extra goodies to use in case I feel like embellishing my story with stickers, metallic accents, or stamps. I usually write while I travel so that when it’s time to add notes into the full album, I know exactly what I want to say.

Hoping this post inspires you to create your own traveler’s notebook to take with you on those quick trips or long vacations, and help you better prep for your larger album’s content!

Thank you so much for reading, looking forward to seeing the traveler’s notebooks that everyone creates!

 

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Master Detective Album

The Master Detective collection from Graphic 45 was the perfect collection to create an album for the photos from the Mystery murder party that I hosted last month to celebrate for both my daughter and son in law’s birthday. After using some of the papers to create the invitations, decorations, and a live mystery game inspired by the Clue board game, I needed to create a big album that could hold all the pictures from the party.

The graphics from this collection are amazing, they got me so inspired to create one of my favorite albums I have made so far.

The album consists of two pieces: a box that I decorated with different fuzzy cut layers of the images from the paper collection, and the second piece, the actual album that will hold all the photos.

For this project I used the 8×8 paper pad and the ephemera pack. This gave me plenty of material to work with.

I loved creating all the different pages that became full of pockets and interactive pieces.

I used tiny magnets to securely close the interactive pages.

For some pages I created 3D scenes using images from the collection.

The Master Detective collection is a fuzzy cutter’s dream come true!

I wanted to have lots of hidden spaces to put photos. I wanted whoever was looking at the album to have fun finding them.

I also wanted plenty of pockets to hold the printables and memorabilia from the party.

I wanted every page of the album to be fun. On this page, I backed the smaller pictures of the characters in the collection with chipboard, then used red thread and to create the illusion of a police board.

In this page I used an old map paper to mark the location 221B Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes Address.

Some pages have cut outs that I made using my silhouette machine for more fun pieces.

This was definitely an amazing collection to work with.

Hoping this post will give you inspiration to create your own  album.

Thank you so much for reading.

 

 

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