Hello everyone, and Happy Holidays! It’s the end of November and the holidays are fast approaching! It is finally time to start getting the presents ready to give out to our families and friends. In this post I wanted to share a quick and very inexpensive project that is a great gift to give out during this upcoming holiday season: altered frames using the Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland collection.
The idea came about when I saw these chipboard frames at my local Michael’s store. And to my surprise they were only $1.00! I picked up a few to alter into a mixed media project.
I painted my frames using regular craft paints. I picked black and gold colors as my base to make the images pop out more.
I used gesso, stencils and other mixed media mediums to add dimension my frames.
I used fuzzy cut images from the collection to decorate my frames. As you can see the Poinsettias are my absolute favorite image from this collection.
I adhered all my images using foam tape to add extra dimension.
I added other elements like wood pieces, gold stems and die cut leaves to add extra interest.
And here is the finished product!
I loved the result so much that created two different ones to give out as presents. I still can not decide yet which one is my favorite. For the first one I added a peace wood sign.
And for the second, I used a Merry Christmas wood shape.
In no time I had both my frames ready to give out as presents and they cost barely nothing! Thank you so much for reading and I will see you soon with more projects.
Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland paper collection
Chipboard Frames (Michaels)
Gesso and mediums (Prima)
Hello and happy Halloween in advance! I wanted to share my latest completed project: a redo of my Steampunk Spells Halloween album.
This project has a little bit of a sad story. About five years ago I completed a different album using this collection, which was one of my most cherished albums. One day the album suffered water damage while stored in my original craft room. I was devastated, but still kept the album and decided to one day return it to its glory. This past year after becoming Brand Ambassador for Graphic 45 I finally decided to redo my album, but it was a little complicated. The Steampunk Spells collection is now retired, very popular, and hard to find, but I was able to find a few papers from the collection from a seller online, and then added some other papers from my stash to start the process of making my album again.
Luckily for me the cover of the album was barely damaged and just by using some extra fuzzy cut pieces it was completed. I just had to refresh some of the images that I had used as charms on the spine.
Now the inside pages were in bad shape so I had to start making them almost from scratch. At first I watched the original video of how my album was made and tried to replicate it. Almost immediately I had to change strategy and begin with a new set of pages, as I noticed how much my techniques had changed throughout the years.
I started adding flaps, inserts and pockets. Little by little my album started taking shape.
It is always the amazing Graphic 45 images that get my imagination going.
I did a lot of fuzzy cutting on this album, and most of the images are mounted on chipboard to get different dimensions.
Nowadays there are also more products available that made the making of these albums easier. For my pockets I made different tags with the new die tag sets from Graphic 45. Each tag is different and special on its own.
I just used simple images cut from the papers and mounted them on chipboard.
The Halloween tittle I made using a cut from my Silhouette.
It hard to show on the pictures but these tags are three dimensional. Every element has its own level.
Each tag is stored in different pages and pockets through the album.
Sometimes they do double duty and help to secure my pages.
In no time my album was completed and luckily I still have the original pictures saved in my computer so I can reprint them again.
I hope that you liked this project and I wish you a Happy Halloween in advance!
Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Collection (retired)
Graphic 45 regular tag set die (Regular die set)
Graphic 45 square tag die (Square die set)
Polka dot paper (Joann)
Thank you so much for reading.
Hello everyone, I am so happy to share with you my latest completed project: a mini album using the amazing Typography collection from Graphic 45.
The typography collection is one of the first paper pads I got from Graphic 45. I just love everything about this collection: its vibrant colors, the images, and the quotes that speak to my crafty heart.
I finally decided to cut into its gorgeous papers and make a mini album to document my journey as Brand Ambassador for Graphic 45.
The album is made out of chipboard, and it measures 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. For the inside pages I used Kraft color cardstock as a base, and used the hidden hinge binding method to hold the pages together. On the cover I used an image from the collection that I backed with two layers of chipboard to make it the focal point of the cover.
I wanted to use some charms to decorate the spine, but when I saw some of the gorgeous mini images in the collection, I thought it was way better to make my own. I just used fuzzy cut pieces and added Tim Holtz glossy accents to them, a few pieces of metal chains were enough to attach them to the side of the album.
To keep my mini album securely closed ,I made a flap with two layers of papers and used magnets to adhere it to the back of the album.
The inside pages are full of interactive flaps, pockets and inserts using just the various papers from the collection.
I also made magnetic flaps that will hold my photos or ephemeras in place.
Putting together all of the interior pages was so easy. No matter what type of paper I used they all complemented one another perfectly.
As decoration for my pages I also used the amazing Graphic 45 Typography washi tape. I simply love the different quotes that you can get in one roll of tape.
I know I am gonna treasure this mini album forever. I am going to keep inside fo it photos of my projects and document the stories of this year as Brand Ambassador for Graphic 45. I hope that you have liked it!
Graphic 45 typography 8×8 paper pad (Retired)
Graphic 45 Washi tape set Staples-washi tape set
Kraft color cardstock (Recollections)
Glossy accents (Tim Holtz)
Metal chain (Hobby Lobby)
Thank you so much for reading!
Hello everyone, I am very happy to share with you my second project using the Graphic 45 Safari Adventure collection! Here’s a file folder full of photos from a recent trip to Disney, specifically to one of my favorite parks: Animal Kingdom.
This Disney trip was a birthday surprise from my daughters, and boy you can say that I had a blast! I had so much fun that the same weekend I sat down and made this project to hold my photos so I could remember every fun moment.
For this project I used a Tim Holtz file folder. I love using Tim Holtz file folders to document quick trips or events from which I don’t have a lot of pictures, but that deserve their own special project.
Of course right away I knew what paper collection I wanted to use for this project: the amazing Graphic 45 Safari Adventure. This paper collection was just the perfect match for my photos.
The cover of the folder was just decorated with a 3×4 ephemera card from the collection and some fuzzy cut flowers and other images. I also used paper flowers, raffia and mesh to add dimension.
The inside pages are made with different flaps that create a cascading effect when seen together.
Each inside page is very different from the other. Each one has a theme depending on the photo or photos that they hold.
Sometimes the photos are the main attraction.
On other pages the fuzzy cut images are the focal point.
I love documenting in my albums. I love going back and reading what I was feeling at the moment the picture was taken. It is definitely so true when you say that every image has its story.
If you are not a fan of your own handwriting like I am, you don’t have to stress over it. Sometimes I type my journal entries and then just I attach them with adhesive.
I also used lots of tags and floral ephemera as decor.
But the images from the collection seem to steal the spotlight all the time.
This project was so quick and easy to do, that now I am planning to do versions of it for all the Disney parks. I will see you soon with more new projects and posts!
Graphic 45 Safari Adventure collection
Graphic 45 Safari Adventure ephemera pack
Tim Holtz medium file folder
Black, cream and Kraft color cardstock
Thank you once again for reading!