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Graphic 45 Sunkissed Summer Mini Album

Summer is finally here! The temperatures are rising, school is out, vacation started and there’s nothing better than spending a nice sunny day at the beach or by the pool with a nice refreshing drink. To document all the fun of my summer adventures, I created a fun mini album using the new Graphic 45 Sun Kissed collection.

This new Graphic 45 collection is simply stunning. The blue, green, orange and yellow colors are just perfect for summer.

For the cover, I used the signature page from the collection. And of course, I had to modify it by fuzzy cutting elements and creating my own background with different mediums like paints, gessos, distress inks, sand texture paste, and glitter to create the illusion of the bottom of the sea.

I also added to the cover different florals from the Recollections brand, netting and twine to make a 3D effect.

I wanted to use a small corked vial from Tim Holtz that I filled with glitter and added the “message in a bottle” printed sign. I thought that this was such a fun element.

I used burlap fabric on the side of the album for decoration. I also used a combination of different ribbons and a little sea horse charm from Hobby Lobby.

For the construction of the album, I used chipboard for the outside and the hidden binding system for the interior pages. For the closure, I used a vintage gold button and elastic thread to the keep the album secure.

The final size of the outside cover is  7 x 9 1/2 inches and the inside pages are 6 1/2 X 9 inches.

Making the inside of the album was the easiest part. The papers combine so well that you can create pages in no time.

I made lots of inserts and tabbed flaps to add interest.

I loved fuzzy cutting elements from the paper collection to create pockets to hold inserts for my photos.

I made frames using the papers from the collection. To make them sturdier, I used chipboard for reinforcement.

They are mostly decorated with fuzzy cut flowers from my favorite papers from the collection. The images were impossible to resist and I had to fuzzy cut them all!

I had a blast working with this collection, and I am sure it is going to be filled with awesome memories from this summer.

Thank you so much for reading. See you in the next post!

 

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Welcome to the Floral Shoppe

I am obsessed with the new Floral Shoppe collection from Graphic 45. I have always being a fan of floral papers for my projects, so as soon as I saw this collection I knew it was gonna be a favorite of mine. Looking at these gorgeous images brought me so much inspiration that in no time I had several projects lined up right away. For the first, I knew I had to create a real Floral Shoppe miniature box with an album to match, in order to give due justice to the papers. Here is the completed project:

floral shop album

The album was made out of chipboard and then covered with black cardstock. I started with a simple rectangular shaped box, then I added the awning, door and the window display. The fabulous papers from the collection brought it to another level.

I used paper roses from Recollections and fuzzy cut images to decorate the box. I also made the Floral Shoppe sign with my Silhouette and used different stickers from the collection to complete the decor.

I made a set of floral containers for the front of the store using black cardstock, then painted them with my watercolor paints to create a patina effect. I then added paper flowers and fuzzy cut images as a background.

The display window and the door were super easy to do just using cardstock and clear acetate. I used a sticker from the collection as a welcome mat and printed a miniature sign to say: come in, we’re open!

I wanted the box to be pretty, but functional too! It actually houses an entire album to hold photos inside. I created an opening flap and used  a magnetized closure to keep the album secure.

For the album I also used chipboard and then went crazy using fuzzy cut images from the gorgeous flowers. I used a wood frame from Michael’s which I painted gold. Later, I want to put a photo on the inside of the frame.

The album is interactive with lots of pockets, flaps and inserts to add interest.

I wanted the papers to be the main attraction in the album. For this page I created a waterfall insert, and used the papers and stickers to decorate.

But I could not resist fuzzy cutting the images and using them in the different inserts of the album.

It was a lot of fun trying to mix and match the different floral patterns from the papers. This collection is definitely a must buy.

I’m hoping that you liked this post and that it brought you lots of inspiration. See you soon with another project!

 

Materials used:

 

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe collection pack

Large/medium Flowers (Recollections/Michaels)

Mini pink flowers (Ali Express)

Chipboard

Wood frame (Michaels)

Magnets (Ebay)

Black Cardstock ( Recollections/ Michaels)

Gold foil paper (Recollections /Michaels)

Small Dots paper (Darice/Joanns)

 

 

 

 

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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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