I hope the projects I am sharing today show my love of designing, my versatility and my love of Graphic 45 papers! You might want to get a cup of coffee and a biscuit as this is a teensy bit of a long post ;-)
Those of you that know me already know I am totally addicted to making video tutorials to share and I have videoed all my new Graphic 45 creations so there will be a video or two to share today and a few more in the pipe line for later! I am going to start the ball rolling with a couple of projects in my Art Journal. Since I began this book 7 pages ago I knew I wanted to combine mixed media and art journalling with scrapbooking and Graphic 45 papers were the perfect inspiration for Pages 6 and seven. Page 6 was inspired by the fresh and intricate patterns of Bohemian Bazaar and I was inspired to make this page to celebrate my garden……..
Throughout the year I intend to take photos of the flowers in my garden which I will print out and make into pretty tags to tuck into the pockets of my page. I only have tiny daffodils blooming at the moment so until I have more flowers to photograph I can look at the sunny flowers I have created with my Graphic 45 papers! Here is a video tutorial to show you how I made this page I hope it reflects my passion for sharing my love of paper crafting.
I decided to use Bird Song next and I just had to use my favourite paper in the whole collection - both sides are fab so I am using them both!!! It is such a pretty paper and so romantic and that set me in the mood to create a page to celebrate 33 years of marriage this year (I know, I know, I can't possibly be old enough surely!!!!? ;-)
It took me a while to work out how to create my pop out heart shaped frame so that it didn't pop right out of the book when it was closed! I love how the pretty fussy cut blossoms bring an extra dimension to the frame. I have two tags in the side pockets that record how hubby and I first met and what we have been up to over the years - they are really, really long tags ;-)
Mmmmm what next……I am a crafting butterfly as you will notice during this audition and that is part of the reason I love Graphic 45 so much. With each new collection comes the opportunity to try different styles and By the Sea was the perfect excuse to up-cycle three picture frames for our holiday photos.
I mixed in a little Tropical Travelogue into some of my frames too. I love that there are so many opportunities to create embellishments and adornments with all the Graphic 45 paper collections - I just wish I could cut out as quickly as I do in fast forward on my YouTube tutorials!!!
You can see I have imported some of that sandy beach from Sarasota to Derby ;-) Love that little starfish saying. These frames were surprisingly easy to create and of course there will be a video coming soon!!!
My next set of photos were taken during the recent partial eclipse we had here in the UK. Love the peachy tone it gave to my Bohemian Bazaar canvas! I really enjoy creating mixed media pieces like this one - I think I became queen of the dimensional paint dots by the end of the project ;-)
Here is a close up of those blooms……I was thinking Peonies…..Have I captured them in paper?
A couple of cards to share next because I think they quickly show you how different paper collections inspire me and take me in so many different directions to explore lots of different crafting techniques and styles along the way.
Ladies Diary is simply elegant and romantic and perfect for my Mum's Mother's Day card this year. There are those tiny daffodils in my garden I was telling you about earlier!
Sometimes it is fun to combine collections …..take a little bit of Secret Garden and add a sheet of Curtain Call…….
…….and voila! Do you think this would be perfect to wear to a Graphic 45 Design Team Audition? I hope it is in my size!
For a totally different vibe let's get fresh and vibrant with Bohemian Bazaar.
I loved weaving the patterned papers together to create my background and using one of the journalling cards as my inspiration for the cheerful colour scheme that is sure to make you smile. Pretty fabric daisies with colourful button centres and the card is complete.
Before I go I just had to share some of my favourite creations from previous auditions.
Why not turn your favourite layouts into canvases to decorate your home:
I had great fun turning the die cut flowers from Secret Garden into flower vines to embellish my canvas. Working on a canvas means you can still incorporate journalling and interactive elements but you can go a little further with dimension as you don't need to confine your layout to an album!
Here is a Graphic 45 Book Box makeover that now records our families favourite recipes and the documents the good times we had sharing them with friends and family:
There is a video tour of this project if you want to see more of the details. This is from my first Audition in 2013 so it is fun to see how my videos have changed!
There is also a video tour of this fun and spooky mini album which I made last year. The journalling cards that accompany many of the Graphic 45 paper collections were the starting point for me coming up with the pocket page design of this mini. This time I used SteamPunk Spells and I am currently working on a By the Sea version.
Please watch the video if you want to see all the details in this mini - Notice it is complete!!! Journalling and all ;-)
I couldn't let you go without showing you my love of designing 3D projects which I normally teach in my workshops. I love to turn a piece of chipboard into something entirely different! Graphic 45 papers make sure everyone loves the end result. Here is my Pyramid Mini that I had the pleasure of teaching in Cornwall last year.
The Couture Collection was perfect to mix and match both in the creation of the pyramid and the mini contained in the base.
Time is running out ……..did you see what I did there!???
And this one is Old Curiosity Shop. When I designed the aperture in the base of the clock it was to showcase the fussy cut elements from the Graphic 45 paper collections that I used. I always say if you are going to take the time and have the patience to fussy cut the elements from the papers you might as well celebrate them and get them noticed!
I have chosen to show you projects old and new and I really hope you like my creations. Sorry about the length of the post but it is mostly pretty pictures! I love to create and I love to teach so most of my creations come with a tutorial. All that is left for me to say is good luck to my fellow auditionees and a great big thank you to Graphic 45 for giving me the opportunity to audition today. Keep everything crossed for me and wish me luck everyone! How fabulous would it be to make video tutorials for Graphic 45?………...
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