Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy New Year Projects!!!

Hey ho!  I didn't get around to posting here 'cos its been a really busy Christmas this year, so, a very very blessed (though belated) Christmas to everyone!

Class sneaks for January are out over at the PaperMarket Blog:

I designed two new classes for January:
And for those of you who missed the stamping class last month, I have just enough to do one last run:
Sorry I have to post and run....end of year is busy too!!! haha


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Papercrafter's Library & G45 Blog

Hi everybody!!!

Today, my little G45 Christmas project is being featured over at the Papercrafter's Library blog.
Hop on over here to see the full project!

Christmas is coming guys! :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Graphic45 Blog Hop

Hey ho!

Lots of hopping going on these few days! :)   This time its with Graphic45 and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.  Be sure to hop over to both blogs to check it out!

2013 is almost upon us, and I've been seeing lots of 2013 planners and pocket diaries popping up in stores all over the place.  So I thought it would be cool to make one myself using the highly appropriate Place in Time collection!

Its really quick and easy to do, and I thought you might like to have a go. So here's a quick tutorial.  I used the 8X8" Place in Time paper stack for this and kept everything quite flat so that it will keep better in your handbag and hopefully last through the year.

Here are the Supplies I used:

Graphic45 Supplies:
5.  Mini Envelope Staples

Other Supplies:
1.  Storybook pages - my own
2.  Maya Road clock sheers
3.  Glue - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

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Wow....where did the year go?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What Better Project to End the Year With?

Than a Graphic45 Calendar for 2013!

Over the next few days the Graphic45 Design Team members will be contributing to one page each to the 2013 calendar using the 12X12" Easel Album.  Best of all, there will be tutorials for each page, which means, if you follow along each day, you will have a whole 2013 calendar completed by the end! Cool right?

We will be using the Graphic45 Place in Time collection so make sure you have your papers ready if you're following along with us! (This collection is available at PaperMarket already).

Here we go!  Yesterday was the cover page by Jane Trezenga and now I'm January! so here's my page.

Instead of having the calendar fill the whole page, I've decided to use the smaller calendar and instead have space where you can highlight the main things happening in the month, and even tuck extra notes and reminders in if you need.  Ok, so, let's get to making the page!

Here's all the items you'll need (not everything shown in picture)

Of course you'll need your
From the awesome "Place in Time" collection:

Other items:
1.  Kraft card stock
2. ribbons (reds and neutrals) - mine are from May Arts and Graphic45
3. brads (about 24 - mixture of colours - blue, red, brown, metallic)
4. Elastic string
5. Distress ink - red
6.  small tags

Ok, here we go!

STEP 1:  Cut the January Foundation paper in half, at the 6" mark.
STEP 2:  Trim the pieces such that there is no 'extra paper' around the frame. (this is so it will fit better on the page)
STEP 3:  Turn the January Cut Aparts paper to the side with the patterns, and cut just above the red "happy new year" border
STEP 4;  Now turn the lower portion of the January Cut-aparts paper over to the image side and cut just below the red border that says "ice skates" and "frosty"
STEP 5:  You should now have a piece that looks like this.  The rest of the Cut-aparts paper can be used for fussy cutting images.
STEP 6:  Trim the paper from STEP 5 such that it is the same width as your January foundation piece.
STEP 7:  They should look like this when lined up side by side:
STEP 8:  Take the half of the January foundation paper that has the "January" on it. Flip it to the back and fussy cut along the flourish in the corner (start from the top edge of the paper)
STEP 9:  Fussy cut to this amount:
STEP 10:  Glue the two halves of the January foundation paper onto your easel album page. (remember, it's page 2).  Arrange them to fit on the page. They will overlap a little in the centre.  Make sure not to glue down the fussy-cut flourish.
STEP 11:  Now glue on the piece of paper you cut from the January Cut-aparts in STEP 5.  Tuck it behind the fussy cut portion.
STEP 12:  Cut a piece of kraft coloured card stock 4 1/2 by 9" and ink the edges with red ink (I used Barn Door Distress ink)
STEP 13:  Cut out these items from the Calendar Foundation paper (small january calendar) and the leftover January Cut-aparts paper (all other items except tag)
STEP 14:  Tie a ribbon around the kraft cardstock (about 1" from the base), glue more ribbons above the red "happy new year" border, and glue the items onto the calendar as shown.  (only the kraft cardstock is popped up on foam dots). Make sure the kraft cardstock is tucked behind the flourish.
STEP 15:  Using a ruler, mark 1/2" intervals along both sides of the kraft cardstock (mark on the page, not on the kraft card stock).  I left a bit more space on the top (about 3/4" instead) to accommodate some words.  These are going to be the spacing for the 'lines' (NOTE:  The next few steps can be quite time consuming, so if you'd like a quicker version, consider drawing lines in pen, or just gluing string onto the cardstock to create lines, or even cutting out a piece of ledger paper to use in place of the cardstock.)
STEP 16:  Put brads along the sides of the kraft cardstock according to the spacing you marked.  Its nice to have them spaced at different distances from the kraft cardstock.  TIP: Don't fasten the brads tight. It will help later.
STEP 17: Create lines across the kraft cardstock using elastic string. wrap the ends of the string around the brads. No need to tie, just wind it around. (I like making these kinds of "lines" although they are more tedious because they allow you to tuck little things behind the strings also)
STEP 18: Tie ribbons to the tags as you wish, then glue them onto the page as shown.
STEP 19:  Glue on the other images with foam dots
STEP 20:  Add in the word "JANUARY" using the alphabet stickers - I glued mine on with foam dots.  For the word "IN", I matted the letters on spare pattern paper before gluing it on.
STEP 21:  Use the alphabet stickers to spell the word "What's UP".  Mat it on spare pattern paper before gluing onto the kraft card stock
STEP 22: Write numbers in the January calendar and Use small buttons / bling to highlight special dates.
STEP 23:  Add chipboard elements (I tried to keep things quite flat because there are many more pages to go and if every page is super chunky, the calendar probably wouldn't close very nicely)
STEP 24:  Use stickers and handwriting to record important January events

I hope you had fun! :)  Its gonna be awesome to see the calendar coming together page by page!

Keep checking on the Graphic45 blog everyday for all the remaining pages to complete your calendar! :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Style

I like...
- storybook text, resist effects, brown distress ink, neutral colours, stamping, masking, paint splats, vintage images, canvas, bottle caps...

so, you can tell this project is one of my favourites this year...

Some of my favourite bits:

This album is actually an altered ring binder (you know the kind that you can buy at Popular Bookstore or most stationery stores?) Its now covered with paper, tape, paint, stamping ribbons etc.

and houses wedding photos of my lovely friend / colleague:

Aaaaahh....always feels good to scrap in your own style.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hop Hop Hop!

Hello! If you are looking for the Graphic45 / Petaloo blog hop then you've come to the right spot! :)  There's a fun blog hop going on right now with the Graphic45 and Petaloo Design Teams.

Here's what you stand to win!

Be sure to check out all the cool project ideas on the blogs in the next few days:

Monday,  November 12: 
Alberto Juárez:
Nicole Eccles:

Wednesday, November 14:
Clare Charvill:
Laura Denison:
Susan Lui:

Friday, November 16:
Gloria Stengel:
Jane Tregenza:
Betto Cesare:
Irene Tan:

Saturday, November 17: 

Sunday, November 18:
Helena Johansson:

Monday, November 19:  
Mireille Divjak:

And if you get lost, just head back to the Graphic45 or Petaloo blog:

This is what I made using graphic45's Nutcracker Sweet collection and flowers from Petaloo: (I really like that nutcracker, and Petaloo flowers make great Christmas tree decorations!)

It's a little altered box for storing candy for Christmas made from this:

Someone gave this present to hubby and he said "looks like the kind of box you could use" - clever Baboo, you are catching on to this scrapping thing eh? heh!

Anyways, I covered it with papers on the inside and outside like this:

Christmas is coming....! Hope you get lots of fun Christmas ideas while hopping!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bird Song Photo Tray

Hey ho!

Time for another Graphic45 Project!!  Used the Bird Song collection to do up a photo tray for my mum's birthday in October.  Mum says she really likes it - so Yay! (Dads don't usually give comments on these kinds of things but I think he likes it too - haha)

the photos were all taken during Chinese New Year this year so they're just right...

And I thought you might like to see each compartment up close:

1. text on tags help start a sentence...

the boys...

the girls...

nests are corny but nice...

chipboard helps fill space...



Patriarch and Matriarch...

all of us... (one of the adults is not behaving...)

And here are the supplies that I used:

*All pattern papers from G45 BirdSong Collection:

G45 Embellishments:
Bird Song Stickers

Other Supplies: 
Maya Road wood bingo motifs
Maya Road wood bingo numbers
Maya Road velvet resin blossom
Prima mini bird nest
Metal findings - my own