Monday, November 16, 2015

The Wonder of Christmas

Its almost Christmas...

Today I'm sharing a Layout called "The Wonder of Christmas"

“Twas the Night before Christmas” Paper Collection

Again Graphic 45 have designed a perfect Christmas collection for anyone to use. I love the traditional feel to this collection and the brighter colours make every paper just pop. I don’t celebrate Christmas quite like everyone else does. For my family it’s a time to get together and remember the true meaning of Christmas, without most of the trimmings that make everyone else’s Christmas’s so traditional.  So I don’t have the traditional family photos or photos of a Christmas tree to use on my layouts and projects. I always have to “borrow” someone else’s Christmas photos for my work. This is a very special Graphic 45 little gentleman  and I loved doing my layout for him.

I like working on a square within a square for my layouts. This restricts the area I have to work on. I don’t like adding too many embellishments to my work, as I love Graphic 45 papers so much, and I am happy to just have them. I also love fussy cutting, so this layout was the perfect excuse to get my scissors out and start cutting.  I have tried to create a wreath around my Father Christmas, using foam tape to build the ivy up. Some white snowflakes, just added the touch I needed. 

I matted the photo of the “little gentleman” and adhered it to my layout. I added some brads, photo corners, a ribbon bow and a title from Imaginarium Designs to finish the layout.

It is quite a simple layout really, not too hard to make.  I think that the combination of wonderful Graphic 45 papers and a perfect photo is really all one needs for a great layout.

I have the instructions for this layout finally ready. Kits are available for purchasing as pre-orders on Seriously Scrapbooking's Website here. We are waiting on a few papers, you can still purchase the kit and we will post them as soon as the papers arrive. Hopefully next week.
Another project I would like to share is my 12 Days of Christmas pop-down book. You may already have seen this one or even made it yourself.
The 12 Days of Christmas Book is an elaborate pop out project which opens out from a book to a magnificent Christmas display consisting of six stunning pages. The pages when the bottom flap is folded down open out to a detailed 3D scene featuring the days of Christmas from the well-known song.
Using papers from Graphic 45’s Twelve days of Christmas Collection, chipboard from Imaginarium Designs and metal charms from Seriously Scrapbooking, this project is a perfect Christmas gift for a special person, or just yourself. To personalise this project there is ample space for photos on the reverse side of the project.


This book is available as a kit with detailed instructions. The kit includes all the materials to make the entire book including the cover.  

The kit is available for purchase on Seriously Scrapbooking's Website Here. It has been very popular and we now only have twenty or so kits left.

I hope to share some more of my Christmas projects with you, I have a few up my sleeve. For more Christmas inspiration or just any inspiration ☺ visit Graphic 45's Blog.

Thank you for reading my blog ☺

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Hello Everyone
Last weekend we had a very special family get together in Sydney celebrating the wedding of our beautiful daughter Beth to her partner Noah.
Leah and Stuart flew up on the Wednesday and along with Beth made the wedding cake. Stuart was chief bottle and cake tin washer. Josh very kindly offered to hold  up the bottom layer so in the photo you can see just how big it was. Layers of chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and raspberries between each layer, then kilo's of chocolate ganache all over it. Thin rectangles of dark chocolate standing upright all the way around the bottom layer to finish it.  The top layer was vanilla and lemon cake with white chocolate ganache.   Looked stunning and tasted amazing and big enough to feed an army. Lots left over and in the freezer for another day or two!

The weather was beautiful, lots of lovely late winter sun streaming in. Made taking photos a bit of a challenge, so will need to wait for the photographers as mine are a bit washed out.

Noah walked down the pier to the "the Eye of the Tiger" and really nailed it.
Beth chose to walk down the pier with her Dad and to the song to "feels like home" by Edwina Hayes and I must confess to a tear or two or three.

It was so nice meeting all of Noah's family and Beth & Noahs friends. A great time was had by everyone attending. Beth had booked a trio to play a bit of Jazz. Anna spent the night dancing with everyone there and having a great time.
I had done a page for August using Graphic 45 Time to Flourish collection, as part of my gratitude album and left the spaces for the photo's so I could add some from the wedding. I will now wait for the photos from David Henry who was amazing. His pre wedding photo's are stunning so the wedding ones will be amazing.

I love the sunflowers on this months page. They will look amazing with Beth's beautiful red hair and her cream vintage dress.
I now have one wonderful son and three wonderful sons-in-law. Each one of my sons in law are different but they all share a common link. They each love and respect one of my special daughters. I am so grateful the my girls have wonderful partners to share their lives with. Strong men who love them and cherish them - so blessed.
Will share more photo's of the wedding once I have some better ones.
thanks for looking

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Autumn Escape - New Zealand

Hello Everyone
I am very proud to announce that I have been asked to teach at the 2016 Autumn Escape. The Autumn Escape is organized by Craft Events New Zealand and as their name suggests, the Autumn Escape is held in beautiful New Zealand which is where I am from.

It looks to be a promising weekend, there will also be two other teachers, so lots of scrapbooking, treats and food all in a luxury resort. What more could one want? Follow the link above to their website for full information of the event, Here is the brief description from their website:

22nd – 24th April, 2016,

Wairakei Resort, Taupo, New Zealand

Registrations are now open!

About Autumn Escape:

Immerse yourself in a luxury 4 star resort in the heart of the North Island. There isn’t much that beats the beauty and ambience of the Wairakei Resort… that is, unless you add a weekend full of paper crafting, giveaways, candy and shopping! It’s always a weekend of fun, laughter and total indulgence!
This three day weekend provides something for everyone; from simply kicking back cropping the hours away while chatting with your friends to having a busy schedule enjoying many amazing classes hosted by equally AMAZING tutors to a combination of both that suits your schedule. We really do have a weekend that caters for everyone.
The tutors for 2016 include Jane Tregenza, Lowri McNabb and our third talented artist will be announced shortly!
For a full overview of the weekend & package options follow this link.
I will be heading to New Zealand to teach at the autumn escape straight from the cruise I am teaching on, needless to say I'm looking forwards to April 2016 very much ☺
Thank you for reading my blog.

Time Creates Wonderful Memories

Hello Everyone, today I am showing you a beautiful layout I made when Graphic 45's "Artisan Style" collection was released.
This new “Artisan Style” collection from Graphic 45 is just beautiful. I really love the Art Deco feel to it. The colours are vibrant and strong, with a wide range of colours to work with.
Each time I get a new collection from Graphic 45, I spend time just looking at all the elements on each page. Then I turn them over and check out the backs. It’s the backs of the papers that I really love working with.
For this layout I have chosen to keep it simple. The layout doesn’t need a lot of stuff on it as the papers are so beautiful. I wanted them to be the feature, along with a special photo. So I only chose 3 print papers + the back of one of them. I had to use one of my favourite papers from another Graphic 45 collection to give me a plainer background to show off the more vibrant colours of the “Artisan” Collection. In keeping it simple, I used the back of “Decorative Flourish” for the background. I really love those Art Deco Dragonflies and as soon as I saw them, I knew I had the perfect metal charm to really set the print paper off. Next I used my favourite print paper from this collection.  “Attention to Detail” is stunning and I love both sides of this paper. I love it so much; I used it two times on this layout with the lovely floral side showing, and a third time on the other side with the blue pattern.
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard- flower and fern, along with a title and some charms all help to make it a quick layout.

With a perfect photo of three of my girls – this layout is already a favourite. This layout is perfect for anyone wanting a simple but lovely Graphic 45 Artisan Style layout. Its even available as a kit on the website of Seriously Scrapbooking as well as the kits for many of my other layouts. The Imaginarium Designs Chipboard is also available for purchase on their website.
Thank you for looking at my blog.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Lazy Summer Days

Hello Everyone

Today I'm going to share my Lazy Summer Days Layout with you all.
I love this collection from Graphic 45. I have always love the sea and way it’s always changing, one of my dreams is to retire to a house by the sea with an old rocking chair on a veranda and loose days just watching it.  So when I saw this collection, lot of ideas jumped into my head.  I have made a few different projects with this collection. This one is a layout for my daughter Kate. I chose the papers I wanted to work with and some matching cardstocks. I used “by the sea” for a frame around my page and cut the middle of it out. I matted it onto a piece of  Cajun cardstock and used foam tape to build it up. I used “Set Sail” for the foundation of my layout and added the frame on top.  I used the middle bit I had cut out when I did the frame from my “by the sea” paper, matted it onto some black cardstock and adhered it to my layout in the middle of my frame. I added some borders to the top and bottom of my page.
I used a second sheet of “by the sea” to cut out some of the images that Graphic 45 are so famous for. I added them to my frame with foam tape to build them up. I added some charms, flowers and ribbons to fill it all in a bit more. I found a photo of Kate taken at the beach and matted it. A chipboard quote was all I needed to add to finish the page.  The beautiful images and colours in this Graphic 45 “By the Sea” collection work so well together. the perfect collection for anyone lucky enough to live by the sea, or had holidays by the sea or like us, just visit from time to time and dream!

 I taught this layout at the 2015 Brisbane Scrapbooking & Papercraft Expo and it was enjoyed by all. Graphic 45 are kindly sharing it on their blog and I though I would share it with you too. Graphic 45's blog is always worth having a look at, click here to see their blog.

I have in fact been organized enough to make this layout into a kit which is available for purchase on the website of Seriously Scrapbooking if you would like to make the page.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Jane Tregenza

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Raining Cats & Dogs Book & Box

Hello Everyone
Graphic 45 have done a blog post showing projects made with their Raining Cats & Dogs Collection. Their post includes my Raining Cats & Dogs Book & Box.  Which I designed and taught at Seriously Scrapbooking. The book and box very popular and I really enjoyed watching my ladies delight as their book and box all came together.

When I saw Graphic 45’s Raining Cats and Dogs Collection I knew it was time to do something special for our gorgeous dog named Smudge who passed away several years ago. The papers were just fantastic, so many happy and bright colours with lots of wonderful images to use. The book opens out to a star shape and comes with a gorgeous tea caddy style box to keep it safe when not in use.  I used a new technique for this book; the floor of each page is carefully folded to enable the pop out elements on each page. Just perfect to showcase your very special friend.

 There are five pages each with pop out elements and a space for a photo.

Many people have been asking for kits of this project since Scrapbooking Creations published it in one of their magazine editions but we are still a while off kits as it is quite a complicated project to write instructions for. So many things are always happening at once all the time, I have started the long process of writing the instructions, but it is going to take a while. I also need to make the book again so the step by step photo's can be taken. So keep in touch, once I have them done - I will post it on my blog here and on facebook.
Thank you for looking at my blog, be sure to have a look at Graphic 45's Blog (click here) to see more amazing projects.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Graphic 45 Introduces their Ambassadors

Hello Everyone
Graphic 45 have been introducing their new design team and ambassadors. Yesterday it was my turn along with the Gentleman Crafter - an amazing and super talented designer. 
I am very proud to again be one of their Ambassadors, what a privilege!
Thank you Graphic 45 for allowing me to work for you again.
Congratulations to the other Ambassadors & the Design Team, Graphic 45 is a wonderful company to work with. I look forwards to another great year of creating with their fantastic products.
To view the Graphic 45 blog follow this link.

They have introduced me with a short life summary, a description of my scrapbooking style and my two latest Gratitude layouts. Every month for this year, using their "Time to Flourish" paper collection, I am making a layout celebrating something I am grateful for that month. Each month has quite a story behind it. They have released my May & June Layouts together, here they are.
"For my gratitude layout this month, I could not go past Mother’s day.  Although my Mother does not like a fuss made of her on this day, I am so grateful for everything she has done for me and my family over the years.  She has always been there for me, whenever I needed a helping hand. Now it is my turn to be there for her. My parents have moved and now live three houses away. My father has had a couple of strokes and needs more help as he gets older. My Mother fills her days in helping my father with his rehabilitation. In April my youngest sister visited from Perth, and we had so much fun catching up. We also took the opportunity to get some family photos taken.  It is not often we can do this and as my parents get older the times we can all be together become more precious. I love the flowers on the May flourish print paper. It was so much fun cutting everything out and working out how they all needed to go on my layout." ~Jane


"June has been a busy month for me. I was again invited to teach at the largest scrapbooking expo in Australia.  I had three classes a day, for three days and a lovely group of Ladies joined me to create their own beautiful layouts, mixed media canvas and off the page projects as well.  All the projects featured Graphic 45 – my favourite company. I had a lovely time meeting new people and catching up with some old friends, all of whom I have met at this event over the past 5 years, that I have been a teacher at this event. Some ladies had travelled 1000’s of Kilometres/Miles and even from New Zealand to attend the event and classes.

My work was on display in the Teachers area for people to look at and I even had some pop up books for people to handle.

Seriously Scrapbooking had 450 Graphic 45 kits of mine to sell, including my layouts, books, shabby patchwork and canvas. (I did a rough count of how many Graphic 45 papers that was and worked out that it was over 2000 sheets. It was pretty amazing to see that many projects in one space. They all looked beautiful hanging there, just waiting for someone to buy them. I didn’t really appreciate how many ladies find it hard to attend classes or live in isolation. The kits were a big hit, with ladies buying one of everything I had there. I have already received emails from grateful ladies delighted with the projects they have made following my instructions.

You just never know what is just around the corner on my journey with Graphic 45. Next year I am teaching on my first cruise and have just been asked to teach in New Zealand as well. I will be teaching Graphic 45 projects off course again sharing the love around.  After that who knows.

I really do love teaching and sharing my passion for all things Graphic 45. It is a real privilege to be Graphic 45’s ambassador for this year and I do take it quite seriously.  I am grateful for the opportunity Graphic 45 has given me, as an ambassador and design team member. It has taken me on quite a wonderful journey. I just love meeting people and hearing their stories, being invited into their lives through their photos or just talking to them.  
Thanks so much Graphic 45 for all you do for me and for giving me the opportunity to work with you again.
Make sure you visit Graphic 45's Blog to see more of my work and the amazing work of the Design team and the other Ambassadors.
I will be sharing some photos of Brisbane over the next few days.
Thank you for reading my blog.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Graphic 45 Ambassador

Hello Everyone
I am very proud to announce that  Graphic 45 has invited me to be one of their Ambassadors for another year. Congratulations to the four other Ambassadors and all those who made the Design Team for 2015. It looks like being an amazing year, full of creativity and inspiration. Lots of familiar names among the design team.
I am so excited to be working with them again this year, their papers are all the inspiration I need. I just love creating with their products.
Graphic 45 is featuring my Shabby Patchwork Frame on their blog this week so make sure you look at their blog by clicking here
  Shabby Patchwork Pieces
Patchwork pieces are one of my favourite forms of scrapbooking. I have been designing, making and teaching Patchwork Pieces for over 5 years. In that time I have made nearly a 1000 of these beautiful squares. Each one is a mini work of art and so addictive.
When I saw the “Botanical Tea” collection I just knew I had to do another set. At last I could do the shabby chic set I had been wanting to do for ages. The “Botanical Tea” collection had such beautiful prints and a multitude of gorgeous borders and small images, which are perfect for my small squares. We had just celebrated my youngest daughter’s wedding a few months before and the photos were the perfect colours to fit. We have the frame hanging in our store and receive lots of compliments. My daughter loves it and can’t wait until she can finally take it home.

I have made this project into kits which available for sale on the Seriously Scrapbooking Website here. You can buy it as one full kit or in six parts. A beautiful Project for any occasion that has quite a lot of wow factor. The frame isn't included, but is easy to get. I got my frame from Ikea and it was only $30.

My classes at the Scrapbooking and Paper craft fair are going well, with one class sold out and a few nearly full. Please make sure you book in as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed.
Thank you for looking at my blog

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April Layout

Hello Everyone
Graphic 45 has featured my Monthly layout for April on their blog this week, to see their blog follow this link. As you may or may not know each month I have been making a double layout about something I have been grateful for during that month.
My April layout has quite a story behind it which I would like to share.
April has proven to be a very special month for me; my only Sister and her family spent a week with us. My sister was born when I was 19 years old so I kind of got to be her second mum rather than a big sister. She lives in Western Australia which is a 3 hour plane trip away so I don’t get to see her as often as I would like. Ten or so years ago Hannah made the courageous decision to marry Tim who has cystic fibrosis. They have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, my two precious nieces.
In 2013 Tim’s health deteriorated to the point that after 8 months of hospitalisation he needed a lung transplant. It was a very stressful time for Tim, Hannah and the extended family as we waited and prayed that Tim would receive a lung transplant in time. When we received the news that lungs were available, my thoughts went to the family, who in their time of loss and grief had had the presence of mind to allow their family member’s organs to be given to eligible recipients. In their death - Tim received a second chance of life.  What a difference it has made to him and his family. From being a husband and father who was unable to kick a football, mow the lawns, ride a bike, chase his kids around the yard or help around the house he now can do all of the above and more. No longer does he gasp for breath or cough his lungs out every morning. Whilst he still has cystic fibrosis at least now he can breathe.  I can’t express just how grateful we all are that Tim, Hannah, and the girls now have a “normal life” after so many years of sickness.  We are especially thankful and grateful for the donor and their family for our second chance for Tim.
Thanks for looking,

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo 2015

Hello Everyone
The June long weekend is drawing nearer which means its not long to go until the Brisbane Expo which is being held June 6 - 8, 2015.
We will be having a stall this year and I again will be teaching classes. The classes have been open for booking since last Thursday and they're filling up quickly.
I am teaching three projects at the expo and I thought I would show you my sneak peaks.
For full descriptions or to book visit the expo class information website here. 

Jane's Art Canvas

In this class you will create a 5″ x 7″ Art canvas using a range of mixed media techniques including stamping, misting, masking, painting, and more. You’ll also use some metals and chipboard from Imaginarium Designs. This class involves lots of messy fun in Jane’s trademark style.


Lazy Summer Days

Jane is back with another of her gorgeous Graphic 45 pages, this time using the sweet ‘By the Sea’ collection. This stunning 12″ x 12″ page features layering and framing techniques plus flowers, metals and Imaginarium Designs Chipboard.

Simple Things Matter Most

Jane is teaching one of her most popular classes ever! This Bakelite 78″ record is transformed into an amazing piece of art, using lots of Imaginarium Designs Chipboard and metals. There are some really cool techniques on offer in this unique class, so come and join in!
To book into any of my classes visit the Expo Website by clicking here and click the "BOOK NOW" button.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015

Hello Everyone
It's that time again. Graphic 45 are choosing a new team. I have been privileged to be one of their Ambassadors for 2014. I'm sure everyone would be very proud to be able to say they are a Graphic 45 Ambassador, as I have been.  I have loved being an ambassador for the year, but the year is over so now I'm going to apply for the Design Team and see what happens. So you are about to see some of the work I have been doing recently and I hope you all like it.

Raining Cats & Dogs Pop-out Star Book

I love pop out books and star albums and I decided to make a book with a bit of both. I decided to use Graphic 45's Raining Cats and Dogs collection as a few of my ladies had been requesting a project for their pets. It opens out in a similar style to a star album with cover touching cover but the pages are fully adhered back to back. Each page also has a floor  which is carefully folded to enable the pop out elements on each page. Designed for a dog this book is full of happy and bright colours with lots of details and layers. There is also one of my gorgeous signature tea caddy style boxes to keep it safe.

By the Sea Star Album & Box

A beautiful original style star album with a fantastic star shape when opened out. Graphic 45's By the Sea range really lent itself to a star album with so many borders and small images to choose from. As is usual with Graphic 45 papers, it had brilliant strong colours which were perfect. I also made one of my favourite tea caddy boxes to keep it safe.

 Typography Book


Another one of my books. Using Graphic 45’s Typography collection, this book features the beautiful strong colours of the paper and all the words & images. The book is full of quotes, tags, pockets, flaps and more. There are even 2 pop out pages to add a touch of surprise. I always leave plenty of room for photos and quotes.

Couture Cards

 By the Sea Pop-out Cards

Twas the night before Christmas Cards

 Artisan Diamond Easel Card
Artisan Diamond Card

 By the Sea Bow front card
 Twas the Night before Christmas Bow front card
 12 Days of Christmas Card
12 Days of Christmas Easel Card

Patchwork Tags

Patchwork tags, these have been around for quite a while but they are still a beautiful show piece. Each tag has several elements, lots of small paper pieces, layers, images, chipboard, embellishments and plenty more. I still get people asking to do this project.

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

I love mixing my Graphic 45 collections up and seeing what I can come up with. This layout is one I designed for a class I was teaching. I wanted to do a monochromatic layout, only using cream and black as a colour palate. I used papers from three different collections to get the right black and cream combination. I love layering all my papers together; I  just add lots of black matts between the different layers of Graphic 45’s print papers to make it all work.

Time Creates Wonderful Memories

This new “Artisan Style” collection from Graphic 45 is just beautiful. I really love the Art Deco feel to it. The colours are vibrant and strong, with a wide range of colours to work with.

Each time I get a new collection from Graphic 45, I spend time just looking at all the elements on each page. Then I turn them over and check out the backs. It’s the backs of the papers that I really love working with.

For this layout I have chosen to keep it simple. The layout doesn’t need a lot of stuff on it as the papers are so beautiful. I wanted them to be the feature, along with a special photo. So I only chose 3 print papers + the back of one of them. I had to use one of my favourite papers from another Graphic 45 collection to give me a plainer background to show off the more vibrant colours of the “Artisan” Collection. In keeping it simple, I used the back of “Decorative Flourish” for the background. I really love those Art Deco Dragonflies and as soon as I saw them, I knew I had the perfect metal charm to really set the print paper off. Next I used my favourite print paper from this collection.  “Attention to Detail” is stunning and I love both sides of this paper. I love it so much; I used it two times on this layout with the lovely floral side showing, and a third time on the other side with the blue pattern. Then it was just add chipboard, a photo and a few bits and pieces.

So there we are, it was hard to choose what to include, I could have kept going but my computer is starting to slow down a little as there are so many photos.

All the best to all those who have applied.
It has been a wonderful experience working with Graphic 45 in past years, I simply love their papers and will continue working with them whether I make the team or not.
Thanks for looking and wish me luck.
Jane Tregenza