Saturday, February 26, 2011

My projects for Graphic 45's 2011 Design Team Call

First I want to thank Graphic 45 for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their design team last year and am so grateful that we are able to re-apply to be on the team again. They have asked that those who want to apply, need to post 10-15 projects on their blog. So here are my favorite Graphic 45 layouts and off the page projects in no particular order.

This was a book I made as my final project for the design team last year. It was published in Scrapbooking and beyond and I have received many emails and lovely comments about.

This was a shadow box from Imagainarium Designs and I used papers from Once upon a Springtime to decorate it. The small images on the papers were perfect to make matching embellishments. And as soon as I saw the primrose paper I knew I would need to cut it out to make a matching vine embellishment. I like using the papers in creative ways rather than using embellishments from other companies.

This was a layout for my son Josh using the Steampunk collection and Imaginarium Designs chipboard.

This is a new layout for the May Art ribbons blog swap, using the new Curtain Call collection of papers.

"Life long Memories I want you to remember" was a project I did for Scrapbooking Memories Masters last year. I made the box from scratch and using 7Gypsies book covers for the dividers. My Dad had a stroke over a year ago and he has lost the ability to start a conversation. The box is to help with his speech and give people who visit him something to talk about with him. The box has 52 pockets with questions for My Mum and him to answer about childhood and early married life. They grew up in New Zealand in Christchurch. I was born there and spent the first 11 years of my life in Christchurch before we left for Australia in the seventies. It as been very sad seeing all the images of my birth town in the news of late, my thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones.

The above book is one I did for CHA this year. It is one of Graphic 45's envelope books and I used the new range of Curtain Call papers.
This was another project I did for Diane, I love doing little squares and this one was using their Renasissance Faire range of beautiful papers.

This is another book, I really like making books, I am not sure why. But as a child I didn't have a TV so I read books. In my home I have 2000 children novels, collected from my youth. I also have over 100 picture fiction books as well. This does not count adult novels or my husbands book, or even my children who all collect books as well. They also have grown up without a TV. I love reading and have past it onto my children. I used to read to them every night. Maybe my love for making books has something to do with this! I can't share photos of the pages as I am teaching it at printblocks in March (2011)

This is one of my favorite layouts, this was the first time I made a frame from Graphic 45's stripe papers and it work so well. This layout is using their Playtimes past collection.

This layout was one I did using Graphic 45'sTransatlantique collection. I love the strong colours in this collection.
I love making books in all sizes and this one using Graphic45's Kraft Envelope album and papers from Halloween in Wonderland. I love this collection again the strong colours work so well together.
Again another take on Squares, this time they are bigger and I used a frame from Imagainarium Designs.

This still is my favorite Graphic 45 layout. I have to say it was one of my less favorite collections when I first saw it, BUT I love it now, I think its the greens/blues colour palette which works for me so well.
I have tried to show different projects to give a good view of what I love to do, layouts, mini books, off the page or even big books. I just love working with Graphic 45's amazing Papers and now their embellishments and stamps. I also have been able to teach Graphic 45 classes at Printblock. These classes are for store owners and teaches and I have enjoyed sharing my love of Graphic 45 with them. Special thanks to Printblocks and Graphic 45 for making this happen. I had lots of other projects I wanted to share more, but they asked for 10-15 so I won't over do it.
wish me luck!
Thanks for looking

Friday, February 25, 2011

Check out the Graphic 45's Blog

Graphic 45 have put my layout along with some cards from the other girls. This means I can share it with you. I love the cream's and black colours of the Curtain Call collection. It is great for wedding layouts and the ribbons from May Arts were the perfect match. I used a cream silk ribbon to make the roses and added a knot of cream organza with gold stitching for the centers. I used some beautiful shot green silk for leaves. A coffee coloured silk ribbon for a large soft bow finished my embellishment. May Arts also included some gold wire ribbon which I wrapped around a paint brush and added to my flowers. The whole look is elegant and perfect for the photo of my daughter and her husband. I love the combination of the strong colours in the papers and the soft ribbon flowers. The photo does not do the ribbons justice as you can't really see the beautiful finish on the ribbons or the true colours of the shot ribbon.

I also made another book this week for my daughters birthday. I can't show anymore that the cover as I am teaching it at Printblocks Monday 14th of March. This is definitely a one off class and will not be teaching a book again. Its too hard to write the instructions, I spent two full on days writing them! You need to be a teacher or store owner to attend this class and as the class is limited to 30 people you will need to contact Printblocs ASP and book in. It has 12 pages inside, all decorated using G45 Curtain Call. I have included lots of different things in this book to show you just what you can do.
I have lots of other things to share but this will have to do for now. I will be putting all my projects for Graphic 45 design call over the weekend. Nothing like leaving it until the last week.
Many thanks to those who leave a comment, its nice to know someone is reading what I write.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Graphic 45 and May Art Ribbons Blog Swap

Hi everyone
The design team at Graphic 45 are all doing a blog hop with May Art Ribbons. I have done a layout which will be posted on Graphic 45's blog later this week. This means I can't show you yet! But check out what Candy, Jade and Gloria have been doing. We all got a bag of the most beautiful ribbons sent to us, and most of us want more. It is great seeing all of the girls different styles. We all have our own look to our work, so it makes it exciting even for us to see what we all come up with. I have finished my book for the class I am teaching in March for Printblocks and will put a sneek peek here in a day or two.
thanks for looking

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Back Home at Last

I have finally made it home, and the jet lag has been trying. I have felt like doing nothing for about a week, which is ok if you don't have to work. Now I am hard at it, getting projects ready to teach in Brisbane in March and June. I am doing a class with Printblocks March 14th. I have been asked to teach one of my books. So if you are a retailer or teacher for a store then contact Printblocks and book in. I will bring some different samples of books to show just what you can do. The classes in Brisbane June long weekend are open to everyone. I am teaching two pages and an off the page project. I will let you know more when I have some more information. You may have noticed a new company banner on the side of my blog! I am the design team leader for Imaginarium Designs, and I can not even begin to tell you how excited I am. While I was away, Nat introduced the other team members and special thanks to her for all her hard work. The other ladies are so talented and am honoured to be part of this amazing group of ladies. Please take the time to visit there blogs and leave comments for them. You will be blown away by their wonderful work. Each of the girls have a different style and together will take you on a truly creative journey.
The Graphic 45 design team call has gone out and I will be entering again. In the next day or two I will be posting 10-15 projects. Some you may have already seen and some I am working on, some will be work I did for CHA. I would love another year with this wonderful company and the chance to create for them with their amazing papers and embellishments.
The photos above are of some of the design team, with Diane and Aimee at the Graphic 45 Booth. It was so nice to meet Tracy and Gloria and spend some time with them. Tracy and I swapped Aussie Tim Tams with American chocolate which she warned me I would not like. She was so right. Give me Cadbury any day. Diane took us (Tracy, Gloria, Jan and myself), her family, friends and her staff attending CHA all to dinner Sunday night at the Palms in LA for a truly culinary delight. The steak melted in my mouth and the deserts were yummy. I would love to share more photos of my trip over the next few months so keep in touch.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

In San Franciso

Jan and I have made it to San Francisco. The flight was only an hour and it looks like a totally different city. The weather is great, we have been checking on the weather channel and the other side of the states is totally snowed out. I met ladies at CHA that were leaving early hopping to bet the snow storms. They were worried that if they got delayed that they might not get home for a week. At the airport this morning while we were booking in, they cancelled all fights to New York. We arrived at lunch time, caught a shuttle bus to our hotel which is in union square. The cable car is right outside our hotel. So we got on and headed down to the bay, I decide to ride the running board and take photos from outside the trolly car. We thought we would walk to fishermans wharf, we didn't get far before it started to get dark, so we headed back. Across from our hotel is Macey's, Jan and I went to the cheesecake factory for dinner. The main meal is so big here in the states that we both didn't fit the cheesecake, so we plan to go back tomorrow and just have the cheesecake. We have booked into a tour tomorrow, we will be going to see the giant redwoods, Muir Woods and Sausalito. We will be also be doing a tour of the city from the bay to the ocean with photo stops at key locations.
Will post again tomorrow