Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In love with Paris

Hi eveyone.
Australian Scrapbook Ideas ask me to do a feature for their October Magazine. They asked for three layouts with a Paris theme. I hope to visit Paris one day but as yet have not made it. So it was a case of asking friends for their holiday photos. Graphic 45 are featuring my work on their blog along with some photos of the Graphic 45 Ladies trip to Paris early this year. Make sure you visit their blog and leave a comment to go into the draw to win their weekly prize. Also leave a comment here on mine and I will choose someone to win a set of Eiffel Tower chipboards.
I love this layout of the Eiffel tower. I love using lots of layers on my work. I like to think that each time you look at it you find something else. As it has lots of layers and elements you need to be careful when following my instructions. I always measure twice and cut once!
Just Paris

1 - Cut your cream bazzill to 27.5cm x 27.5cm and tape it to the middle of your “Curtain Call” print paper.
2 - Cut your black Bazzill to 25.5 cm x 25.5 cm and adhere it to the middle of your cream Bazzill. 3 - Cut Postage print paper to 24.5cm x 24.5 and adhere it to your black Bazzill with photo corners.
4 - You need to cut two elements from “the Cinema” print paper. The first one is the film strip with the images on it. Cut it the whole length and then trim it back to 24cm long and mat it with black Bazzill. Cut a narrow piece of black Bazzill 4cm wide and tape it on top of the film images. Add gold sticky ribbon to the middle of the black Bazzill and in the middle. Once you have cut out this piece, cut the film strip with numbers on it, you will need to use both pieces. Mat the two pieces with black Bazzill.
5 - From the sheet you will need to cut the image with the couple with the man with a sword, leaving some of the black edge on it. Cut a piece of cream Bazzill 7.5 cm x 15cm. Mat this piece with black Bazzill. Add the image of the couple to the middle of the cream Bazzill. Cut a small piece of the print paper to 2.5cm wide and 10cm long. Back tear along one edge of it, along the long side and ink. Attach it to the bottom of the image piece and wrap edges around to the back. Add black ribbon over the top and wrap a piece of organza ribbon and tie it to the front with a knot to the right side of the piece.
6 - Cut a piece of yours truly to 5cm x 9cm and adhere it over the top of the couple using black photo corners.
7 - Ink Paris title and Eiffel tower with black ink. Place Eiffel tower on to cream cardstock and draw around it and cut out the shape. It needs to be a little bit bigger than the chipboard shape. Glue the two together and attach it to the red print with foam tape as shown. Add clock to the middle of Eiffel Tower.
For the rest of the page:
1 - You need to adhere your print paper stripe with gold sticky ribbon to the bottom of your print paper; it needs to be about 4cm up from the bottom of the print. Place two pieces of film strip with numbers on an angle running from the top of your page to the bottom attach them to each other. Once happy with the angle you can tape them down.
2 - You can add your rectangle with the Eiffel tower to your page using foam tape. Use the photo of the layout for a guide for placing it.
3 - Cut three Eiffel tower stamps from your Tour de France print paper and mat them with black Bazzill. Adhere them on top of the number film strip at the top of your page. The left and right one go on with tape but use foam tape on the middle one.
4 - Punch a circle of black Bazzill and adhere your bottle cap disk on to it. Push it onto the memo pin. Tie a piece of organza ribbon to pin and insert into the foam tape at the top of your rectangle piece with the Eiffel tower.
5 - Check that your matted photo will fit and adhere it to your page using photo corners.
6 - Add title and brads to finish.
Tip Use photo corners on your work to give it a classic look. Use lots of elements to add interest and layer elements using foam tape to add dimension.
Graphic 45Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection - Curtain Call G4500317Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection - Tour de France G4500324Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection – the Cinema G4500323Graphic 45 Communique Collection – Postage G4500067Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess Collection – Yours truly G4500124Imaginarium designs chipboard:

Paris Title IDW0040, Eliffel Tower IDS0041,

Other2x Cream Bazzill2x Black Bazzills, 3L Photo corners, Green Tara gold sticky ribbon.Vandoros black ribbon and Gold organza ribbon, Clock, Tim Holtz Memo pins, Bottle cap Images Paris Passport, Making memories decorative brads, Foam tape, double sided tape and glue.
Snap Shots of Paris
For this layout I ask my "Friday fortnight friend" Debs for some of her photos. She had just returned and had 100's of photos. This meant I had lot of photos of Paris to play with. I decide to do a whole layout using as many photos as I could. I love this print paper “Moulin Rouge” from Graphic 45’s Curtain Call I decided to use it as the background paper for my layout.

I printed all the photos in a small size and cut them to fit the stamps which were printed on the paper. I had beautiful Eiffel tower chipboard from Imaginarium designs and used it as the centre of my layout. The page came together really well and shows 20 snap shots of Paris
1 - Using Graphic 45’s Moulin Rouge as your base. Work out how many of the squares you want to cover. I left 4 squares uncovered without any photos. Cut the photos to 2.5cm x 3.6cm, + four photos 2.8 x2.8 cm for the corners. Lay your photos on the squares and move them around until you are happy with the layout. Once happy adhere them to the page.
2 - Cut your black Bazzill to 22.1 cm x 22.1 cm and tape it to the middle of your print paper. It should fit nicely inside the square. Cut your cream bazzill to 21.5cm x 21.5cm place tape in the middle of the paper and adhere it to your black Bazzill. Don’t tape down the sides as you will need to wrap ribbon around the edges later on. Add photo corners to the cream corners and stick them down.
3 - Cut your Tour de France print paper to 15cm x 19cm with the stripes running down. Ink around the edges and adhere it to your cream Bazzill with the same amount of space at the top and bottom and 1cm in from the right side of the cream bazzill. Add a piece of black stitched ribbon across the top of the stripe and wrap it around to the back of the cream on the right side of the page.
4 - Cut your Paris Post print paper to 9cm x 20.5cm and adhere it to the cream Bazzill over the top of the stripe and ribbon. It needs to go 1 cm in on the cream from the left side with the same amount of space at the top and bottom. . Add black brads to each corner.
5 - Add some sticky ribbon across the page over the top of both print papers and wrap it around the back of the cream on both sides. Use the photo as a guide as to where to place it.
Cut the Eiffel tower print from your tour de France paper and mat it with black Bazzill. Add four photo corners and attach to the page as shown (above).
Ink Eiffel tower and Paris title in black. Paint the miniature title and Edward ornament with a silver paint dabber. (use the photo below as a guide)

1 - I used some alphas, which I inked with vintage photo distress ink and stamped with a French writing stamp and black ink over the top.
2 - Push out the circle letters from the Domestic Goddess to spell “snap” and place an epoxy dot over the top.
3 - Once the silver paint is dry, glue the tinies Paris title onto the black title.
Tie a ribbon through the “wander” disk and glue it to the middle of the painted Edward ornament.
4 - Place all the titles and the Eiffel tower to your page and check that all the elements fit. Once you are happy, glue the Eiffel tower down to your page and glue the silver element to the Eiffel tower. Glue title and words to your layout.
Graphic 45Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection - Moulin Rouge G4500325Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection - Tour de France G4500324Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess Collection - Alphabet G4500131Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection - Tour de France G4500324Graphic 45 Transatlantique Collection - Paris Post G4500090

Imaginarium designs:Paris Title (E), IDS0041 67mmx93.5mm, Paris Title Tinies IDT0024, Eiffel Tower Large IDS0040, Alphas Lowercase IDALC0001, Alphas Uppercase IDAUC0001, Edward Ornament IDFL0012 (2 per board)

Black Bazzill, Cream Bazzill, Tim Holtz Philosophy Tags “wander”, 3L photo corners, Large Epoxy Dots, Black Doodle Bug Brads, Green Tara Black sticky ribbon.Vandoros black stitched ribbon and copper organza ribbon.Double sided tape, foam tape and glue
The Paris Opera House.

For this layout I ask my special Friend Meg for some of her photos. Her husband Dave took the photos. Once I had copies of his photos and saw this one I was captivated. I love this photo, it shows the glorious rich colours and the opulence of opera house, which was part of the great reconstruction of Paris during the second Empire initiated by Emperor Napoleon III . The Opera house was started in 1861 with the laying of a foundation stone. Legend is that the Emperor’s wife Eugenie asked the architect whether the building would be built in the Greek or Roman style to which her replied “It is in the Napoleon III style, Madame. It was the setting for Gaston Leroux’s famous novel “the Phantom of the Opera” written in 1910. Andrew Lloyd Webber used it as a guide for the sets of his movie based on Leroux’s book. I decided to keep the layout simple as the photo is so beautiful. I printed the photo twice in different sizes and placed them on top of each other to make them the focus of my layout.

1 - Use a 12x12 black bazzil as base for the layout.
2 - Cut a piece of cardboard to 11 ¼ x 11 ¼
3 - Cut your print paper to 11 ½ x 11 ½ and ink around the edges. Tape the cardboard piece to the back of the print paper. This will raise your print paper up a bit from the black Bazzill.
4 - Mat your two photos with black Bazzill. Add more cardboard to the smaller photo on the back and add foam tape to the cardboard. This will raise the smaller photo up when it is placed on the larger photo. Now you can stick your smaller matted photo on top of the larger photo.
5 - Cut the Ephemera extraordinaire to 6 ¼ x 8 ¼ and cut a black mat 6 ¾ x 8 ¾ adhere the black mat to the back of the print paper. Adhere your layered photo in the middle of the print paper. Don’t stick it to your page just yet.
6 - Ink one of the “Paris” titles, “opera house” titles , the word “the” and all four corners with black ink.
7 - The second “Paris” title needs to be inked lightly with Vintage photo. I used a sponging block to add the ink to the chipboard rather than applying the ink direct from the ink pad to the chipboard. This helps me control the amount of ink I apply, meaning I can lightly ink the chipboard. Make sure you dry the inked title with a heat gun before embossing it. This is important as the gold powder will adhere to the whole title rather than just the stamped embossed part of the title. To finish the title I added some old French writing with gold embossed powder on top. To do this, choose a stamp with French writing or any kind of writing and use an embossing ink pad. Place the stamped title into some gold embossing powder and heat with a heat gun.
Once cold, glue the gold embossed title on top of the black one. Make sure they don’t line up as you want the black title to show underneath.
7 - The second “Opera House” title needs to be totally inked with embossing ink and placed in gold embossing powder. Heat and melt the powder, once it is melted and while it is hot place it back into the power and reheat. Keep repeating this until the title is built up and has a thick smooth gold finished. Glue the finished gold title to the matching black title – off set it and make sure the black title is showing underneath.
10 - You can place all the elements on the page and check that they will fit. Start by gluing the corners onto the page. Add a gold brad in the corners and through all the layers of the layout. Add the title at the top of the page. The photo can go on next. The Opera House title goes on last as it has to go over the photos and corners.
One 4 x 6 inch photo and one 5 x 7 inch photo
Graphic 45 Print Papers
Steampunk Debutante Collection Ephemera extraordinaire G4500262
Graphic45 communiqué Collection Postage G45000673
sheets of Black Bazzill
Tim Holt Distress ink – Vintage Photo & Black soot
Tim Holtz Embossing ink pad
Imaginarium Designs Sponging block, Ranger - Queens Gold embossing powder
Making Memories Gold Brads, Double sided tape, foam tape and glue
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard:2x Paris Title IDW0040,
Edward Corners IDC0008,Imaginarium Designs Custom words – Opera House. Extra Cardboard

Well that is quite a long post I hope you enjoyed it!

Don't forget to leave a comment here and I will choose one of you to recive a bundle of Effel towers and a title.

thanks for looking


Saturday, November 12, 2011

So much News!

Where to start. I have just book flights to LA for CHA for next. I got up at 2.30am Tuesday morning and managed to book into two Tim Holtz classes during CHA. I was so excited that I couldn't go back to sleep. Now the count down begins and the panic, as I work out what I have to do before I leave. My lovely son Josh will be traveling with me this time and I am thrilled to have him with me. For some other news.
Imainarium Designs is having a design team call. I have copied the information from their blog onto mine.
We are adding to our Design Team
and we would love for YOU to apply!!!!
We are looking for Australian and International, talented Scrapbookers that can work magic with Imaginarium Designs chipboard.
We are looking for artists who create Scrapbook Pages, Cards, Mixed Media Projects, Off the Page Projects plus LOVE what they do!
Any styles are welcomed .... simple, arty, shabby chic, mainstream ..... we welcome it all!
The term will be running from January 2012 – December 2012
If you would like to apply and join our wonderful team we would love to receive your application.
What we would like from our Design Team:
- a personal style that shows the versatility of Imaginarium Designs chipboard
- a blog and online galleries to promote Imaginarium Designs
- the creation of a minimum of 2 projects a month
- one written tutorial every couple of months
- social media participation
- you may be asked to participite in Blog hops
- great photography skills to show off your projects
- supply projects to appear at promotional events such as fairs throughout the year.

What you can expect from Imaginarium Designs:
- a regular supply of Imaginarium Designs chipboard
- promotion of your projects on the ID blog, through social media and at fairs
- support from the fabulous team at Imaginarium Designs!
How to apply:
Please send your Design Team Application to:
with the following:
1. A link to your blog with the most recent post being 10 of your favourite projects featuring chipboard - you do not need to use Imaginarium Designs Chipboard but your projects MUST show a versatile use of chipboard. They do not need to be new or unseen projects - they need to be your favourites! ****Create a NEW Single Blog Post showing TEN chipboard projects****
2. Tell us your favorite way to use chipboard
3. Tell us a little something about yourself including any design team history
4. A link to your online galleries
5. Your name, address, telephone number and email address
The Design Team Call is open as of Tuesday November 8th and will close end of day (Australian time) on Monday December 12th.
The new Design Team will be notified shortly after and start the new term January 1st 2012.
Please feel free to apply. I have a link to their blog on my left side bar.
On the Graphic 45 blog one of my projects is being shown today.
Graphic 45

I love the new boxes and tin from Graphic 45. I have always had a fascination for boxes with things inside. I think it’s the surprise element of not knowing what’s inside that gets me every time. I also have lots of children, 5 in fact, one with a disability and one with learning difficulties which she has inherited from me!. So when I saw the tin with the album inside I decided to make an educational game which will help children with fractions or fractious fractions as I call them.
For the outside of the tin I used an image from Bedtime Stories which I adhered to one of chipboard album circles. I inked a black clock from Imaginarium Designs and glued it to the lid. I added ribbon to the rim of the lid. A strip of the alphabet from Building Blocks adhered to the rim of the bottom of the tin finished it off nicely.
I used the album circles as a template to cut circles out of chipboard. I covered each chipboard circle with pattered papers from the new” An ABC Primer range from Graphic 45. I then worked out which one I wanted to cut in half, quarters, eights and sixteenths. I cut the cardboard album in the tin into circles to use as a base for each fraction set. Graphic 45 now has stamps to match each collection. I stamped images onto the chipboard album circles first. I printed prompts onto cardstock and using the printed cardboard circle from the lid as a template, cut them out and adhered them to the cardboard album circles. I always ink my papers to get rid of the white cut edge. I am loving the new line of ink pads from Graphic 45. They work wonderfully with a sponging block, so I will have to do a tutorial on using them next time.
So now when teaching fractions your child can see how it all fits together. You could make some cards with fractions sums on them for your child to work out like ½ + ¼ + 1/8 + 2/16 = 1
When I teach I used inches. In Australia we use metric so some of my students struggle with the 8ths of an inch or 16ths of an inch measurements. I think I will have to loan out my tin to some students to play with!
Building blocks
Bed Time stories
Grammar school
An ABC primer
Jumping Joan
Games and Playtime
ABC Primer 3 Stamps
Graphic 45 ink pads.
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard – Clock without Hands.
Well that's enough of me, I will post again in another couple of days.

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Friday, November 04, 2011

A Layout for Josh

Graphic 45 and Colorcore sent me a big box full of goodies earlier this year and I have been waiting for our blog hop with Colorcore. They sent me a a whole pad of cardstock, made by Core’dinations as part of their Signature Series for Graphic 45. I now no longer need to choose my cardstock as the whole pad of plain paper matches Graphic 45 Print papers beautifully. I also received from Graphic 45 and Core’dinations a pack of their Core Impressions: Graphic 45 Timeless collection, this is an embossed pad with lots of lovely papers to go hand in hand with Graphic 45. Where to start? I decided to do a layout for my son Josh using papers from the “Proper Gentleman” Collection. I chose two print papers “Man about Town” and “The Sophisticate” and chose cardstock from the Graphic 45 cardstock pack to match. I found the red and black cardstock looked the best. From the pack of Core Impressions I chose the “Cream of Wheat” embossed cardstock.

Normally everyone sands this kind of cardstock but I didn’t want the distressed look to my page so I inked it using a sponging block and Graphic 45’s new ink pads from Color box. I found the colour “decades” worked well, you just tap the sponging block on the ink pad and gently rub over the cardstock until the desired colour is reached. I always work in from a side before inking in the middle, this dumps most of the ink on the edge where I want it to be darker rather an in the middle. I matted the finished cardstock on black to set it off.
I love the metal door plate and matching knob set that Graphic 45 have as part of their staples collection. I decided to use one on my layout as a representation of Josh moving from school to the work force. It also was perfect for adding the journaling.

I love all the colours in this layout and the way they set the photo off. I don’t like a lot of fuss on my layouts and doing male layouts is always hard. I used some of Imaginarium Designs Corners to finish the page. These corners are ones that Josh himself designed so it was nice to add them to a layout on him.
Graphic 45 Print Papers: Man about Town, The Sophisticate, A Proper Gentleman Borders
Core Impressions cream of wheat
Colourcore cardstock red and black
Graphic 45 colour box –DecadesImaginarium designsCorners
Off to pick up Trish from Prima for a class today. I had the pleasure of meeting Ingvild yesterdaya and having tea with her. More about that another time.
thanks for looking

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Grsaphic 45 is having a Blog hop with Core'dinations Colorcore Cardstock

Hi Everyone
Graphic 45 has another awesome week of craft fun happening. They are doing a fabulous blog hop with Core'dinations all week long! There will be some super inspiring Graphic 45/Core'dinations crafts on both their blog and the Core'dinations blog. Plus you'll have the opportunity to win some terrific prizes! Check out this great prize pack that they are offering this week! A Core Impressions Timeless Sandable Card Stock 12x12 paper pad, An ABC Primer 12x12 Paper Pad, Core'dinations Signature Series 12x12 paper pad, Trim Staples and Chipboard Button Staples! It's a fabulous Graphic 45/Core'dinations combo pack of fun! All you need to do to enter to win is to leave a them a blog or Facebook comment! They will be giving away this prize pack to two lucky winners, one from their blog and one from their Facebook! Core'dinations is also offering a super prize this week! Check out their blog and Facebook page and leave a comment for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, November 4th!
Each day one of the Grapic 45 Design team members will be featured on their blog. It's my turn on Thurdays (USA time).
So check back later this week for my layout. Remember the time difference, I will be posting later on in the day Friday my time (AUS).
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