Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop! I am so happy to take part in this amazing event! I have been working with Graphic 45 since the spring of 2010 and they never cease to amaze me with their products or the other companies they team with!

Graphic 45 is an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company owned and operated by a mother (Diane Schultz) and her two daughters (Aimee Filimoehala and Charee Filimoehala). Together they create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's.



ScrapbookSteals.com is the place where crafters of all levels get hooked up with the latest scrapbook steal at an unbelievable price. At Scrapbook Steals you will have access to hot scrapbooking supplies every day, at up to 80% off the retail price.


You can grab yourself some HOT Graphic 45 papers at a STEAL! Scrapbook Steals is currently offering Graphic 45 Communique and Playtimes Past Collections.

Leave a comment on each of the listed blogs for a chance to win this FANTASTIC prize package. Valued at over $40!


Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!

To get the party started, I have made a page layout using the Communique Collection. This was the very first Graphic 45 collection I saw and fell in love, instantly! It has remained in my top three favorite papers! (I may have to grab some for myself before Scrapbook Steals runs out!)


This layout shows photos of the ladies in my California craft group. There are nine of us who live within 30 minutes of each other, plus two more ladies who live in other parts of California. The nine of us who live locally get together once a month for craft time. Some of us meet yearly at a mountain retreat for 4 days of crafting (plus eating, laughing, talking, and more eating!). We also try to attend various Expos, trade shows, classes, and such. Some of us are in the craft business, either on design teams, running a business, or teaching. It is an amazing and creative group of women!

I knew I wanted to share these photos when I found out I was to use the Graphic 45 Communique papers. The mountain retreat where we all meet is very rustic and there is a barn next to the house that has all sorts of antique items. All of us are crazy about the "old junk" we see there. This paper is perfect!


To start with, I used a craft knife to cut some slits into the A Fine Specimen paper. I then tore, rolled, and inked the paper to create holes. I trimmed images from the Party Line paper and mounted them behind each hole. Then, I trimmed the printed paper and mounted it to black cardstock to form my page background.


I used some images trimmed from the Postage and Typography papers to create interest at the bottom of the page. I added "found" items and flowers to create a feminine, but antique feel.


I like to use foam tape to raise items on the page. It also allows me to bend and wrinkle items for more dimension. A trick I use when doing collage art is that everything must touch at least one other thing on the page. I missed a bit because my title does not quite touch the photo on the top right of the layout. However, it is close enough, and your eye should flow around the page since every other element is touching. There is nothing "floating" in space. Your eye can start with the title and flow in a clockwise circle around the layout.


My favorite part of the Communique Collection is the black, cream, and red color scheme. It's my favorite set of colors to work with.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Make sure to visit the Graphic 45 Blog and the Scrapbook Steals Blog today for more inspiration!

Be sure to eave a comment to be entered into the drawing! To see a project with the NEW Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary Collection, click HERE.


Graphic 45 Papers: Communique: A Fine Specimen, Classy Correspondence, Communique, Party Line, Postage, Typography
Cardstock: American Crafts black; Stampin' Up Very Vanilla
Chipboard Alphabet: Imaginarium Designs
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink: Photogenic, Triumphant Red; Copic Marker Black
Wood branch: Prima Decorative Wood Embellishment
Flowers and leaves: Prima Laraine Black Tie; Wild Orchid Crafts red and cream roses
Metal Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology clock, pen nib, film strip; 7 Gypsies gear; Sky Blue Pink light bulbs; vintage key 
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; white glue

196 comments:

Konnie with a K said...

Beautiful layout. The paper line is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Tarnished Rose said...

Love the layout! Never thought about the "everything touching" part, but now that I think back on it, I do the same thing!

Smiles~
Marilyn

bbsox55 said...

Although the paper is great, you have added so much with your color combo of blue and red. TFS

Mardi said...

Nice lay out. Love all the little details you've added to it

Carol Mitchell said...

I love the papers! The layout is gorgeous! Nice color scheme.

barbara johnson said...

Just amazing!! Your work is ALWAYS a delight!!!!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Hi, Gloria...great LO...I love the border treatment at the bottom...it anchors the page and adds so much visual interest. Fun little items you've tucked in there.

Love the torn paper, and FYI...Communique was my first G45 experience too, and I was hooked!

Linda R. said...

I love this layout. All the details...like the postage stamps. So cool!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!! LOVING the postage stamps, the flowers and the distressing!!!

Colleen C. said...

Beautiful layout!

Theresa (A Happy Scrappy Life) said...

Love the "holes". Such great paper!

-Theresa

Cheryl Hutcherson said...

This layout is amazing!!

Renee said...

Stunning layout!

Sharon Y (sharona62) said...

This lo is beautiful. Love the colors. The postage stamps and all the found items are the perfect finishing touch.

Athanasia said...

Great job, love the holes! :)

Midnightscrapper said...

awesome layout! amazing memories to treasure for ever! love this paper range. Have not sen it before but I now have to get some. thanks for your amazing layout!

KJ said...

Absolutely love the creative holes, it adds a beautiful touch to a wonderful layout. thanks for sharing.

laurie said...

I too have a scrappy sista group and have many group pictures. This layout has given me good ideas.

Gerrie Johnnic said...

I too fell in love with this release when it first came out. My lss had only loose papers, and I went wild, not to mention how many times I went back for more. Your page is great...love all the elements you used to make it beautiful. You are so lucky to have a group of friends nearby to have fun and craft with.

Beachsidelynn said...

The color scheme is beautiful as is the page. Love it.

beccagoose said...

I love this! I will attempt to incorporate your style into my efforts. Thank you for sharing your gift.

Barbara said...

I've always been a fan of this collection, but my all time favorite is Botanicabella. SO wish it was still in print! Thanks for the inspiration.

Dee said...

What an amazing lay-out! I love all the papers you've used and all the perfect little details, just amazing!

Miriam Prantner said...

Beautiful layout! Love all the bits and pieces you cut from the collection to use. Just wonderful!

kimmie said...

Love this layout. I like how you cut the slits to showcase another paper. Thank you for sharing!

Sari said...

This is such a beautiful Lo.

Hugs, Sari

webgranny19 said...

What a wonderful layout,thanks a bunch

Sara P said...

Beautiful layout. I love all the layers and little details you have added.

gail said...

Wonderful layout--such a creative use of the papers, postage stamps, and embellishments!

Sara Russell-Clark said...

I love this layout so much, especially how the backing image shows through the tear out sections! The way you have brought all the elements together is fantastic!

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

Amazing layout!! I just adore the "peek-a-boo" spots you made, that is sooo clever!

Brenda said...

This is a super layout!

scrapadabadoo.com said...

Beautiful layout !! Love all the colors and the stamps are sweet !

Kelly Sas said...

You so gave me inspiration today! I love the torn holes idea so much that I am going in my craft room right after this hope and incorporating it into a masculine card I was stuck on. Thank you!

Unknown said...

I love your work - so inspiring!

Julia said...

Gorgeous layout, thanks for sharing!

Maridee said...

Beautiful layout! Thanks so much for sharing your gift! :)

achairnadream said...

Love the LO and your Scrappy Friends. First Blog Hop...lots of fun.

Unknown said...

Fun layout.
Like the torn rolled technique.

Bonnie in SC said...

You are so fortunate to have a group to craft with. None of my family or friends craft. Your layout is lovely. Nice work.

KC said...

I love the torn papers! I'm going to have to remember that!! thanks for the inspiration! beautiful work!!

KathyK said...

Great layout! Love the little torn peek-a-boo's, so clever! Thanks for sharing!

Debb Reid (Tawe Guild ) said...

Love the holes! Must try this one myself, thanks.

Kathy said...

I love your creations. They never cease to amaze me. Of course I always love Graphic 45 products. Keep up the great work.

Serina said...

I love this layout, especially the " torn" parts that show the background.... What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Naomi said...

What a wonderful layout! You have definitely given me lots of inspiration. And , of course , the paper is very special. Thanks so much for sharing.

Becky Dunham said...

This layout is stunning Gloria! I love all the layers and fun techniques! I never really paid much attention to the Communique collection, but now I think I must own it all! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jenna K. said...

I love the 'pops' of red!

heidig said...

Love this layout - simply beautiful!

sleigh said...

Great layout Gloria!

Drifty Wright said...

Hi Gloria--Thank you for sharing such a beautiful layout that must be filled with wonderful memories! All of you ladies must have such fun--sharing everything! This paper collection is perfect on so many levels--after all--that's what it's all about--Communication!

Cindy Lou said...

Love this LO with all it's texture and "peeky" holes. Excellent job!

Greg and Tammy said...

Love this layout! Like how you did the "behind the paper" look! Gotta try that on my next layout.
Tammy65

Naomi said...

love it!

happyscrappy007 said...

I love the peek-a-boo's! Wonderful layout!

Super Anisoptera said...

Wonderful page! so nice way to remember your crafty team mates :)

Deborah Johnson said...

I love the look!!! This is a beautiful layout - tons of fun embellies!! Thanks for the chance to WIN!

Deborah Johnson said...

I love the look!!! This is a beautiful layout - tons of fun embellies!! Thanks for the chance to WIN!

Jen said...

Brilliant use of these paperson this Layout - thanks so much for sharing!

texasbarb said...

Love your layout! It sounds like y'all had a wonderful time together. I really appreciate the tip about everything touching...think that's what's been missing from my attempts at collage.

Love 2 Scrap-N-Crop said...

Love the layout. The photos that ate torn in round shapes and then distressed are great.

scrapncathy said...

Beautiful layout Gloria! My friends and I have a small paper crafting group. We have been scrapping together for 10 years. So much fun they all are.... even though one of them moved to North Carolina...we just Skype her in our get togethers!

Toneisha B. said...

Very unique! Love the colors!

Mom Cheryl said...

Love your layout and I wish I had some craft girls of my own. Very cool! Thanks for the chance and the inspiration!

kkmadre said...

Love the layout. Lots of layering. Nice

weeziechk said...

Thank you for intruducing me to such great "steals"!
TTFN - LL & P,
Weezie

Suzanne said...

What a nice layout! I really love all the details.

Carole said...

love the cut outs and your use of the flowers - simply beautiful !!

crafting to stay sane said...

Beautiful Lay out!
TFS
hugs Aly x

Barbara Rankin said...

Love your layout page, Gloria. TFS.

mhodges said...

Your layout was so wonderful. All the attention to detail is what made it so special!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your project and your talent!

Gail said...

i love the l/o and what a beautiful way to preserve those wonderful memories with craft friends..tfs..loves ya

Nadune said...

Fabulous!! The papers are just amazing. Love the roses and the stamps.

Grace said...

This is a fabulous layout of all your scrappin friends. I also love your "Ladies Diary" project, just gorgeous. Can't wait to get my hands on that paper!!!

Ms Scrapmess said...

Great work, really artistic!

Rea' said...

You KNOW I so LOVE your work...you always blow me away with your creativeness. The holes are great, gonna try that, yes the color combo for that collection is nice (fun too ! ), the bottom is so cool with the flowers and the key!!

Krystal O'Neill said...

Great layout, thanks for sharing!!

Bobbi said...

So so sweet. I can see this paper perfect for a class reunion too!! Great job.

Marilou said...

I love everything you do and especially your cards !!! Thanks it's so inspiring !!

Jean said...

Love all the little details! Each time I look I see something else!

Sara Nell Langland said...

Love your page and thanks for sharing your trick for collage pages!

lutingobelin said...

Beautiful layout ! I love the colours you used and the charms you put next to the flowers. TFS

shari said...

What a beautiful layout, I love the peek a boo holes. It looks like you ha:-) ve a great bunch of scraping friends! Shari (cricutrookie)

Marcia Neat said...

This collage art is stunning I love these papers and the palate so simple but so striking at the same time. I've also learn from this blog about collage art and how each element should touch something I never knew this Thanks for sharing your crafty tips

happyscrappingirl said...

beautiful layout!!

Jann said...

You inspire me to start making page layout again. G 45 inspires me always. Love your project.

Val said...

love the layout! I love seeing how others put together pages using 'all kinds of things'--I am just beginning to get brave and cut and layer on my pages!

Dragonfly said...

Wonderful as always. Molly Bee

The Frightened Gardener said...

so glad I discovered you in this blog hop! New follower!

Nan G said...

Love the colors of your layout and all the details that bring it together. thanks for sharing.

Raven said...

This paperline is just great for any layouts. Your layout is awesome.

tblue said...

You've inspired me to use more bulky embellishments on a layout!
Awesome!
Teresa Blue

Jocelyn said...

Totally cool layout Gloria. I LOVE the little peep holes.

Kwilt said...

Amazing job!
Love the paper...Love the inspiration!
Hugs...Kathy

Lexi said...

Just one word... Amazing!!

kim said...

I so love the layouts. This paper is amazing. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

kim
k1i2m3@cox.net

Lynn W. said...

I love your layout, especially the way you have slit holes into the top paper to show other papers beneath - very clever. Thank you too for the useful tip about everything touching, to help the eye flow round the page.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that I might win the Communique papers now as I'd love to have a play with them.

Lynn Wild

◦◉ Steven ◉◦ AKA Pink Elf... (don't ask) said...

Love what you guys are doing! Brilliant, such inspiration

Unknown said...

Love all the layering, and the peak throughs! Great work!
Mariebernadette

loveglitter said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous layout!! Always inspired at your blog!!

Caroline said...

A super beautiful and fun lay-out. I love it, very nice. And the papers are so fantastic love them more with the minute.

Sheri said...

pretty layout. love the color combination.

Arlene said...

How FUN and what a treasure this layout is, Gloria! Oh look, there's Melody from MFT!! :-) I love every detail, and the ripped "peek-a-boo" accents are so awesome!! ❤

angie babe said...

beautiful! amazing! xx

Debbie said...

love your LO it is so fitting how you highlighted the paper under the distressed holes love it thanks
upnurse at aol dot com

jengd said...

Fantastic page and beautiful colors! LOVE the theme!

Musicalscrapper said...

I love this layout. I am part of a scrap group that meets once a month (or more) as well and love getting together for the sharing of ideas and talents and food of course.

Jean said...

I love your creations .. thank you for the great inspirations!

famillemarleau said...

I just love your page. It's very beautiful. Love those papers. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

craftgirl007 said...

Love your beautiful layout...the ripped portholes w/little cutouts is really great. What a great page to celebrate your friends. Love your work.

Cathy L. said...

I love the stamps and hjow you used them. Great ideas with Graphic 45 paper.

Amanda said...

Love it! I really like the idea of tearing a hole in the LO to view an image below.

Cindy said...

Beautiful layout!! Love how you ripped the little circles in the middle of the page great idea!

fairkat said...

terrific layout...i especially like the torn windows!

scrappylady said...

Beautiful design with these gorgeous papers. TFS!

carol said...

Such a sweet layout!

AbrewFamily said...

What a lovely layout. I really enjoy all the attention to details you put into this.

Melanie said...

Lovely page--great story-love the shabby chic worn peep holes!

artjunkie2 said...

Love both of your creations! They are wonderful!

lori said...

Amazing work as always! Love G45!

Wendy said...

Kind of sad that this is the last blog I need to visit. .... So much fun and so very inspiring.

Kathy said...

I love your fantastic layout. Thanks.

nicemouse said...

Ramona Walter

How special that you can share your scrapbook hobby with 9 of your friends that live locally to you. I love your work. Thanks for sharing your faith as well.

Jordanna DiPietro-Vigliotta said...

Great Layering! I love the peeled up pages. I have to try this technique on a mini!

crazyoldsyd said...

Love everything about this project. It is cool,love all the effectson it. Love this paper, it is an "oldie but goodie" of G45. Would love to win it!!

Paik117 said...

Love your layout. Beautiful

donna said...

Your layout is wonderful, I love the torn holes and the layering!!

Purplegirl2009 said...

How Special to have a group a ladies so close that you get together monthly to scrap with. Very very pretty layout and I too love this color line with the red, cream and black. All your work is just stunning. Graphic 45 did another great job of picking out the design team this year. Thanks again for all the talent yiu take to share with all of us. TFS Annette Alexander

Purple Berries said...

Beautiful layout. I really love the Communique paper pack.

barbwire802 said...

Your page is awesome. I love how your ideas flowed from one to the other. TFS.

happybooker said...

Gloria, I liked the LO very much and also appreciated the great details you gave about your design process. I picked up some very valuable tips. Thanks!

fusiafscrapping said...

Awesome, you are just so creative. You are so blessed to have such talent. Fantastic job!

MsDebren said...

Fabulous project !!!
Debra Renwick

Kaye said...

What perfect paper/pictures combination. LOVE your Ladies' Diary bookmark card...i hope you don't mind that I pinned it!

Katina said...

Love all the layers, really makes this pop!

Very21 said...

LOve the layout great job love the paper line nice to see such great work.Very

Kathy Ancheta said...

Wow, love the papers too! I envy you and your craft buddies living so close to each other. And the once a year "retreat" sounds like heaven! I am officially jealous! Love your work, thanks for sharing with us.

Amy Heffernan said...

Really beautiful layout. I love the line of stamps along the bottom. Thanks for the tip about making all your elements touch - it seems so obvious now that you have said it!

Limor Webber said...

Nice Layout

Diana said...

With G45 Paper, you can never go wrong. All the projects and layouts are fantastic. I am amazed of the unigue talents and individuality that each of the team members brings to us. Thank you so much for the ideas, and the opportunity to win some wonderful products. Goos luck everyone.

KnitterPam said...

A beautiful layout to commemorate your friends. Love the layering.

Carol E said...

Such a wonderful layout, thank you for sharing it.

Dorina D said...

What a great layout and I love the torn slits in the paper with the other details showing through the paper. TFS

Mylissa said...

Cute, cute, cute...just love the "peek a boo" openings. I loved visiting and will definitely come back.

Alissa Luke said...

Great projet!

Linda said...

Love your project. :)

Rusticdiva said...

Love your project Gloria and your 'girls' Graphic 45 is just the cheery on the top. Thanks for the inspiration

Adrienne Crist said...

Love the little peek a boo tears in the top layer, fun!

Rebecca " The miss Haven " said...

Super cute layout :) Tfs !
Hugs Rebecca

Gloria Westerman said...

Love your layout....and I especially how you did your slits with the picture coming thru....awesome works...tfs

Lei M said...

Very lovely use of this gorgeous product! Thanks for sharing your ideas! <\\<

Daisy Vilela said...

Just amazing!! Your work is ALWAYS a delight!!!!

Hugs from Brasil and me!!

Francine said...

What a great layout Gloria. I love how you made the red paper peek through the holes in the other paper. I agree with you too about the colours - cream, black and red ARE perfect together.

Sheila said...

Very eye-catching project. Between the colors and the embellishments, it really pops...and yes, of course, the paper used plays a ke role.

Linda said...

Love it!!! Awesome, gorgeous layout. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent, you are such an inspiration

JBall said...

i love the dimensionality of your work. So "cool".

lynneatw said...

I love your creativity.

Margie said...

Beautiful, beautiful layout! I love all of the details!

cathy said...

lovely layout and thanks for the "everything touching" tip - makes sense, but didn't think about it until you said it.

genagirl said...

So cool! I love the paper and I love what you've done with it!!!

Dipsynoodle said...

Love the layout. Very nice. Love the pops of red.

Patricia said...

First time on this blog hop & I'm enjoying it so much! So much talent. And I'm loving this Graphic 45 set. Your layout is so unique with the "torn holes". Love this idea. Thanks for your inspiration & talent.

Blaze1208 said...

Beautiful pages. Lots of ideas here.

Deb said...

I am always amazed at the talent I see on these blogs! Beautiful work!

Linda K said...

I, too, love the color combo of this collection and sure would be tickled to win it :) Great layout Gloria.

Tammy said...

Praise the Lord!! Gloria---you do such an awesome job!!! I"m new to G45 an dto your site. :) I am veyr impressed with g45 AND the gifts and talents in which you are using for His glory!!! I think you r cupcake b-day card is super cute!!! Thank you for sharing and for allowing me to glean from you!! be blessed
~Beyond Measure
Tammy
www.urbeyondmeasure.com

Luv 2 Create said...

Great group LO Gloria. I love this G45 line too. Sorry to see it being retired. Looks as though you gals have fun. How lucky that you all live so close to each other.
Marcie

Mickey's Craft World said...

Just beautiful!! Wow your project is stunning!!

Mickey

Alita said...

Love the layout and the beautiful papers you used. Liked the embellishments too. Thanks for creating and sharing it with us.

Ms. Lucie said...

I love that you have such a strong group of creatives to hang out with. It makes me a little jealous, because I don't have that here in Delaware. But I am happy for you all.
Beautiful layout.
Thanks for the chance to win that awesome prize.

keysha said...

What a beautiful layout!!! I love the way you created the little 'windows' out of the ripped paper!! What a wonderful idea!! You have amazing talent Gloria!

Sherry Gardner said...

This is just an adorable layout...oh I am going to make one of these toooooo.....so much fun...:) great papers for this one...:)

TheLastOfNine said...

Great layout! Love the peek-a-boo part.
Gloria H

tmmarx said...

I love what you have done with this paper. Making little slits is a terrific idea to compliment the rest of the page. And the "touching" aspect really does work even with such a busy layout. Love it!!!!!!!

Nat Laney said...

Great layout. Love the worn look with holes.

Angela said...

Great Layout.
I will need to try your collage philosophy.

Helen said...

Very nice. I'm liking the distressing and black flowers.

cal8007 said...

I want to make one of these just like yours!! I hope I get to win, thanks for the chance.

Carmen L

The Archiving Angel said...

This is an absolutely lovely layout. I just adore your techniques & use of the G45 product.
Super nice job.
Crafty best wishes,
Sonia
archivingangel@yahoo.com

Vintage and Vogue said...

This is my first time visiting your blog...but it won't be the last! Wonderful work! Love the idea about 'everything touching at least one other thing'. Such a simple way to achieve that collage feel. Thank you for sharing!

Frederique said...

Lovely work , you are very talented.

Ellen said...

What a way to remember all of your scrapping buddies! Love the layout.

Barbara said...

Absolutely stunning project!

Deb said...

I scrolled through your projects and I'd love to do all of them!

Gra said...

This LO is a gift for the eyes!!!
Love it very very much!!!
Hugs!!

a1983alaskan said...

Oh, I love this! I can see using the template of your layout for one in my career album!!! Fabulous!

Ann Marie said...

Beautiful layout that really shows how to capture those special times! I love all the pretty embellies and rich color scheme. Thanks for the "touching" tip, too! I really enjoy your style of creating, thanks for sharing!!

Lise in Norway said...

What a wounderful blog you have

Chocolate Purples said...

enjoying the blog hop. thanks

michele said...

Another beautiful project

Tracy Heaton said...

Wow!
Fantastic layout, so beautifully embellished.
TFS
Tracy x

Roxanne said...

How beautiful!!

simmo said...

A very big WOW

Neet said...

Love anything Graphic 45 and this is no exception. Love the line of postage stamps and the strong contrasting flowers at the base.
Neet x

Jane Teo said...

LOVE love all your GRAPHIC45 projects,
they are amazing and creative !!!
Would look forward to follow your work and sincerely very happy to know there is a you .
A Big THANK YOU for sharing )))

Judy (skajude) said...

Love the way the paper was used with the subject of the layout.