Whoo hoo!!! Can't believe it's here already!! It seems like years ago, that I was contacted about being a guest designer for the G45 blog. Okay, so it's only been a few months...it just feels like ages!!! I gotta admit that even though I was very excited and couldn't wait to start on my projects for them, it really did sneak up on me!!!
I am so thankful to G45 for giving me this opportunity!! You all know that their papers are my faves, and even if I use other papers, I try to incorporate a bit of G45 into my layouts. That's how much I love them!! No other paper company has come close to matching the vintage look and feel that they offer. Everytime I look at them, it brings me back to my childhood. Now, THAT was a long time ago!!!
I really do love G45!!! And I'm not saying that because they asked me to be a guest designer, or because they may be watching!!! Anyways.........., I have already submitted two layouts to them and have two more projects in the works. One is almost done...that is, if I can figure out where to put the darn bow!! Sometimes it's the easy stuff that gives you the most headaches!!
Because no one had the new collections in stock, I've had to use the older papers for my projects. I'm telling you, that I can't wait to get my hands on the new collections!!! Especially 'Le' Romantique', even if there's no 'significant other' in my life!! I could use them for wedding LO's or girlie-girl LOs!! 'On the Boardwalk' would be perfect, since I live in Florida. And then there's "A Proper Gentleman', they would be perfect for LO's of my sons!!! Okay, I want them all!!! My LSS is saying mid-March, but.....I found two online stores that actually have them in stock right now!!! Okay, I'll share!!! For paper packs, go to Eclectic Paperie. And if you prefer single sheets, you gotta go to Scrapbook.com. I really didn't set out to brag on these online shops, and they don't know that I'm doing this, and no, they are not giving me anything in return. I just want everyone to be able to get the new papers!!
Wow, talk about going off track!!! So on with the show....
First the background: Going diagonally and at every gold line, I cut the plaid paper (about 5" in, at widest point), so that I could weave (over 2, under 1 & staggered) my black floral strips into it. Every other section is raised. If you decide to do this, use pencils to hold your pieces up....and tape the back (painter's tape)....trust me!!!
Foreground & embellies: Of course, layering & distressing (Tim's...love that man) of papers from several collections. Lace and ribbon from my stash. Brad is BoBunny. 'Time' word stick from TH. 'i wish' is cut from Blackletter cartridge on Cricut....I used 3 layers (1 from pp & 2 from cardstock) to bulk it up.
Here's a closeup, and mini tutorial on flowers & leaves........
Flowers: Go to Tim's blog, find the 12th tag from 2009 12 Tags of Christmas. That's where I got the technique. But....you know that I had to make it my own!! I cut 5 to six 'flowers' (Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge for Cricut users), 3 different sizes, this is for larger roses...then I inked the edges and followed his instructions to make them. For the smaller roses, I used 2 different sizes. These are glued together...and I'm addicted to making them!!! It's unbelievable how easy they are to make!!! I thought about showing you this technique and then decided that he has done a much better job of it, than I could ever do!!
Leaves: Get you a vintage dictionay page (or anything else you want to use). Tear (do not cut) a leaf shape. Scrunch it and wet it. Carefully open it up and lay it on a clean piece of paper. Play with layering the shape until you get a vein running through the middle. Once you're happy with it, place another clean piece of paper over top, and let air dry, or, or for those of you who are as impatient as I am, iron dry. Then run your distress ink pad over top...I used Vintage Photo & Antique Lace.
Now glue your roses in place on your LO. Keep in mind that these flowers are fairly thick...so you might have issues with putting your LO in a protective sleeve.
So, that's the first one!! I wil post specifics & instructions for every one of my projects that G45 features on their blog. Although, it's killing me to have to hold off. No, they didn't ask or tell me to do that, I'm just choosing to let G45 blog readers get a first look, esp. since I'm doing this for them!!
Okay, so there's a bit of 'ME' in there!!! LOL. I hope that you will visit the G45 blog & leave comments. Not only do I appreciate the blog love, but you know G45 does too!!!! After all, it is about G45 and their gorgeous papers!! Plus, there's always new techniques, and projects from their Design Team, Guest Designers and Featured Artists. Who knows, you could be the next Guest Designer!!!
Okay....one more thing......I'm going to give out a paper pack (22 sheets - 2 of each single page & 2 diecuts) of Le' Romantique (in honor of the month of love) to one person who can give me the correct response to........how many times did I mention Graphic 45 on this post!!! Leave your comment to win!! Will select winner on March 1st. If there is more than 1 correct answer, I will use Random.org to determine the winner.
Okay, back to that bow!!!