I learnt something new yesterday - the reason why Graphic 45 is called Graphic 45... Do you know why?
In a nutshell - Graphic 45 is a Mother and 2 Daughter team - at the age of 45, the Mother went back to 'school' and studied Graphic Design - hence the name Graphic 45... Inspiring isn't it?
On some paper designs it is quite clear to see which is the 'main side' and which is the back - on others not as clear. In this case for my following layouts - I have actually used the other side! (I know this is the other side - as the paper is called "Shanghai Girls" - I have not used the side with the girls on hehe)
Oops, sorry forgot to mention - got side-tracked with my sharing my inspirational 'new knowledge' - I am using Graphic 45 Bird Song Collection - Shanghai Girls for the layouts.
I created these pages side by side - when I create layouts like this - I guess you could call it a double layout - I like to design them so that they can also stand alone if for some reason I need to separate them in my album. The layout to the left is titled "Love to Shop" and below "In Tokyo" - so they work together as well as alone.
Inspiration: I was inspired by the orange/red colours in the photos. The Graphic 45 paper I had chosen is covered in flowers - so I felt more flowers would be too overpowering so Rosettes are the next best thing!
First I gathered all the basics to start my layouts - My Graphic 45 paper, co-ordinating plain 12x12 papers, Tim Holtz Dies - Mini Paper Rosettes and Elegant flourishes and some ribbon.
I then created my base page - by tearing plain shapes to suit the way I had laid out the photos.
Next I die-cut a heap of rosettes using Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlit Die - Mini Paper Rosettes. Followed the instructions and created my rosettes. I mixed and matched the centres of the rosettes - to be able to co-ordinate the rosettes across both layouts. I also die-cut some flourishes using the Tim Holts Bigz Die - Elegant Flourishes.
Next I created both layouts - some rosettes here, some over there, flourishes here and ribbon there...
(Have you spotted my heart brads and my LOVE as yet?)
(What about my secret tags?)
For this layout - I tucked off-cuts from the rosettes under the torn edge of the paper in random places to continue the theme across both pages.
I added assorted rhinestone sizes to the centres of the rosettes and lastly Distress Stickles in Rock Candy to the flourishes and Glossy Accents to the wording (Tim Holtz Sizzlit - Chip Block Alphabet) on both layouts.
Products used to create both layouts:
- Graphic 45 - Bird Song Collection - Shanghai Girls
- Co-ordinating plain papers 12x12
- Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlit Die - Mini Paper Rosettes
- Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die - Elegant Flourishes
- Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlit - Chip Block Alphabet
- Distress Stickles - Rock Candy
- Glossy Accents
- Ribbon, rhinestones, brads
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