Thursday, August 2, 2018

Summer layout with Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue

A tropical layout with Tropical Travelogue

I was super excited when Graphic 45 released Tropical Travelogue as a Deluxe Collector's Edition, I was waiting for that one, how about you? I love that the collection includes vivid colors as well as vintage browns that work so well for heritage layouts.

Tropical Travelogue 12 x 12 scrapbook layout for Graphic 45
I haven't done many layouts this year, I've been wanting for good photos.  My creative process for layouts begins with a great photo.  From there I look for papers that support my photo.  Typically I look for colors that either match or contrast in a pleasing manner.

This is a picture of a great blue heron I took back in the 90's when I lived in Florida.  It was originally a slide, so I had to convert it to a photograph and the conversion does not yield the beautiful photo that it really is, will have to do.

Click here to see a couple more bright tropical layouts.

How to save paper

For this layout, I wanted the embellishments to take center-stage, so I used 4 simple layers of paper.  Now you might look at my layout and think, "gosh you used the better part of 4 sheets of paper", and if you are like me, every scrap of Graphic 45 is precious and 4 sheets of paper is A LOT of PAPER.  But no, relax, 😃 I am a master paper save!  This is what it looks like behind the center blue paper.  The very bottom layer, is a coordinating color of cardstock (can't use G45 paper for a 1/4" border!) Then I cut a generous square out of the green paper to use another day.  Then the checked paper is a scrap from which I extracted another scrap for the pile!

I inked the checked layer with Distress Oxide in Peeled Paint to tone down it's brown hue.  The effect is very subtle but serves to make it a cohesive part of the layout.  Left in it's natural state, I thought it was fighting with the other papers for dominance!  Who knew that papers could carry on so?  😄

Graphic 45 and fussy cutting go together, so of course I had to fussy cut some of those pretty tropical flowers.  Then, to bring them to life, I added some Little Birdie flowers.  I chose blooms from several different packages of their Vivid Palette collection.

Tropical Travelogue 12 x 12 scrapbook layout for Graphic 45

Underneath the flowers I used a Cross Stitch Border and under the photo I used the Infinite Circle Frame, both from Creative Embellishments.
Tropical Travelogue 12 x 12 scrapbook layout for Graphic 45

Tropical Travelogue 12 x 12 scrapbook layout for Graphic 45
The word, Fascinating, is from Creative Embellishments Magical Set.  I heat embossed all the chipboard pieces with Stampendous Rose Gold Embossing Enamel.  This is the first time I've used the Rose Gold, it's a lovely rosey color with a metallic tint, oh so pretty!

Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue DCE

Creative Embellishments Magical Set,  Cross Stitch Border,  Infinite Circle Frame
Stampendous Rose Gold Embossing Enamel
Distress Oxide Ink Peeled Paint

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  1. What a lovely page layout. The color selections work together so well and that heron ephemera card is a great addition. Thanks, too, for that tip on paper saving!

    1. Thanks so much Helen, loving that heron ephemera card too!

  2. Maggi, do you have a tutorial on your Tropical Travelodge Notebook? I absolutely love it and will purchase the entire collection if I can do that notebook!!!

    1. Hi Kathy, thank you so much for your kind comment! I do not have a tutorial on the Tropical Travelogue notebook but I do have a video tutorial on Youtube of another notebook made in the same manner as the Tropical Travelogue, just with a different paper collection. Here's a link, Give it a try and let me know if you have any questions, I'd be glad to help.


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