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Create Your Own Cafe Parisian Travel Journal By Sandy Trefger

Posted by Graphic 45 06/22/2017 23 Comment(s) Tutorials,Videos,

Hello, G45ers!

Welcome to the conclusion of Graphic 45's Brand Ambassador spotlights. It has been such a pleasure share a little bit more about our valued team. Last, but certainly not least, we are so honored to introduce Sandy Trefger. Sandy is a multitalented designer who is constantly developing new beautiful creations. Today she is going to tell  us a little more about herself and share her take on a a travel journal, featuring Cafe Parisian. Journals are one of the most fun new trends in crafting, and Sandy's is one of our favorites. Check out the YouTube tutorial for full details.


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Sandy Trefger

“Hello! I’m Sandy Trefger of Sandy’s Crafty Creations and I’m thrilled to be back again this year to create projects as a Brand Ambassador for Graphic 45!  I love Graphic 45 so much, and each time a new collection arrives it becomes my favorite!  I’ve tried to remember what my very first Graphic 45 collection was that I purchased and I think that it might have been A Ladies' Diary (the original).  I do know that my “oldest” collection to buy after it had been retired for several years was Le Cirque.  I used it to create a fun Circus Wagon and mini album. When asked what my crafting style is, I have to depends!  It depends on the paper, my idea and my vision for what I’m creating.  I love to try it all and love to try new products and techniques.  I live in Texas, in the USA, and I am a true Texan, as I was born here and have lived here all my life. This month hubby and I are celebrating 41 years of marriage. We have three grown children and five wonderful grandchildren, with one already married, one in college, and one that is heading to college in the Fall!  It makes me wonder where the time has gone!  I’m so looking forward to creating projects to share with you this year using my favorite paper--Graphic 45! 

Fun Facts:

  1. I listen to an Oldies music station on Pandora (and sometimes the James Taylor station) while I’m crafting.  However, if I’m on a time crunch for a deadline, I have to turn it off and really concentrate.   Good music can lead to spontaneous dancing with scissors in hand, and that in itself is a distraction!.

  2. I can come up with an idea for a new paper collection right away, but before I start working on it, it changes--a lot.

  3. My favorite part of designing and creating is the decorative part with the fussy cutting, flowers, lace, metal findings, and embellishments.  It can take me days to finish decorating a project as I like to “audition” all the elements and search through my stash to find “just the right thing.”

  4. I do not snack while crafting at home, but I must always have a big glass (with a lid & straw) of iced Diet Pepsi on hand. I do not partake in any hot beverages--not even in the Winter.


Cafe Parisian Travel Journal 

with Tutorial Video by Sandy Trefger 


Today I’m sharing a project that I’ve made using the beautiful Cafe Parisian collection.  I love the colors and gorgeous images on all the papers in the pad.  I’m sure you’ve noticed a trend toward handmade journals--Midori, Travel etc. This year Sizzix has a new Travel Journal die designed by Eileen Hull, and you can cut your own covers out of mat board or chipboard. I’ve been wanting to use that die to create a journal for myself.  I love how it turned out and hope my Cafe Parisian Travel Journal inspires you to create one for yourself.



I’ve uploaded a tutorial video on YouTube to share how I assembled my Journal Book.



Journal Book YouTube Tutorial



  1. Create various pockets, flaps, inserts etc. for your journal book in advance so you’ll have a good supply on hand to add into your signatures as you are assembling the book.  You can use just the papers from your selected paper collection to have a uniform look throughout your journal or add in several different collections, snippets of saved papers, receipts, and envelopes to create a more junk type book.  Also, use an elastic string for your signatures that is easy to thread through the pre-punched holes of the Travel Journal covers but strong enough to hold the signatures in place.

  2. Add vintage looking metal charms to your project by collecting inexpensive charm bracelets from antique malls or trade day markets.  Just remove the charms from the bracelet and tie them to your journal book or album with jute string or narrow ribbons.



Graphic 45 Supplies:


Other Supplies:

  • Sizzix Eileen Hull Travel Journal Die

  • Sizzix 6”x13” white mat board

  • Thermoweb 5 ½” x 8 ¾” Peel n Stick Adhesive Sheet

  • Velcro Closures

  • Elastic Cord

  • May Arts Pink Jute String

  • Ribbon & Braided Ribbon

  • Sheer Ribbon, 1 ½” wide

  • Seam Binding Ribbon

  • Elastic Lace, Ivory or Beige

  • Flowers by 49 and Market

  • Assorted Metal Charms

  • Kraft Envelope

  • Black Cardstock, 1 sheet 12x12

  • White Copy Paper

  • White Watercolor Paper


Thank you so much for your love for Graphic 45.  It’s going to be another great year, with more beautiful papers (new & old) for us to play with!

Happy Crafting!” ~Sandy Trefger


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That is a wrap on Brand Ambassador spotlights. Thanks for being with us through these fun introductions. We hope you enjoyed all the lovely creations the team has shared and that you are as excited as us to see what they come up with throughout the year. We are so grateful for Sandy and all the other ambassadors. We'd love to hear about some of your favorite Sandy creations and about what you are looking forward to most with this year's team in the comments below. See you back here tomorrow for more crafting inspiration and the announcement of this week's blog prize winner.

Happy Papercrafting! 

23 Comment(s)

Kelly Massman:
06/22/2017, 11:35:08 AM

lovely album!!!!

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:10:49 PM

Thank you Kelly!

Vanessa LeClear:
06/22/2017, 11:53:14 AM

Beautiful travel journal, Sandy! Thanks for sharing your tips and tutorial!

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:11:33 PM

Thank you so much Vanessa, I'm thrilled you like my travel journal, tips and tutorial!

Dorothy McCarthy:
06/22/2017, 12:00:15 PM,

Stunning!!! Thank you!

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:11:48 PM

Thank you Dorothy!

Mathilde S:
06/22/2017, 12:02:22 PM

Sandy ,I love your journal with all the details.Thanks for the great tips. P.s I feel the same way about G 45,every new collection is my new favourite lol!

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:12:39 PM

Thank you Mathilde! And you are most welcome. I bet there are a lot of us out there who change our "favorite" collection quite often. :)

Carla Hundley:
06/22/2017, 01:27:14 PM

Awesome travel album and love all the different page sizes and goodies. Carla from Utah

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:12:59 PM

Thank you Carla!

Katherine Buchanan:
06/22/2017, 01:50:30 PM

Such a lovely album! Thanks for sharing!

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:13:33 PM

Thank you Katherine! You are very welcome!

Margaret A:
06/22/2017, 02:53:43 PM

Hi from across the pond. Stunning work from Sandy as always. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:13:55 PM

Thank you Margaret! I'm so happy your like it!

Linda mayer:
06/22/2017, 03:27:34 PM

Oh Sandy this is fabulous! I just finished cutting and gluing my second journal and making it with this collection. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:14:41 PM

Thank you so much Linda! How fun that you are making one with this collection too and I'm thrilled that I gave you inspiration with mine!

Becca Yahrling:
06/22/2017, 04:11:40 PM

Wow, your beautiful journal is nice & thick. It's so lovely as is all your creations.

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:15:04 PM

Thank you so much Becca!

Glenda Buster:
06/22/2017, 05:33:54 PM

Sandy it is so great that you will be back for another year ❤️! This project is gorgeous and and the embellishments are awesome. More Cafe Parisian and the Eileen Hull journal die are now on my shopping list!

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:16:03 PM

Thank you Glenda! I'm sorry that I've caused you to need to go shopping. Ha, ha But it's for crafting and you'll love this collection and that die!

06/22/2017, 06:00:53 PM

Sandy - This is adorable. I need to make one for my trip next week. I don't have the die, but I think I can use hole puncher. Thank you for the inspiration

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:17:14 PM

Hi Diana! You do need one and hopefully you can make do with a hole punch. I'm sure you can. But you might want to get the die sometime. What paper collection will you use I wonder? :)

06/22/2017, 06:01:54 PM

Just beautiful and so practical too. I love the pen holder and clip for notes.

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:18:26 PM

Thank you so much stampnk! I love the pen holder and clip too. They are my favorites from this project I think.

06/22/2017, 06:42:43 PM

Beautiful! Thanks so much for the tutorial and the tip about the traveler's journal die.

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:18:51 PM

You are so welcome Margaret and thank you!

06/22/2017, 09:17:29 PM

Such a great tutorial. Love it! Another Graphic 45 hit!

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:19:55 PM

Thank you so much Laurie! Any project with Graphic 45 is a hit for me! But I do love this Cafe Parisian collection!

Beth Beery:
06/22/2017, 09:31:42 PM

So many elements I love in this!! The tutorial is easy to follow and understand. Creative and inspiring, thanks for sharing!!!

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:20:26 PM

Thank you so much Beth! And I hope you will create one for yourself from my tutorial!

06/22/2017, 09:50:58 PM

Love the journal and, as usual, I am so happy for the tutorial. I need many visual aids :)

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:21:03 PM

You are so welcome Elaine! I love sharing tutorials and than you for your comment!

Maryann Laursen:
06/22/2017, 10:53:16 PM,

What an amazing journalbook, and this collection is just perfect for it too, and I LOVE this color over the moon, so this is just sooo me. I really love this project and love that we get to enjoy your work here another year Sandy.

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:21:58 PM

Thank you so much Maryann! I'm thrilled to be back for another year creating for Graphic 45! I love the colors on this collection so much. If it's got pink I'm happy! :)

Judy D.:
06/22/2017, 10:58:25 PM

What a beautiful creation! Thanks, Graphic 45, for sharing the oh=so=talented ambassadors!

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:22:25 PM

Thank you Judy and I'm thrilled that Graphic 45 shares us with all of you!

Debbie Siddle:
06/23/2017, 07:21:09 AM

Now that's my kind of a journal x

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:22:49 PM

Thank you Debbie! I love pretty papers and a pretty journal.

Sandy Trefger:
06/23/2017, 02:06:31 PM,

Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! I look forward to another year of creating with Graphic 45!

06/23/2017, 09:31:28 PM

Love the whole idea of this project. Could be done with so many of G45 beautiful paper collections. You have inspired me to try this. Thanks so much.

Carol Loumeau:
06/25/2017, 12:44:26 AM,

I missed this issue when it came out. Hopefully, I won't this time.

Valerie Light:
06/29/2017, 01:52:58 PM,

Love, love, love this journal! So pretty. Makes me want one :) Love the paper too! Great colors!

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