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Celebrate Family with this Layout Video Tutorial

Posted by Graphic 45 08/24/2017 31 Comment(s) Layouts,Tutorials,Videos,

Hello, G45ers!

Today we have a picture perfect Penny's Paper Doll Family layout by our simply terrific brand ambassador Sandy Trefger. Sandy has heartfel layout is a beautiful expression of sisterly love and we are so touched to see this new collection used in such an emotional display piece. We love the different layers and the variety of colors in the "junk bow" complements the palette perfectly. Check out the full video tutorial below.  Look for Penny's Paper Doll Family in a store near you in the next few weeks! 


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Sister Layout

By Sandy Trefger


“Hello, Sandy here to share my “Sister Layout” that I created out of the beautiful Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family collection.  When I saw this collection, I knew right away that it was perfect for my favorite photo of my sister, Barbara and I.  In the photo that I used for this layout, we are around 2 and 7 years of age. I am the youngest.  I was born on her birthday five years apart.  She cried when they told her she got a little sister for her birthday. Ha, ha.  In the photo above, I’ve placed my Toni doll and my sister’s diary.  I remember always wanting to read that diary as a kid.  After she passed away, the diary came into my possession.  I’ve read it and there are no deep dark secrets at all, but I’m so very happy to have it.  I’m really surprised that she kept it for so many years.

The Penny’s Paper Doll Family is a wonderful addition to the Graphic 45 line with so many possibilities. You’ll be very happy with it especially if you loved paper dolls as a child.  It is a fussy cutting crafters dream come true!  I loved cutting out Penny and her little sister and choosing the clothes they would wear for this layout.  The baby carriage (in Texas we call it a buggy) is so fabulous.  Just look at all that detail!




Tip:  When planning a layout, choose the different patterns of paper you think you want to use and cut them down into the sizes you want for the layout.  Also, go ahead and fussy cut out your elements and choose your ribbons and flowers and lay it all out loosely on the layout to see how you might like it. Of course, you may change your mind before permanently attaching it, but this gives you a good starting place.



Fun Facts:

  • I love to mix up different types, textures, and colors of ribbon to create a “junk bow” for a project like the one I used on this layout.  If I don’t have enough ribbon to make loops, I just cut a dovetail for each ribbon and tie them all together.

  • I adore old things--old houses, old knick-knacks, old furniture, old toys etc.  I have a collection of my own toys from when I was a child, but I’ve also collected old toys from estate sales and antique malls that remind me of toys that I used to have.



I have a process tutorial video to share with you to show how I put my Sister Layout together.”



Sister Layout YouTube Video Tutorial
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Other Supplies:

  • Country Craft Creations Artisan Linen Cardstock, Ivory
  • Lacey Corner Punch & Border Punch
  • Assorted Prima Flowers & Leaves
  • Assorted Ribbons, Lace  & Rick-Rack
  • Foam Squares & Chipboard Squares
  • Art Glitter Designer Glue
  • Doily
  • Nuvo Clear Glitter Pen



I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into my past as a child and my love for this photo and my sister.  I also hope that I’ve inspired you to create lovely layouts with the beautiful Graphic 45 papers.  Happy Crafting! ~ Sandy Trefger



Thanks for joining us for this pretty Penny's Paper Doll Family layout and thanks to Sandy for providing the lovely inspiration for this new collection, in stores soon. We are so excited to see how all you G45ers use this one, as it is a bit of a twist on the usual Graphic 45 style. Let us know what you have planned in the comments below and remember that each comment here and/or on Facebook is your chance to win this week's blog prize. See you back here tomorrow!


Happy Papercrafting!

31 Comment(s)

Becca Yahrling:
08/24/2017, 11:17:07 AM

What a beautiful photo. Love B&W film. And an absolutely gorgeous layout.

Sandy Trefger:
08/24/2017, 02:46:04 PM

Thank you! I too love black and white photos!

08/24/2017, 11:38:01 AM

What an amazing project - Swoon! I adore this paper collection and just cannot wait to get my hands on it and am totally inspired to try this project for my sister and I. Thank you.

Sandy Trefger:
08/24/2017, 02:46:56 PM

You will so love creating a project for you and your sister with this beautiful collection! Thanks so much for your lovely comment.

Sharon Gullikson:
08/24/2017, 12:02:10 PM

The Paper Dolls are my favorite. I LOVE the look, and would use them for so many things. LOVE them, and hope to see them in stores soon..

Sandy Trefger:
08/24/2017, 02:47:38 PM

The paper dolls are fabulous! The should be arriving soon I think!

08/24/2017, 12:19:25 PM

As always, Sandy hits it out of the park...simple, sweet and a project I would actually attempt. I'll be buying the paper doll paper for sure, even if only to look at!

Sandy Trefger:
08/24/2017, 02:48:49 PM

I love creating things that others feel they can also create! But don't just look at the beautiful paper, use it! Or buy two. One for a project and one to look at. :) Thank you for your lovely comment.

Dawn Belger:
08/24/2017, 12:21:28 PM

Beautiful layout with beautiful paper.

Sandy Trefger:
08/24/2017, 02:49:05 PM

Thank you!

Sue LD:
08/24/2017, 12:26:50 PM

Such a sweet layout!

Sandy Trefger:
08/24/2017, 02:49:22 PM

Thank you!

Frances Perkins:
08/24/2017, 12:42:17 PM

Love this layout and paper dolls

Sandy Trefger:
08/24/2017, 02:49:43 PM

Thank you! The paper dolls are wonderful!

Maryann Laursen:
08/24/2017, 12:44:19 PM,

Such an amazing layout here, and that collection is really amazing. Looking forward to see it with my own eyes soon.

Sandy Trefger:
08/24/2017, 02:50:14 PM

Thank you! You will love this collection even more when you see it in person!

Michele Lewis:
08/24/2017, 12:46:38 PM

What a heartfelt use for this paper collection! It's just glorious! Love it! Thank you for the inspiration and the neat video!

Sandy Trefger:
08/24/2017, 02:44:27 PM

You are very welcome!

Carole Effting Lohr:
08/24/2017, 01:22:04 PM

What a delightful layout and tutorial with good ideas. This collection is charming; but then again, aren't they all!

Sandy Trefger:
08/24/2017, 02:45:28 PM

Thank you so much!

Pirjo Callies:
08/24/2017, 02:05:51 PM

Great layout, love it. The Penny's Paper Doll Family is a perfect paper collection to me.

Sandy Trefger:
08/24/2017, 02:44:57 PM

Thank you!

Martie Rollin:
08/24/2017, 03:09:51 PM

Such a lovely layout...made with a beautiful doily that represents your mother. I couldn't have chosen a better element on which to base your photos. I frequently use doilies I purchase on ebay or from a resale shop...often causes the shop owners to cringe when I tell them what I'm going to do! In my opinion, re-purposing is better than storing in a drawer. Well done!!

Sandy Trefger:
08/28/2017, 02:14:42 PM

Thank you so much Martie for your lovely comment! I felt it was a perfect addition to the layout and as I said in the video I have a lot of these doilies and love that this one is being showcased.

08/24/2017, 03:25:32 PM

I, too, have an older sister - love how you've done this layout to honor your relationship. The paper doll collection is perfect for this!

Sandy Trefger:
08/28/2017, 02:15:37 PM

Thank you so much Margaret. We did have a wonderful, close relationship. She passed away almost twenty years ago but I still miss her every day.

Michelle Nettleton:
08/24/2017, 03:54:00 PM

Love the different textures in this wonderful layout! I've got to do something like this for my sis and me. Thank you Sandy.

Sandy Trefger:
08/28/2017, 02:16:23 PM

Oh Michelle, it would be wonderful for you to create something like this for you and your sister and I would be so thrilled to have inspired you!

Debby Lewis:
08/24/2017, 04:44:38 PM,

Beautiful layout. I love the layers and texture. I've ordered my collection, just waiting for it to come in.

Carol Jones:
08/24/2017, 05:50:25 PM

Wonderful layout, beautiful fussy cutting! I adore this collection and can't wait to get mine!

Frances White:
08/24/2017, 06:05:55 PM

A beautiful layout the colors are great together. The dolls remind me of Sunday's best going out after church.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

This is simply precious, love the sweet details!

Natalie Godfrey:
08/24/2017, 08:07:31 PM

Real pretty!

Glenda Buster:
08/24/2017, 08:15:11 PM

Sandy, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful layout. My older sister, my only sibling, passed away in Sept 2016. She was 4 1/2 years older than me. I have a picture of us that strongly resembles your picture. Penny's Paper Doll Family collection was already one my wish list. Now it's a must have! Bless you for your tutorial.

Mathilde S.:
08/24/2017, 08:18:10 PM

A beautiful,touching tribute to your sister.I love your layout Sandie.

Sharon Thomas:
08/24/2017, 09:17:38 PM

I love the layout and the story behind it.

Laurie B:
08/24/2017, 10:16:43 PM

Super cute! Thank you for your layout!

Janet Ingraham:
08/24/2017, 10:41:31 PM

How lovely a frame for those darling kids

Jean marmo:
08/24/2017, 10:58:30 PM

Simply charming.

Carla Hundley:
08/25/2017, 12:42:13 AM

Lovely layout. The embellishments are beautiful! Carla from Utah

Arianna Barbara:
08/25/2017, 04:40:18 AM

Beautiful layuot!!! Really sweet!!!

Dorothy McCarthy:
08/25/2017, 06:25:07 AM,

Wow!!! Cool layout!!!

Sue MacFall:
08/25/2017, 07:41:35 AM

This collection really lends itself to a layout - it looks great, thank you Sandy.

Debbie Siddle:
08/25/2017, 07:58:14 AM

Love photo frames. Nice idea with the collage trailing around the photo. Pretty.

Valerie Light:
09/04/2017, 09:52:10 AM

This is a stunning paper collection! Your layout is beautiful! You may already be planning this but I think you should put it in a shadow box with the diary and doll. Just a thought :)

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