Celebrate Family with this Layout Video Tutorial

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.”



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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!

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