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by Julie Brooks

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

G45 simple makes

Hello everyone, happy New Year! I wonder what 2016 has in store.

So, it's been a while. I don't get nearly enough time for crafting these days for various reasons, and I'm currently running on empty because of late night after late night after late night with my autistic son - I'm talking not getting to bed until 1 or 2am, or later (2.30 last night!). I'm utterly exhausted and have lost quite a few mornings simply through being unable to wake up enough to do anything! This has been going on since May last year!

Still, I do manage to grab the odd hour here and there to make something and have been kept busy with a few commissions, which has been nice. But today I'm sharing some simple cards and a calendar I've made using the beautiful Graphic45 Time to Flourish papers.

These papers are designed for making calendars, year books, whatever takes your fancy, with each sheet representing one month of the year with beautiful images (as always). Now I don't know about you, but I am certainly guilty of falling in love with papers and being very, VERY reluctant to use any of them whatsoever because I don't want to spoil them! Just looking at them, taking in all the detail in the images, makes me happy. But on this occasion I forced myself to break this habit and actually use the papers! It was hard, I'll admit it. Cutting up all those lovely papers felt like sacrilege, but I have consoled myself with the fact that this is what they were intended for!!!

So, my cards are all very simple, no complicated design techniques in any of them, simply because I don't have the time and I certainly don't have the mental energy at the moment! Regardless of their simplicity, I hope you like them and would love to hear from you, so please leave me a comment.

So the first two photos are the calendar I made. It's an "easel" style desk calendar. I cut out the months of the year and various other bits and pieces to add to them from the "cut apart" sheets. These papers are all patterned on the back so I could have left them at that but to make them stronger I then glued an image from the corresponding "flourish" sheet on the reverse of each month card. Punched a hole in the top centre of each one and used a binder ring to hold them all together and for flipping over each month. On the base I fixed a cut down notepad and a calendar tab. At the end of the year the calendar tab can be replaced with a new one, so it's a kind of perpetual calendar really. And the notepad can also be replaced once it runs out.

I only took a couple of photos of it but hope you can see well enough how it will work.

The next four cards have an autumnal feel to them and were made using the November sheets from the pad. I love the burnt orange, reds and greens and those fabulous birds and flowers are perfect for a nature lover like me! I decided to use kraft cards for a change and I think they work really well.

On this one I used some of the wording like chitchat stickers and didn't considerthat it needed anything else because the design on the paper is so bold.

These next six cards are all Christmas themed because I need to get next Christmas's cards made now while I still have all my Christmas materials out on the table! These were all made using the December and January sheets from the pad. Again I used kraft cards.

This one isn't quite Christmas really, and the background paper isn't G45, but Idecided it worked with the image!

On this one I added a left-over holly branch with some little red gems for berries.

Fussy really isn't my thing and the wordy background on these last two is something I found quite challenging to work with because it is in itself quite "loud" for want of a better way of putting it, so I kept the embellishments simple and I hope they work. I'm happy with how they turned out and I suppose that's the main thing!

So there you go, a few simple cards made using very little other than papers, and one desk calendar, which I think I will give to my sister because I know she'll find the perfect place for it and use it.

Look forward to hearing from you, and now I'm off to catch up on what you have all been doing.

Bye for now,
Julie xx