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Graphic 45 is known for their unique vintage style, with bold deco patterns. You might think that you could only use vintage photos to create heritage layouts, but that is just not true. Today I am sharing a layout that I created using 2 recent photos of our daughter Zoe. This collection is beautiful and can be for any type of photo you choose.


Zoe has just graduated high school and is heading to university in Montreal in the fall. Where has the time gone? These photos, taken by a a photographer friend of hers, show more than ever just how grown up, beautiful and independent she has become. We are so proud of her. This collection from Graphic 45 suits that sentiment perfectly.

Tracy McLennon

Project Recipe:

Graphic 45– Communique Collection: patterned papers, stickers, tag

#1 Graphic 45

May Arts Ribbon– Ivory Burlap String

#2 graphic 45

Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock- Neutrals

Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Dye Ink- Black

Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Dye Ink Refill- Black

#3 graphic 45

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – E-Z Runner Grand, Crafty Foam Tape

3-L 2016 New Adhesives

Buttons, Gems


When the patterns are bold, I try to keep my layering very simple and also add layers of plain cardstock. I worked with the patterns and cut with the blocked designs, and decorative borders.

I used a tag from one of Graphic 45’s tag mini books, and used it to layer patterns and embellishments in the top right hand corner. I created a layered border and then added some gems to accentuate the pattern on top.


Once my layout was complete, but before adding my photos I used ink from the Clearsnap ColorBox reinker to make the black splatters. I used a straw, and dipped it into the reinker and flicked it around to get some pretty natural looking ink splatters. Let dry completely. Then I matted my photos with cardstock and added them to the layout using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam tape.


Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my Graphic 45 creation.


To see more of Tracy’s work visit her blog – Scrappy Chick Designs

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