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March 14, 2014

A Fantastic Friday with Graphic 45 Mini Albums!


Happy Friday G45ers,


Are you ready for the weekend? So are we! But first, we have to leave you with some great ideas from Rhea Freitag and Betto Cesare. Rhea shares a great tutorial for a Sweet Sentiments mini album. Then we have a great project from Betto from the G45 Vault!

Let's find out who won our blog contest! Our randomly chosen winner from our blog comments was...

-Virginia Ogg: Great prize package. Thanks for the chance to win.

Congratulations, Virginia! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize. The photo below is another look at the great goodies you won. If you didn't win this week, join us next week for more giveaway fun!


To begin with the magical mini album fun today, Rhea shares an incredible matchbook album using Sweet Sentiments! This is such a great idea. Perfect to treasure all your springtime memories! Let's follow Rhea's amazing step-by-step tutorial! 

Sweet Sentiments Matchbook Album Tutorial


"This project was inspired when I scored this die at one of my local crafty outlet stores. I always strive to get my goodies at a great price!


I cut two pieces of the large matchbook, as I did not want the other side of the paper to show.


I just adore my Xyron Mega Runner. This was my glue of choice through this project and it really helps to speed things along.

I inked up the edges of the outside of the book to provide an aged look.


I cut several pieces of simple patterned paper for my inside pages.


To make each page sturdy and to ensure that both sides were prints, not images, I tacked two pieces of paper together with a little bit of adhesive from the Mega Runner. I then proceeded to frame out each page with tissue tape by folding it over each edge.


In order to bind my tiny matchbook I cut two holes with my Cropodile. If you do not have this tool, you could easily do this by measuring and using a typical hole punch.


I decided to add eyelets to the binding (after these images) because I realized how much stress I was going to be putting on the holes with the ribbon. It also gives the project a bit more of a finished look.


My trick to get the ribbon through something like this, use an awl. These little tools come in handy!


And here is the finished book. You can see I ended up changing out the ribbon too. Sometimes you just have to audition things to see what looks best. Now you can fill your tiny book with any décor of your choice. This would be darling with photos from Easter, or perhaps filled with spring love notes. I chose to finish mine out with more fun embellishments from Graphic 45, like the Sweet Sentiments Tags and Pockets and the cardstock stickers."





Download the PDF instructions to this Project


Sweet Sentiments 12x12 paper
Sweet Sentiments Cardstock Stickers
Sweet Sentiments Tags and Pockets
May Arts Ribbon
Xyron Mega Runner
Tim Holtz tissue tape
Distress Ink Tea Dye
Tim Holtz Matchbook Set die

Betto is an incredible designer from the Design Team alumni. We wanted to share his 5x5 altered box using Tropical Travelogue today from the G45 Vault. These are two retired items from Graphic 45, and we loved this project so much, we just had to share!





See this Blog featuring Betto's Project

Did you know we have a Pinterest board dedicated to mini albums? We know you'll want to check it out today!


Visit the Mini album Pinterest Board

Thanks for joining us on this wonderful day on the blog. Many thanks to Rhea and Betto for their incredible talent. And what a great tutorial! Will you be crafting this weekend?


It's Craft Time!

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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Every day is a crafting day (though some days only researching ideas). Think Spring!

Love the matchbook album!

Congratulations to Virginia for winning this week's awesome prize package!! ENJOY!
Love the mini album tutorial and I will be making one this weekend!! Thanks for even more inspiration!! See you tomorrow!

Beautiful projects! I love the matchbook album!


Love the matchbox mini album very inspiring wouldn't thought doing one of this style thanks for every great idea you have in the Blog...hope to win next giveaway cause i'm 100% Creative tihs month jejeje

I love that mini album! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

Oh I wish I had my hands on the tropical Travelogue paper line, Darn! Love both projects today.

Wonderful projects! I am hunckering down for a scrappy weekend!

Gorgeous projects.

Ohhhh.... I was so sure I'd be picked this week - lol. Congrats to the winner (honestly), enjoy yr goodies. Thanks G45 for another great week! :)

Wonderful creations and love the dedicated pinterest board!

Beautiful mini. I just love that collection.

I just got By The Sea & Good Ol' Sport! Also the shabby keys keyholes, a matchbook box and the 3 sizes of ivory tags. You bet I'm crafting.

Fabulous projects! Tropical Travelogue is one of my favorite retired lines too!

These mini albums are brilliant. I love the G45 papers they've used to create such interesting projects.

Delightful... had to pin. :)

J'adore vos mini-albums.

Love the matchbook mini - I've never done one of those, but now I think I have to try.

That minialbum is so gorgeous. I really love it and it seems very easy to make too. Thanks so much for the tutorial for it, that´s awesome. But also Betto´s altered album is really gorgeous. I can´t wait for all your new collections to finally get to our stores here, so we can begin to create with some of these new papers and stuff too. Sooo many things on my wishlist here SIGH.
Have a great week-end now everyone.

The matchbook is lovely, quick question. What size eyelets did she use..? Those look to be 3/16th but I'd like to be sure.
Thank you for your hard work, and your kindness in sharing with us.
Again thank you,
Dianne McGee

The matchbook is so sweet. Would make great little thank you gift.

Absolutely stunning!!!!!

Congrats Virginia! Wow! Both of these albums are just amazing! Such wonderful inspiration!

I can hear that little Cherub playing the music to my muse. Beautiful work, keep smiling and creating

Congratulations Virginia, you very lucky lady.
Great projects! thanks for the tutorial and I do love the minis

Such chic project
marg0006 at Verizon dot net

Love Graphic45 papers, they are my favorite

Can't get enough of Graphic45

WOW! Going to run over a watch the tutorial on you tube. Just love the papers!

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