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March 19, 2012

A Week Of Marvelous Mini Albums With Graphic 45!

Hello Fantastic G45ers!

Welcome to another fun week of craft inspiration at Graphic 45! We are delighted that you are joining us for this special occasion! This week is all about our love for mini albums! Our design team has created lots of gorgeous mini albums that are guaranteed to get you in the papercrafting spirit! Today we have stunning mini album creations by Jane Tregenza and Nancy Wethington that you're going to love! Plus we have more fun contests on our Facebook and Pinterest pages! Here are all the details!

On Facebook we've got our photo caption contest! Just go here and check out this week's featured altered art project created by Graphic 45 founder and designer Diane Schultz. Leave a comment with your suggestion for a title for this gorgeous work of altered art! You could win it! There's also the "Pin It To Win It" contest that we're hosting on our Pinterest page! Just go here to see the featured project. All you need to do is pin it on your Pinterest page and suggest a name for this marvelous project. It could be yours! Join the fun and maybe win some gorgeous altered art from Graphic 45! We will be announcing the winners of this week's contest on Thursday on our Facebook page and in our newsletter! What fun!

And now it's time for some beautiful minis! This first mini was created by Jane Tregenza and features our adorable Little Darlings collection. You are going to love all of the sweet little details on every page of this mini! Here is what Jane had to say about her creative process!

"I love the new range of baby paper from Graphic 45. It’s been a long time since I have seen baby paper this beautiful. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to make a mini book and a box to keep it safe, as it will be
quite a few years  until I am a grandmother! I used a teddy caddy box from Imaginarium Designs which I covered in Little Darlings papers. I had a knob left over from another project so I rubbed some white paint on it to match the box. The knob is one of Graphic 45’s Geometric Metal Door plate and knobs. I love the largess of these knobs and use them all the time. The Tim Holtz feet perfect for lifting the box up." -Jane Tregenza

Ltille Darlings Mini Album Graphic 45

Ltille Darlings Mini Album Graphic 45

Ltille Darlings Mini Album Graphic 45

Ltille Darlings Mini Album Graphic 45

"The book is made using one of Graphic 45’s Kraft Envelope Albums. I used three different shades of cardstock to make the foundation pages. I then added the print papers with layers of strips of cardstock and more print papers. I have room to add more photos or words when I need to. Each of these pages would make lovely cards if you are a card maker." -Jane tregenza

Ltille Darlings Mini Album Graphic 45

Ltille Darlings Mini Album Graphic 45

Ltille Darlings Mini Album Graphic 45

Ltille Darlings Mini Album Graphic 45

Ltille Darlings Mini Album Graphic 45


G4500237 Kraft Envelope Album
G4500442 Little Darlings
G4500443 Peek a boo
G4500444 Bundle of Joy
G4500445 Lullaby
G45 Rock a bye
G4500448 New arrival
G45 Cherished
G4500452 Little Treasures
G4500453 Baby Borders.
G45 Geomtric Metal Door Plate and Knob
Chipboard words, baby shapes, box – Imaginarium designs
White paint
Tim Holtz Metal feet
Double sided tape and foam tape.

Next up is this classic layout by Nancy Wethington using A Proper Gentleman. This would make a perfect Father's Day gift! Nancy even included some fabulous tips for recreating this gorgeous mini! Get ready for some exceptional inspiration! Take it away, Nancy!

A Proper Gentleman Mini Album Graphic 45

A Proper Gentleman Mini Album Graphic 45

Like many other homes in the U.S., Father's Day means pictures of Dad's with their kids or spending the day enjoying their hobbies.  This is a 6" x 12" mini that's ready for Father's Day photos of my husband and son.
The entire album makes use of Graphic 45's A Proper Gentleman Collection.  The base of the album is chipboard covered with Man About Town. I then cut two images from A Proper Gentleman: the two men in the antique car and the collection of tickets and postcards.  The car image as well as the man's foot were grounded by using a border strip from the same paper.  The car image was popped up with chipboard while the tickets/postcards were kept flat on the front of the cover.

A Proper Gentleman Mini Album Graphic 45

I next used the largest pocket watch from Timely Point of View.  After cutting out and adhering the image to the front cover, I added an ornate metal door knob from the Graphic 45 Staples collection as well as a metal button from the same collection.  The two were joined with an Idea-ology swivel clasp to resemble a pocket watch.  Two tags from A Proper Gentleman collection were used to embellish the swivel clasp and the top of the pocket watch.  To give the tags a bit more stability, they were covered with Idea-ology fragments.
Wanting to try something a bit different (at least for me), I used 12x12 papers folded in half to create 1 6"x12" layout that opens to a 12"x12" layout.  Both sides were decorated so that I can easily fit 10 photos on one 12" x 12" piece of paper as follows:
6" x 12" = 3 photos each measuring 3" x 3" + 2 tags that will also hold the same size photos.  That means this front page will hold up to 5 photos.

A Proper Gentleman Mini Album Graphic 45

Open that to reveal a 12" x 12" page that will hold two 4" x 6" photos + two 2" x 2" photos = 4 more photos total.
Fold that page closed and you will still have the back of the page (measuring 6" x 12") that will carry at least two more photos!

A Proper Gentleman Mini Album Graphic 45

The first page is decorated to illustrate what my plans are with this mini.  It is held together with a small Idea-ology clip.  The second page shown is held together with a sliding band made from A Proper Gentleman die-cut border and Graphic 45 Staples ribbon.  Simply slide the band off the page to reveal the inside.

A Proper Gentleman Mini Album Graphic 45

Since I bound this myself, I was able to add extras in between the 6" x 12" pages.  My *extras* were Graphic 45 Kraft Envelopes and Graphic 45 Black Policy Envelopes that will hold even more photos!
Hope you enjoy filling a similar mini with Graphic 45's A Proper Gentleman!

Graphic 45 A Proper GentlemanA Proper Gentleman; Dashing & Debonair; On The Boulevard; Dressed To The Nines; The Sophisticate; Cultured Reserve; Haberdasher; Timely Point of View; A Proper Gentleman Borders
Graphic 45 Staples: Kraft Envelope Album Staples; Black Policy Envelope Staples; Ornate Metal Door Knob; Metal Button Staples; Trim Staples
Tim Holtz Idea-ology:  swivel clasp; fragments; metal clip
Chipboard and cardstock: Bazzill
Adhesive: Tombow Permanent Adhesive
Tools: Crop-a-dile; Zutter Binding System; Tonic Scissors; Carl Cutter

We hope you all had fun today! Huge thanks to Jane Tregenza and Nancy Wethington for their beautiful mini albums today! We hope you'll all come back and join us tomorrow as our mini album celebration continues! We hope you all have a marvelous Monday!

Happy Mini Album Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Beautiful albums and the star albums are so fun to make :)

Simply beautiful!

Gorgeous work as always!

Beautiful books! I happen to have a Graphic 45 Little Darlings mini book posted on my blog today, too!


I love the closures on each of tge albums. Very classy! (the weathered box knob & the clock center attachment, very original) I love that the first album transformed into a star! & the 12x12 hidden paper in the second. Both albums had their own excellent creative flair, very nice.

I don't know which album is my favorite. These are both incredible.

great minis!

I love the albums! So pretty

Beautiful projects!

Wowwwwwwwww! These are GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeee the box for Jane's album!

Coucou, ces albums sont magnifiques, bises

Love them all.. awesome job..

Love these!! Great job, Jane and Nancy!! :)

A Star Book with a spiral binding? INCREDIBLY insane and awsome!

Amazing Albums. Thanks for sharing all your amazing talent.

Love the 'baby' items, may have to 'borrow' some of these ideas for my new granddaughter! I absolutely love 'A Proper Gentleman', everything about it. Again, I thank the artists for sharing their talent.

I especially love the baby album and box - those will make a lovely gift when she finally does become a grandma!

Outstanding work, the baby album is just stunning!!

fabulous ! especially the "gentleman" album !

You are right about the beauty of this post. Both projects are great but at this time Little Darlings Won my vote. I grew up with pictures that hung on my wall with pictures like Little Darlings. I really love the star book Idea. Great job done by both women. Thank you for sharing their Ideas.

These mini albums are simply gorgeous! G45 papers are so perfect for mini books:)

Both projects are great!

They're both great and wonderful, to echo all the other comments. Looking forward to more greatness this week. Any tutorials would be welcomed ; )

I love mini albums!!!

Fabulous Minis, they are both beautiful. TFS Hugs Pammejo

Wow! I think it's time for me to make a mini! These are inspiraitonal! Thanks for sharing :)

Love these! The Little Darlings project is so precious!

beautiful projects that really showcase the pp lines!!!

Gorgeous projects and thanks Nancy for the hints and tips.

oooooo... love these ... I feel an album coming on ... LOL !!

great albums-the box is wonderful

Both of these are awesome....but...the baby album is so precious....I'm going to make a baby album so I need the little Darlings DP....

Awesome projects, love them all.

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